We are thrilled to report that we can start! Last Friday, we received clarification from the Governor's office with guidance specifically relating to organized youth sports. Practices can begin June 1 while adhering to MDH's StaySafeMN Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth Sports. Per this guidance, Orono Baseball is moving forward as follows.
In House Leagues will tentatively begin practices on Wednesday, June 3. Parents, players and coaches will need to adhere to OBA's Safe Play Guidelines (attached below). The season will go through the week of July 27. This nets a season length comparable to past seasons. (This is tentative as we are still working on confirmation of field access from city & school officials.) The Governor has not provided a timeline for when games can resume, but we remain hopeful. If we cannot play official games, we have creative ways for these levels to get in game-like situations within their own teams. We will provide this guidance to coaches. OBA will still provide a uniform t-shirt, hat and socks to each player as included in your registration fees, but we do not have a timeline on those items yet.
You must complete the Return to Play Waiver for each of your players before they can attend the first practice. Coaches will need to submit this waiver as well - you can do it in same session as your kids. Watch for communication from your coaches early next week!
Travel/Tourney Teams can begin practices Monday, June 1. Parents, players and coaches will need to adhere to OBA's Safe Play Guidelines (attached below). The Governor has not provided a timeline when games can resume, but we remain hopeful. As of today, Leagues are hoping to start games on June 15 and the league would run until July 29. If it is determined that leagues/tournaments cannot start, we will refund uniforms and offer partial refunds on registration fees.
You must complete the Return to Play Waiver for each of your players before they can attend the first practice. Coaches will need to submit this waiver as well - you can do it in same session as your kids. Watch for communication from your coaches later this week!
We recognize the complexity of this situation and the varying opinions and emotions surrounding it. Not everyone will be comfortable with their child playing.
In-House Leagues: If you prefer to opt out of the 2020 In House baseball season, Orono Baseball is offering an 85% refund of your league fee or a 100% credit for the 2021 season. You also have the option to donate your fees back to Orono Baseball to help recoup operating expenses for this season. If you choose to opt out of the 2020 In-House season, please submit this form. Opt outs must be submitted by this Friday, May 29.
Travel/Tournament Players: Since teams are formed, communicated and registered for leagues and tournaments, it is more complex to lose these players. If you are not comfortable with your player participating this season, please email email@example.com to discuss opting out your travel/tournament player.
We greatly appreciate your patience as we waited this out together. We are excited about these steps forward, and we cannot wait to see kids throwing a baseball around the field soon! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Shop at Otten Brothers April 13th thru May 31st and support Orono Baseball! Through Otten Brother's Give & Grow program, they will donate 10% of all sales and 5% of all signed landscape projects to OBA! Includes gift card purchases.
Staying in baseball-playing shape is good for your player’s body and mind. Now that the spring snow is almost gone, encourage your player(s) to get back outside with some baseball activities! Here are a couple ideas to stay active & have some fun:
Parents - we know your plates are full right now with work, school help, etc. We do not expect you to instruct or coach your player during this time. These are just ideas you can give your player to get outside, play some baseball and have fun!
Mark your calendars for these upcoming OBA important dates!
Travel Coach Meeting -
March 31 POSTPONED
Support OBA at Otten Brothers - April 13 - May 31
In-House Coach Meeting -
April 23 POSTPONED
Opening Day -
Saturday, May 2 CANCELLED
Team Pictures - POSTPONED
Instructional and Rookie League Jamborees - Saturday, June 27
A big shoutout to the following teams for their accomplishments in League or a State Tournament during the 2019 season!!
15AA are the 2019 Gopher State Tier 1 League Champs!
13AA are the 2019 Metro Baseball League Tier 1 Champs!
14AAA took home 3rd place from Gopher State Tournament of Champions!
12AA took home 3rd place from Gopher State Tournament of Champions!
11AAA took home 3rd place from MSF State Tournament!