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WINTER WORKOUTS ARE UNDERWAY | KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL IN 2021!

Our popular Winter Workout program has returned to ring in the New Year! Don’t miss the chance to get involved as five of our divisions still have limited openings!

Is there still room for your ballplayer? Yes, in most divisions! With three divisions now sold out and others nearing capacity with the rapid rate of registrations of late, space is limited with only 20 openings remain across seven divisions. Players must register online before attending a workout. We have the following spaces remaining:

BASEBALL WORKOUTS

      • Junior Rookie — 8 openings
      • Rookie — Wait List only
      • Minor — Wait List only
      • Super Major/Junior Baseball — 2 openings

SOFTBALL WORKOUTS

      • 8U — 7 openings
      • 10U — 3 openings
      • 12U/14U/16U — Wait List only

Don’t delay! Register your ballplayer to secure his/her spot for these popular winter workouts!

What are your safety plans in light of COVID? We are committed to your ballplayer’s safety, too. Visit the OYO website for our COVID safety guidelines required for all coaches and players during all our indoor sessions. All age groups will follow stringent COVID-19 protocols during these workouts.

When, where and how much does it cost to participate in the Winter Workouts? OYO will host the Winter Workouts at Genesis Sports Performance, located at 5111 E. 65th Street (Indianapolis). Each division will run an exclusive 90-minute weekly session spanning 10 weeks from January 2-March 12. Review the OYO website for the complete workout schedule, including your division’s scheduled day and time for all 10 weeks. And, the registration fee is $100 per player.

Welcome to OYO 2021!

OYO IS READY FOR 2021! WE HOPE YOU ARE, TOO!

OYO has rung in the new year filled with anticipation, excitement and opportunity. For each and every ballplayer and family who calls OYO home for their baseball and softball experience, the past has been amazing and the future is even brighter.
Discover how one’s journey to OYO will make the organization an even more vibrant community for everyone involved, the path the OYO Way offers to our resilient ballplayers and their fans, our plans to crush COVID-19 again, where the league will channel its time and talent to improve and why OYO’s best days are ahead of us! For a closer look at what the future holds, OYO President Brittany Anderson shares the why and how of OYO 2021!
Thank you for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball!

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2021 UMPIRES

Come make the call!

 

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

 

2021 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!

 

Early registration is now open, and we’re making 2020 registration fees available to all players in all divisions through December 31!

 

Register early for our popular Spring Season, and guarantee you and your ballplayer savings with our 2020 registration rates. After the new year, new registration fees may apply in order to ensure we’re able to cover all our operating expenses throughout the season!

 

Our 2021 Spring Season offers baseball and softball opportunities for baseball players ages 4-18 and softball players ages 4-16.

 

Don’t miss the chance to realize these savings for the 2021 Spring Season. Register your ballplayer for 2021 with 2020 rates!

SUPPORT OYO IN 2020 | HELP YOUR BUSINESS IN 2021

2021 starts now, and your savings and advertising reach can, too!
Since 2010, more than 300 local businesses have supported OYO through a broad range of corporate and team sponsorship opportunities generating more than $200,000. These donations help ensure OYO can meet the league’s increasing demands while mitigating the need for annual player registration fee increases.
All packages are offered on a first come, first served basis. Check out the revamped 2021 OYO Sponsor Packages!
What’s more, as eligible per IRS guidelines, complete your sponsorship by December 31, 2020 and make your generous donation a tax-deductible contribution in 2020 to help your business!

WINTER WORKOUTS FILLING UP FAST

When we flip the calendars to a new year in just four 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, most of our age groups are more than half full and we’re receiving new registrations daily. Space is limited to just two dozen players per division. Don’t delay, act today!

Following stringent COVID-19 guidelines and protocols to help provide a safe environment, OYO will host the Winter Workouts at Genesis Sports Performance, located at 5111 E. 65th Street (Indianapolis). Each division will run an exclusive 90-minute weekly session spanning 10 weeks from January 2-March 12. The registration fee is $100 per player.

