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NABF 102nd ANNUAL MEETING 2016
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO

The 102nd Annual Meeting of the National Amateur Baseball Federation will be held Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th, 2016 in Youngstown, Ohio.

The Board of Directors' meeting will be held on Friday, November 11th.  The Delegates' meeting for all NABF franchise member delegates will be held at 8:30amon Saturday, November 12th, followed by a luncheon and awards presentation at 1:00pm.

The Country Inn Suites in Youngstown, Ohio is located roughly an hour from bothPittsburgh International Airport and Akron-Canton Regional Airport, as is accessible via  Interstates 76 and 80 (Ohio Turnpike) and is convenient to these local attractions.

  • Covelli Centre (6.6 miles) - several musical events, minor league hockey, etc
  • Youngstown State University (6.7 miles)* The Steel Museum (7.7 miles)
  • Mahoning Valley Race Course and Hollywood Casino (1 mile)

Book your room now!!  Contact Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Reservations: 1 (800) 830-5222, or (330) 544-0300. Or visit http://www.countryinns.com, search Youngstown and enter dates of stay.
Please note you are with the NABF during the booking process to ensure you get the proper room rate.

  • $79.00 per night-base rate plus tax, breakfast included

 

 JOE VICTOR
1942-2016

Joe Victor, a giant in New York City sandlot baseball for over 40 years, passed away suddenly on April 22nd, 2016. Joe first appeared on the sandlot baseball scene in the mid 1970s as a coach with the Brooklyn Cadets Baseball Club. His next door neighbor’s sons were players with the Cadets and Joe answered their call for help. He remained with the Cadets for over 25 years as a manager, coach and Athletic Director and produced some of the top high school and college age teams in Brooklyn baseball history. Many of his players went on to the college and professional ranks and had outstanding careers not only on the field but as solid citizens of the community. Joe was inducted into the Parade Ground Baseball League Hall of Fame in 1992 in recognition of his outstanding efforts as a Manager and Athletic Director.

Joe left the Cadets and formed his own college age baseball team called the Cubs and then the Mariners in the late 1990s. For the next 15 years they were a top team made up of college student athletes from the Northeast who appeared in many NABF Regional and National Tournaments.

In addition to his role in running the Cadets, Cubs and Mariners, Joe became a top administrator and league official of a number of local and national sandlot baseball organizations. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Marine Park Baseball League in Brooklyn for many years and served as a Board Member and President of the New York Metropolitan Baseball

Association, which administered a vast baseball program of 10 leagues and over 200 teams and was affiliated with NABF and AABC.

Over the last 10 years, Joe was the Secretary of the Parade Ground Baseball League, the oldest sandlot baseball organization in New York City, and a Regional Director of the NABF. He worked very closely with Charles Blackburn to expand the number of teams from New York participating in NABF Leagues, sending New York City teams to NABF Regional and World Series Tournaments all over the country and hosting many of the Regional Tournaments in Brooklyn.

Joe will be sorely missed in New York sandlot baseball circles. His outstanding leadership qualities, strong administrative skills and intellect, as well as his passion for baseball and his desire to help New York City athletes advance to the high school, college and professional levels will always be remembered. The entire New York Baseball Community is forever thankful to Joe for his untiring and dedicated service to the youth of Brooklyn and the outstanding contributions that he made to advance the cause of New York City sandlot baseball over the last 40 years.

 

Roger A. Faw
Baltimore Metro League
1955 – 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Roger A. Faw, a beloved person in the game of baseball and even more importantly the growth of amateur baseball in the Baltimore area.

Roger passed away on Friday March 18, 2016 at Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle, Washington. Roger was born in Baltimore Maryland on October 29, 1955. His parents are Elizabeth A. Antonakos (Faw) and Lemuel Ellsworth Ayres, Jr. and three sisters, Jillian, Eve and Amy. Roger married Mary E. Cunningham (Faw) on December 31, 1985 in Baltimore MD. Their family was blessed with children, Megan Elizabeth Jean Longmore (Faw), Edward Patrick Faw and Antigone C. Spiker (Stevens). Antigone has blessed us with two grandsons, Dylan and Bradley. 

