Welcome to Springfield Babe Ruth 2017 Season
Springfield Babe Ruth is a baseball league serving the teenagers of Springfield Virginia.
Springfield is located about 15 miles South of Washington DC.
See our boundaries here.
16-18 YEAR OLDS....YOU CAN STILL REGISTER VIA MAIL!
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 7:30PM
LAKE BRADDOCK SECONDARY SCHOOL
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Welcome to the 2017 Springfield Babe Ruth League!
We welcome our returning players, new players, parents and friends to Springfield Babe Ruth (SBRL). We are proud of our tradition of providing quality baseball for the Springfield Community and look forward to another wonderful year.
This year, we're about to experiment with a new expansion program for players who want to match the experience of Springfield Babe Ruth League competition with the rigors of a travel team. We will be expanding the season for seniors who engage in a special tryout (and agree to pay a separate fee) with an extra 20 games on the regular 16-game Babe Ruth schedule. The games will be interspersed in the regular seniors season – we'll break for All-Stars with the best players from the travel team and the regular seniors squads – and then run on into the summer with additional games in the Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League (NVTBL). We'll have to see how it goes with sign-ups. The expected fee will likely be significantly less than what a player would face in an area travel team.
I want to thank all the friends and members of the league for their support last year. SBRL provides baseball opportunities in both Spring & Fall for players who are league ages 13 to 19.
Our league is run entirely by volunteers. Our current Board of Directors is comprised of 10 members, of which only two still have league age children. We all work and use our spare time to volunteer. Organizing practices and games for our teams in the Spring and Fall, including many inter-league games with neighboring leagues, is a major undertaking. Frankly, we need more help to make the league run as smoothly as we would like. Please consider joining the Board of Directors.
In order to encourage greater family participation, the Board introduced in 2016 a participation fee of $50 per family enrolling in SBRL each Spring. The fee will be entirely refunded to families assisting the league with various jobs throughout the season. These jobs require about 3-4 hours of your time. Those who do not participate in some capacity will forfeit this fee to the league.
Our ultimate goal is to encourage more involvement in the league. This could be managing a team, assisting at tryouts and all-star games, or helping maintain our fields, batting cages and bullpens to keep them in the prime condition that will make us proud to play there and host other leagues. If we cannot get more involvement, we will at least have the funds needed to hire people to do these jobs because we just cannot keep up with it all. All families will have equal opportunity to sign up for various jobs that will be posted on the SBRL website following our 3rd walk-in registration.
Please get involved and help us make Springfield Babe Ruth League an even better experience for our players now and in the future.
President, Springfield Babe Ruth
Chrome batting helmets & Chrome Catcher's Mask/Helmet
Chrome batting helmets; Chrome Catcher's Mask/Helmet are not permitted in Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball and Babe Ruth Softball for local league and tournament play. The batting helmet; catcher's mask/helmet shall not have a chrome or mirror-like surface. The chrome or mirror-like surface is illegal due to its distracting nature which may be dangerous to other players.
WE WELCOME BACK HARD TIMES CAFE OF SPRINGFIELD AS A SPONSOR!
Sponsor Request = Springfield Babe Ruth League
Recreational baseball for Springfield teens
Is there anything more exciting than going to a baseball game and watching a Derek Jeter or Steven Strasberg hit or pitch? One thing comes to mind: watching your own child play ball. Each of us has kids or has neighbors and friends with kids, and many of them love baseball. They can play it, first at the Little League level and then as they start to grow into teenagers, at the Babe Ruth league level.
For 13 to 18 year old kids who want to spend a spring or a fall in the 90 foot diamond, major league baseball regulation size, the Springfield Babe Ruth league gives them that opportunity to compete and thrive in a good learning environment. Each year, Springfield Babe Ruth fields more than a dozen teams and plays in competition for a local title. The best players get to be on an All Star team and face some even more rigorous competition.
The program is entirely voluntary. There's no office, no paid staff. The parents and other volunteers that run the program need the support of a community that recognizes that having active kids in an organized baseball program is a good thing. And we need your support as sponsors.
Would you please consider sponsoring a team or becoming a general sponsor of the Springfield Babe Ruth league as a community service. We need the money to support the program, to buy baseballs, to keep up the fields, and to provide the umpires that run the games.
In return, you get the connection to more than 100 families in this community where your business is located who recognize that you are supporting their kids and they are likely to come right back and think of you first when they are thinking about taking their business somewhere.
Regardless of the line of work you are in, this is a good civic involvement (and it's a tax deductible donation). What do you get? There are a number of levels to participate: You can have your name on the jersey of each player on a team, you'll be in our program and family mailings for one year, with your promotional messages (or discount offers for participating families), and this year, we're examining ways to get some banners up at our home field batting cage at Hooes Road Field.
Please e-mail our Sponsor Director, Myron Struck at Struckvail@aol.com for more information and forms.
Parents of players in Springfield Babe Ruth,
When you registered your player in the league we collected a fee of $50. I am now providing information on how you can get this fee back.
Please consult the web page at the following site and sign up for a job. Most jobs take about 3 hours. By doing so you will get back the $50 fee and also perform a service that will enhance the baseball experience for all the players in the league.
SIGN UP HERE
SBRL Wants You to Volunteer!
If you have signed up to manage, coach or umpire in our league, please complete below form, attach a copy of your Driver's License and mail to Karen Markey, 8848 Silverline Dr, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. Thank you.
SBRL is a quality program run by volunteers. Without you, the league will not run. The cost of providing Babe Ruth baseball to each player, is much more than the registration fee. Whether you have a little time or a lot, you can help. We are in need of volunteers to help at several positions to make it possible for yor children to play baseball. Please offer your help at registration or call 703-451-8325.
