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Save-the-Date | Opening Day Parade Set for Saturday, April 17

OYO Fans,

After a year of a pandemic that canceled our 2020 parade and season, a pre-season of snow and rain, we’re ready for a great stretch of weather leading up to Opening Day and the chance to say “Let’s Play Ball!”

On Saturday, April 17, our ballplayers and families will take part in our Opening Day festivities for our 46th annual season of baseball and softball! To help you begin making plans, here are some of the details you should note (and all are subject to change):

Arrival for Parade | Coaches should arrive by 8 a.m. and players/families may begin arriving at Oaklandon Elementary (6702 Oaklandon Road) at 8:15 a.m. Families are encouraged to park in the south parking lot of the church lot across the street and walk their player to their designated team meeting spot (download map).

Parade and Festivities | The parade will begin at 9 a.m. followed by brief announcements, presentations and ceremonial first pitches at OYO. All players will walk to OYO with the support of a police escort managing traffic to ensure a safe and positive experience, including timely closures of Oaklandon Road and Pendleton Pike for safe crossings.

Attire for Walking in the Parade | Players are encouraged to dress warm and wear tennis shoes (not cleats) for the parade. They also should be in uniform!

Mask Requirements | To be in compliance with Marion County Public Health Department recommendations, we’re asking all coaches and players participating in the parade (or meeting up with their ballplayers at the park at the end of the parade route) to wear masks during the parade procession.

Game Times | Every team will play one game (and a couple teams may have doubleheaders). The season opens with first round of games at 11 a.m. Please review your schedule in LeagueApps for game times and field assignments.

Drop-off Procedures | Parents should drop their child off in front of the school between 8:15-8:45 a.m. Here are some helpful tips to consider:

  • No parking at the school is allowed.
  • Parking across the street in the south lot of the church is available.
  • Lawrence Police will be available to direct you where to park.

Once a ballplayer connects with his/her team, then the parent has three options:

  • Proceed to OYO/Veterans Memorial Park to await for their child(ren).
  • Walk south on Oaklandon Road to find a spot to cheer on all the teams, players and coaches participating in the parade.
  • Join your ballplayer and his/her team and walk the route!

What to Bring | Children should wear their uniforms and coaches/team parents who have purchased a team banner should also bring it for the parade. (Remember, team banners are optional so not all teams will have one.)

What NOT To Bring | We are asking all players and families to leave any horns and noisemakers at home to make this a pleasant and safe experience for all players and their families. Also, please leave at home your favorite dogs and pets since these not allowed as part of the parade or at Veterans Memorial Park, home of OYO, at any time.

Weather Considerations | As with any scheduled activity at OYO, please call the OYO WeatherLine at 317.767.5170 for the latest updates on the parade and game schedule for the day. As needed, we will begin updating the weatherline before 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 13.

Got Questions? | Please ask for help from any OYO Board Member. Our board members will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets donning the “OYO Baseball and Softball Volunteer” logo.

Concessions will be open! | Be sure to stop by either of our concession stands throughout the day!  Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Respect Our Monuments | Please ask your ballplayers and children to not climb or play on the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir monument near Field 1 at the front of the park at any time during the season. Please respect our veterans and the monument placed in their honor.

 

SUMMARY | SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • 8:00 a.m.: Coaches and/or Team Parent Arrive at Oaklandon Elementary school and go to designated team spot in the parking lot (area will be marked)
  • 8:15-8:45 a.m.: All players should arrive at Oaklandon Elementary
  • 9:00 a.m.: Parade begins
  • 9:30 a.m.: Parade concludes at Veterans Memorial Park
  • 10:15 a.m.: Opening Day Ceremony concludes
  • 11 a.m.: Games begin (reference team’s schedule in LeagueApps)

Thank you for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball!

