The Cal Ripken Rookie Division is the participant’s first opportunity to bat against live pitching. That is when players are introduced to pitching. Players pitch initially then coaches pitch as the game progresses rather than using a pitching machine. There is a 5 run rule per inning to ensure the game progresses. Participants continue to work on the basic fundamentals of throwing, catching, and hitting. They will also be introduced to basic offensive, defensive and game situations of baseball. There could be an end of the season tournament.