Thank You Brittany Anderson!
Junior Rookie Commissioner | 2018-19
Vice President, Travel | 2019-20
President | 2020-22
Over the past two years, OYO has had the pleasure to know, value and appreciate the very individual who believed in each of us, cheered for our success and made us feel as if we are an integral part of the OYO family. That’s what makes Brittany Anderson so genuine and true.
You learned about her roots playing youth softball under her father’s coaching in Lafayette, you connected with her high school experience as a softball star for Lawrence Central High School, you embraced her passion for youth baseball and softball players everywhere and you discovered how much she cherishes her parents, husband and three children.
Since arriving on the scene as a coach in 2017, Brittany was destined for greatness and OYO would be the beneficiary of her amazing impact. She accepted our invitation to join the OYO board in 2018, which enabled her to share her talents to help OYO experience significant improvement and growth in every aspect of our program. During her five years on the board, she grew our Junior Rookie program participation before joining the executive board to head up our travel program which more than doubled in the number of teams and players during her tenure. Shortly thereafter, she answered the call to serve as president. What’s more, she accomplished so much with such quiet confidence and amazing grace, which were always accompanied by an infectious smile, a kind word, fierce support, a listening ear and an honest style.
More significantly, Brittany always cared for OYO and the experiences we could provide our players and families from the day she arrived. And she did so while making countless sacrifices because she truly valued OYO’s ballplayers, families and volunteers. And it showed through here remarkable compassion and empathy day after day, week after week.
Sure, it is easy to tout the increase in rec league registrations, growth in travel program offerings, improved field conditions and infrastructure, increased survey scores, unprecedented sponsorship revenue, record-setting tournament participation and hundreds of smiling ballplayers roaming the park playing the game they love.
Most significantly, though, Brittany’s single greatest accomplishment can’t be found in spreadsheets, financial ledgers, survey reports or even scorebooks. Brittany has taught us what matters most. Positions are temporary. Ranks and titles are limited. And, the way you treat, listen and care about everyone around you will always be remembered. For this reason alone, Brittany has served OYO in the most extraordinary and exceptional way – and she will always be remembered and appreciated by each and every player and family who chose OYO as their place for baseball and softball.
Rest assured, her efforts and priorities will continue to serve as a blueprint for all of us as we move forward. We will work diligently and tirelessly to embrace her vision for a league to serve ballplayers at every level and from every walk of life. OYO became better and stronger as a direct result of Brittany’s endless care, and her countless acts of volunteerism and leadership will forever be priceless to OYO and, more importantly, to OYO’s ballplayers and families. Thank you, Brittany! And may you and your family be forever blessed!
We’ll still have the chance to connect with Brittany in 2023 and beyond as she will maintain an active presence on the field helping lead one of our truly elite full-time travel Bombers squads as an assistant coach. Best of luck to your 11U Bombers, Brittany! Bomber Up! And, thank you!
Thank You Karen Grese!
Uniform Chairperson | 2010-12
Treasurer | 2012-2016 & 2019-22
Thank You Board Members for Your Service!
- Randy Working – 4 Years
- Larry Stone – 3 Years
- Brandi Beard – 2 Years
- Dale Dye – 2 Years
- Mike Hunneman – 2 Years
- Arun Murali – 2 Years
- Kristin Sherman – 2 Years
- Josh Ward – 2 Years
The 2023 OYO Board of Directors have rolled up the sleeves and jumped in the trenches to already begin making preparations for next year’s seasons serving all our rec league, rec travel and full-time travel ballplayers. To ensure we continue our success into our 49th Spring Season and 16th Fall Ball Season, we are seeking a few more volunteers!
The OYO Board of Directors is a group of remarkable and incredible people who genuinely enjoy serving the league’s ballplayers and families by sharing their time and talents. If you have ever thought about serving on the OYO Board, we would like to explore these opportunities with you (or others where we can consider co-chair capacities). Our current needs are listed here and detailed “job derscriptions” appear further below on this page:
- Rec Travel Tournament Chairperson
- Training Chairperson
- Ways & Means Co-Chairperson
- Junior Baseball Commissioner
If you enjoy giving back to the community and teaming up with friends from throughout OYO to create memorable experiences, then the 2023 OYO Board of Directors is the place to be. What’s more, the OYO Board just happens to be one of the largest youth sports all-volunteer board of directors in Central Indiana.
