Make a Difference! Join the OYO Board for the 2025 Term!

Make a difference at OYO by sharing your time and talents with all 1000 families and 1600 players, who call OYO home for their baseball and softball experience every spring, summer and fall!

Even though, we’re not even halfway through the calendar year and the Spring Season is not yet complete, it’s never too early to look ahead. We’re less than 90 days away from our 2024 Elections at OYO — and the task is even more daunting than before as we’re adding a dozen new board positions, including three new executive board roles and nine board member positions.

So, more than ever, we’re seeking volunteers to eventually join a 50-position, 60-member Board of Directors — making it one of the largest youth sports all-volunteer board of directors in Central Indiana. If you enjoy giving back to the community and teaming up with friends from throughout OYO to create memorable experiences, then the 2025 OYO Board of Directors will be the place to be.

What’s the reward of being an OYO Board Member?

Being a board member is an honor and a privilege at OYO. We are fortunate to have a very diverse board. We have board members who have been involved for more than  20 years and some as recent as just a few months. We have board member representation from baseball and softball. We have some many from the rec league and some from the travel program, too. We have a nice balance between moms and dads, aunts and uncles and we also have a blend of those with children participating in the league and those who don’t and just enjoy giving back to a program that supported their family over the years.

So, why not you?

Dating back to our records from as early as 2002, nearly 300 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. These are not just board colleagues, but friends outside of OYO, too. Being a board member is fun and rewarding, too. 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 and dads — like you — who have a ballplayer or two playing at OYO.

So, why not now? 

Just simply email the OYO President to express your interest in learning more about joining the OYO Board of Directors. Then, we’ll work with you to pair you with the role or need that best fits your interests. The chart below highlights the overall composition of the new board of directors organizational structure.

Elections for the 2024 OYO Board of Directors is Tuesday, September 10, 2024.

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 servant leadership efforts in 2024. Rest assured, more than 1200 families and 1600 ballplayers will greatly appreciate the difference you make.

Join the Board!

 

Your Opinion Counts! Check Email for Latest Reminder to Complete League Survey

The Oaklandon Youth Organization is committed to providing you a quality baseball and softball experience for your ballplayer and family. 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 2024 Spring Season. This survey will take only eight 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 see. And be sure to complete the survey by EOD on Friday, June 21.

We appreciate your consideration for sharing your input and recommendations. Thank you for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball!

14U/16U Softball and Junior Baseball Tournament Brackets Released

14u/16U Softball and Junior Baseball Fans:

As your 2024 Spring Season begins to wind down, here are three important reminders, updates and info to improve your ballplayer’s experience

The Tournament | OYO operates a double-elimination tournament for all our divisions, including Junior Baseball and 14U/16U Softball. The tournament for JBB begins on June 22 and concludes no later than June 27. Meanwhile, the 14U/16U tournament begins June 24 and runs as late as July 3. Please note, depending on weather-related cancellations and delays due to weather, the tournament may need to extend beyond the posted dates.

The Brackets | Please access your division’s tournament bracket below (see links for your division’s bracket).  If you have any questions about your bracket, please contact your coach or division commissioner.

Tournament-Specific Rules | Take the time to review the baseball rules and softball rules online to be in the know about any tournament-specific differences.

As always, thank you for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball.

