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2018 Spring Baseball – Program Overview



CAL RIPKEN BASEBALL (Ages 5-12)

New Canaan Baseball has aligned our Cal Ripken Divisions to enhance the skills and aptitude of our players at all ages and development levels.

 

Our youngest division is the Cub Division and includes pre-K (age 5) through first grade.  This division is grade-based, providing for positive social interactions with classmates and ease of scheduling with other sports.

 

Our older divisions (the Minors and Majors Divisions ) are grade and ability based, a slight change from prior seasons, which were age and ability based.  The grouping of players with similar ability provides for the greatest developmental environment for our players while also maximizing player safety. As with younger divisions, Players in 2nd thru 7th grades*** will participate in skills development training and evaluation sessions in March to facilitate player drafts and team selection. 

 

*** Note that 7th graders who turn 13 on or before April 30th, 2018 are no longer eligible for Cal Ripken Baseball but are eligible to play Babe Ruth Baseball.  Information on Babe Ruth baseball is available on the NCBB website.  Registration will open in early 2018.

 

Note that a player’s “League Age” is defined as his age on April 30, 2018.

 

CALENDAR

December 24
Normal Registration opens
December 24-February 23
Normal Registration period
February 23
Normal Registration closes
February 24-March 2
LATE Registration ($100 late fee)
March 2
ALL Registration ends
March 17
League Clinic and Evaluation

March 24

Cub Junior and Cub Grapefruit season begins

April 2
Practices Begin (Weather permitting)
April 16
Regular Season Begins
June 9
Regular Season Ends

 


 

MULTI-SPORT PLAY AND SCHEDULING:

New Canaan Baseball encourages children to participate in multiple sports, which develops well-rounded athletes and helps to mitigate the risk of sport-specific injuries.

 

We try to work actively with other sports organizations in town to craft a schedule for all age groups that allows for such multi-sport play.  Definitive schedules for all divisions will be provided in early 2018 after having coordinated with these other sports groups.

Cub Division teams will play one game per week on Saturday with one practice (Cub Junior teams do not practice during the week).

Minor and Majors Divisions will play games on Saturdays in addition to one mid-week game and one-weekday team practice.

 

NEW CANAAN BASEBALL LEAGUE STRUCTURE

Cub Division Junior ( Pre-K age 5 and Kindergarten) No draft. Teams placed with coaches.
Cub Division  Senior Grapefruit (1st Grade) No draft. Teams placed with coaches.
Cub Division Senior Cactus (2nd & 3rd Grades) *** No draft. Teams placed with coaches.
Minors Division A*** Players in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades are eligible for the A Draft.
Minors Division AA  Players in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades are eligible for the AA Draft.
Minors Division AAA Players in 4th thru 7th grades are eligible for the AAA Draft.
Majors Division Players in 5th thru 7th grades are eligible for the Majors Draft.

 

*** Note that 2nd and 3rd graders are automatically eligible for the draft.  When registering, 2nd and 3rdgraders may actively CHOOSE TO NOT be included in the draft and be automatically placed in the Cub Senior Cactus division (see description below). 

 

In addition, any player that is not drafted onto an A Division team will play on a Cub Senior Cactus team.  This division, which features coach and/or machine pitching (as opposed to player pitching), is a far better developmental option for less experienced players.

 
 
Cub Junior Division (Pre K 5 and Kindergarten, coach pitching)
Cub Junior, our division for 5 and 6-year-olds, establishes a love for the game by introducing baseball to our new players in a fun and dynamic environment.  Stations of skill “games” introduce them to the basics of throwing, batting, fielding a position and game-play while keeping them “on the move” and having FUN. 

 

Cub Senior Grapefruit Division (1st Grade, coach pitching)
Our Cub Senior Division continues to focus on fun and fundamentals while taking a big step forward in real game-play.  Coaches will handle pitching duties (live or by machine) and provide instruction from the field, as Cub Seniors incorporate more aggressive baserunning, 3-out innings, and real scorekeeping.  The season will culminate in a playoff.

 

Cub Senior Grapefruit Division (2nd and 3rd Grades, coach pitching)
Our Cub Senior Division continues to focus on fun and fundamentals while taking a big step forward in real game-play.  Coaches will handle pitching duties (live or by machine) and provide instruction from the field, as Cub Seniors incorporate more aggressive baserunning, 3-out innings and real scorekeeping.  The season will culminate in a playoff.  *** See Note, above.

 

Minor League A Division (eligible ages: 8-10, player pitching: 46’, bases: 60')
A Division players continue building and refining their fundamental skills while they begin to understand game strategy.  This Division introduces player pitching and base stealing for the first time with some moderations to ensure proper game flow.  Teams will be selected via a player draft and the regular season will culminate in a single-elimination playoff.  *** See Note, above.

 

Minor League AA Division (eligible ages: 9-11, player pitching: 46', bases: 60', moderated base stealing rules)
AA is played under Official 60’ Baseball Rules but implements some special exceptions as necessary for best developing this age group.  AA Division players continue to hone their individual skills while deepening their understanding of game strategy.  This division’s broader base stealing rules expose the players to more complex aspects of the game while ensuring player safety and proper game flow. Teams will be selected via a player draft and the regular season will culminate in a single-elimination playoff.

 

Minor League AAA Division (eligible ages: 10-12, player pitching: 46', bases: 60', Official 60’ Baseball Rules)
AAA, our top Minors division, is played under Official 60’ Baseball Rules, the closest thing to “real baseball” played on a 60’ diamond.  Balks will be called as warnings only, for instructional purposes. Teams will be selected via a player draft and the regular season will culminate in a single-elimination playoff.

 

Majors Division (eligible ages: 11-12, player pitching distance: 50', bases: 70', Official 70’ Baseball Rules including lead-offs and balks)
Majors, the premier Cal Ripken Division puts it all together with bases at 70', pitching at 50', lead offs, balks and dropped third strike rule in effect. Per Cal Ripken league rules, Major teams will be composed of mostly 12-year-olds with the balance being 11-year-olds.  Four New Canaan teams will be selected via a player draft and together with four West Norwalk teams will make up this eight-team division.  The regular season will culminate in a single-elimination playoff.

 

For more information, please contact Mike Masiuk (Majors and Babe Ruth), Chris Ellis (Minors)  or Sam Abdelwahab (Cubs) from our CONTACTS page.