2018 March Meeting

Minutes from January meeting can be viewed under Documents Tab

Season will begin on April 21st and run through June 16th.  Playoffs will begin on June 18th

Representatives for all area leagues must be in attendance of the 3rd of 3 meetings for the Spring 2018 season if your teams want to be a part of the OVYBL.

When: Sunday March 11th

Time: @ 6 PM

Where: Gabby's Again in downtown Follansbee as a private party

This is the final meeting prior to season opener.  All participating organizations must attend and provide the below:

·   $40 per team entry fee (Mustang, Bronco, Pony only) cash or check to Mike Bachinski

·   All team rosters with First Name, Last Name and Jersey Number (if Avail)

·   Coaches name and contact # included with every roster

·   Copy of leagues Insurance

·   Any field issues for no play dates

·   All game requests or can’t play dates

·   Any Host Tournament dates and contact

Please schedule your sign ups accordingly so you have this information readily available to hand in at the meeting.

 If you do not attend or attend without all the above information you may not be able to participate in the OVYBL.

Thanks and let me know if any questions in advance of meeting

Mike Bachinski



Attached is our 20% off Ohio Valley Youth Baseball shop day coupon for both SATURDAY March 10 or SATURDAY March 17, to be used at our Steubenville Store location.  Thank you for forwarding the coupon out in an email blast, posting on your website or just making copies and distributing by hand to all families in your league.  This is an important piece of our donation/sponsorship, so I hope to see many families taking advantage of the 20% off coupon.  Remember the 20% off is on most items NOT just Baseball/Softball items.    Few exclusions:  Guns & Ammo, Ping, Titleist, Callaway, Taylormade, Nike Golf, Ugg, and Clearance items.  This 20% off coupon CANNOT be combined with any other coupon.     



Dick's Sporting Goods has monetarily sponsored the OVYBL and also rewarded us with coupons good through May 31st, 2018!

I have attached the link below, just print and get your discounts.

Thank you!


Pony Rule Changes for 2018

Age change to August 31st cut off.  Link is below and was voted on and adopted by OVYBL

Player born 6/21/05 will forgo his 2nd year of Bronco and move up to Pony in 2018

Player born 8/16/06 will jump from Mustang 2017 to 2nd year Bronco in 2018 then Pony in 2019

Pitch Tracker

We have used and adopted last 2 seasons but now is a Pony Baseball Rule


All bats will have to have the new insignia.  All information is in article link below.  Make sure you buy a 2018 bat with USABat standards, the exception is drop 3 BBCOR.  Please read up or call with any questions


Mike Bachinski

OVYBL Voted to continue PitchSmart at Mustang, Bronco and Pony levels, rather than innings. Pitchers will now enter, exit and rest based on the guidelines on the PitchSmart website.  Number of innings pitched are no longer a factor.  Number of pitches thrown will be the only rule effecting when and how much a pitcher may pitch. For information as to pitching restrictions, please review the following website:

MLB Baseball and USA Baseball endorse Pitchsmart

Coaches will need to agree at the end of each inning how many pitches have been thrown.  Total number of pitches for each pitcher in a game will be recorded under the players name, the winning team reports the game results and pitch counts on the website within 24 hours of the game.  All games that are cancelled or postponed must be accurately changed also so that pitch counts are tracked correctly during actual game date