If you are interested in hosting a tournament in 2012, contact your District Commissioner or State Commissioner Bob Willis. In 2013 Kansas will host the 14 Year-Old Midwest Plains Regional Tournament. If your league is interested in hosting
this tournament, please let us know as early as possible.
In a previous issue of Bullpen, a
reference to Kansas Babe Ruth Leagues, Inc. stated, “To summarize the respect Babe Ruth Headquarters has for the Kansas state organization, we would like to indicate that if we had as many hard working
volunteers as those in Kansas in every one of our state organizations, our program would triple in size”. That says a lot about our volunteers to dedicate much of their lives as coaches, board members,
etc. to the betterment of our youth. If you do not have a program for your youth yet, or would like more information on a program for all youth ages 5 - 19, go to our Board of Directors page and contact one of the individuals there. WE CAN HELP.
NEW FEATURE: Kansas Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball
(all age divisions) now has a “Bulletin Board” for leagues to exchange information and provide information about their area. Tournament invitations and information can be posted here. Contact Bob Willis and your information will be posted. Click on the “Bulletin Board” button above to access this page.
Beginning in 2003, a new award was presented at each State Tournament to one player participating in each State Tournament.
The award named “State Commissioner’s A.H.(squared)P. Award” will be awarded to the player who shows exemplary attitude, hustle and pride during the tournaments.
Now, almost every age division in Babe Ruth has a tournament trail all the way to a World Series. See the Tournament Trail below. Babe Ruth baseball continues to grow in Kansas resulting in better league play and better tournament play. If you have a Babe Ruth program in one division and not in others, why don’t you consider implementing the entire Babe Ruth program from Cal Ripken 10 and under through Senior Babe Ruth (16-18). This allows for more continuity and makes your program much easier to administer.
Check out Babe Ruth Headquarters’ home page for any information concerning the Babe Ruth program in America. You can order from their catalog online, check out which major leaguers played Babe Ruth Baseball, find out Babe Ruth World Series scores, AND you can fill out your league and tournament team rosters on-line and submit them to HQ. However, rosters still need to be printed and signed by the League President and sent to your District Commissioner prior to your first league scheduled game. You are strongly encouraged to go to their website and take advantage of their offerings under League Resources. It will make keeping record of your players and coaches much easier and with just a couple of clicks you can transfer players from your regular season roster to a tournament team roster and the files will keep the players’ ages updated. Waiver forms are also filled out at this web site and e-mailed to your District Commissioner, who in turn e-mails it up the chain of command. This process saves so much time, not to mention trees.
Read about new rule changes for this year and for previous years. See what’s going on in District 1, District 3, District 4 and District 5, and District 6. Read 7th Inning Stretch, the State Commissioner’s newsletter, to keep informed on what’s happening in Kansas Babe Ruth
Baseball. Read Major League Baseball Rules. Order a birth certificate from the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics.
Softball. Did you know that Kansas Babe Ruth Softball offers softball for girls in the same age groups as baseball? On a national level, this program is growing. If you are interested in starting a softball league, contact Kansas Softball Commissioner, Mark Donley or Midwest Plains Region Softball Commissioner, David Hargrove, or your District
Commissioner. Age divisions now in Kansas are 10 & Under, 12 & Under, 14 & Under and 16 & Under.
Kansas Babe Ruth Leagues, Inc. is proud of the “Classic” games which are held in August each year to showcase the best 15 year-old players in the state. The first ever Kansas Babe Ruth “Classic” was played in McPherson on August 14, 1999. This event was continued in 2000 on August 13 at Pittsburg. The 2001 “Classic” was held on August 12 at Great Bend and the 2002 game was played on August 18 at Lyons. In 2003, Wellington hosted the event on August 17. Ulysses hosted the event in 2004 on August 15. Burlington hosted the 2005 “Classic” ; in 2006, Lyons was the first town to host the event twice, in 2007 Elkhart hosted “Classic IX”, Classic X was in Fort Scott, in 2009, Classic XI was in Wellington, Classic XII was in Mulvane, 2011 Classic XIII was in Ottawa, Classic XIV was in Council Grove in 2012, and Classic XV will be in Council Grove also on August 17-18.
If you are interested in hosting a future State, Regional or District tournament, contact your District Commissioner or State Commissioner, Bob Willis. Let your District Commissioner know as soon as possible if you want to host a State Tournament as these tournaments are generally
awarded in our Fall meeting in September.
Are you looking for umpires for the upcoming season. Click here for a complete listing of Babe Ruth Certified umpires in Kansas. If you are an umpire and would like to be listed, please complete the application form on the Umpires page.
Information about the Babe Ruth age divisions, the National Umpires Association and the highlights of Babe Ruth League, Inc. history are on this web site.
Bookmark this site and refer to it often for tournament information and updates and other information about Babe Ruth Baseball and
Softball and Cal Ripken Baseball in Kansas.
Go online and check the Babe Ruth site out (baberuthleague.org)
On this website you can get copies of important forms, order supplies, uniforms, trophies, fill out rosters for regular season and post season tournaments. Babe Ruth League.Org also has several league
resources such as birth charts for baseball and softball, consent for treatment forms, add/drop player forms, double-elimination brackets, team and tournament rosters which can be filled out online, charter forms,
copies of Bullpen, Babe Ruth programs and news and press releases.