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Greater Sanford Babe Ruth Changes Up Format for 2024

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From a press release

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Greater Sanford Babe Ruth is reforming all teams this year to give all players the greatest opportunities. 

The Board of Directors has adopted the following format for the league that serves 13 to 16-year-olds: following player assessments, a draft will be held by the team coaches and all players will be assigned to a primary team. Games are being scheduled for weeknights. On Sunday afternoons, an all-team, group skills development clinic is scheduled to ensure opportunities for each player to improve their abilities. Offensive and defensive stations ensure players get significant reps to support their in-game playing time.

Primary coaches will manage their team’s development. If a player needs more game experience there are several options to improve their confidence and skills. Through coordination with other local baseball leagues, developing players will be able to take advantage of additional play time through the following: 

  • Travel prep team – Exhibition Babe Ruth games against equal skill level (B Teams) from surrounding towns. We are looking to have one game per week. This is for our 12-year-old players and any developing players needing more game time experience. 
  • If there are enough 12-year-old players signed up, The League will add some 12U Cal Ripken travel team games. This will be coordinated with other 12U teams in southern Maine, playing on the mid-size diamond at a reduced 70-foot base path and 50 foot pitching distance. These games allow players to adjust, build arm strength, and gain experience beyond Little League with added rules including leading off, dropped third, strikes, etc.
  •  Lastly, the 12U players will be eligible for an All -Star Cal Ripken 12U tournament at the end of the season.

For more information about Greater Sanford Babe Ruth Baseball, for volunteering and to help sponsor, navigate to https://sanfordbaseball.sportngin.com/

Please note: If you are late to register or require financial assistance, email a Board Member from the website. The League looks forward to seeing you (and the player you cheer for) at a baseball game this summer!

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