WESTON, Conn. As the Major League Baseball season gets set to enter its final month, the fall Weston Junior Babe Ruth league is just about to start. Registration is under way for boys 13 to 15 for the season that runs from Sept. 8 to Oct. 28.
Games will be played on weekend days, with practices during the week.
Any player who will turn 13 by April 30, 2013, and all players who were eligible this last spring can play.
The Weston teams compete in the Fairfield County Babe Ruth District against teams from Westport, Wilton, Fairfield, Darien, New Canaan, Bridgeport and Stratford.
Players can register for one of two divisions, Prep and Majors. Preps are seventh- and eighth-graders who are moving up from Little League to a big league-sized baseball diamond. Majors teams are for 14- and 15-year-olds who have played at least one Babe Ruth season.
For the Prep teams, our objective is to create an instructional league with competitive play, said John Jepsen, president of the Weston Junior Babe Ruth league. The focus is on improving basic baseball skills and adjusting to playing on a larger field. In the Majors, there is a greater focus on developing the role of each player at each position in game conditions.
He said, We try to help the boys get better at a game they love and prepare them for high school baseball.
Renovation to Revson Field has been completed, providing the Weston teams with a site for the season.
For the last two seasons, we had to play the majority of our games on the road. Now we can practice on legitimate Babe Ruth/high school fields and have half our games on our home fields, Jepsen said.
Fee for the fall season is $200 per player. The registration can be completed at www.westonctbaseball.com .
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