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Getting Help

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For assistance with Registration,
contact Tom Pritchard

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Welcome

Welcome to the 2014 Spring Season of 

Bear Babe Ruth Baseball & Softball!

Our 15th Season and second at Kodiak Park!!
(located at 4110 Wrangle Hill Road, Bear, DE, behind Wilbur Elementary School)

 

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New for 46/60 baseball, 50/70 baseball, and Major and Senior Softball divisions - Late Fee:

Because of the amount of preparation needed for tryouts and drafts for these divisions (please see the tryout section below for date/time/place), there will be a $20 late fee added to any registration made on or after February 9, 2014.  If your child is between the ages of 9 and 12 years old for baseball, and 9 and 16 for softball, and is signing up for one of these four divisions, please be sure to sign up prior to February 9th.

 

****** Important Note about League Boundaries & Registration Messages ******

Two features are being enforced during our registration process.  First is the ability to restrict registrations to only players who live inside our league boundaries.  The second is an address verification tool that allows us to confirm that we have received documentation proving a registrant lives where they say they live.

If you live outside our boundaries, but play for our league due to being grandfathered in from a boundary change OR because the league in your boundary does not offer a certain age group for baseball/softball for your child, you will receive an error message stating you cannot register.  PLEASE EMAIL TOM PRITCHARD at tepritchard@comcast.net to ask for help with completing your registration.

If you receive a message stating that your address needs to be verified, you need to submit a “proof of residence” document (electric/gas bill, water bill, utility bill, etc., that has your name and home address clearly written on it) .  Please do remember that any new player to the league still needs to have a copy of their birth certificate put on file with the league.

If you have any questions, please email Tom Pritchard at tepritchard@comcast.net.

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2014 VOLUNTEERS – Please Read:

If you are volunteering to be a manager, assistant coach, team parent, auxiliary member, umpire, or any other volunteer position, you must sign up as yourself (add yourself as an adult in your account).  We no longer will have the option to mark volunteer assignments under your child’s registration.  This is so we can more easily report on volunteer names and do not accidentally miss anyone due to multiple ways of signing up for a volunteer position.

Additionally, all volunteers will be required to complete a background check through our registration site ($13 charge).  The registration site now allows us to do this as a mandatory step.  The safety of the children who play in our league is of the utmost importance, and we are entrusting that safety to all of the volunteers in our league.  In addition to these volunteer positions, all members of the Board of Directors are also required to complete a background check.  We hope that you understand why we are taking advantage of this new feature.  Should you pass the background check and for some reason are not selected to be a manager, rostered assistant coach, umpire, or other position for our league, you may request a refund of your $13.  Your privacy is also very important, so only two people will receive the result of the background check.  The first is you and the second is the league president (Tom Pritchard).  If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Tom at  tepritchard@comcast.net, OR your division coordinator whose name can be found on the league website under the Division Coordinators link.

Manager = Manager of a team.  You’re in charge.  You schedule and run the practices with help from your coaches.  You set the lineup and determine substitutions throughout the game.  You will be in contact with the division coordinator throughout the season for any changes/issues/questions about your team or the league in general.  As the manager of the team you are guaranteed to have you own child(ren) on your team.

Assistant Coach = Team coach who assists the manager with running the team.  Responsibilities will be delegated to you by the team manager.

Team Parent = Team coordinator for non-game activities.  These activities can include, but are not limited to: team pictures, league fundraising, after game snacks, etc.

Umpire = Game umpire for baseball (AAA, Majors 46/60, Majors 50/70, Seniors, and Super Seniors) and softball (Majors and Seniors).  Umpires are paid a fee for each game.  You will work with Mike Henn, the League Umpire Coordinator (both senior umpires and junior umpires) throughout the season for scheduling.

Auxiliary Committee = We need volunteers not only to work in the Snack Shack, but also people to work shifts as the person in charge, who will assign jobs to workers, determine the needs for cooked food, and work with the Officer in Charge (Board of Directors member) with counting and completing the deposit for the end of the day.

Other = If there is another position not listed, please select this option and place a note in the box explaining how you would like to help out the league and a member of the Board of Directors will contact you.

 

Baseball and Softball for boys (ages 4-18) and girls (ages 4-16)

If you are new to Bear Babe Ruth and would like to register your child(ren) to play baseball and/or softball for the 2014 season, please bring a copy of your child’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE and PROOF OF RESIDENCE (I.E., utility bill, sewer bill, cable bill, etc.) on one of our open registration dates.

 

OPEN REGISTRATION DATES (held at Wilbur Elementary School):

Saturday, January 25th, from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Monday, January 27th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

 

AFTER OPEN REGISTRATIONS: Please create an account on this site and email Tom Pritchard at tepritchard@comcast.net for instructions on how to register and what documents to provide for new players.

