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Exeter Babe Ruth Baseball
The Exeter Babe Ruth League (EBRL) is run by volunteers from the Exeter Area and the surrounding communities of Kensington, East Kingston, Brentwood, Newfields, and Sanborn (Kingston). We provide an opportunity for players ages 13-18 to play competitive baseball. In 2020 our league will be divided into two divisions:
Registration is typically open through early April for our 13-15 yr-old Babe Ruth players. For our Senior Babe Ruth players, we typically take the first 16-18 players that register and form just one team (then a wait list is started). All divisions are first come first serve so be sure to register early. Coach volunteer availability also determines the number of teams and players per team.
To Register for the Upcoming 2020 Babe Ruth Regular Season, Please Click the "REGISTRATION BANNER" on our Exeter Junior Baseball League website (www.exeterbaseball.com). Hit the Play/Participate button to begin the process of registering your player. Follow the prompts to add/edit your player's info and pick the league they intend to play in. Their "baseball age" is the age they will be on April 30, 2020! Would you like to coach? Please submit your 2020 Coaching Appliciation by clicking the same registraton banner and hitting the Coach/Volunteer button. Any questions with REGISTRATION? Please contact our league REGISTRAR, Nancy Riccio @ firstname.lastname@example.org. There currently are NO EVALUATIONS for our Babe Ruth players to participate in.
13-15 yr-old Babe Ruth teams are assembled the 2nd weekend of April and players should know their teams soon after. We do our best to create as equal teams as possible. There are no evaluations like at the Cal Ripken level. Per coaches' schedule and discretion, practices start the following week.
Our 4th Annual Babe Ruth Season Kick-Off Event (SKOE4) is scheduled for Saturday May 2, 2020. This has proven to be a FUN event which lasts about 4 hours and is set up like an All-Star skills competition. All teams from all towns that make up the regular season schedule during that particular year are invited (Exeter, Hampton, Seabrook, Great Bay, Sanborn, and Stratham). Games are scheduled to begin on May 4, 2020 and will run up until the Regular Season Championship Game the last Friday in June.
16-18 yr-old SENIOR Babe Ruth begin action in early June and runs through late July. Practices will start sometime in mid May.
Please contact EBRL Director Shawn Roussin, email@example.com or EBRL Asst. Director Russ Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Look forward to seeing our 2020 players on that 90-foot diamond!
Local Playing Rules
1) Pitch Count Rules
(policy developed and instituted prior to the 2018 season)
All pitchers in the 13-15yo Division will have a 95 pitch limit per day, however, if they reach their 95th pitch in the middle of an at-bat, they may continue to pitch to that batter until that batter is either out or reaches base. Once that at-bat is complete, the pitcher must then be removed from the game. Days rest, as noted below, are full calendar days off. No pitcher may appear in three (3) consecutive games on three consecutive calendar days no matter how many pitches they have thrown during the first or second game.
Example/ If a pitcher throws 16 pitches in a game, they can pitch the next day because they do not require any days off. If a pitcher throws 48 pitches in a game on Monday night, they would need Tuesday and Wednesday off, but would be eligible to pitch again on Thursday.
2) Start Times & Length of Games:
(policy pending approval at the EBRL Spring meeting on March 26, 2020)
Prior to Memorial Day, all games will start at 5:45pm and have a 2-hour time limit. 4 full innings will count as a complete legal game.
This means that a new inning may NOT start once the 2-hour mark from first pitch has been reached (7:45pm). It DOES NOT mean that a game promptly ends at the 2-hour mark unless the AWAY team is batting, and they are ahead. If that is the case, the game is called and the final score reverts back to the score at the end of the previous completed inning.
Once that 2-hour mark has been reached, that half inning shall only be completed if the home team is at-bat and is behind in the game.
If a game is “suspended” prior to completing 4 full innings, the game must be rescheduled from the start. Pitches thrown will count against a pitcher’s total for that week, and calendar days rest are required (see pitch count rules).
Starting on Memorial Day, all games will start at 6:00pm, but there WILL NOT be a 2-hour time limit. Rather, 4 and a half innings must be completed for it to be counted as a complete legal game. A new inning may NOT start after 8:00pm.
If a game is “suspended” prior to completing 4 and a half innings, the game must be rescheduled from the start. Pitches thrown will count against a pitcher’s total for that week, and calendar days rest are required (see pitch count rules).
3) Rescheduling / Forfeit Policy
Due to a few teams having small roster sizes, there were several times during the 2017 season when a team had to reschedule a game due to having an inadequate number of players(8) to play a game. This created some strife between coaches and required intervention by the Director for mediation. Numerous games either did not get played as a result or were rescheduled so late into the season that it bunched together numerous games in a short period of time, thus thinning their pitching right before playoffs. At subsequent League meetings during the off-season, minimum and maximum roster sizes were discussed, however, there were ample voiced concerns that this could lead to towns needing to tell registered players that they could not be placed on a team, so this proposal was unanimously opposed. Although the ultimate goal of the league is to provide players with as many opportunities to participate in games as possible, we also understand that special circumstances, usually unforeseen, may present themselves, thus requiring a contingency plan that can be agreed upon by all towns within our league, easily instituted by the Director, and followed by our coaches and players.
If Team “A” cannot field a team of 8 players (minimum required), they must give Team “B” no less than 24hrs notice, otherwise Team “B” has the right to accept this game as a forfeit.
