The 12U division (Majors) is recommended for 11 and 12 year old girls. League age is determined by how old the player will be on December 31, 2017. Among teammates of their own age and experience level, players continue building and refining their fundamental skills while they begin to understand game strategy.
It is recommended that a player join the appropriate age division and Babe Ruth Softball discourages a 12U player from playing up. To move 12-year-olds up, even very advanced ones, is normally not in the best interest of the player, the team she is leaving, or the team she is joining. The 12U team she is leaving most likely loses one of its strongest players. The 14U (or 16U) team she is joining most likely gains a player with an ability level lower than most of the other starters on the team. Where the 12-year-old was in the spotlight as a 12U player, she may now be in the shadows of the older, more experienced players on her new team. This would translate into less playing time in the older division. Moving a player up prematurely could cause her to lose interest in softball altogether.
A highlight of Babe Ruth Softball is its annual tournament trail. Tournament teams from each local league are eligible to participate in District competition with winners advancing to the State and Regional levels. At the 12U level players have the additional opportunity to advance to the 12U World Series.
**Registration Fee for 12U Softball is $120
The last day to register & be guaranteed a spot is February 11th. After that a $50 late fee applies plus there is no guarantee your child will have a spot on a team, they may be wait-listed. This is because we have to plan for the number of teams, get managers, order uniforms, etc. However, we will do whatever we can to get all the kids in the league that we can.
PROSPECTIVE MANAGERS AND COACHES
There are new Babe Ruth League certification requirements for prospective managers and coaches. Please complete the manager/coach application on the registration link and visit www.ripkencoaching.org to learn more about the coaching education requirements.
QUESTIONS / COMMENTS
Jon Legge, Softball commissioner at firstname.lastname@example.org