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P.O. Box 1363
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94302
Tuesday, December 20
PABR FAQs

If my son is already committed to a travel baseball team, can he also play Palo Alto Babe Ruth?

Yes, in fact 80% of the players in PABR play for travel baseball teams and most of the older players also participate on high school teams. The scheduling works, because the 15U regular season only runs from mid-May through June. Much like Little League, there is no reason for a player to make a choice between either travel baseball or Babe Ruth. Most players do both with zero scheduling conflicts.

Is it mandatory to play in the Prep League?

No, but if your son is not on a high school team, we strongly encourage him to register for this league that runs from March to mid-May. This will allow players to develop and coaches to evaluate for the 15U draft. The Prep League is open to all 7th and 8th graders, as well as any high school player not on a high school roster.

When are tryouts?

If your son registers for the Prep League, he will not need to tryout. He will be placed on a Prep League roster and all coaches will be evaluating Prep players for the 15U draft. However, if your son is unable to participate in the Prep League, we will have a separate tryout in late-April for the 15U draft.

Should my son play 50/70 or Babe Ruth?

The difference between these two leagues is that Babe Ruth is played on a full sized diamond (60/90), equivalent to high school distances. A general rule of thumb, if your son is 13 years old and was fairly competitive in Little League (all-star or superbowl level player), then we believe he should play Babe Ruth even if he is physically small. However, if your son is still learning the game and is a very young 13 year old, we see value in playing 50/70 for a year of growth.

Do I need to live within the boundaries of the League? 

For our Prep Season and 15U Season, we don’t have strict boundary rules for players. In fact, some of our active players span from Saratoga to San Carlos and played in remote Little Leagues. The only strict boundary rule pertains to our All-Star Season, which requires a player to have an address in either Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Ladera, Woodside, East Palo Alto or Palo Alto. 

 

What are the total costs to play?

The cost to register for our Prep Season is $400 per player and there are no cuts, so everyone will be placed onto a roster. The cost to register for our 15U Season is $425 per player ($25 discount for Early Bird). You will receive a full refund if your child doesn’t get drafted onto a 15U team. For each season, registration fees cover the full cost of all practices, games, tournaments, umpires, fields and uniforms. We also offer non-discriminatory financial aid and are committed to supporting an economically diverse community of youth baseball players.

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Sunday, February 4
2018 Prep League FAQs

When does registration start?

Registration is now open and will remain open until the end of February. Click here to register now. 

What is the cost?

The cost before January 15 is $400 per player. We do offer need-based financial scholarships.

What is the league format?

Shortly after the field re-opens in early March (pending weather), registered players will be invited to attend 4 – 6 skills clinics. These clinics will be run by paid coaches (high school level coaching). During the clinics, the prep league volunteer coaches will evaluate the skills levels in order to “draft” each of the players onto one of four teams.

When do practices start?

Practices will begin in late March or early April. All teams will practice one weeknight per week. See our calendar page for the practice and game schedule. It will be clearer once your child is assigned to a team. 

When do games start?

Opening Day for the Prep League is March 24. Each team will play two games per week (Thursday OR Friday AND Saturday).

My child didn't play PABR 15U last year, how will he/she be assigned to a team?

If there are no delays due to weather, we will hold a draft on March 18. Your child will be drafted onto one of the four teams.

My son was on a 15U team last year, how will he be assigned to a team?

Returning 15U players are assigned to Prep Teams as follows:
Sundance, Alhouse -----> Wells Fargo
Menlo Chevron, Palo Alto Oaks -----> PAPOA
Goetz Bros, Ada’s Café -----> ABD Insurance
Old Pro, Guy Plumbing -----> Cal Preserving

What about the 15U season?

Palo Alto Babe Ruth also has a 13-15 year-old season that runs from mid-May through July 1. This 8-team league is comprised of players whose baseball age in 2018 is 13, 14, or 15. The 13-15 season starts AFTER high school and also AFTER the prep season. Many of the players who play during the prep season will have the opportunity to ALSO play on a 13-15 team. You will learn more about the 13-15 season as the prep season gets underway.

Can we pay for registration in some form other than PayPal?

Yes. Mail a check made out to "Palo Alto Babe Ruth" to P.O. Box 1363, Palo Alto, CA 94302. Please include the registrant's (player's) name in the memo line.



Saturday, April 14
2018 15U League FAQs

I’m currently playing on a Prep team, and I’d like to play in the 15U League, what do I do next?

All registration data from Prep players has been copied into our 15U registration database (to save having to register twice). If you’d like to be considered for the 15U league, complete this two-question survey. 

I didn’t play 15U last year, but I’m currently playing on a Prep team. Do I need to try out for the 15U League?

No. Your ~8 week Prep season serves as your tryout. More than half of the 15U managers also manage or coach one of the Prep teams. 15U managers and coaches who are not coaching in the Prep League are strongly encouraged to attend Prep League games and practices so that they are able to assess Prep players. To be eligible to be drafted onto a 15U team, you simply need to state your desire to play in the 15U league via our online survey, and pay your registration fee.

Am I ready for the 15U league?

We find that the Prep season generally does a good job of PREParing (hence the name of the Prep season) players for the 15U league. Without doubt, the quality of play of the 15U season is a step up from the Prep season due to the age, size, and skill of the players joining from their high school season. You should feel confident that, if you are chosen to play in the 15U League, experienced coaches and managers have determined that you are qualified to play.

What if I don’t get drafted onto a 15U team?

You will get a full refund of your 15U registration fee. We encourage you to play Babe Ruth next fall and again next Prep season to continue to develop your skills in hopes of making a 15U team next season.

How many Prep players will be drafted onto a 15U team?

This varies from year to year based on the amount of returning players; we expect that about half of the 2018 Prep league participants who are not already assigned to a 15U team will be drafted onto a 15U roster.

How does the draft work?

The managers and coaches from the 8 15U teams will gather in late April or early May. Each roster can be between 13 and 15 players. All teams have some number of returning players from last season (usually between 5 and 10 returning players). The coaching staffs will select players from the “Player Pool” (players not already on a 15U team from last season) until they reach their desired roster size (most teams carry 14 or 15 players).  

I played on a 15U team last year, what team will I be on this season?

Once drafted onto a 15U team, you stay on that team’s roster for the duration of your Babe Ruth career. If you wish to play on a different team, you are able to request a release, but you then need to try out again before being drafted onto a new team.



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