SAFE SPORTS ACT
In order to be in compliance with the Safe Sports Act and meet the specifications of Babe Ruth League's mandatory background screening, Babe Ruth League, Inc. strongly suggests and advises all managers, coaches, board members, umpires, as well as any other persons/volunteers, who provide regular service to the league, and/or have repetitive access to, on contact with, players or teams, use the services of SportsEngine.
Safe Sport Act - Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse
Any form of child abuse is contemptible and goes against the mission of the Babe Ruth League program. The safety, well-being and protection of our participants is paramount to Babe Ruth League, Inc. For over a decade Babe Ruth League has had several programs in place to encourage safe interaction between volunteers and youth, as well to create a safe, educational and enjoyable environment for all. These include mandatory Coaches Education and Certification, Risk Management disclosures, and mandatory background screening (including a check of the applicable government sex offender registry) on all managers, coaches, board members, as well as any other persons/volunteers, who provide regular service to the league, and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams.
Babe Ruth League calls to your attention the Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, which is now federal legislation signed into law effective February 14, 2018. Babe Ruth League, Inc. will continue to implement rule changes and other initiatives to abide by the policies and procedures of this law.
U.S. Federal Law
In order to be in compliance with the Safe Sports Act and meet the specifications of Babe Ruth League’s mandatory background screening, Babe Ruth League, Inc. strongly suggests and advises all managers, coaches, board members, umpires, as well as any other persons/volunteers, who provide regular service to the league, and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams, use the services of SportsEngine. Although not a current requirement of the Safe Sport Act, we also suggest that any participant who is a minor complete abuse prevention education.
SportsEngine is the leading software provider of sport life management solutions for youth sports organizations. In January of 2018, SportsEngine acquired Sports Illustrated Play and continues to serve the Sports Illustrated Play customers, providing the same commitment to service that you have come to expect.
Safety is a fundamental piece of SportsEngine’s mission to help more kids get out and play. That is why Sports Engine also acquired the two leading providers of background screening services – the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) and Southeastern Security Consultants (SSCI). NSCI and SSCI services are fully integrated with the SportsEngine platform, but they remain as an independently-operated company to ensure data privacy and security.
Background Screening by NCSI/SSCI is very different from a discount background check. Background Screening by NCSI/SSCI is the Gold Standard in youth and amateur sports because of the quality of service provided by NCSI/SSCI and the depth of the background check. Unlike most discount screens, NCSI will do an in-depth identify verification, search over 800 million records from the national multi-jurisdictional databases, and the sex offender registry, and then go to the local state and county searches. This is a key component missing from many discount searches, as many localities do not consistently report up to the national database providers. NCSI/SSCI will then always do a thorough quality control review on the report before sending results back to the customer.
Education/Prevention of Child Abuse Education is a very important tool for our children and adults. It empowers them to recognize potentially compromising situations, and it places a barrier between abusers and their victims. SportsEngine has integrated Abuse Prevention Training to their services to fulfill the requirements set forth by the Safe Sport Act for all adults who have contact with minor children. In addition, they offer abuse prevention education for minors at no charge.
Any Babe Ruth League volunteer can complete Background Screening and Abuse Prevention Training offered by SportsEngine for a nominal fee of $25 per person that is valid for two years. Any individual who completed and passed a valid background screening during the 2018 season is not required by the Safe Sports Act to submit for background screening until 2020, however, they are required to complete Abuse Prevention Training, which is offered at $10 per person. To ensure your volunteers are Safe Sport Compliant, we cannot stress enough the importance of using SportsEngine’s Services.
Further information, frequently asked questions, how to use SportsEngine’s excellent services and child protection can be found at www.baberuthleague.org. We also encourage parents and volunteers to read more about the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, and familiarize themselves with the resources available to report abuse and learn about the counseling and referral services that are available.
2020 RULE CHANGES
Babe Ruth League, Inc.
Latest Rule Changes for 2020
Last Updated 1/28/2020
The International Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2020 season. These changes will be reflected in the 2020 Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules and Regulations.
Rules changes/clarifications for the 2020 Season
- Rule 11.04 Documents – 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
2019 BAT RULES
Click Here to read about the USABat Standard to be used beginning on January 1, 2018.