Just simply email us to let us know you’re interested in joining the 2023 OYO Board of Directors. Then, based on your interest, experience and background, we’ll work with you to pair you with the role or need that best fits your interests.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL OYO BOARD MEMBERS
- Attend and participate in monthly board meetings (one per quarter in person, remainder virtual)
- Serve Advisor on Duty (AOD) shifts during spring and fall seasons (approx. five in spring, three in fall)
- Represent the very best of OYO at all times (including social media engagement, sportsmanship)
- Fulfill duties of chairperson role and keep appropriate executive board members informed
At this time, the following four board positions are available (and duties listed under each):
REC TRAVEL TOURNAMENT CHAIRPERSON
- Oversee all all-star travel baseball and softball tournament programs and activities
- Partner with Vice President of Travel Baseball, Travel Baseball Commissioners, Vice President of Travel Softball and Travel Softball Commissioners to maximize team recruitment for tournaments
- Manage all facets of the annual David Manlove Memorial Tournament (early June)
- Manage all facets of the annual Bill Sturm Memorial Tournament (July)
- Provide guidance for full-time travel program to help them coordinate and manage successful tournaments independently
- Responsibilities include overseeing (and not directly doing) with the help of other OYO Board Members to market the event, field inquiries from interested teams, collect registrations, ensure payments are made, finalize rules, develop schedules, select trophies, recruit umpires, communicate to participating teams and execute event
- Responsible for training and development of all players and coaches
- Maintain and update Skills Development Framework materials and resources
- Coordinate and staff onsite player development clinics with external instructors during the season
- Coordinate and staff coaches’ clinics before each spring and fall season
- Oversee and manage the Winter Workout program for baseball and softball participants
WAYS AND MEANS CO-CHAIRPERSON (one more needed, one already secured)
- Responsible for all fundraising, including sponsorship support for each spring and fall season
- Solicit corporate sponsorships for naming rights to select fields and structures around the park
- Solicit team sponsorships for each spring and fall rec league team
- Collect pledged funds and coordinate delivery to the Treasurer via check or online payment
- Maintain all accurate records, including fees paid, contact information and player request information
- Coordinate information for uniform printer by stated deadlines and for sign printer for display signs to be posted at Veterans Memorial Park
JUNIOR BASEBALL COMMISSIONER
- Oversee all activities and planning for Junior Baseball division
- Review rules in advance of season and make recommendations to board for possible changes
- Recruit coaches, as needed, based on monitoring of coach applications
- Develop player ranking report for each spring/fall season
- Attend/facilitate annual coaches meeting for spring/fall seasons and meet with division’s coaches
- Develop rosters and input teams into LeagueApps
- Communicate regularly with division’s coaches and, as needed, with entire division
Learn more today…
If you have questions, contact Michael DeSanto, President.
Thank you for your continued support and choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball.
Now, we hope you will answer this call and make OYO the beneficiary of your volunteer service in 2023. Rest assured, more than 1000 families and 1600 ballplayers will greatly appreciate the difference you make.
Step up to the plate and join the board!
Step up to the plate! We are currently fielding head coach applications for our 2023 Rec Travel (All-Star) teams.
We are now accepting applications for Red Storm Teams in the 08U, 10U, 12U and 14U age groups .
We are also accepting applications for Bombers Teams in the 06U, 07U, 08U, 9U, 10U, 11U and 12U age groups.
- Mike McQueen, Vice President of Travel Baseball
- Johnny Goldfinger, Travel Baseball Commissioner
- Curtis Dillman, Vice President of Travel Softball
- Keshia Wilson, Travel Softball Commissioner
OYO operates a single-elimination tournament for all our divisions, except Tee Ball. The tournament is set for Sunday, October 16. To track the results in your division on Tournament Sunday, please click the respective link below to view the bracket with the latest results.
We wish all teams a memorable ending to their season! Good luck! And, as always, thank you for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball.
We hope all our ballplayers, coaches, fans and umpires have had a wonderful and memorable season. We’ve been blessed as a league with wonderful weather, incredible coaching, memorable plays on the field and many new friendships. We truly appreciate you choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball for your family, and we value your participation this fall.
It’s Tournament Time – For the Kids!
As we prepare for the thrills of our annual rec league tournament this weekend, here are some friendly reminders about The OYO Way and OYO Code of Conduct. We believe it is important we send out this information so we can all work together to ensure a positive environment for all our hardworking and deserving ballplayers and families. As we often say, it’s about the kids…and that’s especially true at tournament time!
With great anticipation, all our coaches, players, fans, umpires and volunteers are entering the final weekend of our 15th Annual Fall Ball season. The excitement and enthusiasm are on the rise. This is the time of year where teams can showcase what they have learned on the ballfield but also where coaches and parents can teach many life lessons.
As we approach what will surely be a memorable, exciting tournament, we look forward to lots of cheers and exciting finishes. We also want to remind coaches, players, parents, umpires and volunteers to stay focused on the big picture. Here are some timely and important reminders about The OYO Way!
Know Your Part – And Approach It Positively
How we each handle ourselves during the games, including how excited we may get over a call or how we interact with umpires, is critical. It will make all the difference between positive memories and life lessons that will inspire these young baseball and softball players to continue playing for years to come or that may scare them away from a game they have truly enjoyed during the rec season.
So, what’s your role? It’s simple. Umpires umpire, coaches coach, players play, and fans cheer positively.
Choose Words, Actions Carefully
It is important to remember if a coach or fan demonstrates disrespectful actions toward an opposing team member or an umpire, then the individual runs the risk of being ejected by an umpire and asked to leave the park for the remainder of the day. And, yes, we’ve explained to all our coaches that they are ultimately responsible for their fans. However, if we all work together to make this a memorable experience for the players, then we will create an experience they will truly enjoy and remember!
