Wear a mask

New Season at Oak HIll!

New Season at Oak HIll!

March 5, 2021

Wear a maskThe Board of OHYSA is aware that Austin-Travis County has dropped to Stage 4, and that state mandates regarding masks and occupancy limits will change beginning March 10. However, we will not be reverting from our current policy regarding mask wear and social distancing.

Masks should be always worn in our complex — this includes coaches, umpires, and all spectators. The sole exception is players during active warm-up or game participation.  Please comply with any requests to mask up.  

We will re-assess if our area drops to Stage 3, or we receive other directives from Austin Public Health or the city or county.

For a complete list of COVID-19 protocols, please visit our website at https://www.ohysa.com/safety/

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No PetsWe get it, we really do. We all have pets in our lives that we love and want to spend time with, but bringing then into unfamiliar situations with hundreds of strangers around isn’t the best time to bond with them.

Please leave your pets at home. This policy is for the safety of our players and our guests — you may know your animal, but that doesn’t mean everyone else does. This policy is posted on our website, on signage throughout the park, and is sent via email at the start of every season.

With the sole exception of ADA service animals, visitors with pets will be asked to take them home.

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ParkingAh, the parking problem. Yes, it’s a doozy.

Even with a smaller number of players this season we still have hundreds of cars vying for a limited amount of parking space. We wish we could magically increase parking, but we just can’t unfortunately. We know, we’ve tried.

Please don’t park where you shouldn’t. No parking signs, bollards, pylons and chains are there for a reason.

More importantly, don’t block in other cars and NEVER BLOCK THE ROADWAY.

If any part of your vehicle hangs over onto the road, you are blocking it. This includes both paved and gravel roads. If you are unfamiliar with what constitutes roadway at our complex, please refer to this map.  https://manageyourleague.com/OHYSA/Sites/Default/file/2019/07/16/FIELDMAP2_1.jpg

Why is this a problem? It blocks other vehicles from moving through the complex INCLUDING EMERGENCY VEHICLES that cannot quickly navigate due to injury or fire. And yes, that does happen. It happened in November in fact.

Plan ahead. Take one car instead of two. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

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It’s a ballpark not a racetrack. We know some games start early, you’re running late, it doesn’t seem like a big deal. But it is.

We have kids, some of them very tiny, that run around the complex because they are kids and they don’t always pay attention.

SLOW DOWN.

It’s honestly not the end of the world if your player is 5 minutes late. Their coach will understand.

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Which brings us to other types of wheels. We already know there are a lot of people, a lot of cars, too much speeding and not enough space. Please don’t add scooters, skateboard, bikes or rollerblades to the mix.

Leave play wheels at home.

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As the season begins, let’s review our weather policy.

Our #1 concern will always be player safety.

On weekdays we make every attempt to call complex status by 4PM.  However, storms often develop right around the time evening games start. While we try to make and relay decisions about weather conditions as quickly as possible, there will be times when practices or games will be canceled after you have already arrived at the complex.

For weekend rain we evaluate each field in the morning. Decisions may apply to the entire complex or can be made on a field-by-field basis, in some cases there may be game time decisions. Updates are posted on Facebook and sent via email. 

There will be times when the weather doesn’t cooperate with us. In those instances, a Board Member or Commissioner on site may make a game time decision for play, or games may be interrupted.

If severe weather occurs Board Members or Commissioners on site will monitor the situation using a variety of radar and lightning tracking apps. If lightning apps alert on strikes within a 10 mile radius OR if lightning is visually observed OR if thunder claps are heard, activities will be halted for 30 minutes. Activities cannot resume for a full 30 minutes from the last clap of thunder, last bolt of lightning or indications that lightning has moved outside the 10 mile radius. This policy also applies to tornado warnings. If it is not possible to resume games due to continued weather or playing past curfew, the game will be suspended. Coaches cannot override decisions on delays made by league officials. If one field clears – ALL fields clear.

During these types of weather delays all players, coaches and spectators are advised to seek shelter in a safe, fully enclosed building (i.e. bathrooms) or vehicle. At no time should players remain on the field, in the dugout or in batting cages.

Drew French, Houston Astros

Pitching 101

Pitching 101 with Drew French​

Drew French, Pitching Coach for the Houston Astros / Round Rock Express and Oak Hill Alumni!  Drew spoke to the Oak Hill Coaches via a zoom on September 10, 2020.  

Drew French, Houston Astros

Parent, Coach and Player Development

Parent, Coach and Player Development Series

Oak Hill is excited to offer a training and development program for our Parents, Coaches and Players this fall.  New Coaches and parents are required to attend the September 13 Positive Coaching Alliance Event. We encourage all Coaches and Parents to attend the Coaching sessions.

