Welcome to Westchester Babe Ruth Baseball
Please see the below for an annoucment from league President, Chris Lynch
2015 First Half Schedule
The 2015 1st Half Schedule is now available. Please see the link below for a copy.
2015 First Half Schedule (revised 3.3.15)
About Our Program
About Our Program
Westchester Babe Ruth Baseball (WBRB) was established in the spring of 1956. For the first 25 years, all games were played on Sullivan Field (now Page Stadium) at Loyola University (now Loyola Marymount University). For those first 25 years, Pony/Colt baseball was being played on Ivan Miller Field at the Southern California Gas Company. Coincidently, the Pony/Colt league was established the same year as Westchester Babe Ruth. Fortunately, the Gas Company, with efforts from Ivan Miller, endowed the footprint we occupy for perpetual baseball use benefiting 13 – 15 year old players in our community.
In 1981 due to a reduced players’ pool in the area, Westchester Babe Ruth and Pony/Colt merged organizations retaining Westchester Babe Ruth and moving the home site to Ivan Miller Field. Through the early 87’s to mid-90 ’s games were played at the Gas Co field, St. Bernard High School, with occasional games at Loyola Marymount. In 2002, we expanded play to Westchester High School while for the most part losing the opportunity to play games at Loyola Marymount University.
WBRB has always been administrated and managed by an all-volunteer group of community leaders and this tradition continues today. The maintenance and upkeep of the entire baseball facility and park adjacent to the batting cages are the responsibility of Westchester Babe Ruth Baseball. Our volunteer staff donates their time all year to ensure our players have one of the finest baseball facilities for this level of play. These same volunteers donate their time coaching and instructing the players in an effort to support the goals of the individual athletes. While we do not cut any player who wishes to play baseball, we’ve struck a balance between competition and participation which has resulted in these recent accomplishments:
2008 – First WBRB to advance to the World Series – 3rd place in the nation - 13U
2009 – Pacific Northwest Regional Finalist – 14U
2010 – Pacific Northwest Regional Finalist – 14U
2011 – Pacific Northwest Regional Semi-Finalist – 13U
2012 – Second WBRB team to advance to the World Series – 3rd place in the nation – 14U
2013 – World Series Champions – 14U, World Series Finalists – 15U
2014 – Pacific Northwest Regional Semi-Finalists – 14U
Our Spring Format
The spring season is comprised of two distinct time segments. The “first half “is considered instructional and for the most part focuses on the skills necessary for the players to transition to the regulation diamond and official baseball rules of play. Emphasis is on skill development and strength/conditioning building rather than wins/loses. Players will be evaluated the 2nd week of February to form teams with training commencing the 3rd week in February. League play consists of games on weekends and practice on weeknights. Most team practice two weeknights each week with optional training available to those players who consistently maintain their academic responsibilities and have available time. Teams play a 10 games season which culminates with a double-elimination tournament.
In our “second half” 14 and 15 year olds that were playing for their high school teams return. We conduct evaluations for these players and the entire players’ pool is evaluated. For the past two seasons we’ve had two divisions: D1 division with 4 teams of the most skilled players, almost exclusively comprised of 14 and 15 year olds with few exceptions. Our D2 division with 4 – 5 teams of those players emerging as athletes, yet not quite ready for the speed and competition of the D1 division. Each division’s 10 game season culminates with a double-elimination tournament. These 2nd half division begin league play on or around May 09, 2015.
The two primary benefits to a two-division approach are:
Optimal retention of the more experienced players. For many high school 15 year olds, playing against 7-8 graders has proven not to be beneficial for their continued development. We lose model players and families each year to other programs which offer more advanced and consistent competition. As a parent you’ll understand this in more depth when your son is in his 3rd year of our program.
Optimal playing time for those players who are still emerging as baseball players. The 2 or 3 innings and 1 at-bat per game (min play) does not bode well for any of those players. We continue to receive this feedback year in and year out.
Essentially, all families and players benefit from this two division format. Stated another way, it’s a win/win: The more experienced players participate in a much more competitive environment that supports their development as a high school athlete. The emerging players get much, much more playing time and opportunities which ultimately facilitates their continued development in a safer environment on the baseball field.
Three All Star team (13U, 14U and 15U) are selected from divisional play. All participants are eligible for All Stars. All Star team training begins on or around June 27th, 2015 in preparation for District II Tournament play beginning on or around July 07, 2015.
Families enrolling for play in the first-half their enrollment fee covers both halves. Players enrolling for 2nd half play do so in the April enrollment timeframe. There is a one-time nominal fee for those players selected to represent WBRB for All Star play.
2015 at a Glance
2015 Registration – January
Player Evaluations and Team Formation – 2nd week in February
Team Training Commencement – 3rd week in February
First Half Games Begin – 1st Saturday in March
No Games Easter Weekend
First Half D.E. Tournament – Final week in April
Second Half Player Evaluations and Draft – 1st week in May (Both Divisions)
Second Half Play Begins – 2nd week in May (Both Divisions)
No Game Memorial Weekend
Second Half D.E. Tournament – 3rd week in June (Both Divisions)
All Star Teams’ Training Begins – Last week in June
District II All Star Tournament – 2nd week in July
Entering & Exiting the Field
PLEASE SLOW DOWN ENTERING AND EXITING IVAN MILLER FIELD
Westchester Babe Ruth Membership:
The residents who live on Gulana Ave north of 83rd have kindly requested that drivers slow down both entering and exiting the Gas Company field. For that short stretch (83rd to the field entrance), I believe a speed of no more than 20 mph is appropriate and reasonable. The use of Ivan Miller Field is a privilege predicated on our seamless and respectful presence within the immediate neighborhood. Please join me to ensure we retain use of this facility by addressing this concern immediately. Please also comply with the posted speed signs inside the facility.
14U Team Continues to Battle!
The 14U All Star Team has been crowned State Champions!!
They are now headed to the Pacific Southwest Championship in Surprise, Arizona on July 27th thru Aug 4th.
The team needs our support to help send the players to this tournament. Please visit the Westchester Babe Ruth 14U Fundraising website to help.
The tournament brackets can be downloaded here.
Good luck to the 14U Team!!
Professional Baseball Hitting & Fielding Instruction
Interested in getting instruction to improve your skills and strength?
Hector Zamora is a head coach with two Babe Ruth World Series appearances including the 2013 14U World Series Championship! Hector, a former New York Yankee with international & independent play experience, has 6 years of proven instructional experience.
Hector can provide baseball instruction as well as strength coaching.
See attached (Baseball Instruction) for additional details and contact information.