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2021 Tryout Information

 

Hello Okemos Families,

It is that time of year again.  We invite your child to try out for an Okemos Baseball Club team for the 2021 season.  See below for age appropriate tryout dates, times, and locations.  Please visit www.okemosbaseball.org to register for tryouts. Similar to last year, we will assign players to teams based upon grade level when possible.  If your child is too old to play with their classmates (e.g., a 4th grader that turns 11 prior to August 31, 2021), or there are not enough players to comprise a complete team from one grade level, we will do our best to place players on an appropriate team through the combination of players across age groups.  You will notice in the below grade/age-groupings that the U8, U9, U10, and U11 age divisions have a later cutoff date than the older age divisions.  This is the result of a national change in age divisions dictated by the Pony organization. Instead of making the change all at once, our local league decided to conduct a staggered rollout that only changed the age groupings for the cohorts of teams new to the club.  They began implementing this age rule three years ago with the U8 division, with that age grouping remaining in effect for all new age groups that enter the league until they are in full compliance 5 years from this time. For more details on this change, please see http://www.masonpony.org/article.php?id=149.

                As you might expect, tryouts this year will need to look different than in years past.  Given the challenges of COVID-19 and the restricted use of Okemos School fields, we will be holding tryouts at Hartrick Park. We will also need to implement procedures that will ensure social distancing throughout the tryout process, including the mandatory wearing of face masks at event check-in, having players use the fence line on both the first and third base sides of the diamond to place their belongings, and spacing out during drills.  We believe this can be done with little interruption to the overall flow of the tryout. 

                Players are encouraged to bring their own water, glove, bat, and batting helmet to the tryout. Water will not be provided.  If you do not own your own equipment, please contact the Okemos Baseball Club (Okemosbaseballclub@gmail.com) prior to the tryout so that we can try to assist in locating appropriate equipment for your child to use.      

Tryout dates and times are as follows:

Monday, September 14, 6pm-8pm: U10 (Hartrick Park West) & U13 (Hartrick Park East)

Tuesday, September 15, 6pm-8pm: U8/U9 (Hartrick Park West) & U14 (Hartrick Park East)

Wednesday, September 16, 6pm-8pm: U11 (Hartrick Park West) & U12 (Hartrick Park East)

Thursday, September 17 from 6pm-7pm: Make-up date for all age groups

 

For your reference here's information on the age/grade divisions so you can target the appropriate tryout date, keeping in mind we will assign players based on their grade when possible:

U8: 1st or 2nd Graders not turning 9 prior to August 31, 2021

U9: 3rd Graders not turning 10 prior to August 31, 2021

U10: 4th Graders not turning 11 prior to August 31, 2021

U11: 5th Graders not turning 12 prior to August 31, 2021

U12: 6th Graders not turning 13 prior to May 1, 2021

U13: 7th Graders not turning 14 prior to May 1, 2021

U14: 8th Graders not turning 15 prior to May 1, 2021

 

Please pass along to families that you feel would be interested, especially families with children in 2nd and 3rd grade who would be new to the club.

Sincerely,

Okemos Baseball Club

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Okemos Baseball Club (OBC) participants gain valuable skills that foster positive attitudes, build self-esteem, create positive relationships, and develop lifelong skills that will serve as a vehicle to enhance total growth and development.

The OBC is a domestic non-profit corporation made up of volunteer members who wish to develop and promote youth baseball in the greater Okemos community.



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OKEMOS BASEBALL CLASSIC 2020 TOURNAMENT

May 29th - 31st 2020

This is a community based tournament that is focused on providing a tournament experience for teams in divisions C and below among even age groups and B division teams in odd age groups.  That is, the tournament is not for travel teams or teams that are in the upper divisions in most leagues.

Our goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all players and families/fans attending the event.


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