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Mission Statement

Our league’s mission is to create an environment where children can learn fundamental baseball skills AND develop a lifelong love for the game. Each of the divisions below is geared toward that goal.

Single A Division - Ages 5 & 6

Our Single A division is designed to introduce the game to our youngest players. The game at this age is played with a real baseball and pitches are delivered by the coach of the batting team, either front toss or side toss, to allow for more balls to be put in play. The season schedule will consist of 1 mandatory team practice, 1 mandatory divisional clinic, 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. Teams will be determined by members of the Executive Board, not a player draft.

Games in this division will consist of 30 minutes of clinic time, followed by an hour of game time. The total time will not exceed 1 hour and 30 minutes from the actual (not scheduled) start of clinic time.


Double A Division - Ages 7 & 8

The Double A division is designed to introduce players to live pitching. At the beginning of the 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. 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 schedule will consist of 1 mandatory team practice, 1 mandatory divisional clinic 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 season will conclude with double-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 Division - 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 mandatory team practice, 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. 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, and there is no time limit.


Major's Division - 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 mandatory team practice, 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. Teams are determined by a player draft comprised of all registered players for Majors division.

A complete game in the Majors division will be 6 innings and there is no time limit.


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