WORLD SERIES WEBSITE:
The 2011 Cal Ripken Major/60
World Series will be held in
Visalia, California, and hosted by
Visalia Youth Baseball (VYB). The
World Series will be played at the
newly constructed Riverway Sports
Park baseball complex. The Riverway
Sports Park is home to 10 lighted
soccer fields, a lighted BMX track,
playground areas, picnic arbors and,
of course, the lighted 4-field
VYB is the proud holder of two World Series Championship titles. The 12 year-olds won the 2002 12 year-old World Series Championship in Mattoon, IL and the 10 year-old team won the 2006 10 year-old World Series title in Lafayette, LA. All inclusive, VYB has sent six different participating teams to six different Cal Ripken World Series events. The various host towns include Mattoon, IL (2002), Lafayette, LA (2006), Martin, TN (2008), Winchester, MA (2009), Lamar, CO (2009), and Wilson County, NC (2010).
As an organization, VYB has hosted numerous District, State and one Regional tournament over the 13 years they have been established. VYB originally chartered with Babe Ruth’s Bambino league program. When Babe Ruth Inc. switched the name for their 12 and under division to Cal Ripken, VYB has chartered with the league every year since. VYB has experienced a growth of no less than 10% each and every enrollment year. Currently, VYB serves over 900 players from age 4 through 15 in the organization.
The Riverway Sports Park baseball complex is an outstanding site for the World Series tournament. The newly built 80 acre complex boasts 4 lighted baseball fields set up for either 60’ or 70’ baseball field options. The fields are flanked by huge dugouts, bullpens on each side of the field, shade canopies for the fans, a huge snack bar and restrooms, 2 beautiful covered picnic areas, and ample parking as well. It is a first class baseball facility completed and opened on June 5, 2010. VYB is proud to call Riverway Sports Park’s baseball complex its home field.
Located in the fertile agricultural region of the San Joaquin Valley at nearly the exact midpoint between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Visalia is known as the “Gateway to the Sequoias” as Highway 198 paves the way for millions of travelers each year to visit Sequoia National Forest, home to the giant redwood forests. Travelers can, with a short drive, visit Kings Canyon National Park and nearby Yosemite National Park for vistas and scenery unmatched anywhere on the planet.
Visalia is nestled next to the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Prior to the construction of flood control and irrigation dams creating nearby Lake Kaweah and Lake Success, the watershed from these nearby mountains created a swampy area with a magnificent oak forest. Today those remaining Valley Oaks are a signature of Visalia’s unique Normal Rockwell like community atmosphere.
With a population of 121,000, Visalia is considered a “small town” by California standards. Visalia boasts two regional malls with anchors such as Macy’s & JC Penney’s Department stores, Best Buy Electronics, Sport Chalet, two regional movie theatres, an Adventure Park amusement facility with miniature golf, go carts, batting cages, a full arcade and sports café. But the pride of Visalia is the quaint downtown with an atmosphere all its own. Coffee shops, cafes, microbreweries, salons, flower shops, along with casual and fine dining establishments, lace both sides of Main Street. Retail shopping abounds for young and old and the antiques are plentiful.
And, like the ballpark, you just can’t visit Visalia without stopping by Taylor’s Hot Dogs, a staple in the local community for nearly as long as any resident can remember. They’re big fans of baseball too.
With Fresno Yosemite International airport just 40 miles away, and our own regional airport here in Visalia, visitors have many options for arrival. We are home to thousands of hotel rooms due to the annual International Farm Expo that takes place in nearby Tulare each year in February.
Visalia Youth Baseball is proud to host the 2011 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series. Our many hard working volunteers will welcome you to our small agricultural town with smiles, and offer up a measure of hospitality that will make your stay an enjoyable and unforgettably pleasant memory of the Cal Ripken World Series tournament experience.
If you love baseball, and we’re sure you do… you’re going to love Visalia, CA.