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2019 RHODE ISLAND BABE RUTH STATE TOURNAMENTS

Tourney Dates: July 7th - 13th

13'S  NORTH PROVIDENCE-SMITHFIELD BABE RUTH @ NPHS FIELD

2019 Bracket

2019 Champion: North Providence - Smithfield

14'S COVENTRY BABE RUTH @ PAINE FIELD

3 team Pool Play

Sunday July 7th at 6pm Warwick PAL vs North Prov - Smith NP-S 15 Warwick PAL 5

Monday July 8th at 7pm Warwick PAL vs Coventry Coventry 9 Warwick PAL 6

Tuesday July 9th at 7pm North Prov - Smith vs Coventry NP-S 12 Coventry 1

*Coin Flip for Home for all games

Thursday July 11th at 7pm Championship (Top Two Seeds from Pool Play w/ 1 seed home team)

Coventry 0 vs. NP-S 13

2019 Champion: North Providence - Smithfield

15'S NORTH PROVIDENCE-SMITHFIELD BABE RUTH @ NPHS FIELD

Best of Three

Sunday July 7th at 7:30pm Warwick PAL (H) vs North Prov - Smith (flip for home)  NP-S 14 Warwick Pal 9

Monday July 8th at 7:30pm Warwick PAL vs North Prov - Smith (H) (home team is opposite from G-1) NP-S 5 Warwick PAL 0

Wednesday July 10th at 7:30pm Warwick PAL vs North Prov - Smith (flip for home) (if necessary) 

2019 Champion: North Providence - Smithfield

 

 

 


2019 NE REGIONAL BABE RUTH TOURNAMENTS

Age
Location
Games Start Date
Tournament Host Chairperson
13 Stamford, CT July 19 Rich LoRusso
Tel: 203-524-5441
 
14 Rochester, NH July 19

Robert Plaisted
Tel: 603-923-9713
 

13-15 Westfield, MA July 19 Daniel Welch
Tel: 413-530-3374
 
16-18 Keene, NH July 17


 


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
The Safe Sport Act creates a new standard of care that affects all youth-serving organizations around the country, not just Babe Ruth League, Inc. or just the sports of youth baseball and softball.  This law mandates that all amateur sports organizations, which participate in an interstate or international amateur athletic competition and whose membership includes any adult who is in regular contact with an amateur athlete who is a minor, must report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours to law enforcement. According to federal law:

  • Child abuse is defined as physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, or negligent treatment of a child. 
  • What about Babe Ruth leagues that don’t compete against international or out-of-state teams, does the Safe Sport Authorization Act still apply to them?  It does.  The law is written broadly, but since you have adults working with youth and the requirement says that they need to follow the Safe Sport Act requirements, all adult Babe Ruth volunteers that are in repetitive contact with minor athletes will need to be in compliance. 
  • As such, all adult Babe Ruth League volunteers MUST comply with Babe Ruth League mandates – Coaches Certification and Background Screening - as well as comply with the Safe Sport Act requirements - Abuse Awareness and Prevention Training and the Mandatory reporting of Child Abuse. 
  • According to the Safe Sport Act, if any individual suspects, has reason to believe, has knowledge of, or observes a child being subjected to, conditions that would reasonably result in harm to the child, the individual is required to report that abuse within a 24-hour period to appropriate law enforcement agencies, as determined by state or federal law. 
  • An individual who is required, but fails to report suspected child sexual abuse, is subject to criminal  and civil penalties.
  • If you make a report of child abuse, please also communicate this report to Babe Ruth League, Inc.  Any volunteer involved will be suspended, and if convicted of inappropriate acts with a child, will be barred from participating in Babe Ruth League.  Such individuals may also be entered into a national database for banned volunteers and coaches.  Reporting to Babe Ruth League is not a substitute for reporting to the appropriate law enforcement.
  • The federal obligations are in addition to any State law requirements that an individual may have in a particular jurisdiction.

State Law
Fifty (50) states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws which address mandatory reporting of child abuse to protect the health and safety of children.

 

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.

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2019 RULE CHANGES

Babe Ruth League, Inc.

Latest Rule Changes for 2019
Last Updated 12/6/2018

The International Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2019 season. These changes will be reflected in the 2019 Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules and Regulations.

