The International Board of Directors of Babe Ruth League, Inc. has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2017 season. These changes are reflected in the 2017 BRL Rules and Regulations.

CAL RIPKEN/BABE RUTH BASEBALL

1.  BASEBALLCal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth 13-15 Baseball, and Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball - 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 pitch).  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

7-8

50

1-20

21-35

36+

9-10

75

1-40

41-65

66+

11-12

85

1-40

41-65

66+

13-15

95

1-45

46-75

76+

16-18

105

1-45

46-75

76+

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.

  1. 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.
  2. All pitchers must adhere to the pitch count rest requirements before pitching in another tournament game.
  3. All players have full pitching eligibility beginning at each level of tournament competition. (District, State, Area, Regional, and World Series)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Swing Player Options - If a 15-year-old player swings up and participates on the 16-18 tournament team and pitches, they will abide by the 16-18 tournament pitching rules.  Same would apply if a 12-year-old player swings up and participates on a 13-year-old tournament team, they will abide by the 13-15-year-old tournament pitching rule. Whatever the age of the tournament will determine the pitch count regardless of the player's league age.

 
Official Pitch Count Record

  1. The Tournament Director must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count statistician.  The 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.
  2. The pitch count statistician must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire. However, the manager has the ultimate responsibility for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed to meet the mandated rest requirements.
  3. The official pitch count statistician should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted above. The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed. However, the failure by the pitch count statistician to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in- chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.

2. Cal Ripken Baseball; Babe Ruth Baseball - CHROME CATCHER’S MASK/HELMET - Chrome batting helmets; Chrome Catcher's Mask/Helmet are not permitted in Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball for local league and tournament play. The batting helmet; catcher's mask/helmet shall not have a chrome or mirror-like surface. The chrome or mirror-like surface is illegal due to its distracting nature which may be dangerous to other players

3. Rule 0.04  Paragraph 3 - A team roster and league schedule shall be filed with the SI-Play system for Babe Ruth League, Inc.

BABE RUTH SOFTBALL 

  • Team Composition  Beginning with the 2017 season, an official softball team roster (local league and tournament play) may consist of one (1) manager and three (3) coaches.  This rule change increases the number of coaches permitted from two (2) to three (3).
  • Chrome Batting Helmets Chrome batting helmets are not permitted in Babe Ruth Softball local league and tournament play.  The batting helmet shall not have a chrome or mirror-like surface.  The chrome or mirror-like surface of the batting helmet is illegal due to its distracting nature which may be dangerous to other players.
     
    • Shown below are clarifications to existing rules:
  • Rule 0.04  Paragraph 3
    A team roster and league schedule shall be filed with the SI-Play system for Babe Ruth League, Inc.
  • Rule 11.06 Note
    The eligibility of teams to compete, seeding and format are under the jurisdiction of the District, State, and Regional Commissioners and the National Commissioner.
  • Rule 1.11 (h)
    Uniforms for team managers and coaches  The team manager and coaches will be required to wear identical uniforms consisting of the following: (1) a shirt in the same colors as the team™s uniform, (2) dress shorts or pants of the same style and in the same colors as the team’s uniform, and (3) athletic footwear including running shoes, sneakers, cleats and excluding open toed footwear.

2017 Tournament Trail Schedule:

  • District Competition - June 22 - 25 (All Ages)
  • State Competition - June 29 - July 2 (All Ages)
  • Regional Competition - July 6 - 9 (All Ages)
  • *Softball 14U/16U  World Series - July 19 - 27
  • *Softball 8U/10U/12U World Series - July 28 - August 5

*All Softball World Series hosted by Treasure Coast, Florida
As a chartered league of Babe Ruth Softball with teams signed up to compete in the tournament trail, your team(s) are permitted to participate in all levels of the Softball Tournament Trail.  However, you must compete in all levels of tournament play that are offered in your area to advance to a higher level.  For example, in order to compete in the regional tournament, your league must compete in District and State competition first, if such competition is offered in your area.  Please contact your District, State and Regional Commissioners for the dates, locations and reporting times for each tournament event.

