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Northern New Jersey Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken Baseball
To: Babe Ruth League Membership
From: Steven M. Tellefsen, President/CEO
Date: December 11, 2019
Rules changes/clarifications for the 2020 Season.
On behalf of Babe Ruth League, Inc., we want to thank you for the extra effort you put forth in helping make 2019 a successful and enjoyable season for our participants.
The International Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes/clarifications beginning with the 2020 season. These changes will be reflected in the 2020 Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules and Regulations for the baseball and softball divisions.
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)
We value the opinion of our membership and base our future actions and any rule/policy changes on a group consensus. Our goal has always been, and will continue to be, to keep as many players as possible in the great games of baseball and softball, and to make it a fun and memorable experience for all.
In closing, we again thank you for the time you invest for the benefit of our young athletes. Babe Ruth League, Inc. has always been a volunteer-driven organization. The phenomenal success we enjoy is a direct reflection of your ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm.
Start Dates for NNJ State Tournaments for 2020, sites TBD.
2018 - Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame - Ralph Errico
It is with extreme pleasure and excitement that the Middle Atlantic Region of Babe Ruth League announces one of the three newest members of the Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame. Ralph Errico will be officially recognized in ceremonies in the coming months. Once arrangements for his official induction is completed, Al Solanik will follow up with additional information. Ralph will be inducted in 2018.
Ralph currently serves as the Assistant Middle Atlantic Region Commissioner in charge of Softball. At the same time, he is the Northern NJ State Commissioner for Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Softball. Ralph began volunteering with the Babe Ruth League in 1989 as a Coach, Manager, and Board Member of the Edison Angels Softball League. He served as League President from 1992 through 1995. In 1997, he became a Board Member of the Edison Boys organization. Ralph was elected a District Commissioner in 1996 and appointed as an Assistant Northern NJ State Commissioner in 2000. In 2008, Ralph was elected the State Commissioner of Northern NJ, a position he still holds. He coordinates all activities of NNJ Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball as well as Middle Atlantic Region Softball events and Tournaments. He has served as Regional Tournament Director for numerous Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, and Babe Ruth Softball Tournaments. Ralph also serves as a Babe Ruth League Softball World Series Task Force Member annually.
Please join us in congratulating Ralph an extraordinary man on his accomplishments and thanking him for his contributions.
A press release will follow soon
May 29 2016 Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame - Frank Bellizzi
EDISON, NJ … During a quaint ceremony on Tuesday at the Edison Boys Baseball Complex, Assistant Northern NJ State Commissioner and longtime Babe Ruth League volunteer Frank Bellizzi was inducted into the Babe Ruth League Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame.
Bellizzi first became involved with the Babe Ruth League in 1990 as a coach in Edison. Over the years, he served as a Manager, held various positions on the Executive Board, and was the League President. During his tenure, Bellizzi has grown the league both in the number of participants and the quality of the facilities. He is the point person for the Edison Boys Baseball League Bambino Buddy Ball Program which services special needs children and young Bellizzi was elected Babe Ruth League Northern New Jersey District 9 Commissioner in 2009 and took on the additional role as Assistant State Commissioner in 2014. Under his direction, the area’s 16-18 Year-Old Division has been revitalized. The number of participants in many of the organizations in his area has increased. As a Commissioner, he has organized and overseen the operation of various District and State Tournaments. He has also assisted in the preparation for, and organization of, Middle Atlantic Region Tournaments.
Attached is a Press Release and photo of the recent Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame Induction for Frank Bellizzi. In keeping with current Policy, announcements will be made via email and on the MAR Website (www.marbaberuth.org) once the Inductions are completed.
Northern New Jersey
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May 26 2014 Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame - Elliott "Skip" Adams
JERSEY CITY, NJ …At the field where he once played, surrounded by hundreds of people whose lives he has touched, Elliott “Skip” Adams was inducted into the Babe Ruth League Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame. Mr. Adams was honored for over 34 years of service to the youth of his community and far beyond the field at the Greenville Westside Babe Ruth League. Greenville Westside Babe Ruth League President Pat Sandford served as the emcee for the day’s festivities and has worked alongside of Adams for seventeen years.
After various speakers shared their thoughts and stories about the honoree, Northern New Jersey State and Assistant Regional Commissioner Ralph Errico presented Adams with a plaque commemorating the induction. Adams began volunteering in the Babe Ruth League Program in 1981 as a Manager in the Greenville PAL Babe Ruth League in Jersey City, the first African-American to hold such a position. Over his 34-plus years working with the youth of Jersey City, he has served as Coach, Manager, Player Agent, Equipment Manager, Vice President, and President. But according to many who spoke at the Induction Ceremony, his biggest contributions to the program are his passion for teaching the game and helping the players who come through the League become upstanding adults. Alphonso Williams, who nominated Adams for the award, told the crowd, “If anyone epitomizes what a father figure, a coach, a mentor, a disciplinarian is …. There is no one better than Mr. Adams.”
