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Inter-town Babe Ruth Baseball League

Inter-town Babe Ruth Baseball League

2013 Rev2 (Apr 21)

 By-laws

The Inter-town Babe Ruth Baseball League is for children who are between the ages of 13 to 15 as of April 30th of the calendar year. It is comprised of players who reside in the towns of Berkley, Dighton, Freetown and Lakeville, Massachusetts. The league has two divisions; 13 year old & younger division and 15 & younger division during its regular season play.  The league also operates a Summer & Fall program.

GOVERNING BOARD

The league will be overseen by a board of five (5) members with each member representing being the Babe Ruth representative of Berkley, Dighton, Freetown and Lakeville.  Each member will serve as President of the league on an annual rotation.  In the year which it is the responsibility of that town to serve as President, that town is to have another representative on the board.  

The names of these members will be provided to the president by the presidents of the associations in Berkley, Freetown, Lakeville and Dighton.   Terms for all board positions run January 1 to December 31 of the calendar year.

The rotation schedule for board and director positions of each town is outlined below.

Administrative schedule

            2013                          2014                    2015                            2016

Berkley           15U Director               President/Summer       13U Director               Fall Ball

Dighton          President /Summer      15U Director               Fall Ball                       13U Director

Freetown        13U Director               Fall Ball                       15U Director               President/Summer

Lakeville         Fall Ball                       13U Director               President/Summer       15U Director


PRESIDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

The President of the league will schedule and conduct meetings, ensure directors carry out their duties; assist in settling differences not adjudicated by the division director; oversee the tournament tryouts and will vote only when doing so breaks a tie.

DIRECTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Directors of the 13U, 15U, Summer Ball and Fall Ball are responsible to set schedules, track and communicate game results, determine playoff pairings, when applicable, and to enforce the rules and By-laws of the Inter-town league.

A board member may ask to switch its term responsibility with another board member with mutual consent from both parties.  Doing so, does not alter the future years of assigned league responsibilities.

In the event that a Director does not perform his/her assigned duties; then that responsibility will be assigned by the President to another Director. 

BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES

Board members will determine any local changes to official Babe Ruth League Rules, obtain umpires for each division, and settle protests by managers and other functions as needs arise. A quorum of three board members is required to make any meeting official.

PROTEST SETTLEMENT PROCEDURE

Three towns not making a protest will adjudicate its disposition. A majority vote is needed. Protesting managers are required to submit a $30 fee. The fee will be returned if the protest is won. The fee will be distributed evenly to the other three organizations if the protest is lost.

UMPIRES

Umpires will be from a formal association with patched umpires when possible. The board will also at times review alternatives to using a formal association. The umpires will be paid at home plate by both teams before the start of the game. During the playoffs, each team will pay one umpire. Home team managers are required to contact umpire in chief of any schedule changes and if field conditions do not allow play.

PITCHING RULE

No player, who is on a high school team, may not pitch on an Inter-town Babe Ruth team until after the Memorial Day Weekend.  No pitcher may pitch more than 7 innings in one pitching week; Monday – Sunday.

BATS

The Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 Division has adopted standards for metal bats that limit the diameter of a bat to 25/8”. Wood bats conforming to the dimensions described in Official Baseball Rule 1.10 are approved for use in Babe Ruth League.   (For 2013 we will follow Babe Ruth Rules for all bats including composite)

COURTESY RUNNER

During the regular season a courtesy runner for the team catcher may be used when there are two outs.  The runner must be a player who currently is not in the game.  This action does not account for an inning in the field or a time at bat.  If you only have nine players the player who made the last out can be the courtesy runner.

DISCIPLINE

Any player or coach ejected from a game is also suspended from his/her next game. The player or coach must leave the field and they are not allowed to be present at the next game.  He/she may appeal the suspension to the league president. The opposing team is responsible for notifying the division director and the league president when an ejection occurs.

If spectators behind the backstop are disturbing any player, the manager and umpire should resolve this problem. This may include moving spectators from the area directly behind the backstop. Failure to move at the umpire’s request could result in forfeit of the game.

