This is a brief description of each division within the OHYSA program. Play is governed by Official Baseball (MLB) for baseball or Amateur Softball Association (ASA) rules for softball. Exceptions to the official rules are covered under PONY Baseball & Softball Inc. rules and regulations, then further exceptions covered under the Oak Hill Youth Sports Association Bluebook, please refer to those publications for more specific information

WeeBall

Players ages 3 & 4. Using a "safety" ball and a T-ball batting tee, WeeBall focuses on introduction to team sports.  The end goal is to keep a group of toddlers focused on a series of finite actions that, when pulled together, are a ball game. 6 players are used on the field and all players bat. Games run approximately 30 minutes long. Playing season last 6 weeks, with one game/practice a week.

8U

Players ages 7 & 8. Basic fundamentals of baseball and softball utilizing an adult coach to pitch to players. 10 players on the field during regular season and end of season tournament play. All players bat. No leading off or stealing of bases allowed. There is a mandatory two inning defensive play rule and each player must play an infield position at least one inning of each game. Maximum of 5 coaches for baseball and 4 coaches for softball allowed on the field at any time.

12U

Takes Players 11 & 12 years old into the full game with no restrictions on base stealing. Strict pitching restriction based on innings, pitch counts, or combinations thereof, are used and enforced. 9 players are used on the field. There is a mandatory two inning defensive play rule. In addition - for softball - each team member must play an infield position at least one inning of each game. All players are in the batting lineup. Each team will be allowed a maximum of 3 coaches on the field.

 6U 

Players ages 5 & 6. Using a "safety" ball and a T-ball batting tee, 6U focuses on instruction of beginning players. 10 players are fielded defensively and all players bat. No leading off or stealing of bases is allowed. Mandatory two inning defensive play rule. In addition, each team member must play an infield position at least one inning of each game. Maximum of 5 coaches in baseball and 4 coaches in softball are allowed on the field at any time.

9U/10U

Players 9 & 10 years of age. Introduction into the complete game, with no restrictions on base stealing and players pitching. Strict pitching restriction based on innings, pitch counts, or combinations thereof, are used and enforced. 9 players are used on the field. There is a mandatory two inning defensive play rule. In addition, each team member must play an infield position at least one inning of each game. All players are in the batting lineup. Each team will be allowed a maximum of 4 coaches on the field.

14U

Takes Players 13 & 14 years old into the full game with no restrictions on base stealing. Strict pitching restriction based on innings, pitch counts, or combinations thereof, are used and enforced. 9 players are used on the field. There is a mandatory two inning defensive play rule. In addition - for softball - each team member must play an infield position at least one inning of each game. All players are in the batting lineup. Each team will be allowed a maximum of 3 coaches on the field.

 18U

Teams of 16U or 18U play summer and tournament ball using full high school rules. Teams may be approved fully formed, or if enough players are interested teams may be formed by OHYSA. Play does not being until May. Teams at this level of play are only offered for the summer and fall seasons.