Division InformationUpdated Wednesday August 2, 2017 by Citrus Park Sports Association.
Citrus Park Sports Association is proud to be a chartered member of the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth League. Below are descriptions of each division we offer:
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 levels:
Tee-Ball: Ballplayers ages 4-6 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.
Rookie: Designed primarily for ballplayers 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.
Minor: Recommended for ballplayers 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/60: Currently the most popular level offered, this division is recommended for ballplayers ages 11-12. Features a 46’ pitching distance and 60’ base paths.
Major/70: Featuring a 50’ pitching distance and 70’ base paths, this new division is offered as an option to current league format, and still includes a tournament trail from District competition through World Series.
Babe Ruth Baseball League - 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. In this division, teams are eligible to enter tournament competition and move along the tournament trail, culminating in a World Series.
13-Year-Old Prep League: 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.
Babe Ruth Baseball League - Ages 16-18
The primary objective of the 16-18 Division is to provide a community level program which eventually gives players the chance to compete to reach the 16-18-Year-Old World Series.
Babe Ruth Softball League - Ages 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U
Since its inception in 1984, Babe Ruth Softball has grown tremendously to become a premier softball program throughout the United States and Canada—and is also the fastest growing division in Babe Ruth League, Inc.
Designed for girls ages 4-18, age divisions offered include: 6 & Under, 8 & Under, 10 & Under, 12 & Under, 14 & Under, 16 & Under and 18 & Under. The primary emphasis of Babe Ruth Softball is on education, skill development, participation for all levels of ability and of course, having fun.