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.  

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.

Oak Hill Youth Sports Association

Season Update

Season Update

April 2, 2020

To our OHYSA Community,

On Tuesday, March 31, Governor Abbott released further state-wide guidelines for social distancing in order to minimize social gathering and limit in-person contact with people not in the same household. This order extends previous restrictions through the end of April, and specifies that schools will be closed until May 4. Accordingly, OHYSA is also extending our season suspension until May 4.
 
OHYSA is committed to working on the best possible outcome for our players and their families. Even with the timeline of the current order we believe that continuing the season is viable, but also acknowledge that more changes at the local, state or federal level may make that impossible. The Board and Commissioners are considering all potential options, whether that may be a shortened season continuation or the possibility of season cancellation. 
 
We recognize that this may be vague and many – if not most – of our families would like something more concrete. However our mission at OHYSA is to provide young men and women with the opportunity to play baseball and softball, and we aren’t quite ready to give up on that yet. 
Opening Day!

Season Suspened due to Covid-19

Season Suspended due to covid-19

March 14, 2020

To our OHYSA Community,

The Board and Commissioner spent Friday in consultation with youth sports stakeholders locally and nationally, as well as in reviewing updated information from local, state and national health officials.

In an effort to contain community spread, OHYSA Board Members and Commissioners have made the difficult decision to further suspend the Spring season through Sunday, April 5th.

Please understand that we are not alone in that decision. Many of the leagues with which our teams interlock have been directed by their governing bodies to do the same.

As of this writing, USA Baseball has canceled or postponed all clinics and tryouts through April 15, PONY Baseball and Softball and Little League Baseball and Softball have directed teams to delay all activities until April 6, and UIL has suspended all sanctioned activity through March 29.  

During the suspension our previous directive regarding all team meetings – games, scrimmages, practices, etc. – will remain in effect. Our goal during this time is to limit community spread. While we cannot police the actions of all 1000+ members of our Oak Hill community, as a Board we would like to stress that attempts to circumvent this prohibition are not in keeping with the purpose of the season suspension, nor in the best interests of any of our players, coaches, volunteers or their own family members.

We are actively reviewing the total number of games already played by team, facility resources for making up canceled games, and how best to serve the many children in our organization who just want to play ball.

Understandably, there are a lot of moving parts to this decision and we are still working out details. At a minimum, in addition to games and practices, we are canceling the Softball Mid-Season tournament, and Picture Day will be either postponed or canceled outright as well.

Please remain patient as we strive to make the best decisions for your children and the health of our community.

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

With the Holidays approaching, the Oak Hill Staff curated some of our favorite training aids, books, as well as upcoming baseball and softball camps.  Happy Holidays!

Training Aids

Hecostix

Hecostix

The HecoStix is a hand-eye coordination gadget that encourages a high level of focus. This is a very fun backyard training aid that passively activates brain muscles. Coaches, this is a solid tool to incorporate this into your stations. USA Baseball's Collegiate team used the Hecostix throughout their summer. Great tool for all levels. Oak Hill Families will receive 10% off their purchase by clicking on this link.

Anywhere Ball

Anywhere Ball

A good back-yard ball that helps keep windows together. The Anywhere ball gives you feedback if the ball is "squared". If the ball is mis-hit, the ball will lose its shape and not have a true flight. The Anywhere ball also has seams, which can let you break off some curve balls! Available at Amazon

Sklz Reaction Ball

Reaction Ball

The SKLZ reaction ball will provide an unpredictable bounce. If your player can field the reaction ball, they will be able to play on any field! Available at our sponsor Academy Sports!.

Bats

Most retailers have discounted the 2019 and 2018 bats.  Many of our sponsors, such as Dicks Sporting Goods,  will price match if you find the bat elsewhere. 

Softball guidelines:
All softball bats used must be ASA approved with the barrel of the bat not to exceed 2 1⁄4”.

Baseball guidelines:
2 5/8 allowed at 8U.
2 ¾ allowed at 9U and above.

The bat must be stamped with USA Baseball or USSSA. USSSA bats will have more “pop” than USA Baseball bats.

Young player Books

Ted Williams

There Goes Ted Williams

Childrens book that tells the amazing story of how Ted Williams served his country and hit over .400!

Available at Amazon.

Throw like a girl

Throw like a girl

Amazon best seller by Softball Superstar Jennie Finch. Available at Amazon

MLB All Stars

MLB All Stars 2019: The Ultimate Baseball Coloring Book

Coloring book that features high quality illustrations. Learn about the stars of today! Available at Amazon.

Coach/Parent Books

The Arm

The Arm

A great historical account of the evolution of baseball. Includes the origins of Tommy John Surgery, Contract Negotiations, over-use tales, and arm care.

Available at Amazon.

Complete guide to pitching

The Complete Guide to Pitching

Derek Johnson, Pitching Coach for the Cincinnati Reds, set the trend of Major League Teams hiring College Pitching Coaches. Good book to learn modern pitching philosophies. Available at Amazon.

Astroball

Astroball

Solid book that on the history of the Houston Astros and how they chose unconventional practices to start their dynasty. Available at Amazon