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Bat Rules
by posted 02/19/2020


Updated  

For 2020 Playing Season

Babe Ruth League, Inc. Approved and Non-Compliant Bats

Having trouble finding a particular USABat model? You may access the USABat Finder tool to request information on where to obtain the bat you would like.
"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.

2020 Updated USA Baseball Bat Guide

For comprehensive USA Bat information updated for 2020 Click Here to view the guide online.

Babe Ruth League Bat Rules

2020
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.

* Easton Ghost (GOLD) is not permitted in any level of Babe Ruth Softball Play.
   This does NOT affect the (BLUE) Ghost Blue is permitted.

 


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
New England, Southeast, Midwest Plains Rob Connor
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Safer Sports for All
by posted 02/01/2019


To Babe Ruth League Managers, Coaches and Volunteers:

As previously announced, Babe Ruth League has teamed up with SportsEngine to help us keep kids safe with an advanced and streamlined safety program. Now that we have successfully transitioned to this new system, it’s time for all managers, coaches, and volunteers to complete their comprehensive background screening and abuse prevention training.

Completion is mandatory for all 2019 managers, coaches, and volunteers.

Please refer to the league website for further information on the safety program requirements, or go directly to the coaches and volunteer safety registration link to access the safety program and complete the required steps.

Helpful resources

Please refer to the list of frequently asked questions that provides additional details for league administrators, coaches, and volunteers regarding the new screening process.

Need help with your SportsEngine account? View the account guide.

 

Best,

 

Babe Ruth League Headquarters

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Coaching Certification Program
by Heartwell Baseball Inc. posted 11/15/2012




MANAGERS AND COACHES 

We are currently looking for quality managers and coaches who are interested in developing young kids into great baseball players. If you are looking for an opportunity to be a manager or coach, contact our  Dir. of Managers and Coaches.
 
Our league places an emphasis on balanced teams, which allow for competitive games. We are looking for coaches to teach sportsmanship and teamwork, as well as the fundamentals of baseball.
 
Yes, coaching certification is required if you want to coach or manage a team. If you need help or need more information to be able to acquire your certification please ask one of our board members. 
 
(From the Babe Ruth/Ripken National website: http://www.baberuthleague.org
There is no one single factor that can have more of a positive impact on our players than improving the quality and knowledge of our managers and coaches. It is a fact that managers and coaches are the ones who spend the most time interacting with our participants and the ones who can make a child’s experience in youth sports fun and memorable. Therefore, it is very important for youth coaches to be properly trained to focus more on the child’s baseball experience and less on winning games.

With this in mind, the Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program was developed. Under the program, all baseball coaches must complete coaching education before the beginning of the spring season.
Go to - http://www.baberuthcoaching.org/
 
The Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program consists of the Level 1 coaching certification online courses Coaching Youth Baseball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball Coaches; Babe Ruth League, Inc. and Ripken Baseball, Inc. exclusively endorse these online courses, which are being developed by the American Sport Education Program. The courses are available now, so you have ample time to complete certification requirements prior to the beginning of the spring season.
 
Coaches who complete the Level 1 course with a score of 80% or better will receive the Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program Level 1 certification for baseball and will be able to print a certificate of completion and wallet card from the Web site.

 


There is no one single action that can have more of a positive impact on our players than improving the quality and knowledge of our managers and coaches. It is a fact that managers and coaches are the ones who spend the most time interacting with our participants and the ones who can make a child's experience in youth sports fun and memorable. Therefore, it is very important for youth coaches to be properly trained to focus more on the child's baseball and softball experience and less on winning games.

With this in mind, the Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program was developed. Under the program, which took effect at the start of the 2008 season, all baseball and softball coaches must complete coaching education and certification.

The Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program consists of the following online courses:

  • Coaching Advanced Baseball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Baseball Coaches
  • Coaching Youth Baseball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Baseball Coaches

Babe Ruth League, Inc. and Ripken Baseball, Inc. exclusively endorse these online courses, developed by the American Sport Education Program. Coaches who achieve a score of 80% or better will receive the Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program certification for baseball or softball and will be able to print a certificate of completion and wallet card from the Web site.

Coaches who successfully pass the Babe Ruth League Coaching Education and Certification Program will receive a certification that is valid for their entire coaching career with Babe Ruth League, Inc. This also applies to any coach who has already taken and successfully passed the Babe Ruth Coaching Education and Certification Program.

Order the online course for the sport you coach today!

For a list of frequently asked questions about the Babe Ruth League Coaching Education Program, click here.

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