- Season Start Date -- Monday April 9th
Baseball Season 2018 is right around the corner......
MONDAY APRIL 9th is the first day of BASEBALL!!
Sign ups will begin in February at most parks. Please check this website and all of the clubs Facebook pages for sign up dates and any changes that may apply to the 2018 Season.
Age groups 7-8 will stay only Tar Heel Baseball & can still use the regular 2 1/4" bat.
Age groups 9-10 and up will charter with Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth this season as well as Tar Heel to allow more games for the players.
****ALL ages may use 2 1/4 Bats for Regular Season, BUT in Post season (All-stars) will have to use the NEW 2 5/8 bat as required for 9-10s and up****
NEW Bat Rules for Cal Ripken league (9-10s and 11-12s)...
Cal Ripken Baseball, a division of Babe Ruth and the banner under which our league plays, is one of several youth organizations across the United States to adopt the new USABat Standard, which now allows the use of bats with a barrel diameter up to 2 5/8 inches. With that understanding, please be advised that bats currently being used (or those used in the past) will no longer be legal for use beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
Only bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be legal for use in Cal Ripken play (no BBCOR bats will be allowed). Manufacturers started releasing the bats in September. We have been informed that this change in bat specifications is for safety considerations to preserve the long-term integrity of the game.
This measure by the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth organization (and others across the country) will require the purchase of new bats for the upcoming season. For that reason, we wanted to let you know of the change so you can carefully consider the bat(s) that will be most suitable for your player(s) as they enter the new season. We have inquired (at state and national levels) if bats previously used would be “grandfathered” in for 2018 and were told they would not be.
For an approved list of bats that will be legal for the 2018 season and beyond, you may visit www.baberuthleague.org.
Season start date is set for Monday April 9th and ending the last week of May. End of season tournaments will begin the 1st week of June.
All-stars will be chosen earlier this year around May 6th for all age groups. To allow more time to prepare for Post season play.
All-stars will be for:
7-8s (Tar Heel League)
9s (Tar Heel / Cal Ripken)
10s (Tar Heel / Cal Ripken)
11s (Tar Heel / Cal Ripken)
12s (Tar Heel / Cal Ripken)
13-15 (Babe Ruth)
16-18 (Babe Ruth)
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