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Rec Softball

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Age Divisions: 6u thru 12u
Practice begins April 28
Season runs May 29 - July 22
$100 - $115 Emergency Medical Form
Sponsorship Form

Welcome to OYAA Recreational Softball!

Current News:
Updated 5/19/18


OYAA Softball wants to thank the following for sponsoring recreational softball teams this season:

*Leading EDJE
*Germain Lexus of Easton
*Watermark Dental
*Logo Products Plus LLC
*Action Heating & Cooling
*OrthoNeuro
*Bartha

*DeToto Entertainment


Overview of OYAA Recreational Softball:

OYAA recreational fastpitch softball is focused on teaching and developing fundamental softball skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship. The term ‘fastpitch’ is used to differentiate the game from ‘slow pitch’, which has a different set of rules. Fastpitch softball is the game that is played by middle and high school programs as well as by college, national, and international teams. The actual speed of the pitch is dependent on age and skill level, but in our recreational leagues, it is rare to see a ‘fast’ pitch until at least the 12U level.

Recreational league games are generally played during the week, with make-up games re-scheduled on the weekend. Some T-ball games are also scheduled on Saturday mornings. Practice will begin in late April (usually twice a week for each team) with games beginning around Memorial Day continuing through mid-July.


2018 Registration
:

Registration for the 2018 season will open on February 1, 2018 and will completely close on May 25, 2018.

All players must provide their own glove and helmet. Bats will be provided for anyone who does not have their own.

Recreational Softball Age Divisions for 2018

Princess Division (T-ball) – Ages 5 and 6

 Fee: $100

The Princess Division is designed as an introduction to softball for beginning players who must be at least age 5 as of May 1, 2018 and players are generally in Pre-K or in Kindergarten. The emphasis for coaches in this league is on instruction of basic softball skills and rules as well as teamwork and good sportsmanship. Teams will ideally consist of 7-8 players. This will allow players to receive more individual instruction in practice as well as more at bats and fielding opportunities in games. Games are played with an 11” rubberized ball and a tee. After 3 weeks, each coach has the option of throwing three soft-toss pitches before using the tee. There is generally one game scheduled on a weeknight and another on Saturday morning during the season. Some of the details include:

·       Each team will be scheduled to play 12 games between Memorial Day and July 21.

·       Each team will consist of only 6-8 players, with players only at infield positions. This will allow players more opportunities to field the ball as            well as more batting opportunities.

·       Bases will be set at 45’ rather than the standard 60’.

·       Games will generally be played on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings at Wyandot Run and Arrowhead Elementary Schools.

·       Registration fee is $100 and includes a jersey, shorts, and socks.

 

Rookie Division (Coach Pitch) – Ages 8 and under                                                            

Fee: $115

The intent of the Rookie Division is to teach players 8 and under as of January 1, 2018 the game of fastpitch softball, specifically focusing on hitting and fielding. It is a beginning league with modified rules to aid in the training of players with little or no softball experience. Games are played with an 11” rubberized ball. The pitching rubber is 30’ from the plate and through the first three weeks of the season, it is strictly coach pitch. After the third week, players (with sufficient pitching skills) may be given the opportunity to pitch 3 pitches prior to 4 pitches delivered by the coach. Teams are scheduled to play 12 games during the season. Players receive jersey, pants, and socks.

 

Junior Division (Player/Coach Pitch) – Ages 10 and under                                            

Fee: $115

The Junior Division is open for players 10 and under as of January 1, 2018. It continues the development of fundamental skills, but also introduces other concepts such as leading off, stealing, and game strategy. The pitcher/catcher relationship develops as players pitch the first 4 pitches to each batter before the coach pitches the last 3. The pitching rubber is set at 35’ and the game will be played with an 11” regulation softball. Teams are scheduled to play 12 games during the season and an end-of-the-season tournament. Players receive jersey, pants, and socks.

Cadet Division (Player Pitch) – Ages 12 and under                                                                                                    

Fee: $115

The Cadet Division is open for players 12 and under as of January 1, 2018. It is an introductory competitive league. Although still instructional and recreational in nature, OYAA umpires are used and Amateur Softball Association (ASA) rules are used with some modifications to allow for the recreational nature of the league. This league is strictly player pitch. A 12” regulation softball is used and the pitching rubber is set at 40’. The goal of this division is to stress good sportsmanship and fair play while learning and playing the game at a more competitive level – and having fun! Teams are scheduled to play 12 games during the season as well as an end-of-the-season tournament. Players receive jersey, pants, and socks.


Additional Opportunities:

This summer the OYAA Recreational Softball Program will be offering mini camps and clinics for players and coaches to assist in the improvement of skills in the areas of pitching, defense, and hitting. Schedules for these opportunities will be released to families after registration concludes.  We look forward to a very fun summer!

Please email commissioner Jeff Imholz at jimholz@oyaa.org with additional questions.

Refund Policy:
Registration Dates, Wait List Dates and Refund cut-off dates for ALL programs are shown in the Program Dates/Policies document Calendar (click to view).

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