Mt. Rainier Baseball Association - Cal Ripken League: 2017 Spring Season Divisions

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Major 60
In this competitive division, players have now built strong skills at their positions. They continue refining their fundamental skills while they begin to understand advanced game strategy. Under the Official Baseball Rules, the game is played on a 60-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 46 feet. Players are not allowed to lead off; however, stealing is allowed. Highly skilled 9 year-olds may play at this level with parents permission and the full knowledge that their child will be playing alongside and against older and bigger players. Priority will be given to draft all 11 and 12 year-olds; however, this does not guarantee they will be drafted.

Players that are 9 and 10 year-olds who are not drafted to a major 60 team will be moved to the minor division. Those 11 or 12 year-olds that are not drafted will be given a refund.

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, leading to the 10 Year-Old World Series

Rookie: Designed primarily for ballplayers ages 7-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine to allow for more hit-able balls at the plate and more action in the field. Fear of actually being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants.

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. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment.