2018 Spring Divisions of Play
San Luis Obispo Youth Baseball is excited to offer six divisions for the 2018 spring season:
Collegiate: Ages 4 to 6 (beginning 7 yr olds) - Collegiate is a non-competitive program (no scores are kept) and is designed to teach the basics of baseball. The use of a pitching machine for the entire season will provide practice and repetitions for the players. Recommended for beginning 7 yr olds and highly advanced 4 and 5 year olds. It is HIGHLY recommended that kids have played at least 1 year of TBall with the YMCA. Teams are formed by school and game length is 3 innings. One practice and one game per week.
Rookie: Ages 7 to 8 - Rookie will be strictly machine pitch with the use of regular baseballs. 60 foot bases. This division is intended for players transitioning from the Collegiate Division. Advanced 6 yr olds may request to play up in Rookie if they have played one year of Collegiate (visit the Registration page at www.sloyouthbaseball.com for request directions). It is HIGHLY recommended that your child has played at least 1 year in our collegiate division. Teams are formed by school and game length is 6 innings. One to Two practices per week and two games per week.
Farm: *New for 2018* Ages 8 to 9 - the Farm Division consists of players ages 8-9 yrs old (advanced 7 yr olds may requst to play up in Farm, visit the Registration page at www.sloyouthbaseball.com for request directions). This division is excellent for beginning 9 yr olds, or 9 yr olds not comfortable with full kid pitch. This division will consist of a progression of machine and kid pitch from 46' with 6 inning games and uses a regular baseball. One to two practices per week and two games per week. Teams will be formed by Board Coordinators to provide equal teams. Player school will be a factor in player placement, but will not be the sole determination.
Minors: Ages 9 to 11 - 60 foot bases and 46 foot mounds. Full kid pitch with basestealing and 6 inning games with a regular baseball. (Advanced 8 yr olds may request to play up may and beginning 11 yr olds may request to play down, visit the Registration page at www.sloyouthbaseball.com for request directions). Teams are formed by player draft from Spring Training. All players planning to play in the Minors Division must attend one of the three Spring Training Sessions.
Majors: The Majors Division will consist of 5 teams with players ranging from 11-12 yrs old (advanced 10 yr old may tryout for majors, visit the Registration page at www.sloyouthbaseball.com for request directions). This division is 50' pitching mound and 70' bases. Players will lead off and learn to hold runners on, with open bases for stealing. One to two practices per week with two games per week. This division will participate in an interleague season with Five Cities Cal Ripken Majors Division, where some games will be held in Pismo. Teams will be formed by player draft through our Spring Training sessions. All players wishing to play Majors, must attend at least one Spring Training session. All 12 year old players will be drafted (unless a request is made to play down). The 11 year olds (with possible 10 yr olds) will be drafted to fill the 5 teams. Any 11 yr old not selected for Majors will be drafted onto a Minors Division team.
Babe Ruth: Ages 13, 14 and 15 - 90 foot bases and regulation size fields. This division features two seasons - the First Season in the Spring and the Second Season, which starts after the high school season ends. Teams are formed by coaches drafting players from our hosted tryouts
The 2018 season will run from early March through the end of May. Teams will play between 12 and 16 games plus an end of season playoff tournament.
Player Ages: Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Organizations determine player ages by the April 30th of that year (May 1st is the cut off). 2018 ages will be determined by the following ranges. You can visit www.baberuthleague.org to view their player age chart.
Birthday Range per Division
Collegiate: May 1, 2010 (7 yr old) - April 30, 2014 (4 yr old)
Rookie: May 1, 2009 (8 yr old) - April 30, 2012 (6 yr old)
Farm: May 1, 2008 (9 yr old) - April 30, 2011 (7 yr old)
Minors: May 1, 2006 (11 yr old) - April 30, 2009 (9 yr old)
Majors: May 1, 2005 (12 yr old) - April 30, 2008 (10 yr old)
Babe Ruth: May 1, 2002 (15 yr old) - April 30, 2005 (13 yr old)
Anyone interested in coaching should contact the league by December 31, 2017. More information on how to apply to be a SLO Youth Baseball coach is available here: Coaching