Last Updated: January 31, 2015
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Welcome to the home of Elk Grove Babe Ruth Baseball - Youth Baseball for 13-18 year olds
Now that you have signed up (you have, right?), the next step is tryouts. These will be held at Bartholomew Sports Park, Blue Diamond, on both February 7 and February 14. Players only need to attend one tryout, not both. League age 13 year old players, birthdate on or after May 2, 2001, will begin at 10:00 am. League age 14 and 15 year old players, birthdate May 1, 2001 or earlier, will begin at 1:00 pm. Pick the Saturday that works best for you. The next Saturday, Feb 21, will be used for a rain make-up, if necessary. It is possible that we will run a weekday tryout mid-week under the lights, but it will depend on attendance at the regular tryouts. It appears that some high school players may need to tryout on Feb 7, as they will likely be obligated to their school the next weekend.
Tryouts do not mean that players could get cut. It is just a way to help spread the talent more evenly throughout the teams.
Wear comfortable baseball clothing, and plan on a max of two hours, but many will be finished well before then. Do not wait for a number to be sent to you - we don't use those. Parents, players & coaches should know that once a player has tried out, he cannot then be protected by a manager.
Spring 2015 13-15 Baseball - Lower Fees Extended!!
Let's have some fun with Baseball! You can sign up now for spring baseball in 2015. Fees are $180 for full time players and $130 for high school players, Fees were scheduled to go up on January 29, but have been extended to at least the first day of tryouts, February 7th.. If you have signed up or are thinking about it, like Elk Grove Babe Ruth on Facebook for more frequent updates on what is next.
Have fun like these fall ball guys from 2014.
If you would like to coach this year or are just curious about it, please attend one of these two meetings: Thursday Jan 29 at the meeting room at Bartholomew Sports Park at 6pm or Wednesday, Feb 4 at the meeting room in Raley's at the corner of Elk Grove Blvd and Franklin Blvd at 6pm. Both meetings will be the same content. We would like returning coaches to attend as well as prospective coaches.
The Bartholomew meeting room is on the west side of the park, just south of the soccer field in the northwest corner of the park. The Raley's meeting room is near the pharmacy.
Fields Status Update
When fields are open, if conditions decline, coaches are responsible for stopping practice to avoid damage to fields from play on wet fields. Field hotline: 916-405-5682.
16-18 Division Info
The 16-18 division generally starts play around mid-May. Sign-up forms will be available on this site around early March. This division starts later because 1) it is difficult to find age-compatible teams earlier than May, 2) we can usually get several games against high school teams that have completed their regular season and 3) it gives local high school players the chance to play EGBR.
EGBR Alum Pitches Against LSU!
February 16, 2014
David Allen, a veteran who played six seasons with Elk Grove Babe Ruth from age 13 to 18 and coached afterward, now pitches for Grambling State University. As part of the 2014 Urban Invitational Tournament, Grambling State faced perennial power LSU on February 16, 2014. David, a left-handed Junior College transfer, came out of the bullpen in the 7th inning and retired the only batter he faced. Video of David's pitching can be viewed here.
Congratulations to David, as well as his father Chris Allen, who has been coaching with Elk Grove Babe Ruth since 2004.
Tyler Routt Gamer All Stars held on Sunday May 4, 2014
Shown above, David & Kathy Routt applaud at this year's Tyler Routt Gamer All Star Game. This annual event celebrates the Gamer spirit and pride demonstrated by the journeman players with a "yes Coach" attitude.
No one has ever explained this better than Joe Matlen in his article "Remembering a Gamer" on the left menu of this site under "handouts". This day started with our other annual event " The Len Willeford Homerun Derby" with selected hitters from each of the 13 EGBR teams and the 3 Galt Babe Ruth teams participating in a traditional homerun derby starting at 11am at the Jones North field of Jones Family Park on Shasta Lilly Way in Elk Grove (see "directions" on the left menu).
Elk Grove Babe Ruth Game of the Week!
To help commemorate our 52nd Season, Elk Grove Babe Ruth will be holding a Game of the Week selected Saturday night at 7:00pm at Bartholomew Sports Park. All 14 teams will be featured at least once. For more information and stories about the games, please visit the http://egbrgameoftheweek.blogspot.com/.
Playoffs for the 13-15 division began on Tuesday, June 10. On Jones North, the R&D Pool Service Hot Rods (seed #3) defeated the James Mark Salon Thunder (seed #6) 8-2. On Jones South, the Merryhill School Bulls (seed #4) lost to the Gormley's Retirement Home Red Wings (seed #5) 9-1. The Routt Roofing Rock Hounds (seed #2) and the River Cats (seed #1) had a bye. A Good effort all season from the Bulls, congratulations on a great season. For the Thunder, that team is all heart. They made a spirited drive to the play-offs in the last two weeks. Super Season Thunder!
On Thursday, the River Cats hosted the Red Wings at Jones North at 5:30 pm. After falling behind early, the River Cats came back to defeat the Red Wings 7-4.
Also on Thursday, the Rock Hounds played host to the Hot Rods at Jones South at 5:30 pm. The Rockhounds led all the way in a 9-1 victory.
On Saturday June 14 the Championship game was an old fashioned "Barn Burner" won in extra innings 9-8 by the Rivercats. It was easily the most exciting Championship game in recent memory! Your Saturday Game of the Week announcer and official scorekeeper, Mike Steele, wrote a great article, recently published in the Elk Grove Citizen. Go to the left menu on this site under "Bulletin Board" to read the article with multiple pictures from our game photographers: Publicity Manager for the League, Rick Venegas; Board Member Brent Tetlow and the author, Mike Steele.