Play Ball!
The OYO Board of Directors

Fall Ball 2024 Registration Now Open

In the midst of OYO’s 50 years of baseball and softball, OYO is proud to announce our 17th Fall Ball season!
We want you and your ballplayer to be part of a memorable and productive 2024 Fall Ball Season! Come join the action! Our 2024 Fall Ball offers recreational baseball and softball opportunities for baseball and softball players ages 4-16. We welcome players of any level and experience to participate in our development-focus recreational league.
When registering for Fall Ball, please note all players are encouraged to register for the division they will participate in next spring. Fall Ball is actually a prelude to the widely popular spring season at every level, whether it be for rec league programs, all-star hybrid teams or full-time travel programs. So, in essence, 2025 preparation begins now!
In addition, here are a few things that remain the same — and some offerings that are new in 2024:
  • Register Early to Guarantee a Roster Spot | Throughout the past several years, we have maximized participation in most of divisions resulting in wait lists to be formed … so we encourage all players to register early to guarantee a roster spot in 2024
  • Revamped Schedule | The regular season will be reduced slightly to 12 regular season games (down from 14) for all softball and baseball divisions serving players 7 and older (and six games for Junior Rookie and Tee Ball)
  • Earlier Tournament Date | The end-of-the-season Fall Ball single-elimination tournament will be played on Sunday, October 6 (and rain dates are October 13-14), which is designed to take place before most school Fall Breaks begin
  • Some Fees Remain the Same, Some Increase | The early registration fees remain the same in all divisions, but the late registration fee (after July 17, 2024) now increases by a total of $25 per player in each division
  • Photo Package for Every Player (so long as you attend the team photo shoot!) | As part of every player’s registration — and actual participation in Photo Day — the player’s family will receive a photo package consisting of one 5×7 photo and 4 wallets (and families may still order additional photos, too)
Early registration is now open! Register early for our popular Fall Ball season and guarantee you and your ballplayer savings with registration rates.

14U/16U Softball Commissioner

Reports To:

Vice President of Softball

 

Board Member General Responsibilities

  • 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)
  • Production of all projects, tasks and documents to a high standard within set and stated deadlines
  • Fulfill duties of commissioner role and keep appropriate executive board members informed

 

14U/16U Softball Commissioner Responsibilities

  • Oversee all activities and planning for 14U/16U Softball 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

 

About OYO

In 1975, OYO opened its first season of playing baseball on a single field at a nearby elementary school before relocating to Veterans Memorial Park in the late 1990s. We continue to grow at Veterans Memorial Park, which now offers a 14-field, two-concession stand/restroom complex for all our ballplayers, families and visitors. Every spring, summer, and fall, we welcome nearly 2,000 girls and boys from more than 1,200 families. And, our league is organized and operated by an all-volunteer board of more than 45 volunteers.

Over the years, from board to board, coach to coach, team to team, and fan to fan, there has been one steady formula for how OYO operates, called “The OYO Way.” It defines our community. It shapes the OYO Family, which each and every ballplayer, parent and fan experiences. At OYO, the OYO Board of Directors are committed to providing each and every family a positive, memorable experience.

 

About the OYO Board of Directors

Being an OYO board member is an honor and a privilege at OYO. We are fortunate to have a very diverse board. We have parents volunteering for the board who have children participating in our youngest divisions and those with players in our oldest divisions. We have board member representation from baseball and softball. We have representation from the rec league and from the travel program, too. We welcome a nice balance between moms and dads, aunts and uncles and we also have a blend of those with children participating in the league and those who don’t and just enjoy giving back to a program that supported their family over the years.

Since 2000, more than 300 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. Being a board member is fun and rewarding, too. As an OYO board member, you will find great satisfaction in rolling up your sleeves and jumping in the trenches to work with fellow board members who work tirelessly for the children and families of OYO. You will have the opportunity to share ideas, develop strategies, vote on new policies and procedures and create OYO for today and the future.

12U Softball Commissioner

Reports To:

Vice President of Softball

 

Board Member General Responsibilities

  • 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)
  • Production of all projects, tasks and documents to a high standard within set and stated deadlines
  • Fulfill duties of commissioner role and keep appropriate executive board members informed

 

12U Softball Commissioner Responsibilities

  • Oversee all activities and planning for 12U Softball 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
  • Coordinate all logistics (team assignments, coaching, etc.) for annual Spring Season all-star game

 

About OYO

In 1975, OYO opened its first season of playing baseball on a single field at a nearby elementary school before relocating to Veterans Memorial Park in the late 1990s. We continue to grow at Veterans Memorial Park, which now offers a 14-field, two-concession stand/restroom complex for all our ballplayers, families and visitors. Every spring, summer, and fall, we welcome nearly 2,000 girls and boys from more than 1,200 families. And, our league is organized and operated by an all-volunteer board of more than 45 volunteers.

Over the years, from board to board, coach to coach, team to team, and fan to fan, there has been one steady formula for how OYO operates, called “The OYO Way.” It defines our community. It shapes the OYO Family, which each and every ballplayer, parent and fan experiences. At OYO, the OYO Board of Directors are committed to providing each and every family a positive, memorable experience.

