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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

 

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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