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SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY DISTRICT 1

NEXT MEETING: Monday, June 8th @ 7pm.

The Meeting will be occurring on Video Conferencing.  

 


Updated: March 13, 2020

Due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other health authorities, BABE RUTH LEAGUE, INC. is implementing health and safety procedures as part of a proactive approach to preventing the spread of germs.
 
Babe Ruth League, Inc. is still planning the tournament trail for all divisions later this summer and will work with all leagues to ensure the leagues will have whatever might be required for players to be eligible to participate when the time comes.  We expect to provide ongoing updates as we deal with these unprecedented circumstances. 
 
We are suggesting these new measures be effective immediately. We cannot stress enough how vital it is that all Babe Ruth League participants acknowledge these guidelines.
 
Suspension/Postponement of Regular Season
Babe Ruth League suggests postponement or suspension of your local league’s season in accordance with your state’s public health department recommendations (click here for a listing of state public health departments), and other county and/or local authorities including area school districts and government agencies.
 
“No-Contact/No-Handshake” Policy
 Babe Ruth League is recommending a precautionary “no-contact, no-handshake policy” to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such as pre-game coaches’ handshakes, umpire-coach introductions, and post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead, staff, players and coaches should use verbal queues, such as tipping of the cap or saying, “good game” without shaking hands, high-fiving or fist-bumping.
 
 Maintain Good Hygiene Practices
All Babe Ruth League participants should be aware of the coronavirus risk and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to germs. This includes maintaining good hygiene practices. We strongly recommend the following:

  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; this is suggested after any physical contact with another person or with a shared surface
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose – with a tissue, if possible – when coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash
  • Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or who is otherwise sick
  • Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

In addition, cleaning and sanitizing hard surfaces and shared equipment that your league utilizes; making sure all players have their own water/drink bottles and are not sharing; stocking bathrooms and concession stand areas with soap and hand sanitizer
 
If you or your child are ill, have a fever, cough, or a respiratory condition, we encourage you or your child to refrain from Babe Ruth League-related activities until cleared by your healthcare provider
 
We will provide updates related to these new measures or let you know about any additional precautions to take if and when they become necessary. We appreciate your cooperation in following these new procedures as we work together to maintain the highest health and safety standards as an organization.
 
If you plan on adjusting your league's season, please contact your Babe Ruth League State Commissioner and health@baberuthleague.org.


2020 All-Star Tournaments


Age Group

Host

Start Date (Tentative)

8 Year-Old

TBA

June 19th

9 Year-Old

TBA

June 19th

10 Year-Old

TBA

June 19th

11 Year-Old

TBA

June 19th

12 Year-Old (46/60)

TBA

June 19th

12 Year-Old (50/70)

TBA

June 19th


 

If you are interested in hosting a tournament please send an email with your intentions to SNJDistrict1@gmail.com



Rules changes/clarifications for the 2020 Season.

  1. Rule 11.04 Documents – Paragraph 1(g) – Certification of completion for Coaching Education and Abuse Prevention Training for all rostered coaches as required in Rule 0.04 #4. (Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Babe Ruth Softball)
     
  2. Rule 0.05 Team Composition – Note Eliminated: If a team registers with Babe Ruth League, Inc. a minimum of four teams is required to register a 13 Prep League. 13-year-old players listed on 13-15 team roster may also participate in the 13 Prep League as the local league option. (Babe Ruth Baseball)
     
  3. Rule 0.05 Team Composition – Note Eliminated: - If a team registers with Babe Ruth League, Inc. a minimum of four teams is required to register a 16 Prep League. 16-year-old players listed on 16-18 team roster may also participate in the Prep League as the local league option. (Babe Ruth Baseball)
     
  4. Clarification – Wireless communication devices are not allowed; however, electronic scoring devices are permitted. No device on the field or in the dugout may be used as a means of communication. (Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Babe Ruth Softball)


John Villella reflects on 25 years as
District One Babe Ruth League commissioner
By JOE O’GORMAN, jogorman@trentonian.com
Posted: 09/24/14, 4:15 PM EDT |

Over the last 25 years, a lot has changed in the structure, coaching and administration of youth baseball.
However, the one constant factor has been the role of John Villella as the Babe Ruth League District One Commissioner.

Leagues have changed, league presidents have changed ... even the rules have changed, yet under the leadership of Villella, baseball in District One has continued to operate at a standard that rises above it all.
Babe Ruth’s headquarters have been based in Mercer County since its inception and the tireless efforts of Villella to maintain a top-notch district have not gone unnoticed.

“District One is the flagship area for the Babe Ruth League,” said BRL vice president Robert Faherty. “It is the home of where it all started and John represents the Babe Ruth League with great passion.”
Villella’s passion has been burning since he managed in the Ewing Babe Ruth League. Over the last 25 years, Villella has taken District One to the highest level.

Whether it is a league president, a state commissioner, a regional commissioner or BRL headquarters they all know they can call on Villella for help and support.

Villella’s involvement in Babe Ruth Baseball covers 42 years, and in an era where change in leadership is often, Villella continues to carry the BRL mantle.

Under Villella’s guidance, District One has seen fall baseball grow each year. The all-tournament game at Arm & Hammer Park (formerly Waterfront Park), a cooperative effort with the Trenton Thunder, has been an event close to Villella’s heart.

“It’s really great to be able to give the kids an opportunity to play a game there,” Villella said. “It’s about being able to do something for the kids.”

This year every state tournament at the Babe Ruth level was hosted by a league in District One. It’s a tribute to Villella and his staff that the district has become the premier host of Babe Ruth baseball.

“It really makes me feel good that the tournaments are here,” Villella said. “It’s a compliment to my staff and me. I have a very hard working staff. Jack Lippincott was on my staff for 23 years and I couldn’t ask for a better commissioner. Tony Gould has been there for 20 some years and he just retired. Guys like that have helped me make the district what it is.”

The district allows kids to learn the game, play the game and play it in an extremely well organized venue.

“John is committed to the leagues and the players in District One,” Faherty said. “His experience as a Babe Ruth parent, coach and league administrator has made it personal for John. Babe Ruth headquarters has the utmost respect for John and his staff for the many years of dedicated and tireless service.”
Right there with Villella has been his wife, Joan. She not only provides him with the time to foster his passion, she gives all she can to make the district better, too.

“I just try to do the right thing for everyone especially the kids” Villella said. “Joan has been a treasure for this district. I’ve been lucky to surround myself with a great staff and the presidents in this district are wonderful”
Villella’s passion, dedication and love for Babe Ruth baseball over the past 25 years have made District One a special place for kids to play the game.


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