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:
Tee Ball: Ballplayers Pre-K & K 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.
Sluggers: Ballplayers 1st Grade where pitching is inroduced from approximately 20' by a coach. Each player usualy receives 5 pitches when at bat.
Rookies: Designed for ballplayers 2nd grade, this division makes use of a pitching machine average speed of 40 MPH to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field.
Minor: This level is the first level of drafts and is for those in 3rd grade. 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.
Major/60: This division is for ballplayers in 4th grade. Features a 46' pitching distance and 60' base paths.
Major/70: Featuring a 50' pitching distance and 70' base paths, this division is offered as an option to the major division format, and includes a tournament trail from District competition through the World Series. This level of play is for those in 5th and 6th grades.
Babe Ruth Baseball League: 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.