Due to a change in the manufacturing of the R100 baseball, the ball of play during the Provincial Championships will be the Rawlings ROML baseball.
Rawlings has changed the R100 to incorporate a new low seam that is essentially the exact same as the seams on the ROML baseball. The ROML and R100 will now be almost identical as the high and low seams were the only difference on them in the past.
What Does it Mean?
The Rawlings R100 baseball will still be approved for play in 2015 during Baseball Alberta League play; however, all Provincial Championships will receive the Rawlings ROML baseball for play during the Provincials. Associations should use remaining stock of R100 baseballs during this year as in 2016, the Official Ball of Baseball Alberta will be the Rawlings ROML baseball.
If you purchase the 2015 version of the R100, they will be identical to the ROML baseball and should not cause any issues.
Baseball Alberta Baseball Regulations
ROML – “Exclusive Baseball for Baseball Alberta Provincial Tournaments”
ROML – All Divisions / Senior & Midget*
80CC / MLH – All Divisions / Bantam or below
65CC / BCAF – Peewee and Below
Rawlings baseballs are required at all Baseball Alberta League games.
*The Rawlings R100 baseball is still approved for all Baseball Alberta League play excluding the Provincial Championships.
The Rawlings “ROML” baseball is recognized as the Official Baseball of Baseball Alberta and will be used at ALL Provincials Championships.