CLARIFICATION TO EXISTING RULE 0.01, PARAGRAPH 6
FOR CAL RIPKEN/BABE RUTH BASEBALL AND BABE RUTH SOFTBALL

  • Rule 0.01 - Requirement for Charter - Paragraph 6  For Leagues that use a  Third Party Insurance Provider (not Babe Ruth/K&K Insurance) for your League’s Liability Insurance
  • You must have a minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence limit of liability insurance coverage.
  • Your league should be named insured or referenced in the description of operations to show they are covered. 
  • The certificate should show evidence there is coverage under the General Liability for claims of negligence brought by athletic participants against the insured league.  This can be reflected in a variety of ways.  Please use one of the following three acceptable methods to reflect this:
     
    1. A Legal Liability to Participant limit of $1,000,000 shown on the certificate.
    2. Under the Type of Insurance General Liability sections putting “Athletic Participants” with an “X” indicating coverage next to it.
    3. A Statement in the Description of Operations box that claims brought by athletic participants are covered or not excluded.
  • “Babe Ruth League, Inc.” must be named as additional insured.  Also required is the wording ”The Certificate Holder is an additional insured with respect to the operations of the named insured”.  Our new address is:  1670 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton, New Jersey 08619.

For a sample certificate with the suggested, contact your Headquarters Service Representative.  The certificate can be emailed to our office, faxed to 609-695-2505 or sent via email.

An item of concern is coverage for ““sexual abuse/molestation”.   It is recommended that there is coverage for this with a $1,000,000 per occurrence/$2,000,000 aggregate. This is not required to meet the current Babe Ruth League rules.

Latest Rule Changes for 2016
Updated 10/7/2015

The International Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2016 season. These changes will be reflected in the 2016 Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules and Regulations.

  • Cal Ripken Division – Fake Bunt – Slash Bunt– A batter is out for illegal action when theplayer fakes a bunt and then takes a full swing, thus eliminating a player from fake bunting the ball.Penalty:Batter is out, the ball is dead, no runners may advance.
  • Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth 13-15 Baseball, and Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball–Rule 11.06 Paragraph 7 (NOTE) – A Cal Ripken Baseball (all divisions) host league, a Babe Ruth 13-15 Baseball (all divisions) host league, and a Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 host league is given the option of having one or two tournament teams – one team as the host team and one team to compete through the regular tournament competition bracket. At no time is it permissible for a player, manager or coach to appear on more than one tournament team roster in the same season.
  • Tournament Team Administration Fee–Beginning with the 2016 season, Babe Ruth League will implement a Tournament Team Administration Fee to help offset the cost of the Official Tournament Trail leading the Cal Ripken Baseball World Series, Babe Ruth Baseball World Series, and Babe Ruth Softball World Series. Babe Ruth League continues to offer a first-class, positive and memorable experience for all players, coaches, families and local league officials. Please note the following fees:
  • TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION FEES
  • Cal Ripken Baseball Division
  • 10-Year-Old Tournament Team - $25
  • 12-Year-Old Tournament Team Major 60 - $25
  • 12-Year-Old Tournament Team Major 70 - $25
  • Babe Ruth Baseball Division
  • 13-Year-Old Tournament Team - $25
  • 14-Year-Old Tournament Team - $25
  • 13-15-Year-Old Tournament Team - $25
  • 16-18-Year-Old Tournament Team - $75
     
  • Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball–Any Cal Ripken Baseball or Babe Ruth Baseball League may elect to use a pitch count during local league games.  .For more information on Pitch Counts, please visit www.baberuthleague.org and click on the “Pitch Smart” link.
  • CLARIFICATION -Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, and Babe Ruth Softball–Rule 11.05, Paragraph 10 - All protests concerning player eligibility must be presented in writing from the protesting League President with clear indication of proof for the protest.
  • CLARIFICATION -Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, and Babe Ruth Softball–– Rule 0.01,Paragraph 5 (b.) –With the State Commissioner’s approval, if the physical location of the school where a player attends classes during the traditional academic year is within the boundaries of an established league, the player is permitted to participate in the established league. (Note: This excludes home schools, cyber schools, sports-related schools, sports academies, or after school where a student participates outside of the primary school in which the player is enrolled.) A player is only eligible to participate in one Cal Ripken Baseball; Babe Ruth Baseball; or Babe Ruth Softball League.
  • CLARIFICATION -Babe Ruth Baseball, Cal Ripken Baseball, and Babe Ruth Softball- ALCHOHOL/TOBACCO (All Divisions)–Babe Ruth League prohibits the use of all alcohol and tobacco products on all field and dugouts for both local league and tournament competition. These products include smokeless tobacco,E-cigarettes, vapors, and all related alcohol products.
  • CLARIFICATION -Babe Ruth Baseball, Cal Ripken Baseball, and Babe Ruth Softball– Rule 11.04, Documents – NOTE – These documents must stay in possession of the Tournament Director during each tournament level. These same documents shall accompany the team as they advance in tournament competition. Failure to produce the required documentation can result in the disqualification and elimination of a player, team or league from tournament play.

Latest Rule Changes for 2015
Updated 2/20/2015

The International Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2015 season. These changes will be reflected in the 2015 Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules and Regulations.

  • Background Checks (All Divisions of Babe Ruth League, Inc.)  Effective with the 2015 season, a volunteer who successfully passes a nationwide background check; this background check will be valid for a three-year period. For example, a volunteer who successfully passed a background check in 2014; this background check will be good through the 2016 season, and the next background check for this volunteer would not be required until the 2017 season. A volunteer who successfully passes a background check during the 2015; the background check is good through the 2017 season.
  • Cal Ripken Division   Fake Bunt   Slash Bunt   Effective 2015 Tournament Season “ A batter is out for illegal action when the  player fakes a bunt and then takes a full swing, thus eliminating a player from fake bunting the ball.  Penalty:   Batter is out, the ball is dead, no runners may advance.
  • Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 Division  The Designated Hitter has been replaced with an Extra Player  EP for local league and Babe Ruth tournament competition, which includes District, State and Regional competition, as well as the 16-18 World Series. Prior to the beginning of each tournament game, the manager may elect to add a tenth hitter to the batting order. The player will be indicted in the line-up as the  EP  The  EP cannot be added to the line-up once the game begins. The  EP will be treated as any other starter, and cannot be eliminated during the course of the game. If a team starts with 10 players, the team must finish with 10 players. Penalty shall be a forfeit.
  • Rulebook  “ Rule 0.01“ REQUIREMENTS FOR CHARTER (paragraph 5) (All Divisions of Babe Ruth League, Inc.)  State Commissioners shall approve geographical boundaries established by each league in conjunction with the District Commissioner in whose district that league exists and operates. Appropriate written descriptions, maps or specifications of boundary limitations, must be certified by and filed with the State Commissioner and submitted to Babe Ruth League, Inc. for final approval. A player must play within the league’s geographical boundaries in which the player resides. This is determined according to the legal residence of the player’s parents or legal guardian.  Waivers permitting a player to play outside of his geographical boundaries are not permitted in Babe Ruth League.  League geographical boundaries shall be subject to review and adjustment by the State or Regional Commissioner and Babe Ruth League, Inc. whenever it is deemed advisable. Geographical boundaries are established to eliminate competition of an undesirable nature, but shall not be established to prevent healthy expansion of teams and leagues within any given area.  The only exceptions to the above rule are as follows:
    1. If a player rostered on a Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball or Babe Ruth Softball team moved outside of that league’s geographical boundaries. In this case, the player may finish his/her playing career in the respective division of that league.
    2. NEW   If the physical location of the school where a player attends classes during the traditional academic year is within the boundaries of an established league, the player is permitted to participate in the established league. (Note: This excludes home schools, cyber schools, sports-related schools, sports academies, or after school where a student participates outside of the primary school in which the player is enrolled.)  Once a player selects to participate in a league where the player is eligible, the player must finish the current season in the same league under the school boundary rule.

