Depending on the age division, teams will practice 2-3 times per week in the pre-season, shifting to 1-2 practices a week once games begin. Each practice will be 1 ½ - 2 hours long. (Fewer/shorter practices for the 5/6 year-old T-ball players).
Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball for ages 4-12
In the Spring, Stewards of the Game participates with Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball for ages 4-12 in Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson. After evaluating all the major youth baseball affiliations in the area, we selected Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball for our 4-12 year olds as we feel it most closely embodies the philosophies and values on which Stewards of the Game was founded. Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball has developed a solid reputation for youth baseball centered on fun, sound fundamental instruction and good old-fashioned hard work. Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball has over 886,500 players on some 45,200 teams in more than 7,315 leagues across the world.
PONY Baseball for ages 13-17
For our older divisions ages 13-14 and 15-17 Stewards of the Game participates with PONY Baseball in the North Meck PONY League, which includes teams from Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Mooresville, East Lincoln, O'Dell, and Mallard Creek.
Regular Season Games
Regular season games for ages 4-12 will consist of inter-league play between Stewards of the Game teams and possibly some intra-league play with neighboring Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth leagues in the area for our older age divisions. Home games will be played on local town fields. Away games may involve some travel to surrounding towns.
Travel/Challenge/Andvanced Play Baseball
Travel/Challenge teams for various age groups will be assembled early in the season after skills week to provide the more advanced players with the opportunity to compete against other select teams in the CCBL, Nations Baseball, and USSSA tournaments. Challenge players below age 13 will continue to participate on their regular season recreational teams to reinforce their responsibility in life to lift others up; while having the opportunity to refine their skills against stiffer competition through periodic participation in area tournaments. Advanced Play players 13 and above will practice and play together as a unit all season and are not required to play recreational baseball; competing against other Advanced Play teams in various travel tournaments throughout the year. Parents need to understand that there will be additional costs involved in playing on a travel/challenge team (tournament player fees, uniforms, gate fees), as well as additional time commitments and possible play on Sundays form time to time.
Our Stewards of the Game All-Star teams (7U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, & 12U) are selected at the end of the spring season and will compete in a Cal Ripken-Babe Ruth Area tournament. The winners of these tournaments will advance to state and possibly, regional tournaments; culminating in the Cal Ripken World Series…some of which will be televised live on the MLB Network.
Annual Cooperstown Trip
The prestigious Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament in Cooperstown, NY is an exciting opportunity for young players to experience. Assuming there is sufficient interest, Stewards of the Game plans to send a team to participate in this tournament each summer. For 12 straight weeks during the summer, 95 teams from all over the country come to Cooperstown for a dream week of youth baseball. Many parents, siblings and grandparents accompany the team for a most memorable family vacation. The players and coaches room together in Team Cabins that surround the 22 manicured fields. The approximate cost per player is around $850 (excluding travel and team fundraising). Over 2,500 teams apply each year for the limited spots in this tournament. Our inaugural 12 & Under team participated in this tournament in the Summer of 2001 and had the time of their lives. Go to www.cooperstowndreamspark.com for more information. Also, check out some terrific action and family photos from our past trips by clicking on the Photo Gallery button to the left.
Metro League Team
When there is enough interest, Stewards of the Game fields a team of age 18 and under ballplayers who have the ability and desire to compete against area high school JV and varsity teams during our fall and spring / summer seasons. This team will participate in the Metro League Division of Babe Ruth baseball, along with a number of other school teams, and will also be eligible to participate in post-season Babe Ruth All-Star play. There is an additional cost for participating on a Stewards of the Game Metro league team; as this team will be coached by paid high school coaches from the Lake Norman area. This added cost is built into the higher registration fee for Metro League play.
As a general rule, Stewards of the Game does not allow players to "play-up" or “play down” in an age division above or below their actual age. The only exception to “playing up” will be those rare instances where a player's skill level is so advanced that they would clearly dominate the game at their age level or put their peers in harm's way on the field. The only exception for “playing down” will be instances where there is a high probability of a player being severely injured or embarrassed if they were to play with kids their own age. Any exception to this rule must be approved by the Age Level Coordinator (ALC) for their age division, the ALC for the age division they wish to play in and the Managing Director for Stewards of the Game. Parents who wish to apply for an exception please fill out this form and return to the current level ALC at skills week.
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Stewards of the Game
P.O. Box 1345
Huntersville, NC 28070-1345