Monthly Meeting

April 2 at 7:00 PM  

Harkers Hollow Golf and Country Club







SYBA 8U-9U Travel Team
The SYBA Board is pleased to announce it's selection of the following SYBA 8U/9U travel players for 2018 season. Congratulations to the players that made the team.  SYBA Board

Ky Stocker
Michael Bracco
Massimo Gonzalez 
Jacob Teachen
Thomas LaBella  
Brennan  Ramsey
Cameron Howell   
Jayden Cortes  
Stephen Turso  
Paul Kovac
Gavin Parker
Jacob Van Houten
Joey Goldring

SYBA 10U Travel Team

The SYBA Board is pleased to announce it's selection of the following SYBA 10U travel players for 2018 season. Congratulations to the players that made the team and those that did not, please practice hard, listen to your parents and don't give up your dreams.  SYBA Board.

Manager-Mike Scherer, (10U)

Matthew Scerbo
Michael Bracco
Matthew Scherer
Paul Smith
Christian Bollette
Austin Casal
Kevin Buonocore 
Zack Pherson 
Evan Carter
Amman Bokhari

Eddie O'Neil

Chase Doering

11U-12U- Teams are on hold for now until we have more participation.  Anyone interested in managing at either of these levels please give Bill a call-908 319-6696

SYBA Board

Ripken Division Player

Cal Ripken Baseball Division - Ages 4-12

Keeping baseball FUN-especially in the early stages of youth baseball-is a primary concern of Babe Ruth League's Cal Ripken Division, which is comprised of the following divisions:

Major Division: The most experienced level of Cal Ripken Baseball, recommended for 11 and 12 year old players. Cal Ripken Baseball is played under the Official Baseball Rules, but implements some special rules as necessary for the development and welfare of this young age group. Under the Major Division, there are two formats, the Major/70 and Major/60 divisions. In both formats, games consist of six innings. In order to encourage the league to train more pitchers, there are rules that set the maximum number of innings a pitcher may pitch in a calender week.

Major/70: Featuring a 50' pitching distance and 70' base paths, this division is offered as an option to the major division format, and includes a tournament trail from District competition through the World Series in Branson, MO at Ballparks of America featuring 8 International Champions. 

Minor: Recommended for ballplayers ages 9-10. Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. In most regions, participants first experience post-season tournament competition in this level, leading to the 10 Year-Old World Series.

Advanced Rookie: Designed primarily for ballplayers ages 7-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field. Fear of actually being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants.

Rookie: Ballplayers ages 4-6 learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height-adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the line-up for the entire game. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team enviroment.



For 2018 Playing Season

Babe Ruth League, Inc. Approved and Non-Compliant Bats

"It is the policy of Babe Ruth League, Inc. to assure the safety of all participants.  Accordingly, Babe Ruth League, Inc. reserves the right to ban any equipment, including bats, at any time, including during the season, based upon a change of existing policy and/or upon new information made available to Babe Ruth League, Inc."

Click Here to read about the USABat Standard to be used beginning on January 1, 2018. 

Click Here to read about the USABat T-Ball Sticker Program beginning on January 1, 2018.

Click Here for the list of USA Bat Standard approved bats.

Babe Ruth League Bat Rules

2017 2018
Marked for T-Ball Use USA Baseball T-Ball Stamp
Cal-Ripken Baseball
2 1/4" Barrel with 1.15 BPF Marking USA Baseball Marking
2 5/8" Barrel Maximum


Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15
2 5/8" Barrel
Aluminum or Composite
USA Baseball Marking or BBCOR .50
2 5/8” Barrel
Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18
All Bats Must Be
No Greater Than -3
All Bats Must Be
No Greater Than -3



  • If the illegal bat is discovered prior to a batter completing his "at bat" the bat is simply removed from play and the "at bat" continues.
  • A player who uses an illegal bat or non-conforming barrel dimension and hits a fair ball will be ruled out.  No advancement on the bases will be allowed, and any outs during the play shall stand.  This is an appeal play.  The "at bat" will be considered legal once a pitch is thrown to the next batter.
  • Any bat discovered prior to the game that does not conform to the above rule shall be directed to be removed immediately and not be allowed for use during the game. 

