OPRF Pony Baseball Parent Meeting for 2017 Season

The 2017 PONY Baseball Parents & Players meeting will be at 7:00 pm on Thurs., March 9 at Guerin Prep High School, 8001 W Belmont in River Grove. The facility entrance is in the back parking lot right next to the main gym.


This is an important meeting for ALL player families -- both new and returning. We will be going over changes for the upcoming season and the re-alignment of the league. We look forward to answering your questions.


Evaluations will be conducted on March 18 & 19 at the same location (Guerin Prep) from 1 pm to 5 pm.


We have received a few questions already about the proposed changes and hopefully this will clarify a few things.


The PONY Board is committed to providing a quality and competitive community based baseball program to serve Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, Elmwood Park, Chicago and Berwyn.


The rise of non-traditional travel teams presents challenges and opportunities. What are we doing about it?


1) We are consolidating Cunningham and Knight into one OPRF House League. All returning and new players will be evaluated and will be placed on a house league team that will play most of its games at home and a few with comparable programs in neighboring communities.


2) We are offering a travel program at the 13U and 14U level. These players will not be participating in the house league, but will be playing other travel teams in the area and select tournaments on some weekends.


All players must participate in the evaluation. Those who want to be considered for the 13U or 14U teams should indicate that during evaluation.


We are in discussions with the baseball staff at OPRF High School to be involved in our travel program. We have been and want to continue to be the biggest bridge program between youth baseball and our local high schools.


We look forward to seeing you on March 9th and starting the 2017 season!