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HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018

Gregory Lombardo

Donald Mariani

Raymond Pendergast

Herbert Wahl

Anthony Lombardi

 

Induction Dinner

Sunday October 28, 2018, 1pm

La Foyer Club, Pawtucket RI

Tickets $30

Contact Everett Downing, Chairman for Tickets


2018 RHODE ISLAND BABE RUTH STATE TOURNAMENTS

Tourney Dates: July 6th - 14th

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

BRACKET

2018 CHAMPION: NORTH PROVIDENCE - SMITHFIELD

14'S COVENTRY BABE RUTH @ PAINE FIELD

BRACKET

2018 CHAMPION: NORTH PROVIDENCE - SMITHFIELD

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

POOL PLAY

Saturday 7/7 at 1pm Coventry 0 vs North Providence-Smithfield 9          

Sunday 7/8 at 1pm Coventry 3 vs Warwick PAL 0

Monday 7/9 at 5:30pm North Providence-Smithfield 18 vs Warwick PAL 2

Championship Wednesday 7/11 at 7pm (TOP TWO TEAMS FROM POOL PLAY WITH TOP SEED HOME)

NP-S 2 - 0   RA 2

Cov   1 - 1   RA 9

War   0 - 2   RA 21

Coventry  0 vs North Providence 4

 2018 CHAMPION: NORTH PROVIDENCE - SMITHFIELD


2018 NE REGIONAL BABE RUTH TOURNAMENTS

2018 13-18 Regional Tournaments

*Mandatory report date is Thursday July 19th

Age
Location
Games Start Date
Tournament Host Chairperson
13 Westfield, MA July 20 Daniel Welch
Tel: 413-530-3374
14 Norwalk, CT July 20

David Williams
Tel: 203-434-2460

13-15 Augusta, ME July 20 Michael Bechard
Tel: 207-242-6652
16-18 Lynn, MA July 19

Jeffrey Earp
Tel: 781-353-4024


2018 RULE CHANGES

Babe Ruth League, Inc.

Latest Rule Changes for 2018
Last Updated 12/7/2017

 

The International Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2018 season. These changes will be reflected in the 2018 Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules and Regulations.

 

  1. Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, and Babe Ruth Softball - For the 2018 season, the team composition rule will be adjusted to allow one (1) manager and three (3) coaches per team for all Divisions of Babe Ruth League, Inc., for Local League Competition and Tournament Competition, provided such managers and coaches meet all Coaching Education and Background Check requirements. For tournament play - should a team advance to a World Series, the 3rd coach will be responsible for their own travel and lodging (remember a tournament manager or coach must be selected from the league or division in which they manage or coach).

 

  1. Approved Bats - Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball
  1. Cal Ripken Division - All non-wood bats must have the USABat Marking. The Barrel Maximum is 2 5/8". No BBCOR Bats are permitted in the Cal Ripken Division. For the T-Ball Division, bats must be marked with the USABat T-Ball Stamp.
  2. Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 Division – All non-wood bats must have the USABat Marking or marked BBCOR .50. Bat Barrel - 2 5/8".
  3. Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 Division - All non-wood bats MUST be a BBCOR .50 and no greater than a -3. Barrel - 2 5/8".

 

  1. Rule 11.05; Number 4, Tournament Pitching Rules, Paragraph a. Cal Ripken Rookie Division (7 to 8-years-olds): No pitcher is allowed to pitch in more than two innings per tournament game, with a pitcher not being permitted to pitch in more than 3 consecutive days/games (including double headers, if applicable). If a pitcher pitches in three (3) consecutive days/games (6 innings max), the pitcher is required a day rest. The 6-inning max would reset after a day’s rest.

 

  1. 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)

 

  1. Cal Ripken 9 and Cal Ripken 11-Year-Old Regional Champions - The leagues that win their respective 2018 Cal Ripken 9-Year-Old Regional Tournament and 2018 Cal Ripken Major/70 11-Year-Old Regional Tournament will be invited to participate as invitational teams at the 2019 Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series and Cal Ripken Major 70 World Series. Babe Ruth Headquarters will prepare explicit Pre-World Series Instructions to be presented to the winners of the 2018 Cal Ripken 9-Year-Old Regional Tournament and the Cal Ripken Major/70 11-Year-Old Regional Tournament that detail their obligations, such as paying their own team travel to and from the 2019 Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old and Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series, as well as their meals and lodging at an approved World Series Hotel. The leagues accepting this invitation will be permitted to participate in 2019 Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old and Cal Ripken Major/70 District and State competition, but will not be eligible to participate in regional play.

 

  1. Tournament Team Administration Fee – Beginning with the 2018 season, Babe Ruth League will implement a $25 Tournament Team Administration Fee for the Cal Ripken 9-Year-Old and Cal Ripken 11/70 tournament teams.

