Springfield Babe Ruth is continuing to get more youth and adult umpires. We are offering rates competitive with other umpire organizations in the area.

We are taking names now for youngsters 15 and up to umpire games. This is a great opportunity to earn some spending money in a sport they love.

Contact our Umpire Coordinator for more information.

 Babe Ruth League, Inc.

Latest Rule Changes for 2017



Cal Ripken Baseball; Babe Ruth Baseball; Babe Ruth Softball - 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.

Babe Ruth Baseball, Cal Ripken Baseball, and Babe Ruth Softball - ALCHOHOL/TOBACCO (All Divisions) – Babe Ruth League prohibits the use of all alcohol and tobacco products on all field and dugouts for both local league and tournament competition. These products include smokeless tobacco, E-cigarettes, vapors, and all related alcohol products.  



April 7, 2017 - The Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2017 season to adopted Tournament Pitching Rules. These pitch count limitations will apply to all Springfield teams to protect our pitchers.   





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  1. If the pitcher reaches the maximum pitch count limit while facing a batter, he may continue to pitch until the batter reaches base safely or is put out.
  2. Intentional Walk Rule – An intentional base on balls may be given by the defensive team by having its catcher or coach request the umpire to award the batter first base. This may be done before pitching to the batter or on any ball and strike count. The ball shall be declared dead before making the award.
  3. All pitchers must adhere to the pitch count rest requirements before pitching in another game.
  4. Games in which an ineligible pitcher has been used, as specified above, shall be declared forfeited. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a preparatory (warm-up) pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation.  Managers are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. 

Official Pitch Count Record

  1. The home team Manager must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count statistician.  The pitch count statistician shall record all pitches as defined in the rule book (Rule 2.00 – A pitch is a ball delivered to the batter by the pitcher.), in addition to any pitches delivered to the batter ruled a “no pitch” by the umpire.
  2. The pitch count statistician or scorekeeper must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire. However, the manager has the ultimate responsibility for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed to meet the mandated rest requirements.
  3. The official pitch count statistician or scorekeeper should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted above. The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed. However, the failure by the pitch count statistician or scorekeeper to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in- chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.

Notes: The home team scorekeeper is the game official scorekeeper. 95 or 105 pitches in a League game for a single pitcher is not common and usually League games are also spaced a day apart, but sometimes they are not.  Professional pitchers are usually now pulled from the game around 100 pitches. These rules are put in place to protect the young arms in our League and give time for the arms to recover. 


You Make The Call



Test your Knowledge with the Following Situations


  1. A relief pitcher enters the game and he throws two wild pitches. The manager wants to bring in a new pitcher.  Can he?

  2. The delivery by the pitcher hits the ground in front of the plate and the umpire calls out “ball.”  However, the pitch skips over the plate and the batter slams it over the right field fence.  Is this a homer?

  3. There are three men on base and one out when the batter lofts a high pop over second base.  As the second sacker drifts out under the ball, the umpire calls “Infield Fly.”  Then the centerfielder, who had been playing shallow, races in and tries to make the catch over his teammate’s shoulder.  However, he drops the ball, retrieves it, and fires over first base.  When the play ends, two runs have scored, and runners are on second and third.  What about it?

  4. A runner is on first with two out when the batter slugs a double, putting runners at second and third.  As the pitcher toes the rubber, he balks, a run scores and the other runner moves to third.  When the pitcher again takes the rubber, the first baseman calls for the ball and appeals the batter who doubled had missed first.  The umpire knows the bag was missed.  How should he rule?

  5. A runner is on first when the batter singles to left.  As the runner round second, he is hit on the head by the throw from the outfield and is knocked down.  The batter-runner, the next batter and the coaches ask the umpire to call time, but he refuses.  Is this correct?

  6. After beating out a grounder, the batter overruns first base by about 20 feet.  He comes to a stop in fair territory, turns in the direction of second base and leisurely returns to first base.  Is he liable to be put out?

  7. With the bases empty and two out in the bottom of the 7th, the 8th batter is due up.  His manager feels the batter has little chance to hit safely and, with no more pinch hitters available, decides it would be better to open the 8th inning with his leadoff man.  Therefore, he tells the #8 hitter to stay put and sends out the #9 hitter, the pitcher, who pops out to end the inning.  No appeal is made, the teams change sides and the 8thinning starts.  Who is the proper batter when the home team comes to bat again?

  8. A high pop fly comes down near the first base dugout.  The first baseman catches the ball, and then steps down into the dugout.  The runner on second tags up and heads toward third and the first sacker, slightly off balance, fires the ball into left field and the runner continues home.  Does the run count?

  9. In a prearranged surprise play, the pitcher, from the set position, tosses to the third baseman.  Third is unoccupied, but the third sacker quickly fires to second, retiring a runner there.  Is there anything wrong?

  10. Racing toward third base on a triple, the runner collides with an umpire who is in the base line.  The runner falls and is tagged out.  What’s the proper call?

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