Part 1 – Rules modified to meet the standards of the Safe Sports Act

  1. Rule 0.01, Paragraph 7 – Background Checks (Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Babe Ruth Softball) - Once a volunteer has successfully completed and passed background screening, it is valid for a two (2) year period.
  2. Rule 0.04 – Paragraph 5 (Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Babe Ruth Softball) – Babe Ruth League, Inc. rostered managers and coaches in all Divisions are required to complete coaching education, a nationwide background screening, and Abuse Prevention Training in accordance with the Safe Sports Act.
  3. Rule 0.01 – Paragraph 6 – Requirement for Charter – Leagues that use 3rd Party Insurance must show $1,000,000 liability coverage for sexual abuse and molestation coverage.

Part 2 – Rule Changes for the 2019 Season (Please note Division or Level Play)

  1. Rule 0.02, Paragraph 2(a) – Cal Ripken Baseball – Any player that turns 4-years-old in the months of May, June, July, and August is eligible to participate in the Cal Ripken T-Ball Division.
  2. Shoulder Emblems (Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Babe Ruth Softball) – Leagues have the option to purchase Alleson Athletic jerseys from approved Alleson Athletic dealers containing the Official Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball or Babe Ruth Softball shoulder emblem. These jerseys with the sublimated official shoulder emblems of Babe Ruth League, Inc. will satisfy the Official Shoulder Emblem requirement for local league and tournament play.
  3. Jewelry (Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Babe Ruth Softball) – Jewelry is prohibited. Players shall not wear jewelry. Medical alert and religious bracelets or necklaces are not considered jewelry. If worn, they must be taped to the body to remain invisible. 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.
  4. Diamond Kinetics (Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Babe Ruth Softball) – The Diamond Kinetics “Swing Tracker” sensor that is attached to the bottom of a baseball/softball bat can be used during live, in-game bats.
  5. Tournament Team Administration Fee – As Babe Ruth League continues to create and offer more tournament opportunities to allow our leagues a competitive alternative to travel baseball, it is important to keep our league team fees as low as possible. In order for the World Series Invitationals and the World Series National Qualifier Series to be held to the same standard as our current Tournament Trail experience, we need to look at our future and the changing needs of the communities we serve. Effective with 2019, the tournament team administration fees will be: Cal Ripken Baseball (Rookie, Minor, Major Divisions) - $40 per Tournament Team; Babe Ruth 13-15 Baseball (All Divisions)- $40 per Tournament Team; Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball - $100 per Tournament Team; Babe Ruth Softball (8U, 10U, 12U) - $40 per Tournament Team; Babe Ruth Softball (14U, 16U, 18U) - $40 per Tournament Team.
  6. Rule 11.04, Paragraph 1(a) – Documents - (All Divisions) Birth documents/Babe Ruth League officially laminated or electronic I.D Cards are no longer required as part of the tournament credentials. The player’s birth will be recorded on the tournament roster. The local league president will certify the players age as he/she does with all aspects of the roster as being accurate.
  7. Rule 0.04, Paragraph 3 (Note) (Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Babe Ruth Softball) – To be eligible for tournament play, all players must be listed on the local league regular season rosters by June 1.
  8. Rule 11.03, Paragraph 1(c) - Player Eligibility (Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Babe Ruth Softball) – To be eligible to participate in tournament play, a player, manager or coach must be listed on the local league regular season rosters by June 1 and on tournament rosters.
  9. 15 RUN RULE – (Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Softball 12U and Younger Divisions)Any tournament game for Cal Ripken Baseball or Babe Ruth Softball 12U and younger divisions must be terminated immediately if one team is ahead by fifteen (15) or more runs after two and one half (2 ½) or three (3) innings and each team has had equal times at bat.

    Any tournament game for Cal Ripken or Babe Ruth Softball 12U and Younger Divisions must be terminated immediately once becoming regulation (3 ½ or 4 innings) if one team is ahead by 10 or more runs and each team has had equal times at bat, or the home team is leading.

  10. 15 RUN RULE (Babe Ruth 13-15 and 16-18 Baseball, Babe Ruth Softball 14U and Older Divisions- Any tournament game for Babe Ruth 13-15 or 16-18 Baseball, or Babe Ruth Softball 14U and Older Divisions must be terminated immediately if one team is ahead by fifteen (15) or more runs after three and one half (3 ½) or four (4) innings and each team has had equal times at bat.

    Any tournament game for Babe Ruth 13-15 and 16-18 Baseball or Babe Ruth Softball 14U and Older Divisions must be terminated immediately once becoming regulation (4 ½ or 5 innings) if one team is ahead by ten (10) or more runs and each team has had equal times at bat, or the home team is leading.

