President Letter - 2019

Updated Monday January 28, 2019 by OYO.

Dear New OYO Family:


Thank you for registering your child to play baseball or softball with the Oaklandon Youth Organization (OYO). On behalf of my colleagues on the OYO Board of Directors, I welcome you to our league. Regardless if your child is playing softball or baseball for the first time or simply coming to OYO from a different league, we want to help you make a smooth transition to our program. Just like going to a new school, starting a new job, or moving into a new neighborhood, playing at a new ballpark is an adjustment. We hope this welcome packet makes your transition go a little smoother.

We encourage you to learn more about OYO at our exclusive New Family Orientation on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Jenn Park, 10450 East 63rd Street in Lawrence. This meeting is for parents, but your children are welcome if you are unable to secure childcare/babysitting arrangements.

In 1975, OYO opened its first season of playing baseball on a single field at a nearby elementary school. We continue to grow at Veterans Memorial Park, a 13-field, two-concession stand/restroom complex. Every spring, summer, and fall, you can enjoy watching more than 1,500 girls and boys playing ball at our park. As parents, you can enjoy many memories and new friendships with more than 1,000 families. The league is organized and operated by an all-volunteer board of over 40 volunteers – parents just like you.

Over the years, from board to board, coach to coach, team to team, and fan to fan, there has been one steady formula for how OYO operates – we call it “The OYO Way.” It defines our community. It shapes the OYO Family, which you and your ballplayer will now experience. We hope our commitment to your family provides a positive, memorable experience for your child.

As a new family, you probably have a handful of questions and are not sure where to turn for answers. For insight and answers, visit to access our online New Family Welcome Packet. If you are seeking additional info and insight, then please contact one of the following executive committee officers:

Michael DeSanto, Executive Vice President (in charge of baseball)

Mike Springer, 1st Vice President (in charge of softball)

We’ve provided other helpful information about the 2019 season in our new online Welcome Packet. To download key documents, visit and look for the top tab on the left menu bar titled“OYO New Family Welcome”.

Again, we appreciate you choosing OYO for your family’s softball/baseball home.  And, please let me know what we can do to improve your OYO experience.

Play Ball!

Matt Martin

President, Board of the Directors

Oaklandon Youth Organization

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