"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."
To follow up our previous correspondence and information posted on the Babe Ruth League website, the following details on all baseball bats approved by Babe Ruth League, Inc. for local league and tournament play. Such descriptions are included as part of the Babe Ruth League Rules and Regulations.
13-15 BASEBALL DIVISION
The bat may not exceed 34" in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 5/8" in diameter. All aluminum/alloy barrel bats and all composite handle (only) aluminum/alloy barrels are allowed. Only composite barrel bats certified and marked BBCOR .50 will be allowed. Wood barrel bats conforming to the specifications of Official Baseball Rule 1.10 are allowed.
16-18 BASEBALL DIVISION
The bat may not exceed 34" in length and the bat barrel many not exceed 2 5/8" in diameter or be greater than a -3 length to weight ratio. Only metal/composite bats certified and marked BBCOR .50 are allowed. Wood barrel bats conforming to the specifications of Official Baseball Rule 1.10 are allowed.
Babe Ruth League, Inc. – All Divisions – If any bat in Babe Ruth Baseball cannot be clearly identified for its make and model to determine the barrel composition, then the bat should be removed from the game.
NON-COMPLIANT BATS FOR - BABE RUTH
Contained below is a current listing of non-compliant bats that are not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball program or activity.
* Babe Ruth League, Inc. has been informed that Nike Bat Model #Aero CX2-BTO636 (light grey), CX2-BTO573 (dark grey) and CX2-BTO598 (blue)have failed recent performance standard compliance testing.
Effective immediately and until further notice, Nike Bat Model #Aero CX2-BTO636 (light grey), CX2-BTO573 (dark grey) and CX2-BTO598 (blue), including all graphic variations, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.
* The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has advised Babe Ruth League, Inc. that the BBCOR decertification process has been implemented for the following bats:
Marucci CAT-52 33-inch model, CAT-52 34-inch model, and Black 33-inch and 34-inch models
Reebok Vector-TLS 33-inch model
* Babe Ruth League, Inc. has been informed that Louisville Slugger TPX Dynasty -12, (black/red/grey) composite bat has failed recent performance standard compliance testing.
Effective immediately and until further notice, Louisville Slugger (Hillerich & Bradsby) TPX Dynasty bat (Model - YB12D -- (black/red/grey) including all graphic variations, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.*
Babe Ruth League, Inc. has been informed that Mattingly Sports, Inc., Balistk (blue) composite bat has failed recent performance standard compliance testing.
Effective immediately and until further notice, Mattingly Sports, Inc., Balistk bat (Model - BTKYB, blue) including all graphic variations, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.
Effective immediately and until further notice, the bats listed above are not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.
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.
Starting in 2010, each Senior League team will be affiliated, or paired with, an
Intermediate League team. After draft day, all players will
receive a phone call from an affiliation representative (Senior or Intermediate League manager/coach) notifying the player of the affiliation that they were drafted to (for example, the Giants/Braves). This pool of players will practice together as one unified team until rosters are finalized, at which point thirteen
players will be assigned to the Senior League team, and all others to the
Intermediate League team. Consider this the equivalent of Red Sox spring
training - everyone reports to camp, but before the start of the season,
players must be assigned to either Boston or Pawtucket.
During the season, due to injuries or absences, one of the two teams may
need an additional player in order to fill their roster. In this case, a
player normally on one roster will be asked to play for the other roster
for one or more games. In previous years, players were "locked into"
their respective teams at the start of the season, and only under extreme
circumstances did players move between leagues. NOTE: THIS AFFILIATION IS PART OF THE PROGRAM AND PLAYERS SHOULD PLAY UP OR DOWN, AS ASKED.
Q. Why is the league doing this?
A. The original impetus for affiliation came from the looking at the number
of total players in the league, and attempting to preemptively solve the
problem of player shortages. The Rays, an Intermediate League team, was disbanded that year due to the player shortage, and this suggestion was
made to provide more stability to the league. As the idea was discussed,
the league found that there were additional benefits in the plan, namely
the opportunity for increased playing time and the chance for some players
to compete at a higher level. It also gives senior level players the opportunity to play some games in the intermediate level - a great chance for some additional practice.
Q. So... what team am I going to be on?
A. If you are new to the program, as noted above, you will be drafted to one of the affiliations. After additional evaluation from the managers/coaches, you will play at the level that is determined best for you at this time
If you were on a Senior League team last year, you will remain on that
If you were on an Intermediate League team last year and did not try out for Seniors, you will remain on your Intermediate team.
If you were on an Intermediate League team last year and tried out for Seniors , you MAY be drafted by ANY Senior League team. If you are NOT drafted by a senior team, you will return to your current intermediate team.
Q. I played in the Intermediates last year and I did not try out. Will I
be forced to play in the Senior League?
A. If you do not want to play at the Senior League level, bring this up
with the affiliation coaches during practice. All players are placed
based on their current skill and while we make every attempt to please
players, we must make sure that the players are at the correct skill
Q. How does this benefit me as a Senior League/Intermediate League player?
A. For both leagues, affiliation should prevent your team from forfeiting
games. Even losing a game you've played to completion is better than
winning a game by forfeit. Intermediate players who may be
apprehensive about playing at the Senior level, or who may have felt
they were a victim of numbers, affiliation should give them a chance to
play at a higher level on a part-time basis, which was previously
impossible due to the way the league was structured.
Q. What are the team affiliations?
A. Teams were selected by blind draw and are:
A’s / Giants
Braves / Cubs
Red Sox / Indians
Marlins / White Sox
Phillies/ not assigned
Affiliations will be reviewed at the completion of each season and affiliations shuffled every 2-3 years (This will allow coaches to share varying methods and philosophies)
Any questions should first be directed to your team manager. If you need additional information beyond what they have given you, please feel free to contact any board member.
Babe Ruth Life Cycle
For the players, coaches, and managers, it generally starts at the Fall tryout. Many players may get a taste of the “big diamond” from the "fallball " program and the managers start the assessment process for the following year. The winter months settle in and the manager notes are put aside. In March, spring is not that far away and Babe Ruth has another tryout, so kids can once again showcase their skills to the managers and coaches of the current 9 teams. The kids then nervously wait to see which team they will be on with a new season about to begin. As managers and coaches, we evaluate all the players to ensure that we are placing the players at the appropriate levels. Some move into the "A" level called the seniors, while others play in the "B" level called intermediates. The kids are drafted onto their teams and the season begins and before too long, the season is nearing an end. Another year passes and kids graduate and the rookies move up a notch to veteran status. The managers and coaches are all volunteers who all work to ensure that the over 150 players have a positive Babe Ruth experience.
If you have questions or would like to be part of our program, please contact:
Al Ticehurst - 781-281-2154 -