      Players and their parents/guardians are advised that a false statement of residence or school attendance may lead to ineligibility to participate in Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball or Babe Ruth Softball. Any league who fails to comply with the Geographical Boundaries and School Attendance Player Eligibility Requirements  may result in the disqualification of a player, team from regular season and/or tournament play.
  • Babe Ruth Baseball and Cal Ripken Baseball (All Divisions)  “ Contact Rule “ If a runner attempting to reach home plate or another base intentionally and maliciously runs into a defensive player in the area of home plate or a base, he will be called out and ejected from the game.
  • Babe Ruth Baseball and Cal Ripken Baseball (All Divisions)  Anyone warming up a pitcher at any location shall wear a mask. A throat protector is considered part of the catcher’s mask.
  • Babe Ruth League, Inc.    All Divisions  If any bat in Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball or Babe Ruth Softball cannot be clearly identified for its make and model to determine the barrel composition, then the bat should be removed from the game.
  • Babe Ruth Softball (14U, 16U and 18U Divisions) Rule 2.00   Definition of Shoes  Metal cleats are permitted in the 14U, 16U and 18U divisions. In the 10U and 12U divisions, only rubber cleats will be permitted.

Latest Rule Changes for 2014
Updated 10/22/2013

The International Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2014 season.  These changes will be reflected in the 2014 Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules and Regulations.

  • Background Checks (All Divisions of Babe Ruth League, Inc.)“ Babe Ruth League, Inc. programs, nationwide, are required to annually conduct a background check on all managers, coaches, board of directors’ members, as well as any other persons and volunteers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams.  The purpose of these background checks is, first and foremost, to protect the players.
  • Babe Ruth Baseball 13 Prep Division and 13-15 Division“ Local League and Tournament Play Special Rules and Regulations “ Extra Player (formally the EH extra Hitter).  Prior to the beginning of each tournament game, a team may elect to add a tenth hitter to the batting order for District, State and Regional tournament competition, as well as the Babe Ruth 13-Year-Old World Series, Babe Ruth 14-Year-Old World Series and Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series.  The player will be indicated in the line-up as the EP.  The EP cannot be added to the line-up once the game begins.  The EP will be treated as any other starter, and cannot be eliminated during the course of the game.  If a team starts with 10 players, the team must finish with 10 players.  Penalty shall be a forfeit.
  • Babe Ruth 16-18 Division “ Designated Hitter “ Rule 6.10 “ Any Babe Ruth 16-18 League may elect to use the Designated Hitter Rule.  The rule provides as follows: 
A hitter may be designated to bat for the starting pitcher and all subsequent pitchers in any game without otherwise affecting the status of the pitcher(s) in the game.  A Designated Hitter for the pitcher must be selected prior to the game and must be included in the lineup cards presented to the Umpire-in-Chief. 
The Designated Hitter named in the starting lineup must come to bat at least one time, unless the opposing club changes pitchers.  It is not mandatory that a club designate a hitter for the pitcher, but failure to do so prior to the game precludes the use of a Designated Hitter for that game.
Pinch hitters for a Designated Hitter may be used.  Any substitute hitter for a Designated Hitter becomes the Designated Hitter.  A  replaced Designated Hitter shall not re-enter the game in any capacity. 
The Designated Hitter may be used defensively, continuing to bat in the same position in the batting order, but the pitcher must then bat in the place of the substituted defensive player, unless more than one substitution is made, and the manager then must designate their spots in the batting order. 
A runner may be substituted for the Designated Hitter and the runner assumes the role of Designated Hitter.  A Designated Hitter may not pinch run. 
A Designated Hitter is locked into the batting order.  No multiple substitutions may be made that will alter the batting rotation of the Designated Hitter. 
Once the game pitcher is switched from the mound to a defensive position, this move shall terminate the Designated Hitter role for the remainder of the game. 
Once the game pitcher bats for the Designated Hitter, this move shall terminate the Designated Hitter role for the remainder of the game.  (The game pitcher may only pinch-hit for the Designated Hitter.)
Once a Designated Hitter assumes a defensive position, this move shall terminate the Designated Hitter role for the remainder of the game.  A substitute for the Designated Hitter need not be announced until it is the Designated Hitter’s turn to bat.
  • Cal Ripken Baseball, Major/60 Division “ Dropped Third Strike 6.09(b)” The batter becomes a runner when the third strike called by an umpire is not caught, providing (1) first base is unoccupied or (2) first base is occupied with two outs.
  • Babe Ruth Softball Tournament Regulations (10U Division)“ Rule 11.05, Paragraph 12 “Increased the softball tournament pitching limitations in the 10U and younger divisions from six (6) innings to nine (9) innings in any two successive games.
  • Cal Ripken Baseball Major/70 Division; Babe Ruth 13-15 Division; Babe Ruth 16-18 Division “ Rule 8.05(c) Comment:  Requires the pitcher, while touching his plate, to step directly toward a base before throwing to that base.  If a pitcher turns or spins off of his free foot without actually stepping or if he turns his body and throws before stepping, it is a balk.
A pitcher is to step directly toward a base before throwing to that base, and is required to throw (except to second base) because he steps.  It is a balk if, with runners on first and third, the pitcher steps toward third and does not throw, merely to bluff the runner back to third; then seeing the runner on first start for second, turn and step toward and throw to first base.  It is legal for a pitcher to feint a throw to second base.
(d) The pitcher, while touching his plate, throws, or feints a throw to an unoccupied base, except for the purpose of making a play;
(e)  The pitcher makes an illegal pitch.
Rule Changes for 2013
  1. Babe Ruth Baseball, Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Softball, all umpires are required to be a Babe Ruth League, Inc. National Umpire Association member to work district, state, regional and  World Series.
  2. Cal Ripken Baseball Division (only) a team may elect to add a tenth hitter to the batting order for district, state and regional tournament competition as well as the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old  World Series, Cal Ripken Major 60 World Series and Cal Ripken Major 70 World Series.  Prior to the beginning of the game, this player will be indicated in the line-up as the "EH".  The "EH" will be treated as any other starter, and cannot be eliminated during the course of the game.  NOTE:  If a team's line up starts with 10 players, the team must finish with 10 players.  Penalty shall be a forfeit.
  3. Mercy Rule,  The Midwest Plains is experimenting with a pilot program to utilize a mercy rule for District Tournaments only, for all age divisions.  If, after three innings, a team leads by 20 runs (all age divisions), or in 13-15 and 16-18, a team leads by 15 runs after four innings, the game is considered official and will terminate.  The usual 10-run-rule will apply in all age divisions as in the past.  This rule is in effect for district tournaments only and will not be used in state or regional tournaments.

