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:
Major: The most experienced level of Cal Ripken Baseball, recommended for 11 and 12 year old players. Featuring a 50' pitching distance and 70' base paths. Special base running rules are also in effect. 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. Games consist of six innings. 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.
Minor: Recommended for ballplayers ages 10-12. Features a 46' pitching distance and 60' base paths. Special base running rules are also in effect.
Pony: Recommended for ballplayers ages 7-8. Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork.
Colts: Designed primarily for ballplayers ages 6-7, this division makes use of a coach pitching 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.
QuickBall: Ballplayers ages 4-6 learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball pitched from a coach, 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.