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

Game Schedule is complete.

We need the rain, but with less practices before the season, we have decided to delay the start of the season  to Saturday, April 2.  One of the 17 teams (3 Galt teams play in our league) will be off the early weekends.  The full schedule is available in Handouts and is now loaded into the schedule portion of this website.  

 

2016 REGISTRATION FOR 13-15 Wait List

REGISTRATION FOR AGE 13-15 2016 SEASON The league is full.  We do have a waiting list.  You can get in line for the Wait list by online sign up but we are not accepting payments until spots open up.    Full season fee is $205 or $155 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 For the Wait list!

 

 

16-18 Division Info

The 16-18 division generally starts play in late May. Sign-up forms are now available on this site!! Fees are $170 and forms are due by April 30, 2016. 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.

11th annual Tyler Routt Gamer All Stars held Sunday, May 1, 2016

 

Shown above, David & Kathy Routt applaud at 2015 Tyler Routt Gamer All Star Game. This annual event celebrates the Gamer spirit and pride demonstrated by the journeyman players with a "yes Coach" attitude. The Len Willeford Home Run Derby precedes the Tyler Routt Games at Jones North starting at 11am. Won by Deon Spivey of the Rattlers.

   The Tyler Routt ceremonies start at approximately 1pm on the North Field with first pitch at about 1:30 on each field.This not for our no doubt Post Season All Stars.  This is for the journeyman player who tries harder, is a great teammate and embodies the spirit of the Late Tyler Routt.  Amazing things happen because of the spirit of these players, both during and after these games.  More about this great event with some pictures by Owlz manager Rick Venegas, soon.  Also this year we are teaming with Helping Hands to collect use baseball equipment for players in Latin America, South America and other areas that have young players who can't afford equipment. Below see some of the results for Handing Out Hope.  There was much more before the day was over. 

These donations were collected by Coach Steve Abrams.  It turns out that Coach knows Dave and Kathy Routt.  Dave and Kathy helped Steve load the equipment collected and reconnected with Coach Steve.  A nice end to wonderful, sunny day of baseball. 

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 starts with our other annual event " The Len Willeford Homerun Derby" with selected hitters from each of the 14 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). 

 

 

 

PLAYOFFS

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

Elk Grove Babe Ruth Game of the Week!

March 5, 2016

To help commemorate our 55th Season, Elk Grove Babe Ruth will be holding a Game of the Week selected Saturday night at 7:00pm at Bartholomew Sports Park. All 17 teams will be featured at least once. 

 Some games will feature a league run snack bar. All will have a presentation of line ups, working scoreboard, in game announcer and a National Anthem performance.
 Future game Snack bars at the Game of the Week will be announced the week of the game.

FAST FACTS ABOUT EGBR

Here is the latest on bat rules for 2016 in Babe Ruth League:

13-15 BASEBALL DIVISION
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 www.eghardball.com or on Facebook. Congratulations to Elk Grove Babe Ruth for 50 years of excellence!
 

 

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


FIELD VOLUNTEER

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 joemat29@gmail.com or any other board member.

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 joemat29@gmail.com for more information.

UMPIRES NEEDED!!

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

STATKEEPERS!!

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.

LOOKING FOR CAL RIPKEN INFO?

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 May 16, 2016. Contact Joe Matlen for details at 747-6252.

Action Photos Needed

March 5, 2016

We have a few digital photos in the albums on the left menu. Above picture of James "Cowboy"  Milam reaching third after a triple, being held up by youth coach Wes "Woody" Trejo.  Photo by Brent Tetlow.   Send more to jcpenney6@comcast.net  Other pictures are in our Albums on the left menu.

Upcoming Games/Practices

Saturday, May 7
13-15 AL WEST
Mud Cats @ Pizza Bell Scrappers10:30amJones Park North
13-15 AL EAST
Giants @ Ultra Truck Works River Bandits10:00amGalt Community Park
Raptors @ One Source Iron Pigs1:00pmBartholomew Park
ServiceMaster Restore Sand Gnats @ Giants1:00pmGalt Community Park
Gormley's Retirement Home Red Wings @ Anderson Chiropractic Storm1:00pmJones Park South
Sports Shop Beavers @ Sanborn Chevrolet River Cats7:00pmBartholomew Park
13-15 NL WEST
Iron Birds @ Routt Roofing Rattlers10:15amZehnder Park
Super Taco Marauders @ Sports Shop Beavers4:00pmBartholomew Park
13-15 NL EAST
VF Partners Owlz @ Raptors10:00amBartholomew Park
Dodgers @ Pirates4:00pmGalt Community Park
Monday, May 9
13-15 AL WEST
Dodgers @ Gormley's Retirement Home Red Wings5:30pmJones Park North
13-15 NL EAST
Pirates @ Super Taco Marauders5:30pmZehnder Park
Tuesday, May 10
13-15 AL EAST
Iron Birds @ Giants5:30pmJones Park North
Anderson Chiropractic Storm @ Sanborn Chevrolet River Cats5:30pmJones Park South
13-15 NL WEST
Ultra Truck Works River Bandits @ Sports Shop Beavers5:30pmNottoli Park (Stonelake)
Pizza Bell Scrappers @ VF Partners Owlz6:30pmBartholomew Park

For a complete schedule listing, click here!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 17
Monthly Board Meeting7:00pmBartholomew SP Meeting room
Tuesday, Jun 21
Monthly Board Meeting7:00pmBartholomew SP Meeting room
Tuesday, Jul 19
Monthly Board Meeting7:00pmBartholomew SP Meeting room

For a complete calendar listing, click here!