In addition, each family (parents for themselves, their ballplayer and their guests) signed the OYO Code of Conduct at the time of their registration. If necessary, we will enforce the Code of Conduct when the actions of any coach, player, parent or fan do not represent The OYO Way.
Help Make It A Memorable Day, Know The Rules on Game Day
At OYO, we follow the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) rules for all our baseball and softball divisions. That said, we also have some customized exceptions to the rules for each division. As the season rolled along, we’ve experienced more game delays as a result of coaches or parents/fans not being familiar with the rules. Unfortunately, the game clock does not stop during these discussions and only hinders the development of our ballplayers from lengthy stoppage in play.
Before heading to the park on Sunday, we encourage you to review your division’s rules. Download the softball rules. Or, download the baseball rules. Having a very solid knowledge of your division’s specific rules can create a better game experience for your ballplayers, too. The more everyone knows the rules, the better equipped we are to help our players and teams abide by the rules and understand the calls made by our umpires.
We’re Here to Help!
If you have any questions leading up to Tournament Sunday, please email the OYO Board of Directors and we will help answer your questions. And if you need any assistance at the ballpark on Sunday, please locate any Advisor on Duty (AOD). We look forward to welcoming you at Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday, and we truly appreciate you spending your Fall Ball season with us at OYO!
With much appreciation!
The OYO Board of Directors
The Oaklandon Youth Organization is committed to providing you a quality baseball and softball experience for your ballplayer and family each and every season. To better deliver the value and service you expect, we want to understand your overall experience and identify areas you recognize needing improvement.
We have experienced more growth, new programs and more opportunities for ballplayers and families. So, now, we want to know how we’re doing and meeting your expectations. And, we welcome your feedback from all OYO rec league families who participated in our 2022 Fall Ball Season. This survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Check your email for an invitation from OYO via SurveyMonkey. As with any mass email strategies of this kind, please check your spam filter for an email invitation if you do not receive it in your inbox. And be sure to complete the survey by EOD on Friday, October 21.
We appreciate your consideration for sharing your input and recommendations. Thank you for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball!
WHO? | Any interested ballplayer age four and older. This division is open to male and females, and there is no age limit.
WHAT IS THE CHALLENGER LEAGUE? | This special division removes the barriers that keep children/adults with mental and physical disabilities off the ballfield and lets them experience the joy of playing baseball. But it’s more than playing a game. OYO envisions the Challenger League being a place where new friends are made, self-esteem is built and our players are treated just like other athletes. There are children/adults in our community who have an equal amount of love and determination as any current OYO player, and we want to help them achieve that dream.
WHEN DOES THE CHALLENGER LEAGUE BEGIN? | OYO is resuming the Challenger League for the 2023 Spring Season, and registration begins in January and practices will start in late March.
TO LEARN MORE … | If you are interested or know someone who might be interested in participating in OYO’s Challenger League, please contact Nicholas Stellema, Challenger League Commissioner, at email@example.com or 317.402.2699. We appreciate your consideration and interest in OYO!
We ask all head coaches (or a team representative in the event you cannot attend) to join us for this important and required 30-minute meeting, which will help ensure every team approaches the tournament upholding The OYO Way, following the Code of Conduct and honoring and protecting what’s most important to all of us at OYO. This meeting is set for Sunday, October 9 at 7:15 p.m. at OYO on Field 2. Once again, your attendance helps you earn additional coach incentive dollars, and also keeps you eligible to coach in the rec league tournament!
If you have not already done so, please download he tournament brackets online for your division and confirm your team will have at least eight players present — and if not, see #4 below. In addition, we have attached a customized a tournament-friendly Rules Overview document of the most relevant OYO “house rules” for your team’s division.
- A team that has 8 or more players present to bat and play in the field is in full compliance and does not have to record an out when on offence
- A team that has 7 players present to bat and play in the field must record an out each time the team’s eighth batter spot in the lineup is reached
- A team that has 6 or less players present to bat and play in the field would need to forfeit the game 10 minutes after the game’s official start time
- Player(s) must be a registered 2022 Fall Ball player in the division immediately lower to get team to eight players present for game(s)
- Player selected must not miss his/her team’s tournament game to play on your team
- Player selected must play in the outfield and bat last in lineup
- Player selected must be approved by OYO President and respective VP
If you believe your team will have seven or less players on October 16, then please contact the respective Vice President by Thursday, October 6. At that time, the VPs will reach out to necessary divisions seeking enough interested players to fill in on game day. We will assign these players on a first come, first served basis for teams that request players on October 16. Assignments will be circulated to the division during the week of October 10 so all coaches are aware of the approved substitutions before the tournament starts.
Randy Working, Executive Vice President (baseball) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mario Covarrubias, Second Vice President (softball) | email@example.com
Michael DeSanto, Vice President of Game Day Operations (rules, schedules, umpires, equipment) | firstname.lastname@example.org