50th Anniversary Opening Day Celebration - March 25th
What is this thing you keep talking about?
OHYSA was established in 1967 so this year is our 50th anniversary! We’ll be celebrating on March 25th.
What will be happening?
There will be food, carnival rides, a beer garden, music, a marketplace, an adult home run derby, and a HUGE fireworks display to end the night.
But is this also Opening Day?
Yes it is! All Baseball & Softball teams will be announced along with this season’s sponsors, during a teams parade through the street of the complex. Be sure to stake out the best place along the parade route to cheer on your team.
I’m a coach/team mom, what should my PLAYERS do for the parade?
Teams should begin meeting on the BRONCO FIELD no later than 11:30AM. The parade will be in age then alpha order, starting with any WeeBall players/coaches as a single group, then moving from 6U baseball to 6U softball, 8U, 10U, and so on. The exact team order can be found online.
The parade will leave through the Bronco right field fence starting at 12PM. It will move onto the paved road behind Shetland and follow all the way through the complex to the end of the Pony left field fence, turning left between the batting cages and the parking lot fence.
Teams are encouraged to throw candy, beads or other (easily cleaned up and/or biodegradable items) to their adoring fans. Please be kind and don’t toss gum!
They will then enter the Pony field through the 3rd base dugout, with team names, coaches and sponsors announced as they enter. Players can then be seated in the outfield facing the stage.
I’m a coach/team mom, will there be a banner contest?
Teams with banners should display them as they march – judges will be along the parade route to view them as they go by. Awards will go to best handmade and best purchased categories in baseball and in softball.
I’m a coach/team mom, what should my PARENTS do for the parade?
Parents, friends, family and fans can line the parade route and follow the players onto the field after ALL TEAMS HAVE ENTERED.
Will this cost me any money?
There’s no charge to be there. The Opening Day parade and announcements, the fun atmosphere, music, fireworks and hanging out with your friends, are all free. Anyone 5 or older will need a wristband in order to ride any carnival rides. There is a suggested donation to participate in the home run derby. And you can purchase food and drinks, or items available for sale, from vendors on site.
So when does it all start?
12PM - TEAM PARADE:
Teams parade along the paved street from the right field fence of Bronco to the 3rd base dugout of Pony.
12PMish – FOOD & DRINK:
A variety of food trucks will be available during the event. Food trucks will begin opening after the parade concludes. Food trucks will be lined up in the parking area directly in front of Softball 1. The concession stand will be opening starting at 12PM for fountain drinks, water and small snack items. It will not be serving food. There will be a 21 & over beer garden on the Mustang 2 field. Only adults with appropriate ID will be able to enter and purchase beer.
2PM – CARNIVAL RIDES:
Rides will start at 2PM on the Mustang 1 field. Wristbands will be sold for $10 at the Concession Stand the week of March 20th and at the OHYSA Swag Table on the day of the event. Access is unlimited with the wristband, subject to any specific ride restrictions. Wristbands required for ages 5& up. The carnival will close at 6PM.
2PM – MARKETPLACE
Sponsors, OHYSA Swag and various other vendors will be setup in a marketplace behind the Pony right field in the granite parking area. Stop by to see what’s on offer.
4PM – ADULT (CO-ED) HOME RUN DERBY on Softball 1
To participate in the derby you have to be at least 18 years old. This is a fundraiser, with a suggested donation of $20 to play. Each round will be 10 pitches. We supply the softballs, you supply the pitcher and your bat (must be slow pitch legal). Top half advances each round. There shall be only ONE. The winner will receive a SIX TICKET PACK to a ROUND ROCK EXPRESS HOME GAME.
6:30PM – CEREMONY
Join us on the Pony field for recognition of our 50 years providing baseball and softball to the youth of Austin.
Music – beginning at 4:30 and continuing through the afternoon
Music will be playing throughout the day on Pony.
8:30PM - FIREWORKS
Start making your way to the Pony outfield and cast your eyes to the sky above softball as our 8 minute fireworks show begins at 8:45PM!
This year ATX Sports Photos will be our official team picture photographer. To make fulfillment as easy as possible a small delivery fee will be added to your order and photo packages will be sent directly to you! No pickup or distribution - just smiling faces delivered to your door.
Even better, you can take care of almost everything in advance through one of the handy links below!
Teams should gather 10 to 15 minutes before their scheduled picture time in uniform and with any team banners, bats, gloves or other props. All photos will be taken on the Pony field. ATX Sports Photos will have a check-in table and representatives will assist with checking teams in and moving them to the appropriate camera. An option to pay at check-in will be available, however prepay orders receive two free wallet size photos.