(((UPDATED FOR THE 2021 SEASON))
Q: When are registrations?
A: Registrations will be online only, for the 2021 season (due to social distancing requirements). Registration will take place from February 15th to March 15th. It is best to check the official posted schedule first or on our Facebook page.
Q: At what age can my child register for the coming season?
A: All children, for T-Ball, Softball, and Baseball, must be four years of age no later than January 1st of the physical season year. If a child will turn four (4) years after January 1st, they will need to wait until the next season to register. Six-Year (6) old's may play T-Ball, upon request, only as new player for the season. Six-Year (6) olds will now default for play in coach pitch unless specifically requested by the parents.
(Please note that children four (4) years of age wishing to play T-Ball MUST be 4 years of age by 1/1/2021, to play in the 2021 season, due to insurance and sanctioning body regulations, sorry no exceptions!)
Q: At what age can my child register for coach pitch?
A: All children, six-years (6) old (based on age of the child on January 1st for softball or April 30th for Baseball) will be registered for coach pitch categories, unless the parent/guardian specifically requested for the child to play T-ball, at the time of registration. All seven (7) and eight (8) year-old children (based on their age at the same dates listed above) will be automatically registered for Coach Pitch baseball.
Q: When are where are games held?
A: The season is delayed, due to restrictions related to COVID-19, and is tentatively scheduled to begin on Saturday May 22nd. During “Normal” weeks each team will typically play 2 games per week (1 during the week and one on the weekend). However, weeks with a makeup game (from rainouts, holidays, scheduling conflicts with facilities/teams, or scheduling block outs for city events such as the rodeo or major holidays) some teams may need to play more than one (1) weekday game. (Most teams will never have to play back to back days; however, in some unavoidable cases teams may be required to play back to back days. We will do our best to maximize the amount of time given for rest between games each day).
Games are normally held at OBSA approved facilities within the city of Oakdale. These facilities for games can include TL Davis Sports Complex, Fair Oaks elementary school, Cottles Wood Park, and Kerr Park. Depending on registration numbers for the season and availability of facilities, some teams will have the opportunity to play with teams from the immediate surrounding communities. Games will be played in Oakdale; however, in some cases, teams may be required to play a game hosted in one of the local surrounding communities (i.e. Escalon, Riverbank, etc.)
Q: Are games/practices held during the spring vacation week??
A: Yes, games and practices are held during the week of spring break, whenever the season falls in that time period. Please see the season schedule on our website.
Q: How much does it cost to register for a season?
A: Here is a breakdown of pricing for the 2021 season (current as of February 7th, 2021) and all additional information regarding costs and fundraising-
Regular Registration Fees (February 15th to March 15th, 2021) - (Baseball / Softball)
- Ages 4-6 (T-Ball): $145.00*
- Ages 6-8 (Rookie / U8): $155.00*
- Ages 9-10 (Minors / U10): $165.00*
- Ages 11-12 (Majors / U12): $175.00*
- Ages 13-15 (Babe Ruth / U14): $185.00*
*Multiple child registrations include a $10 discount, after the first full-price registration, and only when multiple children are registered in the same transaction.
** Parents may choose to buyout from the required volunteer Snack Shack duties for a fee of $65 per player, (Coaches and Coaching Staff may not select this volunteer buyout.)
Q: Are there early registration discounts?
A: YES- Parents who register multiple children will receive a $10 discount, for each additional child, after paying one (1) full-price registration.
Q: When are tryouts?
A: Check with the official schedule to confirm this as it may change from year to year.
2021 Tryout Schedule-
Baseball Tryout Schedule on April 3rd, 2021 at TL Davis Sports Complex;
750 Warnerville Rd, Oakdale CA 95361
4-6-years old NO T-ball Tryouts
6 years old (Rookies) 1:00 PM start time on Shatswell Field
** Starting in 2020 all 6-year-old boys will be automatically registered for the Rookie baseball division (Girls may also register for baseball as well) (As per Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth regulations the age for baseball is based on the players (child’s) age as of April 30th of the physical season). Upon request 6-year-olds may play T-Ball. However, the parent or guardian will have to manually select “T-Ball” during the registration process to be able to play T-Ball if desired. Players cannot be changed into T-Ball after registration is completed.
