SPRING BABE RUTH
Players 13, 14 and 15 years of age, with birthdates between 5/1/00 and 4/30/03.
1. New Babe Ruth Team League- We have joined the Babe Ruth Minuteman League. This league is open to 13-15 year old players. The league comprises over 36 teams across 4 different divisions. Players will travel to surrounding towns including Concord, Carlisle, Maynard, Stow, Sudbury, Lincoln, Wayland, Westford, Littleton, Bolton and Weston. Groton plans on fielding multiple teams to compete in this league. All games are held on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), thus, anyone playing Middle school baseball will not have a conflict.
Fee: $140.00 (per league)
Coordinator: Andy Boyce email:
and Mark Heinrich email:
CAL RIPKEN MAJORS (70)
Players 11 and 12 years of age. Level of play is highly competitive. Travel program includes towns of Ayer, Townsend, Pepperell, Dunstable, Littleton, and Shirley. Full commitment to practice and game schedules expected. Available slots are limited and filled by coaches' selection during the evaluation process. Evaluations are held prior to the season, and will be announced.
12-year old players will not be automatically placed on a Cal Ripken Majors(70) team roster. Any 12-year old player not selected by a Cal Ripken Majors(70) team are placed on a Cal Ripken Majors(60) team. For more info select 12 year old play.
Starting in 2011 Groton Youth Baseball adopted a "50/70" field length of youth baseball field dimensions for the Major League Baseball Division.
50/70 describes the length of the pitchers mound (50 feet) to home plate and the length of the base path (70 feet). Youth baseball traditionally played with a 46 foot pitchers mound (from the mound to the plate) and 60 foot long base path. 50/70 Baseball allows for a more realistic baseball experience and offers many changes that help develop baseball and make for an exciting baseball experience. Among the changes for 50/70 over 46/60:
- Real-Time Base Leading and Stealing
- Pitchers will hold runners on base, learning to pitch from the stretch
- More advantage to the hitter, because of the longer baseball mound to the plate
- Easier transition to the larger Babe Ruth size field
- Allows for players to develop real baseball skills
This fall Cow Pond 1 underwent a makeover to accomdate 50/70 Major League games, in the past we had modified the back field at Cutler for 50/70. Cal Ripken is transitioning their play to this 50/70 baseball style of play and in the future we will modify our fields to accomidate the new style of baseball. Other towns have also made this modification. We're very excited for the kids to play on the new fields this coming season!
Look for registration to start in January. January is baseball registration month!
If unsure where to place your 10-year-old, click here.
Coordinator: Cormac Bordes email:
CAL RIPKEN MAJORS (60)
Players 10, 11 and 12 years of age. Travel team / Competitive play. Players need 1 to 2 years experience at Cal Ripken Minor level. Any player not selected for Cal Ripken Majors 60 team, based on evaluations, is placed on a Cal Ripken Minors team. Evaluations are held prior to the season, and will be announced. If unsure where to place your 10-year-old, click here.
Coordinator: Cormac Bordes email:
CAL RIPKEN MINORS
Players 9 and 10 years of age. This is also a travel program playing in the Macintosh league against Littleton, Ayer, Shirley, Townsend, Pepperell and Dunstable. Competitive play introduced. Players need to be able to protect themselves at bat and in the field. Players play pitcher and catcher positions. If unsure where to place your 10-year-old, click here.
Coordinator: John Kelly email:
Players 7 and 8 years of age. In-town program. The Coach Pitch program is designed to be instructional, and players are introduced to safe/out baseball concepts. Players learn all the infield and outfield positions. Coaches may play pitching and catching positions. Pitching will be introduced. For rules of play for Coach Pitch, click here. A limited number of experienced 8-year-olds will have the opportunity to move up to Cal Ripken Minors team. For information about the process to move from CP to Cal Ripken Minors, click here.
Coordinator: Jay Saboliauskas email:
Players 5 and 6 years of age. In-town program. The T-Ball program is designed to be non-competitive and fun. Score is not kept, and all games end in a tie. Baseball basics and terminology introduced. For example, the players will learn the base paths, some infield/outfield positions, infielders throw to first, and outfielders throw to second.
Coordinator: Jon Duffy email: