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BABE RUTH LEAGUE, INC.
BIRTH CHART FOR 2020 - BASEBALL DIVISIONS

 

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January

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February

4

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March

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April

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May

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June

3

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July

3

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August

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September

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October

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November

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December

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Please utilize the above chart to determine the age group of your player. 

St. Matthews Baseball has eight divisions;

·       T-Ball - ages 4, 5 (first year players), & 6 (by request)

·       Coach Pitch- ages 5 (with one year of experience) & 6

·       Rookies (Machine Pitch) - ages 7 & 8 (play separately in your age group)

·       Minors - ages 9 &10 (combined)

·       Majors - ages 11 & 12 (combined)

·       Babe Ruth - ages 13-18 (13-15 combined,16-18 combined)


When will games be played? 

7-12 yr olds: Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings. One game a week is typical but on occasion to accommodate scheduling, there is the possibility of two games being scheduled in the same week. Games on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday will usually be scheduled for rain-make up's or to fill the schedule if necessary.

4-6 yr olds: Monday – Thursday, with the possibility of some games on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. One to two games a week is typical.

Can I play with my friend? 

4-7 yr olds: may request to be on the same team as friends and classmates. The more information that you can provide about team mates the better we can honor your request. Also, the earlier you register the better the chance for your request. Please be sure to have your friends sign up early also.

8-12 yr olds: must go through a draft. Siblings will be placed together. We are sorry but due to the number of requests and to ensure the integrity of the draft and team assembly, transportation and other requests can not be considered.

When will we be notified of our team placement?

4-7yr olds: will be notified approximately 1 week after registration closes. (Mid March) 

8-12 yr olds: will be notified approximately 1 week after tryouts.

When will practices be held? 

The practice schedule is determined by each coach. Typically one evening a week, and often thirty minutes before a scheduled game. Teams will be assigned mid-March and individual coaches will determine team practices through a sign-up process taking into account field availability. Some coaches may want to hold more than one practice, in which case those will be scheduled and held off-site as determined by the coach.

When will the season end? 

4-6 yr olds: the season will end sometime around the second week of June. The end date is determined by the number of teams in each division.

7-12 yr olds: the regular season will end the first week of June. An in-house tournament will be played the following week.

How is All-Star post-season eligibility determined and when is it? 

Anyone is eligible to play in the recreation league at St. Matthews, regardless of what zip code they live in or which school they attend.

St. Matthews is a part of Cal Ripken Baseball; we participate in their annual post-season tournament trail (All-Stars) following the finish of the St. Matthews recreation regular season. For All-Star post-season tournament trail purposes, Cal Ripken Baseball assigns St. Matthews Baseball a defined list of zip codes.
 

To be eligible for All-stars, a player must either live in OR attend a school located in one of the following zip codes: 40025, 40059, 40205, 40206, 40207, 40220, 40222, 40223, 40291, 40242, 40243, 40245, or 40299. Each player’s eligibility will be reviewed and approved by the Cal Ripken Baseball state office. Players will self-nominate for All-Stars in May with selections completed in early June. All-Star practice and tournaments typically run from mid-June through the third week of July. 

 

What equipment do I need for my player?

4-6 yr olds: a glove is the only needed piece of equipment. Baseball pants, cleats, bats and batting gloves are optional.

7-12 yr olds: a glove and baseball pants are required. Cleats are optional but recommended. Please no metal cleats. Bats, batting helmets and batting gloves are optional. Catching gear is optional. The league will supply each team with batting helmets and catching gear.

What kind of bat can my child use?

As of January 1. 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat standard was implemented.  Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth have adopted this standard. Bats must contain the USA Baseball marking. In Cal Ripken, the maximum barrel size is "2 5/8". Please click on this LINK for additional details to ensure your child is using an approved bat. 

 

How are rainouts determined?

Rainout is determined by field playability and player safety. We do our best to make a call by 4:00 pm on a game day. Occasionally a later cancellation occurs if rains comes in late. The league website is the best source of rainout information. Coaches should also notify players when  games are canceled. 

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