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Interested In Umpiring - Training Clinic on Sunday, March 4th
by posted 02/14/2018

Are You Over 18 and Interested In Becoming an Umpire? 

If so, there will be an Umpire Training Clinic on Sunday, March 4th at Providence Rec Center (near Falls Church HS) that will run from 9:30 AM until about 3:00 PM. Any prospective umpires or interested parties are welcome to attend. The training is conducted by Virginia Babe Ruth Umpire Association, and refreshments and sandwiches will be served.

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NFC Important Dates - Mark Your Calendar
by posted 02/01/2018

Mark Your Calendars

February 18th - Coaches Meeting

If you are interested in Coaching please REGISTER now.  WE NEED YOU!

 

March 17th - Evaluations

All NFC Babe Ruth players that have not played in the league before should attend.  More Info to Come.

 

March 18th - Field Day

We need to prepare the fields for the upcoming season.  All are invited to help.  More Info to Come.

 

April 7th - Prep Clinic

NFCBR Coaches will hold a clinic for all Prep Players

 

 

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NFC Babe Ruth Spring Coaches Meeting on February 18th
by posted 01/08/2018

INTERESTED IN COACHING THIS SPRING?

COACHES MEETING, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18th

NFC Babe Ruth can only be successful if we have great coaches and we can always use great coaches.  If you are interested in coaching, please register as a volunteer.  We will have our Spring Season Coaches Meeting on Sunday, February 18th at 7pm at the Four Seasons Clubhouse.  Check back soon for more information.

Volunteer Regisration

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NFC Babe Ruth Spring 2018 Registration NOW OPEN!
by posted 12/01/2017

Attention Baseball Players and Volunteers!


Registration is now open for the NFC Babe Ruth Spring 2018 season. Please register now to get special early-bird pricing. Evaluations for 13 year old Prep players and those that have not played in the league before will be March 17th. Players who played in the Spring 2017 will be returning to their system teams but still must register prior to the season.  

If your player is trying out and makes a High School team this spring, registration for those players will be open in March and the season for those players will begin after the High School season concludes.

To register online, please visit the NFC Babe Ruth website, www.nfcbaberuth.com.  

To access the registration system directly, please click on:

Player Registration

Volunteer Registration
 

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Bat Rules for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
by posted 08/22/2017

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NEW BAT RULES FOR SPRING OF 2018
by posted 11/08/2016

NEW BAT RULES FOR SPRING OF 2018 

 

TO:         Babe Ruth League Membership
FROM:   Steven Tellefsen, President/CEO

DATE:    October 14, 2016
RE:         Implementation of USABat Standard
 
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.
Frequently Asked Questions about the USABat standard:

Which national member organizations are implementing this new standard?
To date, the following organizations are participating (in alphabetical order): American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball.

Why the change to a wood-like standard?
USA Baseball’s national member organizations believe that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game. The new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so young players can use bats made with light-weight materials.
 
Why not just use wood bats?
Wood is a scarce resource. The new bats will be designed to perform much like wood, where its performance will be limited to the highest performing wood.
 
How is the USABat standard different from the BBCOR standard used by the NCAA and NFHS?
Both the USA Baseball and NCAA bat performance tests are based on the coefficient of restitution from a bat-ball impact. The scale of results is different, however, since they use different test balls and test speeds. The testing difference is necessary to address the various levels of play in the respective age groups.
 
Why is USA Baseball involved?  
The national member organizations asked USA Baseball as the national governing body to take the lead in this process to establish a new standard.  Many other national governing bodies set and enforce standards for the equipment in their respective sports. To that end, USA Baseball established a Bat Study Committee of leading scientists and conducted theoretical modeling, field testing and lab testing. The committee shared its findings with the national member organizations, who then endorsed the new USABat standard.
 
Who were the scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee?
Alan Nathan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois
Dan Russell, Ph.D. Professor of Acoustics at Penn State University
Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. Research Director of American Sports Medicine Institute
 
Why wait until 2018?
The implementation date of 2018 will allow bat manufacturers sufficient time to conduct the appropriate research, design, testing, manufacturing and shipping needed to get new bats into retail outlets. This date also allows the participating national member organizations adequate time to educate their memberships of the USABat standard.
 
Is my current bat good for league play?
Yes.  Current league-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017.
 
Is safety the reason for the change?
No.  Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports for youth participants.
 
How will I know which bat to buy?
All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations.
 
When can I buy the new bat?
It is the intention of the bat manufacturers to make the new bats available in the fall of 2017, in sufficient time for the 2018 season.
 
 
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Welcome to NFC Babe Ruth
by posted 11/08/2016

Welcome to NFC Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth is an international organization promoting youth baseball.  We are the local chapter for 13 - 15 year olds.  Our territory stretches from RT 7 to RT 28.  Traditionally our players come from Chantilly Little League, Herndon Cal Ripken (HOYB) and Reston Little League but we accept all players including those with little or no experience in playing baseball. 

We form teams locally and play on local fields.  Also,  we play teams from Babe Ruth leagues in Fairfax and other counties. 

Our program has System, Travel and All Star teams. 
 

System teams are like the farm teams for the Major leagues.  Players play at the level where their abilities are best suited. There are three levels:

  • Prep level where inexperienced players become acclimated to the 90 foot field with other players with similar abilities.
  • Alliance level for those preparing for high school level baseball.
  • Babe Ruth level for those at the high school level of play.


Travel teams allow for extra games for those wanting more baseball at a competitive setting. 

All Stars are for the best players who will represent the league during district and higher level Babe Ruth Tournaments. 

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