Age Eligibility Rule Change
On November 26, 2018, your Board of Directors held its annual Rule Change meeting to consider changes to the rules contained in the OHYSA Blue Book. One of the rule changes submitted for consideration related to the Age Eligibility cutoff date for baseball players. After learning of a decision made by Centex, the program where our all-stars play, just a few days prior to our rule change meeting, the OHYSA Board voted to follow the age cutoff date as used by Centex which is April 30, beginning in Spring 2019. Further information regarding this decision may be found below.
As many of you know, OHYSA adopted a rule change in the Fall of 2016, affecting the age cutoff, that changed the date from April 30 to August 31. This rule change was based on a change being implemented by PONY, our affiliated governing body at that time, as well as by Little League. Both of those national organizations currently use the date of August 31 to determine age eligibility for baseball players. The OHYSA board adopted a plan to roll out the change in phases, with it being fully implemented in the Fall of 2018.
Thereafter, OHYSA decided to take our softball program out of PONY affiliation in 2016, due to problems related to the inconsistent administration of their program by their governing members. With continued problems in the baseball program related to PONY, your board of directors made the decision to terminate our entire affiliation with PONY, and instead participate in Centex All-Star play for our baseball league in 2017.
With guidance from Centex directors, as to the direction Centex was heading in regard to the age eligibility date, the OHYSA board was confident that the rule change 2 years ago was the correct move. Then, just prior to our annual Rule Change meeting on November 26, Centex held a vote on the age cutoff issue, and suffice to say that we, as well as many members of Centex who had also made the change, were surprised to see the vote go in favor of the April 30 cutoff date.
Nothing about this process was easy. From the time the original decision was made in Fall 2016, through the roll-out period, and through final implementation, your board of directors, commissioners, and coaches spent many hours discussing, researching, debating and deliberating the right move for our league. However, as a result of the recent vote by Centex, we have voted to follow the Centex rule, so that our players remain on a level playing field with their competition in the Centex All-Star program.
As a result of our vote on November 26, future changes of age eligibility will follow the Centex rule, or whatever other affiliated all-star program we may follow at that time.
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