 

Please make sure to read all included as it may affect you.

Online Account:  Your account that you created for the 2013 season is still active. In order to register for this coming season, log back into that account and register your player(s).  This database is the primary means of us contacting you with important information throughout the season, so please keep your contact information (especially e-mail) current.

Note:  Select the words “click here” next to “Forgot my password” to have your password sent to the email address on file.  To have your account unlocked, send an email to tepritchard@comcast.net

        
Registration: The respective division(s) your child(ren) are eligible for will be available based on the player’s “playing age”.  Playing age for baseball is determined by the player’s age on April 30, 2014.  Playing age for softball is determined by the player’s age on December 31, 2013.  See the chart below depicting options for each age group.  We will use this registration selection to group divisions for try-outs.  Those that have registered in the 46/60 division will try-out as a group and will ONLY be eligible for that division (not the 50/70 division).  Registering your 9 or 10 year old for the 46/60 division is not a guarantee that they will be selected for that division.  Any 9 or 10 year old that is not drafted for a 46/60 team will automatically be moved to the AAA draft.  Any 11 year old players that register for 50/70 that do not get drafted in that division will automatically be moved to the 46/60 draft.  Watch for tryout times to be posted to the website in early February.

Tryouts:  Tryouts for 46/60 baseball, 50/70 baseball, Major Softball, and Senior Softball divisions will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Gunning Bedford Middle School inside the gymnasium.  Your child's tryout time will be emailed to you in early February.  Tryouts for Senior Baseball and Super Senior Baseball will be held at a later date.  We will update this site and our league website as soon as we confirm dates and places for those tryouts. 



Please read each description below and give some thought to which division is the best fit for your child prior to registering.

 

BASEBALL:

 

Playing Age

Division

Description

Try-out

Required?

4 to 6

A

This division is our first introduction to baseball and combines players hitting off of a tee and/or coaches pitching to the batters. Games will be played on our all dirt infield "A" ball field located right next to the Snack Shack. Special Requests are honored.

 

No

6 to 8

AA

This is our machine pitch division.  This is an instructional division where players are rotated through defensive positions frequently.  The batting order will always involve the entire team.  Special Requests are honored.

 

No

8 to 10

AAA

A semi-competitive division where the kids get their first exposure of live pitching from other players.  Teams are selected via a blind draft; therefore Special Requests are not accepted for this division.

 

No

9 to 11

Majors 46/60

Our 46/60 division is our first true competitive division.  There are playing rules stating that guarantee a player 2 innings in the field and 1 at-bat per game.  Teams are selected by each manager via a draft.  This is the lowest division available for an 11 year old to play in.  Any 9 or 10 year old who tries out but is not drafted in this division will automatically be placed in the AAA draft.

 

Yes

11 to 12

Majors 50/70

Our 50/70 division is the most competitive of the “Cal Ripken” (Ages 4 to 12) divisions.  The bases (70’) and pitching rubber (50’) distances are increased.  Runners are able to lead-off and pitchers pitch from the stretch with runners on base.  This division’s objective is to help the player transition to the 13-15 Babe Ruth level where the game is played on a bigger field (90’ bases and 60’6” pitching).  Teams are selected by each manager via a draft.

 

** NOTE FOR PARENTS OF 12 YEAR OLD PLAYERS**

 

 12 year old players are only eligible to register for the 50/70 division.  If you believe that your child should not play at this level, and would prefer them to play at the 46/60 level, you must send an email request to tepritchard@comcast.net

Please include, as detailed as possible, your concerns about your child playing at this level.  If your request is approved, your child will be placed in the 46/60 draft.

 

Yes

13 to 15

Seniors

This division is a competitive division.  The game is played on a bigger field with the bases at 90' and the pitching rubber at 60'6".  Teams are selected by each manager via a draft.

 

Yes

16 to 18

Super Seniors

This division is a competitive division.  The game is played on a bigger field with the bases at 90' and the pitching rubber at 60'6".  More information on team selections and play dates to come.  Any specific questions, please contact Tom Pritchard or the Division Coordinator.

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Special Requests

Special requests in the A and AA (for baseball) and Minors (for softball) consist of the following:  Asking to be on the same team as another player and/or being on a certain coach’s team.  It may also include to NOT be on the same team as another player and/or coach.

 

SOFTBALL:

 

Playing Age

Division

Description

Try-out Required?

6 to 8

Rookie

This division is the player’s first introduction to softball.  It is designed to teach fundamentals of the game and therefore is deemed an instructional (non-competitive) level.  Coaches will pitch throughout the season.  Teams will be assigned by the division coordinator and special requests will be accepted.