Rule Changes for 2009

Local League and Tournament Play Special Rules and Regulations

The Bat (16-18 Division) The Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 Division has adopted standards for metal bats that limit the diameter of the bat to 2 5/8”.  Also, the weight-length differential can be no greater than minus three (example - 32-inch bat must weigh at least 29 ounces).  Wood bats conforming to the dimensions described in Official Baseball Rule 1.10 are approved for use in Babe Ruth League.

Shoulder Emblems - (All Baseball and Softball Divisions) - The Official Cal Ripken Baseball (4-12) or Babe Ruth Baseball (13-18) and Babe Ruth Softball (4-18) Shoulder Emblem are required to be worn and permanently affixed to the uniform jersey for World Series Competition.  (Teams will continue to have the option to use either the Shoulder Emblem or Cap Emblem Option for District, State and Regional tournament play).

16-18 Babe Ruth Baseball Division (only), rule 0.02, Paragraph 2a -Any player born prior to May 1, 1993 and on or after January 1, 1990 will be eligible for Babe Ruth 16-18 League competition - Season 2009.  Any player born in 1990, 1991, and 1992 are eligible for Babe Ruth 16-18 Division.  Players born in January, February, March and April of 1993 must play in the 16-18 Division.  Players league age 15 by Mar 1 age determination date are eligible to be swing players in the 16-18 Division.

TOURNAMENT RULE, 11.05 PLAYING RULES, Paragraph 4 - (Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth 13-15 Divisions) - No pitcher in Cal Ripken tournament play shall be allowed to pitch in more than six innings in any two successive tournament games within the same tournament level (e.g. All players have full pitching eligibility beginning at each level of tournament competition).  Example - teams advancing from District Tournament competition to State Tournament competition, players have full pitching eligibility.  No pitcher in 13-15 tournament play shall be allowed to pitch more than seven innings in any two successive tournament games within the same tournament level (e.g. All players have full pitching eligibility beginning at each level of tournament competition).  Example - teams advancing from District Tournament competition to State Tournament Competition, players have full pitching eligibility.  For the 2009 season the pitching eligibility regulations will be in effect throughout the entire tournament level.  Pitching limitations, if applicable, will not begin over (reset) at beginning of the single-elimination competition.

