Last Updated: May 25, 2016

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  • 2016 Season is HERE!!!
  • Games have begun!
  • Opening Day POSTPONED to June 4

The 2016 OAYL T-Ball Season is HERE!

 

UPDATE (05/25/2016):

Memorial Day Parade info posted

Ken's v St Clair May 21 game rescheduled for June 22, 5:30p

St Clair v Alpha May 23 game rescheduled for June 23, 5:30p

 

UPDATE (05/22/2016):

DH Moore v PSP May 22 game POSTPONED AGAIN, this time to Sunday, June 5, 2pm

 

UPDATE (05/21/2016, 11:00am):

Alpha v Thomas Pharmacy 6/4 game moved to 6/21

 

UPDATE (05/20/2016, 5:40pm):

OPENING DAY has been POSTPONED once again due to forecast of rain, cloudy skies, and temps in the 50s.  It is rescheduled for Saturday, June 4 (same times).

 

UPDATE (05/20/2016, 2:30pm):

Closing Ceremony likely weekend of Jun 25/26.  More info will be posted once confirmed.

 

UPDATE (05/18/2016):

Thomas Pharmacy v DH Moore 6/11 game moved to 6/17

 

UPDATE (05/11/2016):

HOME Team responsibilities handout posted under "Handouts / Info"

 

UPDATE (05/09/2016):

Alpha and Thomas switched game days the week of May 23.

 

UPDATE (04/29/2016):

REMINDER:  Lotto Ticket Stubs ARE PAST DUE – email stub info to OAYLtball@hotmail.com   

 

UPDATE (04/28/2016):

REMINDER:  ALL COACHES MUST SUBMIT BACKGROUND CLEARANCES BEFORE PARTICIPATING.  Email copies to OAYLtball@hotmail.com

 

 

This website will be the source of much of our updates throughout the season.

Check back often for updates.

 

 

Orwigsburg Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 30

Updated 05/25/2016

It’s been tradition that the OAYL T-Ball teams walk in the Orwigsburg Memorial Day Parade.  The players walk as teams and each team gets a turn carrying the OAYL banner.

 

Orwigsburg Memorial Day Parade, May 30

Gather at Orwigsburg Memorial Building parking lot at 7:45am.  Parade starts at 8am.

The route is probably the same as last year…Starts at the Memorial, down to the blinker, turn right onto E Market thru the Square to Franklin, turn left, then left onto Independence, and left on S Warren back to Square

We will be walking as teams with each team getting a chance to carry our League banner.  It’s a bit of walking, but almost all downhill.

 

Wear your team shirts & hats (Coaches wear your shirts & hats too).  Feel free to bring or add any patriotic accessories.

 

NO GLOVES

NO CLEATS (wear sneakers)

 

At the conclusion of the parade, there will be a brief Memorial Day ceremony on the Square.  We won’t be a part of the ceremony, but I encourage you to stay.  This is a good opportunity to show our thanks and support to our armed service members past and present, especially to remember those that gave their life in service to our country.

 

It’s also a great opportunity to show our thanks to our League team sponsors by parading around in our uniforms.

 

Hope to see you all there!

 

 

 

 

2016 OPENING DAY – Saturday, June 4, 11a-2:30p, T-Ball Field

Updated 05/20/16

 

OPENING DAY is POSTPONED (yet AGAIN) until Saturday, June 4.

June 4 games will be rescheduled.

May 21 games might still be on as originally scheduled.  You should be hearing from your coach soon if you haven't already.  If you have not heard from your coach about these games, assume that the game is still on as scheduled (1 hour in light rain or dampness is more tolerable than 3hrs).

 

New Message from the President…

We as a Board struggled again with this decision and the consequences of postponing this event yet again. There is much planning and re-planning that goes into each rescheduled event.  In the end, the forecast of a chilly, cloudy, and wet day did not seem like fun for the kids, and Ark Rentals cautioned us about a safety concern for the bounce house when it gets wet.  The event is supposed to be fun, safe, and enjoyable for all.  So we decided to postpone until June 4 with the hopes that better weather will make it so.

 

Our apologies for the inconvenience this causes yet again.

Thanks for your understanding. 

 

 

Message from the President…

This was a very difficult decision for the League.  Various forecasts have varying probabilities of thunderstorms beginning as early as noon, midway thru our event.  The bounce house has a wind restriction, which requires deflation during high winds, even if there is no rain or thunderstorms.  This day requires much advance coordination with many vendors and is the biggest financial expense our league has each year.  Our fear is that if we do have the event tomorrow, and the weather does arrive midway, some kids would not have a throw at the dunk tank or be able to enjoy the bounce house – and we would have a lot of upset kids.  Our league can't afford to have a do-over.  For those reasons (and because of an uncertainty regarding field conditions), the League has decided to postpone once again.

