The Weather Impact at OYO This Spring

Updated Tuesday May 7, 2019 by OYO.

We know the past few weeks have been challenging. We understand your ballplayers are chomping at the bit to play some games, and coaches and fans are eager to see them play. Yet, between rain, standing water on the fields and even some chilly temperatures, luck has not been on our side this spring. Even one of our own league veterans confirmed OYO has never had three consecutive weekends canceled...during the past 20 years! This is just the imperfect storm of circumstances in 2019.

The OYO Board is comprised of parents of ballplayers, coaches of teams and fans of the game. We dislike rainouts as much as you do. Trust us, we truly do.

When we rescheduled games following the second consecutive Saturday cancellations, we utilized nearly all the remaining field space at Veterans Memorial Park. And we did so while temporarily suspending our Rainout Policy, which calls for not rescheduling games. When we have more than 65 teams to accommodate each and every week for at least two games per week, the park fills up quickly. And, when there are more than 800 players involved, lives and calendars are complicated, too.

Our Rainout Policy sets a target for every team to play at least 12 regular season games (and 10 regular season games in Junior Rookie). Some seasons we exceed those goals, some seasons we meet the goal and some seasons we miss the goal. Considering the extra games added to the schedule on April 28, here's the breakdown of where we started and where we are now. 

 CH  12  14  15
 TB  12  14  15
 JRO  10 (+ > 2 tournament games)  12  13
 RB  12  15  17
 MB  12  15  17
 SM  12  15  17
 8U  12  15  17
 10U  12  15  17
 12U  12  15  17

With this adjusted model, we're able to accommodate up to three canceled games for our Challengers, Tee Ball and Junior Rookie squads as well as up to five canceled games for our older divisions (players ages 7-12). We are an all-volunteer league, but we are working hard in trying to make fields playable each and every day. Yet, when it does rain, the odds increase significantly when parents and coaches both come out and help work on their fields, too.

We understand this explanation may not help ease your frustrations with weather-related cancellations, but we hope it offers some insight on our commitment to getting teams and ballplayers on the fields as much as we can.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. And, as always, thank you for choosing OYO as your place for baseball and softball.

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