Divisions

Cal Ripken Division  Ages 12 and Under

T-Ball: This program is open to players 5 to 6 years old and teaches the fundamentals of hitting and fielding.  All batters will hit the ball from a batting tee which is adjusted to a height that allows the batter to swing level.  All rostered players bat in order, whether playing defensively or not.  Each player plays a minimum of two innings defensively.   An adult coach is stationed beyond the infielders in order to provide instruction to all defensive players.  The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment.

Rookie Minor and Rookie Major divisions are open to players up to the age of 9 and utilize pitching machines to introduce these younger players to competitive baseball. The concept of using a pitching machine was formulated by Dr. Robert Brown, former president of the American League. 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 diminished.  It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants.   The use of a pitching machine helps to remove boredom – which is often the result of either overpowering or inadequate pitching – by throwing only strikes.  Fewer errors and greater throwing accuracy are the result of increase in activity. The rookie league is an excellent way to continue teaching the fundamentals of the game and building player confidence.

Rookie Major teams will consist of a minimum of 12 players and a maximum of 15 players’ ages 8-9 years old (National/League Charter Guidelines apply). A maximum of four 9 year old players are allowed to participate at this level. Consideration may be given for seven year old players of appropriate skill level with the approval of a League Variance.

Rookie Minor teams will consist of a minimum of 12 players and a maximum of 15 player’s ages 7-8 years old (National/League Charter Guidelines apply) A maximum of four 8 year old players are allowed to participate at this level. Consideration may be given for six year old players of appropriate skill level with the approval of a League Variance.

AA:  Ages 9-10.   Teams play on 60-foot base paths, with the pitcher’s rubber located 46 feet from home plate. The game is played on a 60-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 46 feet.  This is the first year where the players pitch so 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.  Regulation games consist of six innings or four innings if a game is called.  Special base running rules are also in effect.

AA teams will consist of a minimum of 12 players and a maximum of 15 players ages 9-10 years old (National/League Charter Guidelines apply). A maximum of six 10 year old players are allowed to participate at this level. Consideration may be given for eight year old players of appropriate skill level with the approval of a League Variance. Note: Only players age nine year old, which participate in this division, may be considered for 9U all star competition.

AAA: Ages 10-11. Teams play on 60-foot base paths, with the pitcher’s rubber located 46 feet from home plate. 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.  Regulation games consist of six innings or four innings if a game is called.  Special base running rules are also in effect.

AAA teams will consist of a minimum of 12 players and a maximum of 15 players ages 10-11 years old (National/League Charter Guidelines apply). A maximum of four 11 year old players are allowed to participate at this level. Consideration may be given for nine year old players of appropriate skill level with the approval of a League Variance). Note: Only players ages nine and ten year old, which participate in this division, may be considered for 10U all star competition.

Major Minor and Major: The most experienced level of Cal Ripken Baseball, recommended for 11 and 12 year old players.  This division is played under the Official Baseball Rules, but implements some special rules as necessary for the development and welfare of this young age group.  The game is played on a 70-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 50 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.  Regulation games consist of six innings or four innings if a game is called.  Special base running rules are also in effect.

Majors teams will consist of a minimum of 12 players and a maximum of 15 players ages 11-12 years old (National/League Charter Guidelines apply). A maximum of eight 12 year old players may participate at this level. Consideration may be given for 10 year old players of appropriate skill level with the approval of a League Variance. Note: Players ages 10, 11 and twelve 12 years old, which participate in this division, may be considered for 11U and 12U All Star competition.

Major Minor teams will consist of a minimum of 12 players and a maximum of 15 players ages 11-12 years old (National/League Charter Guidelines apply). A maximum of six 12 year old players are allowed to participate at this level.

Babe Ruth Division Prep Ages 13-15

Prep 13: Areas will make every attempt to field a team of twelve (12) thirteen year old players at this level (National/League Charter Guidelines apply. A minimum of 12 and a maximum of 15 players shall be on the roster. Note (1): Twelve (12) year-old players of appropriate skill level, or no more than four fourteen (14) year-old players (for areas unable to field an upper level teams) may participate at this level as by national rule. Note (2): Under no circumstances, will a fifteen (15) year old player be allowed to participate at this level. Note (3): A variance for twelve (12) year-old players playing up shall be approved by the Executive Board. In the circumstance of additional fourteen yea old players playing down, variance consideration by the Executive Board will be given on a case by case basis. Only players age thirteen (13) years old, which participate in this division, may be considered for 13U All Star competition.

Prep 14: Areas will make every attempt to field a team of twelve (12) fourteen (14) year old players at this level (National/League Charter Guidelines apply). A mini,um of 12 and a maximum of 15 players shall be on the roster. Areas may add up to five (5) fifteen (15) year old players to this roster by national rule. The Executive Board will automatically approve a variance for exceptional 13 year old players either wishing to play at this level or to fill out a roster. Note (1): Areas that have any combination of five fourteen (14) year old players or a single fifteen (15) year old player will be required to play at this level.

 

Age is determined by players age on April 30th of the current year.