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Looking to participate in a sport that requires skill, strength, strategic thinking and the desire to play as part of a team?  Whatever level you play at, baseball can enhance your life, improving fitness, strength and coordination.

Whether you are looking to play casually in our recreational league or competitively with one of our traveling teams, you'll find our organization to be a great place to learn new skills and meet new friends.

Danbury Youth Baseball

Our league's mission is to create an environment where children can learn fundamental baseball skills and develop a lifelong love for the game.

Our program serves boys and girls from 7 to 15 years old. Emphasis is placed on learning fundamental skills, sportsmanship and respect for the rules of the game. All our coaches undergo yearly background screening, participate in coaching clinics and work with local training facilities to enhance their skills. Players participate in bi-weekly practices and 2 -3 games per week.

Our vision is to continue to provide a best in class baseball experience for all our players and families. To achieve this goal we have partnered with local trainers and experienced coaches & players to capitalize on the latest skill drills and techniques. We are committed to enhancing our community involvement though events like our Danbury Youth Baseball day, volunteer programs and ongoing college scholarship program.

Please visit us at 3 Memorial Drive Danbury, CT and see what we have to offer. You can also contact us on our social media channels or via email at contact@danburyyouthbaseball.com.

General Information

Danbury Youth Baseball is proud to offer free winter workout sessions at the Danbury Sports Dome. These winter sessions are for players ages 7 - 12 and are designed to keep the kids engaged in baseball activities during the off season. The sessions generally take place in February and March, leading right into our spring season at Rogers Park.

In-House/Recreation Program
Our spring season generally starts with practices in late March or early April, with games beginning after Danbury Public School's spring break, and runs through the end of May. Our fall season generally starts with practices beginning around Labor Day and games beginning a few weeks later. The fall season runs through the end of October. The number of practices and games in each season will depend on the age group (Division), the number of teams, and the weather.

Our registration costs are as follows:

Double A Division - $100
Triple A Division - $150
Majors Division - $175
Babe Ruth 13-15 - $225
Family Maximum - $350

Registration includes a team uniform (includes a dry-fit jersey, a hat and a pair of baseball socks). Parents are responsible for providing their child with a baseball glove, a pair of baseball pants, a pair of molded rubber cleats, and a protective cup. Players may also bring their own batting helmet and baseball bat. Helmets and bats that can be shared by the team are also available for each team.

More information can be found by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Travel Program
Our travel program competes in the Cal Ripken tournament trail as well as the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League. We generally have teams at the 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U and 12U levels. Tryouts for the travel teams generally take place immediately following the fall in-house season. with winter workouts starting in early January.

More detailed information regarding dates, times, schedule, and costs will be communicated by the manager of each team after the team has been selected.

There is no cost to tryout for a team. Trying out for a team does not guarantee a spot on a team. All roster spots are earned and determined by the coaching staff of each team every year.

Our Divisions

Double A (AA) - Ages 7 & 8
The Double A division is designed to introduce players to live pitching. During the fall season, pitches will be delivered by a mechanical pitching machine, operated by a coach of the batting team. At the beginning of the spring season, for the first four games, a coach of the batting team will deliver pitches to the batters. After the first four games, we will move to a modified player pitch format (described in the bullet points below). The pitcher’s mound will be adjustable between 46 feet and 40 feet from home plate depending on each youth pitcher’s ability. The bases are 60 feet apart. The season will conclude with single-elimination playoffs. There will be no standings kept during the season, playoff seeding will be a random draw by the Cal Ripken commissioner. Additionally, teams are determined by members of the Executive Board, not a player draft.

A complete game in this division will be 6 innings or 2 hours from the actual (not scheduled) start of the game, whichever comes first.


Triple A (AAA) - Ages 9 & 10
In the Triple A division, we will continue to build upon a foundation of fundamental baseball and general athletic skills. Coaches at this level are encouraged to continue moving players into as many different positions as possible throughout the season. The pitcher’s mound will be 46 feet from home plate and the bases will be 60 feet apart. Pitchers are now limited by a pitch count, instead of the 2 innings per game maximum. The season schedule will consist of 1 or 2 team practices, and at least 1 game every weekend. Depending on the number of teams that make up the division in each season, there may be 2 games on the weekends. The league will attempt to coordinate specialty clinics throughout the season for pitching, catching, position play, hitting, etc. The season will conclude with single-elimination playoffs. Teams are determined by a player draft comprised of all registered players for the Triple A division.

