What is Babe Ruth Baseball?

Updated Thursday October 9, 2014 by ABR.

The Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth Baseball is a youth-oriented non-profit baseball program currently serving over one million children ages 4 to 12. It is both the fastest growing youth program in America and the largest regulation amateur youth baseball program in the world with over 70,000 teams and 8,000 leagues in the United States and Canada.

Babe Ruth is a national program that allows local groups sufficient freedom to design baseball programs to fit their local needs.  Arlington Babe Ruth Baseball works in close harmony with the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation to give our children a quality baseball program second to none in the local area. The promotion of equal competition, camaraderie, full participation, good sportsmanship and just plain fun are the key objectives of this joint effort.

Our program is comprised of six levels of play with over 100 teams and over 1,300 participants, making Arlington Babe Ruth the largest baseball program not only here in Arlington, but also in the entire state of Virginia.

Neighborhood Teams

Arlington Babe Ruth endorses the neighborhood/school concept in youth sports. Where possible, we strive to group players on teams based on the neighborhood in which they live, or the school that they attend. Most likely your child's friends are on a school team which practices right in your own neighborhood. For this reason, Babe Ruth teams are based on elementary school districts with practices as close to those schools as possible.

We use this principle at every level except our top level, Majors 70' (our intermediate size field league, 50/70) for 11 and 12 year olds. This level uses a modified draft to create a more competitive playing experience for all.

ABR is Committed to Coach Training

ABR is committed to providing each player with an enjoyable and valuable baseball experience. We provide each coach in the league with coach training clinics and coaching manuals. Each coach receives training in:

Safety Requirements
Coach Skills to Improve Players' Skills
Practice Organization
"Playing Like A Champion" - Strategies for Making Setbacks Temporary
Game Management
Physical, Social, and Behavior Characteristics of Middle Childhood
Goals for Achievement for Each Level
Age-Appropriate, Game-Like Drills for Skill Development