Please scroll down to see info on:
- Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y Certification
- Background Checks for Volunteers
- Concussion Awareness Training
- Concussion Recognition Pocket Guide
- Bat Rules
- Youth Pitching Guidelines and Recommendations
- Injury Protocol and Accident Reports
All MTBA volunteer managers and coaches (Rec and Travel) must have the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Certification to be allowed on the field and in the dugout with the children of our program; if you are even considering volunteering on the field it is suggested you take this course if you haven't before.
For more information on the course and for a list of dates/locations when it will be offered please visit http://www.youthsports.rutgers.edu
March 21, 2016
Monroe Twp Baseball Association Volunteers,
IN 2014 Babe Ruth League Baseball (“BRL”) instituted a requirement to perform criminal background checks on its manager and coach volunteers. As the Monroe Twp Baseball Association (“MTBA”) is a chartered member of BRL, we must adhere to this mandate. Note that BRL rules state that completed background checks are good for three years, so if you successfully had the check done in the last three years you do not need to re-submit for it this year.
To conduct the background checks, the MTBA uses a service provider recommended by BRL. The service is called First Advantage, www.fadv.com. BRL has secured a non-profit organization discounted rate for all of its chartered members to conduct these background checks and the MTBA pays for all costs related to these checks.
In order to use this service it is necessary for all volunteers to submit some personal information. Specifically, the two pieces of information that must be provided by our volunteer candidates are:
- full legal name (including any aliases, i.e., John Smith and John M. Smith)
- date of birth
If you have volunteered or plan to volunteer this season, please provide the pieces of information requested above as soon as possible. The season is quickly approaching and you cannot be on the field or in the dugout with the children unless you have passed the check. Please email this information to the following secure email address* – email@example.com
(* Only a limited amount of people will have the access to view the information you provide as well as the results of the background check. We understand the sensitivity around personal information and, in conjunction with the rec department, will limit access accordingly. You can also send any questions regarding these checks to this email address.)
If you choose not to submit your information for any reason then unfortunately, per BRL rules, we cannot allow you to volunteer with our teams.
Please note, the background checks will not include a credit check or any other type of investigation other than gathering the information needed to help our league implement and maintain a thorough background screening process and to make sure we have a child abuse prevention program for our volunteers and the broader MTBA staff.
If a ‘red flag” appears on any check, we will contact that volunteer candidate to discuss further before any final decision is made.
The safety and protection of our children are of utmost importance and so the MTBA fully supports this requirement. Repeating, should anyone not be willing to provide the necessary information for us to run a background check then, per BRL guidelines, we cannot accept you as a volunteer and you cannot be on the field or in the dugout with the players. The MTBA will strictly enforce this rule.
The Babe Ruth League web site has an excellent page with information regarding this requirement which will likely cover any questions you may have, so please visit that at: http://www.baberuthleague.org/background-checks/frequently-asked-questions.aspx
Please note that the MTBA also requires all on-field volunteers to have completed the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. certification course, so you will need both that Rutgers certification and the completed background check to be on the field or in the dugout. If you are unsure of your status regarding either requirement you may visiit our approved volunteer list to see if we have you recorded as an approved volunteer; if your name is not listed or is in red (denoting only one of the two requirements are on record) then you cannot be on the field or in the dugout (and all managers should review this to be sure all of their coaches meet the requirements before allowing them to assist). If you know you have completed the Rutgers course but are not marked as such then you can send a scanned copy of your certification card to the same email address above and we will record it.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation in this matter, and thanks as always for volunteering your time and energy to our program!
MTBA Executive Board
A new requirement we are implementing in 2017 is that on-field/in-dugout volunteers also complete a concussion awareness training course. This course is online and should only take about 20-30 minutes. Here are the steps to follow to complete that training:
-- Go to http://nfhslearn.com/courses/61064/concussion-in-sports
-- Click on “Order Course”
-- Register & complete the course
-- At the end you will be given a certificate to download
-- Download the certificate and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line "Concussion course cert for <last name>" so we can record it
At the clinic given by Seaview Orthopedics on March 21, 2015 the doctors spoke extensively about concussions in sports, and they handed out pocket guides for recognizing and responding to concussions. They were kind enough to send us an electronic copy of that guide which you can view or download by clicking here.
2018 BAT RULES
As a reminder, most youth baseball organizations, including ours, have adopted new bat rules for 2018; basically you can no longer use any bats from last year (2017) or earlier in Cal Ripken League Baseball (12-years-old and under). Only bats that bear the new USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in our rec league and our travel program beginning in 2018. The MTBA will provide a few of these new compliant bat models in all of our rec team equipment bags for use by any players on a rec team.
Here is a summary of the changes as documented by Babe Ruth League Baseball:
2018 Bat Rule Changes
- Cal Ripken Baseball Division - All non-wood bats must have USABat Marking. Barrel Maximum 2 5/8". No BBCOR Bats are permitted in the Cal Ripken Division. For T-Ball, bats must be marked with USABat T-Ball Stamp.
- Babe Ruth 13-15 Division - All non-wood bats must have the USABat Marking or marked BBCOR .50. Bat Barrel - 2 5/8".
- Babe Ruth 16-18 Division - All non-wood bats must be BBCOR .50 and no greater than -3. Bat Barrel - 2 5/8".
Note: Solid one piece wood bats are permitted for use in all divisions and must conform to Rule 1.10. No laminated or experimental bats shall be used in a game. Tampering or altering bats may violate certain federal and state laws and voids the USA Baseball certification, as well as all manufacturer warranties. Rolling is considered tampering and would void the bat’s certification and make it illegal for play.
For more details and information please see:
At the clinic given by Seaview Orthopedics on March 21, 2015 the doctors reviewed concerns and potential issues with youth pitchers and overuse or unwanted strain on the arm while still growing and not fully developed structurally. They primarily reviewed the guidelines and recommendations that have been published by Pitch Smart USA in coordination with MLB and USA Baseball; many high-level medical professionals, including Dr. James Andrews, were on the advisory committee that helped formulate these guidelines. It is highly recommended that managers, coaches, and parents of pitchers click the link below and review the wealth of information that is available there.
All injuries at practice or games (that are serious enough for medical attention either at the field or later at a doctor's office or hospital) should be reported to the manager ASAP and that manager in turn needs to send email to the MTBA Executive Board right away explaining what happened and detailing the injury as best as possible.
Primary Insurance – Family’s own health insurance
Secondary Insurance – Monroe Rec Dept. (they’ll pay $1000 max)
To use this the Accident Report Form (see links below) needs to be filled out by the manager and brought to the Rec Center ASAP – deliver to Jeanne Crawley/Ass’t Superintendent. The injured player's parent/guardian should also fill out the form and give a copy to Jeanne. Good detail should be included in the “What Occurred” section.
Tertiary Insurance – Insurance (K&K and Nationwide) the MTBA provides families through Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth
*In addition, USABL provides insurance to our travel teams if injuries occur during USABL games*