Spring is here! The country is beginning to see the light at the end of the “winter” tunnel. Spring is a new season that blooms plants, flowers, a brighter attitude…and love…the love of baseball and softball! For baseball and softball enthusiasts, it is arguably the best time of the year.
Dads and moms are posting team schedules on the refrigerator. Some girls and boys may be a bit nervous to be starting a new sport; while others are veterans of the game, eager for another season on the field.
It is during the month of April that thousands of Babe Ruth leagues across the country hold their official Opening Day. Many festivities are planned – team and individual pictures – exhibition games – games for the young and old alike – great food – raffles, auctions and much, much more! You will hear that first crack of the bat. You will smell freshly mowed grass. Your will have cravings for grilled hot dogs and onions.
Above all else, Babe Ruth Baseball, Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Softball are for the kids! In adopting rules, in establishing standards, and in ALL planning, our primary consideration is what is best for the participants.
From humble beginnings to some 65+ years later, the Babe Ruth program now consists of over one million players and close to 1.5 million volunteers. There have been many improvements and enhancements to make Babe Ruth League, Inc. one the best youth programs in the country today.
BRL President/CEO Steven Tellefsen indicated, “We are excited for the many players and leagues participating in Opening Day festivities. Baseball and softball are games that have a rich history. Even before the various local teams started forming, children were taking their bats and balls to the local field to play pick-up games. The love of the game is something that most kids are simply born with. Baseball and softball are sports you can easily understand and participate in. They grabbed the heart of America from their first introduction and the youth programs allow the younger generations to love them just as much. As we officially start the 2016 season, we not only look forward to the excitement on the diamond, but also to the fun and memorable times that will be experienced by our Babe Ruth League communities across the nation.”
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