T-Ball is for young players, male and female, typically 5 or 6 years old. Players must be 5 years old by May 1st of the year that the season is played, and can play till they are 7. It is a first introduction to the great game of baseball. Players learn to hit a baseball (soft, for safety reasons) off a "T" and practice running, throwing, and fielding. They play some games and have fun with new friends.
Rookie Ball (Coach-Pitch) is typically for players, male and female, age 7 and 8. Players work at lot on skills and on their fundamentals - hitting (a coached-pitched ball), base running, throwing , fielding, and team play. Coaches are permitted on the field during play to help insure that players get plenty of hands on instructional help and positive reinforcement. Rookie Ball is an important step on their way to the more organized, competitive arena of Little League baseball or, for most girls, competive softball.
Cal Ripken Minors is primarily for players 9 thru 12. While the emphasis is on development and instruction, it is usually a players first exposure to competitive, organized baseball. It is "real" baseball in the sense that the kids are responsible for all aspects of the game including pitching and catching. Games are played against comparable teams in the Macintosh League which includes the towns of Ayer, Shirley, Littleton, Pepperell, Groton, Ashby and Townsend.
Cal Ripken Majors is primarily for players 11 and 12. It represents a fairly skilled level of play and demands a fair amount of commitment from players. It is more competitive than Minors and players may not receive equal playing time. Games are played against comparable teams in the Macintosh League which includes the towns of Ayer, Shirley, Littleton, Pepperell, Groton, Ashby and Townsend.
Harvard softball is available for girls ages 6 thru 12 - grades 1-6. The program is in the midst of expansion and teams play both in town and against other teams in Ayer, Groton, Littleton and Bolton. There are 3 levels of league play - U8, U10 and U12. Depending on the mix of ages and skills, we field teams each year at the appropriate levels. The rules are amended to meet age appropriate skill levels.