Red Mango Promotion for OPYBS

Oak Park Youth Baseball (OPYBS) is pleased to share this special promotion for $5 fill-a-cups of frozen yogurt at the Red Mango Café and Juice Bar in Oak Park, one of our sponsors. This special is valid on Monday through Thursday for the entire month of October.

We hope you enjoy this opportunity for a healthy treat and to support a locally-owned business.

Please contact Tony Nowak, OPYBS Director of Sponsorship at sponsorship@opybs.org with any questions.


Concordia Fall Softball Clinics start Sunday, November 6th

Please see the information below regarding softball camps offered by Concordia University Chicago. Use the link in each section to register for those that interest you.

2016 Fall Pitching Camp
November 6th & 13th
Times: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Cost: $75
OPYBS Players Cost: $65
Limit 12 Pitchers
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This Camp is for the beginning pitcher. Coaches will emphasis the early stages of pitching. This camp is designed for the 1, 2nd or 3rd year player. 4-1 Camper to Coach Ratio.
CAMPERS MUST BRING OWN CATCHER

November 20th and 27th
Times: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Cost: $75
OPYBS Players Cost: $65
Limit 12 Pitchers
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This camp is designed to give help pitchers learn proper mechanics of pitches, such as spins, angles, plate coverage and will give the players drills to take with them to work on throwing different types of pitches. Camp will have 4-1 Camper to Coach Ratio
CAMPERS MUST BRING OWN CATCHER

2016 Fall Catching Camp
November 6th and 13th
Times: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Cost: $75
OPYBS Players Cost: $65
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The camp will work the catchers on the all aspects of catching, including blocking, framing, throw and throwing footwork and much more.
CAMPERS MUST HAVE OWN EQUIPMENT.
CUC SOFTBALL WILL NOT HAVE CATCHING EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE TO USE

2016 Fall Hitting Camp
November 20th, 27th,
December 4th and 18th
Times: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Grades: 4th - 10th
Cost: $150
OPYBS Players Cost: $140
Limit 20 Hitters
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This 4-Week camp is for the player who wants to learn the mechanics of hitting. Campers will learn terms and fundamentals that will help their player develop and explosive swing. Drills will be provided so the campers can utilize their new knowledge for off-season training.
Campers MUST bring their own Helmet, Bat and water bottle.

2016 Fall All-Skills Camp
November 20th, 27th,
December 4th and 18th
Grades: 1st - 3rd
Times: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Cost: $150
OPYBS Players Cost: $140
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This 4 week camp is geared toward helping young athletes not only develop their fundamentals, but also take their skills to the next level. Each camper will have the opportunity for instruction from members of the Concordia University Softball Staff and current CUC Athletes to improve both her offensive and defensive skill sets using drills that our student-athletes use to train each day. The defensive side of the camp will cover infield glove work, base foot work, angle work, outfield work and different types of throws from all areas of the field. The offensive portion of the camp will focus on hitting fundamentals, tee-work, side toss, front toss and competitions to build the skills of each individual camper.
Campers will be divided up by age and skill set to get the most out of the time spent at camp.
Campers MUST bring their own Helmet, Glove, Bat and long pants to put on if necessary.
CUC will not provide the equipment such as bats and helmets.


OPYBS Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 13, at 7:00 pm

The OPYBS annual meeting is your opportunity to learn more about the past season and upcoming plans for Oak Park Youth Baseball Softball. Join us for the annual meeting to hear about accomplishments, ask questions, and make your voice heard regarding the future.

Who: Any member of the community interested in providing feedback and contributing to the upcoming year of baseball and softball in Oak Park.

When: Thursday, October 13, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Maze Library, 845 Gunderson Ave, Oak Park, IL 60304

Please reach out to Greg Price for question at president@opybs.org.


Free White Sox Softball Pitching Clinics - 9/24, 10/1 & 10/8


OPYBS is excited to offer free softball pitching clinics on the next three Saturdays from 5pm to 6pm at Fox Park. These are instructional clinics offered to OPYBS players at no cost. Each pitcher should have someone with them (an adult or another youth player with full catcher’s gear) who can catch for them. Catcher’s gear will not be provided.
Come out and join us if you’re available on September 24th, October 1st and October 8th. Please contact Matt Kemper at vpsoftball@opybs.org with any questions.


