Organization Questions

Updated Saturday June 3, 2017 by East Orange Babe Ruth.

What is the structure of East Orange Babe Ruth?

  • East Orange Babe Ruth is managed by an elected Board of Directors that administer the league in line with established bylaws. The league is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization.

What divisions are available in baseball and softball?

  • East Orange is comprised of multiple divisions / levels of play in both baseball and softball:

BASEBALL DIVISIONS

  • T-Ball 5U: Ballplayers ages 4-5 learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height-adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the line-up for the entire game.

  • Coach Pitch 6U: Ballplayers age 6 learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Coaches pitch to the players.

  • Rookie 8U: Ballplayers ages 7-8, continue to build on previously learned skills. This is a machine pitch division. This is an instructional division. 

  • Minor 10U: Ballplayers ages 9-10 build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. This is an instructional division where the players pitch. Score is kept. 

  • Major/70 12U: Ballplayers age 11 – 12 will have the opportunity to develop more baseball skills at a younger age, and will help better prepare them for the transition to the 60/90 field – reinforcing the fundamental skills required to ultimately compete at PREP and HIGH SCHOOL level baseball. This division features a 50' pitching distance and 70' base paths, this division offers open bases.  This is a competitive division. 

  • 13-15 Junior Baseball: Ballplayers ages 13-15 will play on the traditional 60/90 field. This is a competitive division. Depending on league numbers for registration, teams may be combined with the Senior Division and/or required to interleague with other leagues in the Central Florida area.

  • 18U Senior Baseball: Ballplayers League Age 16-18. Depending on league registration numbers, teams may be required to interleague with other leagues in the Central Florida area. The primary objective of the 16-18 Division is to provide a community level baseball program.

SOFTBALL DIVISIONS

  • Softball 6U: Girls league Age 4-6 learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Coaches pitch to the players. This is purely an instructional league. Teams will be required to interleague with other leagues in the Central Florida area.

  • Softball 8U: Girls league age 7-8 will continue to build on previously learned skills. This is a machine pitch division. This is an instructional division. Teams will be required to interleague with other leagues in the Central Florida area.

  • Softball 10U: Girls league Age 9-10 will build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. This is an instructional league where the players pitch. Teams will be required to interleague with other leagues in the Central Florida area.

  • Softball 12U: Girls league Age 11-12 will continue to build and refine their skills while getting a taste for competition. This is a competitive division where the players pitch. Teams will be required to interleague with other leagues in the Central Florida area.

 

  • Softball 14U:  Girls league Age 13-14 will play on a traditional softball diamond with a pitching distance of 43 feet.  This is a competitive division where the players pitch. Teams will be required to interleague with other leagues in the Central Florida area.
  • Softball 18U:  Girls league Age 15-18 will play on a traditional softball diamond with a pitching distance of 43 feet.  This is a competitive division where the players pitch. Teams will be required to interleague with other leagues in the Central Florida area. This is a great new opportunity for girls 17 and 18 years old to return to recreational softball!

Can my child play “up/down"?

  • Depending upon the age level of the players, the playing fields are slightly different in terms of length of base paths, distance from pitching mound, and distance to the outfield fences from home plate. Babe Ruth has established age cutoffs to ensure players develop appropriately in terms of skills, knowledge, and sportsmanship. East Orange Babe Ruth has established age brackets that players need to participate in; however, there are very occasional situations where some players may play down due to safety risks upon approval of the Director of Baseball or Director of Softball.