OYO Board Expanding, Again! Come be a Deputy Treasurer!

In a remarkable show of support, volunteerism and leadership, more than 45 members have combined to fill all 51 positions available on the current OYO Board of Directors. Well, we’re not done yet! We have just identified two ways volunteers can make a profound impact on OYO and especially our travel baseball and softball programs.
 
As we continue to serve an important component of our program — full-time travel and all-star travel — we are seeking two more volunteers to serve on the OYO Board of Directors!
 
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:

    • Deputy Treasurer, Travel Baseball (Bombers)
    • Deputy Treasurer, Travel Softball (Red Storm)

 
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 enjoy giving back to the community and teaming up with friends from throughout OYO to create memorable experiences, then the 2024 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 2024 OYO Board of Directors.
 

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 assigned role and keep appropriate executive board members informed

 

DEPUTY TREASURER, TRAVEL BASEBALL (Bombers)

  • Establish team coach and treasurer(s) contact list for all Full-Time Travel and All-Star (Rec Travel) Bombers teams, including intended start and end dates. (Typically 12-14 teams.)
  • Establish team treasurer agreement for fiduciary responsibility on behalf of OYO, as a signed form.
  • Enable account access at official banking institution to be set up for the travel team coach, although debit card should remain locked by Deputy Treasurer until travel team treasurer completes account access activities.
  • Require receipts to be obtained by team treasurer and reported to the OYO Deputy Treasurer.
  • Monitor for missing receipts or excessive spending without two-person verification that may require refreezing of debit card status.
  • Maintain ongoing routine communication with all team treasurers to identify areas of support.
  • Monitor accounts and submit monthly reports identifying results of review and potential risks to OYO Treasurer and VP of Travel Baseball, who will present findings to Executive Board where relevant.

 

DEPUTY TREASURER, TRAVEL SOFTBALL (Red Storm)

  • Establish team coach and treasurer(s) contact list for all Full-Time Travel and All-Star (Rec Travel) Red Storm teams, including intended start and end dates. (Typically 10-12 teams.)
  • Establish team treasurer agreement for fiduciary responsibility on behalf of OYO, as a signed form.
  • Enable account access at official banking institution to be set up for the travel team coach, although debit card should remain locked by Deputy Treasurer until travel team treasurer completes account access activities.
  • Require receipts to be obtained by team treasurer and reported to the OYO Deputy Treasurer.
  • Monitor for missing receipts or excessive spending without two-person verification that may require refreezing of debit card status.
  • Maintain ongoing routine communication with all team treasurers to identify areas of support.
  • Monitor accounts and submit monthly reports identifying results of review and potential risks to OYO Treasurer and VP of Travel Softball, who will present findings to Executive Board where relevant.

 

Learn more today…

If you have questions, contact one of the following individuals:

 
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 2024. Rest assured, more than 1200 families and 1900 ballplayers will greatly appreciate the difference you make in ensuring the fiscal stability of our entire travel.
 
Step up to the plate and join the board!

Save-the-Date! OYO’s Annual Dick’s Shopping Days Are March 8-10

Great News!  Our friends at DICK’S Sporting Goods are hosting the OYO League Appreciation Day again this season. What’s more, there are even more days available to shop for all your baseball and softball needs — and any other items you and your family may need from DICK’s.

Once again this year, “save the dates”! You will have a four-day weekend window to purchase new gear — pants, gloves, bats, cleats and more — for the spring season. Mark your calendar, and make plans to shop at the Castleton Square Mall store from Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10. Come show your support for OYO and also receive a 20 percent in-store discount throughout the store, not just baseball and softball merchandise.

To receive the discount, families should access the flyer online with the discount code or have a hard copy available. Be sure to use this coupon as this is specific to our organization, and it should be shown at the time of checkout. Once again, this coupon is only valid at the Castleton Square store on between March 8-10, 2024. Save the dates, and come take advantage of the savings!

Thank you for supporting DICK’s Sporting Goods and OYO!

P.S. If you are not quite sure what equipment you need for your OYO ballplayer, then check out the TWIO post for tips on what baseball and softball gear your ballplayer needs most

 

From the President: Let’s Make 2024 a Golden Year!

