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Welcome to ELOC Cal Ripken Rookie League Baseball!

Recommended for ballplayers ages 7-8, as of April 30, 2020.

 

 

 

 

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OUR LEAGUE PLEASE READ THE MESSAGE BELOW 

THEN CONTACT RYAN LEGRAND IF YOU STILL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT WRLeGrand@gmail.com

 


 

ELOC Rookie League (Machine Pitch) Information:
 
DO NOT WAIT TO REGISTER - Throughout the registration process I will monitor the number of players registered, I will then chose coaches for teams based on those numbers.  This process works best if players are registered early in the process so that we have a much better idea the amount of coaches and teams we will need, if players show up to assessments and/or sign up after that date there as no assurances you will get on a team.  The goal is to have no more than 11 players per team and once teams are full we will have a waiting list.  I try to account for a few late sign ups but it's a moving target so I encourage everyone to get registered if you plan to play as soon as you can.
 
Players Playing UP or DOWN - Age limits are in place for the safety of all players, for this reason the registrations are set up for specific ages.  If a parent is requesting their child play UP a league they need to complete the following...
 
1. Submit in writing by email to the League President ( ) the following info; players name, players date of birth, reason why they should be considered a candidate to play up and a recommendation from previous coach. 
2. In this rare instance the League President (not coaches) must approve the player to be attend the MP player assessments & attending this the assessment is a must!  Your player will be signed up in the system by the League President and payment will be expected once league is determined.
3. If your player is approved to attend assessments the League President along with the coaches will make the final decision if they are ready for the Machine Pitch League or not.  This will be a final call on the matter. 
 
There is no guarantee that a player under the age limit will have a spot on a Machine Pitch Team. We have to fill the league with "of age" players first and foremost. If slots remain, the most qualified players will be allowed to play up. We cannot crowd the league for the sake of having players moving up early.
 
The bottom line is your player must currently be a stand-out player for their age group to even be approved to attend assessments, then from there the assessment becomes a tryout.  Due the the growing number of families requesting to play up and how this has affected the experience of the 8 year old players in recent seasons it has become much harder to assess in the league.  If this process carries even a potential issue for disappointment for your family and/or player then keep them with their age group to avoid any issues.  Per the registration agreements a League President can request to see a birth certificate at any time, giving false information during this time can result in family not being able to play at all at ELOC.  Playing DOWN is not going to be allowed unless there is a significant developmental issue with the player and will also need approvals from League Presidents.  There are new players at every age group so playing down means they could be playing against a player almost 3 years younger which is a safety issue.  Playing down simply for experience against much younger kids is unfair to the younger players coming up and will not be approved.

Registration Requests & League Draft - This league's teams are set by a true draft of the players signed up to play. Coaches can reserve their player(s) and a player(s) of two assistant coaches to start with 3 players for their team. The remainder of the team is set by a draft when it is their turn to select. The goal of the draft is to create as fair of teams as possible. With that being said requests made during registration are extremely difficult to accommodate for this age group. Siblings will be placed on the same team. Requests will be shown to the coaches at the draft, but it is possible that coach may not have the opportunity to draft said player to fulfull the request. Once the draft is completed the teams will be final as uniforms will be ordered that evening. If you want to be paired with a specific coach, we would recommend volunteering to be an assistant coach.
 
Assessments - Every registered player is EXPECTED to attend assessments, if at all possible. Assessments are essential as each player is given a score based upon their ability. These scores are used to draft teams that are equal and fair, based upon the reflected values. If a player does not attend the assessment they will likely randomly be placed on a team when the draft is conducted. Being eligible for the draft (attending assessment) provides a much higher likelihood of fair teams, and increases your chance of being drafted by a team or coach you hope to have.
 
Equipment Needs & Helmets - Each player will need a Glove, Cleats & Athletic Supporter (Cup). Each player will also need to purchase their own Helmet with Face Mask so we can limit the sharing of equipment as much as possible, teams will be issued very few helmets for this reason.  Bats for this age group must comply with USA Baseball requirements and can have a maximum barrel size of 2 5/8".  There are no length restrictions.
 
Practice & Game Schedule - Machine Pitch is truly a step up in expectations and commitment from our T-ball League. During the season, you can expect your player to be on the field 3-4 times a week. Before the games begin, you will have a practice on weeknight and on Saturday each week. Once games begin, you can expect a game on a week night, a practice another night, and a Saturday game. Coaches will have discretion over not having a practice or adding practices as they see fit. We aim to have an even number of teams so that all teams follow a typical schedule of playing during the week and each Saturday. Sundays would only be used in the event of a rash of rainouts. Game and practice times and days will vary from week to week within the season, but most activities will be concluded before 8:00 pm for this age group!
 
Seasons - Spring season registrations will be available online on January 18, 2020 and close on March 5, 2020. The assessement will be March 7, 2020 and practices will begin March 9, 2020. We will aim to complete all games and playoffs on June 6, 2020 (Championship Saturday).
 
The Fall season registrations will be available online in July and the season will start Mid-August and end by mid November.
 