If you have any questions on approved or non-compliant bats, do not hesitate to contact Babe Ruth Headquarters.


  2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999
January 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
February 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
March 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
April 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
May 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
June 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
July 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
August 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
September 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
October 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
November 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
December 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

All player ages are determined by the birth chart shown above. May 1 in any year shall be the deciding date.
*Babe Ruth League has not changed the Playing Age Determination Date.

Season of 2018: 

Cal Ripken – Any player born prior to May 1, 2014 and on or after May 1, 2005 will be eligible for Cal Ripken Baseball League competition.

13-15 – Any player born prior to May 1, 2005 and on or after May 1, 2002 will be eligible for Babe Ruth 13-15 League competition.

16-18 – Any player born prior to May 1, 2002 and on or after January 1, 1999 will be eligible for Babe Ruth 16-18 League competition.


Ripken Rule–Rule 9.02 (a)   "Any umpire's decision which involves judgment, such as, but not limited to, whether a batted ball is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or ball, or whether a runner is safe or out, is final. No player, manager, coach or substitute shall object to any such judgment decision."   Ripken Rule 9.01 (d) Questioning of balls and strikes and judgment calls of the umpire need not be tolerated and will be grounds for ejection. Honor the game. Do not question balls and strikes or judgment calls. If there is a question concerning a ruling that involves interpretation of the rules,  and not a judgment call, the Manager is the only individual that is authorized to ask for time, and if it is granted,  and if the umpire allows you to address the issue, speak to the umpire in a respectful tone  for that rule interpretation.  

 Rainouts and lightining:  At least 1/2 an hour before start of the game in case on rain or unplayable field considering safety issues, coaches must confer as to field conditions,  and let your umpires and parents know prior to the end of that half hour period.   In case of lightning, you must wait at least one half hour after the last thunder or lightning notice and after getting everyone to a safe place and proceed with all due caution.  Any questions, call your Commissioner or Bill if the Commissioner  is unavailable.




Rookie –John Stillo;                 908-797-2313                    stillo.john@pburgsd.net

Advanced Rookie-Ed Kovac;   908 358-9726                    ekovac@yahoo.com

Minors/Travel – Dan Fisher;     908-763-5346                    dfisher5150@me.com

Majors Steve Taggart;             908-763-9507                     taggartsteve@yahoo.com

Juniors – John Lahey              973-641-2693                     johnjlahey@hotmail.com    

 In the event that you cannot reach your Commissioner, please call Bill 908-319-6696

 Badges-We are having technical difficulties with the badge machine. Anyone who is a tech person, please reach out to Bill. 908-859-5540.   


As per the Bylaws of the SYBA, travel players shall play one (1) game a week for their rec team. The second game is optional. Travel  coaches select the mandatory play date for rec games.



The matter having been called to order by President William Mandry. The following Board Members were in attendance

William Mandry, President

Dan Fisher, Vice President and Travel Director

John Stillo, Title TBD

Steve Taggart, Evaluation Chair Person

Jim Miczulski,Chief of Umpires (By Telephone)

Mike Schwar,Treasurer

Dylan Sapir, Phillipsburg High School Varsity Baseball Coach


New Business:



Discussions concerning the issue of requiring travel baseball players to participate in recreational games.


Board Vice President and Director of Travel Baseball,Dan Fisher, discussed in detail the proposal by the Board, to modify the By-Laws to include a requirement that travel baseball players participate in recreational baseball in at least fifty (50%) percent of the recreational games. The travel coaches will indicate the days of the week that the boys should play rec so that rec and travel can schedule their practices accordingly.


Each Board Member expressed their opinion concerning the proposed modification. Coach Sapir expressed his position that he believes that it would be a positive experience for the travel boys to play recreational baseball.


