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Spring 2017 13-16 league sign ups ARE HERE!

October 3, 2016

Now available the Spring 2017 player application - see handouts on the left menu!


Go to "Online Forms" on the left menu and sign up online using the:

 Registration for 13-16 Spring 2017

 Elk Grove Babe Ruth Baseball is proud to offer the best baseball experience in the Valley.  We pride ourselves at being the oldest youth sports league in the Elk Grove Area. Teaching Love of the Game Since 1962 Our basic program runs from March 1 to mid June with  22 regular season games. Pre season with practices and practice games runs from approximately March 1 to April 1.  Post Season  (one week immediately following the final season 4 play off games and a League Championship game on the Saturday following the end of the season) In cooperation  with Galt Babe Ruth, our league offers challenging competition on a regulation size field, with a emphasis on fun and sportsmanship. If you are thinking of High School baseball then this is the league you want to join. If you just want a fun baseball experience, we feel we provide that also. 


Shown above one of the annual "Tyler Routt-Gamer-All Sta Teams"  This game for the most "coach-able", "play their hearts out" players happens on the first Sunday in May.  It is another unique feature of EGBR. 

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Owlz Win! Owlz Win!

It was a very exciting final game of the season.  A match up of the two top seeds in the six team Tournament. After 378 games this season among our 17 teams that last 2 standing were the Pizza Bell Scrappers and the VF Partner Owlz.  Starting pitching was outstanding for both teams. Sean Bailey started for the Scrappers and yielded 2 unearned runs over his three innings while Michael Potter for the Owlz gave up one earned run over his 4 innings. Finally the Owlz broke through with 4 runs in the 4th and 5th innings.  The offensive hero was Billy Shashte with 2 hits and two RBI also Nick Robinson, Nathan Vierra and Jackson Rush had RBI's.  Lorenzo De Hoyos closed out the game with 3 innings of one hit baseball.  A good effort by the Scrappers who could not get any offense going. 


There will be 6 teams in the playoffs; each division winner and the next two best teams, from any division/league. 

Those six teams are seeded as follows: 1 - Scrappers, 2 - Owlz, 3 - Red Wings, 4 - Iron Birds, 5 - Giants, 6 - Marauders.  The two best records (Scrappers and Owlz) will get a bye in the first round. Red Wings defeated the Marauders on Jones North 6-5, and the Iron Birds lost 8-5 to the Giants on Jones South on Tuesday, June 7. The Owlz defeated the Red Wings 8-1 on Jones South, while the Scrappers edged the Giants 8-7 in extra innings on Jones North on Thursday, June 9. Owlz and Scrappers will now meet for the championship game at BSP at 11 am on Saturday, June 11.




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). 




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.


Here is the latest on bat rules for 2016 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!


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 October 18th, 2016. Contact Robert Kilbride for details at 320-6208.

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  Other pictures are in our Albums on the left menu.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Nov 15
Monthly Board Meeting7:00pmBartholomew SP Meeting room
Tuesday, Dec 20
Monthly Board Meeting7:00pmBartholomew SP Meeting room
Tuesday, Jan 17
Monthly Board Meeting7:00pmBartholomew SP Meeting room

For a complete calendar listing, click here!