 

No

8 to 10

Minors

This division is a semi-competitive division where players get their first exposure to live pitching from other players.  Teams will be selected via a blind draft, however, special requests will be accepted. Pitching distance = 35 feet.

 

No

9 to 12

Majors

This division is a competitive division where the players pitch the entire game and stealing bases is allowed.  Since this division is competitive, no special requests will be granted.  Players are selected by their manager via a draft.  Pitching distance = 40 feet.

 

Yes

13 to 16

Seniors

This division is a competitive division where the players pitch the entire game and stealing the bases is allowed.  Since this division is a competitive division no special requests will be granted.  Players are selected by their manager via a draft.  Pitching distance = 43 feet.

 

Yes

 

All-Star Eligibility (baseball): to be eligible for the 8 year old all-star team, the player MUST play in the AAA division. To be eligible for the 9 year and 10 year old all-star teams, the player MUST play in the 46/60 division.  To be eligible for the 11U all-star team, the player MUST play in the 50/70 division.

 

Payment/Fees:  Visa and Mastercard Credit/Debit Cards (to make a payment via check, please contact Tom Pritchard at tepritchard@comcast.net).

Early Registration Discount: Any player registration made on or before January 15, 2014 will receive a $10 discount to that family’s order.  This is a one-time discount (not per player).  (Early Registration discount excludes the "A" Baseball Division)

Multi-Player Discount: If you have more than one child playing in our league you will receive one of the following discount(s): $10 off for registering a second child.  $20 off for registering a third child ($30 total discount).  $50 off for registering a fourth child ($80 total discount).  $50 off for each additional child above four children ($130 total discount for five children, $180 discount for six children, etc.).

Late Registration: Certain divisions have tryouts and drafts that must be completed in a timely manner.  A late fee will now be charged for our 12 and under competitive divisions for any registrations after February 8, 2014.

 

Division

Division 

Registration Fee

(discounts not included)

Fundraiser Fee +

Concession Stand Retainer

 (added one time per family,

not per player)

Late Fee applies

on or after Feb 9th

per player

A

$90

add $100

n/a

Rookie Softball

$120

add $100

n/a

AA

$120

add $100

n/a

Minor Softball

$125

add $100

n/a

Major Softball

$135

add $100

add $20

AAA, 46/60, 50/70 Baseball,

and Senior Softball

$140

add $100

add $20

Senior Baseball

$140

add $100

n/a

Super Senior Baseball

$150

$150

Snack Shack and 

Fundraiser do not apply

n/a

 

Question about registration costs, Snack Shack Retainer, and/or Fundraising Fee?  Please contact Tom Pritchard at: tepritchard@comcast.net

 

Refund Policy:  Bear Babe Ruth League will offer a full refund less a $20 administrative fee to any parent/guardian whose child is withdrawn from the league prior to the start of the first regular season game. Refunds will be issued the 3rd Wednesday of every month and are conditional upon the child's team uniform being returned to Bear Babe Ruth in its new, unworn condition.

Snack Shack Retainer:  We require a $50 retainer (per family) at registration for your snack shack commitment. Once you have completed your snack shack assignment you will be eligible to receive your retainer back.  Information on how to sign up/pick dates for your Snack Shack shifts will be sent out via email and available on the website after registration.

Snack Shack Obligation:  We will be using an online scheduling website that will enable you to pick your Snack Shack shifts dates.  All Shifts will last 2 hours.  Each family must work one 2-hour shift per child to obtain their retainer refund.  Refunds will be issued on a rolling basis on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

Mandatory Fundraising: We require a $50 Fundraising Fee per family.  Each family will receive 5 discount cards that contain discounts to various local businesses on them which can be sold for $10 each. Because this fee is paid up front, after you have sold the cards, you keep the money. The league will notify you when and how the cards will be distributed, most likely some time in March.

 

Mission Statements:

Babe Ruth League, Inc.
The Babe Ruth Baseball/Softball program, using regulation competitive baseball and softball rules, teaches skills, mental and physical development, a respect for the rules of the game, and basic ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. In all aspects, Babe Ruth League, Inc., is committed to providing our participants the very best educational, sports experience possible. It is our fundamental belief that every child with a desire to play baseball or softball be afforded that opportunity.

Bear Babe Ruth
Bear Babe Ruth founded its league on the guiding principles of the Babe Ruth League, Inc., Mission Statement. We are a league that upholds a strict Code of Conduct by stressing the importance of sportsmanship, character, and ethical behavior with our Board of Directors, Managers, Coaches, Players, and Parents. Bear Babe Ruth will continue to support the community by welcoming new players and families into the league, thus providing the boys and girls of our community the opportunity to play baseball and softball. We will continue to raise the bar on the quality of the league and will strive to be considered the “Best Game in Town.”