The Autumn Baseball League is marking its 20th year in operation this Fall, 2020. The league is run out of Fall River, MA and was established in 2000 by Lucas Bomback and Herman Bomback. In seasons past, teams from MA, CT, and RI have competed in a 6 – 8 week season which included interstate games, playoffs, and a championship series. This year’s Autumn Baseball League schedule will have some modifications due to the Covid-19 state by state restrictions of travel, crowd sizes, and safety concerns.
According to the “Rules” page on the league’s official website – www.autumnbaseballleague.com – teams will play the game of baseball quite similar to the rules of their local youth baseball league. Ages 8U – 11U(46/60 fields) will use Little League® rules with some Autumn Baseball League modifications, as outlined in their rules book. 11U (50/70) through 19U and the Adult Division will use Major League baseball rules, which can be found via a link on the “Rules” page. Important Autumn Baseball League rules like pitch counts, game delays, protests, umpires, and bat rules are all outlined in the “Rules” section of the ABL website. If you are participating in this (or any league for that matter), it is best to familiarize your player, your team with the league’s many rules and regulations.
There are a number of Rhode Island teams participating in the Autumn Baseball League. Most of the RI teams will be playing just RI teams this fall. In looking at the schedule for 2020, league games start this weekend, September 12th. RI has a 10U division with the RI Rebels and the Ocean State Bandits. The 13U RI division features Diamond Hill, ATC, Ocean State Bandits (13 yr and 12 yr teams), Sakonnet, and the RI Steamers. The 14/16U division looks like a mix of RI and CT teams. There is a high school division which features ATC, Cranston Bulldogs, Chariho, RI North Coyotes, Granite City, and Ocean State Titans.
The Autumn Baseball League has posted its Covid-19 guidelines so players and families can remain compliant with their local and state mandates on safety. Topics like team celebrations, mask wearing, and spectators are addressed in this Covid-19 announcement. The goal is to keep everyone safe, playing baseball, and compliant with local and state guidelines.
Good luck to all the players, coaches, and families participating in the 2020 Autumn Baseball League. Information for this blog was taken off of the Autumn Baseball League website. If there are any errors, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can correct them.