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2020 Season Update: 8-17-2020

Welcome to the 2020 Oriole Park Baseball/Softball Season where we are home to the largest baseball/softball program in the city of Chicago and the largest single unit program in the country!

Registration opened on December 1st, 2019 and is now closed.  We are proceeding with this season as planned.  If this should change at anytime, we will send out a mass update.

 

UPDATED 8/17/2020-

Attention Coaches ONLY!

Equipment bag turn in will take place on Monday, August 17th and 18th at the Oriole Park field house from 5pm until 7:30pm.  *please note that masks are required.

Monday, August 17th starting at 5pm until 7:30pm includes the following divisions: Tball, Midget, Pony, G10U and G12U

Tuesday, August 18th starting at 5pm until 7:30pm includes the following divisions: Boys instructional, Girls instructional, Boys Jr PW, Girls Jr PW and G14U.

We will be taking in all bags and equipment then disinfecting all bags and all equipment on the day we accept the equipment bags back into inventory.

UPDATED 5/11/2020

Dear OPBA families,

In more than 80 years of Little League, there has never been a season like this one.

As we have navigated this unprecedented pandemic, we have had to make some very hard decisions that have kept us from playing baseball and softball and supporting the children in our community. On behalf of the Oriole Park Baseball Association, we thank all of our volunteer board members, league directors, coaches, and parents, for your patience, leadership, and understanding.

As certain states and municipalities begin their phased approaches to reopening, we must adhere to the guidelines set forth by the state of Illinois, local government (City of Chicago-Chicago Park District) and health officials in terms of public gatherings, organized youth sports, and sporting events. 

 

 Unfortunately, at this time, we will be canceling the 2020 OPBA season due to the guidance provided by the City of Chicago and the state of Illinois reopening plan.  The OPBA had identified these challenges in early March of 2020 and worked diligently on developing contingency plans and season exit strategies always keeping the safety of our players and families right at the top of the priority list.

 

 

Only because of the hard work and determination of our Board Members, have we been able to mitigate as much annual expense (capital/operational) and negotiate with our vendor-partners and sponsors to allow for a refund of 60% of your house level registration fee by the first week of June, 2020. *Please note that all players registering for the 2021 season will received two raffle books each valued at $60 and they can sell those tickets and keep the money to help offset the costs of the 2020 and 2021 season. All star players and families will be contacted by each coach regarding All Star player refunds and timing.

  As most of you know, we are NOT a City of Chicago Park District Program and we are a 501 c3 non-profit organization with a ZERO-dollar payroll, run by 100% volunteers.  OPBA volunteers work year around on operational maintenance duties as well as capital improvement projects at both Olympia Park and Oriole Park, by purchasing materials and volunteering labor hours to keep our parks clean and “baseball ready”.  We have to preorder uniforms starting in September/October the calendar year prior and even while we have no season, we will have to continue to maintain the fields and grass infield on OP#4 so we can ensure a 2021 season.  While we wish we had the resources and revenue of multiple activities and events like the suburban park district programs do but that unfortunately is just not the reality of how the OPBA functions in the city of Chicago.

If you have any questions or you would like to donate your refund to the Oriole Park Baseball Association in lieu of receiving a refund back, that would be appreciated but not expected, please email OPBA at opba606@gmail.com by May 20th if you intend to donate your full registration fee. OPBA 501 c3 tax ID that can be used for your donation this year is EIN: 36-3237521

When we do return to the fields, it’ll be more important than ever to think about those things off-the-field that make the OPBA experience special – teaching life lessons; being kind and gracious to umpires, coaches, and opposing teams; and supporting your community.

The safety and well-being of all our families, friends, and participants is always paramount, and today, it is more important than ever.  We are extremely saddened that we had to cancel the 2020 season and we will be back and stronger than ever in 2021. We will rally around our community, welcome all of life’s challenges, and leave a legacy of time spent together at the park. We are all in this together. We are one team, we are OPBA.

Thank you again for your patience, dedication, and understanding.

Sincerely,

The OPBA Board

Boy's Divisions

T-Ball (Boys&Girls) 4-5 years old
Instructional K-1st grade
Boys Junior Pee Wee 2nd grade
Pee Wee 3rd-4th grade
Midget 5th-6th grade
Pony 7th-8th grade
Colt/Connie Mack call for availability

Girls Divisions

T-Ball (Boys&Girls) 4-5 years old
Instructional grade K-1st
Girls Jr Pee Wee grade 2nd
Girls 10U grade 3rd-4th
Girls 12U grade 5th-6th
Girls 14U grade 7th-8th

Looking for 2020 Sponsors!!

This league does not exist without the great families and sponsors of our neighborhoods!  We NOW have averaged over 1500 players registered annually for our house league.  We have the great families---WE NOW NEED GREAT SPONSORS TO SUPPORT CHICAGO'S LARGEST YOUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE!

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    2020 Bat Rule

    T-ball through Midget

    • USA stamped bats - Barrel size no bigger than 2-5/8"
    • USSSA stamped bats - Barrel size no bigger than 2-1/4"
    • Wood bats

    Pony 

    • USA bat - Barrel size no bigger than 2-5/8" 
    • BBCOR bats
    • Wood bats

    Colt

    • BBCOR only (Aluminum)
    • Wood bats

    Note: If a player uses an illegal bat during play, a dead ball will be called and the batter will be called out.  If after a play is completed, the bat is found to be illegal, the batter is out and the base runners will return to where they previously were.  The opposing team would have until the next pitch is thrown to make a claim of an illegal bat.

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