Last Updated: August 13, 2015
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The OVYBL would like to thank Follansbee, Oak Glen, and Wintersville for hosting games due to the home teams' fields not being playable due to field conditions during these playoffs. This helped tremendously to keep things as close to on schedule as possible. I know a lot of time and work goes into prepping a field on a rainy day and it is much appreciated. We ask that everybody come on out and watch the championship games being hosted in Steubenville this year. I would also like to thank all of those that helped make this season successful. This includes coaches moving game times to ensure an umpire could cover your games, Richie Blackburn for creating this year's schedule, Joe Tunno for assisting with rain out rescheduling, Dave Brown for helping out every way he could this season, Billy Ellis with assisting with bracket creation, All of the presidents for ensuring their organizations ran smoothly, and finally Steve Seminara and Mike Mavromatis for coordinating all season to ensure your games were covered with an umpire. Congratulations to all on a fine season.
2015 OVYBL Tournament Brackets
2015 OVYBL Pony Tournament - Championship game is best of three series.
Game 1 7/1/15 6pm Steubenvle blue jays 2 Toronto 7
Game 2 7/2/15 6pm Bell View - Toronto 12 Steubenville Blue Jays 0
Game 3 7/3/15 Not needed
Toronto must travel due to the fact they do not have regulation field.
Congratulations to the 2015 OVYBL Pony Champions, Toronto!
Congratulations to the 2015 OVYBL Bronco Champions, Steubenville A's!
Congratulations to the 2015 Mustang Champions, Steubenville Brewers!
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!