 

About the OYO Board of Directors

Being an OYO board member is an honor and a privilege at OYO. We are fortunate to have a very diverse board. We have parents volunteering for the board who have children participating in our youngest divisions and those with players in our oldest divisions. We have board member representation from baseball and softball. We have representation from the rec league and from the travel program, too. We welcome a nice balance between moms and dads, aunts and uncles and we also have a blend of those with children participating in the league and those who don’t and just enjoy giving back to a program that supported their family over the years.

Since 2000, more than 300 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. Being a board member is fun and rewarding, too. As an OYO board member, you will find great satisfaction in rolling up your sleeves and jumping in the trenches to work with fellow board members who work tirelessly for the children and families of OYO. You will have the opportunity to share ideas, develop strategies, vote on new policies and procedures and create OYO for today and the future.

Call for Full-Time Travel Coaches for 2025 Season

The Oaklandon Youth Organization offers competitive, full-time travel teams for baseball and softball. The programs are divided into Oaklandon Bombers (baseball) and Oaklandon Red Storm (softball).

As the 2024 seasons are beginning to wind down slowly as they enter their final two months of the season, we are looking ahead to our 2025 programs. Our efforts will begin with coach selection for the 2025 Full-Time Travel seasons in late June and continue with tryouts throughout July. Many of our teams begin practices in August and either participate in full-time travel Fall Ball programs and tournaments or encourage their players to participate in OYO’s Fall Ball program individually.

Coach Applications | Incumbent coaches will meet with their respective Travel Vice President to discuss their role and plans for 2025. However, for new interested coaches, we welcome your application for consideration to be the head coach of one of our full-time travel head coaching positions for the 2025 season. Please complete the online head coach application and acknowledgement of responsibilities by Friday, June 21. Applications can be accessed at:

Selection and Tryout Process | The OYO Executive Board will announce teams and select coaches by late June and conducts tryouts starting late July for our 2025 teams. These tryouts are open to all interested players across Central Indiana.

Got Questions? | To learn more about coaching a full-time travel team at OYO, please send an email to the OYO Executive Board.

Thank you for your interest in our Bombers and Red Storm programs.

The Latest 2024 Spring Season Tournament Bracket Results

NOTE: The links to each individual division bracket below will be updated by midnight daily, if not sooner.

OYO Fans:

Now, with the 2024 Spring Season Rec League Tournament in full swing, here are three important reminders, updates and info to improve your experience this spring.

The Tournament | OYO operates a double-elimination tournament for all our divisions, except Tee Ball. The tournament begins on Monday, June 3 and runs through Saturday, June 15. Depending on cancellations and delays due to weather, the tournament may need to extend beyond June 15.

The Brackets | We’ll provide updates to the brackets nightly by 11:59 p.m. All brackets are being offered as a shared Google document for viewing purposes only. All updates will be completed by the OYO Scheduling Committee. Please access your division’s tournament bracket below (see links for your division’s bracket). If you have any questions about your bracket, please contact your coach or division commissioner.

Tournament-Specific Rules | Here’s a summary of all baseball and softball rules, including a tournament-specific summary.

As always, thank you for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball.

Play Ball!
The OYO Board of Directors

2024 SPRING SEASON TOURNAMENT BRACKETS NOW AVAILABLE

OYO Fans:

As we approach the final two weeks of the regular season, we are most impressed by the development of all our ballplayers, teams and coaches. Everyone has worked so hard this year to make this season fun and memorable.

All these efforts are designed to help teams progress and put themselves in position to be competitive during an exciting and enjoyable Rec League Tournament.

The Tournament for 12 and Under players | OYO operates a double-elimination tournament for all our divisions, except Tee Ball. The tournament begins on Monday, June 3 and runs throught Saturday, June 15, weather-permitting. Depending on cancellations and delays we may experience courtesy of Indiana weather, the tournament may need to extend beyond June 15. Please note, it is possible on June 8-9, it is possible for a team to have to play a double-header in the event we experience cancellations earlier in the week.