OYO Fans and Friends:

 

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy

 

As I began to gather my thoughts for this letter, I kept coming back to two words – gratitude and appreciation.

 

I am incredibly grateful for the humbling opportunity to dedicate myself in service to the entire league, including this remarkable OYO family. Similarly, I am truly appreciative for all the selfless and tireless service that countless volunteers have demonstrated. Personally, throughout my two-plus decades at OYO, it is still a blessing to be selected to lead this amazing organization filled with so many wonderful people who put our ballplayers at the core of all we do.

 

It’s easy to reflect on all the amazing accomplishments we collectively made possible in 2023 – largest combined Spring rec league and full-time travel participation ever, largest Fall Ball registration ever, robust Winter Workout participation, record-setting year of sponsorship support, 99% of all games covered by umpires in an era of declining officiating engagement, more fields than ever and so much more. However, all the excitement, buzz and rage is about the milestones and opportunities ahead!

 

This Year Is Going To Be Golden, Literally!

 

2024 marks our 50th year of providing baseball and softball experiences to our resilient and magnificent ballplayers and their families. In 1975, our league first welcomed players at fields adjacent to Oaklandon Elementary before relocating in 1995 to Veterans Memorial Park, which has evolved through three comprehensive expansions.

 

50 Years of OYO is no accident. For five decades, OYO has been a proven example of excellence, greatness and dedication in our community. And our families have jumped in the trenches to make it a very special happy place for all by helping rake the fields to completing park prep day projects; being team parents to helping as assistant coaches; leading all star travel teams to coaching full time travel teams; and helping a player or fan in need to serving as a board member. Sure the league has encountered unfortunate trials and tribulations that have challenged the league’s tapestry, but the values and commitment from our loyal and dedicated volunteers have helped us overcome those moments with countless thrills and triumphs that truly define OYO today.

 

Why We Are Ready to Connect with You!

 

After all, OYO has a fundamental responsibility to impact our ballplayers’ experiences, our community and the game of baseball and softball for all who experience OYO wherever our teams go.

 

When the OYO Board convened last November, I asked our vast and diverse OYO Board of Directors to invoke “The Golden Circle” from Simon Sinek’s Start With Why and capture their “why” for becoming more involved. Then, in December we dove into the “Hedgehog Concept” from Jim Collins’ Good to Great for additional perspective on “what can OYO be the best at”.

 

Valuing the OYO Board’s overall focus, our 43 volunteer board members shared their wisdom and insight leading to several powerfully consistent themes. Recognizing the uplifting power of our program, they all point back to The OYO Way – our long-standing pact with OYO families to prioritize player development, establish respect, teach life lessons, emphasize fairness and promote character.

 

What’s in Store for 2024 and Beyond?

 

It’s a golden year for all of us who continue to call OYO home for our baseball and softball experience! Our five biggest priorities all year long will include:

  • Comprehensive Team Balance Improvements | Sharpen our processes on how we utilize coach feedback and advanced technology resources
  • More Support for Coach and Player Development | Utilize support systems and clinics for all coaches to improve the quality of practice drills and concepts
  • Travel Baseball and Softball Program Growth | Develop new opportunities for greater consistency and robust growth of our successful Bombers and Red Storm all-star and full-time travel programs
  • Increased Transparency and Consistency | Ensure greater accountability from each and every volunteer board member and coach while ensuring fairness for all
  • Maximize the OYO Experience | Prioritize how we deliver the best possible experience, especially on the field

 

But that’s not all! We want to celebrate! And, we will celebrate often! As our exclusive 2024 logo conveys, we’re recognizing our past, present and future! We’ll have special ceremonies on Opening Day, and we’ll offer special events all season long. We’ll mark our 50-day milestones this spring and fall. And we’ll carry forward the ideals and values that have made OYO the most amazing place to play ball in Central Indiana!

 

My Ask Is Simple.

 

“Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change.” — Richard Branson

 

The OYO success story is strong because it is created entirely by volunteers – like you – in every walk of life. We recognize change is never easy, but necessary to adapt and thrive. So, these very individuals – especially you – embrace the opportunities necessary to make important contributions that help OYO not only meet, but also exceed, expectations today and for the future, too!

