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Welcome to the Apponaug Babe Ruth Baseball League, located in Beautiful and Historic Warwick, Rhode Island.

 

Thank You to All who play, coach and volunteer at this great league. 

 

Apponaug Babe Ruth Baseball League (a.k.a. ABRBL) operates and plays Cal Ripken Baseball.

Cal Ripken Baseball Division - Ages 4-12

 

Keeping baseball fun—especially in the early stages of youth baseball—is a primary concern of Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken Division, which is comprised of the following levels:

 

Tee-Ball: Ballplayers ages 4-6 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.

 

Rookie: Designed primarily for ballplayers ages 7-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field.

 

Minor: Recommended for ballplayers ages 9-10. Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. In most regions, participants first experience post-season tournament competition in this level.

 

Major/70: Featuring a 50’ pitching distance and 70’ base paths, this new division is offered as an option to current league format, and still includes a tournament trail from District competition through World Series.

 

 

We are now taking registrations for the 2014 Fall Ball season for Rookie, Minor and Major Division Players. We will have 1 or 2 teams in our Minor (7-9 age) division and 2 teams in our Major Division. We are looking to place 12 players on a team.  Please register now as games will begin in late August.  Late registrations will be put on a waiting list. 

 

Below are the age considerations for all Fall Ball players.

 

For Rookie Division Fall Ball

 

-      Our Rookie Fall Ball will consist of 6 and 7 year olds, as well as 5 yr olds who will be 6 next year and moving into our Rookie division.

 

For Minor Division Fall Ball

 

-      Our minor division team(s) will consist of 8 and 9 year olds, as well as 7 yr olds who will be 8 next year and moving into our minor division.

 

For Major Division Fall Ball

-      Our two major division teams will consist of 10 and 11 year olds, as well as 9 yr olds who will be 10 next year and moving into our major division.  

 

-      Any player who will not play in our Major Division next year, will need to play Minor Fall Ball if they are 7-9 years of age, or PAL/Babe Ruth Fall Ball if they are 12 and over.  

 

-      Any current 12 year old who has completed their last season of Cal Ripken or Little League Baseball, cannot play in Fall Ball.  If have a child who will be moving to PAL/Babe Ruth next year, then they cannot play in Fall Ball in this division.  There are other options for them for Fall Ball in their age bracket as they look to move up to PAL next year.  PAL’s FALL BALL REGISTRATION WILL BE AUGUST 17TH AT THE PAL OFFICE FROM 9 TO 12:00PM . THE REGISTRATION FEE WILL BE 85.00. THE SEASON WILL START IN EARLY SEPT. AND END IN MID OCT.   Please visit their website for their contact information.  

 

For all Fall Ball Registrations, Please send an email to fallball@cox.net with the following information.

 

Players Division:

Players name:

Child's DOB and age:

Team child played on last year for Apponaug:

Parent names:

Contact information:  Email and Cell #: 

 

Fall baseball for Minor and Major Divisions are composed of multiple teams that play competitively against teams from other towns around our area (Warwick, West Warwick, Cranston and others). The object of this league is improving the players’ skills as well as to introduce new players to the next level of play before the spring season begins. 

 

Rookie Fall Ball will be played at our Apponaug Baseball Complex on Saturday’s starting Sept 6th from 10am to 12pm.  Rookie Fall Ball will typically be played until Late October/early November depending on the weather. 

 

 

The Sportsmanship Code of Babe Ruth League

 

Develop a strong, clean, healthy body, mind and soul.

 

Develop a strong urge for sportsman-like conduct.

 

Develop understanding of and respect for the RULES.

 

Develop courage in defeat, tolerance and modesty in victory.

 

Develop control over emotions and speech.

 

Develop spirit of cooperation and team play.

Develop into real, true CITIZENS.

 

The Beginnings of Babe Ruth League

The year is 1951. Local businessman Marius D. Bonacci leads a group of 10 dedicated community members in discussions based around developing a baseball program for boys between the ages of 13 and 15. When the group finally emerges from the Yardville Hotel in Hamilton, New Jersey, they have set in place the groundwork for what would soon be known as “Little Bigger League.”

 

On May 14 of that same year, the first 10-team Little Bigger League plays its very first game between Homedell Civic Association and the White Horse Fire Company at Switlik Park. More games soon follow. 

 

So inspired was League President Willard Carson Jr. by the competitive spirit of the young players and the enthusiastic crowds, he submits an article to the Sporting News, seeking interested parties to join baseball leagues for this age group. Within a year, 98 municipalities across the country have responded to that article and the new league is on its way to becoming a national organization.

