Why should you choose the Oaklandon Youth Organization instead of other leagues in the community? When families come to OYO (from Lawrence and from as far as Greenfield, Fortville, Noblesville, Anderson, Tipton, Speedway, Greenwood and more), they become part of the OYO Family.
Whether an elderly fan needs help to reach the field of his/her favorite ballplayer; if an injured player requires attention; for reliable coaching and player development; or if you’re looking for a familiar and friendly face to sit with at the ballgames, OYO delivers. Most of our families look forward to their evenings and Saturdays at the ballpark. These are examples of “The OYO Way” – and we work hard to ensure we meet this standard.
Following are some specific examples of how we deliver, and what your family can expect:
- FAIR PLAY RULES ENSURE MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR PLAYER | OYO is a fair-play league focusing on player participation, training, and development. We like to develop players with overall skills. OYO has rules that require every player to play infield and outfield at least one inning per game. Also, no player can sit out a second inning unless all of the other players have sat at least one inning.
- MULTIPLE TEAMS IN EACH DIVISION, SO YOU’LL FACE DIFFERENT OPPONENTS REGULARLY | You won’t get tired of playing the same teams over and over. The wide appeal of our program helps ensure that you won’t play the same teams as often because OYO offers multiple teams in each division.
- START AND FINISH WITH ONE PROGRAM | Not only are we a program that begins at age 4 for all young boys and girls, but our softball players can participate through the age of 16 and baseball players can play until they’re the age of 18.
- ONE PLACE FOR SPRING BALL AND FALL BALL | If you plan to play more than one season, then we offer the best in both.
- OUR COMMUNICATION KEEPS YOU IN THE LOOP | We strive to keep all our families informed all the time. Whether it is via informative weekly emails, a comprehensive website, or even a custom team page built by your coach or team parent, you will be in the know. League Toolbox is the one-stop resource that ensures communication is seamless.
- CODE OF CONDUCT | OYO participants have adhered to a Code of Conduct for nearly a decade to help ensure a positive experience for everyone involved – and it is enforced when violated.
- LARGEST CORE SET OF VOLUNTEERS OF ANY PROGRAM | Not only do we enjoy the support and assistance of 300 head coaches, assistant coaches, and team parents to ensure a successful season, the league is managed and operated by an elected, all-volunteer Board of Directors comprising of over 40 OYO parents and other supporters.
- THE MOST FIELDS, BEST CONCESSION STANDS | We offer a full-service facility that includes 13 quality fields, three popular batting cages, covered dugout rooftops with concrete floors, sheltered seating areas, and two full-service concession stands with public restrooms.
- NO CONCESSION STAND OR UMPIRE ASSIGNMENTS | We provide an efficient concession stand operation that allows you to sit back and watch your ballplayer enjoy his/her game. Moreover, we provide a quality umpire program that allows you to limit your visits to the ballpark for only when your ballplayer plays.
- NO LONG LINES AT EVALUATION SESSIONS | We use an elaborate system to evaluate players at the end of each season, and we capture new player evaluations at the time of registration. As a result, you and your ballplayer won’t have to stand in long lines to participate in an ineffective pre-season evaluation. Does it work? Yes, our team balance scores in our year-end surveys have increased every year since 2008. Your time is important to us.
- PROTECTING OUR YOUTH: BACKGROUND CHECKS CONDUCTED | All our Board members and coaches are screened to ensure our children participate in a safe, healthy environment.
- COMMITMENT TO SAFETY | We have a Safety Director on our Board and policies to deal with dangerous weather conditions and medical emergencies.
- PERSONAL INFO SECURITY | OYO has partnered with LeagueApps to secure all your data and transaction information 100% of the time with login requirements and online security certifications. Your security is important to us.
- RECREATIONAL TRAVEL/ALL-STAR PROGRAM | We offer a rec travel program for interested rec league players who are seeking more baseball and softball than what our traditional rec season brings. What’s more, we also offer a full-time travel baseball and softball program too under the OYO umbrella.
- YOUR OPINION COUNTS | We listen to your feedback. OYO has implemented a formal opportunity for families to express their feedback about their experience. The feedback received from the OYO Satisfaction Survey has resulted in many enhancements.
Ask any family who has joined us from another area league if they made the right decision. If you are new and considering making the switch, then let us connect you with a family who used to participate in your league and they can tell you first hand about The OYO Way.
We hope those are plenty of reasons to join – and return – to the OYO program. Check us out today – and like thousands of other families, you won’t be disappointed! Experience The OYO Way!