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DUE TO COVID-19 OUR 2020 REC BASEBALL SEASON IS CANCELED. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU FOR THE 2021 SEASON.

Updated 3/28/2020

EligibilitySchedule Price  Downloads/Reference
Boys ages 5 thru 15

2020 10U AAA Minors EVALUATIONS:  
Scoll to AAA Minors section for more details.

2020 season:
Ages 5 - 12 Registration opens February 1 & closes March 15.
Babe Ruth 13-15 registration will remain open until April 15. 
Babe Ruth 16-18 registration will remain open until April 15.


OYAA Baseball is a chartered Babe Ruth League for the AAA Minors, Majors, 13-15. That means our tournament teams play in a tournament trail starting with the Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken state tournament.

See your son's division for 2020 season dates.

2020 Babe Ruth 13-15 teams start after May 20, 2020. This is after middle school and freshmen baseball is over. The season ending tournament will be in July.

COACHES' TRAINING SCHEDULE:
January - March - Check the Rec Baseball Coaching Tab

UMPIRE TRAINING SCHEDULE:
March - Check the Rec Baseball Umpire Tab

$100 - $200, depending on age 





Scorecard

Field Map

National Babe Ruth Website
https://www.baberuthleague.org/

Ohio Valley Babe Ruth Website
2020 Regional Tournament Locations
2020 bat info:  http://www.baberuthleague.org/bat-rules.aspx  
AND http://www.baberuthleague.org/batter-up/articles/usabat-standard.aspx
MLB Pitch Smart program:  http://m.mlb.com/pitchsmart


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).

2020 season will be based upon governmental guidelines & the health and safety of our children.

Messages about status of OYAA Rec Baseball in regards to the COVID-19 virus.

March 12, 2020

Hello, OYAA:

OYAA will follow the same process that was outlined today by Olentangy Local Schools regarding all activities. As of tonight, OYAA will suspend all practices until Monday, April 6. We will continue to monitor the recommendations, orders and guidelines by the Governor, health officials and our schools.

We will communicate with you as we move into April and have a clearer picture of COVID-19 and its impact.

Thank you,
OYAA Administration

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March 17, 2020

Hello, OYAA:

Per our March 12 email, OYAA has only suspended its season and will decide as we move closer to April if we will need to cancel. Our season does not start until after Spring break and we certainly want to be able to offer our programs for our kids. 

As always, we will align with our school district and if/when they cancel, OYAA will follow their lead. We will then communicate how we will facilitate your refund.
Our best to you and your family,

OYAA Administration

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WINTER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES  
Look for info on February & March, 2021 training around December, 2020.


BABE RUTH LEAGUE, INC.
BIRTH CHART FOR 2020 – BASEBALL DIVISIONS


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All player ages are determined by the birth chart shown above. May 1 in any year shall be the deciding date.

Cal Ripken – Any player born prior to May 1, 2016 and on or after May 1, 2007 will be eligible for Cal Ripken Baseball League competition.
13-15 – Any player born prior to May 1, 2007 and on or after May 1, 2004 will be eligible for Babe Ruth 13-15 League competition.
16-18 – Any player born prior to May 1, 2004 and on or after January 1, 2001 will be eligible for Babe Ruth 16-18 League competition.
Any player born in 2001, 2002, and 2003 is eligible for Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 Division.
Players born in January, February, March, and April of 2004 must play in the 16-18 Division.

 For ages 9-12, teams are formed through a draft.
Teams for T-ball and Rookie are formed by school attendance areas as much as possible. Requests, though not guaranteed, are considered in team formation.

T-Ball/Coach Pitch - 6U  - $100
T-Ball Rules click here

This is the introduction to baseball in a fun, safe, and supportive team environment. OYAA uses a combination coach pitch and hitting from a tee in 6U. Players are placed on a team by OYAA according to their schools. Teams can expect to play one weeknight (Monday or Wednesday) and one Saturday game per week. Fridays and Sundays are used strictly for makeup games.

