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Baseball Programs

Player Age Division Description Spring 2023 Fees
4-5 T-Ball Introduces players to the game of baseball. Players will learn, develop, and practice fundamental baseball skills in a positive environment that reinforces sportsmanship and teaches the value of teamwork. Includes the basics of hitting from a tee, running the bases, throwing, fielding, and learning fielding positions. $120
6 Coach Pitch Builds and refines fundamentals of baseball while building confidence. Players begin to understand game strategy. $120
7-8 Machine Pitch (Rookie) Builds and refines fundamentals of baseball while building confidence. Players begin to understand game strategy. Louisville Slugger Black Flame pitching machine is used in this division. $125
9-10 Minors Players will see live pitching. Players will expand from baseball basics to a more competitive and skilled league, emphasizing proper hitting techniques, base running, pitching, and fielding situations. Played on a 60-foot diamond with a 46-foot pitching distance. $135
11-12 Majors Most experienced level of Cal Ripken Baseball. Played under official baseball rules but implements local league rules necessary for the development and welfare of all players. Played on a 70-foot diamond with a 50-foot pitching distance. $145
13-15 Babe Ruth Played on a 90-foot diamond with a 60-foot 6-inch pitching distance. This divisions season runs later than the rest of the league to give players the opportunity to participate on their high school team. $145

2023 Baseball Age Chart

Player ages are determined by the birth chart shown below. May 1 in any year shall be the deciding date.

Season of 2023:

Cal Ripken – Any player born prior to May 1, 2019 and on or after May 1, 2010 will be eligible for Cal Ripken Baseball League competition.
Any player that turns 4-years-old in the months of May, June, July and August of 2019 is eligible to participate in the Cal Ripken T-Ball Division

13-15 – Any player born prior to May 1, 2010 and on or after May 1, 2007 will be eligible for Babe Ruth 13-15 League competition.


Registration Fee

The registration fee covers the team uniform, insurance, field usage and equipment. The registration fee for the 10U and older divisions also covers umpire fees.

Practice and Game Locations

CCYL utilizes parks and school fields throughout Charles County.

Practice and game locations vary depending on the division and number of teams each season. We receive field allocations from the Charles County Recreation and Parks Department. We cannot make practice and game schedules until we receive our allocations, which is usually 2 weeks prior.

Equipment

All players are required to provide a fielding glove. All other equipment is optional, but we recommend cleats and protective equipment, such as a cup. Depending on the division, CCYL will provide each team with an equipment bag containing a tee, bat, catcher’s gear,  and batting helmets. These items will be shared by the entire team. 

Please refer to the Babe Ruth League guidelines before purchasing a bat for your player.

Team Formation

In the T-Ball, Coach Pitch, and Machine Pitch divisions, teams are formed based on geography, however, we try our best to accommodate requests.  The Minor, Major and Babe Ruth divisions are formed using a draft process.

Teams are formed following the close of registration and completion of the draft process. After all players have been placed on a team, you will be contacted by the team manager.

player evaluations

Players in the Minor, Major, and Babe Ruth divisions are evaluated to create teams of equal skills and abilities. Team managers and assistant coaches will rate players on fielding, throwing, hitting, and pitching and catching.

Evaluations take place following the close of registration.

Draft Process

CCYL uses a draft process in the spring season for the Minor, Major and Babe Ruth divisions to make teams as equal as possible. Players who are returning to the same division will be placed on their team from last spring. Players who are new to a division will attend player evaluations and be entered into the draft.


Andrew Schofield

Vice President of Baseball