Cal Ripken Division Season Summary
Spring Recreation League: Our Spring season runs from early April until mid June, with practices beginning in late March, as weather permits. Players are introduced to all aspects of the game, with an emphasis on teaching fundamentals. All ages are based on the player’s age as of April 30.
Spring/Summer Travel Program: Our Spring travel season runs from late April until mid to late June. Players who are age 8 through 12 are eligible. Travel tryouts are held in the fall and players participate in workouts with their teams over the winter. During the spring season, our teams play against teams in nearby communities. Two of our 10 year old and two of our 12-year-old teams also travel to Cooperstown each summer to compete against teams from around the country at Cooperstown Dreams Park and All Star Village.
Fall Ball: We offer an 8-week fall ball program to all players age 7-15. Players for fall ball play in the division appropriate for their age as of April 30 of the following year.
New in 2016 - Piedmont Buddy Ball Division: The Piedmont Buddy Ball program is designed for player’s ages 5-19 who have an intellectual or physical disability. Our Buddy Ball program goal is to enhance confidence and foster a positive recreational environment for Athletes with a cognitive or physical disability. There will be no registration fee for this league. The generosity of some local benefactors will help fund this great addition to Piedmont Baseball & Softball.
Bambino (4 Year Old T-Ball): This is a fun program designed to introduce 4-year-old youngsters to T-ball as well as our Piedmont family. This program promotes parent-involved practices and games running from April through June.
T-Ball (5 and 6 Year Old): Our program is designed to be both instructional and fun. Its objectives are to teach fundamental baseball skills and promote good sportsmanship and fair play. Through practice and encouragement, you can help your child play to the best of his or her ability. Five and six year olds play in different divisions, with additional skills and opportunities added for the six year olds.
Farm League (7 and 8 Year Old): All 7 & 8 year-olds are encouraged to participate in Farm League, where coaches pitch to their own team and kids learn to play a more strategic game. The emphasis is on instruction and fun, but unlike T-Ball, we will keep score, track standings, and hold a post-season tournament. Players hit pitches thrown by a coach from near the mound. Games are played on a diamond with 60-foot bases. Seven and eight year olds play in different divisions. As the season progresses, the opportunity for eight year olds to be exposed to player pitch is introduced.
American League (9 and 10 Year Old): In the American League, players will learn and play baseball with most of the regular rules. Players pitch to one another, batting is continuous and limited stolen bases are allowed in this more competitive environment. Teams are formed with the primary objective of creating parity across all teams while trying to maintain geographic neighborhoods. The team selection is done without a draft. We are always seeking parents interested in coaching their child's team.
National League West Division: Open to all 11 and select 10-year-old players by tryout. Games are played on a diamond with 60-foot bases. Stealing is allowed.
National League Central and East: Open to 11 and 12 year old players who qualify to play in this division through a spring tryout. Games are played on a diamond with 70-foot bases. Leading and stealing are allowed.
Spring Travel Program
Piedmont Baseball provides an opportunity for its players to compete against teams from nearby communities through its spring/summer travel program. Players are selected to participate on travel teams after tryouts that are held each fall. Travel baseball requires a high level of commitment and interest from the families and players who participate. Our travel teams practice during the winter months and have at least 2 practices and/or games each during the travel season. In addition, players who participate in travel baseball are required to play in our spring recreation program.
Travel teams for Spring 2016 have already been formed. Tryouts for our 2017 teams are scheduled to be held in September 2016.