What is 50/70?
Welcome to a new era of baseball in Berkley - as we are proud to start a 11/12 year old 50/70 baseball for the upcoming spring 2016 season! 50/70 baseball was created by the Cal Ripken Baseball Association to make the transition to 13 year old baseball easier for players. 50/70 refers to the distance of the pitchers (50’) mound and base path (70’). Prior to this year, our Majors division participated in 46/60. Once the players graduate from Majors by turning 13, they move forward to 60/90 baseball. That is a big jump to a regulation sized major league infield - whether it is middle school baseball, AAU or Babe Ruth 13-15.
Playing 50/70 has other benefits. In addition to being an easier transition for field size. 50/70 raises the level of play by changing the rules to mirror 60/90 baseball with base runner leads. This now incorporates pitchers having to hold runners, pick-off moves and balks. It effectively changes the game from stealing on the catcher, to stealing on the pitcher - making the games true baseball.
The addition of this program is a natural fit to the Berkley Athlete Association philosophy. Players advancing from each division by making each age group one step closer to true baseball. It also gives players who participate in a 50/70 program an advantage when moving to a 60/90 team.
We can tell you from first hand experience that once the kids play one 50/70 game, they do not want to go back. Players feel like they are in the big leagues - playing on a larger, more age appropriate sized infield with big league rules and regulations.
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