About BBRUpdated Friday April 15, 2016 by Babe Ruth Import.
Baseball Programs Available to the Youth of our Community
Babe Ruth Affiliation (Ages 13-15)
Founded in 1951, the Babe Ruth Baseball League was created for ballplayers ages 13-15 who wish to continue their baseball playing experience beyond the age of 12. Bethlehem Babe Ruth (BBR), founded in 1955, which serves the youth of our local community here in Bethlehem and Ravena is proud to be a part of this great national organization. The Babe Ruth spring season typically runs from late April until the middle of June. Babe Ruth All-Star teams are selected and play in July with an opportunity to compete for a chance to play in the Babe Ruth World Series.
We also offer a Fall baseball program from early September until mid-October. The fall season consists of a schedule against other local Babe Ruth leagues. Despite the travel nature of the program, this is fun and competitive program that is very similar to our spring recreational program and is open to players of all skill levels.
Empire State Baseball League (ESBL) Affiliation (Ages 13-15)
For those players that have shown a greater skill level and a willingness to play in a more competitive environment, BBR offers travel baseball through our affiliation with ESBL. ESBL is the only local, Babe Ruth sanctioned travel baseball league. This opportunity is offered to players from our recreational league to also play a travel schedule against other local leagues such as: Clifton Park/Halfmoon, Niskayuna, Guilderland, N. Colonie, South Troy etc. It should be noted that this option is not available in place of our recreational program but in addition to it and is not a substitute. Players wishing to play travel MUST also participate on our in-house recreational league. The Travel Season typically runs from Memorial Day Weekend until the end of June. Teams that qualify then have the opportunity to participate in an end of year tournament.
Eastern NY Mickey Mantle and Connie Mack (ENYMMCM) Affiliation (Ages 16U/18U)
Once players “graduate” from our Babe Ruth program they have an opportunity to continue to play travel baseball with BBR through our affiliation with ENYMMCM. Players tryout for our Mickey Mantle (16U) and Connie Mack (18U) teams in the fall for the spring seasons. Our teams will play other locally affiliated teams throughout the region. These teams represent the pinnacle of talent from our league at each age level. These teams typically play from the end of school baseball through July.