Red Land ends 44-year association with Little League Baseball, will switch to Babe Ruth Baseball
ETTERS — Red Land Little League Baseball announced Thursday that it is ending its association with Little League Baseball after 44 years.
The youth league is switching to the Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth Baseball instead, it said in a post on its Facebook page.
As a result, the league will change its name to Red Land Youth Baseball, the statement said.
“The affiliation with Babe Ruth Baseball will allow age 11 and 12 year olds to have a true baseball experience with leads, steals, and pickoff moves on a field that is more appropriately sized,” the league said in its statement, adding that the decision was made “after years of discussion, research, and feedback.”
Read the full statement below:
Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO said:
“Little League International is disappointed to learn of Red Land Little League’s transition away from our program. We’re disappointment because there are options available within the Little League program that provide all children within their community the opportunity to participate, especially within our Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division which provides a transition to the teenage divisions. Little League is a program committed to providing opportunities to all children, regardless of ability, to participate with their classmates and other youth of the community, and we want every child to experience the excitement of both regular season and tournament play. We wish the Red Land community well with its efforts to provide a meaningful youth baseball program for its children, but we remain committed to offering a program that serves all children and not a select few.”