Last Updated: May 28, 2015
COACHES SHOULD BE REPORTING YOUR OWN SCORES TO THE WEBSITE FOLLOWING EACH GAME.

If you don't know how to do this, the instructions are in the Left Menu/Meeting Minutes 
of this site entitled "Game Score Reporting Doc".


Fridays and Sundays

Coaches, if your game has been rained out, please stop trying to reschedule on days other than Friday or Sunday. Fridays and Sundays are the only days games should be made up on. Thank you for your cooperation.

MORE ON GAME RESCHEDULES

Coaches, please remember that being "short" on players is not a sufficient reason to move a game.  Most of the organizations throughout the OVYBL have a "call up" system in place.  Let's remember that giving younger kids an opportunity to "play up" is a "huge" deal to these young ones.  Historically the OVYBL has rescheduled games for three reasons, weather, field conditions, or umpire request.    

However, if you wish to reschedule a game, please do so at least two weeks in advance of your game, this will give the league, umpires, and opponent enough time to make arrangements for the move.  Also, please remember that BOTH coaches must agree for any such move to occur.  

Thank you for your cooperation.

Coaches, please remember that being "short" on players is not a sufficient reason to move a game.  Most of the organizations throughout the OVYBL have a "call up" system in place.  Let's remember that giving younger kids an opportunity to "play up" is a "huge" deal to these young ones.  Historically the OVYBL has rescheduled games for three reasons, weather, field conditions, or umpire request.    

However, if you wish to reschedule a game, please do so at least two weeks in advance of your game, this will give the league, umpires, and opponent enough time to make arrangements for the move.  Also, please remember that BOTH coaches must agree for any such move to occur.  

Thank you for your cooperation.

RAIN OUT PROCEDURE

In the event that your game is rained out, and your organization utilizes the Steubenville Umpire Association, the following procedure must be followed:

1.  Home team must call the umpire hotline (740-264-2178) at least one hour before game time to cancel umpire.

2.  Home team must contact visiting team to let them know that the game has been rained out.

3.  Home team must either text or call Joe Tunno at 304-374-1736 to let him know your game has been postponed.

4.  Home team has 7 days to coordinate with visiting coach and reschedule game. 

5.  Home team should text or call Joe Tunno at 304-374-1736 to let him know of the rescheduled date of your game.

6.  Home team should leave message on Umpire hotline with the reschedule information.

***Games that are not rescheduled within 7 days may be rescheduled by the OVYBL without either team's consent.

***Games should be attempted to be rescheduled on "light days".  Usually Fridays and Sundays are best for this due to the availability of umpires.

 

Meeting April 19, 2014

There will be an informational meeting this Sunday 04/19/15 at Steubenville High School at 7:00 pm. Rule books will be distributed and representatives from the Steubenville Umpire Association will be there to discuss rules for the upcoming season. All coaches, parents, and league representatives are encouraged to attend. Please pass the word. We look forward to seeing you all this Sunday.

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  
(This free on-line course is available through the NFHS. You will need to click the “order here” button and complete a brief registration form to take the course.) Follow these steps to complete the course:

  1. Click on the button that says, please login to order.  In the window that appears, click Register Now.
  2. When your registration is complete you may "order" the free concussion course offered along the left hand side of the page.  Continue following prompts.  Although it may look like you'll be charged for the course, there is no cost.
  3. Once you've completed "checkout," you'll be able to take the free online course.
  4. When you've completed and passed the course, you have the option of printing a certificate of completion.

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.
 
Thanks.
 

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.

In organizations, such as Little League, player age can differ by as much as 3 years within a division. As a result, the younger players, because of their lack of maturity, ability and size, find it hard to communicate with the older players.  They often find themselves spending a disproportionate amount of time on the bench and may feel disconnected from their team. With players of only two ages involved, as is the case with Pony baseball, it is far easier to permit every player to play more positions since the difference in skills within the age groups is not that great.

In addition, Pony baseball scales the size of the diamonds to match the physical capabilities of the players within each division.  The base and pitching dimensions for Pony baseball are:

  • 50ft bases for Shetland 5 & 6 year olds
  • 55 ft bases and 38ft pitching for Pinto 7 & 8 year olds
  • 60 ft bases and 44 ft pitching for Mustang 9 & 10 year olds
  • 70 ft bases and 48 ft pitching for Bronco 11 & 12 year olds
  • 80 ft bases and 54 ft pitching for Pony 13 & 14 year olds

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.

The scaled diamonds allow the players to make the plays made by major leaguers.  Home runs become a possibility. Outfielders can play in a position proportionate to that played by a major leaguer.  The double play, squeeze play and various strategies and tactics, difficult for adults and nearly impossible for youngsters on a full size diamond, become a probability rather than impossibility.

