FAQ - Frequently Asked QuestionsUpdatedThursday January 27, 2022 byCal Ripken Sarasota.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cal Ripken Baseball Division Ages 4-12
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:
Pre-T: Ball players age 4 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.
T-Ball: Ball players ages 5-6 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. Players begin transition to coach-pitch.
Rookie: Designed primarily for ball players ages 7-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field. Fear of actually being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants.
Minor: Recommended for ball players ages 9-10. 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/70: The most experienced level of Cal Ripken Baseball, recommended for players ages 11-12. Cal Ripken baseball is played under the Official Baseball Rules, but implements some special rules as necessary for the development and welfare of this young age group. 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 World Series.
When is registration for the Fall and Spring Seasons? How long is each season?
Registration for the Spring season starts in November through mid-January. Practices start in February and the Spring season ends in mid-May. Registration for the Fall season starts in July through the end of August. Practices start in September and the Fall season ends in mid-November Registration can be done online through this website or in-person registration will be scheduled for select days. In-Person registration days will be advertised on this website and the Cal Ripken Sarasota Facebook page.
Can I make a coach or friend request?
You may make a request in the comments during the registration process, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor all requests that are made. Rookie, Minor, and Major teams are determined by a draft. Refunds will not be given due to requests not being filled.
What equipment will I need to have for my child to play?
Your player needs a fielder’s glove, bat, helmet, gray baseball pants and baseball shoes (cleats). Some players find batting gloves to be helpful. The League furnishes a team jersey and hat. Game and practice balls are provided to the team.
How will I be notified what team my player is assigned to and when will practice start?
Once registration is complete and the teams have been formed, you will receive an email to notify you of your player's team. This website and the SportsSignUp Play phone App will have information on the schedule of events when the team selection process is completed. Practices start once the teams are set and players notified.
When are the games and practices?
Practices and Games take place 2-3 times a week, on week nights only. Schedules will change once pre-season practices end and games begin. Game and practice schedules will be posted on this website and the SportsSignUp Play App after registration is complete and teams formed. Changes to the schedule due to weather or other circumstances will also be emailed and/or sent via text message.
How do I contact my player's coach and the league Board of Directors?
Coaches can be contacted through the SportsSignUp Play app or you can find their phone number and email there if you wish to contact them directly. The league can be contacted via email at email@example.com for fastest response.