A complete game in this division will be 6 innings or 2 hours from the actual (not scheduled) start of the game, whichever comes first.


Majors - Ages 11 & 12
The Majors division is where players begin to make the adjustment to a more advanced game. Leading, pick off moves, balks, the infield fly rule, and the dropped 3rd strike rule are all introduced at this age. This is also when players begin their transition to a larger field. The pitcher’s mound is 50 feet from home plate, and the bases are 70 feet apart. We will continue to build upon a foundation of fundamental baseball and general athletic skills and may also begin to find specific positions where players can succeed. The season schedule will consist of 1 or 2 team practices, and at least 1 game every weekend. Depending on the number of teams that make up the division in each season, there may be 2 games on the weekends. The league will attempt to coordinate specialty clinics throughout the season for pitching, catching, position play, hitting, etc. The season will conclude with single-elimination playoffs. Teams are determined by a player draft comprised of all registered players for Majors division.

A complete game in this division will be 6 innings or 2 hours from the actual (not scheduled) start of the game, whichever comes first.

 

Babe Ruth Baseball - Ages 13-15

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. This is where players get their baseball cleats muddy for the first time on standard 90' diamonds under Official Baseball Rules used by Major League Baseball. In this division, teams are eligible to enter tournament competition and move along the tournament trail, culminating in a World Series. Three World Series are held in this division: one for 13 Year-Old players, one for 13 and 14 Year-Old Players, and the renowned 13-15 World Series.

13-Year-Old Prep 

Players often express a fear of competing with 14 and 15 Year-Old players who have already experienced one or two years playing on a standard 90' diamond. 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.

2024 Babe Ruth League Age Chart

A player's "baseball age" is determined by their age on May 1 of the current year. So for the Spring 2024 season, each player will be assigned to a division according to their age on May 1, 2024.

Bat Rules

Summary: Wood bats are approved for use in ALL divisions (Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth). For all Cal Ripken divisions (ages 4-12) only bats with a USABaseball logo stamp are approved for use. For Babe Ruth, players may use bats with a USABaseball logo, or BBCOR .50 stamp.

Our History

Danbury Youth Baseball was born out of a dream to create a best in class facility to learn and play baseball. In 1934, Cephas B. Roger donated 25 acres of swampy land to the City of Danbury to create a community park. By 1941 Roger’s Park opened and over the next 10 years, more than a dozen acres were added. One of the buildings, the War Memorial, was built as a tribute to serve living servicemen and honor fallen soldiers. The first ball field was constructed in the early 1960’s.

For the next 15 years, there was only one baseball diamond with the remaining acres around the park still swamp land. In the late 1970’s three additional diamonds were added, including the Roger’s Park ball field by using fill to firm up the soil. Field 2 was added in the early 1980’s. The current “Blockhouse” was constructed in 1992.

Today’s Danbury Youth Baseball program is designed to provide the highest level of instruction coupled with a competitive baseball experience.

Our program serves boys and girls from 4 to 15 years old. Emphasis is placed on learning fundamental skills, sportsmanship and respect for the rules of the game. All our coaches undergo yearly background screening, participate in coaching clinics and work with local training facilities to enhance their skills. Players participate in bi-weekly practices and 2 -3 games per week.

The summer program, commonly known as “Travel Baseball” has produced a World Series win in 1999, sent 3 other teams to World Series play and won numerous district, state and regional trophies. In 2013 we fielded 13 travel teams with over 150 boys and girls playing summer ball. We also started a new Babe Ruth program called “Xtreme” baseball. This division is designed to provide travel level baseball in the spring and fall.

Our vision is to continue to provide a best in class baseball experience for all our players and families. To achieve this goal we have partnered with local trainers and experienced coaches & players to capitalize on the latest skill drills and techniques. We are committed to enhancing our community involvement though events like our Danbury Youth Baseball day, volunteer programs and ongoing college scholarship program.

Donate to DYB using PayPal or Venmo

As a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, Danbury Youth Baseball uses 100% of all funds raised to improve our programs, facilities and fields. We do not have a paid executive board and our entire operation is run by an all-volunteer board.

Please consider a donation in any amount by clicking the encrypted and secure donate button below (for PayPal) or by scanning the QR code (for Venmo).

We also accept donations by check made out to Danbury Youth Baseball, and delivered by mail to 3 Memorial Drive, Danbury, CT 06810.