Posts by Michael DeSanto

Registration. Open House. Knot Hole Club. Learn All About It!

Learn all about how to maximize your experience at OYO in 2022. We would welcome you and your family to be part of our 47th annual season of spring baseball and softball. If you’re not sure OYO is right for you and your ballplayer, then attend our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, January 26 to learn all about our program. And, if having fun at OYO alone is not enough, then learn about the Indianapolis Indians Knot Hole Club program, too. Download the attached flyer for all the details! See you soon!

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Refer a Family by January 31, and Save on Your Registration, Too!

In Central Indiana, we know families have many choices on what sports and activities to experience and where to participate in those activities. At OYO, we also understand the power of word-of-mouth advertising. And there’s no better place to turn than to OYO’s families to advocate for our program and welcome new families and ballplayers into our program each and every season.

That’s why we are introducing our Refer a Family program. When a current OYO family encourages a new family to come play at OYO for the first time, then we will thank you for helping support our recruitment efforts for the 2022 Season with a $25 credit to be applied for your upcoming registration.

To help ensure new families join OYO — and you get appropriate credit for it — here are the simple terms for this Refer a Family promotion:

  • A new family must register by January 31 in LeagueApps (and to be a “new family”, the family would need to create a new family account)
  • The new family must indicate the existing/referring OYO family during the registration process in the appropriate field
  • The existing/referring OYO family is eligible for a maximum of two $25 credits ($50 total)
  • OYO will apply the credit to the existing/referring’s account, which can be used during the family’s next rec program registration (for Spring/Fall season or winter workout)
  • OYO does not guarantee players from the existing/referring family and new family will be placed on the same team

Thank you for your continued support of OYO and spreading the word about how The OYO Way creates a memorable experience for all players and families who are part of the OYO Family! Let’s play ball!

Save the Date | Virtual Open House Set for January 26

Come and learn all about OYO! On behalf of The OYO Board of Directors, we want you to discover what makes our program such an amazing place to play ball for players of all ages, all talent levels. Regardless if your child is playing softball or baseball for the first time or simply considering switching to OYO from a different league, we want to share why OYO is the right program for you. Just like going to a new school, starting a new job, or moving into a new neighborhood, considering a new ballpark requires careful consideration and  planning.

Jump online and join OYO President Brittany Anderson for our VIRTUAL Open House on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. This meeting will provide a brief overview presentation about our programs followed by an open Q&A Session.

OYO began in 1975 playing baseball on a single field at a nearby elementary school. Entering our 47th year, we continue to grow at Veterans Memorial Park, a full-service 13-field, two-concession stand/restroom complex with ample parking. Every spring, summer, and fall, you can enjoy watching more than 1,600 boys and girls between the ages of 4-18 playing ball at our park. As parents, you can enjoy many memories and new friendships with more than 1,000 families.

What’s more, our league is operated by a board of more than 30 volunteers — parents just like you. Over the years, from board to board, coach to coach, team to team, and fan to fan, there has been one steady formula for OYO. We call it The OYO Way. It defines our community. It shapes the OYO Family, which you and your ballplayer will now experience. We hope our commitment to your family provides a memorable experience for your child.

Save the date! Attend our VIRTUAL Open House on Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m.  RSVP for the Open House now, and we’ll share login details to the Zoom session closer to the event.

SPECIAL OFFER

All new families who attend this OYO Virtual Open House are eligible for a $25 family discount on their 2021 Spring Season Registration, if they register by Sunday, January 31, 2022. Thank you for your interest in OYO!

Coming Soon! OYO Day at Butler Baseball Set for Saturday, March 19

OYO baseball fans now have a chance to check out Division I baseball activitiy this spring right here in Central Indiana. All OYO baseball players (ages 6-12 participating in Junior Rookie, Rookie Minor and Super Major as well as all our full-time travel teams) will receive a season pass to attend any Butler Bulldogs home baseball games on Butler’s campus this spring. With nearly games slated, fans can cheer on the Bulldogs while catching some exciting Big East action!