After the Victory 'Cats pose for cameras [Photo by Brent Tetlow]
FAST FACTS ABOUT EGBR
Here is the latest on bat rules for 2015 in Babe Ruth League:
50 Years of Teaching Love of the Game
Youth baseball league marks 50-year anniversary
One of the most established youth sports leagues in town will be celebrating its 50th year in Elk Grove in 2011. Elk Grove Babe Ruth Baseball, a league for 13-18 year olds, conducted its first season in 1962. During those early years, there were no more than four teams and only one field, the Brown Diamond in Elk Grove Park. Today, the age 13-15 division has 14 to 17 teams that play on six fields, including two with lights. There is also a 16-18 division that generally has two teams and plays either high school summer ball teams or other local recreational teams.
To celebrate the 50th year, the league has a number of events planned. Every Saturday night at Bartholomew Sports Park there will be a “game of the week”, complete with announcers, singing of the national anthem & team introductions. The league also plans to install a flagpole at Bartholomew Sports Park so that the American flag can be raised during games. In June, there will be a special 50th anniversary BBQ before and during one of the Saturday night games. And in July, the league is hoping to host a Babe Ruth state tournament, which will bring at least eight teams from Northern California into Elk Grove.
Some of the notable players who have played in the league in recent years include David Hernandez, Casey Weathers, Brad Kilby, Brandon Pinckney, Corey Vaughn, and recent college signees, Brady Dragmire and J.D. Davis. Coaches have included Greg Vaughn and Fernando Vina. One of the more satisfying aspects of the league is seeing former players return as coaches. Former recent players Cody Abney, Geoff Cochran, Chris Greenawalt, David Hall, Ryan Hall, Jeff Hansen, Donny Penney, Teddy Herrera & Mike Steele have all returned to the league to coach as young adults.
One of the league’s signature events is held in early May – a home run derby followed by two all-star games to honor the memory of a former player, Tyler Routt, who lost his life in an automobile accident at age 21. Tyler loved his time in Elk Grove Babe Ruth so much that his parents David and Kathy have sponsored a team every year in his honor. He was a “gamer”; full of energy, passion and hustle that was contagious. The mid-season all star teams are meant to include players that represent that gamer attitude. The idea is to have four teams full of players like Tyler. The players chosen are honored to be recognized for these great qualities and often gain a supreme amount of confidence in the second half of the season.
Elk Grove Babe Ruth has been teaching sportsmanship and love of the game for 50 years now. There are team sponsorship opportunities and some fun league events like Texas hold-em and a golf tournament. You can follow the league at www.eghardball.com or on Facebook. Congratulations to Elk Grove Babe Ruth for 50 years of excellence!
Nice article; The League has also been awarded the Nor Cal State Championship Tournament to be held at Batholomew Sports Park beginning July 16. This will mean the League will have a Host team which automatically advances to that event. this is a great honor bestowed on Elk Grove Babe Ruth in honor of it's 50th year
EGBR Alumni are Major League Draft Picks!
Two prominent Elk Grove Babe Ruth alumni have been selected on the second day of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
J.D. Davis was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 29th pick in the 5th round as a third basemen. He was the 180th player chosen. Davis recently completed a decorated career as a four-year varsity player at Elk Grove HS that included a 2010 Section Championship. He batted .484 with 9 home runs and 45 RBIs this season, while also going 6-2 with a 1.56 ERA for the Thundering Herd. Davis played three seasons with Elk Grove Babe Ruth, winning two championships as a River Cat in 2006 and 2007.
Brady Dragmire was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 18th pick in the 17th round as a right-handed pitcher. He was the 529th player chosen. Dragmire recently finished a remarkable career at Bradshaw Christian HS as a three-sport athlete. He won championships as a football and basketball player but lead the Pride to two section baseball championships in 2010 and 2011. Dragmire was 5-2 with a 0.81 ERA this season with 56 Ks in only 40 1/3 IP, and he also hit .492 with 3 home runs and 23 RBIs. Dragmire played two seasons with Elk Grove Babe Ruth, falling to Davis' River Cats in the 2007 championship but pitching his 14-year-old all-star team to a 2nd place finish in the district tournament.
Congratulations to both J.D. Davis and Brady Dragmire!
EGBR is on FACEBOOK!!
EGBR is on Facebook. Click the link to get there and "like" our page!
EGBR on Facebook
Elk Grove Babe Ruth is looking for one or more volunteers who can be available during the day to look after the fields. All of the board members work during the day, so the ideal person would be someone who is retired, an old "baseball guy", who wouldn't mind taking a little ownership over the fields to keep them in good shape. Clearing weeds, filling holes, watering down the infield and making recommendations to EGBR and CSD about what things need to be done are some of the tasks we envision. It would be great if this person or persons establish a relationship with the CSD maintenance folks and work with them on sprinkler fixes, watering adjustments, safety hazards, etc.
KIDS NEED COMMUNITY SERVICE?!
If you know someone who needs community service hours, Elk Grove Babe Ruth is a great organization to gain those hours. We can use assistance in field maintenance, refurbishing equipment, help at tryouts, help with fundraisers, help at tournaments, and possibly other areas. Contact Joe Matlen at email@example.com for more information.
Click on the blue letters above or go to Handouts to get an Excel program that wil keep track of your team hitting stats. This model was developed by Rob McAfee.
LOOKING FOR CAL RIPKEN INFO?
Next Board Meeting is January 20, 2015. Contact Joe Matlen for details at 747-6252.
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May 22, 2007
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