Comparison: Pony League Baseball and Little League Baseball

Pony League Little League
Two Year Age groups

Yes

No

Scaled Age Appropriate Diamonds

Yes

No

Scaled Age Appropriate Pitching Distances

Yes

No

Play by Major League Rules

Yes

No

Mix of Softball and MLB Rules

No

Yes

Limit 5-6 year olds to T Ball Only

No

Yes

Limit 7-8 year olds to Coach/Machine pitch

No

Yes

Competitive baseball starting at age 7

Yes

No

7-8 year olds sit out a maximum of two innings per game

Yes

No

Challenges Kids at every age group

Yes

No

Drafting up or down during season

No

Yes

Teaches base stealing earlier

Yes

No

Teaches Pitching sooner

Yes

No

Teaches Leading off Sooner

Yes

No

Prepares kids for Highschool Baseball

Yes

No

 
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!
 


Upcoming Games

Saturday,  May 30
Mustang American
Wintersville Mets @ Bergholz 10:00am Bergholz Mustang
Jewett-Scio Vikings @ Wintersville Rockies 1:30pm Wintersville Mustang
Wintersville Blue Jays @ East Liverpool Wolf Den Pizza 3:30pm East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
Wintersville Cubs @ Wintersville Orioles 4:00pm Wintersville Mustang
Hopedale Comets @ East Liverpool BTAS Bucs 6:00pm East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
Mustang National
Wellsburg Bats @ Follansbee Outlaws 10:00am Follansbee Mustang/Bronco
Wellsburg Pirates @ Wellsburg Blue Jays 10:00am Wellsburg Mustang/Bronco
Oak Glen Patterson @ Oak Glen McKay 11:00am New Cumberland Mustang/Bronco
Southern Local @ Follansbee Phantoms 12:00pm Follansbee Mustang/Bronco
Follansbee Dirt Devils @ Wellsburg Intimidators 12:30pm Wellsburg Mustang/Bronco
Bronco American
Oak Glen Chaney @ East Liverpool All Sports 10:00am East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
Wellsburg Pirates @ East Liverpool D & R Sanitation 1:00pm East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
Oak Glen Adams @ Oak Glen Hooker 2:00pm New Cumberland Mustang/Bronco
Follansbee Mountaineers @ Wellsburg Rattlers 3:00pm Wellsburg Mustang/Bronco
Bronco National
Wintersville Angels @ Steubenville Red Sox 10:00am Steubenville (Belleview) Field 4
Wintersville Red Sox @ Wintersville Astros 10:00am Wintersville Bronco/Pony
Jewett-Scio Vikings @ Hopedale Mudcats 12:00pm Hopedale Bice Park (Bronco/Pony)
Steubenville A's @ Wintersville Pirates 12:30pm Wintersville Bronco/Pony
Southern Local @ Hopedale Dodgers 2:30pm Hopedale Bice Park (Bronco/Pony)
Pony
Steubenville Blue Jays @ Follansbee Gray 11:00am Follansbee Pony
Dillonvale Destroyers @ Steubenville Pirates 12:30pm Steubenville (Murphy)
Toronto @ East Liverpool Protech 1:00pm East Liverpool Pony
Weirton Pirates @ Follansbee Blue 2:00pm Follansbee Pony
Dillonvale Devastators @ Wintersville Red 3:00pm Wintersville Bronco/Pony
Weirton Astros @ Hopedale Crush 5:00pm Hopedale Bice Park (Bronco/Pony)
Wellsburg Pirates @ Weirton Nationals 6:00pm Weirton Field #2
Oak Glen @ Wintersville Grey 6:00pm Wintersville Bronco/Pony
Monday,  Jun 1
Mustang American
Wintersville Mets @ East Liverpool BTAS Bucs 6:00pm East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
Jewett-Scio Vikings @ Hopedale Comets 6:00pm Hopedale-Harrison East School (Mustang)
Wintersville Orioles @ Steubenville Rays 6:00pm Steubenville (Belleview) Field 3
Mustang National
Follansbee Outlaws @ Follansbee Phantoms 6:00pm Follansbee Mustang/Bronco
Wellsburg Intimidators @ Weirton Twins 6:00pm Weirton Field #1
Weirton White Sox @ Wellsburg Bats 6:00pm Wellsburg Mustang/Bronco
Bronco National
Wintersville Astros @ Southern Local 6:00pm Southern Local (Salinesville)
Steubenville Red Sox @ Steubenville A's 6:00pm Steubenville (Belleview) Field 4
Wintersville Pirates @ Wintersville Red Sox 6:00pm Wintersville Bronco/Pony
Pony