What’s more, on Saturday, March 19, it will be OYO Day at Butler University. OYO Fans can go catch Butler play Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. and be part of the action before and after the game, including some kids taking the field for the National Anthem, run the bases following the game and collect some autographs, too.

The season passes will be presented to coaches when equipment is distributed in early March, and players will receive these passes — good for one free admission each game — at their first practice.

Come out and show your OYO pride and cheer on our hometown Butler Bulldogs, too!

2022 Winter Workouts Filling Up Fast!

When we flip the calendars to a new year in just five weeks, our annual Winter Workouts will start in earnest helping our ballplayers prepare for another season of baseball and softball.

And based on the early response to our call for registrations, we’re receiving new registrations daily — and now two divisions (Rookie and Minor) have formed a wait list. Space is limited to just two dozen players per division. Currently, there are less than 55 openings available in for our remaining five segments. As of Sunday, December 5, the table below provides a summary of our availability and will be updated every 48 hours. Once again, don’t delay, register today!

DIVISIONROSTER OPENINGS
08U SOFTBALL9 openings
10U SOFTBALL10 openings
12U + 14U/16U SOFTBALL0 | WAIT LIST FORMED
JUNIOR ROOKIE12 openings
ROOKIE0 | WAIT LIST FORMED
MINOR0 | WAIT LIST FORMED
SUPER MAJOR + JUNIOR BASEBALL4 Openings

As previously shared, the 2022 Winter Workouts will have a different look and feel being hosted at and facilitated by trainsed staff at Underwood Baseball, 6782 Hawthorn Park Drive (near 65th Street and Binford). Each division will run an exclusive 90-minute weekly session spanning 10 weeks from January 7-March 13. The registration fee is $110 per player.

Thank you for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball! We look forward to seeing you soon!

2022 Spring Season Registration Now Open

We want you and your ballplayer to be part of a memorable and productive 2021 Spring Season! Come join the action! Our 2022 Spring Season offers baseball and softball opportunities for baseball players ages 4-18 and softball players ages 4-16.

 

Early registration is now open! Register early for our popular Spring Season in 2022, and guarantee you and your ballplayer savings with our 2021 registration rates. Register your ballplayer for 2022 today!

Join the Indians’ Knot Hole Club in 2022

Don’t miss out on the best deal in Minor League Baseball with the Indianapolis Indians Knot Hole Kids Club. This exciting offer is open to children 14 and under for a one-time fee of $19 (plus convenience fee charges).

What’s more, if OYO sells more than 100 Knot Hole Club memberships, the Indianapolis Indians will make a donation to the Oaklandon Youth Organization to help improve your ballplayer’s experience!

Knot Hole Kids Club offers these benefits to your ballplayer:
• Tickets to all home games
• Exclusive club membership t-shirt
• Chance to be on field and say “Play Ball!”
• Run the bases after Sunday home games
• Exclusive giveaways during select Sunday games

You can complete memberships for all your children — whether they are playing ball at OYO or not — following your Spring Season registration. However, if you have already registered and want to become a Knot Hole Club member, sign-up for the KHC here today!

New Financial Assistance Offerings Available to Families in 2022

Oaklandon Youth Organization (OYO) is an all-volunteer youth baseball and softball organization providing recreational leagues for children, regardless of ability, in a “fair play” atmosphere.  And, the OYO Board of Directors believes every child with a desire to learn and play baseball and softball should be provided with an opportunity to play.

 

In 2022, we offer three compelling offerings for families based on your needs. Payment plans are embedded in the registration process and are available for any family to use. A new scholarship program subsidized by Dick’s Sporting Goods is available to families who qualify. And, for those families who don’t meet the Every Kid Sports program by Dick’s Sporting Goods, our traditional scholarship program is available. Learn more about these programs via OYO’s website.

 

If you need assistance for the 2022 Spring Season, then select the program that best meets your needs and let’s secure your ballplayer’s participation in our rec program this spring!

Now Accepting Umpire Applications for 2022 Season

Come make the call!

 

OYO maintains a high-quality umpire program aimed for adults and youth. Any individual age 11 (as of April 30, 2022) 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 2021 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!