Coaching Volunteers - WE NEED COACHES! Teams would not exist if it wasn't for volunteers stepping up to coach.  My goal is to have the best possible coaches for teams, I will do my best to work around schedules to do this.  All those hoping to coach must complete the coaches application each season through the registration system.  If the league president finds a team in need of a coach for you and contacts you about taking a team then two other things will be required; Head Coaches must be Babe Ruth Certified ($20 cost).  To become certified please visit www.baberuthcoaching.org (the advanced class is not required).  A background check must be completed for all coaches, they are good for 2 years so returning coaches can just verify they are still valid.  The directions to complete this can be found on "Documents Tab" then to "Coaches Background Check."  Notify the League President once all requirements are complete!
 
Participation & Volunteering - As I stated earlier, this league is run by volunteers. If you have a talent that does not include throwing or catching a baseball or even a like for the sport there still might be a way for you to help volunteer you time to the league and/or team. I look a this as very simple, if you want to see change then be a part of the change! That is exactly what I am doing and I encourage everyone to get involved in their players league to make it better!
Please take note of the sizing for your player. Once we have placed the uniform order, we cannot make any changes:
 
Shirt Sizing for registration:
The Shirts Run Small (If you normally wear an XL you will want to order a 2 XL for sure)
 

Pants sizing chart for registration:

The Pants run Big! This probably the largest complaint we have, but the pants do run very big compared to normal sizing.

 

Youth XS S M L XL
Waist 20-22 22-24 24-26 26-28 28-30
Inseam 26 27 28 29 30
           
Adult S M L XL XXL
Waist 28-30 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46
Inseam 30 31 32 33 34
 

 

Congratualtions to our Spring 2019 Winners!

 

Spring Champions: Mets

 

 

Spring Runner Up: Cardinals

 

 

 

Spring All-Stars - Cal Ripken All-Stars is an EXTRA and should not be confused with something included with regular season team fees.  The teams allowed to be created according to Cal Ripken & Babe Ruth depends on the registration numbers and teams so each Spring the League President will evaluate those numbers and decide if both a 7u & 8u team will be created.  The plan for each spring is to create one 7u team and one 8u teams each spring, the Rookie age teams will be created either by try-outs and/or coaches nominations.  The final rosters will be decided on by the head coaches and League President so it's important to understand that a coaches "nomination" does not mean a player is on the final all-star roster.  Players on the team must live in our district and be of age (see the main baseball page for website links to this information). All players/parents will be expected to make all the dates associated and understand that there is no guarantee playing time or positions, these teams will be created and coached to win. 7u typically can play a max of 3 tournaments and 8u a max of 4 tournaments, teams must finish in the top 3 in each tournament to qualify for the next.  The league will provided uniforms and practice fields leading up to tournaments, fees associated for players/parents will be entry fees, extra tournaments and travel involved. The process of creating teams will start about mid-season each spring, whether it's tryouts or nominations there will be some that are disappointed because they did not make the final roster, please understand this up front and explain to your player the possibilities.  If your player does not handle disappointment well and/or you do not agree with the process then please inform your coach that your player will not be available to be nominated, this is extra so you will get everything you paid for during the regular season!
 
Fall All-Stars - The same tournaments available in the spring are not available in the fall.  The fall season will end with an All-Star game between 2 teams made up of players in our own league.  The teams will be created by coaches nominations and coaches for each team will be the losing coaches of the "Final 4" tournament games.  
 
 

ELOC Field & Facility Rules - League Rules are on the "Documents" tab on the home page, sometimes rules are updated season to season.  Please make sure to review the ELOC Field Rules posted at the fields. Just as a reminder: NO SMOKING at the facility, pets are never allowed, parking on the main street is not allowed (over flow parking is available near field 1) and profanity and/or arguments will not be tolerated at the Machine Pitch games. Rookie League Rules can be round under documents tab from the main website page.  If the Fields are listed as "CLOSED" or an event has been canceled due to weather then no one is permitted to use the ELOC field for any reason whether you are individuals, teams or members.  They are closed for a reason so please respect the decision and club volunteers will do their best to keep the website updated.

Sponsorship - There is a tab on this website for anyone interested in sponsoring our league and teams. These funds go directly to benefiting our players and to keep the league fees as low as possible.  Please support our sponsors and direct any potential sponsors to our website.