7 Years old (Rookie) 11:30AM start time on Shatswell Field
8 years old (Rookies) 10:00AM start time on Shatswell field
9-10 years old (Minors) 10:00AM start time on Abell Field
11 - 12 years old (Majors) 10:00AM start time on Basi Field
13-15 years old (Babe Ruth) 10:00AM start time on Steve’s Chevrolet Field
6-8 years old (8U Coach Pitch) 12:00 PM on Rookie American Field ** Starting in 2020 all 6-year-olds will be automatically registered for the U8 Softball division. Upon request 6-year olds may play T-Ball. However, parents will need to attend the in-person registration events in January to have a league staff member manually register them in the system for T-Ball to override the age breakdown preferences for the league in the registration system. **
9-10 years old (10U) 1:00PM on Abell Field
11-12 years old (12U) 1:00 PM on Basi Field
13-14 years old (14U) 2:00 PM on Basi Field
Q: If I register my child is he/she guaranteed to play?
A: Yes, we believe that ALL kids have the right to play as much as any other. This is an important process to them getting better and developing their skills. We have league rules and regulations in place to prevent any individual player from becoming a spectator on the sidelines. Basically, if you register your child will be assigned to a team via the draft process and you will be contacted by the coach directly. Per league regulations, no child may sit out more than 2 innings until every player has sat out an inning. This is for all divisions of play.
Q: After registration and tryouts are over, how long will it take before I am notified of my child’s team and coach?
A: The player draft will be held from April 6th to April 9th, and you should hear from the coach within one week after draft.
Q: When do practices start?
A: Practices will begin on April 26th, 2021
Q: If I want to sign up as a coach, who do I contact?
A: Prospective coaches may sign up on our website (similar to player registration process, but as a coach). (Signing up does not guarantee you a coaching position) After registrations are complete the league presidents will contact the approved coaches and assistant coaches directly and get them up to speed prior to the draft process.
Q: How will you ensure the safety of my child and verify your coaches?
A: All members of the board of directors, coaching staff, and any other league volunteer that will come into contact with children go thru an extensive mandatory background check and are only approved once this background check is completed.
Q: Is OBSA compliant with all aspects of the Safe Sports Act and its regulations?
A: Yes! As required by law, OBSA participates in the congressional mandated safe sports act and all members of OBSA including coaching staff, volunteers, board members and even the grounds keepers are required to take yearly Sexual Abuse Awareness training programs and pass the exam with a required 90% passing grade.
Q: Does the league provide all of the necessary equipment and clothing for my child to play?
A: Every registered child will receive the following as part of their registration cost-
Division appropriate league jersey in their assigned team colors w/ player number on the back
Team color matching socks and belt
(Parents are responsible for baseball style sport pants and regulation appropriate shoes/cleats. The color is selected by the coach once they are notified of their team name and team colors and they will notify the parents on that team)
(Team jerseys are typically delivered to the players and their families the week prior to opening day)
The league does provide basic safety equipment for the players to use (Catchers equipment, helmets, catcher’s glove) however this is in mostly age bracket universal fit equipment and is can be shared by all players on the team and is kept by the teams coach. It is always recommended and suggested that if possible that parents get a helmet specific to the exact size recommendations of their child. Bats are not provided by the league however in some cases we "may" have some bats that have never been claimed from previous years that can be given to the team’s coach for that team to use. Bats are a useful and necessary tool to the game however making sure that your player has a bat that is the right size and weight is key to the success of your child when up to bat!
Q: What kind of bat should I get for my child?
A: Bats of correct length and weight are a key tool to the success of your child's performance when at bat; however, when purchasing a bat there are sanctioning regulations that must be followed.
2021 BAT REGULATIONS:
Players may use the following bats-
“BPF 1.15” labeled bats up to 2 1/4"
“USA” Labeled bats up to 2 5/8” but no smaller than 2/14” (Preferred)
2021 updated regulations (FOR ALL GAMES AND PRACTICES)
No TPR or USSSA BPF 1.2 bats will be permitted.
Minimum Diameter 2 1/4"
Bat MUST have "USA" bat label on it! (NOT USSSA or TPR etc)
***Only players in the Babe Ruth Division may use bats labeled with the "BBCOR" stamp, and may not use a bat with a rating lower than -3 (drop 3).
Softball players may use the following bats-
“Official Softball or Fast pitch” labeled bats 2 ¼ in diameter”
T-Ball players may use the following bats-
“T-Ball” Labeled bats and bats with the “USA” label are preferred.
Q: Are league volunteers, including board members paid?
A: N0, every member of the board of directors, The League presidents, the coaching staff and every person who helps run the snack shacks are all volunteers. We all do this for the love of the sport, and we all love working with kids to help them develop their own love of the sport.
Q: Does the league provide transportation to and from practices and games?
A: No. Parents are responsible for all transportation of their players to and from practices and games.
Q: If I have an issue with a coach or there is an issue that I don’t think can be resolved by the coach, whom can I contact?