 

Less Than 45 Roster Spots Remain Across 35 Teams

Families have learned about the wave of excitement and continue to respond by registering for the upcoming season. Many of these new players are joining friends on the same team!
FOR PLAYERS AGES 12 AND YOUNGER
OYO now has its highest rec league participation level since 2018. To put the finishing touches on the season, we just want to have the same number of players on every team by Opening Day! Two divisions are now closed and formed a wait list. In the remaining seven divisions for 12 and under players, some teams have one opening — and, a few teams have two openings, noted with a (2). All new players in any division will be assigned to one of these teams:
  • 8U Softball | Wait List Formed!
  • 10U Softball | Wait List Formed!
  • 12U Softball | 4 teams | Boilermakers (2), Ducks (2), Hurricanes, Yellow Jackets (2)
  • Tee Ball | 12 teams | All teams have one opening, and the Bats, Raptors and Thunder each have 2 openings
  • Junior Rookie | 4 teams | Athletics, Cubs, Indianapolis Indians, Red Sox
  • Rookie | 7 teams | Athletics, Brewers, Cubs, Dodgers, Indianapolis Indians, Mariners, Reds
  • Minor | 5 teams | Athletics , Mets, Orioles, Rays, Royals
  • Super Major | 4 teams | Angels, Cubs, Red Sox, Yankees
FOR PLAYERS AGES 13 AND OLDER
If you have a baseball player, ages 13-18, or a softball player, ages 13-16, then OYO is the place to be this spring and summer. These programs will begin practicing in early May and games start in late May. We’re still accepting open registrations in these divisions, but the remaining roster spots are limited and there is no guarantee we will create additional teams for additional players. The divisions are:
  • 14U/16U Softball | 10 openings
  • Junior Baseball | 24 openings
  • Senior Baseball | 5 openings

Register today! Recruit your friends today, too!

Coaches’ Corner | Your Guide to Starting the 2021 Season

Greetings, Coaches!

 

Spring season is off to a great start!  Kids are enjoying baseball and softball and they are such a pleasure and privilege to coach! I know the weather hasn’t been the most cooperative, and many of your practices have been rained out, but hopefully beautiful weather is on the horizon!

 

There are several points to cover in this Coaches Corner.  Please read this message in its entirety, and do let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

1.  Uniforms:  Uniforms are getting the final touches and should be arriving at the ballpark by Wednesday-ish.  As soon as they are in hand, we will let you all know the best time to come and grab them for your team.  If you have not had your practice by that point, you can give them out at practice.  If you practice early in the week, no worries!  You can grab them and pass them out when/how you see fit ahead of Saturday’s opening day.  Even if you give your team their uniforms Saturday morning, before or after the parade, that is great, also!

 

2.  Field Maintenance:  Coaches, please be in the habit of raking your field after every usage and following basic field care guidelines.  Even if another team is ready to take the field, it is still appreciated.  The expectation is you, or someone designated from your team, will grab a rake from the shed and smooth out the dirt, fill in holes in the batter’s box and by the pitcher’s mound, and overall, leave the field better than you found it.  Please make sure dugouts are free of all trash.  All chalkers need to be returned to the shed after usage, as many teams share the chalkers.  In addition, if it rains, and the chalk gets wet, it will become clumpy and rendered useless.  We know the enormous responsibilities you already have as coaches.  It is greatly helpful to have a designated parent or assistant coach to oversee field tasks.

 

3.  Opening Day:  Spring 2021 Opening Day is finally upon us!  We have all waited an extraordinarily long time to play spring ball again!  Covid threw a wrench in our plans last year, but nothing is stopping us from getting out there on Saturday, April 17, for our parade and lineup of games.  We are so excited!  Everything you need to know about the parade can be found in our TWIO post Starting with arrival at 8:15 a.m. at Oaklandon Elementary School, plan to join us for a fun, memorable, and of course, socially responsible, parade and festivities.  Invite your friends and family to sit along the parade route and cheer on our ball players.  It will be a blast!

 

4.  Schedule: Your schedule of games is finalized and posted on League Apps.  You can access the schedule through our website under the tab, “Manage Parent Account” or through our app, OYO Baseball and Softball.  Take note of field assignments, game times, and home/away designation.

 

5.  Treat Tickets:  Now that you have your game schedule, you can have your designated team parent begin organizing a treat ticket schedule.  Treat tickets can be purchased at the concession stands for $1 each.  They can be used to buy treats like popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and candy.  You can have your team parent collect up to $12, depending on how many players you have on your team, from each parent.  The team parent can purchase treat tickets for the season.  You can also have the team parent assign treat tickets to a different parent weekly.  Either way is acceptable.  In pre-Covid times, the kids would head to the concession to pick out the treats.  For the 2021 Spring Season, we are asking just a team parent or representative come to the stand on behalf of the team to minimize large numbers of kids at the concession stands at once.  Treats are a highlight for the kids, for sure!

