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Commissioner's Corner - May 2015

 
 
MAY 2015
 

Important Reminders

Have your Leagues...

  • Chartered their local league program for 2015?  Please be advised that we have extended the charter deadline to June 1, 2015, in order for all leagues to be eligible for tournament competition.
  • Secured the proper accident and liability insurance?
  • Provided Headquarters, as well as yourself, as District or State Commissioner, with their league's rosters and playing schedule?  These forms must be filed on or before the league's first regularly scheduled games.  Those leagues which do not start regular season play until after June 30th must file rosters by that date.  All chartered leagues may add teams after registration; however, players, managers and coaches added to teams after June 30, 2015 will not be eligible for tournament play.
  • Registered and insured all additional teams for the 2015 season?  A league may add teams until June 30, 2015.
  • Scheduled a minimum of 10 games for each team?  As a reminder, each team within a league must play a minimum of 10 games within their own league or an interlocking schedule with other Babe Ruth leagues.  Any games played against organizations other than those affiliated with Babe Ruth League do not apply toward the minimum 10-game requirement for tournament eligibility.
  • Order the official shoulder emblems for their players?  All teams participating in Babe Ruth League local league and tournament competition are required to wear the official shoulder emblem.  As a reminder, leagues also have the option to purchase customized caps and/or replica Major/Minor League caps licensed by Outdoor Cap or Pacific Headwear that contain the official logo of Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball or Babe Ruth Softball.
  • Submitted their Official Player I.D. Cards?  I.D. Cards are optional, but are the best way to go when delivering credentials to the Tournament Director.  Once obtained, the I.D. Card is valid throughout the player's entire Babe Ruth career.
 

Retention and Recruitment

Due to the trending decline in baseball and softball participation, it is important that our goal be 100% retention for 2015.  Youth baseball and softball can and should be a prominent part of the growth process for children.  Babe Ruth League has always provided an outlet for kids that has helped them develop strong, clean, healthy bodies, minds and souls, as well as a place where lifelong friendships are forged and valuable life lessons learned on and off the field.  The more leagues we keep in the program and the more new leagues we get to join will result in more children reaping the many benefits associated with being a part of Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball and Babe Ruth Softball.

Personally contact any league that has not yet chartered to make sure they will be returning for 2015.  If you find any league or leagues that do not plan to participate in 2015, please contact Vice President/Commissioner Robert Faherty or Commissioner Rob Connor.  Together, you may be able to resolve their issues to keep them a part of the Babe Ruth family.  

In-Season Recruiting - One of the best times for Commissioners to recruit new leagues or get back a lost league is during the local league season.  A visit to that league while their games are in progress will give you a chance to talk "Babe Ruth" informally with the League President.  In a lot of cases, this will allow you to accomplish much more than during a formal meeting.  In the situation of lost leagues, this will demonstrate that we do have a genuine interest in their program returning.

Let's all do our part to help build a bigger and better Babe Ruth League program.

 

Support Programs Endorsed by Babe Ruth League, Inc.

Do you encourage your leagues to support the programs offered through Babe Ruth League, Inc.?

Only 24% of Babe Ruth League's operating budget is funded through league registration fees.  Therefore, we need to rely heavily on corporate partnerships to help subsidize our program.  We constantly identify and implement all possible cost reduction measures, but financial support is needed for Babe Ruth League to administer its program in a professional manner that not only entices leagues to join, but helps maintain our existing programs.

Babe Ruth League works hard to address the needs of our leagues and are very pleased with the "All-Star" caliber team of sponsors we have behind us. Some of the best and most recognized names in the industry are available to assist our leagues and Commissioners. Companies such as AB Emblem, American Sport Education Program, Anaconda Sports, Easton, Hershey's, Jugs, K&K Insurance, Lifetouch Sports, Louisville Slugger, Majestic, Musco Lighting, Nationwide, Outdoor Cap, Oxi-Clean, Pacific Headwear, Rawlings, Regional Trophy Manufacturers, Spikes Trophies, True Pitch, Under Armour, Worth and many more.

Babe Ruth league realizes that raising funds to administer a successful program is a demanding task and that our volunteers rely on the services and products offered by Babe Ruth League to help them grow their funds.  Therefore, promoting the programs offered through Babe Ruth League helps our leagues raise those necessary dollars and assists Babe Ruth League with its annual operating budget.

 
Lifetouch Sports
 
Babe Ruth League is excited to announce our new, exclusive multi-year partnership with Lifetouch Sports, a division of Lifetouch, Inc.  

For almost 80 years, Lifetouch has been capturing precious memories of individuals, families, and organizations.  They photograph more than 50,000 schools across the country and their newly expanded sports division is changing the landscape of of team photography.  Already working with thousands of programs just like Babe Ruth League, Lifetouch Sports is delivering PRO quality portraits at the highest level of service in the industry.  And they are helping these programs raise those needed operational funds.

Lifetouch's tradition of service, quality and excellence is unmatched by most photography companies out there today.  For further information, email sportsales@lifetouch.com, or call 1-855-485-5173.  Lifetouch looks forward to seeing you at the fields and providing memories that last a lifetime.
 

Post Season Play Will Be Here Before You Know It

During post-season play, players from all over the country will be representing their community and sporting the uniform colors of their local league.  Each player will strive to do their best, all the while having fun and taking away memories that will last a lifetime.  As every child matters in Babe Ruth League, we are asking you to help us provide our kids with the best playing experience possible this tournament season. Click here for a recap on tournament responsibilities. 

