From Ripken Baseball:
Ripken Baseball today announced the new schedule for the 16th annual Cal Ripken World Series (CRWS), which will now take place July 24 – August 1 at The Ripken Experience Aberdeen Powered by Under Armour complex in Aberdeen, Maryland. Traditionally taking place in mid-August, the CRWS has moved its dates forward to late July to highlight the international celebration in the sports realm.
“We are excited that the annual Cal Ripken World Series is rapidly approaching,” said MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. “We have made some decisions to better position the World Series for the future. We have permanently moved the dates forward and are excited by the advantages this will provide. Having the ability to partner with MLB.com and stream the games across the globe is a great advantage. We have also been actively exploring ways to expand our television coverage and while we were unable to do that this year it remains a priority. Our World Series will continue to be a celebration of the best youth baseball in the world with tremendous community support and we look forward to seeing everyone in Aberdeen this month.”
New to this year’s tournament, fans around the world will have the opportunity to watch free live streams of the championship games on MLB.com. The championship games on July 31 and August 1 will also include live commentary from MLB veteran and Emmy Award nominated sports broadcaster Bill Ripken. Additionally, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will be in attendance on Thursday, July 30 for a U.S. semifinals matchup.
The CRWS is where the world comes to play, The Ripken Way, and is the culminating tournament of the elite baseball talent in the Babe Ruth League’s 12u Cal Ripken Division. The World Series unites the 10 best teams from across the United States and eight international teams from across the globe.
The Cal Ripken World Series officially begins on Friday, July 24 with a Skills Challenge and Home Run Derby at Cal, Sr.’s Yard. Later that evening, World Series host team Harford County will take on Middle Atlantic at 8:00 p.m. to cap off the Opening Night festivities. All tournament games are FREE to the public. Free tickets are available online at www.ripkenbaseball.com/world_series.
Games will be played on the innovative fields at The Ripken Experience Aberdeen Powered by Under Armour complex, including the one-of-a-kind Cal, Sr.’s Yard, a two-thirds replica of Camden Yards. Pool play takes place from July 25 – July 29 with games played from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan is scheduled to meet with Team Korea and throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Cal, Sr.’s Yard on July 25.
On Thursday, July 30, the competition will be narrowed down to eight teams, who will face off in the single-elimination round. The World Championship game on Saturday, August 1 begins at 8:00 p.m. EST. Following the World Championship game, fans are encouraged to stay enjoy a fireworks display at Cal, Sr.’s Yard.
2015 Cal Ripken World Series Schedule:
• July 24 – Opening ceremonies & Skill Competition (5 p.m.); Middle Atlantic v. Harford Co. (8:00 p.m.)
• July 25 – Pool Play, Day 1 (12:30 – 8:00 p.m.)
• July 26 – 29 – Pool Play Continued (10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
• July 30 – Playoffs & Consolations (10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
• July 31 – International Championship game (5:30 p.m.); U.S. Championship game (8 p.m.)
• August 1 – World Championship (8:00 p.m.)
**Championship weekend will stream live on MLB.com
For scores, highlights and a behind-the-scenes look into all CRWS action, fans can follow along on Twitter and Instagram (@CRWSAberdeen) and Facebook.com/CRWSAberdeen. For a complete schedule and additional tournament, visit www.ripkenbaseball.com/world_series.