 

6.  Covid:  That pesky Covid virus is still lingering, unfortunately.  Since it is still lingering, we will continue to do what it takes to keep our program going and keep us all safe.  Here are some of our expectations to keep us in compliance by operating a safe and responsible program for all players and adults.  Below are several practical, yet not difficult, things we can do as coaches to minimize the spread of germs, ease the minds of our parents and families, and make it the most safe way to coach in these Covid times.  As simply put as I can make it, parents are trusting us to do what we say we will do.  Some are still a little leary about participating in team sports, but because of the measures we have put in place as a league, they feel safe and comfortable enough to give spring ball at OYO a go.  Again, we have to do what we say we will do.  My hope is Covid will be a thing of the past here really soon!
  • As coaches, if you are close to your players and unable to keep a six-foot distance from them, please wear your mask or gaiter.
  • Please keep dugouts and bleachers for players only.  Have the players hang bat bags outside of the dugout so that they may spread out.
  • During the offensive parts of the game, 2-3 waiting batters may be in the dugout while the rest of the team spreads out on the bleachers.
  • Please keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in your wagon or bat bag, set it out at the beginning of the game or practice, and have everyone sanitize often.
  • Keep a bottle of sanitizer to spray down catcher’s gear, if it is shared.
  • Ask families to spread out.

 

7.  Rules:  Here’s a biggie…I strongly urge you to know your division’s rules.  Download the softball rules.  And, download the baseball rules.  Having a very solid knowledge of your division’s specific rules really puts you at an advantage as a coach.  The more we know the rules as coaches, the better equipped we are to teach our players the rules, abide by the rules as a team, and understand the calls made by our umpires.

 

8.  Cage reservation:  Did you know that we have two batting cages (and another on the way) available to reserve?  With wet, rainy days and soaked fields, having some good batting practice at one of the cages can serve as a great alternative for practice, or it can simply be used to enrich batting skills.  Please email Cherisse Anderson, OYO Scheduling Chairperson, at least 24 hours in advance if you wish to reserve a batting cage.  They are first come, first served, and have to be scheduled with her.

 

9.  Equipment:  If you are missing any equipment for your team, or you need something more or different for the season, please touch base with Dennis Lewton, OYO Equipment Chairperson.  We are happy to get you whatever you need in the way of equipment for your team.  Also, if you did not receive a scorebook, let us know, as we have more that just came.

 

10.  Indianapolis Indians Knot Hole Kids Club:  OYO has partnered with the Indianapolis Indians this year.  We are selling Knot Hole Kids Club memberships on our website in exchange for a very generous donation from the Indians organization.  We have set a goal of 100 or more, and we are very close to meeting the goal.  Encourage your players to sign up for the KHKC.  It’s a nominal fee for all they get!  They will have a ticket to every home game at Victory Field, as well as opportunities to run the bases after select games, fun giveaways, and of course, a KHKC t-shirt.  Remind your team to sign up for the Knot Hole Kids Club.  Also, save the date for a really fun, festive time at the park on Saturday, May 8, from 9:30-11.30am, when “Rowdie,” the Indianapolis Indians mascot, comes to OYO!  There will be lots of fun in store on this day!

 

11.  A sincere, giant THANK YOU:  Coaches, thank you for taking the time to read this important communication.  Thank you for implementing the skills framework so that our league is developing players at the right time, in the right ways.  Thank you for taking care of Veterans Memorial Park, where OYO calls home.  Your care and concern for everything from the batting cages to the fields and all points in between is greatly appreciated.  Thank you for helping us recruit players to the league.  Having you invite players to your team and spreading the word to register has been infinitely helpful!  Thank you, most of all, and from the bottom of my heart, for coaching, teaching, having fun with, developing, laughing with, showing care and concern for, and spreading the love of baseball and softball to these awesome kids in our league!  You are doing it with excellence!

 

If you need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out!  You are appreciated!

 

Sincerely,
Brittany Anderson
OYO President

Final Travel Tryouts Scheduled

 

 

TRYOUT OVERVIEWS 

To be eligible for an age group in Red Storm (softball), the player must not be older than the team’s age as of January 1, 2021. To be eligible for an age group in Bombers (baseball), the player must not be older than the team’s age as of April 30, 2021.

