Supporting OYO is easy through the Kroger Community Rewards Program

We would like to cordially invite you to partner with your favorite baseball and softball league to bring in dollars which can make our program even more of a success. We have two amazing opportunities to share with you today.

 

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM | The Kroger Family of Companies explains on their website, “We are committed to community engagement, positive social impact and charitable giving at the national and local levels. Every community is unique, but our common goal is to partner with the neighborhoods we serve and help the people there live healthier lives.  One of the ways in which we do this is through our Kroger Community Rewards program. This program makes fundraising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do every day.”

 

Once you link your Card to an organization, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Shopper’s Card.  If you shop at Kroger and have not already tied your Kroger Plus Card to your child’s school or another organization, then take two minutes to link your card to OYO. It’s super easy!
  • Visit KROGER.COM
  • Login and search for OAKLANDON YOUTH ORGANIZATION either by name or VY542 and then click Enroll
  • New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card

 

It’s as simple as that! You buy groceries, OYO gets a kickback!

Take Advantage of OYO’s Financial Assistance Programs

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 2023, 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 2023 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!

2023 Spring Season Registration Now Open

We want you and your ballplayer to be part of a memorable and productive 2023 Spring Season! Come join the action! Our 2023 Spring Season offers baseball and softball opportunities for baseball players ages 4-16 and softball players ages 4-16.

 

Early registration is now open! Register early for our popular Spring Season in 2023, and guarantee you and your ballplayer savings with registration rates t. Register your ballplayer for 2023 today!

Help Bring OYO’s Tournaments to Life in 2023! Join the Board Today!

The OYO leadership team is seeking to fill a very important and brand new function on the OYO Board of Directors in 2023. If you have ever considered serving on the OYO Board, then now is the time to take action and become a board member. Our ballplayers and families are counting on you!

 

In 2023, we have created a new board position — Rec Travel Tournament Chairperson — to help oversee and manage the operations for OYO’s two key rec travel/all-star tournaments. These tournaments help raise funds for a non-profit organization providing services to families impacted by adolescent and teenage substance abuse and for OYO’s scholarship program which helps provide financial assistance to more than 75 players and families annually. So, while these tournaments are tremendous opportunities for players from OYO and across Central Indiana, these events are also true difference makers for the local community. Below are the basic responsibilities and duties for the Rec Travel Tournament Chair.

 

REC TRAVEL TOURNAMENT CHAIRPERSON DUTIES
  • Oversee all all-star travel baseball and softball tournament programs and activities
  • Partner with Vice President of Travel Baseball, Travel Baseball Commissioners, Vice President of Travel Softball and Travel Softball Commissioners to maximize team recruitment for tournaments
  • Manage all facets of the annual David Manlove Memorial Tournament (early June)
  • Manage all facets of the annual Bill Sturm Memorial Tournament (July)
  • Provide guidance for full-time travel program for coordinating and managing successful tournaments independently
  • Responsibilities include overseeing (but not directly performing such duties) with the help of other OYO Board Members to market the event, field inquiries from interested teams, collect registrations, ensure payments are made, finalize rules, develop schedules, select trophies, recruit umpires, communicate to participating teams and execute event

 

GENERAL BOARD MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Attend and participate in monthly board meetings
  • Serve Advisor on Duty (AOD) shifts during spring and fall seasons
  • Represent the very best of OYO at all times
  • Fulfill duties of chairperson role and keep appropriate executive board members informed

 

We truly appreciate your consideration and interest in this opportunity. Share your interest and learn more today by sending us an email! We hope you will answer this call and make OYO the beneficiary of your volunteer service in 2023. While teams around the city will appreciate and value your efforts these two popular tournaments, many families within OYO will benefit from your dedication and commitment.

 

As always, thank you for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball — and hopefully your place to volunteer, too!

 

Play Ball!
Michael DeSanto
OYO President

HELP LEAD OUR RECORD-SETTING SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

Greetings! Happy New Year! Having spoken with many families over the past couple weeks, we have experienced so much excitement, understanding and compassion from the OYO Family. Parents are grateful for the opportunities OYO provides and ballplayers beam with smiles about memories from the past season or beyond. It goes without saying, we are truly blessed at OYO to have such a positive and enjoyable environment for these young ballplayers to truly embrace the game of baseball and softball!

 

Now, we are reaching out with a very specific appeal to all OYO families. While we have nearly a full board in place for 2023, one very critical role remains unfilled. On behalf of all the families who value the current experience at OYO, please strongly consider becoming a board member today!