Catching Meet Up

Baseball & Softball Catching “meet up” for Catchers and their Parents and Coaches

Location:  Oak Hill Complex

Field:  Pony

Date:  February, 13 from 11am – 12pm at the Pony field. 

Catchers “meet up” out at Oak Hill. A free clinic for Oak Hill coaches and the parent(s) of a catcher. The format is for Andrew and his coaching assistants, and several of the high school catchers they train to “meet up” at the ball park for a workout. They will guide the session and walk coaches and parents of catchers through catching skills and drills. 

This isn’t a “camp”. Rather, it is a meet-up to empower youth coaches and youth parents to coach their player. They will be working with their kid, mimicking what he is doing; executing the drills with their catcher. Its not a drop-my-kid-off camp; it’s a join your kid for a player development session hosted by Catcher Corps (Andrew’s company dedicated to empowering the next generation of catchers). Each catcher (or two) must be accompanied by an adult.  

Andrew is on a mission to #MakeLittleLeagueGreatAgain.  

Suggested “what to bring” but not required:

  • Catchers gear
  • Catchers mitt
  • Throw down home plate or something that can serve as a home plate
  • Six baseballs
  • Six tennis balls and/or whiffle balls

Softball clinics

We have two options for pitching lessons this season.  

Our bi-weekly softball pitching lessons by Coach Elizabeth Price will start on Saturday, 2/13 at the softball annex.  Coach Randy will start Tuesday evenings on 2/16. Players interested in learning how to pitch or looking for pitching feedback are welcome to attend our group lessons. Catchers looking for extra practice receiving are free to attend. 

We highly encourage any 8U players that might be interested to attend.  Pitching is a very important skill to have when moving up to 10U.  It’s never too early to learn.  

When: Saturday mornings 9am, bi-weekly & Tuesday evenings at 7pm, weekly

Where: OHYSA softball annex

Open to: Softball Players 8U and up

RSVP: Here (you can show up but rsvp would be helpful) for Saturdays

Fee: $10 paid to Coach at the event start – cash (venmo for Saturday lessons @ebruns) 

You MUST bring a catcher. 

Elizabeth Price is a 2013 Aggie Grad who has been coaching pitching for 6+ years.  She has been training with Tincher Pitching Development Systems for the last 4 of those years and loves getting to share what she knows with girls who want to better their skills.  

Previous 2020 Oak Hill Events

Drew French, Houston Astros

Back to school –
Pitching 101:

An interactive discussion on pitching development and the journey of a youth pitcher.

Date: held on September 10 at 7pm.
Location: Zoom

Presenter:  Drew French

Pitching Coach
Houston Astros / Round Rock Express

Most importantly, Drew is an Oak Hill Alumni!

 

Jeff Leach

Hitting 101

– Practice planning and hitting systems for your practices, including fun hitting games, drills and common youth mistakes & adjustments.

Date: September 16 – 7pm to 8pm

Location: Zoom

Jeff Leach – Partner & Hitting Coach at Hitforth.

Hitforth is a members only hitting club in South Austin, Tx. They build hitters that pitchers fear. Train in-person or online.

@Hitforth

https://www.hitforth.com/coache

Positive Coaching Alliance

Second-Goal Parent coaches workshops 

Location: Zoom

Your PCA team will consist of the three trainers below, and Aaron will be reaching out in the coming days to introduce himself and our team, and begin preparing for the session.  You can find their bios by clicking on their name below:

Trainer: Aaron Weintraub

Co-Trainer: Ruben Nieves

Producer: Joanna Lignelli

IMPORTANT: All Parents, Trainers and yourself, MUST pre-register for the workshop at the link below.  This is done to avoid any outside hacking into the Zoom workshop. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtcu2oqTMrH9LvFwoKhJRX5OLEmW0YZsDd

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We honor the game
Fall, 2020 Updates

New Fall Updates

Fall Season Updates

To safely administer the fall season, there will be several modifications as compared to previous seasons.

New updates:

  1. Safety protocols for Players, Coaches and Fans.
  2. Limited capacity compared to a normal fall season.
  3. Mandatory coaching training zoom meetings for each level. Our goal is to ensure that each player has a coach that is equipped to run a fun, engaging practice.
  4. Decreasing the game length and meetings per week to (2) max.
  5. Increase practice onboarding time to allow for more individual instruction prior to game play. 
  6. Modified game rules to allow for more action.  Examples include starting at bats with 1-1 counts, or limiting to 4 pitches at the Coach Pitch level.
  7. Game day gatherings will be spread out to allow for the complex to empty prior to the next game blocks.

