Senior Division: 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.
Major Division: The most experienced level of Cal Ripken Baseball, recommended for 11 and 12-year-old players. 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. Under the Major Division, games consist of six innings. In order to encourage the league to train more pitchers, there are rules that set the maximum number of innings a pitcher may pitch in a calendar week.
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, leading to the 10-Year-Old World Series.
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. 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.
JUNIOR ROOKIE T-Ball: A newer program designed to transition players from T Ball rules to hitting from a pitching machine. Teams are made up of kids 5 and 6 years old. 5-year-olds that are first time players have the option to play in the regular T-ball division. Batting; Batter will be given five attempts to put ball into play. Each batter will receive 3 pitches from machine and two swings off tee. If batter fails to hit ball after 5th attempt, the batter will be called out.
T-Ball: Ball players 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. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment.
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 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.
A special highlight of Babe Ruth Softball is its annual tournament trail. Tournament teams from each local league are eligible to participate in District competition with winners advancing to the State and Regional levels. Entry to the official Babe Ruth Softball tournament trail is free. 12 & Under and 16 & Under Divisions advance to a World Series. Babe Ruth Softball also offers an invitational World Series for the 8 & Under, 10 & Under, 14 & Under, and 18 & Under divisions.
Advanced Baseball (AB) is the next level competitive program for Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Baseball leagues. Babe Ruth of Palatka
program is offering this option with opportunities in every baseball division! While regular season ball in our baseball league is fantastic and fun, some players with a desire to play higher levels of competition and get more playing time often look for opportunities. AB will be available to players within our league as an option. AB is in addition to the regular season of ball (thus AB players must also play on a regular season team), and allows players to play with other players from multiple teams within their regular season division to come together to form the most competitive teams possible! Our AB programs would be a way to assist our league to stay competitive with the other districts in the region and state who already have these types of programs in place.