Bringing the Cal Ripken World Series back to Aberdeen, year after year, continues to cement Aberdeen as one of the top baseball destinations in the country, said MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. This event showcases the next generation of baseball with the best 12u baseball players on the planet.
The CRWS is where the world comes to play, the Ripken Way, and is the culminating tournament of the Babe Ruth Leagues 12u Cal Ripken Division. The World Series unites the 10 best teams from across the United States, with six international teams from Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, and the Republic of Korea.
The World Series begins on Friday, August 9 at 5:00 p.m. with Opening Ceremonies and the Harford County Game at 8:00 p.m. on Cal, Sr.s Yard, followed by a post-game firework show. All tournament games are FREE to the public. Free tickets are available online at WorldSeries.RipkenBaseball.com.
Games will be played on the innovative fields at The Ripken Experience complex, including the one-of-a-kind Cal Sr.s Yard, a two-thirds replica of Camden Yards. Pool play takes place from August 10 14 with games played from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The CRWS All-Star Game takes place on Thursday, August 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 16 will see the field narrowed down to eight teams, which will face off in the single-elimination round. The championship games on August 17 and August 18 will be televised live on CBS Sports Network and include commentary by Cal and Bill Ripken. Coverage begins with the U.S. Championship on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 5:00 p.m., to be followed by the International Championship at 7:30p.m. The World Championship begins at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 18.
2013 Cal Ripken World Series Schedule:
Aug. 9 Opening Ceremonies & Skill Competition (5:00 p.m.); Middle Atlantic v. Harford Co. (8 p.m.)
Aug. 10 Pool Play, Day 1 (18 p.m.)
Aug. 11-14 Pool Play (108 p.m.);
Aug. 15 Consolations & All-Star Game (10a.m.-8 p.m.)
Aug. 16 Consolations & Playoffs (12:30-8p.m.)
Aug. 17 – U.S. Championship Game (5 p.m.); International Championship Game (7:30 p.m.)
Aug. 18 World Championship Game (2 p.m.)
**Championship weekend will air live on CBS Sports Network
This year, community activities at the CRWS will include a parade in Downtown Aberdeen on Saturday, August 10. The carnival will be onsite at the Ripken Experience complex for a week-long appearance beginning Monday, August 12 with 22 family-friendly rides and games, including the Giant Slide, Drop Tower, Merry Go Round, Flying Elephants, Dizzy Dragons and Musical Chairs. On Sunday, August 18, Karla Davis from NBCs The Voice will perform at Ripken Way (along the Marriott wall/Outfield of Cal Sr.s Yard) immediately following the Championship Game at 2:00 p.m.
Additionally, the Cal Ripken World Series will once again feature The Wearhouse, a merchandise store located at the Courtyard by Marriot. Fans will be able to purchase official CRWS merchandise, including team replica t-shirts.
Fans can follow the tournament through the tournaments official social media pages including Twitter (@CRWSAberdeen), and at Facebook.com/CRWSAberdeen. For complete information on the tournament, visit WorldSeries.RipkenBaseball.com.
About The Cal Ripken World Series
The 14th annual Cal Ripken World Series (CRWS) will take place from Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 18 and held on professional-quality youth fields modeled after Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Nationals Park. The CRWS is the culminating tournament of the Babe Ruth League’s 12u Cal Ripken Division and is comprised of 10 teams from the United States, including a Harford County, Md. representative, the Maryland State Champions and six international teams from around the world.