  • Dates below are tentative based upon governmental guidelines & the health and safety of our children.
  • Registration opens 2/1/2020,
  • Practices start 4/19/2020.
  • Games start 5/17/20 (1st weekend games will be on a Sunday; remaining weekend games are on Saturdays).
    (games will not be played Memorial Day weekend).
  • Fridays and Sundays are generally reserved for make-up games.
  • 1 weekday game (Monday or Wednesday) and 1 Saturday game over 5 playing weeks for up to 10 total games.
  • The T-ball season will conclude by June 27, 2020 


Rookies - 8U (Coach/Machine Pitch) - $120
Rookies Division Coordinator - Jamie Holdren
Rookie Rules click here
Coaches will continue teaching the fundamental skills necessary for further development of the young ballplayer. Players are placed on a team by OYAA according to their schools. Teams can expect to play one weeknight (Tuesday or Thursday) and one Saturday game per week. Fridays and Sundays are used strictly for makeup games. 

  • Dates below are tentative based upon governmental guidelines & the health and safety of our children.
  • Registration opens 2/1/2020.
  • Practices start 4/19/2020
  • Games start 5/17/2020 (1st weekend games will be on a Sunday; remaining weekend games are on Saturdays).
    (games will not be played Memorial Day weekend).
  • Fridays and Sundays are generally reserved for make-up games.
  • 1 weekday game (Tuesday or Thursday) and 1 Saturday game over 6 weeks with up to one doubleheader - up to 13 total games.
  • The last scheduled game will be the week of 6/21/2020.
  • The end of season tournament will be played Saturday, June 27, 2020 (all games in 1 day - kids love it). June 28, 2020 is the tournament championship.
  • The All-star doubleheader will be Saturday, July 11, 2020 with the make-up date as Sunday, July 12, 2020
  • In the month of July, we offer players the opportunity to play in up to 4 rec all-star tournaments for the 8U Lobos tournament team(s).


AA Minors - 10U lower division - $140
AA Minors Coordinator - TBD after draft
AA Minor Rules click here

2020 10U AA & AAA Minors EVALUATIONS: Dates below are tentative based upon governmental guidelines & the health and safety of our children.
Session 1 is Monday, April 20, 2020 at Scioto Ridge Elementary at 6:15 to 8:15. Check-in starts at 5:45.
Session 2 is Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Scioto Ridge Elementary 6:15 to 8:15. Check-in starts at 5:45.
Rain Out session is Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at Scioto Ridge Elementary  6:15 to 8:15. Check-in starts at 5:45.
Players in AA & AAA are chosen to teams through a draft. Players only need to attend one session. They need to be there for the entire session.

During the February registration period all 10U players not drafted to a AAA Minors team in August, 2019 will register for AA Minors. 

The AA Minors affords those players whose baseball skill sets develop at a different pace the opportunity to enhance their skills and to fall in love with the game. This will be competitive because players with comparable skill sets will be playing against one another. The focus is to introduce strategy and team play with further refinement of the fundamental skills of baseball. Played on 60' bases and 46' mounds. Teams can expect to play one weeknight and one Saturday game per week. Plan on up to two doubleheaders. Fridays and Sundays are used strictly for makeup games. 

  • Registration opens 2/1/2020.
  • Evaluations will be right after spring break. OLSD Spring Break - 3/30/20-4/3/20.
  • Practices start 4/13/2020. TBD
  • Games start 5/17/2020 TBD
  • Fridays and Sundays are generally reserved for make-up games.
  • 1 weekday game and 1 Saturday game over 6 weeks with up to two doubleheaders - up to 14 total games.
  • The last scheduled game will be the weekend of TBD
  • The end of season tournament will be the week of TBD
  • The AA Minors All-star game will be in early July.

