Babe Ruth Bat Rules

Lists illegal Cal Ripken and softball bats, as well as standards for Babe Ruth non-wood bats.

BALKS

11U and up will call balks.  There is NO balk warning.  The umpire should tell the player about the infraction on how not to repeat.

FAKE BUNT/SLASH BUNT

The rule from national is below.  Pretty much, if a player squares to bunt, they can NOT take a full swing on that pitch.  If a player squares to bunt, they must either pull back or attempt to bunt.  Any attempt to hit a ball hard (full swing or slap hit) after squaring is now illegal.  This applies to CAL RIPKEN only, which includes Rookies, 9U, 10U, 11U, and 12U.  Here's the verbiage from National:

Cal Ripken Division - Fake bunt - slash bunt- a batter is out for illegal action when he player fakes a bunt and then takes a full swing, thus eliminating a player from fake bunting (slap-hitting) the ball.  Penalty:  Batter is out, the ball is dead, no runners may advance.

Scheduling

SCHEDULING REQUESTS - will be just that...REQUESTS...teams must be prepared to play ANY time on Sunday, even AFTER the schedule is published.  We will do our best to accommodate requests and to minimize adjustments after the schedule is published, but any team unable or unwilling to play will be subject to the FORFEIT POLICY

"League" Age

SPRING - A player's age is determined by the Babe Ruth age guideline.  If a player is league age 11 according to Babe Ruth, they can play 11U or 12U.

FALL - We move UP in the Fall.  A player's age is determined by what their league age is for the upcoming Spring season.  If a player is league age 11 in Spring of 2017, they are league age 12 in the Fall of 2017, and are league age 12 for Spring 2018.

Forfeits

Adapted for Fall 2015 and beyond 

  1. If you can not play on a scheduled date, you will forfeit.                  
    1. The score will be 0-6 in Cal Ripken divisions
    2. The score will be 0-7 in Babe Ruth
    3. Games will count as forfeit even if games are re-scheduled
  2. It is a forfeit (loss in the standings) even if you tell us you can’t play before the schedule is published
  3. We will try to re-schedule games at the venue
    1. If we can not re-schedule games, or if umpires are cancelled, the forfeiting team will be responsible for umpire fees for ALL games for which they were scheduled.  
    2. This fee will be advanced from COBRA registration fees and repaid before the start of the tournament
    3. Failing to repay the umpire fees will result in expulsion from the league
    4. Teams not scheduled to play on a Sunday will not be accountable for umpire fees.