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  • those expectations. It is always remarkable how the smaller towns pull together and make our tourna- ments “community events”. So many memories were created that will last a lifetime, and so many new friends were made that will result in long-lasting relationships. It bears repeating that the Babe Ruth Program is one big family which grows and gets better each year. Our volunteers are dedi- cated and rarely receive the recog- nition they deserve. But, they don’t do it for the recognition—they do it because they love the game of baseball and the young people who participate in it, and they believe in the Babe Ruth Baseball concept. Our District Commissioners and Assistant State Commissioners also work very hard and log in many hours during the entire year to make our program the best it can be. THANKS to all of our volun- teers for making Kansas Babe Ruth Baseball special.

    YOU ARE THE GREATEST!!

    Kansas Babe Ruth experienced another great year in 2016. The chief reason for our achievements is the volunteers who work tirelessly to insure that the Babe Ruth program remains the BEST youth program in the state. The purpose of this article is to recognize and thank the many volunteers who continue to make things happen in our program. Our volunteers are the BEST.

    In our state, there are many areas that are untapped by Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken baseball, and it is the duty of each of us to seek contacts in those areas and show our program and its many benefits and advantages over the other programs. The northern half of the state remains the most fertile area for growth. If you know of leagues that are not affiliated or play independent programs, please provide your District Commissioner or other board members with those contacts. Then, we can approach them and inform them about Kansas Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken baseball.

    All of the Tournament Directors of the 2016 tournaments worked hard

    to make sure their tournaments were first class events that will be remem- bered for years to come by all who participated in them. Tournament Directors work diligently, devoting many hours before their tournament starts. Once their tournament be- gins, they meet the high standards we have come to know and experi- ence in the Kansas tournament trail. State Tournament Directors for the 2016 season were: Justin Seltzer, Hesston (16-18), Tom Robertson, Fort Scott (9), Tanner Ford, Wel- lington (10), Jason Brokar, Kinsley (11-60), Jared Rutti of Garden City (11-70), Chris Ratzlaff, Pittsburg (12-60 and 14), Junior Soeken, Lyons(12-70), Brandon Johnson, Frontenac (13) and Dottie Kell of Junction City (13-15). Jeff Blosser of Council Grove served as the Tour- nament Director for the Midwest Plains 11(70) Regional Tournament held in Council Grove

    Experience has shown that if volun- teers know what the expectations are, as far as tournament events and pageantry, they generally exceed

    B a b e R u t h V o l u n t e e r s a r e t h e B E S T

    I ns i de t h i s i s s ue :

    “Classic XVIII” rec- ognizes Kansas Tal- ent

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    2016 State Babe Ruth Tournament Results

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    ‘16 State Cal Ripken Tournament Results

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    MWP Regional Tour- nament Results

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    Babe Ruth “Bullpen” publication link

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    Cal Zone 3

    2017 Tournament Dates

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    Charter Early 4

    Kansas Babe Ruth Baseball on the web

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    2017 Rule Changes 5

    USABat Standard for 2018

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    Policy/Rule Clarifica- tion for 2017

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    Who is Stealing Home from Commu- nity Youth Baseball

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    Kansas Babe Ruth Board of Directors

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    Official Publication of Kansas Babe Ruth Leagues, Inc.

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    BOB WILLIS—STATE COMMISSIONER PAUL UNRAU-CAL RIPKEN STATE COMMISSIONER

