Cal Ripken Baseball League / Ages 4-12
Age 4 (Boys & Girls) - Junior T-Ball
Age 5 & 6 - T-Ball Baseball
Age 7 & 8 - Rookie Baseball
Age 9 & 10 - Minor Baseball
Age 11 & 12 - Major Baseball
Babe Ruth League's Cal Ripken Division 5-12 Year Old Players
Babe Ruth League's Cal Ripken Division (4-12 Year Old Players) is comprised of Major, Minor, Rookie, T-Ball and Junior T-Ball Divisions. As players move up from T-Ball League(s) through Major League - more "real baseball" is introduced whereas not to overwhelm the players. Woodbury Baseball and Softball is committed to teach the game of baseball through a step up learning process.
Major League: The most experienced level of Cal Ripken Baseball, recommended for 11 and 12 year old players. Cal Ripken Baseball is played under the Official Baseball Rules, but implements some special rules as necessary for the development and welfare of this young age group. The game will is played on a 70-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 50 feet. This exciting concept adds 10-feet to the basepaths and moves the pitcher back and additional 4-feet from minor league baseball dimensions. Also, leading and stealing are introduced. In order to encourage the league to train more pitchers, there are rules that set the maximum number of pitches a pitcher may pitch in a game. Regulation games consist of six innings or four innings if a game is called. For more information on the 50/70 diamond visit http://www.baberuthleague.org
Minor League: Recommended for 9 and 10 year olds. Among teammates of their own age and experience level, players continue building and refining their fundamental skills while they begin to understand game strategy. It is at the minor league level that players first experience live pitching from players. Pitchers mound is at a distance of 46-feet from home plate and the basepaths are 60-feet apart. Base stealing is limited to 2nd and 3rd base as a teaching tool in this league. In order to encourage the league to train more pitchers, there are rules that set the maximum number of pitches a pitcher may pitch in a game. Parents can expect approximately 2 to 3 games or practices per week. Much of this is determined by the coaches and field availability.
Rookie League: Designed primarily for 7 and 8 year olds. Dr. Robert Brown, former president of the American League formulated the concept of the Instructional/Rookie League, a pitching machine program. Babe Ruth League quickly embraced this concept and established the instructional/rookie league as a division. By controlling the pitches with a pitching machine, there is more action at the plate and in the field. Fear of being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants. It removes the boredom - which is often the result of either overpowering or inadequate pitching - by throwing only strikes. Fewer errors and greater throwing accuracy are the result of increase in activity. The program receives high praise from coaches, players, parents, and league officials. The instructional/rookie league is an excellent way to continue teaching the fundamentals of the game and building player confidence. Parents can expect approximately 2 to 3 games or practices per week. Much of this is determined by the coaches and field availability.
T-Ball League: A program recommended for 5 and 6 year olds to teach the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. All batters will hit the ball from a batting tee which is adjusted to a height that allows the batter to swing level. All rostered players present for the game bat in order, whether playing defensively or not. Each player plays a minimum of two innings defensively. An adult coach is stationed beyond the infielders in order to provide instruction to all defensive players. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment. There is one practice during the week and one game on Saturday morning. Times are determined by the coaches of the teams at the beginning of the season. Games last no longer than 60 minutes.
Junior T-Ball League: A clinic type setting for boys and girls, 4 years old. Clinics will take place on Saturday mornings at Hollow Park.