Click Here to read about the USABat T-Ball Sticker Program beginning on January 1, 2018.
Click Here for the list of USA Bat Standard approved bats.
2019 USA Baseball Bat GuideFor comprehesive USA Bat information updated for 2019 Click Here to view the guide online.
Babe Ruth League Bat Rules
|USA Baseball T-Ball Stamp|
|USA Baseball Marking
2 5/8" Barrel Maximum
NO BBCOR BATS
|Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15|
|USA Baseball Marking or BBCOR .50
2 5/8” Barrel
|Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18|
|All Bats Must Be
No Greater Than -3
|Babe Ruth Softball|
|Marked as "Official Softball Bat"
or "Official Fastpitch Bat"
Note: Solid one piece wood bats are permitted for use in all divisions and must conform to Rule 1.10. No laminated or experimental bats shall be used in a game.
Tampering or altering bats may violate certain federal and state laws and voids the USA Baseball certification, as well as all manufacturer warranties. Rolling is considered tampering and would void the bat’s certification and make it illegal for play.
NON-COMPLIANT BATS FOR - BABE RUTH SOFTBALL:
Contained below is a current listing of non-compliant bats that are not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth Softball program or activity.
* Babe Ruth League Softball has been advised that Louisville Slugger is recalling the entire current line of the OneX fastpitch softball bat (all lengths and weights) from the market.
Effectively immediately and until notified otherwise, these bats are no longer approved for play in any level of the Babe Ruth Softball program. It should be noted that both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) have taken similar action at the request of Louisville Slugger. Click here for more information.
- If the illegal bat is discovered prior to a batter completing his "at bat" the bat is simply removed from play and the "at bat" continues.
- A player who uses an illegal bat or non-conforming barrel dimension and hits a fair ball will be ruled out. No advancement on the bases will be allowed, and any outs during the play shall stand. This is an appeal play. The "at bat" will be considered legal once a pitch is thrown to the next batter.
- Any bat discovered prior to the game that does not conform to the above rule shall be directed to be removed immediately and not be allowed for use during the game.
If you have any questions on approved or non-compliant bats, do not hesitate to contact Babe Ruth Headquarters.
|Middle Atlantic, Ohio Valley, Southwest
Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest
|New England, Southeast, Midwest Plains||Rob Connorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
TOURNAMENT PITCHING RULES
TOURNAMENT PITCHING RULES -These pitch count limitations will apply to all tournament games played in District, Area, State, Regional and World Series competition and will completely replace Tournament Regulation Rule 11.05, Paragraph 4 (innings pitched). For the local league season, leagues are still permitted to use pitching limitations as defined in Rule 0.06 and under Local League Options – Pitch Count.
There are no limitations on the number of innings a pitcher may pitch in a tournament (bracket or pool play) game subject to the following pitch count limitations:
TOURNAMENT PITCHING REST REQUIREMENTS
DAILY MAX (PITCHES IN GAME/DAY)
- If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, he may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out.
- Intentional Walk Rule – An intentional base on balls may be given by the defensive team by having its catcher or coach request the umpire to award the batter first base. This may be done before pitching to the batter or on any ball and strike count. The ball shall be declared dead before making the award.
- All pitchers must adhere to the pitch count rest requirements before pitching in another tournament game.
- All players have full pitching eligibility beginning at each level of tournament competition. (District, State, Area, Regional, and World Series)
- In a game suspended by darkness, weather, or other causes and resumed the following calendar day, the pitcher at the time the game was halted may continue to the extent of his/her eligibility.
- Games in which an ineligible pitcher has been used, as specified above, shall be declared forfeited. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a preparatory (warm-up) pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Tournament Officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests.
- Swing Player Options - Whatever the age of the tournament will determine the pitch count regardless of the player's league age.
- The official pitch count statistician shall record all pitches as defined in the rule book (Rule 2.00 – A pitch is a ball delivered to the batter by the pitcher), in addition to any pitches delivered to the batter ruled a “no pitch” by the umpire.
- Rule 11.05; Number 4 (NOTE) Tournament Pitching Rules: No pitcher shall appear in a game as a pitcher for three consecutive days/games regardless of the pitch count. (Exception 7 to 8-year-old division)
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