Babe Ruth League, Inc.
Latest Rule Changes for 2021
Last Updated 1/27/2021
The Babe Ruth League, Inc. International Board of Directors has approved the following rule changes beginning with the 2021 season. These changes will be reflected in the 2021 Babe Ruth League, Inc. Rules and Regulations for the baseball and softball divisions.
Rule Changes/Clarifications for the 2021 Season
Rule 0.01; Number 7 - BACKGROUND CHECKS: Babe Ruth League requires all managers, coaches, and volunteers with consistent active engagement with players to register with our National Athletic Safety Program for Background Checks and Abuse Prevention Training. Babe Ruth League, Inc. chartered leagues are required to conduct a nationwide background check on all managers, coaches, Board of Directors, and any other persons, volunteers, or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players. Once a volunteer has successfully completed the background check, it is valid for a two (2) year period from the date of completion. (Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Babe Ruth Softball)
Rule 0.02; Number 2 - Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 Division – Any player born prior to May 1, 2005 and on or after January 1, 2002 will be eligible for Babe Ruth 16-18 League competition. Any player eligible to participate in high school athletics will be eligible to participate in the Babe Ruth League 16-18 Division. Any player born in 2002, 2003 and 2004 is eligible for the Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 Division. Players born in January, February, March, and April of 2005 must play in the 16-18 Division.
Rule 6.10 and Rule 11.05 - Number 12 - Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 Division - Designated Hitter (DH) (Local League Option and Tournament Play) – Any Babe Ruth 16-18 League may elect to use the Designated Hitter Rule option for the pitcher only. The rule provides as follows:
(6.10 NOTE: Babe Ruth Baseball Rule 6.10 does not apply to the Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 Division or Cal Ripken Baseball Division.)
Local League Option and Tournament Regulation Rule 11.05; Number 12 - Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 Division – Courtesy Runners - At any time, the team at bat may use courtesy runners for the pitcher and/or the catcher. In the event the offensive team bats around, the pitcher and/or catcher who had a courtesy runner inserted on their behalf may bat in their normal position in the batting order.