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Oyster River Youth Association

2017 Spring Baseball Information

T-Ball | 4-6 year olds
ORYB's T-Ball program is many players first experience with baseball.  Therefore, volunteer coaches will participate in a pre-season coaching education session put on by SU Pirates Baseball staff and given curriculums for each practice.  The main goal of this coach support is to offer fun & educational sessions.  Historically, baseball practices have a stereotype of being boring.  No more!  We will move towards a more fun approach where players gradually build to game play situations in order to maintain attention and keep activity levels high.  
Requirements | All players must provide their own glove
Commitment | 1 practice per week & up to 5 weekend 'games'
Schedule | Determined by volunteer coach(es) schedules & field availability; Indoor/Outdoor practices start early April
Cost | $80
CLICK HERE to register

Minors - Coach Pitch | 6-8 year olds
Coach Pitch players range mostly from 6-8 year olds with individual exceptions made following the placement clinic.  Everyone makes a team.  Teams are created evenly to provide a good level of competition for in-house games.  All players face coach pitchers which support consistency, prevent early arm over-use, eliminate the fear of being hit and promote hits to fielders. 
Requirements | All players must provide their own glove and helmet
Commitment | 2 practices per week and 8+ games.  Most games will take place on the weekend
Schedule | Determined by volunteer coach(es) schedules & field availability; Indoor/Outdoor practices start early April
Cost | $110
CLICK HERE to register

Minors - Live Pitch | 8-10 year olds
Live Pitch players range mostly from 8-10 year olds with individual exceptions made following the placement clinic.  Everyone makes a team. Teams are created evenly to provide a good level of competition for in-house games.   Players will continue to work on fundamental skills and begin to understand some elements of game strategy.  It is at this level players first have the opportunity to be evaluated for All-Stars which involves tournaments, districts & potential for state and regional play.
Requirements | All players must provide their own glove and helmet
Commitment | 2 practices per week and 8+ games.  Most games will take place on the weekend
Schedule | Determined by volunteer coach(es) schedules & field availability; Indoor/Outdoor practices start early April
Cost | $125
CLICK HERE to register

Majors | 10-12 Year olds
Majors players range mostly from 10-12 year olds with individual exceptions made following the placement clinic.  Everyone makes a team.  Teams are created evenly to provide a good level of competition for in-house games.  ORYA utilizes the 60 foot base patch a 46 foot pitching distance.  Players are still developing so practices are still viewed as the more important part of their baseball experience.
Requirements | All players must provide their own glove and helmet
Commitment | 2 practices per week and 10+ games.  Most games will take place on the weekend
Schedule | Determined by volunteer coach(es) schedules & field availability; Indoor/Outdoor practices start early April
Cost | $125
CLICK HERE to register

Babe Ruth | 13-15 year olds
Babe Ruth players range mostly from 13-15 year olds.  Everyone makes a team.  Teams are created based on the age and ability level, where applicable, of registered players.  Teams train and play at Little River Park in Lee and will compete in a semi-regional league against other towns with Babe Ruth programs.
Requirements | All players must provide their own glove and helmet
Commitment | 2 practices per week and 10+ games.  Most games will take place on the weekend
Schedule | Determined by volunteer coach(es) schedules & field availability; Indoor/Outdoor practices start early April
Cost | $140
CLICK HERE to register

2017 Placement Clinic

ORYB will hold a placement clinic in order to offer some players the chance to get an hour of indoor practice while also ensuring Minors and Majors teams are created equally.  Due to our in-house league play it is important that teams are created evenly so each team is competitive with each other.  

Clinic Date | March 19th
Location | OR High School


Schedule
11:00-12:00 | Returning Majors Division Players; if you participated in Majors last season
12:00-1:00 | New to Majors Division Players; if this will be your first season in Majors division
1:00-2:00 | Returning Live Pitch Minors Division Players; if you participated in Live Pitch Minors last season
2:00-3:00 | New to Live Pitch and ALL Coach Pitch Division Players; All Coach Pitch players and those who will be in Live Pitch for the first time

*All players should bring their glove, wear athletic clothing and something to stay hydrated. Recommended items are a helmet and bat.

ORYB Levels of Play

Oyster River Youth Baseball is chartered to play Cal Ripken (ages 5-12) and Babe Ruth (13-15) Baseball.  Cal Ripken Baseball is a division of Babe Ruth League Baseball Inc. The league consists of four levels of competition: Major, Minor (Live PItch), Rookie (Coach Pitch) and T-Ball. Each level has its own recommended age group and rules. The overall age group for playing in the Cal Ripken League is 4-12.  However, our local league covers ages 5-12.  Cal Ripken Baseball adopts the Official Baseball Rules, but also has some of its own special rules.

Ripken Baseball Inc.