Concordia Softball Benefit Night at Blaze Pizza in Berwyn (Tuesday, September 13)

Please support Concordia softball, one of OPYBS’s important partners, by having dinner on Tuesday evening, Sept. 13 at Blaze Pizza in Berwyn (7122 W Cermak Rd. very near the corner of 22nd and Harlem). Blaze pizza does not deliver, but this includes take out or dine in.

The below flier must be presented upon purchase.

This is a great chance to contribute to a team which provides our kids a lot of help with instruction and leadership!


Register for Boys Fall Ball

Fall ball open to all boys entering their last year of Tball through boys who have played their final year of Bronco/Shetland. We will have 3 divisions based on age. Season starts the end of August and runs 8 weeks. If you are interested in coaching or have questions, please contact Kim Allgood at vpbaseball@opybs.org.

Register below.

https://opybsngin.sportngin.com/register/form/572543945


Register for 9U Fall Softball by this Wed, Aug 17th

OPYBS will offer an instructional fall softball league open to any spring T-ball player who will be moving to a pitch league in 2017, as well as any current 9U player who would benefit from further skill development in the same setting.

This league will use the same pitching machine used in our standard 9U house league. An 8-game season with playoffs will be run on Saturdays and Sundays from late August through late October. We will attempt to accommodate AYSO soccer schedules to the extent possible. To register, please use the link below.

If you have any questions or are interested in coaching, please contact the 9U Fall League Co-Presidents, Dane Rankin at opybsfall9U@gmail.com or Paul Saylor at psaylor12@gmail.com. Cost is $50.

Please register for 9U Fall Ball by this Wed, Aug 17th using the following link:

https://opybsngin.sportngin.com/register/form/963915622


Oak Park Falcons Adding 14U Level Full-Time Travel Team


Starting this August, the Oak Park Falcons will be adding a full-time travel team at the 14U level. This will be in addition to the regular, part-time Falcons team at 14U. We know a number of players are interested in playing full-time, year-round travel softball next year, and we encourage your daughter to try out for this new Falcons team if she is in that group. Mike Kohlenberger will be the head coach of this new 14U team. Please note that there will be no changes at lower age levels, where the Falcons will remain a part-time program.

Tryouts will be held next Saturday and Sunday at the Concordia University Softball Field at the following times:
Saturday (7/30/16) from 10am to 12pm ** Pitchers and Catchers report at 9am and plan to stay until 12pm **
Sunday (7/31/16) from 2pm to 4pm

Please use the following link to REGISTER for tryouts by Thursday (7/28/16):
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczUtY1-VjHtenLgiMGMN8L0fDW2qDGBj7monQLgATcAwzWoQ/viewform?usp=send_form

The philosophy behind the full-time team is educational and we are NOT viewing this as a “college exposure” team. Players will learn to be better at all aspects of the game and to be better prepared for next steps on High School teams.

This new team will be a year-round travel team and will include the following:
· Playing a Fall season as a team
· Entering Fall/Winter tournaments
· Practicing throughout the Fall/Winter one or two times a week
· Increased opportunities for lessons
· Playing 11-12 tournaments throughout the full year
· Eligible players are required to participate in the 14U OPYBS house league
· Increased commitment: joining a full-time travel team means that this is your primary sport/activity; reasonable accommodations will be made for other activities in school/life, but players will be asked in advance to commit to the Falcons team as their primary activity for the year
· Cost per player is currently estimated at $1,000-$1,200; this is significantly more expensive than a traditional Falcons team because we are playing and practicing throughout the year; fees include practice space/time, team equipment, uniforms and tournament entries

One very important note: this new team is an ADDITION to the Falcons program and it will not replace a traditional part-time 14U Falcons team in 2016. We believe there are enough interested players to form two 14U teams for next year and are planning to offer one of them as a full-time team. A full-time option is obviously NOT a good fit for all players and the part-time Falcons team is not intended to be a lesser team. It is entirely possible that some of our best players will choose to continue to play part-time due to other commitments (other sports, theater, music, etc.). The traditional Falcons program is made for this type of player, and that will continue. That being said, if a player is interested in playing full-time, and tries out for but does not make the full-time team, they are still welcome to try-out for the traditional 14U Falcons team in April.

We certainly hope that all of our current players who retain age eligibility choose to try out again and rejoin the Falcons in 2016-2017 in one form or another.

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