Frequently Answered Questions

DIVISION STANDARDS

Cal Ripken Baseball  Division   Ages 4-12

T-Ball: Ball players 4-5 learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height –adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the line up for the entire game.

Rookie: Designed primarily for ball players 6-7, this division uses coach pitching.

Minor: Designed primarily for ball players 7-10, this division makes use of a pitching machine to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field, while avoiding the fear of being hit by a pitched ball.

Major/70: Recommended for players ages 11-12. Featuring a 50’ pitching distance and 70’ base paths, this new division is offered as an option to current league format, and still includes a tournament trail from district competition through World Series.

Babe Ruth Baseball Division    Ages 13-15

This league was created for ballplayers ages 13-15 who wish to continue their baseball playing experience beyond the age of 12.

Cal Ripken vs. Little League
Cal Ripken vs. Little League
Base Paths: Progressive Bases vs. Static Bases
Bases move from 60' to 70' as player gets older vs. bases stay at 60' to age 13

Pitching Distance: Moves from 46' to 50' as player gets older vs. remains at 46' to age 13

Base Stealing: Players are able to take leads from bases vs. waiting for the ball to cross the plate

Coaching & Training
CERTIFICATION: REQUIRED vs. NOT Required

"Cal Ripken offers a great chance for players to develop more baseball skills at a younger age -thus will help better prepare them for the Transition to the 60'6" pitching distance and 90' base paths at the high school level"

"The Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth system allows youngsters to learn and play Baseball with a gradual increase in the level of difficulty"

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