This photo is from Wellington, Kansas from the press conference for the signing of the 2015 16U MWP Regional Tournament. Pictured are Kansas Babe Ruth State Commissioner Bob Willis, Kansas Babe Ruth State Softball Commissioner Mark Donley, Wellington Recreation Sports Director Tanner Ford, Players Gracie Fink, Baylee DeJarnett, Emily Templeton, Annika DeJarnett, and Coach Shawn DeJarnett.
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."
Spring is here! The country is beginning to see the light at the end of the "winter" tunnel. Spring is a new season that blooms plants, flowers, a brighter attitude...and love...the love of baseball and softball! For baseball and softball enthusiasts, it is arguably the best time of the year.
Dads and moms are posting team schedules on the refrigerator. Some girls and boys may be a bit nervous to be starting a new sport; while others are veterans of the game, eager for another season on the field.
It is during the month of April that thousands of Babe Ruth leagues across the country hold their official Opening Day. Many festivities are planned - team and individual pictures - exhibition games - games for the young and old alike - great food - raffles, auctions and much more! You will hear the crack of the bat. You will smell freshly mowed grass. Your cravings for grilled hot dogs and onions will return. There will be something for all your senses.
It is only appropriate that April be declared "National Babe Ruth League Month."
Even before the various local teams started forming, children were taking their bats and balls to the local field to play pick-up games. The love of the game is something that most kids are either born with or it has been passed down in their family from generation to generation.
The 2015 season promises to be one of the best in the program's history. As we start the season, we look forward to the excitement on the diamond and the fun and memorable times that will be experienced by our participants.
The love of the game, the excitement of a new season and more youngsters enjoying the great game is a tribute to the hard work put forth by our Commissioners. Thank you for a job well done!
2015 RAWLINGS/BABE RUTH LEAGUE "TRY IT AND BUY IT" PROMOTION
As part of Babe Ruth League's partnership with Rawlings Sporting Goods, leagues will once again be able to participate in Rawlings' "Try It and Buy It" promotion.
All current Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball and Babe Ruth Softball players who try on or purchase a Rawlings helmet are eligible to win one of two of the contest's Grand Prizes where they and a guest will be provided with the opportunity to meet a Rawlings Major League Advisory Staff Member at a Major League ballpark. This program also includes any player who tries out or purchases a Rawlings bat.
Unquestionably, one of the primary reasons for the success of Babe Ruth League, Inc. is the rules and regulations which have been established through democratic procedures with the guidance of baseball and softball professionals.
No Babe Ruth League rule or regulations may be altered or waived without written permission of the President, Vice President or Commissioner of Babe Ruth League, Inc. It is also important requests for a waiver of a rule or regulation be submitted through the entire chain of command.
When requesting a waiver, the League President will complete the first section of the Waiver Request Form. In completing this section, the League President must list the rule number(s) to be waived and the reason for the waiver. Upon completion, the League President must sign the form and forward it to his/her District Commissioner.
The District Commissioner will review the request and indicate on the form his/her approval or denial, as well as list any comments. Upon completion, the District Commissioner signs the form and forwards it to the State Commissioner.
The State Commissioner will review the request and indicate on the form his/her approval or denial, as well as list any comments. Upon completion, the State Commissioner signs the form and forwards it to the Regional Commissioner.
The Regional Commissioner will review the request and indicate on the form his/her approval or denial, as well as list any comments. Upon completion, the Regional Commissioner signs the form and forwards it to the National Commissioner at Babe Ruth Headquarters.
The National Commissioner will review the request and issue a letter of approval or denial to the league, with copies sent to the chain of command. In some cases (in place of a letter of waiver), the National Commissioner will sign the Waiver Request Form indicating an approval or denial, and send copies to the chain of command.
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
NATIONAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE REQUIRED
The safety, protection and the well-being of our young players is always our top priority. This is why Babe Ruth League, Inc. emphasizes the importance of a league recruiting the most qualified adults to serve as managers, coaches, board members, and in any other volunteer position, to ensure our participants are able to enjoy a fun and educational experience in a safe environment.
As a reminder, all leagues are required to conduct nationwide background checks on all managers, coaches, board 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. This nationwide search must contain the applicable government sex offender registry data. A check conducted only in one state will not meet the minimum requirements of these regulations.
Babe Ruth League, Inc. strongly recommends that leagues team up with First Advantage. First Advantage is an online volunteer screening service designed for the nonprofit industry. It offers affordable access to criminal records, identity verification and other credentialing information with the results of these searches available within minutes. First Advantage provides innovative, cost effective, background check solutions that help provide a safe environment for the youth we serve.
Remember, effective for the 2015 season and beyond, a background check will be valid for a three-year period for any volunteer who successfully passes a nationwide background check.
THE CHALLENGE AND REWARDS OF WORKING TOGETHER
As the Babe Ruth League program continues to progress, it is important for us to work together to make sure that every aspect and division of the program prospers.
How can this be accomplished? Through teamwork!
Do your leagues offer all the divisions of the Babe Ruth League program (or the entire Babe Ruth Package as we call it at home plate)? If they only have a softball division, ask them to consider starting a baseball program. If they only have a baseball division, ask them to consider starting a softball program.
Are there neighboring towns in your district/state that may be interested in joining the Babe Ruth family? If you know of any volunteers from other youth leagues that may be interested in learning more about Babe Ruth League, please contact Babe Ruth Headquarters.
As a District or State Commissioner, have you reached out to your counterpart, whether baseball or softball, and had a combined meeting for both softball and baseball league volunteers in one location to share ideas on how to help each other?
If we work together, we will be able to help one another on so many levels and create more opportunities for children across the county. Dive in head first to the best youth sports program around, Babe Ruth League. Tackle this challenge by reaching out to other programs and volunteers to see how you can take a more active role in promoting the complete Babe Ruth League Package. If we work together, there is no challenge we can't handle.
The weather is warming up and so are our baseball and softball players. Anticipation is high for renewing friendships on the field, bonding as a team, improving skills, and maybe diamond dreams for a league, district, state, regional or national championship. We are asking each of you to share in the excitement as the 2015 season gets underway. As a team, we will continue our commitment to provide every young aspiring athlete with the very best Babe Ruth League experience. Continuing to work as a team - you and we - will accomplish our goals together!
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