Once again, don’t delay, register today!

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

Introducing the 2021 OYO Board of Directors, including the OYO President

Congratulations to all 2021 OYO Board Members! On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the current OYO Board elected a new slate of board members to help continue serve the OYO families in 2021 and beyond. This board of 40+ volunteers will work tirelessly to uphold The OYO Way and continue to grow our program to serve more than 1600 ballplayers and 1000 families each year. These board members will assume their official roles on November 1, 2020.

INTRODUCING THE 2021-22 OYO PRESIDENT

Each and every family at OYO has their reasons for choosing OYO as their place for baseball and softball. Over the years, we’ve learned families choose — and return to — OYO for many reasons, ranging from our diversity to our focus on equality, from the commitment to player development to game day experiences, from the quantity of teams to the quality of coaching, from the family atmosphere to the park’s proximity, from the concession stand service to the quality of umpiring, and from our Challenger program to rec league to multi-level travel program.

Over the past 46 years, OYO has been blessed with some amazing OYO board volunteers, who collaborate to form dedicated and dutiful board of director groups led by some impressive and selfless OYO Presidents. Looking ahead to 2021, we encourage each and every OYO family to take the time to meet our next OYO President, Brittany Anderson. If you’ve met or collaborated with Brittany before, then you’ve experienced firsthand her ability to craft a vision, rally others around an important cause, execute the finest of details and not only achieve — but also exceed — all expectations and goals. And, if you have not met her, then we are confident you will before her time as OYO President expires and understand why OYO is rallying around her engaging personality, people-friendly demeanor and results-focused approach.

 

Earlier this year, the OYO Executive Board began to contemplate about the next generation of OYO board members. With a focus on delivering a compelling, productive and memorable experience for each and every ballplayer and family, we discussed the characteristics, skills and traits needed in this capacity to continue OYO’s trajectory of growth and development. When we started identifying who could provide the leadership and vision necessary, we collectively identfied the same tireless volunteer — Brittany Anderson. As you will soon discover, Brittany will execute with grace, lead with humility, plan with precision, motivate with compassion and listen with clarity.

 

An Indianapolis native and Lawrence Central graduate, where she played varsity softball, Brittany has been a baseball and softball coach at OYO since 2017. She has a wonderful husband, Kevin Anderson, and three children with diplomacy well beyond their years — including two who play rec ball and rec travel baseball and softball at OYO. She has served on the OYO Board for the past three years, including roles of Junior Rookie Commissioner and Vice President of Travel. In both roles, she spearheaded significant growth in those divisions by increasing Junior Rookie participation by nearly 33% year over year and more than doubled our full-time travel participation for 2021 (and achieving the second highest number of FTT players at OYO ever in a single season). While those numbers are impressive in and of itself, just by looking at the retention of coaches, the roster similarities year over year and the overall satisfaction of our travel families, you have witnessed Brittany’s impact first hand.

 

Through her steady leadership, guidance and dedication, Brittany’s visible presence will uphold the values and ideals of our rec league and travel programs while ensuring full compliance with our policies and memories for all. Most notably, Brittany’s impact has been felt throughout our 2020 Fall Ball season, as we achieved and maintained substantial participation while balancing COVID-19 challenges and protocols. Thank you to Brittany Anderson for her willingness to embrace the call for leadership and accepting the duties of serving as OYO President. The OYO Board of Directors is ready to follow Brittany’s leadership to meet the needs of a league that consists of two Challenger teams, 800+ spring season players, 600+ fall ball players, 100+ full-time travel players, multiple travel tournaments, an amazing umpire crew, a dedicated concession stand staff, awesome fans and spectators and countless volunteers.

