#1 In July 2017 the OHYSA Board of Directors voted to implement an age change rule that would align baseball playing ages to that of Little League International and PONY Baseball by moving the cut-off from 4/30 to 8/31.
Because OHYSA playing ages run Fall to Spring, implementation of the change in Fall 2017 would effectively push players with summer birthdays (May, June, July & August) up two playing years rather than just the expected one playing year. Although this will occur regardless of WHEN the change is implemented, feedback from parents of impacted players overwhelmingly expressed concerns at such a rapid change.
After discussion among the Baseball Commissioners and Board, a vote to modify the implementation of the rule change has been passed. For Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 the cut-off will remain 4/30/18. Beginning with the Fall 2018 season, implementation will occur and cut-off will move to 8/31/19.
During the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 seasons, players with birthdates between 5/1 and 8/31 may CHOOSE to "play up" - effectively aligning them with their eventual playing age. Parents choosing to do so will need to first register through the online registration system or at walk-up registration on 8/19, and THEN contact firstname.lastname@example.org or their age appropriate Baseball Commissioner.
Again, this change and the modification to it, only apply to players registering in baseball with birthdates in May, June, July and August. If you have any concerns or questions regarding this rule change, please email email@example.com.
#2 For baseball only, we will be adopting CenTex Series baseball bat restrictions - the primary change is as noted below.
1) For playing ages 8 and under- The maximum diameter shall not exceed two and five eighths (2-5/8”) inches. All bats larger in diameter than two and one quarter (2 ¼) inches must be "equal to or heavier" than minus 10 (- 10) for U5 thru U8. For example: -10, -9, -8, -7, -6 or -5 are acceptable length to weight ratio’s whereas -11, - 12 and -13 would not.
2) For playing ages 9 and older- The maximum diameter shall not exceed two and three quarters (2 ¾”) inches. All bats larger in diameter than two and one quarter (2 ¼) must be labeled with either a BBCOR or 1.15BPF stamp.
OHYSA is aware of, and monitoring, the USAbat standards being implemented by youth leagues beginning in 2018, but has made no changes regarding them at this time.