OMGAA Baseball Families,
A hot topic in baseball this offseason has been bat standards for the organizations our teams participate in. For the past several years, the USSSA bat stamp has been the prevailing guideline for all 14 and under teams and the BBCOR stamp for 15 and above. Many national organizations, such as Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth and Little League Baseball have chosen to adopt the new USA Bat Standard.
The two governing organizations that our teams participated in last year, MBL and MYAS, each decided independently whether to adopt the new USA Bat Standards or continue to follow the USSSA standards. MBL has adopted the new USA Bat Standards and MYAS has decided to follow the USSSA standards, which have been amended to also accept the USA Stamp.
What does that mean for our members? Here are some guidelines based on the league your child will participate in this upcoming season:
8 – 9 year old rookie teams – We typically have not had any bat requirements for these leagues and anticipate that remaining the same this year.
10 – 12 year old house teams – These teams typically have followed the USSSA standard. We anticipate following USSSA standards once again this year, which would allow players to use bats with either the USSSA 1.15 stamp or the USA stamp.
13 – 15 year old house teams – Last year these teams participated in MYAS’s North Star League which will continue to follow the USSSA standards. While it has not yet determined which leagues these teams will play in this year, we anticipate following the USSSA standards once again, which would allow players to use bats with either the USSSA 1.15 stamp or the USA stamp.
9 – 14 year old travel teams – These teams participate in both MBL and MYAS sanctioned league play and tournaments. For all league play, MBT and GSTC state tournament qualifiers, and MBT and GSTC state tournaments bats with the USA stamp is allowed. In MYAS league play, GSTC qualifier tournaments and GSTC bats with the USSSA stamp will also be allowed. Bats with the USSSA stamp will NOT be allowed in MBL league play, MBT qualifiers, or the MBT state tournament.
15U travel and 16 – 19 house and travel teams – These teams will continue to follow NFHS rules which allows wood bats or bats with the BBCOR stamp.
In addition to bat stamps each organization has age level restrictions on length and weight differentials. For specifics on differentials follow the links below:
You can find the approved bat list from USA Baseball at https://usabat.com/
Champions are made in the Off-Season and 2016 / 2017 Off-Season training sure paid off. Tons of Fun & Tons of Success.
2017 / 2018 Opportunities are sure to be even better.
We are continuing to enhance our strategic partnerships and strengthening our Training & Development program. As part of these efforts we are offering the following Winter Training opportunities and extended our partnerships. Player Registration for these events will open up soon and be available on the OMGAA site.
We will also have many opportunities for members to get involved in with development opportunities. Watch your emails for more details and/or contact one of the OMGAA training team members.
OMG 13 AA Gold went 6-0-1 winning the last 6 in the tourney to bring home the 13 AA MBT State Title. In the championship game Down 3-0 in the top of the 5th, they battled back to tie it at 3, only to go down 5-3 in the bottom of the 6th. In the top of the 7th Gold tied it with two outs, on a bizarre play that resulted in stealing home for the tying run with 2 outs. In extra innings (8th) Storm Gold took the lead for the 1st time and shut down the gritty Farmington squad in the bottom of the 8th to hold on for the State title. Determination paid off for this special group of boys. Our theme for the season was " it's not how you start, it's how you finish"
Every single one of these boys contributed in bringing home the MBT State Title.
Some highlights include, a 5 run comeback to tie a solid East Ridge team in the first game of the tourney. In the quarter final game vs the #1 seeded Mankato team, OMG 13 AA Gold collected 22 hits, while cruising to a 5 inning 12-2 victory. Ethan Zimmerman pitched 15 innings in the tourney allowing only 1 hit and striking out 34 of the possible 45 outs. Aiden McMahon collected 13 hits over 7 games.
Congrats Boys !!
12U Pautzke won the Zimmerman Classic tournament this year. This group of 9 girls played 5 games in one day, going 5-0, to win the Championship. After sweeping through pool play we were behind 6-4 in the semi-finals going into our last at-bat, and proceeded to score 3 runs to come from behind and win the game. In the Championship game we never trailed and won it 7-5, clinching not only the tournament title, but also clinching our birth into Nationals!
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Our recommendation at this time is for everyone to hold off on purchasing a new bat for the 2018 season until we have further clarification