The T-Ball League: Our main goal in our T-Ball League is to begin to introduce young players to the basic fundamentals of baseball in a fun, safe and supportive environment Instruction focuses on basic baseball skills such as throwing, catching, hitting, fielding, and team sportsmanship. All batters hit the ball from a batting tee which is adjusted to a height that allows each batter to swing level and learn the proper way to hit a baseball. Every player bats and plays in the field each inning, with most games lasting two innings.
Our young players need coaches to help organize, provide guidance to parent assistants, and teach basic instruction to players. We will hold a coaches clinic in April with instructions on basic drills to help teach the game and how to run a practice for players of this age. If you have a child in our T-Ball program, or one just signing up this year, please consider being a coach or assistant coach. Players in T-Ball typically practice for one hour during the week with games on Saturdays. Players in the league are typically ages 5 and 6.
The Rookie League: Designed primarily for baseball 7 and 8 year olds, players in our Rookie League are exposed to live pitching for the first time through the use of a pitching machine. 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 also diminished for the batter. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants. Scores and won/lost records are downplayed in this league in favor of a focus on furthering our Rookie League players’ basic skill development. Games are played on a regular youth baseball diamond with 60’ base paths. Players will practice or play games 2-3 times per week, including weeknights and weekends. Most of the players in this league are in first or second grade. There is no assessment for this league.
The Minor League: Our Minors program is an important step in the development of our youth baseball players.Recommended for 9 and 10 year olds, players continue building and refining their fundamental skills while they begin to understand game strategy. Most players come to this league in the third grade after two years in Rookie League. In our Minor League program, players have the opportunity to take the mound and pitch for the first time.Because many of the players in this league are new to pitching, we limit the number of steals and runs allowed per inning.
There will be an assessment for placement of players in this league. Second graders are not allowed to play in this league.
The 60 Foot Major League: In recognition of the transition from the more controlled environment of our Minors program to the more open 70’ Majors, we offer the "60’ Majors Program". The game is played on a 60-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 46 feet. In order to encourage the league to train more pitchers, there are rules that set the maximum number of innings a pitcher may pitch in a calendar week.Special base running rules are also in effect.
Typical players will enter this league after two seasons in the Minors and are expected to spend one season in this league on their path to our 70’ Majors program. Most players in this league will be baseball age 10 or 11 and in the 5th grade. There will be an assessment for placement of players into this league. No baseball age 9 year olds players will be allowed to play in this league.
The 70 Foot Major League: The most experienced level of Cal Ripken Baseball, this league is recommended for 11 and 12 year old players (typically sixth and seventh grade).Our 70’ league is played under the Official Baseball Rules, but may implement some special rules as necessary for the development and welfare of this age group.Games are played on a 70 foot baseball diamond, which has a 50 foot pitching distance.Players are exposed for the first time to new aspects of baseball including leading, pickoffs, and stealing "on the pitch".Players in this league will have practices and games on both weeknights and weekends and are expected to make baseball their Spring sport priority.