Youth 1st Sportsmanship Award Recipients OMGAA Storm Fastpitch 10U coached by Ryan Dunn and 12U coached by Amy Dunn
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(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/
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!
2017 OMGAA Golf Tournament
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OMGAA is excited to offer for the first time a D2 House Fast Pitch Fall Ball league. The league will be made up of teams from OMGAA and Plymouth/Wayzata Youth Softball Association (PWYSA). D2 uses a spring loaded machine to deliver pitches at a reasonable speed. D2 focuses on the basic fundamentals such as throwing, hitting, catching, fielding, and base running. Girls entering 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade are eligible to participate in the fall league.
Practices will start the week of August 6th and coaches can have 1-2 practices a week. Games will take place every Sunday (with the exception of Labor Day) beginning August 12 and concluding September 30th. Games will be played at 4:00 P.M.
Registration will close July 23 and may be limited to ensure an equal amount of teams for scheduling purposes. Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. The cost will be $100 and a t-shirt will be provided (please indicate size upon registration).
Use the link below to pay the $275 travel fees for the upcoming season.