FARMINGTON — The Farmington Area Cal Ripken League will host, for the first time in history, the State of Maine Cal Ripken Tournament July 10 to 12.
The division hosted by the league is the 9- to 10-year-old All Stars.
There are seven teams across the state that will be invited to play after winning the district tournaments. For hosting, the Farmington Area All Star Team will receive an automatic bid to play in the state tournament along with the seven district winners.
If the Farmington Area All Star team wins the District 3 championship, the runner-up will be invited to play at the state tournament as well. It will be a double elimination tournament and will strictly adhere to official Cal Ripken League Tournament rules.
The winner of the state tournament will advance to the New England Regional tournament.
The local Cal Ripken League includes teams in Farmington, Temple, Chesterville, Industry, New Sharon and Strong. The league teaches the game of baseball to youngsters starting with T-ball teams for ages 5 and 6, and league teams up to age 12.
The July tournament will be held on Hippach Field and the Fairbanks Field. A committee has been formed and is working with town merchants to make this a townwide event, committee member Cathy Rogers said.
The state tournament will involve eight teams from surrounding districts that have competed in and won their own district tournaments. These will come to Farmington to compete in the state tournament, she said. Seven visiting teams with an average of 12-15 players per team along with their parents, families and friends means additional visitors to the area over the tournament, she added.
The tournament committee is asking for the public’s help with financial donations to help cover costs for the expenses incurred as the host town. Donations of any amount from individuals, families or businesses would be greatly appreciated and well used, she said.
The added expenses faced by the committee include paying two umpires per tournament games and three for the championship game. Umpires are the only individuals who get paid in the Cal Ripken league. Other expenses are extra balls (two per game for as many as 16 games), a sound system, medical personnel, water and other items.
Anyone who would like to make a donation is asked to contact the tournament committee via e-mail at email@example.com.
The committee has made provision for local donations to be picked up and easy arrangements for those outside Farmington.
Community support provides endless benefits for Farmington area kids, who also develop the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being while participating in the State of Maine Cal Ripken 10 and under Baseball Tournament.