As the founder and President of the Baltimore Metro Baseball League (1977-2013), Roger had the unique ability to impact the lives of many local youth baseball players including but not limited to Major Leaguers Mark Teixeira, Gavin Floyd, and Brian Jordan. Roger was associated with several baseball programs in and around Baltimore such as the Towson American Legion, the Yankee Rebels, and the Towson State Jr. Varsity baseball team, and was a past president of the Maryland Amateur Baseball Congress and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Amateur Baseball Federation.

From 1978 to 2008, Roger sent teams affiliated with the Baltimore Metro Baseball League to several national tournaments, winning 52 World Series Championships over several age groups including 27 NABF World Series wins. His program was also responsible for grooming fifteen future Major Leaguers, five of which had the great honor of playing in a MLB World Series.

Celebration of Life, June 4 2016. 1:00pm - 4:00pm at the Martins East banquet room.

 

Raymond W. Wells
Youngstown Class B League Coach and Manager
1946– 2015

HUBBARD – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Hubbard, with the Rev. Michael Swierz officiating, for Raymond W. Wells, 69, who passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at Regency East Hospital, Warrensville Heights.

“Ray” was born Sept. 16, 1946, in Youngstown, a son of Jesse Calvin and Ida Mae (Heckathorne) Wells.

He was a 1965 graduate of Hubbard High School, attended Youngstown State University, and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in Vietnam.
On May 2, 1966, he married the love of his life, the former Barbara Balascoe. He was a devoted husband and father and would go out of his way to help anyone.
Ray was a lifelong resident of Hubbard and showed love for his community in many ways, which included serving as a City of Hubbard police officer for 26 years, and known to many as “Radar Ray.” He was also a volunteer firefighter in his early years and a member of Hubbard Township zoning board.

During this time, as a juvenile police officer, Ray was instrumental in starting a drug rehabilitation program with the assistance of Father Crumbley.
Ray also served on the Hubbard Board of Education for many years, where he spearheaded the implementation of more advanced placement courses and the addition of sign language as a foreign language option.

Ray later worked at CCA Prison in Youngstown.

Mentoring youth was a passion of Ray’s and one of his biggest passions was Youngstown Class B baseball, where he was a coach and manager for almost 50 years. He was one of the founders of Hubbard Little Eagles football, and coached Midget football from its inception until recently.
He also was a former softball coach at Hubbard and coached baseball at Liberty High School and Girard High School.

 

William “Bill” Maksinuk
1949 – 2015

William “Bill” Maksinuk of Niagara Falls, Canada, passed away peacefully at Greater Niagara General Hospital on his 66th birthday, December 7, 2015.  Bill was predeceased by his wife Shirley.  He is survived by his two sons Ryan and Rodney; his sisters Mary, Estelle, Jean, and Helen; and his two grandchildren, Makayla and Avarey.

While involved with the NABF, Bill brought the first NABF Regional and World Series Tournaments to Canada by running several Senior Division tourneys in the early 2000’s. He also graciously hosted the NABF Annual Meetings in 2002, a year in which he was also named the NABF Man of Year.

 

Johnie Berger
1923 - 2015

Johnie Berger of Huber Heights, OH, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Thursday, December 3, 2015. He was 92 years old. He was the husband of Opal Berger; father of 2 daughters, Wanda Chasteen and Jere Hall, and 1 son, Tommy; and grandfather to Joy Berger.

Throughout much of his life, Johnie was involved in many aspects of amateur baseball. He coached for the Dayton Amateur Baseball Commission (DABC) beginning in 1952, and continued coaching until 1972. He became a member of the DABC in 1972. Over the years, Johnie served in various positions in the DABC, including Vice President from 1975-1978 and President from 1978-1986. He was also a spokesperson for the DABC from 1974-1995. In 1981, he was elected to the DABC Hall of Fame and the Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Johnie remained a member of the DABC through 1990.