Wintersville Red @ East Liverpool Protech 6:00pm East Liverpool Pony
Wellsburg Pirates @ Steubenville Angels 6:00pm Steubenville (Murphy)
Wellsburg Cubs @ Weirton Astros 6:00pm Weirton Field #2
Tuesday,  Jun 2
Mustang American
Wintersville Cubs @ Steubenville Indians 6:00pm Steubenville (Belleview) Field 3
Steubenville Brewers @ Wintersville Rockies 6:00pm Wintersville Mustang
Mustang National
Southern Local @ Weirton Angels 6:00pm Weirton Field #1
Oak Glen McKay @ Wellsburg Blue Jays 6:00pm Wellsburg Mustang/Bronco
Bronco American
Oak Glen Chaney @ Oak Glen Adams 6:00pm Chester Mustang/Bronco
East Liverpool All Sports @ East Liverpool D & R Sanitation 6:00pm East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
Oak Glen Hooker @ Follansbee Mountaineers 6:00pm Follansbee Mustang/Bronco
Pony
Oak Glen @ Dillonvale Destroyers 6:00pm Dillonvale Pony
Bergholz @ Follansbee Gray 6:00pm Follansbee Pony
Toronto @ Hopedale Crush 6:00pm Hopedale Bice Park (Bronco/Pony)
Wintersville Gold @ Weirton Pirates 6:00pm Weirton Field #2
Wednesday,  Jun 3
Mustang American
Wintersville Blue Jays @ East Liverpool First Class Towing 6:00pm East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
Mustang National
Weirton Twins @ Follansbee Dirt Devils 6:00pm Follansbee Mustang/Bronco
Oak Glen Patterson @ Weirton Pirates 6:00pm Weirton Field #1
Wellsburg Intimidators @ Wellsburg Pirates 6:00pm Wellsburg Mustang/Bronco
Bronco National
Bergholz @ Hopedale Mudcats 6:00pm Hopedale Bice Park (Bronco/Pony)
Wintersville Astros @ Wintersville Angels 6:00pm Wintersville Bronco/Pony
Pony
Steubenville Blue Jays @ Steubenville Pirates 6:00pm Steubenville (Murphy)
Wintersville Grey @ Toronto 6:00pm Toronto Pony
Follansbee Blue @ Weirton Nationals 6:00pm Weirton Field #2
Thursday,  Jun 4
Mustang American
Wintersville Rockies @ Hopedale Comets 6:00pm Hopedale-Harrison East School (Mustang)
Bergholz @ Steubenville Indians 7:00pm Steubenville (Belleview) Field 3
Mustang National
Oak Glen McKay @ Follansbee Outlaws 6:00pm Follansbee Mustang/Bronco
Bronco American
Oak Glen Chaney @ East Liverpool D & R Sanitation 6:00pm East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
Weirton Phillies @ Weirton Angels 6:00pm Weirton Field #1
Weirton Mets @ Weirton Yankees 6:00pm Weirton Field #2
Wellsburg Rattlers @ Wellsburg Pirates 6:00pm Wellsburg Mustang/Bronco
Bronco National
Jewett-Scio Vikings @ Hopedale Dodgers 6:00pm Hopedale Bice Park (Bronco/Pony)
Pony
Edison @ Dillonvale Devastators 6:00pm Dillonvale Pony
Weirton Astros @ Wintersville Red 6:00pm Wintersville Bronco/Pony
Friday,  Jun 5
Mustang American
Steubenville Rays @ East Liverpool Wolf Den Pizza 6:00pm East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
Mustang National
Wellsburg Bats @ Oak Glen Patterson 6:00pm New Cumberland Mustang/Bronco
Follansbee Phantoms @ Weirton White Sox 6:00pm Weirton Field #1
Bronco American
Oak Glen Adams @ Follansbee Mountaineers 6:00pm Follansbee Mustang/Bronco
Pony
Steubenville Blue Jays @ Oak Glen 6:00pm Oak Glen Pony
Dillonvale Destroyers @ Steubenville Angels 6:00pm Steubenville (Murphy)
Saturday,  Jun 6
Mustang American
Wintersville Blue Jays @ Wintersville Rockies 11:00am Wintersville Mustang
Jewett-Scio Vikings @ East Liverpool BTAS Bucs 1:00pm East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
Steubenville Indians @ Wintersville Mets 1:30pm Wintersville Mustang
Wintersville Cubs @ East Liverpool First Class Towing 4:00pm East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
Steubenville Brewers @ Wintersville Orioles 4:00pm Wintersville Mustang
Mustang National
Weirton Pirates @ Oak Glen McKay 10:00am New Cumberland Mustang/Bronco
Follansbee Dirt Devils @ Wellsburg Pirates 10:00am Wellsburg Mustang/Bronco
