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OPRF PONY Baseball

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Frequently Asked Questions


What programs do you offer?

We offer multiple programs from the age of 12 to 18:

Pony House League - The House League consists of teams who play local games at Lindberg Park. Our house league participates in the CSYBA (Chicago Suburban Baseball Association), in our own division as well as playing i
ntra-divisional games with other Pony teams from neighboring communities. The final mandatory player evaluation is scheduled on March 15 from 12-2 PM at the OPRF Fieldhouse and include a free Chicago White Sox training clinic.

Pack Travel Teams - For 2021, we intend to field travel teams at 13U, 14U, 15U, & 16U). Tryouts for these teams are scheduled on July 15, 16, 21, and 22. Due to COVID-19, the Pack 2021 season format is still being finalized, but players should anticipate a typical travel schedule including off-season and preseason workouts, weekly spring in-season scrimmages and practices, and several spring/summer tournaments.

Colt League -  The Colt league is for boys aged 15 and 16 and can be anywhere from one to three teams depending on the number of boys that come out and the number of managers that volunteer for the season.

Palomino League – The Palomino league is for boys aged 17 and 18. We offer a Palomino team depending on the number of boys who sign up and the availability of coaches.


What are the age requirements for the programs?

For 2021, the National Pony Organization has moved the age of registration from April 1, to September 1. However, if your child is in 7th or 8th grade, they are eligible to play in our House League.

Pony – 12 to 14 (7th & 8th grade)
Colt – 15 to 16 (9th & 10th grade)
Palomino – 17 to 18 (11th & 12th grade)

When does the season begin?

Pony House League – Practice begins in early to mid-April and games begin mid to late April (weather permitting)

Colt  & Palomino Leagues – Practice and games begin in June (after high school baseball is completed)

How will my child be selected for a team?

Pony House League – One of our goals for this league is competitive balance. All players will be evaluated in various skill sets. Teams are then evenly selected based on the evaluation scores and feedback from the league commissioner and the board. If this is your child’s second year in the program, there is a good chance that they will not be on the same team that they were last year.

Pack Travel Teams - Tryouts for the Pony "Pack" travel teams will be held July 15, 16, 21, and 22. All players who sign up for this free tryout will be evaluated.

Colt/ Palomino League – For the Colt League we have evaluations towards the end of May/early June. Teams will practice a couple of times each week, space and time permitting. Typically players can participate in both the high school "summer league" and play with a Colt team.

How much is the fee for the house league?

The Registration Fee for the Oak Park and River Forest Pony Baseball house league is a topic for discussion with the Board of Directors every off-season. The organization is a non-profit and makes every attempt to stay within its budgetary needs on a season-to-season basis. The Early Bird Registration Fee for the 2020 season was $225 through February 23rd, and $275 thereafter.

Where are OPRF Pony games played?

Most House league games are played at the two Lindberg Park baseball diamonds (located in Oak Park, just SE of Harlem and North Avenue intersection). House league teams also will travel to two or three games during the regular season in nearby suburbs and Chicago neighborhoods to compete with other area Pony teams.

There are also "practice areas" off the right field corners and a concession stand known as The Shack. The diamonds are cut for either 54'/80' or 60'/90' and are shared with the OPRF and Fenwick High School freshman squads.
 
Tournament/Travel teams will play in tournaments throughout the region.

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Oak Park & River Forest Pony Baseball

OPRF PONY BASEBALL, 1220 N. Euclid Ave
Oak Park, Illinois 60302

Email Us: [email protected]
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