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Nov, 2019

SVYB joining Cal Ripken Baseball

Welcome to the start of the 2020 Schuylkill Valley Youth Baseball Season! While we might not be digging into the batter’s box or shagging fly balls for a few more month, we are excited to announce some changes to our youth baseball program.  

In the off season, the Board of Directors has been working to take our league in a new direction that will provide our players with more opportunity to develop, compete and have fun. Schuylkill Valley Youth Baseball, is now affiliated with Cal Ripken Baseball, a division of Babe Ruth Baseball. 

 As a result, we have changed our league name officially from Schuylkill Valley Little League (SVLL) to Schuylkill Valley Youth Baseball (SVYB). 

One of the primary reasons we decided to move to Cal Ripken was due to competition.  Over the past 5 years, we have seen many of the surrounding leagues leave Little League, which left us with fewer and fewer leagues to play against, thus diminishing the opportunity for better competition.  This move will now afford us the opportunity to play against more teams in Berks County, such as Fleetwood, Kutztown, Oley, Wyomissing, Conrad Weiser, Boyertown and more. 

Additionally, Cal Ripken provides the opportunity for leagues to draft teams based on experience and skill level.  What this means is that we can construct teams based on similar skill and experience levels and appropriately place players to maximize playing time and skill development at each level.  The player levels for our upcoming season are as follows: 

T-Ball
Ages
4-6
Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height-adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the line-up for the entire game. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment. 

Coach Pitch/Kid Pitch
Ages 6-8
Like Litte League, Cal Ripken provides an intermediary level from T-Ball to Minors, where the coaches pitch to the players.  However, unlike Little League, we begin to develop players into pitchers by allowing them to pitch limited innings each game from a shorter distance.  This is meant to help develop players as pitchers and catcher at a younger age by exposing them to this position. 

Minors
Ages 9-10
Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. In most regions, participants first experience post-season tournament competition in this level, leading to the 10 Year-Old World Series. 

Majors
Ages 11-12
The most experienced level of Cal Ripken Baseball, recommended for 11 and 12-year-old players. Cal Ripken Baseball is played under the Official Baseball Rules, but implements some special rules necessary for the development and welfare of this young age group.   

13U (formerly 50/70)
Ages 12-13
Featuring a 50' pitching distance and 70' base paths, this division is offered as an option to the major division format that features advanced rules and play. 

As with any change, there will be some growing pains, but we are very excited about what this will mean for the future of Schuylkill Valley Youth Baseball and our players. 

Registration is NOW OPEN on our website at www.svyouthbaseball.com.  Click on Registration on the menu tab to sign up your player or to coach.  If you have any questions during the registration process or during year, please email [email protected] or feel free to reach out to any board member to address your question or concern.