INTRODUCING THE 2021 OYO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

BOARD POSITION 2021 BOARD MEMBER
President* Brittany Anderson
Executive Vice President* Randy Working
1st Vice President* Justin Sturm
2nd Vice President* Mario Covarrubias
Vice President of Game Day Operations* Michael DeSanto
Vice President of Travel Baseball* Scott Maskel
Vice President of Travel Softball* Curtis Dillman
Treasurer* Karen Grese
Secretary* Danae Horban
Equipment Chairperson Dennis Lewton
Grounds Co-Chairperson Aaron Koehler
Grounds Co-Chairperson Mark Anderson
Grounds Co-Chairperson Josh Ward
Grounds Co-Chairperson Trent Shaffer
Grounds Co-Chairperson Brett Williams
Public Relations Chairperson Nicolle Jordan
Registration Chairperson Kristen Sherman
Rules & Training Chairperson Brandon Booher
Travel Baseball Commissioner Johnny Goldfinger
Travel Baseball Tournaments Larry Stone
Travel Baseball Training and Development Josh Pearson
Travel Baseball Marketing Bryan Lord
Travel Softball Commissioner [open]
Travel Softball Tournaments [open]
Travel Softball Training and Development Chris Rawlins
Travel Softball Marketing Keshia Wilson
Umpires Training Chairperson Andre Beaver
Umpires Scheduling Chairperson Francis Ampil
Ways & Means Co-Chairperson Brittany Anderson
Ways & Means Co-Chairperson Michael DeSanto
Team Parent Chairperson Brandi Beard
Uniforms Chairperson Kristina Snider
Scheduling Chairperson Cherisse Anderson
Marketing Chairperson Michael DeSanto
Survey Chairperson Kendrick James
Safety Chairperson Brent Kuhn
Challenger Commissioner Dale Dye
Tee Ball Commissioner Nytasha Ruiz
Junior Rookie Commissioner Mike Hunneman
Rookie Commissioner Mark Brown
Minor Commissioner Robert Rodriguez
Super Major Commissioner Matt Welp
Junior | Senior Baseball Commissioner Jen Wilkinson
8U Softball Commissioner Stefanie Christensen
10U Softball Commissioner Keshia Wilson
12U Softball Commissioner Kenny Murphy
14U/16U Softball Commissioner Aaron Harding
Co-Ed Softball Commissioner Danae Horban

* denotes OYO Executive Board Member serving term through October 31, 2022

 

2020 Fall Ball Champions

The 2020 OYO Fall Ball expanded season involved eight memorable weekends and 11 days of games in 2020. All those efforts culminated with our 13th annual Fall Ball Rec League Tournament featuring all of our teams this fall. We witnessed some memorable and competitive games complete with memorable plays and lasting memories.

Below we have summarized our championship game squads in every divisions. As more photos become available, we’ll update these summaries, as well.

We truly appreciate you choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball. We wish each and every ballplayer and family a memorable offseason.

Tournament Rules Changes & Reminders

As we prepare for a fun and exciting 2020 Fall Ball Tournament, there are a few rules that apply to multiple divisions, if not all divisions. While we have captured some of these specific tournament exceptions here, you can access the OYO-specific baseball rules and softball rules online for all the details.

UNIVERSAL RULES | WHAT STAYS, WHAT GOES

  • Mandatory infield playing time | Players do not need to play in the infield at any time.
  • Limit on number of innings at one position | No longer in effect – except pitching rules
  • Players Sitting in MB, SM, 10U, 12U | All players must still sit out once before any player sits out twice


ALL LEAGUES | TOURNAMENT SPECIFICS

  • Umpire Manages Time Clock | The National Anthem will only be played before the 10 a.m. games on Tournament Sunday, and the umpires will manage the time clock for all games
  • Time limits | 1 hour, 45 minute time limit is still in effect, but teams will now finish the inning
  • Same time limit for Championship Game | The championship game in each division also follows this time limit policy
  • Unlimited runs | Allowed in only the official last inning (not last inning based on time limit)
  • Tiebreaker | California rule (no outs, last batter on 2B) for tiebreakers, but inning rules remain same
  • Team Eligibility | Seven players makes you game eligible, but a team must take an out for 8th player
  • Player Departure | Player starts game – then leaves for any non-injury issue – team must take out when that player’s spot comes around in the order


