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***2020 REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW***

2020 Registration:

$120 March 19th and after

*If the season is cancelled, you will be reimbursed

2020 SEASON UPDATE

Updated: 5/14/2020

The Governors Peace Time Emergency Order which prohibited organized sports expires on the May 13th and it did.  We now are in a holding pattern until the Governor's committee comes back on June 1st with and if they have a plan for organized sports.  The BOD will meet June 1st (late evening) and discuss our final plans.  Stay Tuned...

Thank you for your continues support and cooperation. 

ROOKIES BASEBALL

Rookies baseball is a machine pitch baseball league for players in 1st or 2nd grade on April 1st.  The goal of the program is to provide an enjoyable, positive environment in which participants learn the fundamentals of baseball.  Success should be measured by the improvements in each player's skills and knowledge of baseball.

Typically, teams practice for one hour, once per week and play one game per week.  Each team will play some games on Monday and some games on Wednesday evening.  Games will start the second week of May and will end with Post Season Tournament Games during the July 17-19th weekend.  Practices typically begin in late April after the city determines the fields are suitable. Practices may be on Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday nights. Practice time/locations will be set after coordinating with coaches.

 

INDOOR PLAYER EVALUATION/COACHES DRAFT:

There will be an Indoor Player Evaluation/Coaches Draft this year and is MANDATORY FOR ALL PLAYERS & COACHES to attend.  There is no makeup date for this Evaluation, so if any player(s) cannot attend the Director will randomly place them on a team.

Date: TBD

Start Time: TBD

End Time: TBD

Location: TBD  

Address: TBD

Information:  Please show up at least 20 minutes early for check in and to get a numbered evaluation shirt.  You will need to use the doors on the west side of the school to get inside the building.  Due to the number of players, this will be a closed door event to parents (feel free to wait in the hallways).  Please have all players bring glove, batting helmet and bat. We will have extra bats to use if necessary. (NO SPIKES INSIDE GYM)

The Coaches Draft will start immediately after the Player Evaluation and should be done by 4:00pm.  If a Head Coach is not available during the draft, they can select their Assistant Coach(es) to draft.  If there are no Assistant Coach(es) to draft, the Director will draft the team.

We understand most concerns, however the Player Evaluation is designed to make the league/teams more competitive and to encourage players to form additional friendships this summer.
 

BECOMING A HEAD COACH OR ASSISTANT COACH:

Volunteers are essential to the program.  Please consider volunteering to be a coach or team manager.  If you intend to be a head coach, an assistant coach, or a team manager, please indicate this when you register your child.  Head Coaches can have up to 2 Assistant Coaches on their team, so please indicate this during Registration as well.

 

2020 REGISTRATION:

2020 registration will open on February 1st. The fee schedule is:

  • $80 - On or before February 14th - Early Bird Discount!

  • $100 - February 15th thru March 18th

  • $120 - After March 18th

When registering, please specify the proper shirt and hat size.  The league makes an effort to order the requested size.

Rosters will be posted shortly after the Player Evaluation.

 

SATURDAY MORNING BASEBALL:

Weather permitting, on Saturdays (June 20 and June 27) Rookies participants are invited to Richard Walton Park field 7 and 8 to play baseball from 10:00 - 11:30am. This activity is entirely optional, but if you're looking for an opportunity to play more baseball, this is it. The intent is for the kids to play with minimal involvement from the adults. This is not a coaching/training activity.  Rookies rules shall be followed and teams will be assembled by the director.

 

***FIELDING MASK RULE***:

Each team will be supplied with 1 Fielding Mask and will be 
MANDATORY for players to wear when playing Pitcher position.  

It is not required for other infielders to wear Fielding Masks,
however it is highly recommended.  
 

EQUIPMENT:

The league provides:

  • baseball cap and shirt for each player,

  • one baseball bat and catcher equipment for each team.

  • one fielding mask for pitcher position

Each player must provide:

  • Glove,

  • Double earflap helmet for batting and base running,

  • Athletic footwear (metal cleats prohibited).

- It is recommended that all players wear a protective cup.

 

Players may use own baseball bat if it meets the following safety requirements:


Small Barrel Bat (2¼ inches in diameter)

  • is imprinted with the USABat mark (see image), or

  • is imprinted with the USSSA mark,

  • is imprinted with the text BPF 1.15, or

  • is wooden

Big Barrel Bat (larger than 2¼ inches in diameter)

  • is imprinted with the USABat mark (see image), or

  • is imprinted with the USSSA mark,

  • is a qualified BBCOR bat; or

  • is wooden

 

REFUND POLICY:

Typically, refunds will only be given if your child has not participated in any games and there are sufficient players on the team.  Refunds are subject to a $10.00 processing fee and other costs already incurred. For example, the cost of a uniform when it has already been ordered.  Refunds, as well as the amount of the refund, are left to the discretion of the league director on a case by case basis.

Brad Lein

OAA Rookies League Director