Starting in 2018, Cal Ripken will host an 11U World Series (46/60) for the first time. Other changes this season in the structure of all stars are happening as well. Northern Indiana has been divided into four regions: Kokomo, Noblesville, Lake County, and South Bend. The tournament trail has been modified for 2018 to eliminate the District level tournament. Instead, there will be a two weekend State Tournament, played on July 5-16, with pool play on the first weekend, followed by a seeded single or double elimination tournament the second weekend. The State Tournament will NOT include teams from the other 3 regions in northern Indiana. Those other regions will be included at the Ohio Valley Regional (OVR) level. The top two or three finishers in the State Tournament will advance to the OVR, played on July 19-23. For 2018, Logansport will be the host site for the 11U and 12U OVR for the (46/60) division. Logansport plus the top two other finishers in State will qualify for OVR. The OVR champion advances to the World Series.
What this means for RYBL is that the 11U and 12U all stars have the potential to play close to home all the way on the tournament trail to advance to the World Series. RYBL is in position to make a legitimate run to the World Series. In 2016, RYBL 11U all stars won the OVR, but there was no World Series for that age division. Now, that opportunity has become a reality.