TOURNAMENT RULE 11.06 JURISDICTION, PARAGRAPH 9 - (All Baseball and Softball Divisions) When housing of players is required during tournament competition, the Host Family Plan will be under the jurisdiction of the respective district, state and regional commissioner as per Rule 11.06, #1,2 and 3.  The World Series will be under the jurisdiction of Babe Rueh League, Inc. Headquarters.  Any team or player refusing to comply with this rule shall be ineligible for tournament competition.

Rule Changes for 2006

Beginning with the 2006 season, the age determination date will change from August 1 to May 1.  For the 16-18 Division, Babe Ruth League, Inc. will disallow “league age” 19 year-old players from participating in the 16-18 Division.  Rule 0.02, paragraph 2(a) will indicate that any player born prior to May 1, 1990 and on or after May 1, 1987 will be eligible for Babe Ruth 16-18 League competition. 

A twelve year-old player has the option of “playing up” with the 13 year-old players providing he/she has the permission of the Cal Ripken League President.  This player may play with 12 year-olds or 13 year-olds or both during the regular season, but can only play on one post season team, and must meet all eligibility requirements in the age division he/she chooses to particpate in.

Rule Changes for 2005

For Kansas District Tournaments, 9 year-old division only, there will be a five (5) run limit per team per inning.  The 10 run rule still applies.  This rule does not apply in State Tournament competition.

Rule Changes for 2004

Charter/Franchise Fees:                                                                                                                       

The charter/franchise fees for Cal Ripken Major, 13-15, and 13-Prep divisions remain at $18.  The Cal Ripken Minor, Rookie, and T-Ball fees are $13.  The Fees for 16-18 and 16-Prep divisions are $23.

Tournament Baseball:                                                                                                                            

The code for the official tournament baseball for the Cal Ripken division has changed to CAL or RCAL for all Cal Ripken Baseball tournament competition.

Jewelry:                                                                                                                                                     

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 so as to remain visible.

Re-entry of Used Player:                                                                                                                        

Babe Ruth League, Inc. will allow re-entry of already used players if all substitutes have been used and injury occurs, or a player is ejected...This type of re-entry can only take place when an injury prevents a player from continuing in the game or a player is ejected.  The injured or ejected player, once removed from the game, cannot re-enter.  (Rule applies to local league and tournament competition.)

Tournament Format:                                                                                                                              

District, State and Regional Tournament competition shall be decided by using either a double-elimination or a pool play format.  The official tournament brackets issued by Babe Ruth League, Inc. for double-elimination or pool play formats must be used.  NOTE:  The official tiebreakers issued by Babe Ruth League, Inc. for pool play formats must be used.

Team Sponsor Advertising on Uniforms:                                                                                            

NOTE:  All Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Baseball Divisions - Official Baseball Rule 1.11(h) does not apply.

Rule Changes for 2003

PLEASE NOTE: The following will replace rule 0.02, paragraph 2.a and rule 0.05, 1.a as they pertain to the 16-18 division of Babe Ruth Baseball.  All other portions of rule 0.02, paragraph 2.a and the official birth chart as it relates to the Cal Ripken Division and 13-15 Baseball remain unchanged. The new policy has no effect on the 15-Year-Old Swing Player Option.

0.02  DEFINITION OF LEAGUE, PLAYER, SPONSOR, PLAYING RULES                                        

2.  PLAYER.  August 1 shall be the deciding date.                                                                    

a)  16-18 - Any player born prior to August 1, 1987, and on or after August 1, 1983 will be eligible for Babe Ruth 16-18 League competition - Season of 2003.