Weirton Twins @ Southern Local 11:00am Southern Local (Salinesville)
Weirton Angels @ Wellsburg Blue Jays 12:30pm Wellsburg Mustang/Bronco
Bronco American
Oak Glen Hooker @ East Liverpool All Sports 10:00am East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
Weirton Angels @ Weirton Phillies 10:00am Weirton Field #1
Weirton Mets @ Wellsburg Rattlers 3:00pm Wellsburg Mustang/Bronco
Weirton Yankees @ Wellsburg Pirates 5:30pm Wellsburg Mustang/Bronco
Bronco National
Southern Local @ Bergholz 10:00am Bergholz Bronco/Pony
Steubenville A's @ Wintersville Astros 12:30pm Wintersville Bronco/Pony
Steubenville Red Sox @ Wintersville Pirates 3:00pm Wintersville Bronco/Pony
Pony
Wellsburg Cubs @ Wintersville Red 10:00am Wintersville Bronco/Pony
Wellsburg Pirates @ East Liverpool Protech 12:00pm East Liverpool Pony
Edison @ Steubenville Pirates 12:30pm Steubenville (Murphy)
Wintersville Gold @ Weirton Nationals 12:30pm Weirton Field #2
Wintersville Grey @ Weirton Pirates 3:00pm Weirton Field #2
Monday,  Jun 8
Mustang American
Wintersville Orioles @ East Liverpool BTAS Bucs 6:00pm East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
Mustang National
Oak Glen McKay @ Follansbee Phantoms 6:00pm Follansbee Mustang/Bronco
Weirton Twins @ Oak Glen Patterson 6:00pm New Cumberland Mustang/Bronco
Wellsburg Blue Jays @ Weirton Pirates 6:00pm Weirton Field #1
Wellsburg Intimidators @ Wellsburg Bats 6:00pm Wellsburg Mustang/Bronco
Bronco American
Wellsburg Rattlers @ Weirton Phillies 6:00pm Weirton Field #2
Bronco National
Bergholz @ Hopedale Dodgers 6:00pm Hopedale Bice Park (Bronco/Pony)
Southern Local @ Jewett-Scio Vikings 6:00pm Jewett Pony (Bronco)
Hopedale Mudcats @ Steubenville A's 6:00pm Steubenville (Belleview) Field 3
Wintersville Astros @ Steubenville Red Sox 6:00pm Steubenville (Belleview) Field 4
Wintersville Red Sox @ Wintersville Angels 6:00pm Wintersville Bronco/Pony
Pony
Wintersville Red @ Dillonvale Destroyers 6:00pm Dillonvale Pony
Oak Glen @ Follansbee Blue 6:00pm Follansbee Pony
Tuesday,  Jun 9
Mustang American
Hopedale Comets @ East Liverpool First Class Towing 6:00pm East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
Wintersville Blue Jays @ Steubenville Rays 6:00pm Steubenville (Belleview) Field 3
Bergholz @ Wintersville Cubs 6:00pm Wintersville Mustang
Mustang National
Wellsburg Pirates @ Weirton Angels 6:00pm Weirton Field #1
Bronco American
Oak Glen Hooker @ Oak Glen Adams 6:00pm Chester Mustang/Bronco
Pony
Steubenville Pirates @ Bergholz 6:00pm Bergholz Bronco/Pony
Wintersville Gold @ Dillonvale Devastators 6:00pm Dillonvale Pony
Weirton Nationals @ East Liverpool Protech 6:00pm East Liverpool Pony
Weirton Pirates @ Follansbee Gray 6:00pm Follansbee Pony
Steubenville Blue Jays @ Hopedale Crush 6:00pm Hopedale Bice Park (Bronco/Pony)
Steubenville Angels @ Weirton Astros 6:00pm Weirton Field #2
Wellsburg Pirates @ Wellsburg Cubs 6:00pm Wellsburg Pony
Wednesday,  Jun 10
Mustang American
Bergholz @ East Liverpool Wolf Den Pizza 6:00pm East Liverpool Mustang/Bronco
East Liverpool BTAS Bucs @ Steubenville Brewers 6:00pm Steubenville (Belleview) Field 4
Wintersville Orioles @ Wintersville Mets 6:00pm Wintersville Mustang
Mustang National
Southern Local @ Oak Glen Patterson 6:00pm Chester Mustang/Bronco
Follansbee Dirt Devils @ Follansbee Outlaws 6:00pm Follansbee Mustang/Bronco
Weirton Pirates @ Weirton White Sox 6:00pm Weirton Field #1
Bronco American
Weirton Phillies @ Wellsburg Rattlers 6:00pm Wellsburg Mustang/Bronco
Bronco National
Hopedale Mudcats @ Southern Local 6:00pm Southern Local (Salinesville)
Steubenville A's @ Wintersville Red Sox 6:00pm Wintersville Bronco/Pony
Pony
Dillonvale Destroyers @ Edison 6:00pm Edison
Toronto @ Follansbee Blue 6:00pm Follansbee Pony

For a complete schedule listing, click here!