America’s “Favorite Pastime”
Jefferson Township’s youth baseball program encourages an enthusiastic team environment for local boys and girls. They learn the fundamental skills of baseball, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and personal development – all while having fun.
Cal Ripken Baseball: Ages 4-12
Keeping baseball fun, especially in the early stages of youth baseball, is a primary goal of the Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken Division, which is organized as follows.
T-Ball (East or West), pre-K and kindergarten – Ballplayers ages 4-6 learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee that is height-adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the lineup for the entire game.
Rookie 1 (coach pitch), grade 1 or first year rookie players – Designed primarily for younger ballplayers, this division incorporates pitching by coaches, diminishing a child’s fear of being hit by a pitched ball. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants.
Rookie 2 (kid pitch), grade 2 or second year rookie players – Designed primarily for emerging ballplayers who have had the coach pitch experience and are ready to begin pitching by their peers. Kids will learn the fundamentals and safety of pitching and catching and apply them to real game situations.
Minor Division (46/60), grades 3-4 – Using a 46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths, players build and refine fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. Six-inning games are called by professional umpires.
Major Division (50/70), grades 5-6 – Featuring a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths, this is the most experienced level of Cal Ripken Baseball. Games are played under official rules, with some special rules as necessary for the young athletes’ development and welfare. Six-inning games are called by professional umpires.
Babe Ruth Baseball: Ages 13-15
Founded in 1951, the Babe Ruth Baseball League was created to enable ballplayers ages 13-15 to continue their baseball playing experience. In this league, players get their baseball cleats muddy for the first time on standard 90-foot diamonds under official baseball rules.
Babe Ruth Baseball: Ages 16-18
The highest and most accomplished level in Babe Ruth Baseball is a favorite among high school players and coaches. Athletes are prepared for collegiate recruiting and the professional draft.
Volunteers and sponsors are encouraged to participate in Jefferson’s youth baseball program. To register a player, volunteer, become a sponsor, or obtain more information, visit www.jtybl.com. Registration fees will increase on January 5.