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Updated 8/6/2019

At A Glance

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Boys ages 5 thru 15

2020 10U AAA Minors EVALUATIONS:  
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019 at Scioto Ridge Elementary at 6:15 to 8:15. Check-in starts at 5:45.
Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 at Scioto Ridge Elementaryat 6:15 to 8:15. Check-in starts at 5:45.
Saturday, Aug 24, 2019 at Scioto Ridge Elementaryat 9:00 to 11:00. Check-in starts at 8:30.
Attend one session and must be at entire session.
Scoll to AAA Minors section for more details.

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

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 T-ball and Rookies opening day is Sunday, May 17, 2020. There will not be any games Memorial Day weekend in T-ball and Rookies. Season ends June 29. Rookies have an end of season tournament June 27, 2020. Make-up date is June 28. Weekend games are played on Saturdays except opening day. Expect one weekday game every week and one Saturday game. 

2020 Babe Ruth 13-15
 teams start May 26, 2020 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/

SCHUTT BASEBALL HELMET FIT GUIDE
Fit Guide For Baseball Helmet

Ohio Valley Babe Ruth Website
2019 Regional Tournament Locations

Watch the 2019 12U Cal Ripken World Series from Aug 2 through Aug 10 at this link on Stadium TV   https://watchstadium.com/

2019 World Series Locations

2019 Majors 70 Cal Ripken World Series Games


Registration Dates, Wait List Dates and Refund cut-off dates for ALL programs are shown in the Program Dates/Policies document.

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).

REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 1, 2020
These are exciting times for OYAA Rec Baseball. Give us a go. We know you'll approve of what we're teaching our ballplayers.
- For info about the 13-15 Babe Ruth League, scroll down to the 13-15 Babe Ruth section for more info.
- Coming in September, watch for a survey on interest for a 16-18 Babe Ruth League.
- Players in AA, AAA, & Majors are chosen to teams through a draft. Players need to attend one evaluation session in order to be evaluated.

Other Links:
2019 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

Check us out on Facebook at REC BASEBALL INFO  fb.me/OYAARecBaseball
Twitter:  @OyaaRecBaseball

 ----------------------------TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES---------------------------

WINTER INDOOR TRAINING

Who:  All OYAA registered baseball players in 10U (both AA & AAA) and 12U Majors. Registration opens Feb 1.
What:  Indoor baseball training covering hitting, throwing, baserunning, and fielding. We're shaking the winter rust off our players and getting them ready for evaluations at the beginning of April.
Where:  Stars Indoor Sports, 6124 Busch Blvd, Columbus
When:  Sunday February 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15
Time:  10U from TBD; 12U from TBD
How many players: Limited to 40 players for each 2 hour session.
How to sign up:  A SignUpGenius page will be available starting February 1 once Rec Baseball registration opens.
The cost is $10 per session. Please pay in cash at the door.

Note:  AA, AAA, & Majors Indoor Training is not included in rec baseball registration fees.  
* Be sure to email Tom Bee at [email protected] with any questions.


            
                 
                 
                
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 

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.
Any player that turns 4-years-old in the months of May & June of 2020 is eligible to participate in the 4U T-Ball Division.

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.


AGE GROUP DESCRIPTIONS


T-Ball/Coach Pitch - 6U

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.

  • 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


T-Ball Rules click here

Rookies - 8U
Rookies Division Coordinator - Jamie Holdren

This will be the coach/machine pitch division. Coaches will continue teaching the fundamental skills necessary for further development of the young ballplayer. The Rookie division does not have a player draft. 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. 

  • 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).


Rookie Rules click here

AA Minors - 10U lower division
AA Minors Division Coordinator - Tim Stried 


  • Players in AA, AAA, & Majors are chosen to teams through a draft. Players need to attend one evaluation session in order to be evaluated.

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 last week of March. (OLSD Spring Break - 3/30/20-4/3/20)
  • Practices start 4/13/2020.
  • Games start 5/17/2020 (1st two weekend games will be on a Sunday; remaining weekend games are on Saturdays).
  • 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 6/21/2020.
  • The end of season tournament will be the week of 6/22/2020 with the semi-final and final played Saturday, June 27, 2019. June 28, 2019 is reserved for a make-up date.
  • The AA Minors All-star game will be in early July.

AA Minor Rules click here

Cal Ripken AAA Minors - 10U upper division - $150
AAA Minors Division Coordinator - Mike Lame

  • 2020 10U AAA Minors EVALUATIONS:

    Tuesday, Aug 20 at Scioto Ridge Elementary at 6:15 to 8:15. Check-in starts at 5:45.
    Thursday, Aug 22 at at Scioto Ridge Elementary 6:15 to 8:15. Check-in starts at 5:45.
    Saturday, Aug 24 at at Scioto Ridge Elementary 9:00 to 11:00. Check-in starts at 8:30.
    • Players only need to attend one of the three sessions. They need to be there for the entire session.

Registration will open after Aug 1. There is no cost to register. Another 10U AAA evaluation session is scheduled after winter registration.

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. The draft date will be between Aug 26 and Sept 3. If your son scores high enough to enter the draft, you will receive an email letting you know. Upon receiving the email, you will have 48-hours to accept the spot by logging into your OYAA account and making a half or full payment of the $150 registration fee for AAA Minors. If he does not score high enough to be drafted this fall, he will have another opportunity during the spring evaluation at the end of March or beginning of April. It is amazing what 7 months of growth will do for the boys.

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 before OLSD Spring break. OLSD Spring Break - 3/30/20-4/3/20.
  • Practices start week of 4/6/2020.
  • Games start week of 5/4/2020 (1st two weekend games will be on a Sunday; remaining weekend games are on Saturdays).
  • 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 - up to 18 total games.
  • The last scheduled game will be the weekend of 6/20/2020.
  • The end of season tournament will be the week of 6/22/2020 with the semi-final and final played Saturday, June 27, 2020. June 28, 2020 is reserved for a make-up date.
  • 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 World Series takes place after August 1, 2018. 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, 2019, all 10U players will register for AA Minors. In April, 2019, 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.

 
AAA Minors rules click here


Cal Ripken Majors
 - 12U
Majors Division Coordinator - Dave Dargatz
     
Cal Ripken Majors 12U
     

  • Registration opens 2/1/2020.
  • Evaluations will be before OLSD Spring break. OLSD Spring Break - 3/30/20-4/3/20.
  • Practices start week of 4/6/2020.
  • Games start week of 5/4/2020 (1st two weekend games will be on a Sunday; remaining weekend games are on Saturdays).
  • 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 - up to 18 total games.
  • The last scheduled game will be the weekend of 6/20/2020.
  • The end of season tournament will be the week of 6/22/2020 with the semi-final and final played Saturday, June 27, 2020. June 28, 2020 is reserved for a make-up date.
  • 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 World Series takes place after August 1, 2018. 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 during the first week of April.

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, 2019 and closes March 1, 2019. Fridays and Sundays are used strictly for makeup games.

Majors Rules click here

FOR 2019, 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 - Registration for Babe Ruth Division open February 1, 2020 and is open until April 1, 2020

2019 UPDATE:  We have a 10 team Delaware County Babe Ruth League (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. Our inaugural 2018 season was highly competitive. 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 baseball with OYAA Babe Ruth Division. 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 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 Babe Ruth World Series takes place after August 1, 2019. Regional and World Series qualifying teams require out of state travel.

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.

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