Attendance is mandatory, unless other arrangements have been made with the team’s coach prior to the tryout to schedule an alternate time. There is no fee to participate in tryouts.

Players should arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tryout time and should not wear any hats or uniform apparel affiliating them with any past travel team involvement (at OYO or elsewhere). However, a team-branded batting helmet is acceptable.

Below is a full list of remaining rec travel tryouts for select Bombers and Red Storm squads..

TEAMAGE ELIGIBILITYTRYOUT DATES/TIMESFIELDCOACHCOACH EMAIL
8U RED STORMMust be 8 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 8U playerSunday, April 18
2-4 p.m.
Or individual tryout upon request
8David Coledavidcole27@gmail.com
12U RED STORMMust be 9 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 9U playerThursday, April 15
8-9:15 p.m.
Sunday, April 18
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 25
2:30-4 p.m.
6Matt Radcliffematt34rad@gmail.com
10U BOMBERSMust be 10 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 10U playerSunday, April 18
10 a.m.-Noon
2Corey Hartcsteven27@gmail.com
11U BOMBERSMust be 11 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 11U playerSunday, April 18
4-6 p.m.
3Chris Neucneu41@gmail.com
12U BOMBERSMust be 12 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 12U playerSunday, April 18
Noon-2 p.m.
2Rich Daydayrich5@gmail.com

 

ORIGINAL POST

As the Spring Season rolls along, so does our rec travel/all-star program.  As parents of a ballplayer between the ages of 6-12 and in either baseball or softball, who might be seeking even a more competitive experience throughout the season, then the rec travel/all-star program is right for you.

ABOUT REC TRAVEL PROGRAM

At OYO, we offer a wide range of programs to help players of all levels of skill, interest and passion experience more baseball and softball.  As a registered family, you’re already intended to participate in our primary and most popular program — Spring Ball recreational league.  However, we also offer a rec all-star/travel program for all our rec league baseball and softball players who are seeking even more baseball and softball development and competitive game opportunities against teams from across Central Indiana. From experience, we know when families hear “rec travel” the misconceptions quickly follow. We’d like to set the record straight on our travel program before you and your ballplayer miss out on a tremendous opportunity this spring and summer.

BACKGROUND

Our baseball travel program is named the Oaklandon Bombers. Our softball travel program is named the Oaklandon Red Storm. And we offer two different levels — full-time travel (FTT) and recreational travel (RT). The full-time travel teams were selected last August and are all set for the 2021 season.

Our RT squads are the same as “all-star” teams selected in other leagues. The minor difference is these teams are formed during the practice season. Then, they practice or play games on Sundays during the recreational league season before coming together to play in local tournaments against similar clubs from other regional youth baseball and softball programs in June and July. A typical RT Bombers/Red Storm regular season runs from April through July in which the team will participate in 4 to 5 tournaments (again, all in Central Indiana).

Only those players who play in our recreational program can tryout for and be selected to play for the RT Bombers or Red Storm. These teams do require families to pay an additional fee to participate, and those fees vary from team to team.

 

KEEPING TRAVEL TRYOUTS SAFE AND FAIR

In accordance with state and local guidelines and additional social distancing and good hygeine practices, here is how OYO will manage the rec travel tryouts for age groups we’re able to support this season (based on eligible coaching volunteers):

Fair Tryout Process

  • Only players who were registered at OYO, are eligible to tryout for a Bombers or Red Storm rec travel team.
  • Players must attend a tryout to be eligible for a team. If a player cannot attend the scheduled date(s) and time(s), then they may request an alternate tryout date within two weeks of the posted tryouts for the respective age group.
  • If any player or member of player’s household is not feeling well, or running a fever, the player’s tryout should be rescheduled for a later date within 14 days of scheduled tryout.
  • OYO will seek to accommodate multiple teams in any age group where the interest from players is supported by qualified and eligible coaching candidates.
  • No fees are required to participate in any tryout session.

Safe Tryout Procedures

  • Dugouts will not be used by players.  They may be used by coaches with proper distancing.
  • Players will line up their personal gear along the left field or right field fences, six feet apart.
  • Restrooms will be available for use, but with social distancing practices.
  • Parents or guardians who accompany players to tryouts are asked to wear masks and not gather in close groups, specifically maintaining six-feet-apart social distances.
  • Players are encouraged to bring and use hand sanitizer often.
  • No player equipment may be shared.  Team equipment, such as catcher’s gear, helmets, and chest protectors will be wiped down with disinfectant between each player use.
  • Huddles shall be within safe social distancing parameters – six or more feet apart.

