Oyster River Youth Baseball (ORYB) strives to establish, maintain, and promote youth baseball activities. We oversee Spring, Summer, and Fall Baseball programs for boys and girls ages 5 through 15 years. ORYB’s mission is to provide an environment for our youth to have an enjoyable, safe, team-oriented, and community based experience while learning and playing the game of baseball. ORYB is committed to teaching our youth life lessons of good sportsmanship and teamwork. We consider each player a student athlete, constantly working towards achieving academic success, while maturing both physically and mentally. ORYB works to help our youth set and work towards common goals, build character, leadership ability, and confidence.We will always work hard to find a place for a child that wants to play baseball. Other than All-Star selection, we have a “no cut” policy for our league. Our core belief is EVERYONE PLAYS!!
Our league is chartered through Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth League baseball. We operate under the guidelines of the ORYA’s Board of Director’s By-Laws, and the Rules and Regulations of Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth League Baseball.
Oyster River Youth Baseball is chartered to play Cal Ripken (ages 5-12) and Babe Ruth (13-15) Baseball. Cal Ripken Baseball is a division of Babe Ruth League Baseball Inc. The league consists of four levels of competition: Major, Minor (Live PItch), Rookie (Coach Pitch) and T-Ball. Each level has its own recommended age group and rules. The overall age group for playing in the Cal Ripken League is 4-12. However, our local league covers ages 5-12. Cal Ripken Baseball adopts the Official Baseball Rules, but also has some of its own special rules.
RIPKEN BASEBALL INC.
Ripken Baseball Inc. was founded by Cal Ripken Jr., who played 21 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles. After retirement, he built a baseball complex in his hometown of Aberdeen, Maryland. The complex consists of a minor league stadium used by the Class A minor league Aberdeen IronBirds. The Ripken Youth Baseball Academy is located adjacent to the minor league stadium. This academy has several youth-sized fields that are built to look like famous major league stadiums. Every August, 16 teams of 11- and 12-year-olds from all over the world compete in the Cal Ripken World Series.
In 1999, Babe Ruth League Inc. named their 5-to-12-year-old division Cal Ripken Baseball. There are approximately 700,000 young baseball players playing in Cal Ripken Baseball leagues worldwide.
The T-Ball program is recommended for 5 and 6-year-olds. This program is intended to provide the very basic fundamental skills for beginning players. Each batter bats from a tee that is adjusted according to height. The adjustments are made to help teach the young players to swing the bat on a level plane. Every player plays at least two innings on defense, with a coach standing behind the infield to help with instructions. A glove is required for each player & helmets are recommended.
MINORS – COACH PITCH
Coach Pitch players range mostly from 6-8 year olds with individual exceptions made following the placement clinic. Everyone makes a team. Teams are created evenly to provide a good level of competition for in-house games. All players face coach pitchers which support consistency, prevent early arm over-use, eliminate the fear of being hit and promote hits to fielders. A glove and helmet is required for each player. Expect 2 practices and 1 game per week.
MINORS – LIVE PITCH
Live Pitch players range mostly from 8-10 year olds with individual exceptions made following the placement clinic. Everyone makes a team. Teams are created evenly to provide a good level of competition for in-house games. Players will continue to work on fundamental skills and begin to understand some elements of game strategy. It is at this level players first have the opportunity to be evaluated for All-Stars which involves tournaments, districts & potential for state and regional play. A glove and helmet is required for each player. Expect 2 practices and 1+ game per week.
Majors players range mostly from 10-12 year olds with individual exceptions made following the placement clinic. Everyone makes a team. Teams are created evenly to provide a good level of competition for in-house games. ORYA utilizes the 60 foot base patch a 46 foot pitching distance. Players are still developing so practices are still viewed as the more important part of their overall baseball experience. A glove and helmet is required for each player. Expect 2 practices and 1+ game per week.
Babe Ruth players range mostly from 13-15 year olds. Everyone makes a team. Teams are created based on the age and ability level, where applicable, of registered players. Teams train and play at Little River Park in Lee and will compete in a semi-regional league against other towns with Babe Ruth programs. A glove and helmet is required for each player. Expect 2 practices and 1+ game per week.
All-Star teams are offered for U11, U10 and U9. All interested players will be evaluated and one team per age group will be selected based on perceived ability. Each team will practice 2-3 times per week once the regular season finishes and will participate in a handful of to be determined tournaments in addition to the state tournament. All tournament dates and program cost will be available prior to the evaluation date. A glove and helmet is required for each player.
See you in 2019!
Fall baseball is a relaxed offering for older players that want to continue playing in the off-season. The team will participate in the Seacoast Fall Baseball League with league information found HERE. While participating in a middle school division classified as grades 6-8 ORYA will only offer this to those entering or returning to Babe Ruth and the 90 ft base path in the spring 2019 season. Those players are primarily in grades 7&8.
The Oyster River Youth Association provides inclusive, fair, diverse and developmentally appropriate recreational programs to the youth of Durham, Lee and Madbury, NH. ORYA meets the changing needs of the children and families in our community for sports and recreational activities by acquiring and maintaining facilities, promoting volunteerism and seeking collaborative and strategic partnerships.