 

If you have additional ideas and insights about change and growth, then please consider becoming a volunteer for change. Help drive positive change by participating as a coach, team parent, umpire, board member, grounds caretaker, sponsor, supporter, positive fan, etc. OYO has a place for you!

 

Thank you for reading this letter. Now, please consider and evaluate what you can personally do at OYO. And, I look forward to seeing you all at the fields soon.

 

As always, thank you for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball! Let’s make our 50th year our best year yet!

 

Play Ball!
Michael DeSanto
President, OYO Board of Directors
oyopresident1@gmail.com | 317.345.9006 (mobile | text)

Two Open Board Positions: Join Our Scheduling Committee in 2024

As we we slowly inch our way toward the 2024 Spring Season, we have one board committee that is in need of two more members to ensure a smooth experience all year long.

We are seeking two more scheduling co-chairs to join the OYO Board and help create accurate and balanced schedules throughout 2024. If interested, let us know today!

In short, we want you — and our 1800 ballplayers from nearly 1200 families need you! If you enjoy giving back to the community, demonstrate amazing grace and patience with ballplayers and families and desire to team up with fellow volunteers and make new, lasting friendships, then the 2024 OYO Board of Directors is the place to be.

What’s expected of a Scheduling Co-Chair?

  • Be an active member of a 3-4-person committee that carries out the duties of this game day operation function
  • Oversee and coordinate all league regular season and all tournament game schedules
  • Conduct blind tournament draws and produce tournament brackets for all rec league tournaments
  • Collaborate with the Umpire Committee when scheduling games and tournaments to ensure proper umpire accommodations and staffing can be achieved
  • Schedule teams for batting cage reservations upon request
  • 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)

So, why you? During the past 20 years, more than 250 individuals have volunteered their time and talents as board members to help ensure our ballplayers and families could truly enjoy their OYO experience each season. We are fortunate to have a very diverse board representing every aspect of OYO’s baseball and softball programs and stakeholders. We are not just board colleagues, but friends outside of OYO, too. Being a board member is fun and rewarding as each board member finds great satisfaction in rolling up their sleeves and jumping in the trenches to work with fellow board members who work tirelessly for the children and families of OYO. More importantly, we are just everyday moms, dads, coaches, team parents, fans and more — like you — who have a ballplayer or two playing at OYO.

To get involved… All you need to do is reply to this message and let us know you’re interested. Then, one of our current executive board members will work with you to pair you with the role or need that best fits your interests.

Thank you for your consideration and continued support and choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball. We hope you will answer this call and make OYO the beneficiary of your volunteer service in 2024.

Join the Board!
The OYO Executive Board
www.oyoball.org

Still Opportunities to Coach One of Our 2024 All-Star (Rec Travel) Teams

We are currently fielding head coach applications for four remaining All-Star (Rec Travel) teams in 2024. Register today!

We offer Bombers teams in six age groups for baseball players (based on age as of April 30, 2024) and Red Storm teams in four age groups for softball players (based on age as of January 1, 2024).

Head Coaches are still needed for the following All-Star teams (and yes, it’s the same age groups in baseball and softball!):

  • BOMBERS | 08U, 12U
  • RED STORM | 08U, 12U

Visit OYO’s website to learn more about our Bombers All-Star Program and Red Storm All-Star Program, where you also can complete a coach’s application.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following members of the OYO Travel Committee:

Thank you for your consideration and continued interest in OYO!

Bomber Up! Go Red Storm!
OYO Board of Directors
www.oyoball.org

Last Call for Winter Workouts!

This is it, folks! We’re down to our final days of open registration for our Winter Workout program.

Registration closes Sunday, January 28. We still have a few openings in every age group, and all sessions are held on Saturdays at the following times:

  • 8:00-9:00 | Junior Rookie
  • 8:00-9:00 | Rookie
  • 10:00-11:00 | 08U Softball
  • 11:00-12:30 | Minor
  • 12:30-2:00 | Super Major
  • 12:30-2:00 | Junior Baseball
  • 4:00-5:30 | 10U Softball
  • 5:30-7:00 l 12U Softball
  • 5:30-7:00 | 14U/16U Softball

Secure your ballplayer’s spot in the 2024 OYO Winter Workouts, facilitated by Dan Underwood and his team of assistants at Underwood Baseball. Sessions run weekly on Saturdays thru March 9.

