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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Baltimore - BWI Airport

The 101st Annual Meeting of the National Amateur Baseball Federation will be held
Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th,  at the Doubletree by Hilton Baltimore-BWI Airport.  The Doubletree is located adjacent to BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport and less than 3 miles from the BWI Amtrak station, and they offer a 24-hour complimentary shuttle to both places.  It is also conveniently close to area attractions including downtown Baltimore (Inner Harbor shops and dining; M&T Bank Ravens Stadium; Oriole Park at Camden Yards; Horseshoe Casino), historic downtown Annapolis (shopping; dining; U.S. Naval Academy), and Arundel Mills Mall (shopping; dining; Maryland Live Casino).

The Directors’ meeting will be held the morning of Friday, November 6th.  A dinner for the Officers and Directors will be hosted by the Maryland State Baseball Association on Friday evening.  The meeting for all NABF franchise member Delegates will be held the morning of Saturday, November 7th, followed by a luncheon and awards presentation in the afternoon at approximately 1 PM.  Trips to downtown Baltimore are planned for the afternoons of Thursday, November 5th and Friday, November 6th.  A special rate of $109.00 per night, including a breakfast buffet for one person per room, per day has been reserved for the NABF.  (Other fees may apply for additional people you wish to bring with you.)  Please call 1-800-232-TREE (8733) or 410-859-8400, or visit and enter dates of stay.  After you enter the dates, you have an option to enter a group/convention code.  Our code for special rates for NABF members is NAB


Bruce Edwards

Bruce Edwards, NABF Past President (1999-2000) and Man of the Year (1998), passed away on August 8, 2015.  He was the husband of Mrs. Sonia Edwards.

Bruce was born November 2, 1948, to the late Julius and Juanita Edwards.

During the years he was active with NABF, Bruce was instrumental in the introduction of youth baseball in the Rookie (10 and Under) and Freshman (12 and Under) age groups.  He hosted several Freshman Division World Series in the greater Toledo, Ohio area.  In addition, Bruce and his wife, Sonia, hosted several baseball coaches’ clinics in Toledo.  Bruce’s most recent work with NABF found him in The Woodlands, Texas, working to bring amateur baseball back into the limelight throughout the state of Texas.

He is survived by his children Michelle (Todd) Cofer, Lisa Folck, and Richard (Becky) Folck; and two grandchildren, Devin Paige and Peyton Smigelski.

Besides his parents, Bruce was preceded in death by his wife Sonia Edwards (NABF Woman of the Year 1995).


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 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

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

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

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

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




Brian Hakes, Indiana Institute of Technology, Ft. Wayne Baseball Federation, Ft. Wayne, IN

Peter Cady, Valencia College, Orlando Baseball League, Orlando, FL

Joseph Walsh, SUNY Old Westbury, Federation of Amateur Baseball Leagues, Kings Park, NY

Colton Mears, Mississippi College, Mississippi NABF Baseball, Southaven, MS



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  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  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  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



2.08 Teams from Franchise Hosting Tournaments
    (A) –Teams from a Franchise Hosting a Regional Tournament
    (B) – Teams from a Franchise Hosting a National Tournament

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




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 (also see attached).

Forms Available on NABF Web Site. The required league/team registration forms are available on our web site, 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 or visit the web site at

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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