If Team “A” does give adequate notice (>24hrs) to Team “B”, the two head coaches MUST agree on a make-up date and submit it to the League Scheduler for finalization within 5 days of the postponement. If the teams do NOT submit a make-up date within 5 days, the rescheduling/forfeiture process is turned over to the Competition Committee to render a decision (Note: coaches then no longer have any say in the rescheduling process, such as date, time, and location). Once the director has approved the make-up date/time/field, the League's Scheduler will then enter this new game into the master schedule on our website in a timely manner (<24 hours).
When this newly rescheduled game is approaching, Team “A” now learns that again they will not be able to field an 8-player line-up, Team “A” must forfeit and there will be no second attempt at rescheduling.
When this newly rescheduled game is approaching, Team “B” now learns that they will not be able to field an 8-player line-up, Team “B” must give Team “A” no less than 24hrs notice, otherwise Team “B” must forfeit. If adequate notice (>24hrs) was provided to Team “A”, the two head coaches MUST agree on a second make-up date and submit it to the League Scheduler for finalization per the aforementioned parameters. Once the Scheduler has approved the make-up date/time/field, the League's Scheduler will then enter this new game into the master schedule on our website in a timely manner (<24 hours).
If a team cannot field the 8 player minimum for this second rescheduling, that team will forfeit.
If, upon this second rescheduled attempt, neither team can field an 8-player line-up, the game is ruled as “unplayed”, NOT a tie, and each team is given a loss as a penalty (in essence, by doing this, their winning percentages will drop and could affect playoff seedings).
This policy is NOT to be used for weather related issues; only when a team can't field a team of at least 8 players.
In summary, this policy gives each team the ability to reschedule any postponed game one time without forfeiting if they cannot field an 8-player line-up, so as long as they have given the opposing team adequate notice (>24hrs).
All teams must have a “result” for all scheduled games. A “forfeit” is a “result”.
Any team that does not have a “result” for a scheduled game by the end of the regular season (including “rainout week”), noted to be midnight on the day before the first playoff game, will be given a LOSS for those games. This is to promote playing all games on the schedule, knowing that there are penalties for not doing so which could affect playoff seedings.
4) Notification of PPD Games:
The Director, League’s Scheduler, and the Away team’s Head Coach must all be notified by the Home team's Head Coach via email of all PPD games. All replies must be REPLY ALL. This is to keep the lines of communication concise and time-stamped.
5) Weather / Rainout Related Procedures
The HOME team’s head coach has full authority to determine whether field conditions are playable until the game begins, but should do so in consultation with the visiting team's coach when possible. Once a game begins the umpire is the sole judge as to the playability of field conditions.
The HOME team head coach must call the game umpire and visiting team head coach to cancel the game within 1 hour of the scheduled game’s start time.
The league must still pay any and all umpires that are NOT given at least one hour’s notice of a cancellation. If the League is assessed an umpire fee for a game when the home team did NOT give the proper amount of notice, that town will be responsible for paying this at season’s end when the League Director invoices each town.
After a game has started, if the umpire determines the field conditions are unplayable, the league still must pay full umpire fees.
Rainouts: All PPD games due to weather are to be rescheduled to the best of the teams’ ability during the regular season. If this can’t be done, the home team for the PPD game can file a written (emailed) petition with the Director to schedule the game during the week between the time the regular season ends and the first game of the playoffs, otherwise known as “rainout week”.
6) Illegal Bat Penalty
• All bats must be BBCOR (-3) or USA Baseball. If the illegal bat is discovered prior to a
batter completing his "at bat" the bat is simply removed from play and the "at bat"
• A player who uses an illegal bat or non-conforming barrel dimension and hits a fair
ball during their at-bat will be ruled out. No advancement on the bases will be
allowed, and any outs during the play shall stand. This is an appeal play. The "at bat"
will be considered legal once a pitch is thrown to the next batter.
• Any bat discovered prior to the game that does not conform to the above rule shall be
directed to be removed immediately and not be allowed for use during the game.
7) Roster / Line-up Policy
(policy developed and instituted prior to the 2018 season)
Option 1: If one team has <12 players, and the other team has 12 or more players, coaches can agree to allow the team with 12 or more players to bat a 12-player line-up and follow the substitution rules for their remaining players. This essentially helps the team with 12 or more players in attendance to turn over their line-up more frequently, thus creating some fairness.
Option 2: Both teams bat every player that shows up (no offensive line-up substitutions necessary). This is the most often used option. Every player must still play 6 defensive outs.
Option 3: Both teams agree to bat 12 players even if 12 or more players are in attendance and uniformed. The substitution policy and rules then apply to both teams.
a. Ties games are allowed so as long as length of game requirements have been met.
b. If a player starts a game and he is on the official line-up card (in the batting order) as exchanged in the pregame, and that player needs to leave the game for any reason, an automatic out will be assigned to their next at bat only (not subsequent at-bats).
c. If a player arrives at a game late, and was not included in the pregame batting line-up as exchanged between coaches/teams during the pregame, that player can be inserted at the bottom of the batting order and shall bat in the spot for the remainder of the game.
d. You may legally play a game to completion with only 8 players in defensive positions and in the batting order, however, the unoccupied “9th” spot in the batting order will be recorded as an out each time the 9th spot come around, unless a player arrives late and can be inserted into that spot (see above – rule 8c). That 9th spot is no longer recorded as an out.
e. All regular season rules apply to post season games, except ties will not be allowed.
9) Call-up Policy
This policy only applies when the League is structured in such a way whereby there are two Divisions, a 13/14yo, and 15/16yo Division.