Coach Development

Training will be a mandatory requirement for all coaches.  Training goals will include:

  • League wide Covid-19 safety procedures and policies on August 31 from 7pm – 8pm.
  • Positive Coaching Alliance seminar on September 13 from 7pm to 8pm.
  • Zoom – Pre season practice planning session for each league.
  • Zoom  (½ hour – 45 minute) coaching clinics focused on specific areas of the game (ex: Infield play, Outfield play, Pitching daily routines, catching routines, pre-game batting practice).

Divisional Season Agenda Changes

6U – Tee Ball level.  Pod setup.

8U – Coach Pitch.  

  1. (2) engagements per week.  
  2. Increase the onboarding period before games start to 5 practices prior to the first game, which would happen at the end of week 3.
  3. The first practice will be 90 minutes long.  Other practices will be 60-75 minutes long, with access to cages and field space. 
  4. Game time to decrease to 60 minutes max, with a ½ hour warm up period.
  5. Recommend having a continuous season lineup. With this approach, if a game ends with the #7 batter on deck, the #7 batter would then lead off the next game.  

10u – level.  Increase the duration of the onboarding period for Pitchers and Hitters prior to live situations. Visit the 10u page to find the recommended season schedule. 

12u – 14u – 18u level.  Opportunity for more practice/field time prior to first game. 

*Updated, August 17, 2020.

Oak Hill Safety Protocols

Covid-19 Safety Protocols

Covid-19 Safety Protocols

A great deal of the success of our season relies on parents and families taking proactive responsibility for their player’s health. Now, more than ever, decisions you make for your child will affect other people’s children as well.

To that end, when we say that parents are responsible for screening (1) their player; and (2) their household members who will be attending games, our expectation is that you take this as seriously as we have taken the many, many steps necessary to even be able to offer this season.

*Update, January 29: we request ALL visitors to the field to wear face masks.  Face masks are only optional for players while warming up and trying out.  Additionally, anyone that is not feeling well, has run a fever in the last 24 hours, or otherwise has been exposed to persons with suspected COVID virus should not come to the fields.  Thank you in advance for complying and ensuring the health of all those in attendance.

  • All on-field coaches must wear masks that cover their mouth and nose.
  • Do not attend if you or anybody that you recently came into contact with is sick or has a fever of 100.4 or higher.
  • Do not attend if there is any sign of sickness or not feeling well. This includes coughs due to allergy.
  • No handshakes, high-fives, or any sort of touching.
  • No gum, sunflower seeds, tobacco, spitting.
  • No post game snacks.
  • Player is to abide by the division’s dugout policy and social distancing procedures.
  • Player must bring a reusable water container labeled with his or her name.  The league will not provide water.
  • Players may wear PPE that doesn’t interfere with the safety of the game. For example, plastic face shields will not be allowed as they are not NOCSAE approved, but masks and other face coverings do not pose a safety risk.
  • In keeping with both state and city protocols for outdoor youth sports, masks are not required for players. It is strongly suggested that players utilize masks or other face coverings while in the dugout and not actively engaged in play. Parents who are uncomfortable with this may keep their player with them outside the fence, however the player must adhere to all spectator protocols, and parents will be responsible for making sure the player is prepared for their place in the offensive batting order and to take the field for defensive innings. Play will not be delayed to accommodate these players.
  • All posted rules must be followed. All federal, state and local guidelines must be followed.
  • Additional guidelines that require changes to these protocols may come from the State or City. Please be prepared to adjust accordingly.
  • During defensive innings, players should space themselves in the dugout to maintain acceptable distancing in order to minimize viral spread. If it poses no safety risk, players may use areas behind the “L screen” of each dugout, immediately along the fence line of the field and in the bullpens. What constitutes “safety risk” will vary based on playing division. (i.e. the risk of hard hit foul balls increases as players age).
  • During offensive innings, the 3rd & 4th batters in the order should be outside the dugout and prepared for their at bats. For example: Batter #1 is at bat. Batter #2 is on deck. Batter #3 in in the hole – typically behind the L screen. Batter #4 – instead of being on the bench, should be outside the dugout, either farther along the fence line or just outside the field’s gate.
  • During games teams are limited to 3 on-field coaches (HC, 1st base, 3rd base) with the following exceptions:
    • 6U and 8U may have a 4th coach assist with dugout procedures, but this coach must remain outside the dugout (bringing a fold-up chair and sitting outside the fence immediately next to or behind the dugout is suggested).
    • 8U may have an additional 5th coach for express purpose of pitching, however this coach should remain outside the field during defensive innings and not enter the dugout.
    • 10U, 12U and 14U may have an additional 4th coach to assist with pitching warmup. This coach can only be in the bullpen with a single pitcher at a time and not enter the dugout.
  • In keeping with both state and city protocols for outdoor youth sports, masks are not required for players. It is strongly suggested that players utilize masks or other face coverings while in the dugout and not actively engaged in play. Parents who are uncomfortable with this may keep their player with them outside the fence, however the player must adhere to all spectator protocols, and parents will be responsible for making sure the player is prepared for their place in the offensive batting order and to take the field for defensive innings. Play will not be delayed to accommodate these players.
  • Bat bags and gear bags should be hung outside the fence for practices and inside along the fence for games. The bullpen can also be used depending on field. Bags or packs should be clearly identifiable by player to prevent confusion over gear and equipment.
  • Players should not share equipment.
  • No food or drinks in the dugout, other than players’ own filled, reusable and labeled water containers.
  • No gum, candy, sunflower seeds or other snacks that might be spit out in the dugout or on the field.
  • No high fives, fist bumps or other contact – this includes post-game circling up for softball.

