Little League vs Cal Ripken Baseball – What’s the difference?

Little League and Cal Ripken Baseball are both youth baseball programs designed for children and teenagers, but there are some differences between the two. Here are some key differences:

1 – Age Range: Little League is open to children ages 4-16, while Cal Ripken Baseball is open to children ages 4-12.

2 – Field Size: Little League uses smaller fields than Cal Ripken Baseball. The distance between the bases is 60 feet in Little League, while it is 70 feet in Cal Ripken Baseball. The pitching distance is 46 feet in Little League and 50 feet in Cal Ripken Baseball.

3 – Rules: Little League and Cal Ripken Baseball have slightly different rules. For example, Little League has a mercy rule, where the game is ended if one team is ahead by a certain number of runs after a certain number of innings. Cal Ripken Baseball does not have a mercy rule.

4 – Competition Level: Little League is generally considered to be a more competitive league than Cal Ripken Baseball. Little League has a World Series that features teams from around the world, while Cal Ripken Baseball does not have a similar international tournament.

5 – Philosophy: Little League focuses on teaching life skills, such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and character development, in addition to baseball skills. Cal Ripken Baseball also emphasizes skill development, but its primary focus is on providing a fun and enjoyable experience for all players.

Overall, both Little League and Cal Ripken Baseball are excellent options for youth baseball players, and the choice between the two will likely come down to personal preference and the needs of the individual player.


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