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                     -  WHERE:  RBC Complex
                     -  WHEN:    10U to 12U September 24 1:00 to 5:00 specific times to                                          be 
provided closer to evaluations

This is a tryout for the Competitive (non-recreational) baseball teams that will be representing Basking Ridge through the Winter, Early Spring, Summer and Baseball Seasons in 2018

(This is NOT registration for the Spring Rec season.  Evals for the Spring Rec will begin in Jan)

This does not include the 7U to 9U Travel Program.  8U and 9U Travel Team evaluations and team formation will occur in December 2017.  7U Travel Team evaluations and team formation will occur in April/May for the Summer Baseball Season.



  • All players must attend the mandatory Travel Tryouts.  Teams will be formed by Early October in time for training and winter baseball leagues.  The Travel Baseball season begins in March and continues through July encompassing the Early Spring, Spring and Summer baseball seasons.


  • Player's eligible age is determined by the player’s age as of April 30th, 2018.  For example, if your son or daughter is 8 and turns 9 on May 1, 2018, they will be placed in the 8U evaluations and on an 8U team
  • Due to the time commitment required, player will not be permitted to join a Ridge Travel Team if they play on a non-Ridge ‘club’ team during the same period.
  • Participation in the Travel Tryouts is mandatory for all players who wish to be placed on a Travel team.  The only exception is a player who is in attendance, but is injured and cannot participate.
  • Cal Ripken Rules mandate that players are required to register, and actively participate (i.e. 50% or more) in the Ridge Baseball Club's 2018 Spring Recreation Season to play Travel baseball.
  • Regardless of ability, players are only eligible to participate in the lowest age group they qualify for.  For example, a 10-year old can only play on a 10U team, not an 11U team.
  • Previous participation in the Ridge Travel Program is not a pre-requisite for participation in the 2017 Travel Program nor does it guarantee the player a roster spot.


  • The Travel baseball program is a competitive-level program which requires commitment from both the player, and the player's family.  Teams will participate in holiday tournaments throughout the Spring and Summer season (i.e. - Memorial Day, 4th of July), and depending on the league or tournaments that the team participates in, may have multiple games in a weekend, or in one day.
  • Frequent schedule changes are to be expected due to weather and changing dates in leagues and tournaments, so players and parents must plan to be flexible.  Prompt and regular attendance is a must for all Travel players.  Parents must plan summer vacations to avoid conflict with practices and games.
  • Participation in another spring sport is not prohibited, but, priority shall be given to the Travel baseball program.
  • For District Tournament Teams, vacations should be planned not to coincide with district / state / regional tournaments.  For some teams, this may result in an extended season through August 2018


  • Travel teams will be formed at each age group depending on the number of players, the skill level of the players, and the availability of Coaches and Managers.   The teams will be organized by color – Green, Black, and White (in the event of a fourth team – Grey).
  • Teams are usually limited to 11 or 12 players to maximize the play time.
  • Not all players may make a travel team, though every effort will be made to accommodate the maximum number of players into the travel program.
  • Tryouts will be conducted by hired professional independent baseball evaluators hired by the Ridge Baseball Club.  Players will be placed on a team based on the Tryouts and the resulting player rankings and if necessary, the prior year's coaches input and/or statistics. 


  • The fees for travel baseball are composed of three parts, all mandatory.  1) TRAVEL FEE, 2)  TEAM SPECIFIC FEE, and 3) TRAINING. 
  •  If the player is selected for a team, a TRAVEL FEE will be charged, plus a TEAM SPECIFIC FEE based on what additional leagues and tournaments that will be scheduled for that individual team.  Also, most teams perform team training organized by the Team Manager.  
  • Certain, but not all, Travel teams in the older age groups may also elect to participate in an out-of-region, high-profile tournament (e.g. Cooperstown, Ripken Experience, Sports at the Beach, Hershey, etc) that may require additional fees and which may involve multiple-day travel
  • The Travel Fee shall include a uniform.
  • Additional fees may be requested by the manager for training or participation in additional events.
  • There will be no refund of the basic Travel Baseball registration fee for any other reason than not having enough players and managers to form complete teams.
  • In addition to the fees for travel baseball, tournaments and games, the teams will participate in age group specific winter training which will begin in January or February of 2018.  These training sessions will be coordinated directly by the team managers, and the cost for participation in the winter training will be approximately $300 per player.

by posted 09/14/2017
2018 Cal Ripken Bat Rules



Implementation of USABat Standard Begins on

January 1, 2018

USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the U.S., in conjunction with participating national member organizations (NMOs) announced the decision to adopt a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats.  Informed by the research of leading scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee, and supported by its NMOs, -- including the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball -- USA Baseball has concluded that recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats, now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.

