PILOT PROGRAM FOR 2019

Babe Ruth League instituted a new policy for 14U and up, eliminating the boundary requirements for those age groups.  However, we are also seeing a transition at the younger ages and want to understand the impact to leagues in the state.  We have learned that some leagues need to go outside of their traditional boundary just to field a team, forcing that league to abandon Babe Ruth for a less restrictive independent travel schedule. To this end...

Effective for the 2019 season, PA Babe Ruth Softball programs in the 8U/10U/12U age division may compete under the following two (2) categories:

      Rec All-Star Team

  1. The tournament team will be comprised of a recommended twelve (12), maximum of fifteen (15), players all within the established league boundaries, following the traditional league boundary expectations.

    Babe Ruth Travel Team
  2. The tournament team will be comprised of the recommended twelve (12), maximum of fifteen (15), players with no more than four (4) players from outside the established league boundaries, within a 20 mile driving distance of the boundary line.
  3. Leagues may designate their Rec All-Star Team as Babe Ruth Travel even if they meet the above standards, should they wish to compete in that category.  However, the reverse does not hold true.

The PA Babe Ruth State Tournament will have two brackets of play.  One for each of the above designated categories.  Winners of each bracket will earn a bid to the World Series in Jensen Beach, FL in 2019, as Pennsylvania is a pre-qualifier.  However, for 2019, only the Rec All-Star Team category will move forward to the Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament.  This may be revisited at a later date. 

Should a category not have enough teams, the two brackets may merge to participate in the same bracket for tournament play, at the discretion of the state commissioner.  Regardless, there will still be a Rec All-Star and Babe Ruth Travel champion designated.

Additionally, PA Babe Ruth Softball will incorporate a Diamond Bracket into the tournament for 2019.  The Diamond Bracket will be comprised of the lower portion of seeding after pool play, or after the double-elimination round, depending on which method is used.

8U Champion - Hilltop

10U Champion - Audubon

12U Champion - Audubon

 

14U Champion - Haverford