The objective of the League shall be to implant firmly in the children of the community the ideas of good sportsmanship, honesty,loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children.
We are excited to announce our Spring 2017 registration for ages 4-12 are now open! Be sure to complete your registration by 1/15/2017 to avoid a late fee. Registrations must be final by 2/1/2017 to allow time for team selection and uniforms.
To register please click here or follow the menu above entitled 2017 Registration.
** NEW TRAINING PARTNERS **
With the baseball season right around the corner no better time to touch base for the upcoming season. Registration without a late fee is open until January 15th so please make sure to register as soon as you can. In the meantime here are a couple quick updates as to what is on tap to help the kids get ready for this season.
NEW training partners for BOTH Baseball AND Softball. We are still hammering out the details but this year we are looking to work with Power, Pitching and Hitting (PPH) and GameTime Performance (GTP) for our baseball and softball players. Both partners will have limited space available in their clinics so once they become available please make sure to reserve your space.
PPH is based in West Windsor but they will be running our winter clinics out of their Hamilton facility. This will be a 5 week program that will focus on hitting and pitching. They will also be offering a 1 hour clinic for our catchers. The hitting is open to all from Rookie level to Majors. The pitching clinic is reserved for our baseball players in Minors and Majors. The clinic will kick off in mid to late February. We have discussed them offering a mid season clinic at our fields so stay tuned for that as well.
GTP is based in Hamilton and will be offering a 8-12 week training program for our girls. This will be held at GTP's facility and will start in March. Details are still being discussed but we are looking to have these clinics address pitching as a core component. The costs for these clinics will be partially paid for by the league and partially by the parents that have an interest.
Discounted lessons from PPH for all Allentown players. Our new partner has offered to provide discounted lessons, either private or group, for anyone interested. A flyer is attached so if you are interested please contact them directly to discuss the options. (Click Here)
Coaching clinic for all coaches and managers for the upcoming season. In years past we have offered a coaching clinic for the parents that have volunteered their time to coach the kids. We are looking to add this back this year. This will be open to all coaches and managers that are signed up for this season.
We continue to strive to give our kids the best experiences and hopefully you will take the time to register for the upcoming season and take advantage of the many things we have been working on for this upcoming season.
NEW BAT STANDARDS
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018
TO: Babe Ruth League Membership FROM: Steven Tellefsen, President/CEO
DATE: October 14, 2016
RE: Implementation of USABat Standard
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 changeto 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.