2017 Bat Rules for Babe Ruth
Before you purchase a bat, please read this information about
Approved and Non-Compliant Bats.
Due to the high frequency of illegal bats being identified in games, SBRL has decided to adopt rules, effective immediately for all SBRL home games. This rule is not about taking hits away or getting cheap outs as some coaches and parents grumble. It is about player safety first and foremost. We are therefore taking the pressure off the opposing managers to have to make an appeal and are directing all our umpires to strictly enforce these rules. It is our hope that this penalty is so harsh that the coaches will monitor their players' bat use more closely and ensure that these illegal bats do not even make it to the dugout.
Please be reminded that because a bat says BR approved does not mean it meets these standards. A composite barrel bat MUST have the BBCOR stamp.
Additionally, per the BR website:
Babe Ruth League, Inc. – All Divisions – If any bat in Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball or Babe Ruth Softball cannot be clearly identified for its make and model to determine the barrel composition, then the bat should be removed from the game.
Implementation of USABat Standard Begins on January 1, 2018
USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the U.S., in conjunction with participating national member organizations (NMOs) announced the decision to adopt a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats. Informed by the research of leading scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee, and supported by its NMOs, -- including the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball -- USA Baseball has concluded that recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats, now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.
The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat), which will apply to bats that are classified below the NCAA and NFHS level of play, will be implemented on January 1, 2018, allowing the bat manufacturers sufficient time to bring these bats to the marketplace.
The Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc. have approved the use of the 2 5/8 inch barrel bats for local league play and tournament play beginning in January 2018 and coinciding with the new USA Bat standard.
Similar to the NCAA and NFHS BBCOR standard, which helped to eliminate discrepancies with different length bats and thus provide a more direct measure of bat performance, the new USA Baseball bat standard will allow youth baseball organizations in the United States to reach their goal of establishing a wood-like standard, a standard that will provide for the long-term integrity of the game.
It is important to note there will be no immediate change to youth baseball organizations’ bat rules. All bats, currently accepted for the respective leagues, remain permissible through December 31, 2017. Each participating national member organization will incorporate the new standard into their rules for the 2018 season and will begin, with this announcement, to inform their membership of the USABat standard.
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Be sure to shop at Modell’s during SBRL’s team weeks March 4-25. You will get 15% off your total purchase and when league members purchase over $500, Modell’s will donate 5% back to the league. If you forget to pick up a coupon at registration or misplace it, you can still get your discount by mentioning SBRL at check-out. For more information stop by our check-in table at registration.
GET COUPON CLICK HERE!
Team Formation Policy
Springfield Babe Ruth knows that for many reasons players like to play with friends and coaches they have played with before and coaches like working with players they have coached before. For these reasons it is now possible for players to stay on teams they have played on the previous season. This has been a very successful policy in our senior league for many years and we have now extendeded it to the 13-15 age division. This policy also extends to teams coming out of Little League that would like to stay together as they transition to Springfield Babe Ruth. We are still preserving our younger leagues (Prep, International and Major Leagues), but it is now possible for teams to form up as Prep teams and stay together until they reach our Senior league. If you have questions about this new policy, please inquire about it when you register this year.
TEAM ASSIGNMENTS AND TRYOUTS
Guidelines for tryouts and team assignments:
- All registrants must tryout except those in the following categories:
- Returning 15 year olds who were permanent members of a team last year.
- Returning 17, 18 or 19 year olds who were permanent members of a Seniors team last year.
- If a registrant is unable to tryout, notify the Player Agent as soon as possible. Only the Player Agent or League President may exempt a player from trying out.
- The league sets specific dates/times for tryouts based on weather and availability of facilities. Tryouts for Prep and National levels are held in early March and for seniors in late April. The Player Agent will send post cards to each player, announcing the tryout dates/times and will notify players by telephone or email of rescheduled tryout dates/times in the event of postponements. Changes will also be posted on the website springfieldbaberuth.org
Please address questions about tryouts to the Player Agent or Vice President.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS: The SBRL Board of Directors strongly recommends physical examinations prior to tryouts. The parents or guardians of the participants are responsible to ensure that their sons or daughters are physically able to participate in the program. If a player has a special physical condition that may affect participation (e.g., diabetes, allergies, and unusual vision problems), please indicate that on the player information sheet when you register, and at tryouts.
Hooes Road Park Improvements
Springfield Babe Ruth is proud to announce the latest efforts to improve the baseball field at Hooes Road Park. Springfield Babe Ruth has been working with the Fairfax County Recreation Department to improve the field, a project that dates back to 2003, before the current field existed.
Springfield Babe Ruth installed roofs over the two dugouts that will provide welcome relief from the hot sun during late spring and summer games.
Springfield Babe Ruth provided $15,000 in addition to a grant received from the Fairfax County Recreation Department to build back-to-back batting cages on the third base side of the field. The batting cages will allow both teams to take batting practice simultaneously.
For earlier pictures of the field and to learn more about the baseball field at Hooes Road park, click here Hooes Road Park Field .
Springfield is committed to making the Hooes Road Park baseball field one of the finest in the Fairfax County Recreation Department. Coming soon will be a scoreboard beyond the centerfield fence.
Improving the baseball field requires help from Springfield Babe Ruth members. We will be looking for volunteers to help with several projects at the field that are listed here. Please consider volunteering for these projects. They will benefit your player as well as all players in the league.
- Installing artificial turf on the concrete floor of the batting cages.
- Running electric lines to the new scoreboard.
- Installing the scoreboard.