DIVISIONS OF PLAYUpdated Thursday December 27, 2018 by Bret Lavey.
SLYB League Divisions
Keeping baseball FUN is a primary concern of SLYB and Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken Division.
All of SLYB regular season games are played at Shillito Park Baseball Fields.
Our Cal Ripken Baseball League is comprised of Major, Minor, Rookie and T-Ball divisions, as follows (Age as of April 30, current year):
This program is recommended for 4, 5, and 6 year olds to teach the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. All batters will hit from a batting tee which is adjusted to a height that allows the batter to swing level. Adult coaches are 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.
Players must be 3 years old (4 years old is recommended though) by May 1st of the calendar year. 3 and 4 year olds will have their own league, and 5 and 6 year olds will play in a separate league. Girls may choose to play in the T-Ball division as 7 year olds, but then they would only play one year in our Rookie division (as an 8 year old).
During the Spring season, 4-year old T-Ball teams will generally play one game a week and have one practice per week. 5&6-year old T-Ball teams could potentially play twice per week and practice 1-2 times per week.. No games are played on Sundays, except when there is a need to makeup for any rainouts.
Rookie (“Coach Pitch”) League
This division, for 7 and 8 year old players, continues teaching the game fundamentals and building player confidence. It is at this level that the players are introduced to the “live” pitch. The games consist of six innings of “Coach Pitch”. Girls that choose to play in the T-Ball division as 7 year olds would only play one year in our Rookie division, as an 8 year old.
During the Spring season, Rookie teams will generally play 2 games a week and have 1-2 practices. No games are played on Sundays, except when there is a need to makeup for any rainouts.
This division, for 9-12 year old players, is designed to assist players with the continued development and refining of their fundamental skills, while they begin to understand game strategy. The six-inning game is played on a 60-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 46 feet. All 9-12 year olds not currently assigned to a team, or those existing Minor League players looking to be drafted by a Major League team, must attend an evaluation for the Major & Minor Leagues. All current Minor League players are encouraged to go through these evaluations. Those players not drafted by a Major League team will be then drafted by a Minor League team or return to their existing Minor League team.
The most experienced level of Cal Ripken Baseball. For 9-12 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 the young age group. The six-inning game (or two hours) is played on a 70-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 50 feet. Placement on a Major team is through a tryout and player draft. 9 and 10 year olds (typically, but on occassion some older players) on a Major teams will be combined to form about four Junior Major teams that will compete with one another throughout the season to assist in player development. Junior Major games will be played on 60-foot basepaths with a pitching distance of 46 feet.