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Recreational Divisions

SJAA is a Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Chartered organization.  As such, we offer different divisions based on the age of the player.  Your child's "baseball age" is their age as of April 30.

Cal Ripken Baseball Division - Ages 4-12

Keeping baseball FUN-especially in the early stages of youth baseball-is a primary concern of Babe Ruth League's Cal Ripken Division, which is comprised of the following divisions:

Midgets or Major/70: This division is recommended for ballplayers ages 11-12. Features a 50' pitching distance and 70' base paths.

Tadpole or Minor: Recommended for ballplayers ages 9-10. Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. In most regions, participants first experience post-season tournament competition in this level.

Instructional or Rookie: Designed primarily for ballplayers ages 7-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field.

T-Ball: Ballplayers ages 4-6 learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height-adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the line-up for the entire game.

Babe Ruth Baseball League - Ages 13-15

Founded in 1951, Babe Ruth Baseball League was created for ballplayers ages 13-15 who wished to continue their baseball playing experience beyond the age of 12. In this division, teams are eligible to enter tournament competition and move along the tournament trail, culminating in a World Series.

13-Year-Old Prep League

Babe Ruth League introduced this prep league-comprised of teams with only 13-year-old players-to foster more participation in the game for this age group. This league offers the 13-year-old player the assurance to play without age intimidation and the chance to participate in the 13-Year-Old World Series.

16-Year-Old Prep League

The primary objective of the16-yearold prep program is to provide players the opportunity to stay involved in organized baseball while sharpening their skills against competition in their own age group. Through its own tournament trail, players also have the chance to advance to the 16-Year-Old Regional Tournament.

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