Q: When will my child need to wear a batting helmet and/or does the league provide helmets?
A: Any offensive player in the on-deck circle, coaching the bases, batting, or running the bases MUST wear a helmet with ear flaps. The helmet must fit snugly and completely cover the player ears. It is optional for any defensive player, except for the catcher, to wear a helmet. Your child will need to provide their own batting helmet.
Q: What if my child wants to catch? Will additional equipment be required or supplied?
A: A catcher's helmet with a face-guard must be worn; the helmet and face-guard must fit snugly and completely covers the player’s ears. The catcher must wear knee and shin guards that completely cover the catcher's knee cap and the front part of the ankles. A catcher's chest protector with a drop down clap that is designed to protect the groin area must also be worn. For male catchers, an athletic supporter and cup are required. A catcher's mitt is recommended but is not required. All required catcher’s gear will be provided by JCB, with the exception of the athletic supporter and cup. Players are allowed to bring their own catcher's gear, providing it meets the league's specifications.
Q: What other equipment does my child need?
A: In addition to a batting helmet, your child will need to provide their own bat, glove, cleats and athletic supporters. Cups are encouraged for all boys and required for any child wishing to catch. Batting gloves and slider pants are also recommended. JCB provides all practice and game baseballs and catcher's equipment for each team. NO METAL CLEATS are allowed in Cal Ripken leagues (ages 5-12).
Q: What does a player’s uniform include?
A: Players will receive a full team uniform, including a jersey, cap, pants, and belt.
Q: What size bats are allowed?
A: The Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc. have approved the use of the 2 5/8 inch barrel bats for local league play and tournament play beginning in January 2018 and coinciding with the new USA Bat standard. All new bats that bear the USA Bat licensing mark will be permissible for play at JCB. For further information, please Click Here