Last Updated: May 23, 2015
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"Walk the Plank IX" 2015 Tournament Update:
Saturday (5/23) @ 7:30 p.m.
Team reps may pick up pre-ordered tournament t-shirts anytime on Sunday at OBGC Community Park (4501 Rt. 108 in Olney) - go to the tables/tent on right field fence line of Field # 1. A limited supply of t-shirts remain for sale there as well for those that did not take advantage of the pre-ordering process.
Unfortunately, there was an incident at OBGC Park today - apparently some baseball players participating in the tournament (and parents) trespassed on the Field of Screams property at the back of the park. I was informed by OBGC officials that police will be stationed near the site tomorrow and anyone caught trespassing on the property will be duly processed.
Friday, May 22nd - Monday, May 25th (8u - 14u)
5-Tool Baseball and Olney Travel Baseball are very pleased to once again host the 9th Annual "Walk the Plank" Memorial Day Baseball Classic tournament in 2015 (May 22 - May 25). We had 216 teams participate in this event in 2014 and the participant feedback was extremely positive. With the exception of the 8u age division that is open to all levels of teams due to their age, this unique tournament (unlike the "Mutiny at the Park" which is a wide open tournament) is specifically geared to second tier travel baseball teams (i.e. excluding high level A travel baseball teams).
With the recent proliferation of travel baseball teams throughout the region over the past several years, it has become apparent that many teams rarely have a legitimate opportunity to successfully compete in tournaments against high powered travel teams; often times getting mercied after three or four innings of play. Accordingly, the Walk the Plank tournament is geared specifically for the following types of teams: (1) full-time travel teams that perform at about a .500 level or below in their own league play, (2) organization B teams, (3) recreational or house league all-star teams (4) Sunday only travel teams or (5) travel teams that have never come close to winning a highly competitive tournament. Our hope is that all of the participating players will truly enjoy a very positive and competitively balanced baseball tournament experience.
Teams compete in one of the following age divisions (basepaths/pitching distance). With the exception of the 8u division - teams may opt to play in either a Gold or Silver Division:
8u Kid Pitch (60/40)
The age cutoff date is April 30. However, please note the following exception for this one tournament only. So as not to exclude certain Sunday only teams we are allowing every 9u, 11u and 13u team to roster up to a maximum of 3 players that are one year older (i.e 10u, 12u or 14u) if they so desire. The intent of the exception is not to afford teams an opportunity to add ringers, but rather to ensure that older players that are currently playing on teams with a majority of younger players are not left behind.
Tournament registration fees are all inclusive...baseballs are provided and there are no gate fees, no parking fees, no cooler restrictions, etc.
Keep checking back to this website for updates leading up to and throughout the tournament!
5-Tool Baseball 2015 5-Day Summer Camp Dates
(Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m./OBGC Community Park)
June 22 - June 26
June 29 - July 3
July 13 - July 17
July 20 - July 24
August 3 - August 7
August 10 - August 14 (fall pre-season tune-up week)
Registration opens in January 2015 - simply click on the link below to register for 2015 summer camps through www.OBGC.com:
5 - Tool Baseball Clinics Series (Fall 2014/Winter 2015)
Serious-minded baseball players looking to advance their skills in the off season and gain an edge on their competitors when spring 2015 arrives attend fall and/or winter instructional clinics at 5-Tool Baseball. Clinics are open to ball players of all ages through 15u and are designed specifically to enhance performance in hitting, defense, pitching and conditioning.
In this our 10th consecutive year of conducting clinics, 5-Tool has a proven track record in advancing its alumni to the next levels of the game. Staff includes instructors with highly successful records in coaching teams at the collegiate and high school level.
All workouts will be conducted at Raider's Edge Indoor Training Facility in Gaithersburg, Md. and players have the following options to select from:
Fall 2014 Sessions
Fridays (6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) on 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12 (Sorry, FULL)
(As of 1/21/15 limited space still available in Sunday am/Tuesday night sessions)
Tuesdays (6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) on 1/20, 1/27, 2/3 2/10, 2/17
The five-session cost to attend a fall and/or winter clinic session series is $280 for Fridays and $250 for Sundays and Tuesdays. Click on online forms (menu on left) to access registration form. Unlike our very popular week-long summer camps, space unfortunately is limited so please register at www.5toolbaseball.net as soon as possible to secure a spot.
Questions? - contact Al Bidwick at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 301-924-6480 (x250).
13th Annual "Mutiny at the Park" 2015 Tournament Update:
Congratulations to the following 2015 tournament champions:
8u - HCYP Raiders
9u - Elkridge Hurricanes
10u Elite - Olney Pirates
10u Open - WHC Renegades Red
11u Elite - Dig In Baseball
11u Open - Catoctin Baseball Club
12u Elite - BCC Big Train
12u Open - Warriors BCCC
13u Elite - API Elite Blue
14u Elite - TBD (BCC Big Train v Arena Starz)
14u Open - Boonsboro Bombers
For a complete schedule listing, click here!