 

RED STORM TRYOUT OVERVIEW | SOFTBALL

To be eligible for an age group in Red Storm, the player must not be older than the team’s age as of January 1, 2021. Attendance is mandatory, unless other arrangements have been made with the team’s coach prior to the tryout to schedule an alternate time. There is no fee to participate in tryouts.

Players should arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tryout time and should not wear any hats or uniform apparel affiliating them with any past travel team involvement (at OYO or elsewhere). However, a team-branded batting helmet is acceptable.

A full list of Red Storm rec travel coaches and remaining tryout schedules appears below.

TEAMAGE ELIGIBILITYTRYOUT DATES/TIMESFIELDCOACHCOACH EMAIL
8UMust be 6-8 years old as of January 1, 2021Sunday, April 11
Sunday, April 18
2-4 p.m.
8David Coledavidcole27@gmail.com
10UMust be 9-10 years old as of January 1, 2021 or pre-approved 10U playerCOMPLETEDN/AMichael DeSantomdesanto317@gmail.com
12UMust be 11-12 years old as of January 1, 2021 or pre-approved 12U playerSunday, April 11
2-4 p.m.
Sunday, April 18
8:30-9:30 a.m.
6Matt Radcliffematt34rad@gmail.com
14UMust be 13-14 years old as of January 1, 2021 or pre-approved 14U playerTBA in late AprilTBAAaron Hardingaharding1220@gmail.com

BOMBERS TRYOUT OVERVIEW | BASEBALL

To be eligible for an age group in Bombers, the player must not be older than the team’s age as of April 30, 2021. Attendance is mandatory, unless other arrangements have been made with the team’s coach prior to the tryout to schedule an alternate time. There is no fee to participate in tryouts.

Players should arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tryout time and should not wear any hats or uniform apparel affiliating them with any past travel team involvement (at OYO or elsewhere). However, a team-branded batting helmet is acceptable.

A full list of Bombers rec travel coaches and remaining tryout schedules appears below.

TEAMAGE ELIGIBILITYTRYOUT DATES/TIMESFIELDCOACHCOACH EMAIL
6UMust be 6 years old as of April 30, 2021Contact Coach for Private TryoutTBABrandon Booherbrandonboo20@yahoo.com
7UMust be 7 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 7U playerContact Coach for Private TryoutTBALandon Hooverhooverl06@gmail.com
8UMust be 8 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 8U playerContact Coach for Private TryoutTBAScott Maskelscott.maskel@morganstanley.com
9UMust be 9 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 9U playerCOMPLETEDN/ABrittany Andersonkbamanderson@gmail.com
10UMust be 10 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 10U playerSunday, April 11
9 a.m.
1Corey Hartcsteven27@gmail.com
11UMust be 11 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 11U playerSunday, April 11
4 p.m.
2Chris Neucneu41@gmail.com
12UMust be 12 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 12U playerSunday, April 11
8 a.m.
Sunday, April 18
Noon
2Rich Daydayrich5@gmail.com

BE IN THE KNOW THIS SPRING: CALL THE OYO WEATHERLINE

At OYO, we have the official OYO Weatherline to communicate important cancellation information. The Weatherline is used exclusively for game days, work days and travel tournament details. It is not used for rec league practice decisions.

All practice decisions are left to the coaches. Please check with your coach to determine if you are or are not having practice when the weather is questionable (and fields are not closed by the league).

The OYO Weatherline number is 317.767.5170. We use the weatherline to communicate cancellations for game days — and we do our best to update the Weatherline early on Saturdays and Sundays.

Here is one very important clarification: If we cancel a full slate of activities scheduled for the park, then no activity should take place on the fields, including ad hoc practices, travel games, etc.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Regular Season Game Schedules Now Available

OYO is excited to announce the release of our 2021 Spring Season game schedule for all divisions with players age 12 and younger. (Team assignments and schedules for Junior Baseball, 14U/16U Softball and Senior Baseball will be released around May 1.)

