What is the Rookie Division?
The Rookie division provide recreational baseball for players age 7 & 8. At this level, players focus on hitting and fielding development through use of a pitching machine while at bat rather than coach or player pitching. Teams are formed based on the number of players registered, taking player and coach requests into account. See below for more information.
Advanced 8yr old players have the option of playing "up" to the Minors Division. Read more about Minors Division.
How are teams formed?
Teams are created by looking at player "buddy" requests, followed by coach requests as well as Elementary school attended. While it is not perfect, we have found that our player agents do a great job balancing out the teams. We are always looking for more coaches! You can register to coach in the volunteer section during your player registration process.
When are games played?
Games are played on weeknights and Saturdays - 2 per week - at local fields. Some travel may be required to neighboring leagues based on interleague scheduling.
Are there boundary restrictions?
Most Cal Ripken players live or go to school within the Gresham / Barlow district. A player that lived within the boundary and moved out without a lapse in play with the league is eligible to remain with GBYBS. Players living in our neighboring districts not serviced by Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken, such as Reynolds, Corbett and Damascus can play with GBYBS as long as we are the closest Cal Ripken league.
Head Coaches and Assistants must also register as a volunteer online www.gbybs.org/about/coach