  11. Rule 0.05, Paragraph 1(a) – Team Composition – Cal Ripken Baseball – Recommend a minimum of twelve (12) players per team roster with a maximum of fifteen (15) players, one (1) manager, and three (3) coaches. Please be advised that the NOTE under this rule, which read “Once a player is selected to play in a major league division, he must complete the season within that division” has been eliminated.
  12. Rule 0.05, Paragraph 1(a) – Team Composition – 13-15 Baseball – Recommend a minimum of twelve (12) players per team roster with a maximum of fifteen (15) players, one (1) manager, and three (3) coaches. The Note under this rule has been revised to read, “If a league registers with Babe Ruth League, Inc. , a minimum of four (4) teams is required to register a 13-Year-Old Prep League. Thirteen-year-old players listed on the league’s 13-15 team rosters may also participate in the 13-Year-Old Prep League at the local league’s option.”
  13. Rule 0.05, Paragraph 1(a) – Team Composition – 16-18 Baseball – Recommend a minimum of twelve (12) players per team roster with a maximum of eighteen (18) players, one (1) manager, and three (3) coaches. The Note under this rule has been revised to read, “If a league registers with Babe Ruth League, Inc., a minimum of four (4) teams is required to register a 16-Year-Old Prep League. Sixteen-year-old players listed on the league’s 16-18 team rosters may also participate in the 16-Year-Old Prep League at the local league’s option.”
  14. Rule 0.05 – Team Composition – Babe Ruth Softball 12U, 14U, 16U – Recommend a minimum of twelve (12) players per team roster with a maximum of fifteen (15) players, one (1) manager, and three (3) coaches.
  15. Rule 0.05 – Team Composition – Babe Ruth Softball 18U – Recommend a minimum of twelve (12) players per team roster with a maximum of eighteen (18) players, one (1) manager, and three (3) coaches.
  16. Rule 11.02, Paragraph 1(a) – Team Composition – Babe Ruth Softball – New Wording: Players are eligible to participate on a Tournament Team in their proper age division, regardless of the division they played for during the regular season, provided the player meets all eligibility requirements.
  17. Babe Ruth Softball Rule Change – Face Masks – Face Masks are required for the infield positions – First, Third and Pitcher.
  18. Babe Ruth Softball Bats (Clarification) – Softball bats with an adjustable knob are allowed, provided the knob is permanently fastened by the manufacturer. Any devices, attachments or wrappings that cause the knob to become flush with the handle are also permitted.
  19. Babe Ruth Softball Tournament Competition – Time Limit – 1 Hour and 30 Minutes. No time limit on championship games.

Part 3 - Eliminated Rules

  1. Rule 0.01, Paragraph 5 – Geographical Boundaries - Babe Ruth Softball – Geographical boundaries are eliminated for the 14U, 16U and 18U Divisions.
  2. Rule 11.03, Paragraph 1(d) and NOTE – Player Eligibility (Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Babe Ruth Softball) – The following has been eliminated: “To be eligible for tournament play in any division of Babe Ruth League, Inc., a player must have played in at least one-half (1/2) of his/her team’s scheduled league games prior to the start of tournament play.”
  3. Rule 0.04, Paragraph 1 and NOTE (All Divisions) – Babe Ruth League ID Cards will no longer be offered. Previously issued ID Cards can still be used for proof of birth to the local League Presidents.
  4. Rule 0.04, Paragraph 4 (All Divisions) – The league will no longer be required to keep scorebooks detailing all league games.
  5. Rule 11.03, Paragraph 1(d) (All Divisions) – Players will no longer have to play in at least one-half (1/2) of his/her team’s games to be eligible for tournament play.

8-YEAR-OLD MACHINE PITCH RULES (Used in Cal Ripken Invitational World Series)