    HQ Hosts Combined Meeting for Midwest Plains and New England Regions

    Commissioners from the Midwest Plains and New England Re- gions were treated to some great hospitality and training at Hamil- ton, NJ as Headquarters hosted a combined meeting for the two regions. Midwest Plains Commissioners arrived Thursday, Sep- tember 28 and the New England Commissioners arrived Friday. After touring the new Babe Ruth facility Friday, Commissioners met with President/CEO Steven Tellefsen, Commissioner Rob Connor and Midwest Plains Commissioner Tim Kuntz. In the evening, commissioners were bussed to Philadelphia to watch the Phillies and Mets game. Saturday was spent visiting twelve differ- ent stations set up at Headquarters with 3 commissioners in each group. Topics ranged from reviewing league contacts, the charter- ing process, insurance, social media, recruitment, SI Play and methods to boost our program and expose the Babe Ruth brand. Staff members headed each station, so it was a great way to get to know the staff which we often communicate with, but have never met in most cases. Saturday night was special in that Mike Janicki, State Commissioner for Eastern Massachussetts was inducted into the New Eng- land Hall of Fame and Marg Inteso was surprised by being inducted into the Midwest Plains Hall of Fame. This was the first time that two regions were combined for a meeting and it turned out to be a HUGE success and provided a great opportunity for the two regions of the Babe Ruth family to merge in an exchange of thoughts and ideas.

    Midwest Plains Regional Commissioner Tim Kuntz presenting Hall of Fame Award to Marg Inteso, a very fitting and well deserved award.

  • Council Grove was the site of the 2016 Midwest Plains Regional Tournament for the 11(70) Division, where eight teams participated in the pool play event played July 28- August 1.

    The tournament showcased some outstanding teams and spectacular plays as well as demonstration of good sports- manship by many teams and players alike. The tournament was won by Grand Forks, ND. The Norm and Colleen Travis

    Sportsmanship Banner was presented to the Liberal, KS team. Tournament Director Jeff Blosser and his staff did an outstanding job in organiz- ing and running the tourna- ment, dealing with rain delays during parts of the tourna- ment. The tournament boast- ed live National Anthem be- fore every game as well as 1st Pitch ceremonies recognizing local dignitaries and volun- teers.

    After checking in, the players,

    Players, coaches and fans experienced the hospitality and friendly citizens of Council Grove when they arrived on Saturday, August 13 to partici- pate in the 18th annual Classic, showcasing outstanding 15 year -olds from all over the state. After an hour of practice, the participants and families en- joyed a barbeque picnic and swimming at the Aquatic Cen- ter. Sunday’s events began with a photo session, followed by a ceremony honoring each player and coach who received special plaques commemorating this prestigious and special event. Paul Unrau, Cal Ripken State Commissioner, managed the

    Blue team with help from coaches Scott Heidebrecht of Marion and Dave Whetstone of Howard. Managing the Red team was Assistant State Com- missioner (12-60 Division), Dennis Nevin. His coaching staff included James McCarty of Cherryvale and Lance Smith of Oswego The Red Team won the first game by a score of 11-9 and the second game by a 9-3 margin. Players on both teams had a great time and were afforded the opportunity to meet players from other teams and parts of the state during the two days. Players are selected at their respective district tournaments based on their playing ability

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    and sportsmanship. Coaches are nominated by their District Com- missioners, and the managers are on a rotational basis of Kansas Babe Ruth League, Inc. Board of Directors. A special thanks to Mark Brooks, our 10-year Old Assis- tant State Commissioner, for organizing this prestigious event, Justin Carlson, Council Grove Recreation Director, who served as Tournament Director and maintained the fields during the event, the Council Grove City Commissioners, the citizens of Council Grove, the Rotary Club and the community of Council Grove for all of their hard work and support in making Classic XVIII a special and memorable event for all participants.

    coaches and fans enjoyed a great picnic where they en- joyed a delicious barbecue dinner. Many great memories were created at this successful event.

    In 2017, Junction City will host the 16-18 Regional July 20-25 and Pittsburg will host the 11(60) Regional July 26- 31. Kanas will also host the 12(60) Regional with the dates being July 18-23 and the site to be determined.

    2016 S ta t e Babe Ruth Tournamen t Resu l t s Age Division Location Champion Sportsmanship Award

    13’s Frontenac Frontenac Southwest

    14’s Pittsburg Liberal SPIAA

    13-15’s Junction City Liberal Chanute

    16-18’s Hesston Wellington Lindsborg

    Age Division Location Champion Sportsmanship Award

    9’s Fort Scott Pittsburg Wellington

    10’s Wellington Pittsburg Newton

    11(60) Kinsley Colu

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