SLASH BUNTING

Slash bunting is not allowed. Batters will be declared out if they square to bunt and swing at a pitch.  No base runner may advance.

TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES

Home teams prepare the playing field by dragging and lining it prior to the game. The home team must also provide new baseballs for each game and the visiting team 1 new baseball. It is the home team that is responsible to supply game balls after the 3 game balls have been used.  During playoffs, both teams share field preparation duty and both teams provide 2 new game balls.

Home team manager is to make a judgment two hours prior to game time if a game is to be played due to weather.  Home team manager is to contact the opposing team manager and the umpire scheduler.

GAME TIMES

Monday – Friday games prior to Memorial Day will start at 6:00P, after Memorial Day, start time is 5:45P.

There will be a 30-minute waiting period for rain delays before calling game.

LINE-UP/INNINGS AVAILABILITY

A line-up, including shirt numbers must be provided to the opposing team’s manager or scorekeeper and to the home plate umpire prior to the game. The eight players required to start a game must be listed. A ninth player, upon his arrival, will be inserted in the ninth slot in the batting order.  Each manager must also provide the opposing manager a list of the names and uniform numbers of pitchers used during the week and the number of innings each player pitched. Innings used in make-up games are included in weeks during which the game is made-up

8 PLAYER RULE

Teams are allowed to start games with 8 players.  Once a game starts, if additional player(s) arrive they are to be added to bottom of line-up.  8 player rule applies to the regular season.  (There will be no out recorded for the ninth missing batter.)

INFIELD PRACTICE

The HOME team takes infield for 15 minutes at 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.  VISITING team takes infield for 15 minutes at 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.

MAKE-UP GAMES

All make-up games should take place during the same week as the scheduled game and waiting for the end of season is unacceptable. In the event that a coach is having an issue with a coach on re-scheduling a make-up game; then the Division Director needs to be contacted to resolve the matter and his/her decision will be final.  

GAMES

Official game is 4.5 innings, if the home team is ahead.  In the event the game is called prior to being an official game; then the continuation of the game will played at the point where it was stopped.  Note that any player not in the line-up cannot play in continuation game.  Innings pitched in the game count and regular pitching rules apply.

Once a game is official and the full 7 innings have not been completed, 6.5 if the home team is ahead; the winner of the game will be determined as follows: 

1. If a game ends in any part of an inning the score of the game from the last completed inning will determine the winner.  If the game was tied in the last completed inning then each team will receive a point.

POINT SYSTEM

2 Points - Winning Team; 1 Point - Tie Game - 0 Points – Loss

BABE RUTH 13 YEAR OLD DIVISION

Team rosters for are to be submitted to the league President before start of the regular season.

Birth certificates or Babe Ruth birth documents are required for all players.

Regular season games are normally played on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturday.

Teams are required to report results to the league director within 24 hours a game’s completion. Otherwise, the winning team logs into www.dightonsports.com and enter the scores. Logon: baberuth ,  Password: intertown

Each team is allowed three 14-year-olds on its roster.  14-year-olds may not pitch or be a catcher at any time.

All teams qualify for the playoffs

Teams are seeded for the playoffs based on their point total, not record.

Tie-breakers are settled by head-to-head record, total runs allowed; total runs scored, and then flip of a coin.

Balks:  No balks will be called at the 13 year old level through the 1st half of the season.  If a balk is called, the play is dead and the runner(s) must return to the base they were previously occupying during the first half of the season.  Balks will be called through the 2nd half of the season. (Director will announce the official date)

All teams will bat continuously with free defensive substitutions during the regular season. No penalty for injuries.

Managers will report all unusual occurrences to the responsible Director. 

Examples: One umpire, manager or player ejections, or any other unusual events

BABE RUTH 15 YEAR OLD AND UNDER DIVISIONS

Team rosters for are to be submitted to the league President before start of the regular season.