  1. TIME LIMIT – One hour, 30 minutes (1:30) or six (6) innings, whichever comes first. In the event of a tie, the games will continue until there is a winner. In the Championship Games, there is No Time Limit.
  2. BUNTING – Bunting is allowed in “Machine Pitch.” However, NO FAKE BUNTING IS ALLOWED. If the batter offers to bunt, then the batter must bunt the ball or pull the bat back to take the pitch. If the batter offers to bunt, pulls the bat back, and then swings at the pitch, the batter will automatically be declared out by the umpire.
  3. BASE STEALING – Base stealing is not permitted in Rookie Machine Pitch.
  4. OUTFIELDERS – There will be four (4) outfielders. All outfielders must remain in the grass area of the outfield. They cannot be positioned in the infield at any time. This means there will be ten (10) batters in the line-up.
  5. EXTRA PLAYER (EP) – An Extra Player (EP) can be used as the 11th batter. If a team elects this option, it must start and finish the game with the EP or the game is a forfeit. Both teams in a game are not required to use the EP.
  6. 15 RUN RULE – Any Cal Ripken tournament game must be terminated immediately if one team is ahead by fifteen (15) or more runs after two and one half (2 ½) or three (3) innings and has had equal times at bat.
  7. 10 RUN RULE – Any Cal Ripken tournament game must be terminated immediately once becoming regulation (3 ½ or 4 innings) if one team is ahead by ten (10) or more runs and has had equal times at bat. Or the home team is leading.
  8. Spring-loaded portable pitching machine – Speed: 43 MPH. The speed is established when ball crosses home plate. The front two legs of the pitching machine are placed in front of the pitching rubber.
  9. he player that assumes the pitcher’s position must remain within the radius circle, behind the machine, and on one side or the other, until the ball is hit. If a pitcher violates these requirements, then (1) the play will stand, even if the pitcher is involved in the play, and (2) the umpire(s) will warn the violating pitcher’s manager that if the same pitcher violates one of both requirements again, the player will be removed from the pitcher’s position. The player can assume another position, but cannot re-enter as a pitcher in that game.
  10. If a batted fair ball hits any part of the pitching machine without touching any defensive player, the ball is immediately dead. The batter will be awarded first base. All other runners return to the base they last occupied before the ball was hit, unless forced to advance as a result of the batter being awarded first base. If a batted fair ball is first touched by a defensive player and then hits any part of the pitching machine, it is a live ball. If a thrown ball hits any part of the pitching machine, it is a live ball.
  11. The catcher takes the normal position in full gear. Catcher catches the ball – gives the ball to the plate umpire – the umpire puts the ball in the bucket – the catcher DOES NOT throw the ball back to the player on the field.
  12. Each batter receives a maximum of four (4) pitches. If the batter strikes out, or if the ball has not been hit into play after four pitches, the batter is out. (If in the umpire’s judgment the machine delivers a ball out of the strike zone, a “no pitch” will be called unless the batter swings, in which case it will be called a strike.) NO INTENTIONAL WALKS.
  13. If the batter fouls the fourth (4th) pitch, the batter will receive pitches if the batter continues to foul pitches. (Note: Any foul bunt after two strikes is an out.) The batter is out if a batter swings on a third strike and misses the ball.
  14. HIT BY PITCH – If the batter is hit by a pitch from the pitching machine, the batter will be awarded first base.
  15. INFIELD FLY RULE – There is NO infield fly rule.

8-YEAR-OLD PLAYER PITCH RULES (Used in Cal Ripken Invitational World Series)

  1. TIME LIMIT – One hour, 45 minutes (1:45) or six (6) innings, whichever comes first. In the event of a tie, the games will continue until there is a winner. In the Championship Games, there is No Time Limit.
  2. BUNTING – Bunting is allowed in “Player Pitch.” However, NO FAKE BUNTING IS ALLOWED. If the batter offers to bunt, then the batter must bunt the ball or pull the bat back to take the pitch. If the batter offers to bunt, pulls the bat back, and then swings at the pitch, the batter will automatically be declared out by the umpire.
  3. PITCHING RULE – No pitcher is allowed to pitch in more than two (2) innings per game, with a pitcher not being permitted to pitch in more than three (3) consecutive days/games. If a pitcher pitches in three (3) consecutive days/games (6 innings max), the pitcher is required a day’s rest. The two (2) innings per game would reset after a day’s rest. No pitcher shall appear in a game as a pitcher for three (3) consecutive days/games regardless of pitch count.
  4. BASE STEALING – Base stealing is permitted in Rookie Player Pitch.
  5. EXTRA PLAYER (EP) – An Extra Player (EP) can be used as the 10th batter. If a team elects this option, it must start and finish the game with the EP or the game is a forfeit. Both teams in a game are not required to use the EP.
  6. 15 RUN RULE – Any Cal Ripken tournament game must be terminated immediately if one team is ahead by fifteen (15) or more runs after two and one half (2 ½) or three (3) innings and has had equal times at bat.
  7. 10 RUN RULE – Any Cal Ripken tournament game must be terminated immediately once becoming regulation (3 ½ or 4 innings) if one team is ahead by ten (10) or more runs and has had equal times at bat. Or the home team is leading.

