Last Updated: January 27, 2015
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January 26 Meeting Results
1. OVYBL President position is currently vacant. Until a replacement can be found it was decided that OVYBL Presidential duties will be divided between the Voting Presidents of the OVYBL.
2. Southern Local has requested to join the OVYBL bringing one Mustang, and one Bronco Team.
3. Some discussion was held regarding putting a timeline of 72 hours for home team to contact visiting team to reschedule game. If timeline is not met a forfeit of some sort should be assigned. Issue was tabled till the next scheduled OVYBL Meeting.
4. Next meeting is scheduled for March 9, 2015 at 7:00 @ St. Florian Hall.Organizations should bring the following to the next meeting.
- Number of teams- Check in the amount of $30.00 per team to cover Pony sanctioning fees and trophies
January 26, 2015 Meeting
We will be having our first meeting of the ovybl for the 2015 season on Monday January 26 at 7:00 @ the Wintersville fire hall (st. Florian). Main topic of discussion will be finding a new president for the upcoming season.
Fall Ball Meeting Monday 7/21/14 @ 7:00 pm
There will be a Fall Ball Meeting on Monday 7/21/14 @ the Wintersville Fire Hall @ 7:00 PM. This meeting is open to officers, presidents, and parents.
Topics include double headers vs. 1 nine inning game
1. Rule revisions
2. Discussion of the OVYBL becoming an "and under" league.
3. Time frame of fall season
4. Defining "call up" in terms of when they are needed.
5. intentional walk rule.
6. additional topics that need to be addressed.
Please remember to visit our Fall Ball Website which can be found here for more information regarding the fall season.
Toronto claims 2014 OVYBL Pony Championship!
Oak Glen Chaney claims 2014 OVYBL Bronco Championship!
Weirton Red Sox claim 2014 OVYBL Mustang Championship!
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Rule Update (3rd to 1st Move is now a Balk)
May 7, 2013
Under a rule change imposed by Major League Baseball for 2013 season, pitchers are no longer be allowed to fake a pickoff to third base and throw to first as a way to dupe a runner on first base into breaking for second. That move is now a balk.
If a pitcher steps to 3rd, he must throw to 3rd. Pitchers can still step off the rubber and fake to third.
OVYBL Umpires are asked to enforce this rule. MLB Rule 8.05(c).
OVYBL Rolls Out Concussion Policy
All Umpires and Officials are required to take the following 30 minute course. Associations competing within the OVYBL are asked to enforce that thier managers and coaches also take the course. Policies and Procedure docs can be found in the menu to the left under Printable Docs.
Per ORC 3707.52 as enacted by Ohio HB 143 of the 129th General Assembly, ODH is required to post free training programs that train coaches and referees in recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions and head injuries.
The following free online trainings have been approved by the Ohio Department of Health for coaches and referees:
National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports - What you Need to Know: http://www.nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=38000
PLEASE NOTE: The course offers a “certificate of completion” upon successful passage. The NFHS course allows organizations to search for and track coaches who have completed the course.
OVYBL Rule Reminder
RULE #4 on the 2012 OVYBL Pony Rule Sheet clearly states, "No Steel Spikes Permitted". It has been brought to our attention that teams are not following this rule, and have players wearing metal cleats, even when in some cases they have molded cleats in thier bags.
Managers, this is one of the most simple rules to understand. It has been in place for years for the safety of the kids.
During the pregame meeting of managers with the umpire, the umpire asks "Coach, is all of your teams equipment legal?" This is not only in regards to the bats, but all rules on equipment, including shoes. Any infraction of these rules, after you have stated that your teams equipment is legal will result in the equipment being removed from playing field, the manager being ejected from the current game, and suspended for the next scheduled game.
OVYBL on Facebook
Ohio Valley Youth Baseball is now on Facebook. Think we can reach 1000 "likes", I do. Really that is about 60 people from each Association involved with the OVYBL. Could it be a week, 2 weeks, or even by Opening Day? Take a minute to "like" the OVYBL by clicking below, then go about your day...daydreaming about BASEBALL!
PONY vs. Little League
The primary features that distinguish Pony baseball from Little League baseball are those of a two year age bracket system and scaled diamonds. Additionally, Pony teaches lead offs and base stealing starting at age 9 (Mustang Division), or earlier while pitchers learn pick off moves and holding runners on base to counter the potential steal.
These base dimensions are the result of extensive experimentation to determine the size on which players of each age group can properly play the game of baseball. Pitching distance is also scaled to the ability of the player and in proportion to the size of the diamond.
Comparison: Pony League Baseball and Little League Baseball
Ohio Valley Youth Baseball has as its goal the preparation of your child for the next level of baseball, from Mustang to Pony.
If you want your child to learn the game of baseball, Pony Baseball is the league for you!