Birth certificates or Babe Ruth birth documents are required for all players

Regular season games are usually played on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Teams are required to report results to the league director within 24 hours a game’s completion. Otherwise, the winning team can log into www.dightonsports.com to enter the scores. Logon: baberuth (Password: intertown)

All teams qualify for the playoffs

Teams are seeded for the playoffs based on their point total, not their record.

Tie-breakers are settled by head-to-head record, total runs allowed; total runs scored, and then flip of a coin.

Once a game completes a minimum of 6 innings, All players must have played a minimum of 2 innings in the field and 1 at bat, (Penalty is a forfeit). This rule does not apply to games that do not complete 6 innings.

Starters may re-enter the game but must return to the same spot within the batting order.

Teams can choose to bat continuously, with free defensive substitions. No penalty for injuries.

Managers will report all unusual occurrences to the responsible Director. 

Examples: One umpire, manager or player ejections, or any other unusual events

PLAYOFFS – 13/15

The playoffs will be based on the double-elimination format.  The Babe Ruth brackets will be used for the amount of teams in the playoffs to set the playoff teams.  The only round that gets seeded in the playoffs is the 1st round.

PLAY OFF PITCHING

13U/15U divisions will follow a -7 innings per player for every two games.  An innings tracking form is to be completed by each team.

TOURNAMENTS

COACHES/MANAGERS

Selection of tournament team managers for each individual age group must meet the following criteria.  Designated Babe Ruth Director assigned to each age group will select a coach from those who express an interest to coach an Inter-Town Tournament team.

Passed the Babe Ruth Coaching Certification Class

Be CORI approved

On a Babe Ruth roster as a manager/coach

Good standing with the league (make-up games, scores)

Commitment to enter a minimum of three Babe Ruth Tournaments, including districts. 

  2013                  2014                2015             2016      

15U                 Dighton           Freetown         Lakeville         Berkley

14U                 Berkley            Dighton           Freetown         Lakeville

13U                 Lakeville         Berkley            Dighton           Freetown

Alternate         Freetown         Lakeville         Berkley            Dighton

It is the responsibility of that town tournament manager of its age group to communicate the number of tournaments that they will be participating, dates of each tournament, applicable tournament fees, baseball equipment, game balls, and applicable uniform costs.

It is highly recommended that each tournament manager select coaches from other town team managers/coaches.


EXTREME / TOURNAMENT PLAYER 
ELIGIBILITY

Any player wishing to participate on a 13U, 14U or a 15U Extreme team is required to attend the tryout.  Extreme players should prepare themselves to be available on Sundays and during the months of June & July.

A player must be on a team roster as submitted to the Inter-Town President and have played a minimum of 50% of his team games prior to tournament/district play.  In the event of an injury or a medical condition prevents a player meeting this requirement, then a medical note is required to be eligible to participate on a tournament tryout. All eligible participants would be financially responsible for any applicable uniform, travel, and tournament fees associated on being on an Inter-town Tournament Team.

EXTREME / TOURNAMENT TRYOUT  

On the second Saturday in April, the Babe Ruth Inter-town organization shall hold an Inter-town Tournament Team tryout for each age group.

The tryout process shall consist of the following and shall be supervised by each town’s Babe Ruth Director and the Inter-town President.  No tryout may be held unless all parties are present.

All eligible players may participate in the tournament tryout and will be evaluated by all team managers from all divisions and each Division Director.  In the event that a team manager or a Division Director is the Tournament Team Manager for that age group, he/she is only exempt from evaluating players for his/her tournament team.   In the event that the Inter-town President is a regular season team manager or a Tournament Team Manager, he/she is exempt from all tournament player evaluations.

Players selected on a 13U, 14U or 15U tournament may not participate on any applicable town or secondary Inter-town tournament team.

All tournament teams will be drafted in order of youngest to oldest when filling a tournament team roster.  Example, no 13 year old player can be on a 14 old tournament team until the 13 year old roster is complete.

The players will be scored on a scale of 1-5 on throwing, running, pitching, baseball knowledge, hitting, fielding, and catching. 