2019 BAT RULES

"It is the policy of Babe Ruth League, Inc. to assure the safety of all participants.  Accordingly, Babe Ruth League, Inc. reserves the right to ban any equipment, including bats, at any time, including during the season, based upon a change of existing policy and/or upon new information made available to Babe Ruth League, Inc."

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 Guide

For comprehesive USA Bat information updated for 2019 Click Here to view the guide online.

Babe Ruth League Bat Rules

2019
T-Ball
USA Baseball T-Ball Stamp
Cal-Ripken Baseball
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
BBCOR .50
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.


PENALTY

  • 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.

Regions Commissioner Email
Middle Atlantic, Ohio Valley, Southwest
Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest
Robert Faherty robert@baberuthleague.org
New England, Southeast, Midwest Plains Rob Connor rob@baberuthleague.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 

 AGE

 DAILY MAX (PITCHES IN GAME/DAY)

 REST PERIOD

0 Days

1 Day

2 Days

13-15

95

1-45

46-75

76+

16-18

105

1-45

46-75

76+

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. All pitchers must adhere to the pitch count rest requirements before pitching in another tournament game.
  4. All players have full pitching eligibility beginning at each level of tournament competition. (District, State, Area, Regional, and World Series)
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Swing Player Options - Whatever the age of the tournament will determine the pitch count regardless of the player's league age.
  8. 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.
  9. 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)

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED PLAY

 

CONTACT: DAVID ALSTON

                    1-866-975-8600 X713 or david.alston@siplay.com

WEBSITE: http://www.siplay.com/babe-ruth-league


BSN SPORTS

CONTACT: RICK WOHLRAB 1-800-327-0074 X191

THE BABE RUTH STORE IS NOW POWERED BY BSN SPORTS

WEBSITE: http://store.baberuthleague.org/

BSN SPORTS ACQUIRED ANACONDA SPORTS AND LIDS TEAM SPORTS


NEW ENGLAND BABE RUTH WEB SITE


RHODE ISLAND BABE RUTH COMMISSIONERS

RHODE ISLAND STATE COMMISSIONER MIKE WALKER
EMAIL: mikew1129@cox.net
CELL: 401-450-9412

RI ASSISTANT STATE COMMISSIONER JIM SPEARMAN
EMAIL: jamesjspearman@gmail.com
CELL: 401-316-2712

RI ASSISTANT STATE COMMISSIONER JIM HICKS
EMAIL: j.j.hicks@cox.net
CELL: 401-598-6742


RHODE ISLAND BABE RUTH LEAGUES

 

CRANSTON BABE RUTH

CONTACT: DAVE CIOLFI 556-0371

COVENTRY BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT: JIM SPEARMAN 821-5954 / 316-2712 or jamesjspearman@gmail.com

ADDITIONAL CONTACT PERSON: JACK FLYNN jflynn@cbrl.org or jflynn@gdeb.com

JAMESTOWN BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT: CHRIS PERROTTI 560-0976 or cbperrotti@gmail.com

MIDDLETOWN BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT: MIKE CONDRY 855-0628 or condry19@gmail.com 

NEWPORT BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT: JIM HICKS 598-6742 or newportbaberuth@gmail.com or j.j.hicks@cox.net

NORTH PROVIDENCE - SMITHFIELD BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT: LOU ZAMMARELLI 572-

PORTSMOUTH BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT: ROBERT McSPARREN 338-0889 or Robert.mcsparren@gmail.com

PROVIDENCE BABE RUTH

PRESIDENT:   EVERETT DOWNING 439-6737                                                                    

WARWICK PAL BABE RUTH

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: JOHN PALIOTTE 737-1800 / 640-2584 or John.Paliotte@warwickpal.com

WEST WARWICK BABE RUTH 

PRESIDENT: NATE HUNTER or wwprez@gmail.com or      westwarwickbaseball@gmail.com or 250-3566


RHODE ISLAND CAL RIPKEN LEAGUES

STATE COMMISSIONER EVERETT DOWNING

WEBSITE: http://ricalripken.com/site/


BABE RUTH HEADQUARTERS SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE

New England And Middle Atlantic regions - Baseball & Softball

Service Representative Sharon Montervino

Help Desk for Leagues: 1-800-880-3142

Email:  sharon@baberuthleague.org

 

COMMISSIONER TOLL FREE LINE: 1-800-552-1330

NEW ADDRESS:

BABE RUTH LEAGUE, INC.
1670 WHITEHORSE-MERCERVILLE ROAD
HAMILTON, NJ 08619