0.05  TEAM COMPOSITION                                                                                                 

1.  Each team is required to conform to the following regulations:   

      a)  16-18 - each team shall consist of not less than twelve (12) or more than eighteen  (18) players, a manager and two (2) coaches.  Each team shall include a minimum of three (3) 16-year-old players, and no more than eight (8) 18-year-old, or eight (8) 19 year-old, or a combination of no more than eight (8) 18- and 19-year-old players.  The sum of the numbers of 18- and 19-year-old players may not exceed eight (8).

        NOTE:  If a League registers with Babe Ruth League, Inc. a minimum of a four team Prep League which takes in the 16-year-old players, each 16-18 year old team shall consist of no more than twelve (12) 18-year-old, or twelve (12) 19-year-old, or a combination of no more than twelve (12) 18- and 19-year-old players.  The sum of the numbers of 18- and 19-year-old players may not exceed twelve (12).  The remaining six (6) players would be either 16- or 17-year-old players.  Sixteen-year-old players listed on the league’s 16-18 year-old team roster may also participate in the Prep League at the local league’s option.

Jewelry (All Divisions)

Beginning with the 2003 season, the jewelry rule will remain the same, except that it will now apply only to players and not to coaches and managers.

Rule 11.05, paragraph 3 (all divisions) - Beginning with the 2004 season, this rule will be changed to read, “District, State and Regional tournament competition shall be decided by using either a double elimination or a pool play format.”  The official tournament brackets issued by Babe Ruth League, Inc. for double elimination or pool play formats must be used.  The choice of using double elimination or a pool play format will be at the jurisdiction of the District, State or Regional Commissioner.  Except for the 10-Year-Old World Series, World Series level of play will continue to use a pool play format, with the teams advancing to a single elimination bracket to determine the World Series champion.

Rule 11.05, paragraph 9 (all divisions) - Beginning with the 2004 season, this rule will be changed to include “or a player is ejected”.  Therefore, the rule will read, “Babe Ruth League will allow re-entry of already used players if all substitutes have been used and an injury occurs or a player is ejected.”  If a player is ejected and all other substitutes have been used, the opposing manager shall select the substitute who will re-enter the game.

Rule 11.06, paragraph 7 - Omitted from this rule, in error, is the statement that a league may have a host team in the state or regional tournament.  However, a host team will be ineligible automatically for a bye.  The proper interpretation of this rule is that the host team, because it has not had to qualify at an earlier level, must play in the bracket that would require it to win the most games in order to be declared the champion.

Age Determination Date Remains the Same

The August 1 age determination date will remain the same for all baseball divisions of Babe Ruth League, inc. for at least the 2003 and 2004 seasons.  Babe Ruth League, Inc. has a verbal agreement with the other amateur youth groups, such as Little League, Pony, Dixie and AABC, that the August 1 date will remain intact, unless through further research we find, as a unit, there is a need to change the August 1 date.

Rule Changes for 2002

Jewelry - Jewelry is prohibited.  Players, coaches and managers shall not wear jewelry.  Medical alert and religious bracelets or necklaces are not considered jewelry.  If worn, they must be taped to the body so as to remain visible.

The following rule was implemented in 2001, but not written in the Rule Book until 2002:

Rule 11.06, Paragraph 7.  A league may have a host team in the State or Regional tournament.  The host team, having received eligibility approval from Babe Ruth League, Inc. shall be eligible to enter official tournament competition beginning at the district level of play rather than not be permitted to enter official tournament competition until they host.  A Babe Ruth or Cal Ripken league that has two divisions and is hosting a district, state or regional tournament MUST declare which division will be considered the host prior to the start of district tournaments.

At the League President’s discretion, a state or regional host team may choose, although it is not required to participate in an official Babe Ruth Baseball tournament competition prior to its first game as host team.

If a state or regional host team participates in an official tournament trail competition prior to its first game as host team and wins, both it and the second-place team will advance to the next level.  If the host team loses in an official tournament trail competition prior to its first game as host team, it will not participate again until the tournament it is hosting, but will be eligible to participate at that time.

Rule Changes for 2001

1. Rule 0.01, Paragraph 6 now indicates the General Liability Insurance must provide coverage for all participants and league volunteers at a minimum limit of $1,000,000.