Johnie became involved with the National Amateur Baseball Federation in 1973, the same year he attended his first NABF Annual Meeting, held in Willoughby, OH. He attended every Annual Meeting from that point on and up to the 1997 Annual Meeting held in Orlando, FL. Johnie became a member of the NABF in 1976, and that same year he became an NABF Director as well. He remained in this position until 1978. In 1978 he became Vice President of the NABF, and served in this role until 1983. Johnie was President of the NABF for the years of 1984 and 1985. He was also the Major Division Director for 1992 and 1993. While with the NABF, Johnie was chosen to be Man of the Year in 1979, and was the Ronald E. McMinn Award recipient in 1998. He became a Lifetime Honorary Member of the NABF in 1999.

 

2015 NABF Awards

Man of the Year Award

Terry Newton, Battle Creek, Michigan
For his unselfish dedication and support of amateur baseball for the South Michigan     Amateur Baseball Association and Battle Creek Parks & Recreation Department and   NABF Major Division World Series.

Man of the Year Award

Robert “Bubba” Boughner, Boardman, Ohio
For his unselfish dedication and support of amateur baseball for the Youngstown Class B League and NABF Junior Division World Series.

Woman of the Year Award

Annie Newton, Battle Creek, Michigan
For her unselfish dedication and support of amateur baseball for the South Michigan    Amateur Baseball Association and Battle Creek Parks & Recreation Department and NABF Major Division World Series.

Ronald E. McMinn Award

Charles Avery, New City, NY
Presented by National Amateur Baseball Federation 2015
To honor his significant contributions, lifelong dedication and unselfish support of amateur baseball in his community, and the promotion and perpetuation of the National Amateur Baseball Federation.

NABF Award of Merit

Gil Vieira, Fairhaven, MA
Presented by National Amateur Baseball Federation 2015
To honor his dedication and service for his support of amateur baseball, as the founder of the Youth Baseball Network, and his promotion of the National Amateur Baseball Federation through the YBN National Tournament.

NABF Award of Merit

Robert J. Wolfe, Zanesville, OH
Presented by the National Amateur Baseball Federation 2015 (NABF logo)
To honor his inspired leadership and many years of service to the All American Amateur Baseball Association, his many years of service for youth baseball, and his continued dedication in serving amateur baseball in the greater Zanesville, Ohio area.

NABF John Benedict Sports Journalism Award
Greg Gulas, Boardman, OH

Presented by National Amateur Baseball Federation 2015
2015 NABF John Benedict Sports Journalism Award
For outstanding amateur sports reporting in the greater Youngstown area, and specifically his coverage of local sporting events, including NABF tournaments and events.

Appreciation Awards

1. NABF Appreciation Award 2015

SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR & HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION WORLD SERIES
Presented to East Tennessee Baseball Association and the City of Knoxville, Tennessee
As hosts of the 2015 NABF Sophomore Division, Junior Division & High School Division National Championship Series, Glenn “Buzz” McNish, Tournament Director, Knoxville, Tennessee.

2. NABF Appreciation Award 2015

COLLEGE DIVISION WORLD SERIES
Presented to the City of Toledo and the Greater Toledo Amateur Sports Federation as hosts of the 2015 Junior Division & College Division National Championship Series, Aaron Myers, Tournament Director, Toledo, Ohio.

3. NABF Appreciation Award 2015

SENIOR DIVISION WORLD SERIES
Presented to the Youngstown Class B Baseball League as host of the 2015 NABF Senior Division National Championship Series, Scott Ruark, Tom Otto and Tony Gorvet, Tournament Directors, Youngstown, Ohio.

4. NABF Appreciation Award 2015

MAJOR DIVISION WORLD SERIES
Presented to the Battle Creek Parks and Recreation as the host of the 2015 Major Division National Championship Series, Terry Newton, Tournament Director, Battle Creek, MI.

 

2015 Individual Recognition Awards

Graduate of the Year 
Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates

 

 

2015 NABF SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS

Auguste Leach, Wheaton College, Parade Ground League, Brooklyn, NY

Chance Brewer, Seminole State College of Florida, Orlando NABF, Orlando, FL

Christopher Jeletic, Rochester Institute of Technology, Maryland State Baseball Association, Bowie, MD

Korey Keyser, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Maryland State Baseball Association, Bowie, MD

 

IMPORTANT DEADLINES (For Franchise Member Organizations)

Nov 1 through May 15 of Current Year - Membership Renewal
Franchise membership fees due $250 (league associations)
Tournament fees due: $350 Regional Play
$450 Direct to World Series
Penalty fee $25 after May 15th (May 15th deadline for franchise and tournament fees, see Article II, Sections 2B and 4 of Rule Book) Leagues having 8 or more Teams in ANY age group may send a second team to a tournament for $450.00.
June 1 Registration of your league and teams due (Rule 6.09). Players and teams registered in more than one NABF Association must see Rule 3.11a and Rule 3.11b.

