Norfolk Baseball Association Policies & Procedures

Manager Assignment Process For Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth Spring Baseball and Summer League Baseball
Player Placement Process For Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Spring Leagues
Evaluation Process For Cal Rikpen and Babe Ruth Spring Baseball
Team Setup Process For Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Spring Baseball 
Local Rules For Spring Junior League -- Under Construction
 

 

Manager Assignment Process For Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth Spring Baseball and Summer League Baseball

Requests to manage a team can be made during the player registration process or by submitting a written/email request to the Norfolk Baseball Board.

Spring Cal Ripken Managers are selected by the Junior League President, with input from the Board.  Spring Babe Ruth Managers are selected by the Babe Ruth President with input from the Board. 

All Summer Managers and Cal Ripken Tournament Managers are selected by the Summer Director with input from the Board. The Manager selection timeline varies depending on the current season circumstances.  Manages will be selected as early as circumstances allow.

In the instance that there are more multiple candidates for any Manager’s Position.  The Board has the discretion to form a interview committee, comprised of the Association Commissioner, President, one other Board Member, and up to two other at large baseball community members empowered by the Board for this committee.  The committee should always be an odd number. The committee will be charged to interview the candidates and elect the Manager(s) through a majority vote.  All voting will confidential, and the selected candidate will still need full board vote to be appointed.

The Norfolk Baseball Board shall take the following into consideration when selecting managers and coaches:

  • Promotes teamwork and is a positive influence on players
  • Leadership and motivation ability
  • Conduct
  • Displays and encourages the utmost integrity for the game
  • Fair minded/non partial
  • Available time commitment
  • Calm under pressure and displays excellent sportsmanship
  • Understands, follows and supports the rules of the league
  • Ability to organize and plan for practices and games
  • Ability to represent Norfolk Baseball in most favorable light
  • Feedback from previous coaching experience
  • Other volunteer positions held within Norfolk Baseball
  • Clear background check

 

Player Placement Process For Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Spring Leagues

Cal Ripken Players age 12 & Under

Per rules, guidelines and recommendations from Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Baseball, players are assigned to the Spring Leagues as follows:

  • T-Ball League - Players in the T-Ball League are first year players that are baseball age 5 or 6. Players are rostered onto teams by the T-Ball League Director.
  • A League - Players in the A League are baseball age 6 (if played T-Ball) and 7. The A League is a coach's pitch league. Players are rostered onto teams by the A League Director.
  • AA League - Players in the AA League are baseball age 7, 8 and 9. In the AA League, players pitch for 2 innings and a pitching machine is used for the remainder of the game. Team rosters are determined by a draft. 
  • AAA League - Players in the AAA League are baseball age 9, 10. The AAA League is a competitive league where players pitch exclusively and modified 'live ball' rules are used. Team rosters are determined by a draft. New for 2017 Playing Season all 3rd and 4th Graders will be placed in AAA, unless their baseball age will not allow this placement.
  • Major League - Players in the Major League are typically baseball age 11 and 12 (all 12 year olds are placed in the Major League). The Major League plays 'live ball' rules. Team rosters are determined by a draft. New for 2017 All 5th and 6Graders will be assigned to Majors.  All 7th Grade 12s will be offered the choice to either play with their baseball age group, or with move up to Babe Ruth and play with their grade, unless their baseball age will not allow this placement.

 

Beginning in 2010, Norfolk Baseball adopted a new system to better insure that players are placed in the league that most closely matches their skill level, and helps guide the formation of each division to be as balanced as circumstances allow. This system simultaneously helps to insure that the highest skilled players are placed in the Major League, next highest in the AAA League etc.

For all leagues other than T-Ball and A League, the following process is used to assign players to leagues. Based upon player evaluations from the previous year, summer baseball evaluations (if available), and ratings from all evaluators at the current year's tryouts, the player agent will create an ordered ranking of all players. Players will be ordered from strongest player to weakest player. From that ranking, a draft pool for each league will be created. The highest rated 'x' players, where 'x' is the number of open roster positions in the Major League, will be placed into the Major League draft pool. Those 'x' players and only those 'x' players will be drafted into the Major League. After the Major League draft pool is created, the next highest ranked 'y' players, where 'y' is the number of roster spots available in the AAA League, will be placed into the AAA League draft pool. Those 'y' players and only those 'y' players will be drafted into the AAA League. After the AAA League draft pool is created, the next highest ranked 'z' players, where 'z' is the number of roster spots for the AA League, will be placed into the AA League draft pool. Those 'z' players and only those 'z' players will be drafted into the AA League. All remaining players will be placed into the A League.

Babe Ruth Players age 13 thru 18

Per rules, guidelines and recommendations from Babe Ruth League, players are assigned to leagues as follows:

  • Most players baseball age 13 are placed in the 13 year old division of the Massasoit Babe Ruth League. Players are rostered onto teams by the Babe Ruth President.
  • Most players baseball age 14 through 15 are placed in the 14-15 year old division of the Massasoit Babe Ruth League. Players are rostered onto teams by the Babe Ruth President.
  • All players baseball age 16 through 18 are placed in the 16-18 year old division of the Massasoit Babe Ruth League. Players are rostered onto teams by the Babe Ruth President

 

Evaluation Process For Cal Rikpen and Babe Ruth Spring Baseball

Our Evaluation process is critical part in helping to establish balanced teams in AAA and Majors. All players entering AAA and Majors are required to attend the Spring Evaluationas.  For 2017 Players who in 2016 played in the Majors, the Evaulations will be optional.  There are no tryouts for any other age group.   