Cal Ripken AAA Minors - 10U upper division - $150
AAA Minors Division Coordinator - Tucker Ranft
 AAA Minors rules click here

  • 2020 10U AA & AAA Minors EVALUATIONS:  Dates below are tentative based upon governmental guidelines & the health and safety of our children.
    Session 1 is Monday, April 6, 2020 at Scioto Ridge Elementary at 6:15 to 8:15. Check-in starts at 5:45.
    Session 2 is Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at Scioto Ridge Elementary 6:15 to 8:15. Check-in starts at 5:45.
    Rain Out session is Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Scioto Ridge Elementary  6:15 to 8:15. Check-in starts at 5:45.
    • Players only need to attend one session. They need to be there for the entire session.
Coaches are picked from returning AAA coaches. Other head coach and assistant coaching spots are filled from boys who score high enough to be drafted to a AAA team.
During the February registration period all 10U players will register for AA Minors. It will be determined based on evaluation scores whether a player enters the AA or AAA draft.
  • Registration opens 2/1/2020.
  • Evaluations will be right after spring break. OLSD Spring Break - 3/30/20-4/3/20.
  • Practices start week of 4/6/2020. TBD
  • Games start week of 5/4/2020 TBD
  • Fridays and Sundays are generally reserved for make-up games.
  • 1 weekday game and 1 Saturday game over 6 weeks with up to three doubleheaders.
  • The last scheduled game will be the weekend of TBD
  • The end of season tournament will be the week of TBD
  • Cal Ripken AAA Minors will have a 9U and a 10U Tournament Team that will participate in the Cal Ripken tournament trail and the possibility of three area out of league tournaments. Both the 9U and 10U Tournament Team will be picked by the coaches and comprised of the 12 top players in both age groups. There will be a fee for players chosen to the Tournament Teams to cover the expense of their uniform and any tournament entry fees. For any player chosen to the Tournament Team, there will be a mandatory parents meeting to discuss what is involved in the special distinction their ballplayer has earned. These games will be played after July 4. The Cal Ripken World Series takes place after August 7-14, 2020 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL for 10U & July 31 - August 8, 2020 in Treasure Coast, FL for 9U. Regional and World Series qualifying teams require out of state travel.


AAA Minors Evaluations for 2020 Season:
  During the February registration period all 10U players will register for AA Minors.

Players drafted to a AAA team do not need to register again. You are already assigned to your team. 

Does your baseball player play multiple sports? Does your family have multiple children playing multiple sports? Does your ball player play travel soccer, basketball, lacrosse? Then OYAA has the 10U baseball program for your serious athlete called Cal Ripken AAA Minors.
Q:  How do I register my son for AAA Minors?
A:  Log into your OYAA account to register your son to be evaluated. There is no cost to be evaluated. You only pay if your son scores high enough to be drafted to a AAA Minors team.

Q:  WHAT IS AAA MINORS?
A:  THE SCOOP ON AAA MINORS:  Does your baseball player play multiple sports? Does your family have multiple children playing multiple sports? Does your ball player play travel soccer, basketball, lacrosse? Then OYAA has the baseball program for your serious athlete. OYAA Rec Baseball offers an upper level baseball program for your 9 and 10 year-old athlete (cannot turn 11 before May 1, 2018). We call it AAA Minors. Please read on for the complete scoop. The neat thing about AAA Minors is that all games are played in the Olentangy School District against their friends and it is a very competitive brand of baseball. Travel baseball players are also welcome to come be evaluated and play in our league. The tournament all-star teams will get to play in the Cal Ripken State Tournament. They win that, they move on to the regional tournament. They win that, it's on to the Cal Ripken World Series. Our 9U team were the Ohio Champions in 2018.
Q:  WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AA MINORS AND AAA MINORS SINCE THEY ARE BOTH 10U (9 & 10 YEAR OLDS)?
A:  Both AA & AAA are a competitive brands of baseball because players of equal skill sets are competing against one another. AA Minors is for players new to baseball, slower to develop the baseball skill set, and players less serious about baseball. Whereas, AAA Minors is for players with more developed baseball skills and are willing to practice more. Teams are established after evaluations with the division limited to 6 teams of up to 12 players. The focus is to introduce strategy and team play with further refinement of the fundamental skills of baseball. Games are played on 65' bases and 46' mounds. Teams are chosen through a draft. There will be 2 or 3 games per week, including an occasional Saturday doubleheader.
Q:  HOW DOES MY SON GET ON A AAA MINORS TEAM?  
A:  Each player must register and attend a tryout in the fall or early spring to be considered for a AAA Minors Team. Those who defer and are not evaluated in August or those who tryout and are not drafted will get a second chance in the early spring evaluations. When registration opens February 1, 2020, all 10U players will register for AA Minors. In April, 2020, there will be 2 evaluation dates for all 10U players. Each player must attend one session. The remaining AAA Minors roster spots will be chosen after the spring evaluations. Players who did not attend the evaluations or were not drafted to a AAA team will play in the AA Minors Division. AAA Minors does have a higher cost than AA Minors. 
Q:  WHAT DO BENEFITS DOES MY SON GET BY PLAYING AAA MINORS?