Each team will have safety requirements to administer.  The Head Coach can delegate these responsibilities to other members of their coaching staff.

  • A representative of the team is responsible for taking player temperatures through a thermal ear scanner. 
  • A representative of the team  must clean their dugout completely upon leaving. No one is to enter the dugout area until all people have left the dugout from the previous game.
  • A representative of the team must sanitize their dugout prior to entering. This can be done with a sanitizing spray or a team can use a bleach water mixture in a small sprayer. This must be done prior to players entering dugouts.
  • A representative of the team must attend mandatory coaching training zoom meetings.
  • A representative of the team must immediately communicate any safety concerns.
  • Teams are asked to vacate the park after their games are over to keep the capacity of the park down to a minimum.
  • The Defense will provide the game ball.
  • No post-game team meetings.  Please exit the facility after your practice or game.
  • No scrimmages are allowed without Commissioner approval.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we encourage the use of live-streaming events to allow for viewership at your home.

Policies:

  • We request ALL visitors to the field to wear face masks.  Face masks are only optional for players while warming up and trying out.  Additionally, anyone that is not feeling well, has run a fever in the last 24 hours, or otherwise has been exposed to persons with suspected COVID virus should not come to the fields.  Thank you in advance for complying and ensuring the health of all those in attendance.
  • We encourage the presence of (1) adult per spectator per player.  This is not a requirement.
  • Spectators are limited to immediate family members of the player. Do not bring extended family, friends or other visitors.
  • Families must sit with those that came in their group.
  • Adults are to keep spread out with 6 feet of social distancing.
  • Adults are encouraged to spread out around the field rather than using the bleachers behind home plate.
  • In addition to the League’s already established zero-tolerance policy, we will tolerate no issues with Social Distancing. The Head Coach will be asked to remedy any such situation immediately. If the situation is not corrected, the game will be declared a forfeit and the team who was not social distancing will be removed from the complex.
  • If a coach approaches an umpire to argue a call and gets inside of 6 feet, he will be ejected immediately. Second offense by a team will result in a forfeit of the team from the game.
  • (1st offense) Warning
  • (2nd offense) Removal from the spring season.
    1. In the event that a Head Coach is removed from the fall season, their Priority Assistant (PA) will be offered the team.
    2. If their PA can not fulfill their duty, we will offer the teams parents to take over the team.
    3. In the event that no team parent can take over the team, the existing players can be offered to other teams.

For any issues, please email [email protected] and include (1) the player’s name, (2) playing division, (3) team name. You should also contact your coach to let them know your player will not be available for game day.

Updated: January 29, 2021

Oak Hill Daily Checklist

Spring Registration Open

Fall Registration Open

Fall Registration Open

Registration Instructions for Fall 2020

It is extremely important that you follow all steps and read all information. Our typical registration process has changed in order to accommodate COVID-19 processes.

