As a parent, there is nothing more important than developing our children to be great citizens and for us to be positive role models for them all. With that, we encourage all parents to visit Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth website to learn how you can be an active participant in developing the kids in our community.
Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this introduction level of Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth. After completing a Pelham Baseball volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.
Below you will find more details regarding the different levels of play for boys and girls playing Pelham Baseball in 2018:
T-BALL is an introduction to baseball for players that are Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth playing age 5 and 6. Players learn the most basic skills including hitting, fielding, and catching. When the season begins, players will hit off a tee. At the head coach’s discretion, coaches may pitch to players later in the season. All players play a defensive position when a team is in the field for the defensive half of the inning. Score is not kept. No evaluation for team placement is conducted.
AA Minors is the next level after T-ball. All players Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth playing age 7, 8, and 9 are eligible to participate. AA Minors is an instructional division with emphasis on learning fundamentals of baseball to prepare for AAA Minors. Players learn batting, throwing, catching, defensive positioning, and base running. Players are taught to value teamwork, fair play, sportsmanship and respect for other players.
At the beginning of the season, coaches pitch to batters. As the season progresses, players may pitch at the discretion of the head coach. A player pitcher has 3 to 6 pitches per batter until the ball is put in play, a swinging strikeout is recorded, or 3 balls are recorded on the batter. There are no walks. When a batter reaches a 3 ball count, the coach pitches to the batter to finish out the at-bat to keep players engaged in the game.
Game score is kept. A half inning ends when 3 outs are recorded or 4 runs score, whichever occurs first. Standings are not kept. There is no playoff. Coaches or parents are required to umpire and keep score. Evaluation is not required to play in this division.
AAA Minors builds upon AA Minors skills. AAA Minors is for players Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth playing age 9, 10, and 11*. Coaches stress the importance of fundamentals while introducing players to more advanced concepts of situational baseball. AAA Minors is a player pitch division. Umpires are provided. Standings are kept and there is a playoff at the end of the season.
The Majors division is for players Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth playing age 10, 11, and 12*. The Majors division plays by official Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth rules. Players are coached in all facets of the game. Coach instruction builds on AAA Minors fundamentals with the inclusion of game strategy and situational strategy. Umpires are provided. Standings are kept and there is a playoff at the end of the season.
*All players Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth playing age 9, 10, 11, and 12 are evaluated to determine which level is appropriate. Players in this age group must complete an evaluation. All AAA Minors and Majors teams are formed through a draft selection process. 8 year olds may evaluate for AAA Minors at parents request.
The Buddy Ball division was established as a separate division of Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18, or up to age 21 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age. Buddy Ball games can be played as tee ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three.
In a Buddy Ballgame, each player gets a chance to bat. The side is retired when the offense has batted through the roster, or when a pre-determined number of runs have been scored, or when three outs are recorded. Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth recommends that no score be kept during Baddy Ball games. The Buddy Ball players wear the same uniforms, shoulder patches and safety equipment as other Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth players.
One of the benefits of having a Buddy Ball Division is that it encourages the use of "buddies" for the Buddy Ball players. The buddies assist the Buddy Ball players on the field, but whenever possible, encourage the players to bat and make plays themselves. However, the buddy is always nearby to help when needed.