The scoring scale value is as follows:

1= Poor (Player consistently displays poor baseball fundamentals)

2= Below Average (Inconsistent with the ability to perform baseball fundamentals)

3= Average (Consistently demonstrates the ability to perform baseball fundamentals)

4= Very Good (Demonstrates the ability to perform baseball fundamentals at an above average level)

5= Outstanding (Demonstrates the ability to perform baseball fundamentals at a high level)

All evaluation scores will be written down in pen.  For each player the high and low score will be thrown out and then the scores will be tabulated by the Inter-Town President and a parent not involved in the scoring process.  The top 15 scores will be taken and the top 9 will automatically be placed on the tournament team. The remaining 3 players will be chosen, from the remaining 6, by the tournament team manager. The team roster will be submitted to, and approved by, the board.

In the event that there is a tie score between two or more player evaluations, then the player with the most number of higher scores will break all ties. 

BABE RUTH SUMMER BALL

Babe Ruth Summer Ball will be comprised of players between the ages of 13 to 15 years of age as of April 30th, from each town to formulate a team.  In the event a specific town has players interested in playing but do not have enough to form its own team, then these players will be placed on other town teams. For the past 2 years we have not had enough players and have formed one or two teams in total and played with Wareham in their summer ball league,

Games will start during the first/second week in July and continue till the third/forth week in August.  Games will be played during the week. Usually Tuesday & Thursday

A continuous batting order is to be used. All players that come to the game must play. Any player arriving late is to be placed last in the order.

Free and continuous substitution will be used and a minimum of three consecutive outs per game. No defensive subs, except for the pitcher, will be allowed after the defense takes the field with the only exception is in the event of a player injury or ejection.

There are no protest rules for this division. The league will provide at least one umpire per game. The home team shall supply a base umpire subject to the approval of the plate umpire. (maybe)

There will be a 15-man roster limit which may be expanded or reduced by mutual consent of all managers.

The first four innings must be pitched by a 12 or 13 year old player. Fourteen year olds may pitch after four complete innings. No pitcher may pitch more than three innings per game.

Games will consist of seven innings. Rain-outs will not be rescheduled.   (possibility of Sunday with both teams approval)

No more than 6 runs can be scored per inning. After the sixth run is scored, that ½ inning is over. This is in effect to keep the game moving and competitive.

Good sportsmanship, fair play and exemplary conduct will be mandatory for all players, coaches, managers, umpires and fans. The umpire will have sole discretionary judgment on continuance of play if a disruption of any kind occurs; i.e., rain, weather, fan disruption, etc. Remember this is an instructional league and that the teaching of skills is the most important aspect of the game. Home team is to supply two new baseballs at the start of each game. (provide more as needed)

Uniforms are optional, but a shirt with a number and hat are required.

Any questions of playing rules refer to Babe Ruth Baseball Rules and Regulations. Ten (10) run rule shall not be used unless agreed to and announced prior to the start of game by both head coaches.

Rosters, including player's name, league age, birth date, manager's name and number, coach's name and number are to be turned in at the coaches’ meeting, prior to the first game.

Maximum innings to be played in the event of a tie after seven is nine, subject to the umpire's discretion.

BABE RUTH FALL BALL

Babe Ruth Fall Ball will be comprised of players between the ages of 12 to 14 years of age as of April 30th, from each town to formulate a team.  In the event a specific town has players interested in playing but do not have enough to form its own team, then these players will be placed on other town teams.  Games will start during the second week in September and till the last week in October (Approx.).  All games will be played on the weekend and will incorporate the same playing guidelines as Babe Ruth Summer Ball with the following exception that Balks will not be called.  If a player is having problems with the Balks the coach should remove the pitcher and work on the side with them. Umpires can help with this

 Signatures of League Representatives

Berkley Baseball League: _______________________     

Pete Moniz     

Dighton Baseball League: _______________________

Bob Cloutier

Freetown Baseball League: ______________________

Steve Mendes

Lakeville Baseball League: ______________________

Janine Goneau


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