For those of you who are new to OYA or have just moved to Orland Park, these are the in-house leagues we offer, with a brief description of the program, ages offered, and registration dates.
Please make note of registration dates and mark your calendars. Watch the website for details regarding upcoming registration dates. Once you are in our system, you will receive emails reminding you of these dates.
In addition to the in-house leagues, the OYA Competitive Development Programs serve those more advanced players wishing to play more baseball. Various teams are formed to match each player’s talent and desire to the available competition. Additional details are available at www.oyaboys.org.
SPRING BASEBALL – Registration will open in Mid January. Practices start in April with games in May-June 20. Usually 2 games per week, weekdays after 6pm and Sat am or early afternoon. Birth certificates are required, birthdates are enforced for level of play. Pony Rules state no playing up.
Practices run from about 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours depending on the Coach. Shetland practices/games are 1 hour. For Shetland, Maverick and Pinto, weeknight Games start at 5:45 and on the weekend Games start at 10:00, 12:00 or 2:00 Games run about 1:45 to 2:00 hours.
Shetland - Ages 5 and 6. Coach pitch with a soft center ball. 50' bases. Our hope is to provide the structure to these young ballplayers and create good muscle memory by teaching proper fundamentals and technique. Games/practices are played at the Orland Parks. Season starts in May.
Maverick - This division is for advanced 6 year olds and 7 year olds still developing their skills. At this age, we will introduce kid pitching after 3 weeks into the season. There will be a NO WALK rule meaning the coach will pitch to the batter once the pitcher throws 4 balls. This division will also use a soft center ball to minimize the risk of injury. The season will be around 13 to 15 games. 38' pitching mound and 55' bases.
Pinto - Pinto is for the advanced 7 year old and typical 8 year old player using the May 1st cut off. The ball at this age will be an official baseball, not a soft center putting an emphasis on the more advanced players only. Please make sure that your child can now protect himself and has been affiliated with organized baseball before choosing this division. The season will be 16 games or so and will feature the option of July All Star play for those interested in try-outs. Pinto is still for developing our young ballplayers and reinforcing sound fundamentals, so while scores are kept there are no playoffs or standings kept. The July All Stars will be the 1st opportunity of playing games that provide emphasis on the final score. The pitching mound here will be 40 feet. 10 players defensively, no stealing, no walk rule (coach pitch after 4 balls). 50' bases.
Mustang - Ages 9 and 10 based on a May 1 cutoff date. Stealing is allowed but no lead offs. This is the 1st age that actually keeps standings and conducts play-offs. In this division, we play 60’ bases and a 44’ pitching mound distance. July All Star teams are formed.
Bronco - Ages 11 and 12 based on May 1 cutoff date. Between 8 and 12 teams are formed. This level adds full stealing and balk rules, and dropped third strike rule. 70' bases.
Pony - Ages 13 and 14 based on a May 1 cutoff date. Between 6 and 10 teams are formed. Full baseball rules apply. 80' bases.
Colt - Ages 15 , 16 and 17. Actually if you are in HS you can play in the Colt Division- 8 teams will be formed. You can still play Summer Colt/Palomino.
GRADE SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL- Leagues in basketball are by grade level. Teams are formed by the commissioner or through a draft by the coaches. Registration takes place in September thru October. Teams are formed in early November. Practices are held in the month of November, and games are played from December thru March.
3rd grade - We typically form 10-14 teams. Practices/games are normally played twice a week on weeknights at 6:15 pm or 7:15 pm. Teams focus on learning the fundamentals of the game.
4th grade - We typically form 10-14 teams. Practices/games are normally played twice a week on weeknights at 6:15 pm or 7:15. Some 8pm games are held on Friday nights. Teams continue to develop their fundamental skills, however at this level we begin to keep team standings.
5th grade - We typically form up to 8-10 teams. Games are normally played twice a week on weeknights at 6pm, 7pm, or 8pm. We will have some games on the weekends this year. Standings are kept and the season ends with a round of playoffs. Games are usually held at High Point School and Prairie School.
6th grade - We typically form up to 8-10 teams. Games will be played on weeknights and weekends and the season ends with a round of playoffs.
7th grade - We typically form up to 8-12 teams. Games are played a couple of times a week, usually on weeknights at Junior High large gyms and Sportsplex, and on weekends at Sportsplex. The season ends with a round of playoffs. Games are usually played on weeknights at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm or 9pm.
8th grade - We typically form 8-12 teams. Games are played about twice a week, on weeknights at the Junior High large gyms and Sportsples, and at Sportplex on and weekends. Weeknight games are at 7pm, 8pm, or 9pm.
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL - There are 2 leagues for High School Basketball-Fr/Soph and Jr/Sr. Registration for High School Basketball takes place Oct -Nov. Games are played end of November through the beginning of March, followed by a round of playoffs.
Frosh/Soph - Typically between 12 and 16 teams are formed. Games are played two or three times a week, on weeknights at Sportsplex, at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, or 9pm. Weekend games are also held at Sportsplex.
Junior/Senior - Typically between 10 and 14 teams are formed. Games are played two or three times a week, on weeknights at Sportsplex, at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, or 9pm. Weekend games are also help at Sportsplex.
BOYS FALL BASEBALL - This program offers baseball players (from both travel and recreational leagues) a 16 game schedule and playoffs during some of the best weather that our area has to offer! The season starts in late August and concludes by mid-October.
3rd/4th/5th Grade Division
6th/7th/8th Grade Division (exceptions are sometimes granted to certain in-house 9th grade players)
Usually about 4 to 5 teams are formed, and games are usually played on weeknights at 5:45 pm and on Saturdays. Teams typically play 3 games per week. Teams practice a few times prior to the regular season.