Frequently Answered Questions

Q: When are registrations?
A: Registrations will open online typically starting in October. Physical registrations take place in January on select Tuesdays durig the month. For the 2019 Season physical registrations will be held on Tuesday, January the 8th and 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 kids for Softball and T-ball must be four years of age no later than January 1st of each physical season year. If their birthday is after that they will need to wait till the next season to register. For Baseball they must be atleast 6 years of age by April 30th of the physical year of the season of play and they must tryout and be selected through the draft process for the Rookies Division. If they are not drafted they will only be able to play in T-Ball till the following season.

((Please note that children 4 years of age wishing to play T-Ball MUST be 4 years of age by 1/1/2019 in order to play in the 2019 season due to insurance and sanctioning body regulations, sorry no exceptions!))

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 much does it cost to register for a season?
A: Here is a breakdown of pricing for the 2019 season current as of October 1st 2018 and all additional information regarding costs and fundraising-

Early Registration Fees (October 1st through December 31st) -
(Baseball / Softball)

Ages 4-6 (T-Ball): $100.00
Ages 6-8 (Rookie / U8): $110.00
Ages 9-10 (Minors / U10): $120.00
Ages 11-12 (Majors / U12): $130.00
Ages 13-15 (Babe Ruth / U14): $140.00
Each additional player registered will receive a discount of $10 per child when both children are registered in the same transaction.

Regular Registration Fees (January 1st, 2019 through January 20th, 2019) -
(Baseball / Softball)

Ages 4-6 (T-Ball): $110.00
Ages 6-8 (Rookie / U8): $120.00
Ages 9-10 (Minors / U10): $130.00
Ages 11-12 (Majors / U12): $140.00
Ages 13-15 (Babe Ruth / U14): $150.00
Each additional player registered will receive a discount of $10 per child when both children are registered in the same transaction.

Late Registration Fees (January 21st, 2019 through January 26th, 2019) -
(Baseball / Softball)

Ages 4-6 (T-Ball): $140.00
Ages 6-8 (Rookie / U8): $150.00
Ages 9-10 (Minors / U10): $160.00
Ages 11-12 (Majors / U12): $170.00
Ages 13-15 (Babe Ruth / U14): $180.00
Each additional player registered will receive a discount of $10 per child when both children are registered in the same transaction.


** All registrations require the parent option of either participating in the candy fund raiser (While supplies last) or parents may pay the Fund Raiser Buyout fee of $35 per child.
*** Parents, New for 2019 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.)
**** Credit cards will be accepted at open registration however a $3.00 processing fee will be added to each transaction per household.

 

Q: When are tryouts?
A: Tryouts are typically the last weekend of every January. But we recommend you check with the official schedule to confirm this as it may change from year to year.

2019  Tryout Schedule-

Baseball/Softball Tryout Schedule on January 26, 2019 at
TL Davis Sports Complex; 750 Warnerville Rd, Oakdale CA 95361

T-Ball-
4-6-years old NO T-ball Tryouts

Baseball-
6 years old (Rookies) 1:00 PM start time on Shatswell Field  
** 6-year-olds must try out to be eligible to play coach pitch. Trying out does not guarantee a spot as they must be drafted in the draft. If your player does not tryout for coach pitch they will default to a T-Ball team position**
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 Steves Field

 Softball-

6-8 years old (8U Coach Pitch) 12:00 PM on Rookie American Field  ** 6-year-olds must try out to be eligible to play coach pitch. Trying out does not guarantee a spot as they must be drafted in the draft. If your player does not tryout for coach pitch they will default to a T-Ball team position**
9-10 years old (10U) 12:00PM on Abell Field
11-12 years old (12U) 12:00 PM on Basi Field
13-14 years old (14U) 1:00 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 that 2 innings until every player hasa sat out an inning. This is for all divisions of play.

Q: After registration and tryouts is over how long can I expect to wait till I hear from somebody about what team  my child is on and who their coach is?
A: After registration and tryouts it can take up to 3-4 weeks before you hear form your child's new coach. We typically hold draft in the middle of February and coaches are permitted to contact their players family starting after the week of draft is complete.

Q: When do practices start?
A: Practices are only permitted to start on or after February 19th (due to insurance regulations), unless specified differently from the league board of directors. No Practices may be held at any capicity on February 23rd.

Q: If I want to sign up as a coach who do I contact?
A: Prospective coaches may sign up on our website  (same as the registration process but as a coach) or attend one of the open registration days and sign up with the league. 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: Are your coaches checked for criminal records and safe for my child to be with?
A: Yes! All members of the board of directors, coaching staff etc all go thru an extensive mandatory background check and are only approved once this background check is completed.

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. 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, catchers 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 teams 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 is sanctioning league regulations that must be followed.

BAT REGULATIONS-
BASEBALL
****NOTE: FOR THE 2019, IN ACCORDANCE WITH CALRIPKEN/BABE RUTH REGULATION PLAYERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO USE BPF LABELED BATS AS PREVIOUSLY ALLOWED IN PRIOR YEARS!!!!!!


2019 updated regulations (FOR ALL GAMES AND PRACTICES)-
Max Diameter 2 5/8"
Minimum Diameter 2 1/4"
Bat MUST have  "USA" bat label on it! (NOT USSSA or TPR etc)

***Players in the BabeRuth Division only may also use bats labeled with the "BBCOR" stamp as well.

SOFTBALL
All bats should be a 2 1/4" "Softball" bat.

 

Q: How much does everybody that works in the league get paid?
A: ZERO!  Every membere of the board of directors, The League presidents, the coaching staff and every person who helps run the snack shacks are all voluenteers. 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 dont think can be resolved by the coach, whom can I contact?
A: You can call our main contact number and leave a message if nobody is available. We will make sure to get your cocerns to the approperiate person and have them contact you back as quickly asa 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 week. However, as the division difficulty level increases so does the number of practices per week. Typically you will recieve 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. The exception to this is if there is multiple players that are all sibiings and are all in the same age bracket.

Q: If I sponsor a particular 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 tetam and the team level matches your childs age matches that of the division we will assure that your child will be on your team (unless you specifically request otherwise)

Q: My childs coach just asked all the team parents to participate and voluenteer to work in the snack shack. Do we really need to do this?
A: Yes?  As per your regrestiration agreement you signed when you signed your child up to play you agreed to voluenteer in the snack shack if reqested to help support your childs team and the allocations they are given for this task.

Q: How many hours per season are each team required to work in the snack shack?
A: Each team is required to work uo to 4 hours per season in the snack shack. On special ocassions a general request may go out to all teams looking for voluenteers for special events and busy game days.

Q: My coach says if nobody voluenteers for Snack Shack that he will be suspended from the next game? Is this really true?
A: Yes! As per their coaches code of conduct and agreement they signed they agree to filling these scheduling requirements in the snack shack. If nobody shows up they will be suspended from the next scheduled game.
 

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