Rule 11.05, Paragraph 3 now indicates a new World Series format, which will consist of round robin competition, with the three top teams from each division advancing to a single elimination bracket to determine the World Series Champion.  This format will be used at the Cal Ripken, 13-Year-Old, 14-Year-Old, 13-15, 16-Year-Old and 16-18 World Series.  This new format will guarantee each participating team playing a minimum of four games.  The double elimination format will be used at the 10 & Under World Series.

Rule 11.06, Paragraph 7 now permits a host team to enter official tournament competition beginning at the district level of play, rather than wait until the tournament level they will be hosting.  For example, if your league is hosting a regional tournament, your host team will be permitted to compete in district tournament competition.  Should they lose at the district level or advance to the state and lose at the state level, they will still be permitted to serve as a host team at the regional tournament.  To further clarify this rule, if a league’s host team, who is hosting a regional tournament, wins the state competition, they would be considered the state champion.  However, they would compete at the regional tournament as the host team.  The runner-up of the state tournament would serve as the state representative at the regional tournament.  This change is being made for all tournament competition:   10 & Under, Cal Ripken, 13-Year-Old, 14-Year-Old, 13-15, 16-Year-Old, and 16-18.  The above rule changes are in effect for 2001; however, will not be added to the rule book until 2002.

Tournament Baseball - Rawlings is the only official Tournament Baseball to be used for all District, State, regional and World Series competition.  The Rawlings tournament baseball has a cushion corked rubber pill center.  The Rawlings baseballs marked BRO or RBRO are to be used for all 13-15 tournament competition.  The Rawlings baseballs marked BRORIP or RBRORIP are to be used for al Cal Ripken Baseball tournament competition.

2001 Changes for Kansas

Effective in 2001, the following Kansas Rules will apply:

1.  For all state tournaments, the head umpire must be Babe Ruth certified and it is strongly recommended that all others be certified.  In the year 2003, all state tournament umpires must be certified.

2.  For state tournaments, the team from the host site’s district will commute to the state tournament and any team from an adjoining district which is within a 60 mile radius of the host site must commute.

Rule Changes Implemented for the 2000 Season

1.  Rule 0.04, Paragraph 3 (Cal Ripken and 13-15 Divisions) and Rule 12.04, Paragraph 3 (16-18 Division) will be changed to allow a league to play an interlocking league schedule with other Cal Ripken, 13-15 or 16-18 leagues.

2.  Rule 11.04, Paragraph 1(b) (Cal Ripken and 13-15 Divisions) and Rule 13.04, Paragraph 1(b) (16-18 Division) will be changed to permit the League President to sign the tournament team roster verifying that each player has met the local league season participation requirement.  This will eliminate the manager having to bring score books with him to tournament competition.

3.  Rule 11.01, Paragraph 3 (Cal Ripken and 13-15 Divisions) and Rule 13.01, Paragraph 3 (16-18 Division) will be changed to indicate Babe Ruth League, Inc. will issue the League Letters of Eligibility.  The last sentence of the Letter of Eligibility will indicate that the letter is valid only if the league has complied in paying the state dues.  This will lessen the paperwork required of the State Commissioner.

RECAP OF OTHER RULES SURVEYED (2000)

1.  Rule 11.03, Paragraph 1(d) (Cal Ripken and 13-15 Divisions) and Rule 13.03, Paragraph 1(d) (16-18-Division) will remain the same.  A player will have to play in at least one half of his team’s scheduled league games played prior to the start of tournament play.

2.  Use of the Host Family Plan will remain the same.  This means when housing of players is required during tournament competition, which includes World Series level of play, the Host Family Plan must be used.  Any team or player refusing to stay in Host Family homes will be removed from the tournament.

3.  The extra hitter rule will remain a local league option; however it will not be permitted in tournament competition.

4.  In 16-18 competition, Babe Ruth League, Inc. will not adopt the usage of the designated hitter or insert any pitching regulation either at the local league level or during tournament competition.  Babe Rule League, Inc. will continue to study both of these issues.

5.  In the Cal Ripken Division, Babe Ruth League, Inc. will not make any changes in the size of the base paths or pitching distance.  We will continue to study these issues.

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