BABE RUTH LEAGUE
Founded in 1951, Babe Ruth League is headquartered in Lawrence Township, New Jersey and remains one of the premier amateur baseball and softball programs in the world. Babe Ruth League has increased steadily from its first 10-team league in Hamilton Township, New Jersey to its present combined size of over 1 million participants in more than 9,000 leagues.
Originally named Little Bigger League, the program was renamed in 1954 when Claire Ruth, Babe Ruth’s widow gave the organization permission to change its name to Babe Ruth League.
Since then, Babe Ruth League, Inc. has caught on nationally, and internationally. The success of the Baseball and Softball program is partially due to the millions of volunteer hours spent every year. Every volunteer, from the local League Manager to the Chairman of the 17-member International Board, is dedicated to the betterment of youth, while at the same time producing better players.
It is the 13-15 Division, started in 1951, where the players get their baseball feet wet for the first time under regulations and rules on standard diamonds. Each chartered league is eligible to enter a team in tournament competition. District winners go into statewide competition with that successful club qualifying for one of eight regional tourneys. This division’s first World Series was held in 1952.
The next stop in the baseball ladder for young players is the Babe Ruth 16-18 division. Teams follow a similar route as their 13-15 counterparts with the highlights of the campaign being the 16-18 World Series.
In 1974 a 13-year-Old Prep League was added and in 1982, a third division was added to its program - the Bambino Division. In 1982, the Bambino Division expanded to all existing areas of the Babe Ruth program. In 2000 the 5 to 12-year-old divisions previously known as the Bambino Division were renamed Cal Ripken Baseball, a Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc.
Babe Ruth League added yet another dimension to its program in 1984 - a Softball Division designed for girls. The Softball Division is open to Babe Ruth League’s current age groupings from 4 to 18.
The Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball program, above all, is of, by and for youth. It especially tries to make better citizens through proper supervision of regulation competitive baseball/softball in addition to promoting mental and physical development. In adopting rules, in establishing standards and in all planning, the primary consideration is the welfare of the participants.
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