 

We are specifically seeking three volunteers to serve as our Ways and Means Co-Chairpersons, who will collaborate to manage and grow our sponsorship program. Collectively, these three valued board members will share the following duties:
  • Corporate Package Recruitment | Renew existing and secure new sponsors, as needed, for “amenity” sponsorships, such as naming rights to walkways, storage sheds, garage barns, golf carts, etc.
  • Team Sponsorship Recruitment | Renew existing and secure new sponsors, as needed, for all spring and fall rec league teams
  • Sponsor Marketing Oversight | Manage the production of all signs and website content to ensure proper recognition for all sponsors

 

How Significant Is This Role? | Our sponsorship generated nearly $60,000 in revenue in 2022 and more than $100,000 over the past two years — representing our third largest revenue source as a league. The image at the end of the message captures the hundreds of sponsors who have generously supported our ballplayers and partnered with OYO to achieve our goals. So, to ensure a seamless transition and help you realize even greater success for this function than ever before, our past Ways and Means chairs are ready to help, guide and support you, too. What’s more, with a strong database of past sponsoring companies along with a traditionally high retention rate much of the work is already neatly packaged and ready for you.

 

What’s the Risk if This Position Remains Vacant? | The longer this role remains vacant, the more likely OYO leadership will be left with very difficult and unwanted budget decisions, including raising player fees, eliminating significant field improvements and postponing general park upgrades. We simply value our families too much to allow that to happen in 2023…or ever.

 

Can OYO’s Families Count on Your Help as a Board Member? We hope so! Simply send us an email to let us know you’re interested, and we will be in touch quickly!

 

Thank you for your consideration and continued interest in 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 2023. Rest assured, more than 1000 families and 1600 ballplayers will value the difference you make!

 

Join the Board!
Michael DeSanto | OYO President
Katrina Marichal | OYO Treasurer

2023 Winter Workouts Are Upon Us! Here’s Everything You Need to Know!

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season capped off with a pleasant New Year’s celebration with family and friends. Now that 2023 has finally arrived, OYO is ready to kick off our programs for the year, too! And this starts with the Winter Workouts you registered your ballplayer for this winter.

To get you ready for the workouts at Underwood Baseball, which begin January 6-8, 2023, for all age groups, here are some FAQs. Of course, if you have any additional questions or need something more, less or different before the workouts begin, then just let us know.

What time is your ballplayer’s weekly workout session?
To find the day/time for your ballplayer’s workouts, please check out the grid on our website for the details.

Where is Underwood Baseball located?
The facility’s address is 6782 Hawthorn Park Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220. For some quick tips, turn south at Mays Chemical Company and follow the main road to the very back and Underwood Baseball is in the very back on the left side.

What equipment does my ballplayer need and what should they wear?
We are asking every player to have their own helmet, bat and glove. In addition, your ballplayers should wear indoor practice attire and tennis shoes or turf shoes.

How will the sessions be facilitated?
All our sessions will be hosted by Dan Underwood, a proven baseball and softball trainer and also serves as the 2023 13U FTT Oaklandon Bombers head coach. All sessions will be customized for each age group, and individual volunteer instructors will help players execute the drills being taught at the workouts.

Got Questions?
If you have any questions or need additional feedback or insight, then please email us and we’ll be sure to provide the information or support you and your ballplayer need!

Thank You!
As always, thank you for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball. We particularly appreciate your participation in our Winter Workout program!

Important Disclosure about Full-Time Travel Team Financial Matter

The attached message below is being shared to offer reassurance our league operations are strong and stable, and a full-time travel team that has experienced some unfortunate financial losses has rallied together to ensure their amazing and resilient ballplayers a season of travel baseball in 2023.

 

If you have any questions, please let any member of the OYO Executive Board know. As always, we truly appreciate your dedication, commitment, understanding and support. We look forward to an amazing experience for all our ballplayers at OYO in 2023, especially our valued group of 10U FTT Oaklandon Bombers players and families.

 

Thank You Brittany and Karen and All Retiring Board Members!

Thank You Brittany Anderson!
Junior Rookie Commissioner | 2018-19
Vice President, Travel | 2019-20
President | 2020-22

Over the past two years, OYO has had the pleasure to know, value and appreciate the very individual who believed in each of us, cheered for our success and made us feel as if we are an integral part of the OYO family. That’s what makes Brittany Anderson so genuine and true.