A:  He gets to play with and against his friends (and new friends) playing very competitive baseball. He gets to be around other baseball athletes who love baseball just as much as him and want to improve their game as much as him. They get fall baseball training along with a couple scrimmages before they go into November and December baseball hibernation. They have the opportunity to make a 9U or 10U OYAA Lobos Tournament team with the privilege to play in several July post season tournaments including the Cal Ripken Ohio Tournament. We offer winter training starting in mid-February.
Q:  WHY SEPARATE THE PLAYERS INTO TWO DIVISIONS:
A:
  The purpose of separating the 9 & 10 year-old players into two divisions is to create a more competitive balance and to allow players with comparable skill sets to compete against one another. We offer evaluations to figure out at which level the ball player should be playing. The AAA Minors players will be chosen from the 10U August and March/April evaluations.
In professional baseball, AAA baseball is one step away from the Major leagues and AA baseball is two steps away from the Majors. Generally, AAA players have more advanced baseball skills compared to AA players. OYAA offers our version of AA & AAA Minors baseball. We separate the serious athlete and more skilled baseball player into our AAA Minors division.

Spring Evaluations:  Players are expected to attend one of the evaluation sessions at the end of March and first week of April. The AAA Minors Division is made up of the top 66 to 72 10U players after the fall and spring evaluations. The players are drafted to 6 teams. After the fall evaluations and draft, 30 to 36 players will be drafted to 6 AAA Minors teams. The remaining players will be drafted to the 6 AAA Minors teams after the winter/spring evaluations.

The AA Minors division is comprised of players who weren't chosen in the AAA Minors draft or players who did not go to any of the evaluation sessions.

The coaches for both AAA Minors and AA Minors are chosen from parents who have volunteered during the registration process.


Cal Ripken Majors
 - 12U - $160
Majors Division Coordinator - Dave Dargatz
Majors Rules click here

  • Dates below are tentative based upon governmental guidelines & the health and safety of our children.
  • Registration opens 2/1/2020.
  • Evaluations will be right after spring break. OLSD Spring Break - 3/30/20-4/3/20.
  • Practices start week of TBD.
  • Games start week of TBD.
  • Fridays and Sundays are generally reserved for make-up games.
  • 1 weekday game and 1 Saturday game over 6 weeks with up to three doubleheaders.
  • The last scheduled game will be the weekend of TBD.
  • The end of season tournament will be the week of TB.
  • The AAA Minors All-star game will be in early July.
  • Cal Ripken AAA Minors will have a 9U and a 10U Tournament Team that will participate in the Cal Ripken tournament trail and the possibility of three area out of league tournaments. Both the 9U and 10U Tournament Team will be picked by the coaches and comprised of the 12 top players in both age groups. There will be a fee for players chosen to the Tournament Teams to cover the expense of their uniform and any tournament entry fees. For any player chosen to the Tournament Team, there will be a mandatory parents meeting to discuss what is involved in the special distinction their ballplayer has earned. These games will be played after July 4. The Cal Ripken 12U World Series takes place August 6-15, 2020 in Branson, MO. The 11U World Series is July 31 - August 8, 2020 in Treasure Coast, FL. Regional and World Series qualifying teams require out of state travel.

