1. Who is eligible to play Babe Ruth?
Anyone who lives within our geographical boundaries and is between 13 and 18 years old. Please check the Age Chart to make sure your player qualifies. (Note that players who aged out of Little League may also play in Vienna Babe Ruth as “12-year-old swing players.”)
2. When is the season?
Babe Ruth’s Spring season starts for 13 year olds (the Prep league) and 14-15 year olds (the National League) late March to early April and lasts until the end of June. The Senior League does not start until the middle of May, and lasts until the end of June. Greater Vienna-Falls Church-Annandale Babe Ruth also participates in a Northern Virginia Fall Ball league, which lasts from just after Labor Day to the end of October/beginning of November
The Fall Ball season begins in late August or early September and continues until the end of October, sometimes through the first week of November. There are two games a week, one on Saturday and one during the week. Practices locations for Fall Ball will vary depending on field availability. There will likely be one or two practices per week, but frequency varies by coach and manager.
3. Where are the games?
During the Spring season the games are held predominately at Waters Field, but may be played at area high school fields as well as Nottoway Park.
In the Fall the games are played all over Northern Virginia, but an attempt is made to keep at least the weekday games close to Vienna (Nottoway Park, and area High Schools).
4. What times are the games played?
Weekday games start at either 6:00pm or 8:30pm. Saturday games start at 9:00am and continue on every 2 ½ hours. The rare games on Sunday do not start until the afternoon.
5. How long are the games?
The games are 7 innings long. The game time cannot exceed 2 ¼ hours.
6. What shoes are allowed?
Metal cleats are banned on all turf fields including Waters Field. The batter's box and base areas were getting damaged and we have had to replace the batter’s box twice in the past 4 years, at quite an expense. Spikes, cleats and flat sole shoes are allowed on any of the non-turf fields. Read our shoe policy.
7. What other equipment and clothing does my player need?
Gloves, bats, pants, belts, and socks. The league will provide jerseys and caps.
8. What type of bats are approved to use?
Only bats marked with the USABat logo or bats that are marked as BBCOR .50 may be used in the Prep and National Leagues. Wood bats are also allowed. In the spring, Senior League teams may only use wooden bats. In the fall season, Senior League teams may use either wood bats or bats marked BBCOR .50 with a “drop” not to exceed -3.
9. Why are there different leagues, and who plays in which league?
Babe Ruth is broken up into age appropriate leagues. We typically have 3 leagues.
The Prep league is made up exclusively of 13 year olds. (Because Little League has changed its cutoff dates, Vienna Babe Ruth will also accept “12-year-old swing players” whose birthdates fall between 1 May and 31 August of the year they turn 13.) This league is to help in the transition between the small Little League fields with 60 foot base paths to the standard 90 foot base path of traditional baseball. The Prep league starts late March or early April and ends the last week of June.
The National League is for 14 and 15 year olds, predominately 8th and 9th graders. The season starts when the Prep season does, and runs until the end of June. Both the Prep and National league teams play between 15 and 20 games, depending on the season.
The Senior League is for players 16 and above. An exception is made for those high school sophomores who are 15 and want to play with their classmates. Those players have a choice of playing up in the Senior League or playing in the National League. Since we have many players in the Senior League who play both varsity and junior varsity high school baseball, the Senior season starts in mid-May. Seniors usually play about 15 games. Depending on when your birthday is you may be eligible to play Babe Ruth the summer after your first year in college.
10. How are teams formed?
Prep and National Leagues are formed by a draft each year. Once you are drafted onto a Senior League team you may stay on that team as long as you are eligible to play Babe Ruth. Vacancies in the Senior League are then filed by a draft.
11. Are there games with other Babe Ruth Leagues?
Every year we attempt to play teams from other Babe Ruth Leagues, some years we are more successful than others. Generally, if we play other leagues the games will be on the weekends to decrease traveling during the week.
12. Are there All-Star and Travel teams?
Yes. There is at least 1 All Star team per league, sometimes more. The All Star teams start playing in late June or early July. Over the past few years Vienna has done very well, capturing state titles in the 14 year old, 15 year old, and Senior leagues. You must be a registered Babe Ruth player to be eligible to play on these teams, and you must play in at least 50% of the games on your Babe Ruth team that you are eligible to play in to play for the All Stars at the end of the season. If there is enough interest, we also have Sunday travel teams during the season in all age groups. These teams play in tournaments as well as double-header competitions.
13. Where does my registration fee go?
Greater Vienna-Falls Church-Annandale Babe Ruth is totally self-funded. We pay dues to both the national Babe Ruth organization, as well as to Fairfax County to use the fields. Income from registration fees also go towards field maintenance of Waters Field, uniforms, balls, equipment, insurance, etc. One large additional fee that Babe Ruth incurs is the cost of umpires at all of its games. We do not have volunteer or student umpires, and must contract to a regional umpire service.
14. How can I get involved?
Babe Ruth is a volunteer organization and we always need help, both at the field level (managers, coaches, team coordinators, snack bar, and at the board level. The board meets about 8 times a year, and individual input really can make a huge difference. The board is chronically short of volunteers and we need for parents to step up.