A: You can call our main contact number (leave a message if nobody is available). You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org and the attendant of that email will forward it to the appropriate party. We will make sure to get your concerns to the appropriate person and have them contact you back as quickly as quickly as possible.
Q: How many practices per week should I expect to be scheduled once games start?
A: Regardless of the level of play there is a minimum standard of 1 practice per week. However, as the division difficulty level increases so does the number of practices per week. Typically, you will receive a practice schedule from your coach.
Q: Can I request to make sure that my child is on the same team as a friend of theirs?
A: No. We are unable to accept teaming requests. (Only siblings may be placed on the same team and this request must be made at the time of registration).
Q: If I sponsor a specific team can I make sure my child is on it?
A: Yes. If you sponsor a team you may attach a specific player to that team.
Q: If I coach a team will my child be on my team?
A: Yes. If you coach a team in your child’s age division, we will place your child on that team (unless you specifically request otherwise).
Q: My child’s coach just asked all the team parents to participate and volunteer to work in the snack shack. Do we really need to do this?
A: Yes? As per the registration agreement, that you signed when you signed your child up to play, you agreed to volunteer in the snack shack.
Q: How many hours per season is each team required to work in the snack shack?
A: Each team is required to work up to 4 hours per season in the snack shack. On special occasions a general request may go out to all teams looking for volunteers for special events and busy game days.
Q: My coach says if nobody volunteers for Snack Shack that he will be suspended from the next game? Is this really true?
A: Yes! As per their coach’s code of conduct and agreement they signed, they agree to fill these scheduling requirements in the snack shack. If nobody shows up they will be suspended from the next scheduled game.
Q: How can I help out the league? How do I go about becoming more involved in league operations?
A: OBSA is ran by individuals such as yourself who have a passion and a place in their hearts to helping and working with kids and only want to see the best for all of the players that take part in the program every year. If you are interested in becoming part of the board of directors or one of the many elected positions we have as yearly positions, please contact us directly or attend our yearly Open Meeting and get involved. The yearly open meeting is typically held in Mid to late September, but it's always best to check on our website or Facebook page.
Q: How will OBSA comply with the current Public Health ordinances and restrictions in regards to Covid-19
A. OBSA will comply with the California Department of Public Health youth and adult recreational sports protocol as outlined in the December 14th, 2020 memo which can be found here – https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx (See Below)
General Guidance for Youth and Adult Sports Participants, Coaches, and Support Staff
Participants in youth and adults sports should wear face coverings when participating in the activity, even with heavy exertion as tolerated, both indoors and outdoors (unless the face covering could become a hazard), and face coverings must be worn when not participating in the activity (e.g., on the sidelines).1
Observers must wear face coverings indoors, and comply with the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings, which broadly requires the use of face coverings for both members of the public and workers in all public and workplace settings.
Participants in youth and adult sports should maintain at least six feet of distance from others to the maximum extent possible, including when on the sidelines. Coaches should avoid contact with participants, and facilitate physical distancing between participants to the maximum extent possible (e.g., staggered starts instead of mass starts for races).
When observing, individuals must stay at least 6 feet from non-household members.
Hygiene and Equipment Sanitation
Shared equipment should be cleaned and disinfected before use by another person, group, or team.
When equipment is shared during an activity, participants should perform hand hygiene (wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) before play, during breaks, at half time, and after the conclusion of the activity.
Balls or other objects or equipment can be touched by multiple players and used during practice and play if the above hand hygiene practices are followed.
Drink bottles must not be shared, and other personal items and equipment should not be shared.
Athletes and coaches should cohort by team, and refrain from participating with more than one team over the same season or time period (notwithstanding competitions permitted as outlined below).
For youth sports (age 18 years and under), immediate household members may observe practices and games as needed for age-appropriate supervision, but observers should be limited to ensure physical distance can be maintained, reduce potential crowding, and maintain indoor and outdoor capacity limits allowed by Tiers.
Observers must stay at least 6 feet from non-household members and wear face coverings.
If you, your player and immediate family member becomes sick or you think you may of been exposed to Covid-19!!
If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms as defined by the CDC you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you or your player may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have any of the known symptoms or indicators of Covid-19, Stay at home and do not participate in any OBSA activities, contact your healthcare provider and notify your players coach or the OBSA board of directors ASAP! Do not return to any OBSA scheduled game, event or practice until you have been symptom free for atleast 72 hours after the last known indication of any symptom related to Covid-19 and/or a negative Covid test. However, as recommended by the CDC, if you, your player, or immediate family member have Covid-19 it is required that your player wait 14 days before returning to any OBSA organized event.