Adams, whose name is displayed on the Clubhouse of Metro Field, has worn many hats outside of the Greenville Westside Babe Ruth League as well. He has served as an Assistant District Commissioner, District Commissioner, and Assistant State Commissioner for Northern New Jersey Babe Ruth Baseball. Northern New Jersey State
Commissioner Ralph Errico told the crowd that, “…Skip Adams is the person who persuaded me to become the State Commissioner.”
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July 12 2016 Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame - Tony Tortora
Today the Middle Atlantic Region would like to take a moment to honor NJ Asst. 16-18 State Commissioner Tony Tortora. Tony began his involvement with Babe Ruth Baseball in 1978 as the founder of the North Arlington 16-18 league and manager of their all-star team.
He has served as league president of the Bergen County 16-18 BRL from 1985 through the present year.In 1985 he was asked by then NNJ State Commissioner Manny Gouveia to serve as the NNJ Asst. State Commissioner for the 16-18 age group.
He accepted and has served in that capacity under four State Commissioners – Manny Gouveia, Marty Schoenberg, Steve Klein and the current commissioner Ralph Errico.Tony has run numerous 16-18 state tournaments as well as serving as the Regional Tournament Director for two 16-18 regional tournaments held in Northern NJ under Regional Commissioner Ray Jones.
Running tournaments is not easy but Tony has always strived to make them fair for every player.NNJ State Commissioner Ralph Errico has said, “Tony has been a GREAT asset in running the 16-18 year old program since I’ve been involved with Babe Ruth Baseball. Tony is dedicated and passionate about Babe Ruth Baseball.
He runs a tight ship and is always looking for ways to improve the game for ALL players.”Therefore, for his over 30 years of unselfish, voluntary service to Babe Ruth Baseball in general and specifically the Middle Atlantic Region, it is with great pleasure that we induct Anthony “Tony” Tortora into the Middle Atlantic region Hall of Fame.
Jim Bullard, MAR HOF member – Without Tony we would not be here [NNJ 16-18]. Excellent job!
Tony Tortora – I want to thank my mentors Manny and Helen Gouveia for starting me on my path and their daughter Evelyn, for carrying on the tradition. I want also to thank Ralph Errico for his support all the time and all of the people I work with in Babe Ruth. I’m truly honored and humbled by this.
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July 20 2014 Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame - Steve Klein
Edison, NJ …The Middle Atlantic Region of Babe Ruth Baseball honored one of its finest volunteers recently at the Edison Boys Baseball Complex. Between games of the Northern NJ (NNJ) Cal Ripken State Tournament, Steve Klein was inducted as the newest member of the Babe Ruth League Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame Klein began coaching in the Cheesequake Baseball League in 1987 and soon became a member of the Board of Directors and President of the organization. In 1994, he convinced the group to join the Babe Ruth League Program. He has been a volunteer with the national program ever since.
Steve is very deserving of the Middle-Atlantic Region Hall of Fame award. He brought me up through the ranks as a Asst. Dist. Comm. to taking over his position as State Commissioner. He has dedicated many years towards the betterment of many young athletes in Northern New Jersey. Steve still contributes many hours and will always be a valuable part of NNJ!
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June 26 2014 Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame - Jim Bullard
PISCATAWAY, NJ … During a ceremony at the Township Council Meeting in Piscataway, James Bullard was honored for his contributions to the youth of the Northern NJ area as he was inducted into the Babe Ruth League Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame.
Councilman Bullard began volunteering with his local Babe Ruth League in 1988 as a coach and manager. In 1993, Bullard became the Babe Ruth Commissioner for Piscataway Township, a position that he held for over fourteen years. He has served as the Piscataway Township Recreation Advisory Commission Chairman since 2000 and has been a Babe Ruth League Northern NJ Assistant State Commissioner since 1995. Bullard was the 2002 Volunteer Citizen of the Year for Piscataway Township and was honored with a Volunteer Leadership Award from Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in 2008.
Middle Atlantic Region Commissioner and member of the Board of Director of Babe Ruth League, Inc. Raymond Lotierzo, was on hand to formally induct Bullard into the Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame. Lotierzo thanked Bullard for all of his hard work and for the dedication that he has shown.
Northern NJ State Commissioner Ralph Errico said of Bullard, “Mr. Bullard has worked diligently to maintain and grow all aspects of the Babe Ruth Program since he became involved in 1988. He is a vital part of Northern NJ getting into the internet and utilizing website promotion for all of our programs. He is a true professional that never raises his voice and is always cool under pressure.”
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August 2 2013 Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame - George Jaye
In a VERY special moment this past week one of our own George Jaye, was inducted and presented his Middle Atlantic Regional Hall of Fame plaque in South Plainfield, New Jersey.George has been with Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth for over 44 years!!!Please see press release and picture attached.
CONGRATULATIONS to George and his Family, who was present.An honor WELL DESERVED!!!
Attached is a Press Release and photo of the recent Middle Atlantic Region Hall of Fame Induction for George Jaye. There will be two more Inductions coming up within the next couple of weeks. In keeping with current Policy, announcements will be made via email and on the MAR Website (www.marbaberuth.org) once the Inductions are completed.
Northern New Jersey
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