2018 Maine Cal Ripken State Meeting

Meeting Notes

Updated Monday May 21, 2018 by Rod Stimpson.

Spring Meeting

Maine Cal Ripken held our annual Spring meeting on Sunday, March 11th at the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville. Here's a recap of what was discussed at the meeting:

- Reg welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming

- The 12U 60’ World Series will be in Waterville in 2020. To help them prepare for hosting this event Waterville will also be hosting this year’s 12U State tournament and the 12U 60’ Regional tournament.

- Reg sends a lot of information via email and has created a listing of contacts. If you aren’t getting his emails, please contact Reg so he can add you to the mailings.

- 2018 Updated rules

• Pitching rules changes. 8YO tournament pitch count rules have changed. (Rule 4.a on page 27 of the 2018 rule book) states "No pitcher is allowed to pitch in more than two innings per game, with a pitcher not being permitted to pitch in more than three (3) consecutive days/games (including double headers if applicable). If a pitcher pitches in 3 consecutive days/games (6 innings max), the pitcher is required a day’s rest. The two innings per game would reset after a day’s rest."

• For all other levels rule 11.5 states no pitcher shall appear in a game as a pitcher for three consecutive days/games regardless of the pitch count.

• Uniforms - 1.11  (a) (1) All players and coaches on a team shall wear uniforms identical in color, trim  and style, and all players uniforms shall include minimal six-inch numbers on their  backs. (2) Any part of an undershirt exposed to view shall be of a uniform solid color  for all players on a team.  Any player other than the pitcher may have numbers,  letters, insignia attached to the sleeve of the undershirt. (3) No player whose  uniform does not conform to that of his teammates shall be permitted to participate  in a game.

NOTE:   All managers and coaches shall be in team uniform during Babe Ruth League, Inc. tournament competition. It is permissible to allow local league uniforms during tournament competition provided they are like in style and have different numbers. Coaches Uniforms – Tournament Competition – If 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)

 (b) A league may provide that (1) each team shall wear a distinctive uniform at all times. (c) (1) Sleeve lengths may vary for individual players, but the sleeves of each individual player shall be approximately the same length. (2) No player shall wear ragged, frayed or slit sleeves. (d) No player shall attach to his uniform tape or other material of a different color from his uniform. (e) No part of the uniform shall include a pattern that imitates or suggests the shape  of a baseball. (f) Glass buttons or polished metal shall not be used on a uniform.

NOTE:  Jewelry is prohibited in all divisions of Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Baseball. See page 18 – Jewelry. (g) No player shall attach anything to the heel or toe of his shoe other than the ordinary  shoe plate or toe plate. Shoes with pointed spikes similar to golf or trackshoes shall  not be worn.

- Reminders

• Anyone warming up a pitcher must have a mask on.

• Coaches are responsible for their teams and fans behavior.

- State website = Reg will send out the link (http://www.mainecalripkenbaseball.com/site/). Rod asks for help in site content. If you have information you’d like to see on the state site, please email him with your feedback (baseballhound@comcast.net).

- Big news in District 1, Marshwood has added Kittery, York and Wells to their league.

- Reg reviewed the State tournament dates and locations (updated as of April 16th).

- 50/70 Travel teams - Issac talked about their spring league and how they adapt to the 50/70 ball. Play on Sundays doubleheader’s each week, finished by Memorial Day. Also does a fall league. Run Ripken-like rules. Still have room for 6 more teams. Fee is $1060 per team which includes umps, facilities and balls. Team composition doesn’t have to be restricted by league boundaries.

- Will use medallions again this year for state tournaments. The 8U state tournament trophy will be the Larry Carter Annual Trophy.

- SI Play support is available from State Officials who are administrators.

- Dick’s Sporting Goods days are April 7th and 8th. Leagues get 20% off.

- Larry will be hosting a Jr. Home Run Derby at Ham Complex in Bridgetown on May 12th. No fee, 10:00am start. There are 2 age groups, winners get to go to Regionals to compete.

- There is a state Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Maine-Cal-Ripken-Baseball-Maine-Babe-Ruth-Softball- 206920533196074/). If you have events you want for the state website and Facebook site, please send info to Reg and he will determine if we can post it for you.

- HOF - We’re trying to build the Hall Of Fame. If you have a candidate go to the state website and fill in a form for us to review. Reg will send out a link.

- 2018 States Pairings

 9u States 7/13-717

- Game 1 District 2 vs. District 3

- Game 2 District 4 vs. District 6

- Game 3 District 5 vs. Host

- Game 4 District 1 vs. District 2 Runner up

10u States 6/28-7/3 Oxford ME

- Game 1 District 1 vs. District 3

- Game 2 District 6 vs. Host

- Game 3 District 4 vs. District 2

- Game 4 District 5 vs. District 6 Runner up

11u States 7/13-7/17 Fairfield ME

- Game 1 District 1 vs. District 6

- Game 2 District 3 vs. District 4

- Game 3 Host vs. District 5

- Game 4 District 2 vs. District 1 Runner up

12u States 6/28-7/3 Waterville ME

- Game 1 District 4 vs. District 3

- Game 2 District 1 vs. Host

- Game 3 District 2 vs. District 6

- Game 4 District 5 vs. District 4 Runner up

*First team listed is home team

*Subject to change

Q&A

Background checks - are mandatory for all volunteers in leagues. Reg will send out the link. Leagues are responsible for making sure umpires are certified and have background checks. Mandatory for the sex offender check, leagues/towns determine what other checks they use for their volunteers. Send a note to National asking that if Babe Ruth patches officials they should make backgrounds checks part of the patching process. 

From Babe Ruth League: Chartered leagues are required  to  conduct a nationwide background check  on all Managers, Coaches, Board of Directors,  and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the  league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with players. The purpose of these  background checks is, first and foremost, to protect the players. Once a volunteer has  successfully completed the background check, it is good for a three (3) year period. 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.

Mike Bois talked about District 7 and how they just don’t have the numbers to field competitive teams to come to states. The travel logistics to attend state tournaments is also a challenge.

10 run rule - leagues can explore other options, use a time limit or 5 run max per inning to try to keep the games fun.

What to do if volunteers don’t follow the rules when informed they are not in compliance. Don’t punish the players, focus on the individual. Joe mentioned that his league was going to have players in full gear when warming up pitchers, not just a mask. Wants to have that rule suggestion passed on to National.

Discussed leagues struggling with player counts. Reg talked about different options out there and recommends that leagues work together to find solutions so we don’t lose leagues and/or players. Mentioned how Durham was struggling and so Lisbon changed their boundaries to include Durham. Now that Durham’s numbers are back up they are chartering as their own league again in 2018.

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).

2. Approved Bats - Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball

a. 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.

b. Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 Division – All non-wood bats must have the USABat Marking or marked BBCOR .50. Bat Barrel - 2 5/8".

c. 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".

3. 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.

4. 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)

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball – Local League and Tournament Play Special Rules and Regulations - FORFEITED GAME:

a. 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.

b. 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.