 

Fall 2019 Champions : Mets

Spring 2018 Champions: Braves

 

 

Spring Runner 2018 Up: Tigers

 

 

2017 Fall Rookie League Baseball Results

Fall Champions: Mets

 

 

 

Fall Runner-Ups: Tigers


2017 SPRING ROOKIE LEAGUE ALL STAR TEAMS

7u ALL STARS

 

Head Coach: Matt Phillips - Assistant Coaches: Blaine McFalls, Brandon Jones - Volunteer: Brent Beam

Players: Parker Frisk, Cayden McFalls, Zac Phillips, Colt Puckett, Mason Clark, Easton Lusk, Daniel Smith,

Joshua Beam, Presley McConnell, Brandon Hartzell, Brooks Jones

 

8u ALL STARS

Head Coach: Chris Matile - Assistant Coaches: Dustin Hutchison, Jeremy Howard

Players: Tanner Matile, Tyson Maggs, Canton Bare, Kaeden Hutchison, Connor Cramer, Kollin Howard,

Trent Yelton, Wyatt Watson, Josh Francis, Grant Nemire, Zachary Ireland, Preston Currence

 


 

2017 SPRING ROOKIE LEAGUE BASEBALL RESULTS

SPRING CHAMPIONS: CUBS

 

SPRING RUNNER-UPS: NATIONALS


 

 


 

2016 FALL ROOKIE LEAGUE BASEBALL RESULTS

 

FALL CHAMPIONS: TIGERS

 

 

SPRING RUNNER-UPS: NATIONALS

 

 


2016 SPRING ROOKIE LEAGUE ALL STAR TEAMS

 

7u ALL STARS

Head Coach: Chris Matile - Assistant Coaches: Brian Ballard, Cameron Clark - Volunteer: Dustin Hutchison

Players: Tanner Matile, Hudson Reeves, Eastyn Ballard, Tyson Maggs, Greyson Evans, Canton Bare, Kaeden Hutchison,

Connor Cramer, Brodan Barnes, Mason Clark, Danny Okoniewski, Evan Robinson, JF Roche, Cooper Seagle

 

8u ALL STARS

Head Coach: Mark McGinnis - Assistant Coaches: Kelly Miller, Brent Dellinger - Volunteer: Brent Duckworth

Players: Luke Fenters, Reed Duckworth, Cason McGinnis, Justin Stroupe, Tommy Skiles, Daniel Burns,

Gavin Heaberlin, Elliott Dellinger, Braden Brotherton, Brayden Miller, Connor Godin, Houston Dellinger

 


 

2016 SPRING ROOKIE LEAGUE BASEBALL RESULTS

 

SPRING CHAMPIONS: NATIONALS

 

SPRING RUNNER-UPS: DIAMONDBACKS

 


 

2015 FALL MACHINE PITCH BASEBALL RESULTS

 

FALL CHAMPIONS: NATIONALS

 

FALL RUNNER UP: BRAVES

 

FALL ALL-STARS

(Names not in order) Tyler Osley, Noah Emmerson, Cason McGinnis, Elliott Dellinger, Reed Duckworth,

Nicolo Catalano, Houston Dellinger, Tommy Skiles, Cooper Seagle, Hudson Reeves, Greyson Evans

(Names not in order) Stewart Queen, Canton Bare, Jackson Sipe, Justin Stroupe, Braden Brotherton,

Brayden Miller, Maxwell Riggenbach, Daniel Burns, Gavin Heaberlin, Mason Clark, Lawson Miller.

 

 
 

 


 

 

2015 SPRING MACHINE PITCH BASEBALL RESULTS

 

SPRING CHAMPIONS: NATIONALS

 

SPRING RUNNER UP: TIGERS

 

SPRING ALL STARS

(Names not in Picture Order - Not all Pictured) Ryan Bassani, Brady Rinkus, Jake Dillingham, Cole Collier, Miles Welch, Hunter Bolling, Trenton Trobaugh, Trae York, Cameron Whitten, Maddax Switzer, Cason McGinnis, Charlie Trotter, Dominic Robinson, Evan Myers, Gabriel Geimer, Aden Tompkins, Ayden Bush, Vaughn White, Evan Matile, Brayden Miller, Joseph Bruce, Jack DePasquale

 

 

2014 FALL MACHINE PITCH BASEBALL RESULTS

 

FALL CHAMPIONS: GIANTS

 

FALL RUNNER UP: NATIONALS

 

 


 

2014 SPRING MACHINE PITCH BASEBALL RESULTS

 

SPRING CHAMPIONS: TIGERS

 

SPRING RUNNER UP: RAYS

 

SPRING ALL STARS

Rockies: Hunter Bolling & Christian Burns, White Sox: Conely Killian & Ty Donahue,
Phillies: Drew Wayne & Zach Smith, Rays: Marcel Johnson & Luke Hayes, Orioles: Jack Wuerdeman & Dylan Scott
Rangers: Jacob Smith & Justin Bassani, Braves: Evan Brown & Barrett Erwin, Yankees: Nathan Aberle & Alex Nouri
Astros: Ben Seagle & Liam Sutton, Tigers: Alex Robinson & Vance Keenan, Nationals: Jaxon Prunty & Parker Davis

 


 
 
 
FALL 2013 MACHINE PITCH BASEBALL

FALL CHAMPIONS: RAYS



FALL RUNNER UP: RANGERS


 



SPRING 2013 MACHINE PITCH BASEBALL

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: BRAVES


LEAGUE RUNNER-UP: PADRES

 
FALL 2012 MACHINE PITCH BASEBALL
 
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: BREWERS
                       
 
 LEAGUE RUNNER-UP: REDS