OOP All Star Tryouts
AYBA operates a Summer OOP All-Star baseball program with teams that will play in the Dizzy Dean summer program consisting of local, district and state tournaments and potentially the Dizzy Dean World Series depending on the age group. Teams play late May through late July after the conclusion of the Spring Recreation Baseball Season. Players that make one of AYBA’s Summer OOP All-Star teams must make the commitment for the summer. Registered players in AYBA’s Spring Recreation baseball program in the 6 – 12 year old age groups are eligible to tryout for the Summer OOP All-Star teams in their respective age groups.
Summer Out-Of-Park (OOP) All-Star Tryouts Dates are as follows. All Tryouts held at Wills Park:
12U Cooperstown Team 3/23 on WP-D @ 1:00p-5:00pm
6U 3/30 on WP-T2 @ 1:00pm - 3:00pm
7U 3/30 on WP-3 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
8U 3/23 on WP-B @ 4:00p – 6:30pm
9U 3/23 on WP-1 @ 4:00pm – 7:00pm
10U 3/23 on WP-2 @ 4:00pm – 7:00pm
11U 3/30 on WP-C @ 3:30pm – 6:30pm
12U 3/30 on WP-D @ 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Tryouts are mandatory for consideration for OOP All-Stars. Players should plan to be at the tryouts for the entire duration. Players will be evaluated by our OOP All-Star coaches and potentially independent travel coaches. All registered players in AYBA’s 6 – 12 year old age groups are eligible to tryout for their respective age group. There is no cost to tryout, but there will be cost to participate in the OOP All-Star program such as uniform, travel expense and tournament fees. The cost and time commitment varies by age group and team and coaches will be able to answer specific questions at the tryout. Please keep in mind that this is a true tryout and not every player will be selected to play OOP All-Stars.
What is OOP All-Star Baseball? OOP baseball is highly competitive, tournament level baseball focused on winning baseball games. A large percentage of the parks we play against take "winning baseball games" very seriously during the Summer OOP All-Star season. Our OOP coaches will be focused on selecting the top players in each respective league with the intent to field the best teams possible to represent AYBA.
Should your child tryout? If your family and your child are willing to make the time commitment and fully understand that this is a significantly higher level of baseball, then yes, please tryout.
What if my child is not at the level needed for OOP All-Stars or doesn’t make the team? Just as we did last summer, AYBA will once again have a Summer Rec League. The League last year was very successful. The focus was on player development with a clinic type league-wide practice once per week, a second practice with your team followed by games on Saturday. Not only did the players last summer have fun, they learned a great deal about baseball. If you are looking for a Summer Baseball Program that will provide high quality instruction for your child, this is the program for you.
If you have any questions regarding tryout dates for OOP All-stars, or AYBAs Summer Rec Baseball Program, please contact Mike Harris at 404-312-8792.
OOP All Star Coaches
AYBA will once again operate a Summer OOP All-Star baseball program with teams playing in the Dizzy Dean Baseball summer program consisting of local, district and state tournaments and potentially the Dizzy Dean World Series depending on the age group. Teams begin play late May through late July after the conclusion of the Spring Recreation Baseball Season. Only registered players playing in AYBA’s Spring Recreation baseball program in the 6 – 12 year old age groups are eligible to tryout for the Summer OOP All-Star teams in their respective age groups. This year tryouts will be held on 3/23 and 3/30 depending on the age group.
As in years past, we are now accepting nominations for OOP Coaches through Sunday March 16th. If you are interested in being considered to coach an OOP All-Star team, or would like to nominate a fellow coach, please send an email, or nomination to both Mike Harris and David Mitchler no later than Sunday 3/16. Interviews will be conducted the week of 3/17 and coaches will finalized prior to tryouts. Final decisions on having teams will be based on availability of coaches as well as player interest and talent level of players attending tryouts.
Tryouts for the 2014 AYBA 12U Recreation League Cooperstown Team are Sunday 3/23
For the 11th year in row, AYBA will sponsor a trip to the Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament for a group of 12U Recreation League All-Stars. This tournament is one of the most prestigious in the US and takes place in Cooperstown, NY.
Tryouts for the 2014 Rec League All-Star Cooperstown Team will be held on Sunday March 23rd from 1 – 5 PM at Wills Park on Field D. Tryouts are mandatory for consideration to the 2014 Cooperstown Team. Please plan to be at tryouts the entire time.
Players eligible for the Cooperstown team must be registered in the Spring AYBA Recreation program in the 11/12 year old age group (may be either in the Select Division or American Division) and must be 12 years old on or before April 30th, 2014; in other words your playing age for both rec baseball and eligibility for the Cooperstown team is your age as of April 30th, 2014. So for example if you turn 12 on April 5th, then you are eligible to tryout, however if you turn 12 on May 1st or later, you are not eligible for the Cooperstown team this year.
Players that turn 12 May 1st or later will be eligible for the Cooperstown team next season, the 2015 season.
AYBA will be attending Cooperstown July 11th through the 18th. The estimated budget per player is $1400 (not including transportation), we expect to have fundraising to offset these costs. In addition to playing Cooperstown, the team will play in four to five tournaments and a few non-tournament games.
If you have any questions please contact Mark Adams or 404-849-3549.
AYBA Bat Rules
The AYBA Recreation League adopted the new Dizzy Dean bat rules on August 1st, 2012. The net-net of the new rules are:
• 4-12 year olds –Bat must have a certified "BPF 1.15" label. Big barrel bats up to 2 & 3/4 inches in diameter are allowed for 9-12 yr olds.
• 13-14 year olds - Bat must have a certified "BPF 1.15" label or be a drop 3 BBCOR certified bat. Diameter m...ust be 2 5/8 inches or less.
• 15-18 year olds – Bat must be a drop 3 BBCOR certified bat. Diameter must be 2 5/8 inches or less.
Attention Propsective Umpires
GOA (Georgia Official's Association) is conducting a search for
prospective Rookie umpires for the 2014 season. We are holding our yearly
MANDATORY clinic on February 9th, 2014, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the
Crabapple Government Center (12624 Broadwell Road, Alpharetta, GA). Use the
bottom floor entrance and walk straight back to the classroom.
To be considered for this opportunity, a young man or woman must be 14
years of age by February 28, 2014, and maintain a grade point average of B
or better. You must also have a passion for the game of baseball, a
willingness to learn the rules and background of the game, and a passion for
maintaining the integrity of the game through the objective adjudication of
An application must be filled out and either brought to the clinic, or
mailed to GOA or Charlie Strohecker at 15280 White Columns Drive,
Alpharetta, GA 30004. The other paperwork can be filled out at the clinic.
Be sure to bring a driver's license, permit, school ID, or a copy of one of
them. Our organization's yearly dues are $35 if you are 16 years old or
younger, and $70 if you are over the age of 16. You can bring cash or check
to the clinic to pay this fee. If you are not selected to umpire, or do not
receive games for some reason, these dues will be reimbursed.
You must attend the clinic on February 9th to be considered for an
umpiring position. Candidates who come to us after the clinic date will
have to wait until next year. If you know you are busy this Spring, but
want to umpire in The Summer and Fall, come to the February 9th clinic and
we can have a refresher course before the Summer season, at which point you
will be considered for games assuming you are graded to do so.
If you have the passion and love for the game of baseball, this is a great
opportunity to learn more about the game and make some extra money. If you
have any questions, please email to Charlie Strohecker.