Ted Williams League


The Ted Williams League (TWL) is a nonprofit youth and adult baseball league founded in 1997 by Steve Ferroli for players 5 years and older. The league was established in agreement with former Boston Red Sox great and hall-of-famer Ted Williams, who in 1994 named Steve the number one teacher of his world-famous hitting theory.

The TWL is a baseball experience like no other. It’s committed to player development, safety, and appropriate challenge free from the politics associated with other league formats. We invite you and your family to experience the many benefits of playing in this revolutionary league today.

The idea for the league was conceived during Steve’s 10-year study driven by his college background in physical education, and his passion for baseball and teaching children. Steve concluded that several youth field and equipment dimensions were not in scale and must be changed. Together Steve and Ted felt obligated to respond. The result is the Ted Williams League, an innovative league promoting player development, safety, and appropriate challenge.

Ted supported Steve’s study by calling for a test run and arranging for an article in the Boston Globe newspaper explaining the study.

In the fall of 1996, Steve traveled throughout New England, presenting the new rules to hundreds of people. Eighty-five percent of all players, parents, and coaches who participated in the test run concluded it was a better and safer game. In January 1997, Ted endorsed Steve’s suggested rule changes as the Ted Williams League. Play officially began that fall in Pembroke, Mass.

Now entering its 16th year and building on the success of its fall season, the Ted Williams League also offers spring and summer seasons and is poised for global expansion.

The Ted Williams League is committed to developing responsible and healthy adults through a global baseball program dedicated to safety, integrity, education, and progress.

In the Ted Williams League, baseball is a game owned by the players, who compete and learn the game together. Family, friends, coaches, and teammates provide support, not criticism. It’s about fun, fairness, and teamwork – lessons for life.