Travel Coaches — Greetings! First and foremost, thank you for participating in the 21st Annual David Manlove Memorial Tournament! We are excited to host 59 teams for 70 games on one memorable and wonderful day of baseball and softball. Please find below 12 important tidbits of information, resources and details about forms to be submitted. Please review the content carefully and reference the links provided.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT | Our OYO President has shared a heartfelt, compelling overview about this tournament and why it is so important to all of us at OYO, and why we hope you will take the time to meet David’s parents and help embrace the important message they are trying to convey to all families and players. Please note, this tournament is nearly a completely all-volunteer operation. All net proceeds from this tournament are donated to The 24 Group, which was founded by David’s parents — Kim and Marissa Manlove — to help families who are dealing with alcohol and substance abuse, especially among teenagers. You can learn more about the tournament and download the attached copy of the brochure that tells the story of David and his family as they experienced his struggle with substance abuse leading to David’s untimely death. Please take a moment to talk to your players and their families about David’s story. While we host this tournament to raise money in David’s name, the more important reason is to spread the word about substance abuse so our families understand addiction is a disease that no one is immune to it regardless of geographical location or financial means. The Manlove family will be present at the park all day Sunday. Please take an opportunity to stop by and say hello to them. Over the years, the OYO Family has learned nothing helps them heal more than seeing and talking to the kids at the ballpark.
TOURNAMENT IS MANAGED AND OPERATED BY VOLUNTEERS | For those who have not participated in this tournament in the past, we want to explain this is a different kind of tournament. Yes, we’re hosting a competitive tournament, but more importantly, we want to get a critical message out to your families and players. Our umpires are all volunteer umpires on this particular day. We have 140 umpire slots to fill with qualified individuals who are volunteering their time. And, some of our veteran umpires are calling six games for free. Not one dollar will be spent on umpires for this tournament. Many of our umpires come from our umpire program at OYO, involving trained umpires as young as 11 years old and as old as, well let’s just say, veteran adults. Our head umpires for each game will be established, knowledgeable members of our umpire program. Please help your assistant coaches, players and parents understand we may not get every call right, but we will be doing our best on this day.
ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR GAME-DAY INFORMATION | You can download everything you need for this tournament, including a complete list of participating teams on our official David Manlove Memorial Tournament web page.
CODE OF CONDUCT MATTERS | The OYO Code of Conduct is posted at the park and everyone is expected to follow this Code of Conduct. In short, “if the comment you are about to make isn’t a positive comment, then it is probably not allowed at OYO”. Please ask your team to keep that in mind.
FOLLOW OUR PARK LAYOUT | Discover our park location and download the facility’s layout so you can find the location of your field. Our fields are located in Veterans Memorial Park at 12150 East 62nd Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46235.
DOWNLOAD THE GAME SCHEDULE | Download your age group’s schedule to track your team’s game times and game by game results. Teams should arrive at the park at least 30 minutes before their game time(s). Please be at your field ready to play at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time. We do not have enough time between games to allow for teams taking infield, but we do offer three batting cages teams can use on a first come, first serve basis. Please be considerate and share the cages accordingly. Our umpires will be shuffling between fields. So, we need the teams ready to play when the umpires arrive on your field.
KNOW THY RULES | Also available on our website are the rules for each age group. Please review these and email me if you have any questions.
VERY SIMPLE BAT RULES FOR ALL AGES | For this tournament, teams and players are entitled to use the bat of their choice.
TEAM ROSTER, CODE OF CONDUCT + INSURANCE CERTIFICATE | Please download and complete the team roster and code of conduct forms. Please submit your team roster, signed code of conduct form and insurance information electronically by Thursday, June 1. All forms must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. If not submitted before your game, we will pause your game (while the clock is running) until all items are recevied.
COME WITNESS OUR SPECIAL PRESENTATION MIDDAY | At 11:50 a.m. on Sunday, June 4, please join OYO officials as they welcome and introduce Kim and Marissa Manlove, who will share their story and a few comments before the start of the 12:15 p.m. games.
GOT QUESTIONS? | If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to text or email any of the following individuals who will be onsite all day and managing game day operations for this tournament. We just have one request. If and when you text us, we simply ask for you to indicate which team and age group you are with to help us best meet your needs and expectations. 🙂
- Michael DeSanto | OYO President and Interim Rec Travel Tournament Chairperson | 317.345.9006
- Mike McQueen | OYO Vice President, Travel Baseball | 317.478.6476
- Curtis Dillman | OYO Vice President, Travel Softball | 317.507.0895
- Keshia Wilson | OYO Travel Softball Commissioner | 317.777.9212
THANK YOU! | If you have any questions, please let us know and we will work with the OYO Tournament Committee to help find answers to your questions. Thanks again for choosing OYO as your place for a tournament experience next weekend! See you on Sunday!
With much appreciation and gratitude!
The OYO Board of Directors