You learned about her roots playing youth softball under her father’s coaching in Lafayette, you connected with her high school experience as a softball star for Lawrence Central High School, you embraced her passion for youth baseball and softball players everywhere and you discovered how much she cherishes her parents, husband and three children.

Since arriving on the scene as a coach in 2017, Brittany was destined for greatness and OYO would be the beneficiary of her amazing impact. She accepted our invitation to join the OYO board in 2018, which enabled her to share her talents to help OYO experience significant improvement and growth in every aspect of our program. During her five years on the board, she grew our Junior Rookie program participation before joining the executive board to head up our travel program which more than doubled in the number of teams and players during her tenure. Shortly thereafter, she answered the call to serve as president. What’s more, she accomplished so much with such quiet confidence and amazing grace, which were always accompanied by an infectious smile, a kind word, fierce support, a listening ear and an honest style.

More significantly, Brittany always cared for OYO and the experiences we could provide our players and families from the day she arrived. And she did so while making countless sacrifices because she truly valued OYO’s ballplayers, families and volunteers. And it showed through here remarkable compassion and empathy day after day, week after week.

Sure, it is easy to tout the increase in rec league registrations, growth in travel program offerings, improved field conditions and infrastructure, increased survey scores, unprecedented sponsorship revenue, record-setting tournament participation and hundreds of smiling ballplayers roaming the park playing the game they love.

Most significantly, though, Brittany’s single greatest accomplishment can’t be found in spreadsheets, financial ledgers, survey reports or even scorebooks. Brittany has taught us what matters most. Positions are temporary. Ranks and titles are limited. And, the way you treat, listen and care about everyone around you will always be remembered. For this reason alone, Brittany has served OYO in the most extraordinary and exceptional way – and she will always be remembered and appreciated by each and every player and family who chose OYO as their place for baseball and softball.

Rest assured, her efforts and priorities will continue to serve as a blueprint for all of us as we move forward. We will work diligently and tirelessly to embrace her vision for a league to serve ballplayers at every level and from every walk of life. OYO became better and stronger as a direct result of Brittany’s endless care, and her countless acts of volunteerism and leadership will forever be priceless to OYO and, more importantly, to OYO’s ballplayers and families. Thank you, Brittany! And may you and your family be forever blessed!

We’ll still have the chance to connect with Brittany in 2023 and beyond as she will maintain an active presence on the field helping lead one of our truly elite full-time travel Bombers squads as an assistant coach. Best of luck to your 11U Bombers, Brittany! Bomber Up! And, thank you!

 

Thank You Karen Grese!
Uniform Chairperson | 2010-12
Treasurer | 2012-2016 & 2019-22

For more than a decade, one of OYO’s most unsung heroes is also one of our most valuable board leaders, too. Whether we needed a voice of reason or a strategic outlook, a problem solver or a risk mitigator, a team-first leader or a visionary, or a revenue generator or a financial advisor, we turned to a proven veteran in Karen Grese.
Her roots at OYO circle back to the beginning of the century as she enjoyed watching her husband coach our teams annually and all five of her children rise through the ranks of playing baseball and softball in our rec league as well as on our Bombers and Red Storm rec travel teams before eventually joining the full-time travel circuit. And nowadays, she’s back supporting her children serve our youth as part of our umpire crew. Even after her family had exhausted their playing eligibility, she still answered the call and demonstrated remarkable acts of volunteerism and servant leadership that continued to benefit OYO families everywhere and has left a lasting impact for years to come.
Karen joined the OYO Board of Directors in 2010 and immediately developed a uniform fulfillment process that is still utilized today. Then when the stakes were high, the challenges were real and the timing was critical, she answered the call to join the executive board as OYO Treasurer. During our darkest hour, OYO needed a strong, ethical and disciplined leader to restore fiscal prudence and responsibility, and Karen delivered in ways that exceeded all expectations. She jumped in the trenches in 2012 and immediately helped implement many of the safeguarding financial practices we follow today. She served admirably until her term concluded in 2016.
Then while enjoying her OYO retirement, the league needed her time and talent once again when we experienced an unprecedented vacancy in 2019. Karen answered the call to return and restored sound fiscal practices and results while helping us transition to new online systems. Her impact cannot be put into words, but OYO is better today because of her commitment, dedication and contributions.
So, through more than two years as Uniform Chair and more than seven years as Treasurer spanning two terms, Karen has been the consummate volunteer, leader, contributor, teammate and friend to all who have been truly blessed to know her. She has removed hurdles, relieved burdens and resolved conflicts with such natural ease that OYO is stronger, smarter and better today because of her many contributions and game-changing implementation of new processes and procedures.
Not to worry, Karen will not be stepping away from OYO altogether. While continuing to be a consultant to the new OYO Executive Board, you will see her in 2023 and beyond as one of our volunteer Advisors on Duty (AOD), too, because she truly cares about all our players and families…and she certainly can’t miss out on the cheeseburgers in the concession stand, either!

