Oyster River Youth Baseball (ORYB) strives to establish, maintain, and promote youth baseball activities. We oversee Spring, Summer, and Fall Baseball programs for boys and girls ages 5 through 15 years. ORYB’s mission is to provide an environment for our youth to have an enjoyable, safe, team-oriented, and community based experience while learning and playing the game of baseball. ORYB is committed to teaching our youth life lessons of good sportsmanship and teamwork. We consider each player a student athlete, constantly working towards achieving academic success, while maturing both physically and mentally. ORYB works to help our youth set and work towards common goals, build character, leadership ability, and confidence.We will always work hard to find a place for a child that wants to play baseball. Other than All-Star selection, we have a “no cut” policy for our league. Our core belief is EVERYONE PLAYS!!
Our league is chartered through Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth League baseball. We operate under the guidelines of the ORYA’s Board of Director’s By-Laws, and the Rules and Regulations of Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth League Baseball.
Oyster River Youth Baseball is chartered to play Cal Ripken (ages 5-12) and Babe Ruth (13-15) Baseball. Cal Ripken Baseball is a division of Babe Ruth League Baseball Inc. The league consists of four levels of competition: Major, Minor (Live PItch), Rookie (Coach Pitch) and T-Ball. Each level has its own recommended age group and rules. The overall age group for playing in the Cal Ripken League is 4-12. However, our local league covers ages 5-12. Cal Ripken Baseball adopts the Official Baseball Rules, but also has some of its own special rules.
RIPKEN BASEBALL INC.
Ripken Baseball Inc. was founded by Cal Ripken Jr., who played 21 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles. After retirement, he built a baseball complex in his hometown of Aberdeen, Maryland. The complex consists of a minor league stadium used by the Class A minor league Aberdeen IronBirds. The Ripken Youth Baseball Academy is located adjacent to the minor league stadium. This academy has several youth-sized fields that are built to look like famous major league stadiums. Every August, 16 teams of 11- and 12-year-olds from all over the world compete in the Cal Ripken World Series.
In 1999, Babe Ruth League Inc. named their 5-to-12-year-old division Cal Ripken Baseball. There are approximately 700,000 young baseball players playing in Cal Ripken Baseball leagues worldwide.
Oyster River Cal Ripken Baseball Levels of Play
The T-Ball program is recommended for 5 and 6-year-olds. This program is intended to provide the very basic fundamental skills for beginning players. Each batter bats from a tee that is adjusted according to height. The adjustments are made to help teach the young players to swing the bat on a level plane. Every player plays at least two innings on defense, with a coach standing behind the infield to help with instructions.
MINORS LIVE PITCH
Live Pitch Minor division is intended for 9- and 10-year-olds. However, Oyster River Youth Baseball allows 10 year olds to “play up” to Majors under certain circumstances. Among teammates of their own age and experience level, player continue building and refinigng their fundamental skills while they begin to understand game strategy. It is at this level that players first experience post-season tournament competition, with district, state, and regional levels of play.
Coach Pitch division is intended for 7- and 8-year-olds. However, Oyster River allows 8 year olds to “play up” to Live Pitch under certain circumstances. This level of play utilizes adults to help control the pitches and eliminate the fear of being hit. Adult pitching allows more action and to prevent an overpowering pitcher from dominating a game. The coach pitch league rules allow players to develop their skills in a safe and enjoyable way.
The Majors level is the most experienced level of play and is recommended for 11- and 12-year-olds. This level is broken down into two divisions, Major 70 and Major 60. Major 70’s pitching distance is 50 feet and base paths are 70 feet. Major 60 has a 46 feet pitching distance with 60-foot base paths. Currently Oyster River Youth Baseball utilizes Major 60 fields. A regulation game is six innings.
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