Frequently Asked Question

Updated Thursday February 23, 2017 by Melony Winchester.

Frequenlty Asked Questions: 

What equipment does my player need?

Your player will need a glove, a helmet, a bat, an athletic cup and a pair of cleats. (Rubber or molded plastic; no metal cleats).  The color of your players pants will be chosen by your coach, and is generally decided once the jersey shirt color is known.

What is the practice schedule?

Practice schedules are determined by each team's coach.  Typically, a tBall team will practice 1 - 2 times per week. Older groups will usually practice 2 - 3 times per week until game play begins. Then practices may be pared back.

What is the game schedule?

Game schedules are usually released mid to end of March. Game play generally begins around the 1st week of April and runs until just before Memorial Day Weekend. There are typically 2 games per week (occaisionally 3). Most often 1 weekday game and 1 saturday game (but not always).

How do I go about getting a sponsorship?

Any individual player can have their season's registration fees refunded to them if they obtain a full level sponsor. A sponsor form can be found in our 'Forms' section.

Did you know?

Sandy Cal Ripken performs background checks on all adult volunteers and umpires within our organization. Your child's safety is our top priority.  

What's the best way to get involved?

Sandy Cal Ripken is a volunteer run organization. We meet on the 1st Sunday of each month. The best way to get involved is to volunteer. Coming to meetings is a great way to find out where we can use the most help; but if you can't attend the meetings, reach out to any of our board members to ask how you can help!

Is there a list of approved bats?

Generally speaking, this is the criteria for approved bats: The bat may not exceed 33”in length, and the bat barrel may not exceed 2 ¼” in diameter. Only 2 ¼” barrel non-wood bats marked BPF 1.15 will be allowed. Wood 2 ¼” barrel bats are allowed.

 

And here is a list of bats that have been specifically banned by BabeRuth / CalRipken (standards by which we must comply as a league):  

Effective immediately, and until further notice, the Combat B2YB1 Da Bomb Youth Baseball Bat, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Cal Ripken program or activity.
* Babe Ruth League, Inc. has been informed that Nike Bat Model #Aero CX2-BTO636 (light grey), CX2-BTO573 (dark grey) and CX2-BTO598 (blue)have failed recent performance standard compliance testing.
Effective immediately and until further notice, Nike Bat Model #Aero CX2-BTO636 (light grey), CX2-BTO573 (dark grey) and CX2-BTO598 (blue), including all graphic variations, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.

* The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has advised Babe Ruth League, Inc. that the BBCOR decertification process has been implemented for the following bats:
Marucci CAT-52 33-inch model, CAT-52 34-inch model, and Black 33-inch and 34-inch models
Reebok Vector-TLS 33-inch model

* Babe Ruth League, Inc. has been informed that Louisville Slugger TPX Dynasty -12, (black/red/grey) composite bat has failed recent performance standard compliance testing.
Effective immediately and until further notice, Louisville Slugger (Hillerich & Bradsby) TPX Dynasty bat (Model - YB12D -- (black/red/grey) including all graphic variations, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.

* Babe Ruth League, Inc. has been informed that Mattingly Sports, Inc., Balistk (blue) composite bat has failed recent performance standard compliance testing.
Effective immediately and until further notice, Mattingly Sports, Inc., Balistk bat (Model - BTKYB, blue) including all graphic variations, is not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.

Effective immediately and until further notice, the bats listed above are not eligible, or approved, for use in any Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program or activity.