The Baseball Club of Chatham, N.J., Inc. (“BCC”) is a private, non-profit 501 (c)(7) organization that governs and administers Youth League Baseball and Travel Baseball Programs in the Chatham’s. The BCC is affiliated with Ripken Baseball, specifically, its Ripken Division for grades K through 6 and its Babe Ruth Division for grades 7 through 9. The program runs from April through early/mid June
LEAGUE STRUCTURE: BCC employs a grade based system (vs. travel which is age-based) that factors each player’s grade and ability when determining Youth League placement. The following is a general picture of Youth League composition:
WINNERS LEAGUE (all Kindergarteners): This is an instructional, non-competitive league that uses a soft baseball. Players hit off a tee for most of the season, at the end of which coach pitching may be introduced.
ROOKIE LEAGUE (1st graders): This is an instructional, non-competitive league in which players generally hit against coach pitching, with a tee used when necessary.
A LEAGUE (2nd graders): Transitional league that continues to focus on skill development. Players hit against coach pitching, with an introduction to player pitching with a catcher, if appropriate.
AA LEAGUE (3rd graders, some 2nd graders): Player-pitch league with a catcher.
AAA LEAGUE (all 4th graders, some 3rd graders): All the above plus an introduction to stealing.
MAJOR LEAGUE (all 6th graders and 5th graders): All the above plus leading, stealing, and bunting; played on an intermediate 50′ by 70′ field.
PONY LEAGUE (all 7th and 8th graders, and a small group of 9th graders (who do not play any spring HS or club sport)): All the above played on a full-size 60′ by 90′ field.
Youth league placements for the season is sent out in late January or early February. Factors relevant to a player’s placement in a particular Youth League include the player’s previous year’s Youth League season evaluation, Travel Team evaluations (if applicable), and input from BCC Committee members. The placement process strives to place a player in a Youth League commensurate with his physical and baseball skills and that will allow the player to learn, develop, achieve, and have a safe, enjoyable baseball experience.
For information and registration please visit chathambaseball.com.
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