Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken League Overview

Updated Sunday December 4, 2016 by Perry Reed.

Founded in 1951, Babe Ruth Baseball League was created for ballplayers ages 13-15 who wished to continue their baseball playing experience beyond the age of 12. In this division, teams are eligible to enter tournament competition and move along the tournament trail, culminating in a World Series.

13-Year-Old Prep League

Babe Ruth League introduced this prep league-comprised of teams with only 13-year-old players-to foster more participation in the game for this age group. This league offers the 13-year-old player the assurance to play without age intimidation and the chance to participate in the 13-Year-Old World Series.

Babe Ruth Baseball League - Ages 16-18

The primary objective of the 16-18 Division is to provide a community level program which eventually gives players the chance to compete to reach the 16-18 Year-Old World Series.

16-Year-Old Prep League

The primary objective of the16-yearold prep program is to provide players the opportunity to stay involved in organized baseball while sharpening their skills against competition in their own age group. Through its own tournament trail, players also have the chance to advance to the 16-Year-Old Regional Tournament.

 Babe Ruth Softball League - Ages 12U, 16U & 18U

Softball Division Player

Since its inception in 1984, Babe Ruth Softball has grown tremendously to become a premier softball program throughout the United States and Canada-and is also the fastest growing division in Babe Ruth League, Inc.

Designed for girls ages 4-18, age divisions offered include: 6 & Under, 8 & Under, 10 & Under, 12 & Under, 14 & Under, 16 & Under and 18 & Under. The primary emphasis of Babe Ruth Softball is on education, skill development, participation for all levels of ability and of course, having fun.

A special highlight of Babe Ruth Softball is its annual tournament trail. Tournament teams from each local league are eligible to participate in District competition with winners advancing to the State and Regional levels. Entry to the official Babe Ruth Softball tournament trail is free. 12 & Under and 16 & Under Divisions advance to a World Series. In the 10 & Under, 14 & Under, and 18 & Under

Divisions, we have a National Invitational Tournament that any Babe Ruth regular season or tournament team is welcome to sign up and participate.

Cal Ripken Baseball Division - Ages 4-12
Ripken Division Player

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/70: 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.

Major/60: Currently the most popular level offered, this division is recommended for ballplayers ages 11-12. Features a 46' pitching distance and 60' base paths.

Minor: 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.

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.

T-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.

Bambino Buddy-Ball - Ages 5-20
Bambino Division Player

Babe Ruth League believes that every child should have the opportunity to participate in baseball or softball. The Bambino Buddy-Ball League helps to make that dream a reality for physically and/or mentally challenged ballplayers. With the help of a special "buddy" to swing a bat, round the bases or catch a ball, ballplayers are able to experience the thrills of the game.

The Bambino Buddy-Ball League is designed to foster confidence and self-esteem, make memories and have fun. An emotionally rewarding experience for all, "buddies" achieve satisfaction from their involvement while the athletes benefit from the opportunity to participate in organized sports, physical fitness, and social events and outings.

Xtreme Fastpitch

Babe Ruth League is proud to announce the creation of a new, high-performance softball division-Xtreme Fastpitch.

Babe Ruth League, Inc. has always been deeply committed to providing all our participants the very best educational sports experience possible. This commitment applies to our players who wish to play baseball or softball on a recreational level to those who seek a higher degree of competition to hone their skills, with the goal of continuing play into high school and beyond. In all divisions, Babe Ruth League core values are to be recognized and adhered to, using regulation competitive baseball and softball rules to teach skills, promote mental and physical development, nurture a respect for the rules of the game and reinforce basic ideals of sportsmanship and fair play.

There are no geographical boundaries limiting where the players who sign up for an Xtreme team come from. Participating leagues can sign up a group of players from any geographical make-up and form a team to play other Xtreme teams in special games or tournaments throughout the year.

Xtreme teams are eligible to play at their own facility … or in local tournaments that might only be a quick drive away … or farther away anywhere across the country where tournaments are being held! Playing rules will match High School and College playing rules to better prepare players for the next level of competition.