Youth Athletics

Winterville Cal Ripken Baseball League

General Information

Spring Cal Ripken baseball is a competitive league designed for children ages 7-12 interested in playing youth recreational baseball, learning baseball fundamentals, and building upon skills previously learned. The program is divided into three age groups: Rookie League (7/8 yr olds) Minor League (9/10 yr olds), and Major League (11/12 yr olds). Includes an end of season tournament and all-star teams for each age (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 year old age groups).

  • Location: AG Cox, Hillcrest Park, and Winterville Recreation Park - All games played at Winterville Recreation Park.
  • Game Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and some Saturdays. Week day games will be played in the evening. Wednesdays may be used if absolutely necessary or for make-ups.
  • Practice Days: Monday-Sunday
  • Season: Practices begin 2nd Monday in February. Regular season begins 3rd Saturday in March. Season should be completed, weather permitting, by the first weekend in June.
  • Ages: Rookie League 7/8 yr olds, Minor League 9/10 yr olds, Major League 11/12 yr olds.
Local League Rule Change Effective 2019 Season - Playing Up in Age Group: The following age participants only, as defined by Babe Ruth Birth Chart, may play up one age group:
  • Six year old players may play in the Rookie League (7-8 yr olds).
    • Note: Six year old players were allowed to play up prior to this rule change.
  • Eight year old players may play in the Minor League (9-10 yr olds).
  • Ten year old players may play in the Major League (11-12 yr olds).
  • Twelve year old players may play in the Jr Babe Ruth League (13-15 yr olds) 
  • Players must play in age group for all other ages and divisions.

It is recommended that all players play with their appropriate age group.If you have any questions related to this rule change, please call 252-756-1487.

Important Links

Winterville Pee Wee Baseball League

2018 Schedule - Updated 6/11/18

2019 Registration: Begins February 25th

  • Description: Program designed to encourage physical activity while teaching socialization, team cohesion, and fundamentals of playing baseball.  Winterville Pee Wee takes a step forward in preparation for our Cal Ripken rookie league program. Winterville Pee Wee utilizes a UPM 45 Blue Flame pitching machine.
  • Location: AG Cox, Hillcrest Park, and Winterville Recreation Park
  • Game Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and some Saturdays. Week day games will be played in the evening while Saturday games will be played in the morning.
  • Practice Days: Monday-Sunday
  • Season: Practices month of April with games May-June
  • Ages: 5 and 6 year olds

Winterville T-Ball League

2018 Schedule - Updated 6/11/18

2019 Registration: Begins February 25th

  • Description: Program designed to teach/introduce youth to the physical activity, socialization, and fundamentals of playing baseball. Winterville T-Ball utilizes a hitting tee (no pitches are thrown to any batters).
  • Location: AG Cox, Hillcrest Park, and Winterville Recreation Park
  • Game Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and some Saturdays. Week day games will be played in the evening while Saturday games will be played in the morning
  • Practice Days: Monday-Sunday
  • Season: Practices month of April with games May-June
  • Ages: 4 and 5 year olds

Jr Babe Ruth

2018 Schedule

2019 Registration: Begins March 25th

Winterville Jr Babe Ruth teams participate in the Greenville/Pitt County Babe Ruth League. Home games are played at AG Cox Middle School. Away games are played at North Pitt High School, Ayden-Grifton High School, Farmville Central High School, and Guy Smith Park.

  • Game Days: Monday-Sunday
  • Practice Days: Monday-Sunday
  • Season: May-June
  • Ages: 13-15 year olds
  • USA Bat Approved Bat List
  • Bat Rules 2019 - Do not purchase a new bat prior to reading this information.
    • Includes general bat rules, additional USA Bat information, and useful links
  • 2019 Birth Chart (This determines which league your child plays in) Note: Winterville does not allow any players except those 6 years of age (by birth chart) to play up in age. 

Fall Baseball

Fall Baseball is designed for children ages 7-12 interested in playing youth recreational baseball and learning the fundamentals of baseball. The program is divided into three age groups: Rookie League (7/8 yr olds) Minor League (9/10 yr olds), and Major League (11/12 yr olds). The fall baseball league is developmental, scores and standings are not kept. Players play in the age group they will play in spring league (rising 9 year old will play in minor league even though they are still technically 8). This structure allows players to continue developing if they are in the same division or grow accustomed to a new division if they are aging up.

  • Team Placement: All children will make a team. Players placed on teams by Department staff.
  • Season: September through early October
  • Practices: Days and times chosen by coach
  • Games Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and some Fridays (depends on number of teams)
  • Game Times: 6:00 p.m. & 7:45 p.m. (depends on number of teams)

Flag Football

Flag football is divided into two age groups: 5/6 year olds and 7/8 year olds. Flag football is designed for youths interested in learning the fundamentals of football.

  • Team Placement: All children will make a team. Players placed on teams by department staff.
  • Season: Mid-September through mid-November
  • Practices: Days and times determined by coach. May practice at approved offsite facility.
  • Game Days: Primarily Monday's & Wednesday's. Additional weeknights are used if necessary.
  • Game Times: 5/6 yr olds-5:30 p.m., 7/8 yr olds 6:30 and 7:30 p.m..
  • Game Locations: Winterville Recreation Park and Ayden District Park
    *Please note team, coach, sibling, or car pooling requests during registration.

Tackle Football

Tackle football is designed for children 8-13 years old (ages groups 8-10 and 11-13) interested in learning the sport and fundamentals of tackle football. For more weight related rules and the complete rulebook please download Winterville Youth Football League Rules.

**Please note: Any child on a middle school roster in the 7th or 8th grade will not be elgible to play in Winterville Tackle Football League.

  • Team Placement: All children will make a team. However, if players are new to the program or age group they are required to attend evaluations held at the Winterville Recreation Park - 332 Sylvania Street, Winterville.
    • 8-10 Year Old Age Group - September 4th at 6:00 p.m.
    • 11-13 Year Old Age Group - September 11th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Season: Practices begin mid September, games run from October through mid-November.
  • Practices: Days and times determined by coach. Expect around five practices per week before games begin. May practice at approved offsite facility.
  • Game Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and some Fridays
  • Game Location: Winterville Recreation Park and Ayden District Park
  • Teams will be determined by the draft conducted after evaluations (for coaches only).

Cheerleading

This program is designed for children ages 5-12 who are interested in youth recreational cheerleading and learning the fundamentals of cheerleading.

  • Team Placement:  All children will make the squad.  You will be contacted by the coach of the cheerleading squad for further correspondence throughout the season. 
  • Practices:  Practices will begin in September and run throughout the season. Your child’s coach will determine the times and dates of practices and will contact you regarding this information.  Practices will be held at the Winterville Operations Center (2936 Church Street).
  • Games:  A practice and game schedule will be provided to each cheerleader no later than mid September.   Games will be played at Winterville Recreation Park starting in late September and will run until early November. Winterville Cheerleaders will also participate in the Winterville Christmas Parade

Lil' Strikers Soccer

Lil' Strikers Soccer is designed for children ages 4-6 interested in learning the fundamentals of soccer. For many participants this is their experience with soccer, no scores or standings are recorded.

  • Season: Games in October with practices beginning mid-September
  • Practices: Days and times chosen by coach
  • Games Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (Friday as needed)
  • Game Times: 6:30 p.m.