There are no evaluations for Babe Ruth.

 

Team Setup Process For Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Spring Baseball 

Player drafts are used in the AA, AAA and Major Leagues. Drafts are run by the Player Agent and the Junior League President and are held after the establishment of draft pools and manager assignments. These methods are summarized below:

  • AA League -- Draft Process:
    • Team rosters start with zero players.
    • All players in the AA draft pool, and only those players in the AA draft pool, are drafted onto AA teams.
    • The team draft order is determined by blind draw.
    • An 'S' type draft is used. For example, assuming 4 teams, the draft order is A, B, C, D, D, C, B, A, A, B, C, D etc.
    • Managers are allowed to select 1 coach prior to the draft.
    • Based on their skill level relative to other players in the draft, children of managers and coaches who are in the AA draft pool are 'slotted' into a draft round by the Player Agent. These players will count as that team's pick in those rounds.

 

  • AAA League -- Draft Process:
    • Team rosters start with zero players.
    • All players in the AAA draft pool, and only those players in the AAA draft pool, are drafted onto AAA teams.
    • The team draft order is determined by blind draw.
    • An 'S' type draft is used. For example, assuming 4 teams, the draft order is A, B, C, D, D, C, B, A, A, B, C, D etc.
    • Managers are allowed to select 1 coach prior to the draft.
    • Based on their skill level relative to other players in the draft, children of managers and coaches who are in the AAA draft pool are 'slotted' into a draft round by the Player Agent. These players will count as that team's pick in those rounds.

 

  • Major League -- Draft Process
    • Team rosters are maintained from year to year. In other words, unless specifically requesting to reenter the draft, players who played in the Major League the previous year are rostered onto that same team.
    • All players in the Major League draft pool, and only those players in the Major League draft pool, are drafted onto Major League teams.
    • The team draft order is determined by the Player Agent and Little League President. The Player Agent and President determine the draft order based upon the relative strength of each team's roster and the number of players that each team needs to draft. In general, the weakest team selects first with the strongest team selecting last.
    • A straight draft is used. For example, assuming 4 teams, the draft order is A, B, C, D, A, B, C, D, etc.
    • Managers are not allowed to select coaches prior to the draft.
    • Based on their skill level relative to other players in the draft, children of a manager who are in the Major League draft pool are 'slotted' into a draft round by the Player Agent. These players will count as that team's pick in those rounds.
    • All baseball age 12 players are drafted first. Once all baseball age 12 players have been drafted, the draft order resets and then continues until all players in the draft pool have been drafted.

 

  • Babe Ruth Team Formation

‚ÄčThere is no formal draft process.  Depending on the numbers each year our Babe Ruth Regisgtrants may blend with KP or other towns participating in the Massasoiot Babe Ruth League. In the event that we have town based teams, the Babe Ruth President and Commissioner will oversee the formation of the Babe Ruth teams.

 

 

Local Rules For Spring Junior League -- 
Minimum Play Rule


Every Player on the roster will participate in each game for a minimum of nine (9) defensive outs.  At least three (3) defensive outs (i.e. one inning) must be at an infield position, unless this rule has been waived with written approval from the player’s parents. An at-bat by each participating player is guaranteed by a continuous batting order.  In cases where the player did not attend the previous game, arrived late or left before the end of the game, the manager shall have no obligation to start that player the next game he attends, but said player must play his/her mandatory time.

The manager shall for the:

  1. First Offense – receive a written warning.

  2. Second Offense – a suspension for the next scheduled game and shall not attend said game

  3. Third Offense – a suspension for the remainder of the season

Note: If the violation is determined to be intentional, a more severe penalty may be assessed by the Executive Board, however, forfeiture of a game may not be invoked.

 

Pitching Rules  

 

Babe Ruth League, Inc.

Latest Rule Changes for 2017
Updated 12/5/2016

The International Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2017 season.  These changes will be reflected in the 2017 Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules and Regulations.

  1. Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth 13-15 Baseball, and Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball - Tournament Pitching Rules These pitch count limitations will apply to all tournament games played in District, Area, State, Regional and World Series competition and will completely replace Tournament Regulation Rule 11.05, Paragraph 4 (innings pitch).  For the local league season, leagues are still permitted to use pitching limitations as defined in Rule 0.06 and under Local League Options – Pitch Count.

There are no limitations on the number of innings a pitcher may pitch in a tournament (bracket or pool play) game subject to the following pitch count limitations:

TOURNAMENT PITCHING REST REQUIREMENTS 

 AGE

 DAILY MAX (PITCHES IN GAME/DAY)

 REST PERIOD

0 Days

1 Day

2 Days

7-8

50

1-20

21-35

36+

9-10

75

1-40

41-65

66+

11-12

85

1-40

41-65

66+

13-15

95

1-45

46-75

76+

16-18

105

1-45

46-75

76+

  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 tournament game.
  4. All players have full pitching eligibility beginning at each level of tournament competition. (District, State, Area, Regional, and World Series)
  5. In a game suspended by darkness, weather, or other causes and resumed the following calendar day, the pitcher at the time the game was halted may continue to the extent of his/her eligibility.
  6. 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.  Tournament Officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. 
  7. Swing Player Options - If a 15-year-old player swings up and participates on the 16-18 tournament team and pitches, they will abide by the 16-18 tournament pitching rules.  Same would apply if a 12-year-old player swings up and participates on a 13-year-old tournament team, they will abide by the 13-15-year-old tournament pitching rule. Whatever the age of the tournament will determine the pitch count regardless of the player's league age.

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