 

 

 

Enhance the Team Experience by Using GameChanger

Babe Ruth leagues can rely on GameChanger, our Official Partner for scorekeeping, stats and live game updates, for an enhanced team experience.  

Put down that pencil, as the GameChanger app and website will provide scorekeeping, stats and team management for the coaching staff - plus live game updates, stats and recap stories. The app/website make it easy for scorekeepers to record every play of every game.  GameChanger delivers coaches real-time statistics on player and team performances, complete with spray charts and other visual representations of data - providing coaches with over 150 different statistics per player, allowing them to identify and correct any aspect of a player's game that needs work.  

For further information, visit www.baberuthleague.org.  

 
 
TOURNAMENT BANNERS

Order your customized tournament banners and/or flags from Babe Ruth League. Use our designs or submit your own artwork.

All production processes are completed at Babe Ruth Headquarters, which results in great savings.

In an effort to ensure timely delivery, contact Babe Ruth Headquarters today at 1-800-880-3142 or visit www.baberuthleague.org  
 
 
Branding Power

When a group is part of the Babe Ruth League family, they can take comfort in knowing that the "Ruth" and "Ripken" names are two of the most respected names in youth sports.  

For close to 65 years, the Babe Ruth League program has been a family tradition where entire neighborhoods gather at the ballpark on warm spring and summer evenings, cheer from the stands, where kids ride bikes and the smell of roasting hot dogs waft over post-game parties.  Parents, relatives and neighbors serve as coaches, umpires and in other volunteer positions.  And the outcome of the games never outlive the pride of belonging, the experience of playing, the camaraderie and friendships forged between teammates and the life lessons learned.

Branding is much more than a logo today.  The long term equity of the Babe Ruth League brands has been the result of the constant voice and experience the brands have created.  

When you are a member of the Babe Ruth family, you can take comfort in knowing that the program is one of the most respected and recognized organizations in the world.  And using the Babe Ruth League brands definitely provides credibility to a league or District/State/Regional organization in helping recruit volunteers and resources, as well as in generating those needed funds to provide a wholesome, educational and enjoyable experience for the youth of communities across the nation.
 
RESOURCES

2015 World Series
2015 Charter/Insurance Guide
2015 Xtreme Insurance Brochure
Partners and Sponsors
Background Checks
Cap Emblem Program
Customized Banners
Coaching Education & Certification Program
Regional Award Suppliers
Babe Ruth League Alumni Association
Babe Ruth Store
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Pitch Smart

 

 
DELLIN BETANCES (PHOTO: MLB PHOTOS)
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball have teamed up to help young players reduce arm injuries through Pitch Smart, a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices.

Pitch Smart offers a series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help players, parents and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers. The guidelines were developed throughout the 2014 regular season, as MLB and USA Baseball collaboratively sought to pool the recommendations of many leading medical authorities in the sport in conjunction with baseball officials. 

PitchSmart.org serves as the program's online home and is accessible via MLB.com and USABaseball.com. The site offers pitch count and rest recommendations, statistics on Tommy John surgery, risk factors, awareness tips, published research and videos from experts like Dr. James Andrews and USA Baseball's medical safety committee chairman, Dr. Glenn Fleisig. USA Baseball, the national governing body for amateur baseball, will use PitchSmart.org as a major resource to educate the amateur baseball community on pitcher safety.

Upon the launch of the program, Joe Torre, MLB's Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, said: "Pitch Smart is our game's most extensive and unified endeavor on the issue of arm safety and reducing the incidence rate of Tommy John surgery. Pitch Smart combines the best expertise in the hopes of educating players, coaches and parents at every level of the game. Ultimately, we believe this program is a long-term step toward keeping present and future pitchers healthy as they progress through all levels of baseball."

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April 2015 Batter-Up

Batter-Up - April 2015
 

Gabrielle Augustine loves diamonds. Baseball diamonds, that it. Augustine has been playing organized baseball since she was 4 years old.


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Steven Tellefsen 10 Year Anniversary as Babe Ruth League President/CEO

April 7, 2015 marked the 10th Anniversary of Steven Tellefsen’s reign as President/CEO of Babe Ruth League, Inc. Tellefsen’s career with Babe Ruth League, Inc. began in 2000 when he was hired as National Commissioner.  As Commissioner, he successfully administered the New England, Southeast, Southwest and Midwest Plains regions earning the respect of the multitude of volunteer field commissioners under his domain. Read More
Resource Links
2015Charter/Insurance Guide Background Checks
2015 Xtreme Insurance Brochure Cap Emblem Program
2015 Rule Changes Customized Banners
2015 Rules E-Books Regional Award Suppliers
Babe Ruth League Alumni Association Coaching Education & Certification Program
Partners and Sponsors  
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News Headlines  more >>

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Upcoming Events  more >>

2015 12U Babe Ruth Softball Regional TournamentJul 15 2015 1:00PMMineral Area, MO

The 12U Babe Ruth Softball Regional Tournament will be held in Mineral Area, MO. The tournament starts on July 15 with the Championship game on July 19.


2015 16U Babe Ruth Softball Regional TournamentJul 15 2015 1:00PMWellington, KS

The 16U Babe Ruth Softball Regional Tournament will be held in Wellington, KS this year. The tournament is slated to begin on July 15.


2015 14U Babe Ruth Softball Regional TournamentJul 15 2015 1:00PMTBD

The 14U Babe Ruth Softball Regional Tournament will be held in TBD this summer. The tournament begins on July 15-19.







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