BASEBALL & SOFTBALL


  • T-BALL

    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.

    If your child is a baseball 4: He/she must register for tee-ball.

    If your child is a baseball 5: He/she should register for tee-ball. If he/she played tee-ball as a 4-year-old, he/she may register for coach pitch.

    Baseball Program Outline

    REG DEADLINE | Feb 1 

    FIELD CLEAN-UP DAY | April 4

    OPENING DAY | May 9

    TEAM PLACEMENT | Week of 3/23

    PRACTICE LOCATION | Mast Way

    PRACTICE DAY/TIME | TBA

    GAME DAYS | Saturdays

  • 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.

    If your child is a baseball 6: He/she should register for coach pitch.

    If your child is a baseball 7: He/she should register for coach pitch and is most likely suited to play at that level. A parent, however, can also register a 7-year-old child for minors. A 7-year-old who chooses to register for minors will be required to attend an evaluation.

    If your child is a baseball 8: He/she can register for coach pitch or minors. If registering for minors, he/she will attend an evaluation.

    Baseball Program Outline

    REG DEADLINE | Feb 1

    FIELD CLEAN-UP DAY | April 4

    PLACEMENT CLINIC | March 14

    TEAM PLACEMENT | Week of 3/23

    GAMES START | Week of 5/1*

    OPENING DAY | May 9

    PRACTICE LOCATION | Demerritt

    PRACTICE DAY/TIME | TBA

    * Weather Dependent 

  • 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.

    If your child is a baseball 7: He/she should register for coach pitch and is most likely suited to play at that level. A 7-year-old who chooses to register for minors will be required to attend an evaluation.

    If your child is a baseball 8: He/she can register for coach pitch or minors. If registering for minors, he/she will attend an evaluation.

    If your child is a baseball 9: He/she must register for minors.

    Baseball Program Outline

    REG DEADLINE | Feb 1

    FIELD CLEAN-UP DAY | April 4

    PLACEMENT CLINIC | March 14

    TEAM PLACEMENT | Week of 3/23

    GAMES START | Week of 5/1*

    OPENING DAY | May 9

    PRACTICE LOCATION | Demerritt

    PRACTICE DAY/TIME | TBA

    * Weather Dependent 

  • MAJORS

    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.

    If your child is a baseball 10: He/she must register for majors and attend the majors evaluation. At—or after—the majors evaluations, the coordinators will discuss the player’s placement with the parent and find the best place for him/her.

    Baseball Program Outline

    REG DEADLINE | Feb 1

    FIELD CLEAN-UP DAY | April 4

    PLACEMENT CLINIC | March 14

    TEAM PLACEMENT | Week of 3/23

    GAMES START | Week of 5/1*

    OPENING DAY | May 9

    PRACTICE LOCATION | Demerritt

    PRACTICE DAY/TIME | TBA

    * Weather Dependent 

  • BABE RUTH

    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.

    Baseball Program Outline

    REG DEADLINE | Feb 1*

    FIELD CLEAN-UP DAY | April 4

    OPENING DAY | May 9

    PRACTICES START | Week of 5/1**

    PRACTICE LOCATION | LRP

    PRACTICE DAY/TIME | TBA

    *Only 12 spots per team, first come first serve

    **Weather Dependant

  • ALL-STARS

    All-Star teams are usually 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.

    2019 ALL-STAR Selection Process

    Registration Deadline |  TBA

    Age Groups | 12U, 11U, 10U, and 9U

  • SOFTBALL

    ORYA is working with a potential coach and coordinator to create a spring 2020 team! The goal is to offer at least one team and play in a local softball league during the spring season. After this spring, depending on the interest level, the next step would be to offer a fun summer camp and fall skills program to continue to build interest in the sport.

    Programs are built with volunteers. Head and assistant coaches are vital to starting and growing programs. If you have any interest and availability let us know. No experience necessary to be an assistant coach, just a willingness to support the head coach and help the players have fun.

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE | Feb. 1st

    While we finalize details we need to know how much interest there is. Please register your interest and know there is a place in our baseball program if your softball age group doesn’t have enough to field a team.

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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.

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