Our spring tryout will be held on March 21st at the Arlington High School BLUE gym.
New Players: ALL new players must attend the tryouts. The times are based on your LAST name. We are somewhat flexible to those players who may need to come at a different hour. If you need to leave early or in before your scheduled time, please notify the announcer and he will work you in. Please note that we will end by 11:45
Intermediate Players: Any current intermediate (B division) wishing to tryout for consideration of the Senior (A division) should be at the gym at about 8:30, as they will go first at 8:45.
Please note that there are no other tryout dates. On March 23rd, ALL players will be drafted to an affiliation (1 A and 1 B division team). Players will continue to work out with their affiliation until a time where the affiliation coaches feel they know which level the players will play.
Players should wear sneakers and bring gloves only (no bats).
Should you have any questions, please contact either Brian Malo @ 781-985-6575 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Al Ticehurst @ 781-281-2154 or Arlingtonbb@aol.com
Players, take advantage of these clinics that we are offering to you forFREE!
Once again Arlington Babe Ruth is offering free winter baseball to work on hitting and fielding and help you warm up for the upcoming spring season. So that we can keep an accurate head count, we ask that you register at www.arlingtonbb.org. Please note that the clinics are divided by last name in order to level the registration numbers for each session*.
Any questions, contact Brian Malo at
A's Baseball Center
31 Draper Street
Directions: From Montvale Ave., turn left on Nashua St. (becomes Draper). #31 is last building on left.
Last Names A-K
February 21st 8am-10am
March 14th 10am-12pm
Last Names L-Z
February 21st 10am-12pm
March 14th 8am-10am
What to Bring:
Bat, glove and a water bottle. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.
(No cleats; no heavy boots).
All registered players who are new to Arlington Babe Ruth are strongly encouraged to attend these clinics. We ask that you arrive 5-10 minutes early to check in with the person in charge. You will be given a stick-on number to place on your shirt or hat, so that it is visible to all the coaches and managers who will be attending. While this is not a tryout, managers and coaches will be observing skill levels at each of the sessions. We want you to enjoy the clinics and hopefully take something away that will help you in the upcoming season.
We suggest that all registered Intermediate League players attend. Whether or not you are trying out for the senior level and/or a school team this year, we guarantee you will gain something from these clinics that will help you.
Winter clinics are optional for registered Senior League players. You will have a chance to get some of the winter rust off before going out for your school team and in preparation for our spring program.
*If you have a legitimate scheduling issue, please contact Brian Malo to request permission to register for a different timeslot.
Starting in 2010, each Senior League team will be affiliated, or paired with, an
Intermediate League team. After draft day, all players will
receive a phone call from an affiliation representative (Senior or Intermediate League manager/coach) notifying the player of the affiliation that they were drafted to (for example, the Giants/Braves). This pool of players will practice together as one unified team until rosters are finalized, at which point thirteen
players will be assigned to the Senior League team, and all others to the
Intermediate League team. Consider this the equivalent of Red Sox spring
training - everyone reports to camp, but before the start of the season,
players must be assigned to either Boston or Pawtucket.
During the season, due to injuries or absences, one of the two teams may
need an additional player in order to fill their roster. In this case, a
player normally on one roster will be asked to play for the other roster
for one or more games. In previous years, players were "locked into"
their respective teams at the start of the season, and only under extreme
circumstances did players move between leagues. NOTE: THIS AFFILIATION IS PART OF THE PROGRAM AND PLAYERS SHOULD PLAY UP OR DOWN, AS ASKED.
Q. Why is the league doing this?
A. The original impetus for affiliation came from the looking at the number
of total players in the league, and attempting to preemptively solve the
problem of player shortages. The Rays, an Intermediate League team, was disbanded that year due to the player shortage, and this suggestion was
made to provide more stability to the league. As the idea was discussed,
the league found that there were additional benefits in the plan, namely
the opportunity for increased playing time and the chance for some players
to compete at a higher level. It also gives senior level players the opportunity to play some games in the intermediate level - a great chance for some additional practice.
Q. So... what team am I going to be on?
A. If you are new to the program, as noted above, you will be drafted to one of the affiliations. After additional evaluation from the managers/coaches, you will play at the level that is determined best for you at this time
If you were on a Senior League team last year, you will remain on that
If you were on an Intermediate League team last year and did not try out for Seniors, you will remain on your Intermediate team.
If you were on an Intermediate League team last year and tried out for Seniors , you MAY be drafted by ANY Senior League team. If you are NOT drafted by a senior team, you will return to your current intermediate team.
Q. I played in the Intermediates last year and I did not try out. Will I
be forced to play in the Senior League?
A. If you do not want to play at the Senior League level, bring this up
with the affiliation coaches during practice. All players are placed
based on their current skill and while we make every attempt to please
players, we must make sure that the players are at the correct skill
Q. How does this benefit me as a Senior League/Intermediate League player?
A. For both leagues, affiliation should prevent your team from forfeiting
games. Even losing a game you've played to completion is better than
winning a game by forfeit. Intermediate players who may be
apprehensive about playing at the Senior level, or who may have felt
they were a victim of numbers, affiliation should give them a chance to
play at a higher level on a part-time basis, which was previously
impossible due to the way the league was structured.
Q. What are the team affiliations?
A. Teams were selected by blind draw and are:
A’s / Giants
Braves / Cubs
Red Sox / Indians
Marlins / White Sox
Phillies/ not assigned
Affiliations will be reviewed at the completion of each season and affiliations shuffled every 2-3 years (This will allow coaches to share varying methods and philosophies)
Any questions should first be directed to your team manager. If you need additional information beyond what they have given you, please feel free to contact any board member.
Babe Ruth Life Cycle
For the players, coaches, and managers, it generally starts at the Fall tryout. Many players may get a taste of the “big diamond” from the "fallball " program and the managers start the assessment process for the following year. The winter months settle in and the manager notes are put aside. In March, spring is not that far away and Babe Ruth has another tryout, so kids can once again showcase their skills to the managers and coaches of the current 10 teams. The kids then nervously wait to see which team they will be on with a new season about to begin. As managers and coaches, we evaluate all the players to ensure that we are placing the players at the appropriate levels. Some move into the "A" level called the seniors, while others play in the "B" level called intermediates. The kids are drafted onto their teams and the season begins and before too long, the season is nearing an end. Another year passes and kids graduate and the rookies move up a notch to veteran status. The managers and coaches are all volunteers who all work to ensure that the over 150 players have a positive Babe Ruth experience.
If you have questions or would like to be part of our program, please contact:
Al Ticehurst - 781-281-2154 -