DON’T DELAY, REGISTER TODAY!

Players Want You! Be a Coach a Rec League Team in 2024!

Being a head coach at OYO is one of the most rewarding and memorable volunteer opportunities we offer!

Registration for this season is strong, and once again outpacing past trends showing we have hundreds of ballplayers anxious to get back out to the ballpark for the start of our 2024 Spring Season!

OYO encourages you to help make our 50th annual spring season a success by sharing your passion for helping our ballplayers enjoy learning the fundamentals and  playing the game. We have the tools and resources available to help you maximize player instruction, development and opportunities.​

Regardless of past coaching assignments at OYO, if you’re interested in coaching a youth rec league baseball or softball team in 2024, please complete our online coach’s application. The application requires less than five minutes to complete.

Only head coach applicants need to submit an application – and we ask you to register soon! Thanks for making a difference in our ballplayers’ lives.

If you have any questions about coaching, please contact one of our program leaders, including:

Thanks again for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball!

Make a Difference! Join the 2024 OYO Board!

More than 50 members of the dynamic 2024 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 50th Spring Season and 17th 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:

    • Scheduling Co-Chairs (2 openings)
    • Ways and Means Co-Chair (1 opening)
    • At-Large Board Positions (4 openings)

If you enjoy giving back to the community and teaming up with friends from throughout OYO to create memorable experiences, then the 2024 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 2024 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 three board positions are available (and duties listed under each):
 

SCHEDULING CO-CHAIR

  • Oversee and coordinate all league regular season and all tournament game schedules
  • Responsible for the rescheduling of all make up games, where applicable
  • Conduct blind tournament draws and produce tournament brackets for all league tournaments
  • Collaborate with the Umpire Committee when scheduling games and tournaments to ensure proper umpire accommodations and staffing can be achieved
  • Schedule teams for batting cage reservations upon request within 24 hours of receiving information
  • Develop Advisor on Duty schedules for spring and fall seasons

 

WAYS & MEANS CO-CHAIR 

  • 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 Par

 

AT-LARGE BOARD POSITIONS

  • Assist with special ad hoc projects, as needed
  • Invest the time and effort to learn more about OYO
  • Serve as an ambassador for OYO on and off the field by promoting programs and services
  • Shadow select board members to better understand functions and duties

 

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 2024. Rest assured, more than 1000 families and 1800 ballplayers will greatly appreciate the difference you make.

Step up to the plate and join the board!

2024 Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available

2024 is in full swing, and your savings and advertising reach can be a home run experience, too!

 

Since 2010, more than 350 local businesses have supported OYO through a broad range of corporate and team sponsorship opportunities generating more than $350,000. In 2023 alone, we raised a record-setting $62,000 from nearly 100 local businesses and organizations who invested in the programs and services OYO offered. These donations help ensure OYO can meet the league’s increasing demands while mitigating the need for annual player registration fee increases. What’s more, with increasing costs and greater infrastructure improvements needed at Veterans Memorial Park, our 2024 sponsorship goal is set to top even last year’s amazing results and contributions.

 

So, can we count on you in 2024 to make a difference for all of OYO’s ballplayers and families?

 

In 2024, we are seeking nearly 30 corporate sponsors with packages ranging from $750-2000 and 100 team sponsors beginning at $375 for a Spring Season team or $525 for Spring Season and Fall Ball (a $50 savings). All packages are offered on a first come, first served basis. Check out the 2024 OYO Sponsor Packages … and register online for the package that meets your needs!

 

Thank you for your consideration and interest!

Now Accepting Umpire Applications for 2024 Umpire Crew!

Come make the call!

 

OYO maintains a high-quality umpire program aimed for adults and youth. Any individual age 11 (as of January 1, 2024) or older may apply. Umpires are supported through a detailed process that includes rules trainings, online exam, test reviews, mechanics clinics, attire and equipment support and on-the-field simulations.

 

We’re welcoming new and returning umpires to step up the plate in 2024 and become part of the program. By being part of OYO’s umpire program, this is a great part-time opportunity with competitive pay rate in all divisions!