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Lehigh Valley Cal Ripken Baseball League





The 2015 Tournament Breacket can be found in the document section of the website. 



Our web site has become an important tool for providing information to managers, players, parents and prospective Cal Ripken teams and leagues.

A new season is upon us and we are looking forward to our nineth year with great anticipation. And new is the word for this year: we continue to expand the league with the anticpated addition of several new teams.  We must be doing something right!

We remind everyone that all of our managers, coaches and special volunteers are all required to have background checks completed within the last three years as well as having a Babe Ruth Certification.  For background checks, please check for info from your organization.  Babe Ruth Certification links are also available on this site.


As important as post season tournament play is to our league, our primary mission remains to provide the best baseball experience for players, parents, coaches and fans.  That is why we continue to make coaching education and training opportunities available to all managers and coaches.  There is even a parents corner on our site to help parents properly assist their player(s) in developing their skills as they grow.  One thing that is paramount to the conduct of our league activities is the safety of our participants.  While all players are subject to injury, catchers, and especially pitchers, can be injured in such ways that they may never fully recover.  That being said, this year, LVCRL has instituted, along with out "maximum innings pitched" rules, a new pitch count rule that will go further to protect growing young arms from overuse and abuse.  All of our guidelines and rules are part of our Constitution and By-laws and you are all welcome to read them.  The document can be found on our Documents Page.  The article below was used in determining pitch counts and has a wealth of great information that parents, and coaches, can use to help their pitcher.



 Parents, and coaches, please read the following article and help prevent unnecessary injury to our pitchers. Our new pitching rule and our concern about high pitch count is based on fact. Arm injuries can debilitate for a lifetime, so please don't let this happen to your child! Parents can request a copy of the league pitching rules from


Injury prevention guidelines for young baseball pitchers

What are the most common injuries in youth baseball pitchers?

Overuse injuries are by far the most common type of injury that affects young pitchers; up to 40 percent develop them. In a pitcher who is not finished growing, the growth plates of the elbow and shoulder are the anatomic structures most vulnerable to the stress of overuse. Growth plates are made of soft cartilage, and therefore are not as resistant to stress as ligaments, tendons, or mature bone. Repetitive stress due to overuse causes irritation and inflammation in these growth plates, resulting in injuries such as Little League elbow and Little League shoulder. Traumatic injuries are much less frequent than overuse injuries. The most common traumatic injury is an avulsion fracture of the medial elbow.

What causes injuries in young baseball pitchers?

Research has shown that the most important risk factor for injury is the number of pitches thrown. The more pitches thrown per game, per week and per season, the greater the risk for injury. Additional risk factors include lack of adequate rest between pitching appearances, throwing breaking pitches at a young age and pitching through fatigue. Young pitchers can reduce their risk for injury by following the pitch count guidelines shown below and the PDF documentguidelines for youth pitchers.

What is a pitch count?

Pitch count refers to the number of maximum effort pitches thrown. All maximum effort pitches count toward the total number for the week, regardless if they were thrown in a game, in a practice or in your backyard. For more information on which pitches count, see the USA Baseball Medical and Safety Advisory Committee Guidelines.

Why is it important to count pitches?

Research has shown that the most important risk factor for injury is the number of pitches thrown. The higher the number of pitches thrown per game, per week, and per season, the greater the risk for injury.

How many pitches should youth baseball pitchers throw?

On the basis of extensive research, Little League Baseball enforces the following pitch count regulation guide in an attempt to reduce the risk of overuse injuries to elbows and shoulders:


(Mean ± Standard Deviation)


Maximum Pitches/Game

Maximum Games/Week


52 ± 15

2 ± 0.6


68 ± 18

2 ± 0.5


76 ± 16

2 ± 0.4


91 ± 16

2 ± 0.4


106 ± 16

2 ± 0.6

Do certain pitching mechanics cause more injuries?

The answer to this question is currently unknown. There are many theories that implicate specific aspects of a pitcher's motion that could lead to injury, however, there has yet to be any scientific evidence to prove or disprove these theories. The Institute for Sports Medicine and Motion Analysis Center at Children's Memorial Hospital are currently conducting a research study to investigate the influence of pitching biomechanics on injuries in youth pitchers. Pitchers can learn more about how their own pitching mechanics may be affecting their performance and/or injury risk by participating in Children's Memorial's Pitching Biomechanics Analysis, a state-of-the-art, three-dimensional (3-D) motion analysis technology that provides pitchers with personalized analysis and recommendations for stronger, safer pitching.

What else can youth pitchers do to prevent injury?

§ Do not pitch through pain. Joint pain in the elbow or shoulder is one of the first signs of injury. Pitchers should be removed from pitching if they are feeling or showing signs of pain. Rest is required to allow time for the injured area to heal. If pain does not resolve after 3 to 4 days of rest, consult your physician. The sooner an injury is identified, the sooner proper treatment can begin. The result is shorter healing time and faster return to pitching.

§ Do not pitch through fatigue. Research shows that pitchers who pitch through fatigue may be at a greater risk for injury. Decreased ball velocity, ball control and/or ball command are all signs of fatigue. Pitchers demonstrating these signs should be removed from pitching.

§ Warm-up properly before all practices and games. Ten minutes of light jogging, cycling, or calisthenics before exercise will increase circulation to cold muscles, making them more pliable and less prone to injury. The Institute for Sports Medicine's TRAK program instructs young athletes how to perform age-appropriate warm-up exercises.

§ Maintain appropriate body weight and general fitness throughout the year

§ Learn and practice proper pitching mechanics

§ Avoid playing on more than one baseball team during a single season

§ Take at least 3 consecutive months off from pitching per year

§ Avoid playing other overhead sports such as football (quarterback), volleyball, and/or swimming during the baseball season. When combined with baseball pitching, these can put a large amount of repetitive stress on a young pitcher's arm and greatly increase the risk for injury.

§ Find more on PDF documentinjury prevention guidelines.


So, check out the site, the teams, the news and the events that will make this season our greatest yet and will continue to help us grow our league and our district!

A lot has happened since our inaugural year of 2007 and we hope to continue league building, and district building, as we move into the 2015 season.

We are part of Cal Ripken District VII which encompasses all of the counties of Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, the northern part of Bucks and the eastern parts of Berks as well as some immediately surrounding areas.  So, as we look to 2015 and beyond, we not only will be working to grow our league but will also be helping in a number of ways to grow our district.

Lehigh Valley Cal Ripken will, as always, continue to work hard to improve the baseball experience for parents, coaches and, especially, players.  What we all do now for our players will make the most difference in what happens to their playing experience in the future.

We welcome our registered users to offer suggestions on content and we will be happy to include links to those who, in some way or another, sponsor one or more of our special events.  Please see the list of activities that need sponsorship located in the Document Center.  Any information requests regarding Cal Ripken Baseball, the Lehigh Valley Cal Ripken League, District VII or this site can be sent to Ed Wise, 610-390-0598, at 

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