The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat), which will apply to bats that are classified below the NCAA and NFHS level of play, will be implemented on January 1, 2018, allowing the bat manufacturers sufficient time to bring these bats to the marketplace.

The Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc. have approved the use of the 2 5/8 inch barrel bats for local league play and tournament play beginning in January 2018 and coinciding with the new USA Bat standard.

Similar to the NCAA and NFHS BBCOR standard, which helped to eliminate discrepancies with different length bats and thus provide a more direct measure of bat performance, the new USA Baseball bat standard will allow youth baseball organizations in the United States to reach their goal of establishing a wood-like standard, a standard that will provide for the long-term integrity of the game.

It is important to note there will be no immediate change to youth baseball organizations’ bat rules.  All bats, currently accepted for the respective leagues, remain permissible through December 31, 2017.  Each participating national member organization will incorporate the new standard into their rules for the 2018 season and will begin, with this announcement, to inform their membership of the USABat standard.

Frequently Asked Questions about the USABat standard:

Which national member organizations are implementing this new standard?

To date, the following organizations are participating (in alphabetical order): American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball.

Why the change to a wood-like standard?

USA Baseball’s national member organizations believe that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game. The new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so young players can use bats made with light-weight materials.

Why not just use wood bats?

Wood is a scarce resource. The new bats will be designed to perform much like wood, where its performance will be limited to the highest performing wood.

How is the USABat standard different from the BBCOR standard used by the NCAA and NFHS?

Both the USA Baseball and NCAA bat performance tests are based on the coefficient of restitution from a bat-ball impact. The scale of results is different, however, since they use different test balls and test speeds. The testing difference is necessary to address the various levels of play in the respective age groups.

Why is USA Baseball involved?  

The national member organizations asked USA Baseball as the national governing body to take the lead in this process to establish a new standard.  Many other national governing bodies set and enforce standards for the equipment in their respective sports. To that end, USA Baseball established a Bat Study Committee of leading scientists and conducted theoretical modeling, field testing and lab testing. The committee shared its findings with the national member organizations, who then endorsed the new USABat standard.

Who were the scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee?

Alan Nathan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois

Dan Russell, Ph.D. Professor of Acoustics at Penn State University

Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. Research Director of American Sports Medicine Institute

Why wait until 2018?

The implementation date of 2018 will allow bat manufacturers sufficient time to conduct the appropriate research, design, testing, manufacturing and shipping needed to get new bats into retail outlets. This date also allows the participating national member organizations adequate time to educate their memberships of the USABat standard.

Is my current bat good for league play?

Yes.  Current league-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017.

Is safety the reason for the change?

No.  Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports for youth participants.

How will I know which bat to buy?

All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations.

When can I buy the new bat?

It is the intention of the bat manufacturers to make the new bats available in the fall of 2017, in sufficient time for the 2018 season.

by posted 08/13/2017
Babe Ruth League Joins RBC

News Flash - Babe Ruth League baseball for ages 13-18 is joining Ridge Baseball Club in 2018.  Information concerning Babe Ruth baseball is below and will be posted to the RBC web site in early fall.

Babe Ruth Baseball - Ages 13-15Baseball Division Player

Founded in 1951, Babe Ruth Baseball League was created for ballplayers ages 13-15 who wished to continue their baseball playing experience beyond the age of 12. This is where players get their baseball cleats muddy for the first time on standard 90' diamonds under Official Baseball Rules used by Major League Baseball. In this division, teams are eligible to enter tournament competition and move along the tournament trail, culminating in a World Series. Three World Series are held in this division: one for 13 Year-Old players, one for 13 and 14 Year-Old Players, and the renowned 13-15 World Series.

13-Year-Old Prep 

Players often express a fear of competing with 14 and 15 Year-Old players who have already experienced one or two years playing on a standard 90' diamond. Babe Ruth League introduced this prep league-comprised of teams with only 13-year-old players-to foster more participation in the game for this age group. This league offers the 13-year-old player the assurance to play without age intimidation and the chance to participate in the 13-Year-Old World Series.

Babe Ruth Baseball - Ages 16-18

The highest and most accomplished level in Babe Ruth Baseball. A favorite among high school players and coaches, this division prepares players for collegiate recruiting and the proffessional draft. This division allows players a chance to compete through a tournament trail to reach the 16-18 Year-Old World Series.

16-Year-Old Prep 

The primary objective of the16-yearold prep program is to provide players the opportunity to stay involved in organized baseball while sharpening their skills against competition in their own age group. Any league franchised in 16-18 Babe Ruth Baseball may also choose to register a 16-Year-Old Prep League. 

by posted 08/02/2017

Ridge Baseball Club has teamed up with YourGameCam.com to offer fans the opportunity to view games at the Ridge Baseball Club complex when they are unable to attend in person.  Please click on the link below and select Ridge Baseball Club Complex and the field.

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