The Tournament for 13 and Older players | OYO operates a double-elimination tournament for all both our Junior Baseball and our 14U/16U Softball divisions. The tournaments have slightly different starting and ending dates, weather-permitting. Junior Baseball (JBB) begins on Saturday, June 22 and ends on Friday, June 28. And 14U/16U Softball begins on Monday, June 24 and ends on Wednesday, July 3. Depending on cancellations and delays we may experience courtesy of Indiana weather, the tournament may need to extend beyond June 30-July 1.

The Brackets | At OYO, we are a developmental league first during the regular season. We do not keep standings, and all first round games/tournament brackets were completed through a computerized random draw in LeagueApps. Please access your division’s tournament bracket below (see links for your division’s bracket). If you have any questions about your bracket, please contact your coach or division commissioner. You also may email OYO for any clarification, as needed.

We wish all teams a memorable ending to their regular season. As always, thank you for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball.

Play Ball!
The OYO Board of Directors

Is Player’s Baseball Bat Eligible? Check Out the Policy!

               

 

OYO Baseball Fans:

 

Greetings! While debriefing on-field experiences with our umpires this past weekend –including my own experience in a Super Major game – there is some ongoing confusion surrounding OYO’s bat eligibility policy. My hope with this message is to clear it up for all players, coaches, parents and umpires.

 

As an instructional and developmental league, OYO strives to promote a safe environment for all our rec league ballplayers regardless of their experience level. Over the years, the types of bats available have multiplied significantly in a way that some bats are simply far more dangerous in a rec league environment.

 

For the past seven years, our bat eligibility policy has remained the same and our players have remained safer. Now’s not the time to abandon what’s worked, but ensure everyone understand what’s acceptable. We have not communicated this in detail to all our divisions before now, so we own any confusion we have caused in recent weeks on game day.

 

The policy can be found online and is summarized below:

 

JUNIOR ROOKIE | ROOKIE | MINOR | SUPER MAJOR DIVISIONS:

  • Baseball bats may not have a barrel that exceeds 2-5/8 inches
  • Baseball bats that have a barrel larger than 2-1/4 inches must contain the official USA Baseball logo (see attachment)
  • A baseball bat with logo different than USA Baseball (ex. USSSA or BBCOR) still cannot exceed 2 1/4″
  • All bat lengths cannot exceed 33 inches
  • Softball bats not eligible in baseball games

 

JUNIOR BASEBALL DIVISION:

  • Baseball bats may not have a barrel that exceeds 2-5/8 inches
  • All bat lengths cannot exceed 34 inches
  • USA Baseball, USSSA and BBCOR bats are permitted
  • Softball bats not eligible in baseball games

 

IS YOUR BAT ELIGBLE?

Now, with these simple rules in place, we have one simple question. Is your ballplayer’s bat eligible? If so, then use it! If not, then save it for travel games or other locations … anywhere except our rec league.

And if you are unsure, then send an email with your team name, player’s name and photo of the bat (including certification stamps), to oyopresident1@gmail.com, and I personally will review the bat and confirm eligibility status to you and your team’s coach to ensure everyone is on the same page. (In the event of an overflow of email requests, please allow 24 hours for a reply.)

 

WHAT’S THE PENALTY FOR USING AN ILLEGAL BAT?

Now, what happens if your player uses an illegal bat? A lot! Allow me to summarize:

On first usage of an illegal bat:

  • Batter shall be declared out
  • If the ball was put in play, anyone put out is out and all runners not put out are returned to the base occupied before the ball was put into play
  • Both the team and head coach are each issued a warning

Every time an illegal bat is found for the remainder of the game:

  • The batter and acting head coach are ejected and the aforementioned penalty to the batter and baserunners are applied.
  • When the ejected player’s turn appears in the lineup, the offensive team is charged an out for that at bat
  • Each ejected player and coach will be suspended for a second game per OYO Code of Conduct for an ejection

 

Once again, this policy is in place to keep all OYO’s ballplayers – including your ballplayer – save and out of harms way. We truly appreciate you choosing OYO as your place for baseball, and we want to ensure every player has a memorable experience and comes back to play the national pastime for seasons to come!

 

With much appreciation and gratitude!
Michael DeSanto
OYO President | OYO Vice President, Game Day Operations