 

In 1954, Claire Ruth—the widow of Babe Ruth—hears of the merits of the new organization and its tremendous

growth, and meets with the League’s administrators. She subsequently authorizes the organization to change its

name to Babe Ruth League.  “Babe was a man who loved children and baseball,” she says. “He could receive no greater tribute than to have a youth baseball program named after him.” With that, Babe Ruth League, Inc. quickly gains national, and then international, recognition.

 

Today, Babe Ruth League, Inc. ranks as the premier amateur baseball and softball program in the world. From that first 10-team league in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, it has grown to a combined size of over one million players on over 59,000 teams in more than 10,000 leagues. The continuing success of the baseball and softball programs is due to the tireless efforts of the many volunteers and the countless hours they contribute.

 

Every volunteer— from the local league manager to the chairperson of the 17-member international board—is dedicated to the good character development of our young athletes and the continued development of their baseball skills.

 

AAU Players are welcome to play on our 70-foot Diamond all the Time in our Major Division.

In our Major Division, your kids will play on the 70 foot Major Division field and will have the edge going to the bigger diamond.  Learning the fundamentals of real baseball (Leading off base; Pitchers holding on runners) will prepare them for the next step when they move to a higher division.

 

Apponaug's Major Division is 70-Foot Pony Baseball, played at Kenney Field on Jefferson Blvd.

Apponaug's Minor, Rookie and T-Ball Divisions are played in the Apponaug Baseball Complex behind City Hall.

  

Apponaug is the only organized league in the city of Warwick and East Greenwich to offer 70-foot "Pony Style" baseball as part of the regular Major Division program.

We also have Fall Ball programs for ages 6-12.

 

For the 2015 Spring season, All players must be born prior to April 30, 2011, and on or after May 1, 2002.)

 

History of the Babe Ruth Program

http://www.baberuthleague.org/league-resources/bullpen-archive.aspx

 

Email us with your questions at abrbl@necoxmail.com and check out our website for more information

 

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The Board of Director's are in place and meeting with each other to help move each season in a positive direction.  We have some new and some old faces on the board, but we are always looking for new members to help us.  Please look to volunteer your time on the Board as a member or on a subcommittee.  Please take the time to be an active participant in ABRBL.  Our next Board Meeting will be in September.  Please email us if you would like to attend or if you need more information about it.

  

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Here are some accomplishments we have had for our league the past few seasons.

 

- We replaced the old Dugout roofs at Kenney Field and built new ones for our Major League Division.  This keeps the players safe throughout the year.

- We replaced the Minor league field with new loom and sod which will give the kids a much better playing performance for years to come.  Thanks to Mark Trosin of Lawnscapes and the Easton Family for their donations, time, and effort.

- We have painted all of the Apponaug complex facilities.  This replaces the old green look with a new Blue look and feel.  We hope you like it.  Thank you to Mark Paley, painter extraordinaire.

- We had new food available at the Apponaug and Kenney snack bars.  At times, you saw new specials ranging from Chili to Meatball Sandwiches.

- ABRBL Sweat Shirts and Windbreakers are For Sale.  Youth $30, Adult $35.  Various sizes are available and you can buy them from the snack bar, or just ask your local ABRBL Board Member.

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To read the latest issues of The Bullpen, the online magazine of the Babe Ruth League, please visit

http://www.camelotsportsmedia.com/bull-pen.html

 

Apponaug is a Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth Baseball for Boys & Girls ages 4 - 12.  Apponaug has been providing baseball for the youths of Warwick for over 40 years.    Our league is open to every youth who lives in Warwick and East Greenwich.  Come and experience Cal Ripken Baseball!

 

 

 


 

 

   

 

Our goal is to generate excitement for our league and position ABRBL for long term success.  Baseball is our national pastime, and we would like to ensure that youth baseball in the City of Warwick remains a summer tradition.  In order to achieve this goal, we need to strengthen our volunteer base.  Parents are welcome to join us at our monthly Board meetings.  Please consider volunteering.  Together, we can find a volunteer area that fits your skill set and interests, and most importantly, one that works best for your busy schedule.  Thank you for your time, and thank you for supporting Apponaug Baseball.

    

Come Play Pony Style Baseball at Apponaug!  

 

With the popularity and great success in our Pony Division this year (10, 11 and 12 year olds), we will continue that with great momentum into the 2014 season. Parents interested getting their child registered for the 2014 season, please signup to this league website for updates.

 

Be prepared for the future in our Major League Division and play on a bigger 70 foot  base to base diamond! 

 

Contact Us at our email address:  abrbl@necoxmail.com

 



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