   
Players in the Majors Division are chosen to teams through a draft. Players are expected to attend one of the evaluation sessions.
This division plays on 70' bases and 50' mounds. The players in this age group really start to understand the game and it shows on the field with fun, competitive, quality (most the time) baseball. Registration begins February 1, 2020 and closes March 15, 2020. Fridays and Sundays are used for makeup games.

- FOR 2020, ALL STAR TEAMS WILL BE FORMED IN THE ROOKIES, AA MINORS, AAA MINORS, AND MAJORS DIVISIONS. THE OYAA LOBOS TOURNAMENT TEAMS WILL BE FORMED IN THE 8U ROOKIES, 9U & 10U AAA MINORS, AND 11U & 12U MAJORS AGE GROUPS. THE LOBOS TOURNAMENT TEAMS WILL PLAY IN THE CAL RIPKEN STATE TOURNAMENT AND IN ONE OR MORE LOCAL REC BASEBALL TOURNAMENTS IN THE MONTH OF JULY. IF YOUR BASEBALL PLAYER IS CHOSEN FOR THE TOURNAMENT TEAM, THERE WILL BE A SEPARATE FEE INVOLVED WHICH WILL INCLUDE A UNIQUE JERSEY AND HAT.


Babe Ruth 13-15 - $200 Dates below are tentative based upon governmental guidelines & the health and safety of our children.
Registration for Babe Ruth Division open February 1, 2020 and is open until April 15, 2020

2020 UPDATE:  We had a 10 team Delaware County Babe Ruth League in 2019 (7 OYAA teams, 2 Big Walnut teams & 1 Delaware team).
Registration is open to anyone that turns 15 prior to May 2, 2019 (see age chart). This could be some sophomores, all freshmen, 8th graders, and 7th graders. Travel ball players are welcome to play. You get to play with and against your OLSD classmates and other area friends. If you love baseball and you are the right age, we want you playing Babe Ruth baseball. Who knows who is going to be the next late bloomer? Our first game will be in May after school baseball is over. The last game will be in mid-July.
There will be up to 16 games scheduled with two to three games per week with an end of season league tournament.

Babe Ruth 13-15 will have a Tournament Team(s) called OYAA Lobos that will participate in the Babe Ruth tournament trail. The Tournament Team will be comprised of the 12-14 top players, as chosen by the coaches. There is the possibility of having separate 13U, 14U & 15U teams. There will be a fee for players chosen to the Lobos Tournament Teams to cover the expense of their uniform and any tournament entry fees. For any player chosen to the Lobos Tournament Team, there will be a mandatory parents meeting to discuss what is involved in the special distinction their ballplayer has earned. These games will be played after July 4. Regional and World Series qualifying teams require out of state travel.

Babe Ruth 16-18 - $200 Dates below are tentative based upon governmental guidelines & the health and safety of our children.
Registration for Babe Ruth Division open February 1, 2020 and is open until April 15, 2020
New for 2020 season is the opportunity for 16-18 year-olds to play baseball outside travel ball. What could be better than playing community based competitive baseball. Since this is the inaugural season, we need to play this one by ear based on the number of players to register. We started our 13-15 Babe Ruth League with one team in 2016 and it grew to a 10 team league in 2019. If we have three or less teams we will play a schedule against other community based and travel teams. If we have four or more teams, we will play a local league schedule in addition to adding games against other community based teams and travel teams. One fee will cover fields, umpires, a hat and jersey.


FIELD MATRIX FOR OYAA BASEBALL:

If you would like to reserve field space at one of the OYAA fields, contact the OYAA Rec Baseball Commissioner, Tom Bee at [email protected] about being added to the schedule. OYAA Rec Baseball has priority at Scioto Ridge fields #2 & #3, Freedom Trail, Shanahan MS #2, Alum Creek Elem and Liberty Park fields 3 & 4. We look forward to working with others and being a vibrant part of our growing community. Here is the link:  2019 OYAA Rec Baseball Master Schedule showing open field space. 2020 Field Schedule will be added in late March.

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