The OYO Scheduling Committee has worked tirelessly with our league VPs, commissioners and coaches to finalize the schedule for the upcoming season involving more than 500 regular season games. To view your ballplayer’s regular season game schedule (and remaining practice schedule) for the regular season, follow three simple steps. (1) Log in to LeagueApps via oyoball.org. (2) Select Manage Parent Account (in upper right corner). (3) Click on My Schedule at the bottom of the sidebar along the right side of the screen.

Thank you for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball!

Smile! Newly Revamped Photo Night Set for Friday, May 7

Ready, Set, Smile! Team and individual pictures for our 2021 Sptring Season will take on a new format and a new look and feel. The first-ever OYO Photo Night is set for Friday, May 7, 2021, so mark your calendars!

OYO is revamping how we manage our team and individual photos to better accommodate COVID-19 safety guidelines and spacing as well as create a better overall experience for all our ballplayers and families, we have worked with H&R Photography to have one dedicated Team Photo Night for all our teams in our younger divisions.

This night will involve both team photos and player individual photos. We’ve designed the Photo Night experience so teams will be scheduled on ballfields this year, using Fields 1-4 and Fields 6-9 between 5:30-7:45 p.m. The schedule can be accessed using the link below. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your time slot to keep us on schedule. With the help of OYO players and parents, coaches, and board, we continue to make picture day a smooth adventure for all.

Please note, no games are scheduled for Friday, May 7. (And, if needed, the rain date is set for Friday, May 14.) Please reference the attached schedule below for your team’s scheduled photo shoot time on Friday, May 7.

Lastly, up until the Wednedsay, May 5, 2021, orders may be placed online. On behalf of H&R Photography, thank you for making our newly-styled OYO Photo Night  another successful experience. See you at the ballpark!

Ready, Set, Smile!
The OYO Board of Directors

 

2021 OYO PHOTO NIGHT SCHEDULE 

Travel Tryouts Continue in Select Age Groups

As the Spring Season rolls along, so does our rec travel/all-star program.  As parents of a ballplayer between the ages of 6-12 and in either baseball or softball, who might be seeking even a more competitive experience throughout the season, then the rec travel/all-star program is right for you.

ABOUT REC TRAVEL PROGRAM

At OYO, we offer a wide range of programs to help players of all levels of skill, interest and passion experience more baseball and softball.  As a registered family, you’re already intended to participate in our primary and most popular program — Spring Ball recreational league.  However, we also offer a rec all-star/travel program for all our rec league baseball and softball players who are seeking even more baseball and softball development and competitive game opportunities against teams from across Central Indiana. From experience, we know when families hear “rec travel” the misconceptions quickly follow. We’d like to set the record straight on our travel program before you and your ballplayer miss out on a tremendous opportunity this spring and summer.

BACKGROUND

Our baseball travel program is named the Oaklandon Bombers. Our softball travel program is named the Oaklandon Red Storm. And we offer two different levels — full-time travel (FTT) and recreational travel (RT). The full-time travel teams were selected last August and are all set for the 2021 season.

Our RT squads are the same as “all-star” teams selected in other leagues. The minor difference is these teams are formed during the practice season. Then, they practice or play games on Sundays during the recreational league season before coming together to play in local tournaments against similar clubs from other regional youth baseball and softball programs in June and July. A typical RT Bombers/Red Storm regular season runs from April through July in which the team will participate in 4 to 5 tournaments (again, all in Central Indiana).

Only those players who play in our recreational program can tryout for and be selected to play for the RT Bombers or Red Storm. These teams do require families to pay an additional fee to participate, and those fees vary from team to team.

 

KEEPING TRAVEL TRYOUTS SAFE AND FAIR

In accordance with state and local guidelines and additional social distancing and good hygeine practices, here is how OYO will manage the rec travel tryouts for age groups we’re able to support this season (based on eligible coaching volunteers):

Fair Tryout Process

  • Only players who were registered at OYO, are eligible to tryout for a Bombers or Red Storm rec travel team.
  • Players must attend a tryout to be eligible for a team. If a player cannot attend the scheduled date(s) and time(s), then they may request an alternate tryout date within two weeks of the posted tryouts for the respective age group.
  • If any player or member of player’s household is not feeling well, or running a fever, the player’s tryout should be rescheduled for a later date within 14 days of scheduled tryout.
  • OYO will seek to accommodate multiple teams in any age group where the interest from players is supported by qualified and eligible coaching candidates.
  • No fees are required to participate in any tryout session.

