About STORM BASEBALL
Storm Baseball is a nationally competitive youth baseball organization for players ages 8-12. Players are selected from the Arlington Cal Ripken Babe Ruth League which draws players from the Arlington, Mason District, Falls Church and McLean areas.
The Storm Baseball Advantage
Storm Baseball offers the most baseball opportunities in our area, period. Affiliated with Arlington Babe Ruth, Storm Baseball is able to provide seamless, competitive travel baseball along with regular season play from Arlington Babe Ruth. Storm Baseball's spring schedule is coordinated with ABR, which allows for Storm Baseball to practice and play competitive travel baseball schedules during the spring/summer house baseball season. Storm Baseball teams participate in the Cal Ripken all-star tournaments and regularly advance into the Virginia State and Southeast Regional Tournaments.
Hard work, focus and fun pay-off:
- 2016 - 12YO Storm Black win the Virginia State Championship; 11YO and 10YO Storm finished runner-up in the State Tournament. Both the 12YO and 11YO teams continued to the highly competitive Southeast Regional Tournament to face championship teams from all over the Southeastern United States.
- 2017 - 12YO Storm Black team host the Virginia State Tournament at Barcroft Park and finish #17 out of 104 at the Cooperstown Dreams Park tournament; 10YO Storm Black team finishes Virginia State Runner-Up and competes in the Southeast Regional Tournament. Storm Baseball wins every age bracket for which it participates (10YO Storm Black was in Regional – see above) in the Annual Doc B Tournament hosted in Arlington.
- 2018 – Storm Black sweeps (all age groups) historic Showdown in the Valley Tournament in Winchester, VA; 10YO Storm Red win Essex Father’s Day Tournament; 12YO Storm Gray finish Runner-Up in Gloucester, NJ All-American Tournament; 8YO Storm Black win Virginia State Tournament and represent Virginia in Southeast Regional Tournament in Orlando, FL.
Storm Baseball is always about player development and competitive play. Our baseball and coaching development programs are carefully coordinated with our professional development partners with the goal ensuring our players and coaches have the latest, but most meaningful, training program available. All of our players participate in a winter development program run by some of the best and most experienced coaches in the Metro DC Area, many of whom are current high school and college level coaches. In addition to workout time at Primetime Baseball, Storm Baseball offers programs in fielding, throwing, catching and strength training during the winter months to keep your player in game shape. Our coaches also work and train closely with the Primetime staff to maintain and deliver the highest level baseball coaching in our area.
Plain and simple — Storm Baseball is second to none when it comes to coaching competency, player development and competitive opportunity.
Selection for Storm Baseball is on an open and rolling basis. Although the majority of players are selected by an open try out in the fall,
our program is open for newcomers and other players who were not able to participate in the fall tryouts. If you are new to the DC Area and are interested in Storm Baseball, please contact us to schedule a workout. Our teams are formed in the fall and practice throughout the winter. Following winter workouts players are placed on either our Storm Black, Storm Red, or Storm Gray teams at each age group based on coaches evaluations.
Cooperstown Dream Park
In addition, Storm Baseball offers the opportunity for players at the Majors 50/70 level to tryout for team to represent Arlington Cal Ripken Babe Ruth in a weeklong tournament at Cooperstown Dream Park.
The Storm Black program is the top level of competition in Storm Baseball. All Storm Black teams are eligible to participate in the Cal Ripken Babe Ruth Trail, which could include participation in the Virginia Cal Ripken Babe Ruth District 13 Championship, the Virginia Cal Ripken Babe Ruth State Championship, the Cal Ripken Babe Ruth Southeast Regional and the World Series. Storm Black also participates in other highly competitive tournaments, some of which will require travel. The 11 and 12 year old Storm Black teams play on a 50/70 field with full baseball rules. The 9 and 10 year olds play on a 46/60 field. The 8 year olds play in machine pitch tournaments. Players will be expected to be available for practice up to six days per week, including weekend tournaments, from mid-May through early August, when the Storm teams take an end of summer break. Storm Black players are eligible (but not required) to continue play with the Storm in the Fall Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League, which runs from September through early November.
The Storm Red program also offers a competitive level of play for the 2016 season. Storm Red are expected to play a season of local travel competition, in addition to tournament play (when available) from Memorial Day through the end of July. In addition, the 11 year old and 12 year old Storm Red teams will participate in the 46/60 Virginia Cal Ripken Babe Ruth State Championships at their respective age levels, and the 12 year olds will have a chance to advance to the Cal Ripken Babe Ruth Southeast Regional and the World Series. Players will be expected to be available for practice and games up to four days per week, including weekend tournaments, from June through July. Based on preference and need, certain Storm Red players may be selected to play with Storm Black in certain tournaments during the Summer and/or in the Fall Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League.
The Storm Gray program provides players an opportunity to focus on developing specific skills, combined with a genuine opportunity for a travel baseball experience. Players are expected to be available for practice and games up to three days per week from June through July. Storm Gray teams play non-tournaments games against area opponents and participate in a select number of travel tournaments throughout the summer. Storm Gray players may be requested to play with the Storm Red during Summer and/or Fall.
Storm Baseball is excited to announce that it will host competitive baseball teams from our Majors level to compete in a tournament week at Cooperstown Dreams Park. Players aged 12 and 11 are eligible for the Cooperstown team. The Cooperstown teams will participate in a weeklong tournament in late August in beautiful Cooperstown, New York, against top-level competition from across the country. Over 100 teams participate in each week-long tournament. These players participate in a minimum of 7 games, but could play more based on the team’s performance. During their week at Cooperstown, the group will stay in barracks on the Dreams Park campus, competing against other teams and forging friendships with talented players from other regions of the United States. The Cooperstown costs will be in addition to the costs of participation in the Storm Baseball Travel Program. For more information on Cooperstown Dreams Park experience please visit cooperstowndreamspark.com. Please note that all players and parents will need to be fully committed to the Cooperstown experience. This includes practices and potential fundraising throughout the summer, and the actual tournament during the last weekend of August. Please be sure that this commitment level fits into your summer schedule when considering whether to participate. The full cost of the tournament will be covered by the families of the players, not Storm Baseball. The cost requirement while at Cooperstown will be approximately $1,250 per player. This will cover the Dreams Park player fee, and miscellaneous. Additional funds may be required for player travel costs and spending money during the week.