PIYB will Charter with Cal Ripken Baseball, a division of Babe Ruth League, Inc. Thankfully, Cal Ripken Baseball will use May 1 to determine player age for the 2018 season, as opposed to both Little League and PONY, who shifted to August 31 for their playing age determination date. Area leagues affiliate with different youth baseball governing bodies based on what makes the most sense for their respective organizations. After carefully evaluating neighboring Wilmington Little League this fall, Cal Ripken remains the most accommodating youth baseball governing body for our community. Supper Optimist, a large league, decided to move back to Cal Ripken after spending 2017 with PONY. Supper cited on their website that the age chart was their main reason for making the move in 2018. Here is a look at the various league affiliations in New Hanover County for 2018 (Cal Ripken Baseball: Supper Optimist and PIYB | PONY: Winter Park Optimist | Little League: WLL).
PONY Age Chart (Click Here)
Little League Age Chart (Click Here)
Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth Age Chart (See Below)