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 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