 

  1. Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth BaseballLocal League and Tournament Play Special Rules and Regulations - FORFEITED GAME:
  1. Local League Play - If the local league has elected to use a pitch count for local league play, regardless if a game was forfeited before it became a regulation game or after it became a regulation game, all pitches will count towards the pitch count.
  2. Tournament Play (Pitch Count) - If a game was forfeited before it became a regulation game or after it became a regulation game, all pitches will count towards the pitch count.

 

  1. Coaches Uniforms – Tournament CompetitionIf coaches wear pullovers jackets, they must have the Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball or Babe Ruth Softball approved shoulder emblem on the sleeve or chest. (No numbers required on the back of the pullovers)

2018 BAT RULES

New 2018 Bat Rules

 

Effective January 1, 2018 the Babe Ruth League rules governing legal bats for T-Ball, Cal Ripken and 13-15 Baseball are changed.

 

 

It is important to get this information out to all parents and coaches so they don’t spend money on bats that can’t be used.

  

T-Ball

 

Allowable Bats:        http://baberuthleague.org/media/301774/USABat%20Tee%20Ball%20Sticker%20Program%20Overview.pdf

 

Allowable Balls:       https://usabat.com/approved-tee-balls/

 

Buy Stickers Here:   https://usabaseballshop.com/collections/accessories/products/usabat-tee-ball-sticker?variant=44877922632

 

 

Cal Ripken All existing non-wood bats must be replaced. BBCOR bats are not allowed.

 

Allowable* Bats:       https://usabat.com/

 

 

13-15

 

Allowable* Bats:       BBCOR .50 bats are still allowed as well as bats with the USABat marking that was applied by the manufacturer (link above)

 

 

*Note: Wood bats are still allowed.


USA BASEBALL, MEMBER ORGINIZATIONS ANNOUCES NEW YOUTH BAT PERFORMANCE TESTING PROGRAM

 

USA Baseball Logo

 

Implementation of USABat Standard Begins on January 1, 2018

 

USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the U.S., in conjunction with participating national member organizations (NMOs) announced the decision to adopt a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats.  Informed by the research of leading scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee, and supported by its NMOs, -- including the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball -- USA Baseball has concluded that recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats, now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.

 

The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat), which will apply to bats that are classified below the NCAA and NFHS level of play, will be implemented on January 1, 2018, allowing the bat manufacturers sufficient time to bring these bats to the marketplace.

 

The Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc. have approved the use of the 2 5/8 inch barrel bats for local league play and tournament play beginning in January 2018 and coinciding with the new USA Bat standard.

 

Similar to the NCAA and NFHS BBCOR standard, which helped to eliminate discrepancies with different length bats and thus provide a more direct measure of bat performance, the new USA Baseball bat standard will allow youth baseball organizations in the United States to reach their goal of establishing a wood-like standard, a standard that will provide for the long-term integrity of the game.

 

It is important to note there will be no immediate change to youth baseball organizations’ bat rules.  All bats, currently accepted for the respective leagues, remain permissible through December 31, 2017.  Each participating national member organization will incorporate the new standard into their rules for the 2018 season and will begin, with this announcement, to inform their membership of the USABat standard.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the USABat standard:

 

Which national member organizations are implementing this new standard?

 

To date, the following organizations are participating (in alphabetical order): American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball.

 

Why the change to a wood-like standard?

 

USA Baseball’s national member organizations believe that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game. The new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so young players can use bats made with light-weight materials.

 

Why not just use wood bats?

 

Wood is a scarce resource. The new bats will be designed to perform much like wood, where its performance will be limited to the highest performing wood.

How is the USABat standard different from the BBCOR standard used by the NCAA and NFHS?

 

Both the USA Baseball and NCAA bat performance tests are based on the coefficient of restitution from a bat-ball impact. The scale of results is different, however, since they use different test balls and test speeds. The testing difference is necessary to address the various levels of play in the respective age groups.

 

Why is USA Baseball involved?  

 

The national member organizations asked USA Baseball as the national governing body to take the lead in this process to establish a new standard.  Many other national governing bodies set and enforce standards for the equipment in their respective sports. To that end, USA Baseball established a Bat Study Committee of leading scientists and conducted theoretical modeling, field testing and lab testing. The committee shared its findings with the national member organizations, who then endorsed the new USABat standard.

 

Who were the scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee?

 

Alan Nathan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois

 

Dan Russell, Ph.D. Professor of Acoustics at Penn State University

 

Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. Research Director of American Sports Medicine Institute

 

Why wait until 2018?

 

The implementation date of 2018 will allow bat manufacturers sufficient time to conduct the appropriate research, design, testing, manufacturing and shipping needed to get new bats into retail outlets. This date also allows the participating national member organizations adequate time to educate their memberships of the USABat standard.

 

Is my current bat good for league play?

 

Yes.  Current league-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017.

 

Is safety the reason for the change?

 

No.  Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports for youth participants.

 

How will I know which bat to buy?

 

All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations.

 

When can I buy the new bat?

 

It is the intention of the bat manufacturers to make the new bats available in the fall of 2017, in sufficient time for the 2018 season.

 

 

 


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)

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COVENTRY BABE RUTH

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