Dear GYBL Babe Ruth Parent,
If you have a player who is entering or playing in Babe Ruth, please read this message carefully.
In past years, The GYBL Board received feedback from players and parents that they wanted to see improvements to the Groton Babe Ruth Program. For the past two years, the GYBL has implemented several exciting changes for Babe Ruth Program (Babe Ruth Players are ages 13-15):
1. New Minuteman League- We are also pleased to announce that we have joined The Babe Ruth Minuteman League. This league is open to 13-15 year old players. The league comprises over 36 teams across 4 different divisions. T Players will travel to surrounding towns including Concord, Carlisle, Maynard, Stow, Sudbury, Lincoln, Wayland, Westford, Littleton, Bolton and Weston. All games are held on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), thus, anyone playing Middle school baseball will not have a conflict. Please note: Starting in 2011, we have chosen to only play Babe Ruth Baseball in the Minuteman League and will not participate in any other baseball program.
2. New Babe Ruth Board being formed- GYBL is creating a separate board exclusively for Babe Ruth. The board will comprise of a President, Vice-President and Coordinator. Given the size and growth of baseball in Groton, we felt it important to create a dedicated board to deal with operations. Additionally, a executive board will be formed comprising GYBL Cal Ripken President, Treasurer and the newly appointed Babe Ruth President to oversee the entire GYBL organizations.
For anyone that has interest in filling one of these roles, please contact
We are confident these changes will help address some of the challenges we have had with Babe Ruth baseball over the past couple of years. We feel it will serve the players best interests and will provide everyone with the opportunity to excel and more importantly, to have fun playing baseball.
All Babe Ruth teams will start play in the spring and will continue into June. For more information on the Minuteman Baseball League go to: http://www.mmbrl.com/
Thank you and we look forward to a great baseball season for our kids!
The GYBL Board of Directors
Babe Ruth Questions and Answers:
Q. I'm not sure which Babe Ruth League I should sign up for.
A. If your son is 13, 14 or 15 and wants to play in baseball, The GYBL has joined with the Minuteman Travel League.
Q. I am unfamiliar with the Minuteman League, what can you tell me about it?
A. The Babe Ruth Minuteman League is comprised of over 36 teams across 4 different divisions. This is a semi-competitive baseball league which will require players to travel. . Players will travel to surrounding towns including Concord, Carlisle, Maynard, Stow, Sudbury, Lincoln, Wayland, Westford, Littleton, Bolton and Weston. Groton plans on fielding multiple teams at different skill levels to play in this league, so there will be a space for all players at all skill levels. All games are held on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), thus, anyone playing Middle school or JV baseball will not have a conflict.
Q. What will the fees be for this year?
A. The Fee for the Babe Ruth League is $150.
Q. So, there are evaluation for the Minuteman League?
A. No, we do not old evaluations for the Babe Ruth division. Teams will be formed by the coaches and the Babe Ruth Board on the basis of age and coach/board judgement of ability. The intention of the Board is to ensure competitive balance across the teams. In the past, G-D has formed a team(s) of 13 year olds and competed against 13-year old teams from other towns.
Q. When are tryouts?
A. No tryouts will be held.
Q. My son played in AAU last year what should I do, should I try the Minuteman League?
A. You can continue to play in your AAU league, but your games may conflict as Minuteman games are held on the weekend. The choice is up to you.