WHERE THE WORLD COMES TO PLAY
The Cal Ripken World Series is home to the best 12-year-old baseball players in the world, representing the Cal Ripken Major/70 division of the Babe Ruth League.
The CRWS is the definitive place to see the future of youth baseball.
ONE SHARED VISION FOR BASEBALL.
The Cal Ripken World Series arrived in Aberdeen back in 2003. Back then, every game was played on a modified field inside Ripken Stadium. The CRWS transitioned to the Major/70 division of the Babe Ruth League in 2007, allowing 12u teams to play on 70-foot base paths with a 50-foot pitching distance. It also allowed players to freely take leads and steal for the first time, playing by the Major League Rulebook.
Babe Ruth League traces its roots to 1951, back when it was known as the Little Bigger League. Today, the league has more than 1,000,000 players on 56,000 teams in 9,000 leagues in six countries and all 50 states.
FORGING THE FUTURE
The Cal Ripken World Series is the definitive place to see the future of youth baseball.
In 2014, New Zealand and Puerto Rico joined the tournament, expanding the field to 18 total teams.
HALL OF FAME
Babe Ruth League established a Hall of Fame in 1968 to honor those who have played a vital role in the development of baseball and softball programs for our youth. Or, as Ripken Baseball would say, those who have helped forge the future of baseball.
Like Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth League has a code that it holds its players to. It's called the sportsmanship code.
THE SPORTSMANSHIP CODE OF BABE RUTH LEAGUE
- Develop a strong, clean, healthy body, mind and soul.
- Develop a strong urge for sportsmanlike conduct.
- Develop understanding of and respect for the RULES.
- Develop courage in defeat, tolerance and modesty in victory.
- Develop control over emotions and speech.
- Develop spirit of cooperation and team play.
- Develop into real, true CITIZENS.
One of the best things about the Cal Ripken World Series is the ability to meet players, coaches, families and fans from all over the world. A family I have had the pleasure to get to know during this year’s CRWS is the Rosicas. On the field, Gabriel Rosica has shone on the mound and at the plate for Team Maryland. In the dugout, Gabriel’s father Mark is counted on to...
Two of the hardest working players I have ever seen are Team New Zealand’s Taylor “Badger” Irwin and Nikau Pouka Grego. Irwin shows great potential on the mound, pitching well in his CRWS outings against the likes of Team Mexico (2015), Team Japan and Team Dominican Republic (2016). Pouka Grego has been one of the best shortstops in this year’s tournament both at the...
Two years ago, Mark Schneider and his family decided to become host families for the 2014 Cal Ripken World Series. They were chosen to host New Zealand, a team which was entering its first year in the Cal Ripken World Series. What Mark didn’t know was that the experience would change his life. “When I heard the New Zealand national anthem for the first time it brought...
It was the biggest game of them all for Team Japan, the 2016 Cal Ripken World Series World Championship game against Team Pacific Northwest, and the story was still the same. Team Japan yet again had stellar pitching and timely hitting to secure a 7-0 win and a World Championship. Keito Matsuura got the start on the mound for Team Japan after going six innings on the...