Safe Tryout Procedures

  • Dugouts will not be used by players.  They may be used by coaches with proper distancing.
  • Players will line up their personal gear along the left field or right field fences, six feet apart.
  • Restrooms will be available for use, but with social distancing practices.
  • Parents or guardians who accompany players to tryouts are asked to wear masks and not gather in close groups, specifically maintaining six-feet-apart social distances.
  • Players are encouraged to bring and use hand sanitizer often.
  • No player equipment may be shared.  Team equipment, such as catcher’s gear, helmets, and chest protectors will be wiped down with disinfectant between each player use.
  • Huddles shall be within safe social distancing parameters – six or more feet apart.

 

RED STORM TRYOUT OVERVIEW | SOFTBALL

To be eligible for an age group in Red Storm, the player must not be older than the team’s age as of January 1, 2021. Attendance is mandatory, unless other arrangements have been made with the team’s coach prior to the tryout to schedule an alternate time. There is no fee to participate in tryouts.

Players should arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tryout time and should not wear any hats or uniform apparel affiliating them with any past travel team involvement (at OYO or elsewhere). However, a team-branded batting helmet is acceptable.

A full list of Red Storm rec travel coaches and remaining tryout schedules appears below.

TEAMAGE ELIGIBILITYTRYOUT DATES/TIMESFIELDCOACHCOACH EMAIL
8UMust be 6-8 years old as of January 1, 2021Sunday, April 11
Sunday, April 18
2-4 p.m.
8David Coledavidcole27@gmail.com
10UMust be 9-10 years old as of January 1, 2021 or pre-approved 10U playerCOMPLETEDN/AMichael DeSantomdesanto317@gmail.com
12UMust be 11-12 years old as of January 1, 2021 or pre-approved 12U playerSunday, April 11
2-4 p.m.
Sunday, April 18
8:30-9:30 a.m.
6Matt Radcliffematt34rad@gmail.com
14UMust be 13-14 years old as of January 1, 2021 or pre-approved 14U playerTBA in late AprilTBAAaron Hardingaharding1220@gmail.com

BOMBERS TRYOUT OVERVIEW | BASEBALL

To be eligible for an age group in Bombers, the player must not be older than the team’s age as of April 30, 2021. Attendance is mandatory, unless other arrangements have been made with the team’s coach prior to the tryout to schedule an alternate time. There is no fee to participate in tryouts.

Players should arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tryout time and should not wear any hats or uniform apparel affiliating them with any past travel team involvement (at OYO or elsewhere). However, a team-branded batting helmet is acceptable.

A full list of Bombers rec travel coaches and remaining tryout schedules appears below.

TEAMAGE ELIGIBILITYTRYOUT DATES/TIMESFIELDCOACHCOACH EMAIL
6UMust be 6 years old as of April 30, 2021Contact Coach for Private TryoutTBABrandon Booherbrandonboo20@yahoo.com
7UMust be 7 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 7U playerContact Coach for Private TryoutTBALandon Hooverhooverl06@gmail.com
8UMust be 8 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 8U playerContact Coach for Private TryoutTBAScott Maskelscott.maskel@morganstanley.com
9UMust be 9 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 9U playerCOMPLETEDN/ABrittany Andersonkbamanderson@gmail.com
10UMust be 10 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 10U playerSunday, April 11
9 a.m.
1Corey Hartcsteven27@gmail.com
11UMust be 11 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 11U playerSunday, April 11
4 p.m.
2Chris Neucneu41@gmail.com
12UMust be 12 years old as of April 30, 2021 or pre-approved 12U playerSunday, April 11
8 a.m.
Sunday, April 18
Noon
2Rich Daydayrich5@gmail.com

Come One, Come All | Final Park Prep Day Set for Saturday, April 10

There are amazing projects underway during the next two Saturdays, April 3 and April 10. Constructing a new batting cage, painting projects, filling holes on paths, painting foul lines, field work, planting trees and more. This is quite a lot! As you can imagine, it’s far too much for just a few volunteers. We need you! 
What’s more, we all reap the benefits of a nice park, well-maintained fields and useful batting cages. It would be amazing if we can all pitch in to do what it takes to have these benefits at our park. So, check out the Sign-Up Genius today and volunteer an hour or two this Saturday!
We truly appreciate your consideration, support and time in lending a hand. Together, we got this!