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Welcome to the home of Elk Grove Babe Ruth Baseball - Youth Baseball for 13-18 year olds


REGISTRATION FOR AGE 13-15 2016 SEASON IS NOW OPEN!!     Full season fee is $180 through Feb 5 (just extended!) or $130 for supplemental players (those who play high school baseball or another sport and then join the league late).NEW!!  Babe Ruth National is allowing leagues to include 16 year olds! We will accept sign ups for 16 year-olds who do not turn 17 until after April 30, 2016.    By National rule 16 year-olds may not play in post season All Stars.  By league rule 16 year-olds may not pitch in league games. 

Click on Online Forms along the left side menu to find the online sign-up.


TRYOUT INFO:  Tryouts will be conducted Saturday, Feb 6 and Saturday, Feb 13 at Bartholomew Sports Park, Blue Diamond. League age 13's report for a 10 am tryout. All older players report for a 1 pm tryout. Players only need to attend one of the two tryouts. Wear comfortable baseball clothing and bring your fielders glove. You can also bring your own bat and helmet, although there will be league bats and helmets available to use. Watch this website and/or our Facebook page for any changes due to inclement weather. Saturday, Feb 20 will be utilized if necessary.











Coaches Meetings

EGBR will conduct two coaches meetings in January for returning coaches and for new/interested coaches. There is no obligation - just a chance to see how the league operates, learn about any new rules and to possibly match up individuals who want to coach, but are not already part of a coaching staff.

The meetings will be held at Raley's, 4900 Elk Grove Blvd (at Franklin Blvd). There is a meeting room near the pharmacy. First one is Wednesday, January 27 at 6 pm. The second meeting is on Saturday, January 30 at 10 am. Both are the same content, so choose the one is that is more convenient. The meetings will last about 1 and 1/2 hours.

For questions, contact Joe Matlen at or 916-747-6252.





Scrappers celebrate their championship 

The Owlz defeated the Red Wings, 21-4 on Jones North, and the River Cats edged the Ironbirds 2-1 on Jones South. 
On Thursday, the River Cats defeated the Knights 5-3, while the Scrappers beat the Owlz 9-4. 
The Scrappers and River Cats advance to the championship game on Saturday at 11:00 am at Bartholomew Sports Park. River Cats are home team. That game is 7 innings with no time limit.
In a very exciting contest on Saturday 6-13, the Scrappers, sponsored by Pizza Bell, edged the Routt Roofing Rivercats 5-3

16-18 Division Info

March 9, 2015

The 16-18 division generally starts play in late May. Sign-up forms will be available on this site around March 1. 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 May 3, 2015


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 12 EGBR teams and the 2 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

The next game of the week is
The Sports Shop Beavers at the Routt Roofing Rockhounds
There will be a snack bar run by Larry Stone and announcers as well as scoreboard.

Visit the Blog spot for the coach's comments, pictures and a recap.
This Week the snack bar will be set up for lunch and the  1pm game and will stay open until the end of the Game of the Week. Future game Snack bars at the Game of the Week will be announced the week of the game.



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]


Here is the latest on bat rules for 2015 in Babe Ruth League:

The only composite barrel bats permitted are stamped BBCOR .50.

The Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 Division will allow ALL aluminum/alloy 2 5/8 inch barrel bats and ALL COMPOSITE HANDLE (only) aluminum/alloy barrel bats in any minus or drop. For example, if it is not a COMPOSITE BARREL bat, then -8, -9, -10, etc. bats are allowed. ALL BBCOR .50 -3 High School approved bats are allowed in the Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 Division.

2 3/4 inch barrel bats are not approved for league play.

Metal cleats are permitted but certainly not required in EGBR.

EGBR typically has 13-17 teams each year in the 13-15 division and play is on full size fields, 60'6" mound and 90' bases. The season will start in late March/early April and go to mid-June with a 22 game schedule. Playoffs will go another week and all-stars will continue to at least the first week of July. The composition of the league is typically 75-80% 13 and 14 year olds. Your league age is determined as of May 1 of the current season.

Teams can start with a maximum of four players protected. Those who are playing high school ball can sign up as a "supplemental", which allows them to play the 2nd half of the Babe Ruth season for a reduced fee and eligibility for all-stars. Each team will have either one or two supplementals.

Tryouts will be held the first two Saturdays in February (players only have to attend one of the two tryouts), with the third Saturday as a rain make-up if needed. No players are cut after tryouts; it is simply a way to disperse the talent in a fair manner. The draft will be held the last Saturday in February. Two coaches meetings will be held in late January for those interested or curious about coaching.

Players can only be protected if the player and parent(s) agree to be protected by a certain coach. These protections must be decided before the player goes through tryouts. Once a player has tried out, he/she cannot be protected. It is nice to be wanted, but make your decision on what is best for the player, not anyone else.

Teams will practice approximately three times a week during the month of March, then play approximately two games a week (sometimes three) during the season with practices at the coaches' discretion. Each team will have one doubleheader at some point in the season (after supplementals have joined their teams). There will also be at least one night game per team, likely two. Every team will participate in one Game of the Week, Saturday night at Bartholomew Sports Park.

We will utilize six fields- three on the west side (Nottoli, Zehnder & Bartholomew) and three on the east side (Jones North, Jones South and Brown Diamond). EGBR's boundaries cover all of Elk Grove (see Handouts on the left side menu for a map). All teams will play and practice at all fields.

A welcome letter along with a registration form is mailed out before the end of October. The registration deadline will be January 28 and fees will go up after that date. On line sign-ups will also be available once the registration window is opened.

50 Years of Teaching Love of the Game

Article Written By Joe Matlen 3/17/11 EG Citizen:

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 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. 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.

It would be so valuable to have a pair of eyes at the fields while the rest of us are busy at work. Providing advice and observations about the fields when the weather is questionable would be extremely valuable. We sometimes have to make decisions about cancelling practices or games without really knowing the exact conditions of the fields. This field rep could get litter or some other drying agent during the day to get fields ready for afternoon use, which is something we only do now when we show up at the fields around 4:30 or later. And usually the game or practice is delayed while this work goes on.

We also have to pick up chalk and bring it to the fields, but that is difficult work even for a young guy!!

If you are interested or you know someone who is, please contact Joe Matlen at 747-6252 or or any other board member.


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 for more information.


If you have any interest in becoming an umpire for Elk Grove Babe Ruth, please contact Mark Steele at (916) 684-0704.


Auto Stats
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.


Elk Grove has two Cal Ripken leagues, which operate under the Babe Ruth League, for players age 5-12. Go to the links on the left side menu to navigate to their websites. One is for players east of Highway 99 and one is for players west of Highway 99.

Board Meeting

Next Board Meeting is Jan 19, 2016. Contact Joe Matlen for details at 747-6252.

Action Photos Needed

May 22, 2007
We have a few digital photos in the albums on the left menu. Send more to or Above is the Beaver's Matthew Dunbar taking an aggressive turn at third, "crouching Beaver Hidden Matt". Picture by Christie Dunbar. Other pictures are in our Albums on the left menu.