 

Thank You Board Members for Your Service!

We truly appreciate the many contributions and tireless dedication all our board members demonstrate all through the year. As the 2021-22 term concludes, we express our gratitude and appreciation to nine valued board members who are also completing their terms. We are most thankful for all the hard work put forth by the following volunteers for rolling up their sleeves and jumping in the trenches to make OYO an amazing place for your ballplayers and family.
  • Randy Working – 4 Years
  • Larry Stone – 3 Years
  • Brandi Beard – 2 Years
  • Dale Dye – 2 Years
  • Mike Hunneman – 2 Years
  • Arun Murali – 2 Years
  • Kristin Sherman – 2 Years
  • Josh Ward – 2 Years

Step Up to the Plate! Join the 2023 OYO Board!

The 2023 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 49th Spring Season and 16th 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:

    • Rec Travel Tournament Chairperson
    • Training Chairperson

If you enjoy giving back to the community and teaming up with friends from throughout OYO to create memorable experiences, then the 2023 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 2023 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 two board positions are available (and duties listed under each):

REC TRAVEL TOURNAMENT CHAIRPERSON

  • Oversee all all-star travel baseball and softball tournament programs and activities
  • Partner with Vice President of Travel Baseball, Travel Baseball Commissioners, Vice President of Travel Softball and Travel Softball Commissioners to maximize team recruitment for tournaments
  • Manage all facets of the annual David Manlove Memorial Tournament (early June)
  • Manage all facets of the annual Bill Sturm Memorial Tournament (July)
  • Provide guidance for full-time travel program to help them coordinate and manage successful tournaments independently
  • Responsibilities include overseeing (and not directly doing) with the help of other OYO Board Members to market the event, field inquiries from interested teams, collect registrations, ensure payments are made, finalize rules, develop schedules, select trophies, recruit umpires, communicate to participating teams and execute event

 

TRAINING CHAIRPERSON 

  • Responsible for training and development of all players and coaches
  • Maintain and update Skills Development Framework materials and resources
  • Coordinate and staff onsite player development clinics with external instructors during the season
  • Coordinate and staff coaches’ clinics before each spring and fall season
  • Oversee and manage the Winter Workout program for baseball and softball participants

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 2023. Rest assured, more than 1000 families and 1600 ballplayers will greatly appreciate the difference you make.

Step up to the plate and join the board!

2023 Winter Workouts Now Accepting Registrations

Don’t let the offseason keep your ballplayer from doing what he or she enjoys most…playing baseball or softball! OYO has just the right solution — and in a brand new format!

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM | Every winter, we welcome all baseball and softball players to come join us indoors to knock off that winter rust with our Winter Workouts program!

 

DATES | Friday, January 6 thru Sunday, March 12 (day of week varies based on age group)

 

SESSIONS | 10 weekly sessions running 90 minutes each

 

FEE | $115 per ballplayer

 

PARTICIPANTS | Winter Workouts are open to past OYO players, prospective OYO players and ballplayers in the community just looking for a chance to get some off-season practice in before the spring season starts. It is not a requirement for participants to play in OYO’s 2023 Spring Season — any interested ballplayer may participate.

 

LOCATION | Underwood Baseball, 6782 Hawthorn Park Drive (near 65th Street and Binford)

 

FACILITATION | Each workout session plan will be developed and executed by Underwood Baseball. Led by Dan Underwood (who is also the 13U FTT Oaklandon Bombers head coach), Underwood Baseball will facilitate the workouts for all baseball and softball age groups focusing on hitting and fielding. In addition, softball will enlist the instruction of Morgan Melloh from Champion’s Edge for three sessions. To support the workouts, OYO coaches and volunteers will support the drills demonstrated by managing small group stations.

 

MAXIMUM CAPACITY | Although the workouts don’t start until early January, the number of roster openings in each division is limited to only the first 24 players who register. Once we reach capacity, we will add all interested players to a wait list. Don’t delay, register today!

 

 

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