VISALIA – It will be almost a decade when the Cal Ripken World Series comes back to Visalia next July. They first came to town in 2011 when Visalia became the first host team to win the championship title.
The Visalia Convention & Visitors Bureau (VCVB) announced the news last week.
Every year the World Series averages 900 plus players. In 2011, the city saw 7,000 plus local and out of town attendees.
Visalia Cal Ripken and VCVB look forward to welcoming those teams and attendees come next July. However, the city didn’t have to wait long to welcome some of California’s top teams because the 2018 Central California Cal Ripken State Tournaments for 9- and 10-year-olds is also be held in Visalia. those tournaments started on Monday, July 2 and will end on the July 7 at the Riverway Sports Park.
Approximately 24 Cal Ripken Baseball teams are heading to Visalia for the Fourth of July Week to bat their way to the championships. The teams are coming from all over Central California including: Lodi and Ripon in the North, Pismo and Templeton to the West, and local teams include Clovis, Fresno, Hanford, Tulare and Visalia.
Cal Ripken Baseball falls under the Babe Ruth League, Inc. whose mission statement is to teach kids the rules of the game, the skills and the basics of sportsmanship. This organization believes that any child wishing to play baseball or softball should be supplied the opportunity. For more information about the Cal Ripken State Tournament visit @CenCalState2018 on Instagram and Facebook.