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Divisions of Play line

Keeping baseball FUN is a primary concern of NFMBR and Babe Ruth League's Cal Ripken Division. Our Cal Ripken Baseball League is comprised of Major, Minor, Rookie and T-Ball divisions, as follows (Spring season: Age as of May 1st):

T-Ball League

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 4 years old by May 1st of the calendar year. 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, T-Ball teams will generally play one game a week and have one practice per week. No games are played on Sundays, except when there is a need to makeup for any rainouts.

Rookie ("Machine 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 "Machine 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 1 game per week and have 2 practices. No games are played on Sundays, except when there is a need to makeup for any rainouts.

Minor League

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. 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.

Major League

This is 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 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.