2014 Rule Changes: Cal Ripken Baseball Major/70 Division; Babe Ruth 13-15 Division; Babe Ruth 16-18 Division – Rule 8.05(c) Comment: Requires the pitcher, while touching his plate, to step directly toward a base before throwing to that base. If a pitcher turns or spins off of his free foot without actually stepping or if he turns his body and throws before stepping, it is a balk.
A pitcher is to step directly toward a base before throwing to that base, and is required to throw (except to second base) because he steps. It is a balk if, with runners on first and third, the pitcher steps toward third and does not throw, merely to bluff the runner back to third; then seeing the runner on first start for second, turn and step toward and throw to first base. It is legal for a pitcher to feint a throw to second base.
(d) The pitcher, while touching his plate, throws, or feints a throw to an unoccupied base, except for the purpose of making a play;
(e) The pitcher makes an illegal pitch.
Babe Ruth 16-18 Division – Designated Hitter – Rule 6.10 – Any Babe Ruth 16-18 League may elect to use the Designated Hitter Rule. The rule provides as follows:
A hitter may be designated to bat for the starting pitcher and all subsequent pitchers in any game without otherwise affecting the status of the pitcher(s) in the game. A Designated Hitter for the pitcher must be selected prior to the game and must be included in the lineup cards presented to the Umpire-in-Chief.
The Designated Hitter named in the starting lineup must come to bat at least one time, unless the opposing club changes pitchers. It is not mandatory that a club designate a hitter for the pitcher, but failure to do so prior to the game precludes the use of a Designated Hitter for that game.
Pinch hitters for a Designated Hitter may be used. Any substitute hitter for a Designated Hitter becomes the Designated Hitter. A replaced Designated Hitter shall not re-enter the game in any capacity.
The Designated Hitter may be used defensively, continuing to bat in the same position in the batting order, but the pitcher must then bat in the place of the substituted defensive player, unless more than one substitution is
made, and the manager then must designate their spots in the batting order.
A runner may be substituted for the Designated Hitter and the runner assumes the role of Designated Hitter. A Designated Hitter may not pinch run.
A Designated Hitter is locked into the batting order. No multiple substitutions may be made that will alter the batting rotation of the Designated Hitter.
Once the game pitcher is switched from the mound to a defensive position, this move shall terminate the Designated Hitter role for the remainder of the game.
Once the game pitcher bats for the Designated Hitter, this move shall terminate the Designated Hitter role for the remainder of the game. (The game pitcher may only pinch-hit for the Designated Hitter.)
Once a Designated Hitter assumes a defensive position, this move shall terminate the Designated Hitter role for the remainder of the game. A substitute for the Designated Hitter need not be announced until it is the Designated Hitter’s turn to bat.
Bat Rules for 2013 Babe Ruth 13 and Older
13-15 Baseball Division
The bat may not exceed 34" in length and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 5/8" in diameter. All aluminum/alloy barrel bats and all composite handle-aluminum/alloy bats are allowed. The only composite barrel bats that will be allowed are those that are certified BBCOR .50 and marked as such. Wood barrel bats conforming to the specifications of Official Baseball Rule 1.10 and are 34" in length or less are allowed.
16-18 Baseball Division
The bat may not exceed 34" in length and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 5/8" in diameter or be greater than a -3 length to weight ratio. The only composite barrel bats that will be allowed are those that are certified BBCOR .50 and marked as such. Wood barrel bats conforming to the specifications of Official Baseball Rule 1.10 and are 34" in length or less are allowed.
We will be moving to the big fields, playing our games atWalnut Tree. The larger field will bring different challenges to the game, as players adjust to 90 feet base paths. After the fall season, where some of the players got a taste of playing on the larger diamond, I can tell you that the players quickly adjust to the new field. We also will experience some travel in the spring to surrounding town for games. For those players who do not play fall ball, this will provide an opportunity to experience out of town play. This season promises to be an exciting time for our group.
14-15 Year old group
This should prove to be an interesting year for our group. Last year’s 13 year olds will move up to play with the 15’s, some of whom have been playing high school and AAU ball. The level of intensity will increase and our younger players will be able to follow great role models. We have more travel games, giving the players a feel for the other teams and fields in our league. Last year, there were four teams in the Newtown League. We will select our teams as soon as the high school teams are picked late March. The season will probably start in late April. High school players are not permitted to play or practice with the teams until the high school season is over.