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All player ages are determined by the birth chart shown above. May 1 in any year shall be the deciding date.

Season of 2022: 

Cal Ripken – Any player born prior to May 1, 2018 and on or after May 1, 2009 will be eligible for Cal Ripken Baseball League competition.
Any player that turns 4-years-old in the months of May, June, July and August of 2018 is eligible to participate in the Cal Ripken T-Ball Division

13-15 – Any player born prior to May 1, 2009 and on or after May 1, 2006 will be eligible for Babe Ruth 13-15 League competition.

16-18 – Any player born prior to May 1, 2006 and on or after January 1, 2003 will be eligible for Babe Ruth 16-18 League competition.

Any player eligible to participate in high school athletics will be eligible to participate in the Babe Ruth League 16-18 Division
(National Federation Rule).

Any player born in 2003, 2004 and 2005 is eligible for Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 Division.
Players born in January, February, March, and April of 2006 must play in the 16-18 Division.

Does your league have a Covid-19 Policy in place?
Yes we do! St. Matthews Baseball has a thorough Covid-19 policy and plan in place which was used in the 2020 summer and fall leagues with great success. It is available on our website under the Announcements tab.

What division will my son or daughter play in?

First, to determine your child's "baseball age," please refer to the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball Age Chart above. 

St. Matthews Baseball has eight divisions:

·       T-Ball - ages 4, 5 (first year players), & 6 (by request)

·       Coach Pitch- ages 5 (with one year of experience) & 6

·       Rookies (Machine Pitch) - ages 7 & 8 (play separately in your age group)

·       Minors - ages 9 &10 (combined)

·       Majors - ages 11 & 12 (combined)

·       Babe Ruth - ages 13-18 (13-15 combined,16-18 combined)

When will practices be held? 

Once teams are formed, your coach will give you a schedule of practices and let you know additional details about the league schedule. 

Practices in the younger divisions (4-6) are usually informal and are up the head coach. Some hold one practice a week, some hold a short 15 minute practice before games, and some use the games themselves to coach the fundamentals of baseball. At this age, and it not being competitive divisions, practices are informal and will focus on teaching the basics of baseball. 

Practices in the older divisions (7-12) are more formal, and coaches usually select one night a week devoted to practice. Again, your head coach will be in touch once the practice schedule is formalized and practice day/time has been selected

When will games be played? 

Games start the week of April 12, 2021. The final schedule will be released once completed, which is usually a week or so before games begin.

4-6 yr olds: games are played Monday – Thursday, with the possibility of some games on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. One to two games a week is typical.

7-12 yr olds: games are played Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings, and some Saturday morning or afternoons. One game a week is typical but on occasion to accommodate scheduling, there is the possibility of two games being scheduled in the same week. 


Can I play with my friend? 

4-8 yr olds: may request to be on the same team as friends and classmates. The more information that you can provide about team mates the better we can honor your request. Also, the earlier you register the better the chance for your request. Please be sure to have your friends sign up early also.

9-12 yr olds: must go through a draft. Siblings will be placed together. We are sorry but due to the number of requests and to ensure the integrity of the draft and team assembly, transportation and other requests can not be considered.


When will we be notified of our team placement?

Wee (4), Tee (5), Coach Pitch (6), and Machine Pitch (7) and (8) divisions, you will hear from your coach and team mid-March. Please remain patient as it takes some time to get the various coach and teammate requests sorted in these age groups, but you will be contacted!  

Minors (9-10) and Majors (11-12) tryouts will likely be held the first week of March. Exact dates, times and locations will be sent to you once confirmed. Once tryouts and drafts are complete, you will hear from your coach and team around mid-March.

What equipment do I need for my player?

4-6 yr olds: a glove and bat are the only required pieces of equipment. Baseball pants, cleats, helmets, or batting gloves are optional. 

7-12 yr olds: a glovebat and baseball pants are required. Cleats are optional but recommended. Please no metal cleats. Batting helmets and batting gloves are optional. Catching gear is optional. The league will supply each team with batting helmets and catching gear.

What kind of bat can my child use?

As of January 1. 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat standard was implemented.  Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth have adopted this standard. Bats must contain the USA Baseball marking. In Cal Ripken, the maximum barrel size is "2 5/8". Please click on this LINK for additional details to ensure your child is using an approved bat

When will the season end? 

4-6 yr olds: the season will end sometime around the second week of June. The end date is determined by the number of teams in each division.

7-12 yr olds: the regular season will end the second week of June. An in-house tournament will be played the following week.

How is All-Star post-season eligibility determined and when is it? 

Anyone is eligible to play in the recreation league at St. Matthews, regardless of what zip code they live in or which school they attend.

St. Matthews is a part of Cal Ripken Baseball; we participate in their annual post-season tournament trail (All-Stars) following the finish of the St. Matthews recreation regular season. For All-Star post-season tournament trail purposes, Cal Ripken Baseball assigns St. Matthews Baseball a defined list of zip codes.

To be eligible for All-stars, a player must either live in OR attend a school located in one of the following zip codes: 40025, 40059, 40205, 40206, 40207, 40220, 40222, 40223, 40291, 40242, 40243, 40245, or 40299. Each player’s eligibility will be reviewed and approved by the Cal Ripken Baseball state office. Players will self-nominate for All-Stars in May with selections completed in early June. All-Star practice and tournaments typically run from mid-June through the third week of July. 


How are rainouts determined?

Rainout is determined by field playability and player safety. We do our best to make a call by 4:00 pm on a game day. Occasionally a later cancellation occurs if rains comes in late. The league website is the best source of rainout information. Coaches should also notify players when  games are canceled. 

Do you still offer softball?
While we have been able to offer softball in previous years, with decreasing enrollments over the last few season and not having someone to successfully run the program, we have had to stop offering softball unfortunately. However, all of our baseball divisions are co-ed. 

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