 

We realize the rescheduling of this event twice causes great inconvenience and may now present conflicts for you and your child (and even some coaches).  We did take this into consideration.  But our goal always is to provide the best experience for our kids in a safe and fun manner.  We believe – based on reviewing many long-range forecasts – that May 21 will be able to do that.

 

Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Thanks for your understanding. 

 

Opening Day is a fun-filled day of activities and competition.  NO baseball games will be played, so kids will NOT need their gloves, helmets, bats or chest protectors/heart guards.  But please wear Uniforms (Coaches too)!

 

PLAYERS SHOULD ARRIVE AT 10:45am.  Our Program will begin promptly at 11:00 AM, and your child definitely does not want to miss the beginning.  Many kids think Opening Day is the best part of the season.

 

Programs will be available at the Concession Stand during the event.  Within the program will be the schedule of events.  During Opening and Closing Ceremonies, only players and coaches are permitted on the field.  However, during the other events, you are more than welcome to follow your players as they progress through day.  But please be cognizant of your surroundings – Players will be running the bases and balls will be thrown.  REMINDER:  These are 4-6 year olds – ACCURACY is still developing.  If someone yells "heads up", your best bet is to not do that.

 

Your child can bring their own drinks/snacks if they wish.  However, our Concession Stand will be open throughout the event for purchases of drinks, snacks, candy, pizza, and hot dogs.  And each T-Ball Player will receive 1 Free Hot Dog & 1 Free Drink.  [Please note the Concession Stand may close momentarily during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.]

 

Built into the schedule is a 15-min Concession/Break period.  This would be a great time for your player to get their free hot dog & drink, and will also be a good time to get autographs by the Reading Fightin Phils mascots.

 

Also built into the schedule are two sessions in the Bounce House.  While your team is in the Bounce House, siblings are welcome to join the players.  But PLEASE remind the older siblings to watch out for and HELP the younger Players and kids.  After all, this day is for the Players.  It is also the time when we need 2 parents from that team to man the Concession Stand.  Please volunteer.

 

The Relay Race toward the end of the day is a Team competition with the winning Team receiving a free pizza party.  There are also 4 individual competitions throughout the day with winners receiving medals:  Speed Run, Long Throw, Speed Throw, and Accuracy Throw.  The top 3 girls and the top 3 boys in each category will receive medals.  HOWEVER, your child will only receive 1 medal even if they finish 1st in each category.  Our goal is to spread the medals around as much as possible.  Also note that NOT everyone will receive a medal at the event.  Don't get discouraged.  During our Closing Ceremonies in June, EVERYBODY receives a trophy.

 

At the end of the day and after the Players have had an opportunity to take one, siblings make take home 1 balloon.

 

The purpose of the day and the League is to have fun!  Hopefully everybody will!

 

 

 

OPENING DAY SCHEDULE

                   

11:00 AM

 

OPENING CEREMONY & INTRODUCTION OF PLAYERS

 

 

 

 

 

EVENTS

 

Long Throw

Speed Throw

Accuracy Throw

Dunk Tank

Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Course

Base Run

Concessions / Break

 

Right Field

Right-Center

Center Field

Left-Center

Left Field (2 parents in Concession Stand)

Infield

 

11:30 AM

 

St Clair & Assoc

Ken's Tires

Alpha Distribution

 

DH Moore

Prof School Photog

Thomas Pharmacy

 

11:45 AM

 

 

St Clair & Assoc

Ken's Tires

Alpha Distribution

 

DH Moore

Prof School Photog

Thomas Pharmacy

12:00 PM

 

Thomas Pharmacy

 

St Clair & Assoc

Ken's Tires

Alpha Distribution

 

DH Moore

Prof School Photog

12:15 PM

 

Prof School Photog

Thomas Pharmacy

 

St Clair & Assoc

Ken's Tires

Alpha Distribution

 

DH Moore

12:30 PM

 

DH Moore

Prof School Photog

Thomas Pharmacy

 

St Clair & Assoc

Ken's Tires

Alpha Distribution

 

12:45 PM

 

 

DH Moore

Prof School Photog

Thomas Pharmacy

 

St Clair & Assoc

Ken's Tires

Alpha Distribution

1:00 PM

 

Alpha Distribution

 

DH Moore

Prof School Photog

Thomas Pharmacy

 

St Clair & Assoc

Ken's Tires

1:15 PM

 

Ken's Tires

Alpha Distribution

 

DH Moore

Prof School Photog

Thomas Pharmacy

 

St Clair & Assoc

1:45 PM

 

TEAM RELAY RACE (Right Field Foul Line)

2:00 PM

 

50/50 RAFFLE DRAWING & AWARDS CEREMONY

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Season Schedule

Updated 05/20/16

Our season schedule is as follows:

Early March – Registration Deadline

Mid-March – Head Coaches select Teams (you will be notified by your coach)

Week of April 4 – Practices Begin (field & weather dependent)

May 9, Monday – Team Photos – check schedule for your team's time slot

Week of May 9 – Games Begin

May 30, Memorial Day, 8a – generally no games are held Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30), but all teams are invited to march in the Orwigsburg Memorial Day Parade.

