Latest update on COVID-19 from State Commissioner

May 21, 2020 9:55 PM
Web Admin

Commissioner Hatfield gives an update from a conference call he attended on April 5th.


I want to start off by thanking each and every one of you and your league’s members for your patience during this pandemic. I have as of 7:15pm on May 20th had conference calls, zoom meetings, phone calls and everything except smoke signals and finally have information from the Maine Department of Economic Development to go along with babe Ruth Inc’s checklists and waiver forms. Remember the choice for any league to start or not to start on June 1st is the choice of each league, remember the safety of everyone involved when making decisions. All players, coaches and volunteers MUST have a COVID-19 Waiver signed prior to the start of any activity for the 2020 season. This protects the Local League, Local League officers, as well as Babe Ruth League, Inc. I implore you all to please read all of this information thoroughly as many times as needed to make sure you can convey it to your board, coaches, parents, players, and umpires. The importance of safely returning to the fields and keeping all involved safe is of the highest level. These two pieces of the puzzle should allow leagues to plan for potentially safely getting started on June 1st.

The informaition can be found on our 'Documents' page, there are 6 .pdf files there to view. Any questions please reach out to your District Commissioners or myself.

Thank you

Reggie Hatfield, Maine State Commissioner     (207) 399-4497

·         Babe Ruth Inc and all of its leagues are currently paused and waiting. Your patience is greatly appreciated.
·         Our intent is to still have a regular season if able to.
·         Modified or extended regular season is an option we will address when possible
·         Tournament trail and dates for it have not changed, will wait to make decisions. It is the goal of Babe Ruth League to have a tournament trail this summer.  However, it is more important that we continue to review the progress being made in containing the virus before such a decision can be made.  We will wait a few more weeks and review every possible scenario before making our determination.
·         Babe Ruth Inc is requesting if leagues have not chartered that they at least go in and charter one major baseball team so they can have accurate league numbers. All local leagues that have not chartered and insured their program should do so to make sure you have insurance coverage and that your 2020 local league boards and volunteers are receiving all vital information from Babe Ruth Headquarters. (As a reminder, Babe Ruth insurance obtained for the 2019 season expired on February 1, 2020.) In order to obtain your charter and insurance, we suggest you enroll a minimum number of teams at this time. As in past seasons, your league will be able to complete “add/drops” for your team counts by July 1, 2020.
·         Also as in past seasons, leagues will be issued a credit for charter fees and a refund for accident/liability insurance for any teams that do not materialize in 2020.  Total cancellation of insurance coverage is not possible once coverage if obtained.     
·         Please make sure your leagues board of directors are accurate in your Babe Ruth Inc dashboard for communication purposes.
·         It has also been mentioned that in some states where high school baseball and softball may have been cancelled that the high school coaches could quite possibly charter Babe Ruth baseball and softball teams (ages 13-18) through their local league  and play a full season with a tournament trail if it happens. 

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