Ripken Baseball Inc. was founded by Cal Ripken Jr., who played 21 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles. After retirement, he built a baseball complex in his hometown of Aberdeen, Maryland. The complex consists of a minor league stadium used by the Class A minor league Aberdeen IronBirds. The Ripken Youth Baseball Academy is located adjacent to the minor league stadium. This academy has several youth-sized fields that are built to look like famous major league stadiums. Every August, 16 teams of 11- and 12-year-olds from all over the world compete in the Cal Ripken World Series.

In 1999, Babe Ruth League Inc. named their 5-to-12-year-old division Cal Ripken Baseball. There are approximately 700,000 young baseball players playing in Cal Ripken Baseball leagues worldwide.

Oyster River Cal Ripken Baseball Levels of Play

T-BALL

The T-Ball program is recommended for 4-6 year olds. This program is intended to provide the very basic fundamental skills for beginning players. Each batter bats from a tee that is adjusted according to height. The adjustments are made to help teach the young players to swing the bat on a level plane. Every player plays at least two innings on defense, with a coach standing behind the infield to help with instructions.

COACH PITCH

Coach Pitch division is intended for 6-8 year olds. This level of play utilizes adults to help control the pitches and eliminate the fear of being hit.  Adult pitching allows more action and to prevent an overpowering pitcher from dominating a game. The coach pitch league rules allow players to develop their skills in a safe and enjoyable way.

MINORS LIVE PITCH

Live Pitch Minor division is intended for 8-10 year olds.  Among teammates of their own age and experience level, player continue building and refinigng their fundamental skills while they begin to understand game strategy.  It is at this level that players first experience post-season tournament competition, with district, state, and regional levels of play

MAJORS

The Majors level is the most experienced level of play and is recommended for 10-12 year-olds. This level is broken down into two divisions, Major 70 and Major 60. Major 70's pitching distance is 50 feet and base paths are 70 feet. Major 60 has a 46 feet pitching distance with 60-foot base paths.   Currently Oyster River Youth Baseball utilizes Major 60 fields.  A regulation game is six innings.

BABE RUTH

Babe Ruth players range mostly from 13-15 year olds.  Everyone makes a team.  Teams are created based on the age and ability level, where applicable, of registered players.  Teams train and play at Little River Park in Lee and will compete in a semi-regional league against other towns with Babe Ruth programs. A glove and helmet is required for each player.

ALL-STARS 2017

All-Stars teams are offered for U12’s, U10’s and U9’s with the potential opportunity for U11's based on numbers.  All interested players will be evaluated and one team per age group will be selected based on perceived ability.  Each team will practice 2-3 times per week once the regular season finishes and will participate in a handful of to be determined tournaments in addition to the state tournament.  All tournament dates and program cost will be available prior to the evaluation date. A glove and helmet is required for each player.

Evaluation Dates: May 13th and 21st, 2017
Location: Demeritt Park, Madbury

ORYB Important Dates

Important Upcoming Dates

Registration Deadline | March 15th
Placement Clinic for Minors & Majors Players | March 18th 
Make-up Clinic | March 20th 
Team Notifications | March 29-31st
Annual Community Clean Up Day | April 1st
Opening Day Festival | May 6th
First Regular Season Games | May 13th
All-Star Tryouts for U9, U10, U12 Teams | May 28th

ORYB Baseball Approach

Oyster River Youth Baseball (ORYB) strives to establish, maintain, and promote youth baseball activities.  We oversee Spring, Summer, and Fall Baseball programs for boys and girls ages 5 through 15 years. ORYB's mission is to provide an environment for our youth to have an enjoyable, safe, team-oriented, and community based experience while learning and playing the game of baseball. ORYB is committed to teaching our youth life lessons of good sportsmanship and teamwork.  We consider each player a student athlete, constantly working towards achieving academic success, while maturing both physically and mentally. ORYB works to help our youth set and work towards common goals, build character, leadership ability, and confidence.We will always work hard to find a place for a child that wants to play baseball.  Other than All-Star selection, we have a "no cut" policy for our league.  Our core belief is EVERYONE PLAYS!!

Our league is chartered through Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth League baseball.  We operate under the guidelines of the ORYA's Board of Director's By-Laws, and the Rules and Regulations of Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth League Baseball.

Baseball Contact Information

Baseball Lead Coordinator
John Gill

Babe Ruth Coordinator
Nic Mattioni

Majors Coordinator
Peter Ventura

Minors - Live Pitch Coordinator
Whitney Sweisz

Minors - Coach Pitch Coordinator
Keith O'Brien

T-Ball Coordinator
Jim McKiernan

Concessions Coordinator & Umpire Coordinator
Ashley Follis


Contact Us

Oyster River Youth Association

2 Dover Road 
Durham, New Hampshire 03824

Email Us: programs@oryarec.org
Phone : 603-868-5150
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