June 4, Saturday, 11a-2p – Opening Day (this is the highlight of the season!!!).  Final rain date will be June 18 if needed.

June 25or26 (Saturday or Sunday) – Closing Ceremonies/Player Recognition Day (trophies & movie)

 

Practices and games are generally limited to 1 hour in duration.

 

Once games begin, practices will end.  Each team will generally play once during the week (M-Th, 6p) and once on Saturday (anywhere from morning to mid-afternoon) – so, 2 games a week. There might be exceptions if we have an odd number of teams.

 

Fridays and Sundays are generally reserved for makeup games.

 

 

 

Coaches Wanted!!

Updated 02/15/16

As you can imagine, we are a high-turnover league.  As such, we are ALWAYS looking for parents willing to be head coaches and assistant coaches.  If you are considering either, please check the appropriate box on your child's registration form and/or email Brian Baldwin at bbaldwin@benesch.com.  We are still determining which head coaches will be returning.  However, we are always looking for more Assistant Coaches.

 

Please note that all assistant and head coaches and volunteers MUST provide copies of the appropriate background clearances in accordance with State law.

 

REQUIRED BACKGROUND CLEARANCES

Per PA Act 153 of 2014, as of July 1 2015, all volunteers must submit copies of the following clearances to OAYL:

 

PA Act 153 of 2014 Clearances (Criminal Background Checks)

Child Abuse History Clearance (PA Department of Human Services)

Criminal History Record Check (Pennsylvania State Police)

FBI Clearance (only required if NOT a continuous resident of PA for last 10 years)

 

All those planning to help coach in any capacity will need to have these clearances.  The good news is that the application fees for volunteers has been waived by the Commonwealth for the state clearances (the FBI clearance fee is NOT waived however).  Copies of the clearances MUST be submitted to OAYL by either emailing them to oayltball@hotmail.com, mailing them to our PO Box, or dropping them off at registration.

 

YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE OR GAMES WITHOUT THE REQUIRED CLEARANCES.  OAYL will notify you when you have been accepted to participate.

 

 

All verified and accepted coaches will receive a uniform shirt and hat for wear during the games.  To offset the coach uniforms costs (~$20 for shirt & hat), we request a $5 donation per assistant coach.  This is a request, and is NOT MANDATORY.  You can include this donation with your online registration payment.

 

 

 

Questions????

Email OAYLtball@hotmail.com

Thanks!

 

Follow us on Twitter!!

Updated 01/19/15

Don't feel like constantly checking our website for updates?  Wondering if today's practice or game will be canceled due to weather?

Then follow us on Twitter (@OAYLtball) for immediate updates and important information!  Click the "Follow" button in our Twitter feed below!

 

 

Please note that we are not affiliated with either Orwigsburg Little League or Orwigsburg Area Girls Softball.  Although most of our kids "graduate" to these two, outstanding leagues, we are an independent organization relying on our own funding sources.  Being independent also means our kids are not subject to strict rules regarding residency or age (within safe reason). 

Every kid that wants to play deserves to play!

UPCOMING GAMES

Wednesday, May 25
2016 OAYL
Professional School Photography @ Alpha Distribution6:00pmT-Ball Field
Thursday, May 26
2016 OAYL
DH Moore & Co Roofing @ Thomas Pharmacy6:00pmT-Ball Field
Tuesday, May 31
2016 OAYL
Thomas Pharmacy @ St Clair & Associates6:00pmT-Ball Field
Wednesday, Jun 1
2016 OAYL
Professional School Photography @ Ken's Tires6:00pmT-Ball Field
Thursday, Jun 2
2016 OAYL
DH Moore & Co Roofing @ Alpha Distribution6:00pmT-Ball Field
Saturday, Jun 4
2016 OAYL
St Clair & Associates @ Ken's Tires9:30amT-Ball Field
Sunday, Jun 5
2016 OAYL
DH Moore & Co Roofing @ Professional School Photography2:00pmT-Ball Field

For a complete schedule listing, click here!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, May 30
Orwigsburg Memorial Day Parade7:45amMemorial Bldg
Saturday, Jun 4
OPENING DAY10:45amT-Ball Field
Saturday, Jun 18
Closing Ceremony (TENTATIVE)
Saturday, Jun 25
Closing Ceremony (TENTATIVE)
Sunday, Jun 26
Closing Ceremony (TENTATIVE)

For a complete calendar listing, click here!