This information was obtained from the Offical Babe Ruth League website.
Babe Ruth League, the group for 13-15 year old players, was founded in 1951.
The 16-18 division was organized because Babe Ruth League, Inc. was aware its job was far from completed. No organization was making available similar opportunities for young players once they had surpassed the Babe Ruth 13-15 baseball age. Just as the 13-15 Division filled a gap, the 16-18 Division was designed to address a similar void.
Each local league chartered is an organization with authority to administer its own program within the framework of the Rules and Regulations and guidance of Babe Ruth League, Inc. officials.
Each state, province or territory in the 13-15 division is operated by an elected State Commissioner, and in most states, there are District Commissioners who assist the State Commissioner with his/her many duties. (Some states, with approval from Headquarters, also receive the assistance of Area Commissioners).
In turn, the states are grouped into eight regions with a Regional Commissioner to oversee the Regional operation. These Regional Commissioners also serve as members of the Board of Directors of Babe Ruth League, Inc.
Teams from each league are eligible to enter tournament competition and move along the tournament trail to the championship tournament - the World Series.
13-Year-Old Prep League
In an effort to encourage more participation in the game of baseball, the International Board of Babe Ruth League, Inc. approved at the beginning of the 1976 season the introduction of the Babe Ruth Baseball Prep League.
Under the Prep League rules, the team rosters must be composed of all 13-year-old players and shall consist of no less than 12 players and no more than 15 players. In order for the Prep League to be accepted by Headquarters, the local parent program must be a chartered Babe Ruth 13-15 League.
Studies have shown that many young players lose interest in the game of baseball when they do not get ample playing time in games once selected for an organized team. In addition, it has been found that players have expressed fear of competing with 14 and 15-year-old players who have already experienced one to two years playing on the standard 90-foot diamond.
With the Babe Ruth Baseball Prep League, the 13-year-old player now has that chance to play, avoiding the possibility of his losing interest in playing baseball. Babe Ruth Baseball also features a 13 Year Old World Series.
The Babe Ruth & Prep leagues are run by Tri County Baseball. For more information please visit their website at:www.tricountybaberuthct.org