There was a discussion from parents who were present at the meeting. Several expressed concerns over time constraints for the boys and whether or not the proposed change would be beneficial. There was concern expressed that boys placed on teams from different towns or organizations would be treated unfairly by the boys that play only recreationalbaseball. The Board expressed the fact that it is up to the coach and the organization to ensure that there is no unfair treatment of any child by other children. If not resolved, the Board will intervene. Other concerns of the parents were addressed by the Board and also by Coach Sapir. The Board endorses the travel boys playing more than one (1) game aweek which the amendment to the By-Laws would resolve. In the event that one (1) of the travel teams intend to play travel games during the week, the requirement that those boys play recreational baseball will be revisited by the Board. For instance, if the boys were in a league that required them to play travel baseball on Tuesdays and Thursdays of theweek as has been the case when teams play in  the Cust league as well as on either Saturday or Sunday, consideration wouldbe given to waiving the requirement for playing recreational baseball. The new rule would also allow travel teams to participate in the Ripkin District Tournament which is  strongly recommended by the Board and Coach Sapir.


Motion was formulated by President Mandry which was adopted by a  full  majority of the  Board  with  each of the above referenced Board Members expressing their approval on the first reading of the By-Law change. The By-Law change was is as follows:


Travel boys shall play one (1) game week. The second game is optional. Travel  coaches select the mandatory play date. There will restrictions on designated pitchers named by the travel coaches. Travel coaches are obligated to communicate to the recreational coaches those pitchers that will not be able to pitch in recreational baseball. Sanctions for recreational coaches if no compliance as follows:


1st violatiorecreational coach suspended the next game and forfeits the game played.




2nd violation - coach suspended three (3) games and the team will not participate in  the playoffs.


3rd violation - the team may be suspended for the balance of the season, with no All­ Star participation.


Travel boys that participate on Town teams or organization teams may stay with their Town or organization. In the event that competitive balance of those teams is seriously affected, as determined by the Board, the Board after discussions with the Town or organization's Director, will have the authority to modify where the travel boys play recreational baseball with the understanding that competitive balance is important for the recreational baseball league.


Other Business:



Travel try-outs will be conducted on October and October 10 for the Middle School teams. These dates must be confirmed by Coach Sapir. The boys that play on the Middle School team will not play recreational baseball unless that requirement is modified by Coach Sapir and the Board. There will be established an "A" Team and a "B" Team at the 7thand 8th grade levels to increase participation in   games by the Middle School boys.


Discussions concerning "melting pot" of Towns and organizations for recreational baseball resulted in the Board confirming that it is up to the Towns and organizations to get the approval of their local governing body and then the Board would review the issue.


SYBA travel coaches must submit their name and staff to President Mandry arid Vice President Fisher by September28, 2016,with information concerning the location and the suggested time in  order that Board Members may be present to evaluate the travel players. It is the responsibility of the travel coaches to find the facility and have at least two (2) dates for try-outs with Monday recommended because of no conflict with football scheduling. Travel coaches must be either Rutgers or Ripkin certified and pass a background check and submitted to the Board by February 13,  2017.


Rec coaches' names must be submitted by February 13, 2017recreational coaches' meeting February 18, 2017insurance-certification for Rutgers or Ripkin and background check must be submitted at the February 18, 2017meeting;rosters be submitted by March 1, 2017 and the issue of late sign-ups must be addressed by the Board; the draftwill be conducted on March 12, 2017, at the Lopatcong Field House.


Any organization or town that desires to conduct a Rutgers evaluation clinic, should contact President Mandry.


A Motion was made to modify Article 15-Travel Program to require participation travel boys to play in fifty (50%) ofrecreational games in order to be eligible for the Ripkin District Tournament. This Motion passed unanimously.


Motion to add Ed Kovac, Jr., as Board Member for second reading was approved by the Board. His position on the Board TBD.


The meeting which commenced at 8:05 p.m.,was adjourned the Board at 9:25 p.m.,and was conducted at the Huntington Fire House.


Respectfully submitted,



SYBA Board



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