In conjunction with USA Baseball and its other participating national member organizations, PONY Baseball has adopted the new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat). Effective January 1, 2018, with the exception of -3 (BBCOR certified), all other minus factor bats (-5, -7, -9, etc.), must be USABat certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league and tournament play. Minus factor bats -5, -7, -9, etc. used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 2018.
Our next OPRF Pony Board meeting will be August 31st.
7pm at Goldyburgers in Forest Park
john (Jack) Lenehan
John JJ Kuenster
OPRF Pony has added a third and final date for baseball players interested in playing on the 13U and 14U travel teams for 2018.
Sunday July 30th
10am to 12pm
OPRF Pony Travel Tryouts
Wed July 19 - 6 pm / Sat July 22 - 10 am
Both at Lindberg Park
Calling all 13U and 14U players in the Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, Elmwood Park area: You are invited to try-out for the OPRF Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are part of OPRF Pony and are coached by Ruairi O'Connor, Assistant Baseball Coach at OPRF.
ATTENTION 15/16-YEAR-OLDS: Colt Baseball evaluations will be 12:30 pm Sat May 20 (rain date 12:30 pm Sun May 21) at Lindberg. Great opportunity, whether or not playing in HS summer ball. Will have at least one team. (If enough interest and more coaches step forward, we'll consider having second team.)
Colt season always starts later to avoid conflicting with high school baseball programs. OPRF Pony's Colt teams this year will be participating with the North Suburban Youth Baseball Association's Colt program.
Kelty Lawn Care went on the road for the season opener, leading Franklin Pk Royal by a score 13-10 before darkness stopped play. (The teams have another inning to be played later.) On Wed., Coplan & Crane topped OP Apartments 14-4, as Forest Park National Bank and Oak Park Township knotted up a 7-7 tie. Despite a late comeback Thursday by Community Bank, ICOMM held on for a 9-6 win.
The 2017 House League Schedule, including intra-division games with Pony teams from nearby communities, is available at the North Suburban Youth Baseball Association web site. To zero in on one team, use the Choose Team dropdown: Oak Park (Easty) = ICOMM; Oak Park (Cobb Jr) = Kelty Lawn Care; Oak Park (Rutlin) = Community Bank; Oak Park (Komar) = OP Township; Oak Park (Piech) = Oak Park Apartments; Oak Park (Arnold) = Forest Pk. National Bank; and Oak Park (Lindell) = Coplan & Crane
Get ready to Play Ball!
The annual parents and players meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Thurs., March 9 at Guerin High School, 8001 W. Belmont Ave., River Grove IL.
We will be review player evaluations, plans for the season and participation in a new league city/suburban league. This meeting is important for all players and parents, both new and returning.