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2017 Spring Baseball

Registration OPEN

for the

WCR Spring Baseball Program

Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball is open to boys and girls ages 4 (before 1 May 2017) through age 12 (as of 30 April 2017) who live in Northern Berkshire County and border towns in Vermont and New York.  

There are four baseball divisions:

Frank Grant Division:  Ages 4 - 6.  A program recommended for 4, 5, and 6 year olds to teach the fundamentals of hitting and fielding.  All batters will hit coach pitched baseballs and use a tee when needed.  The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment. 

Rookie Division:  Ages 6 - 9.  For inexperienced players designed to teach fundamental skills and build confidence as players begin to learn game strategy in a supportive environment of team competition with COACH PITCHING.

Minor Division:  Ages 8 - 11.  Designed to reinforce basic skills taught in rookie league, build confidence as players and to further advance knowledge of game strategy in a supportive environment of team competition.  This level will introduce KID PITCH and emphasize a more competitive atmosphere.  Designed for children with basic baseball skills.  

Major Division:  Ages 10 - 12.  The most experienced level of Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball.  Players continue to build and refine skills while they apply game strategy in team competition with player pitching.  

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If you have any questions please contact Allen Hall at .

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Skills Assessment Schedule
Skills Assessment Schedule Towne Field House 82 Latham St.,...
Upcoming Changes for Baseball Bats
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Skills Assessment Schedule

Skills Assessment Schedule

Towne Field House

82 Latham St., Williamstown

Players seeking to move up a division (Grant League to Rookie, Rookie to Minor, Minor to Major) or are new to our program need to attend a skills assessment.  The skills assessments take about 90 minutes and they evaluate players' ability to hit, catch and throw.  The schedule is:

Grant League to Rookie - Monday, March 20th, 6-8pm
Rookie to Minors - Wednesday, March 22nd, 6-8pm
Minors to Majors - Friday, March 24th, 6-8pm

If you cannot attend a particular skills session, please email Allen Hall at allen_l_hall@yahoo.com or 413-896-3153.




by posted 02/01/2017
Upcoming Changes for Baseball Bats


Implementation of USABat Standard Begins on January 1, 2018.

USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the U.S., in conjunction with participating national member organizations (NMOs) announced the decision to adopt a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats.  Informed by the research of leading scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee, and supported by its NMOs, -- including the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball -- USA Baseball has concluded that recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats, now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.

The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat), which will apply to bats that are classified below the NCAA and NFHS level of play, will be implemented on January 1, 2018, allowing the bat manufacturers sufficient time to bring these bats to the marketplace.

The Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc. have approved the use of the 2 5/8 inch barrel bats for local league play and tournament play beginning in January 2018 and coinciding with the new USA Bat standard.

Similar to the NCAA and NFHS BBCOR standard, which helped to eliminate discrepancies with different length bats and thus provide a more direct measure of bat performance, the new USA Baseball bat standard will allow youth baseball organizations in the United States to reach their goal of establishing a wood-like standard, a standard that will provide for the long-term integrity of the game.

It is important to note there will be no immediate change to youth baseball organizations’ bat rules.  All bats, currently accepted for the respective leagues, remain permissible through December 31, 2017.  Each participating national member organization will incorporate the new standard into their rules for the 2018 season and will begin, with this announcement, to inform their membership of the USABat standard.

Frequently Asked Questions about the USABat standard:

Which national member organizations are implementing this new standard?
To date, the following organizations are participating (in alphabetical order): American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball.

Why the change to a wood-like standard?
USA Baseball’s national member organizations believe that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game. The new standard will not have a drop-weight limit, so young players can use bats made with light-weight materials.

Why not just use wood bats?
Wood is a scarce resource. The new bats will be designed to perform much like wood, where its performance will be limited to the highest performing wood.

How is the USABat standard different from the BBCOR standard used by the NCAA and NFHS?
Both the USA Baseball and NCAA bat performance tests are based on the coefficient of restitution from a bat-ball impact. The scale of results is different, however, since they use different test balls and test speeds. The testing difference is necessary to address the various levels of play in the respective age groups.

Why is USA Baseball involved?  
The national member organizations asked USA Baseball as the national governing body to take the lead in this process to establish a new standard.  Many other national governing bodies set and enforce standards for the equipment in their respective sports. To that end, USA Baseball established a Bat Study Committee of leading scientists and conducted theoretical modeling, field testing and lab testing. The committee shared its findings with the national member organizations, who then endorsed the new USABat standard.

Who were the scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee?
Alan Nathan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois
Dan Russell, Ph.D. Professor of Acoustics at Penn State University
Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. Research Director of American Sports Medicine Institute

Why wait until 2018?
The implementation date of 2018 will allow bat manufacturers sufficient time to conduct the appropriate research, design, testing, manufacturing and shipping needed to get new bats into retail outlets. This date also allows the participating national member organizations adequate time to educate their memberships of the USABat standard.

Is my current bat good for league play?
Yes.  Current league-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017.

Is safety the reason for the change?
No.  Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports for youth participants.

How will I know which bat to buy?
All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations.

When can I buy the new bat?
It is the intention of the bat manufacturers to make the new bats available in the fall of 2017, in sufficient time for the 2018 season.

by posted 11/25/2016
Home Run Corner

2016 Home Runs : 

Nick Lescarbeau (2)

Jacob Howland

Alexander Axt

Caleb Low (2)

Oscar Low (5)

Josh Polumbo (2)

Jack Gitterman (2)

Connor Hinkell

Thomas Martin

Cedric Lemaire (2)

Tej Patel

(submit home run hitters to allen_l_hall@yahoo.com)

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