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Babe Ruth league invites teens to 'play ball'

 

Submitted by Jim Gasiewski of Woodside, commissioner of the Palo Alto Babe Ruth Prep League.

Winter may have barely begun, but Palo Alto Babe Ruth (PABR) baseball is already gearing up for 2011, its 56th season. Babe Ruth baseball offers youth ages 13 to 15 the challenge of playing on a full-size diamond, and the kind of competition that will help them take their skills to the next level.

Recognizing that PABR is located in an area with many competing interests for teens, the league is dedicated to providing an exciting baseball experience for the greatest number of capable players.

Tryouts for the upcoming Babe Ruth 2011 season are scheduled for Jan. 30 and Feb. 5, depending on weather.

Visit pababeruth.org to register by Jan. 29, which is necessary to participate in tryouts.

Players are drafted into teams shortly after tryouts. To be considered for a team, a player must make at least one scheduled tryout.

To be eligible for Babe Ruth, players must be 13, but not older than 15, by May 1. PABR Players must also be a resident of Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City or Woodside.

Thirteen-year-olds play in a "Prep" league made up of at least four teams. Fourteen- and 15-year-olds play together in an "Upper" league with seven or eight teams. Based on performance, some Prep league players will get the chance to extend their season and join the roster of an Upper league team.

Both Prep and Upper leagues play a short, busy season culminating in a championship tournament.

Since many Upper league players also play for high school teams, their season begins after high school ball ends. The Prep league season starts earlier, and winds up as the Upper league begins play.

After the regular season, All Star teams are formed for each age group (13, 14, and 15), with the possibility of play in district, state, regional and national tournaments. PABR has a long history or producing competitive All-Stars. In recent years, PABR 14 and 15 All Stars can boast of winning several district and state championships. In 2008, PABR sent a very strong team to the National Championship tournament in Massachusetts.

Visit pababeruth.org for more registration, schedule and general information about PABR and Babe Ruth baseball.

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