PITCHING GUIDELINES

  • Shirts | White and gray shirts beyond the length of jersey not permitted in baseball or yellow shirts in softball
  • Baseball Limits | Limited to two innings per game, no limit per day
  • Softball Limits | Same as regular season
  • Baseball and Softball Violations | Balks and Illegal Pitch warnings (one per team per game) remain in effect


8U SOFTBALL, ROOKIE, JUNIOR ROOKIE

  • Legal Pitch | Coach-Pitcher must complete the pitch inside the circle (defined as lead foot still has some contact with the chalk circle)
  • Coach-Pitcher May Not Coach | Coach-Pitcher may not coach once pitch leaves the hand until play is determined dead
  • Baserunners | One warning per team for runners leaving base early


BALL BUCKETS, COACHES AND LIVE PLAY INTERFERENCE

When the game is in progress, a team may allow a team’s coaches to use up to two ball buckets as temporary seats for coaches only directly in front of the team’s dugout. It is each coach’s responsibility to ensure the buckets (and/or coaches) do not come in contact with any live ball or active player.

If a ball touches a piece of loose equipment (including a ball bucket) —  or any coach outside the coach’s box — near the Defensive team’s dug out, the ball becomes dead and all runners advance two (2) bases from the time the ball touches the equipment.

If a ball touches a piece of loose equipment (including a ball bucket) — or any coach outside the coach’s box — near the Offensive team’s dugout, The ball is dead, the runner “being played on” is out and all other runners must return to the last base they achieved. If no runner is being played on, it is a dead ball and all runners return to the last base they achieved.

Tournament Tips | Be In The Know This Fall!

Sunday, October 11, marks the eighth and final weekend of games at OYO for this expanded Fall Ball season. We are excited to end our 13th annual Fall Ball season with a fun single-elimination tournament featuring all of our teams this season. As we prepare for Tournament Sunday, here are some very important reminders:

  • Different Set of Game Times | Please read your game times and brackets carefully. All game times are as follows, 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. While these are slated game times, if a previous game or games run long, then times may slide back accordingly. In no instances will games start sooner than the scheduled time. Also, the National Anthem will only be played before the 10 a.m. games and all game time management will be moderated by the umpire.
  • Finish the Inning Now In Effect | Once the 1 hour, 45 minute time limit is reached, teams will finish the inning (and, if needed in the event of a tie) play extra innings until a winner is determined.
  • Keeping the Day on Schedule | It’s getting darker sooner, so we will keep the day rolling along on schedule as much as possible. So, if we reach the time limit and either (1) the home team is up to bat and has the lead or (2) either team has a lead greater than the number of runs allowed in that inning per division rules, then the umpire will call the game before the inning is complete.
  • Be On Time | Per the OYO rules, if a player is not present by the time they are scheduled to bat, a coach will have to determine if they want to scratch the player from the line-up or take an out in hope the player arrives. In short, if you want your ballplayer to participate in the game on Sunday, know your team’s schedule and be on time…if not early!
  • Download the Tournament Schedule | We have consolidated and condensed all the tournament schedules into a single document. You can access the tournament schedules here for the Fall Ball 2020 Rec League Tournament.
  • Know the Tournament Rules | There are a handful of custom tournament rules that vary from the regular season. Be in the know by downloading the OYO baseball rules and softball rules today. These impact infield playing time, number of innings at one position, pitching limitations, unlimited runs in last official inning, team eligibility, player departures mid-game, proper uniform attire, etc.
  • Remember The OYO Way | What’s made the 2020 Fall Ball season such a memorable experience for many of our ballplayers and families is how our fans continue to cheer positively for their team and their friends in the other dugout, too! Players, coaches and fans have gone the extra mile so far this season in following the OYO Code of Conduct.  This is The OYO Way. Make a difference in a young ballplayer’s life and continue to cheer positively and support all players and teams on Tournament Sunday.

We truly appreciate you choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball. We wish each and every team good luck and a great finish to their season! Play Ball!