OMGAA Board Elections September 18th
7pm at the Maple Grove Community Center
Elections are open to the public.
10-12-Year-Old House Director - Open
13+ Senior House Director - Open
Tournament and Special Events Director - Jared Semerad seeking election
President - Incumbent seeking reelection
Secretary – Incumbent seeking reelection
Training & Development - Incumbent seeking reelection
Senior Travel Director -- Incumbent seeking reelection
Fastpitch Travel Director – Incumbent seeking reelection
Youth 1st Sportsmanship Award Recipients OMGAA Storm Fastpitch 10U coached by Ryan Dunn and 12U coached by Amy Dunn
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Owatonna, MN) (June, 2018) – The Lakeville Fastpitch Softball Association in partnership with Youth 1st, Federated Insurance, Jostens, Pearson, Cashwise, Bennerotte & Associates, Jaguar Communications, The Retrofit Companies, US Bank, Plaza Morena, Great River Energy and the Minnesota Twins Community Fund have selected the OMGAA 10U and Storm 12U Softball teams as the recipient of a Youth 1st Team Award for their outstanding sportsmanship during the 2018 Lakeville Classic Tournament.
The Youth 1st Team Award recognizes positive behavior from players, coaches and everyone associated with the team (parents, fans and spectators). “We are placing the emphasis on how you play the game, which is ultimately more important than if you win or lose.” said Mark Arjes, Founder/Director of Youth 1st. “It has become increasingly difficult to find and retain coaches and officials for youth sports because of the abuse that they take during games. We believe it is time to model and encourage values-based actions, creating what we call a Conduct 1st environment where the focus is on the kids, competitive energies are kept in check and officials and opponents are respected.”
About Youth 1st, Inc.: (www.youth1st.com) @Youth1stMN on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
The Youth 1st Team Award was created by working with umpires and tournament directors. The umpires provide a team selection vote after each game during the tournament based on the conduct and sportsmanship exhibited by coaches, players and fans. Teams with a positive selection to game ratio of 80% or higher are recognized as Youth 1st Teams. Teams are presented with a plaque and certificates PLUS tickets for all players and coaches to attend and be recognized at a Minnesota Twins home game at Target Field. The mission of Youth 1st is to connect Conduct, Character and Community to youth activity programs. Youth 1st is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Owatonna, MN. Youth 1st is an official Playball! MN Partner.
About the Lakeville Fastpitch Softball Association (www.lakevillefastpitch.org)
The Lakeville Fastpitch Softball Association (LFSA) is a civic organization whose purpose is to offer supervised recreational and competitive fastpitch softball programs for the youth of Lakeville. To instill in them the principles of sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect. LFSA offers three softball programs: In-House, Traveling and Club League.
About the Twins Community Fund: (www.twinscommunityfund.org)
Established as a nonprofit organization in 1991, the mission of the Twins Community Fund is to enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an association with baseball, softball and the Minnesota Twins. The Twins Community Fund is governed by a board of directors representative of the Upper Midwest. For more information or to make a contribution visit www.twinscommunityfund.org.
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/
15AAA wins the Sartel Tournament over the weekend, congratulations!
12AA Black went undefeated to take first place at the East Ridge Classic and earned a berth to the MBT State Tournament and Gopher State!
The 12 A Storm Baseball Team took two second place finishes in the Rosemount Tournament & the Prior Lake Invitational. These finishes qualified the team on to both state tournaments.
Feel free to send us team pictures, special moments or exciting news you would like shared on social media with the OMGAA Community. Email pictures with with descriptions to Olson@Omgaa.org
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