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Rutland Baseball and Softball

About RLLB

Historical records show that organized baseball has been played in Rutland, Mass., since at least 1903. In May 1952 the first Board of Directors for the Rutland Boys Baseball League were elected, and the league was incorporated with the state of Massachusetts as an official nonprofit organization in 1971. In 1989 the Rutland Boys Baseball League was restructured into Rutland Little League Baseball, Inc., and was chartered with Little League Baseball, Inc. of Williamsport, Penn. (Read more about our history by clicking on “History of Rutland Baseball” on the menu to the left.) In recent years, the league has lent its support to Rutland's softball program for girls.

Today, more than 400 boys and girls participate in Rutland Little League Baseball. In the 2015 season, the league sponsored ten Tee Ball teams (instructional level ages 4-6), eight AA teams (coach-pitch teams for ages 6-8), seven AAA teams (Little League minors level, ages 9 and 10), five LL teams (Little League majors level, ages 11 and 12), three Babe Ruth teams (ages 13-15), and one Big League team (ages 16-18). The number of teams has grown steadily in the past five years, and Rutland Little League expects that trend to continue in the coming season.

Baseball Divisions

Little League
At the Little League level, all games are kid pitch, all games are played following Little League rules, and all games are called by a professional umpire. Standings are kept and teams compete in an end-of-season round-robin tournament to determine the Little League champion for the season.
 
At this level, All Stars are selected by coaches and peers for additional play in competitive postseason tournaments.
 
AAA
At the AAA level, players are from age 9-10.  All games are kid pitch, all games are played following Little League rules with some ground-rule exceptions, and all games are called by junior umpires trained by Rutland's Umpire in Chief. Standings are kept and teams participate in a single-elimination tournament at the conclusion of the season to determine the AAA champion.
 
At this level, All Stars are selected by coaches and peers for additional play in competitive postseason tournaments.
 
AA
The AA division is instructional in nature, but is designed to transition young players from Tee Ball to Little League baseball. Players (ages 6-8) continue to learn the fundamentals skills of baseball. AA players play coach-pitched games throughout the year, however it is recommended to switch from live coach pitching to the Tee after 5-7 pitches to keep the game moving and to maintain the hitter’s confidence.
 
Using the Tee during some practice sessions will reinforce the value of the Tee, and keep it from becoming synonymous with defeat. Player pitching is not taught at the AA level, however some coaches may start to introduce it at the middle to end of the season, especially with the second year players.
 
Tee Ball 
Tee Ball is an instructional program designed to introduce young players (ages 4-6) to baseball. Tee Ball players are taught the fundamental skills of baseball, however they should not begin pitching or see any live pitching at this level. Tee Ball players hit only from the Tee for the entire season.
 
Babe Ruth
Rutland Babe Ruth is for 13-15 year old players who want to continue playing beyond Little League. Rutland teams are entered in the Wachusett Babe Ruth League, which also fields teams from Spencer, North Brookfield and Barre. Wachusett Babe Ruth features a 15-game regular-season schedule. Additionally, once the regular season is completed, players are selected onto separate 13-, 14- and 15-year-old All Star Teams, which compete in District level tournaments with potential advancement to state, regional and national tournaments.
 
Babe Ruth baseball is played on the larger baseball diamond (90-foot diamond as opposed to 60) and adheres to Cal Ripken rules. Home games are played on the Babe Ruth field behind Naquag Elementary School, as well as some away games when not facing another Rutland team; away games against non-Rutland teams are typically played in Spencer, North Brookfield and Barre.

Contact Us

Rutland Baseball and Softball

P.O. Box 608 
Rutland, Massachusetts 01543

Email Us: rllbinc@gmail.com
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