  • In order to follow best safety practices, every division of play will have firm capacity limits. These capacities are irrespective of playing age within a division.
  • For Fall 2020 the Baseball age cut-off is 4/30/2021. For Fall 2020 the Softball age cut-off is 12/31/2020. Your child’s playing age is determined by their actual age on that date. They will be placed automatically into the correct division. There will be no movement (aka playing up) between age divisions.
  • There is NO WEEBALL this Fall – there will be no playing up into 6U as an alternative to Weeball.
  • Do to capacity limits there will be no “buddy” requests in 6U.
  • Any 18U baseball players MUST already have been invited to a specific roster prior to registering. If you do not know what this means, then please do not register your child for a HS age team.
  • Please make sure that ALL address and contact information in your parent and player profiles is correct and up-to-date. This is vitally important in the event contact tracing becomes necessary.
  • When going through the registration module you will need to answer a series of questions for each player detailing your educational plans for the Fall semester. It is important that you answer these as completely as possible. Not every division will be using the typical assessment and draft process this season. Your answers will assist in the process of team creation which limits potential exposure to your children and other players.
  • For FALL 2020 there will be A NO-REFUND POLICY. We recognize that not all details about the season or health protocols are available, and while we wish they were ready for release, the reality is that we need the information from registration in order to determine our process by playing division. If you are uncomfortable with this, please do not register for the season.
  • WE WILL NOT HOLD SPOTS without payment. Our registration consists of a module that walks you through entering or updating your information, and a secure online Square store for payment. The registration module generates a confirmation email with the subject line “Welcome to OHYSA” and details of your registration, including the URL for payment.  The online store generates an email receipt showing the amount paid and a receipt or ticket number. You must receive BOTH for registration to be complete.
  • If you requested a credit of your Spring fees, please pay your Fall fee to complete your registration. Your credit amount will be refunded against that payment.
  • There may be situations where multiple siblings within the same family may not all be able to register due to differing capacity limits and how fast specific divisions fill. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all players if this occurs.
  • There will be no walk-up registration – all registrations must be completed online.
  • There will be no cash or check payments – all payments must be made using credit or debit online.
  • There will be no option for payment plans.
  • Cost: $150 per player.
  • Registration requires agreement with the COVID-19 WAIVER.

Please refer to these step-by-step instructions for completing registration for both new and returning families to resolve any issues or answer questions. If you still have questions or issues, email [email protected]


If you are NEW to OHYSA and have questions about tryouts, draft, practice & game schedules and other general information, please read our NEW TO OHYSA? page. This gives an overview of our organization and what you can expect for your player.

Still have questions after reading through that page? Contact the commissioner specific to your player’s age division. All our Board and Commissioner contacts can be found on the ABOUT page.

Interested in coaching a team? OHYSA is a fully volunteer organization and relies on parents and community members stepping up to coach teams. Visit our Be a Coach page for more information.

OHYSA actively encourages sponsorship of area businesses and other corporate sponsorships. Ideally located on a major section of US Hwy 290, and with near constant flow of hundreds of daily visitors, your company’s logo is ideally placed for immediate visual recognition. For information about the demographics of our league and available sponsorship packages, visit our Sponsorship page today!   

 

Oak Hill Youth Sports Association

Bathroom Update

Bathroom Update

June 23, 2020

Over Father’s Day weekend Walk-Off Sports hosted a USSSA baseball tournament at the OHYSA complex. OHYSA served solely as the locale for this event, renting the playing fields to Walk-Off Sports for their use.
 
During the course of the weekend water main issues caused disruptions in the pressure levels throughout the complex. This was an issue related to INCOMING water, not sewage or wastewater — although both were effected because of it.  As owners of the property OHYSA did engage a plumbing company on a holiday weekend to assess the problems but they were unable to access the necessary area to attempt repairs. 
 
OHYSA is aware that the bathroom conditions were unacceptable and did everything in our power at the time to correct the situation. Repairs to the impacted water main are now being undertaken. In addition, several thousands dollars of worth of additional repairs will need to be made as bathroom facilities continued to be used while non-functional. 
 
If you have concerns, further questions or refund demands they should be directed to Walk-Off Sports as the tournament host and director.
 
Thank you.
 
OHYSA
Oak Hill Youth Sports Association

Season Refunds and Catcher’s Gear Deposit Refunds

Season Refunds and Catcher's Gear Deposit Refunds

June 23, 2020

If you requested a refund for spring fees remaining, or returned catcher’s gear and are waiting on your deposit, checks are in the process of being manually cut for any payments received via credit card prior to February 6, or for registration fees made by cash or check. If you are expecting a refund and paid by credit card after February 6, please review your credit card accounts as all refunds that met this criteria have already been issued.
 
Only a single check will be issued per household and made payable to the parent in the system listed as Parent 1. Thus, a refund check would include fees remaining for all children in that household as well as any refund of catcher’s gear deposit. 
 
If you are only expecting a refund check for catcher’s gear deposit that will be mailed directly to the coach named on the initial deposit payment. Checks will be mailed to the parent in the system listed as Parent 1.
 
Thank you.
 
OHYSA
Oak Hill Update

Spring Season Cancelled

OHYSA has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the Spring Season. The continuation survey provided valuable information that we used to determine what scheduling for a continued season might look like at each playing level.