July 1 A copy of your current year league playing schedule due (Rule 6.13 ).

July 1 Player certification list due (Rule 4.02 ) for eligibility of players full names per each team from each league must be submitted by July 1, or not less than 15 days prior to the report date for the assigned Regional or World Series site. (Review all rules under sections 3.004.005.00  and 6.00 ) See Individual Team Certification for Eligibility form.

July 20 Application for reinstatement of players to amateur status deadline (Rule 5.01 and 5.04). Review all rules under section 5.00. See Application for Reinstatement of Players form.

Required for participation in NABF Liability insurance, all teams participating in NABF Regional or National Championship events are required to have one million dollars ($1,000,000) liability insurance coverage. NABF must be named as the additional insured under all policies (Rule 6.08). You may contact Frazier Insurance Agency at (804) 754-7610 for NABF approved insurance coverage or go to www.nabf.com  for a direct link to Frazier Insurance Agency’s website.

Required for all teams taking part in
NABF post season tournaments
Purchase NABF logo patches prior to participation at NABF events (Rule 9.04).Purchase logo patches from Carolina Emblem at (800) 221-1439 or go to www.nabf.com  for a direct link to Carolina Emblem.

Please use this reminder as a guide during the current season. If you have questions, please contact your respective age division director or NABF national office. Answers to questions pertaining to eligibility of players and teams are covered in your NABF Rule Book and special instructional publications provided by NABF. Do not penalize your league and teams by failing to comply with your NABF rules. Thanks and have a great season. NABF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

 

NEW 2016 TOURNAMENT RULE CHANGES

1.06A - NABF Classics World Series - Special Events
1.06B - NABF Classic Champions

4.10 - Player Agreement/Contract.

6.13 - League Playing Schedule

7.01 - Tournament Committee

7.05A – Regional Post Tournament Duties
7.05B - National Championship Series (World Series) Post Tournament Duties

10.01 - Regional Tournaments Completed and Suspended Games

10.02 - World Series Completed and Suspended Games

 

HELPFUL TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Below you will find helpful information for administering your NABF associate league in preparation for our post-season tournament competition.

Playing Schedule. Our playing schedule dates by age group is located on our web site at www.nabf.com (also see attached).

Forms Available on NABF Web Site. The required league/team registration forms are available on our web site, www.nabf.com. Simply locate the required form, type in the information required, click the print indicator, sign the form and mail with required fees to NABF, PO Box 705, Bowie, MD 20718. In addition, we will mail forms upon request.

Penalty Fee. Leagues that failed to send their respective teams to an assigned tourney site must pay a penalty fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00).

New Rule Books are issued to member organizations upon receipt of their renewal membership and tourney fees. (New rule books should be available by February of the current season.)

Review Rule Books. All franchised member organizations are reminded to review the rules and packet information with team managers prior to their departure for the assigned NABF tourney. All members are reminded to review their NABF rule book and tournament information packets well in advance of the report dates of the assigned national tournament event. See rule 2.10 Franchise Member Responsibilities.

Insurance. NABF recommended team insurance is available through Frazier Insurance of Richmond, Virginia. Liability and excess accident insurance is mandatory if participating in any NABF event. NABF insurance is underwritten by “A” rated or above insurance underwriters. Phone (804) 754-7610, email forms@frazierinsurance.com or visit the web site at www.frazierinsurance.com.

Tournament Sites. Assignments for league and tournament information packets with a rule book will be mailed to the NABF members’ respective office or designated officer between June 15 and July 20th of the current season.

Have a great season and enjoy each day of baseball competition. Questions? Contact your respective NABF age division director.

 

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