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Cal Ripken Baseball Division - Ages 4-12

Keeping baseball FUN-especially in the early stages of youth baseball-is a primary concern of Babe Ruth League's Cal Ripken Division, which is comprised of the following divisions:

Tee Ball: Ballplayers ages 4-6 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. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment.  No score is kept at this level.  The cost to play T-ball is $60.  We currently do not offer T-Ball in our Fall Program.

Rookie: Designed primarily for ballplayers ages 7-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field. Fear of actually being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants.  While the primary focus is on development, score is kept and an end of season tournament is played to increase the competition level.  The cost to play Rookies is $80.  We currently do not offer Rookies in our Fall Program.

Recommended for ballplayers ages 9-10. Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. In most regions, participants first experience post-season tournament competition in this level, leading to the 10 Year-Old World Series.  All players must attend the tryouts and be drafted for a team.  To keep the field competitive, teams are re-drafted each season.   For spring, the cost to play Minors is $90.

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.  Featuring a 50' pitching distance and 70' base paths.  This division begins a players ability to lead off and steal bases.  All players must attend the tryouts and be drafted for a team.  To keep the field competitive, teams are re-drafted each season.   For spring, the cost to play Majors is $90.

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