The Owatonna Huskies Bullpen Club (OHBC) is offering spring training baseball workouts to all registered U12 players for the summer 2023 season. The workouts will focus on the fundamentals of baseball and be a great opportunity for players to get in some reps prior to the summer season. Players must be registered to play summer ball through OHBC in order to participate in these workouts. These practices will produce the player evaluations used in forming the 2023 summer U12 travel teams.
U12 summer players are encouraged to participate in as many of the workouts as possible, but 100% attendance is not required. The workouts will be held Monday through Friday at Owatonna Middle School starting on Monday, April 17 and concluding on Wednesday, April 26 as weather permits.
Players are asked to meet after school from 2:50 to 4:45 PM and will be practicing in conjunction with the Kids First teams. While practicing together, 6th grade players are not considered to be part of the Kids First program. Parents are expected to pick up their players shortly after practice is completed each day at approximately 5 PM. Inclement weather will cancel practice and players will be notified via an announcement at OMS, a post on Owatonnabaseball.com and emails to parents.
Workouts will be organized and supervised by Mark Arjes - OHS Baseball KF Liaison, Kids First Coaches and OHBC Board members. Players are to report to the locker room area after school to change. Make sure to have a lock for their locker, do not leave clothes, bags, etc. sitting out in the locker room. It is the player’s responsibility to take care of their personal items. Please make sure players dress appropriately for the weather each day and bring both tennis shoes and baseball cleats to the workouts. Players should bring their gloves, bats, water bottle, etc. as if they were attending a summer practice. OHBC will be providing team equipment for this age group to use during these workouts.
Participation is highly recommended and there is no additional cost! In order to properly plan the workouts and communicate to participants and parents, we are asking you to register your player and provide best contact information. Attendance will be taken each day, please let us know if your player will not be attending on certain nights by emailing coach Arjes.
If you have questions, please email or call Mark Arjes – OHS Kids First Liaison at (612) 968-9192 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Owatonna Parks & Recreation will be running Little League with the assistance from the Huskies Bullpen Club. Look for additional details and announcements from Owatonna Parks & Rec. Below is a brief overview of what to expect of the Little League program.
Level 1 (Current 2nd Graders) Program Information: Pitching machine league with emphasis on participation and development of fundamental baseball skills along with an introduction to pitching and situational baseball. Practices and Games – Monday and Wednesday (June and July).
Level 2 (Current 3rd & non U10 4th Graders) Program Information: Players will pitch at this level. This is intended to prepare kids for traveling baseball as well as continuing the development of fundamentals and the skills of the game. Practices and Games – Tuesday and Thursday (June and July). This level is also encouraged to participate in the Ramp Up pitching program.
*The Huskies Bullpen Club encourages all 4th graders to play U10 traveling baseball to further skill development through more practices and tournament play.
Check out the Owatonna Huskies Bullpen Club Newsletter.
Online registration for Minor League Baseball will open on February 19, 2023 and will end on March 12, 2023, for players at the U10, U11, U12, U13 and U14 level.
We are excited to announce that the participation fees are NOT increasing from the 2022 season.
Some of the highlights of what is included in the 2023 participation fee:
Due to increased city fees and prioritizing keeping our registration fees affordable, we are requiring 6 dibs hours per player with a family maximum of 12 hours. The worker deposit is $300 per player and $200 per additional player. Reminder that this check is not cashed unless you don’t fulfill your volunteer hours. The volunteer(s) must be an adult; a child can join in volunteering but cannot volunteer alone. Volunteer opportunities include:
We are offering three dates for players to try on uniforms, issue payments/deposits, and ask questions. We strongly encourage everyone to go to one of the sizing nights. If replacements uniforms are needed, orders will be at the family's expense. These dates are February 26th, March 5th, and March 12th. All three opportunities will be from 6-7PM at the Owatonna Middle School. Players will not be allowed to participate in any activities until all fees and deposits have been paid.
U10: All 4th graders that meet age qualifications (born on or after May 1, 2012) are eligible to register for U10. Players will be divided into even teams and will compete in the South Central League along with two A level tournaments and a possible state tournament. The number of U10 teams will be determined based on the number of registered players. The goal of U10 is to introduce a travel and tournament baseball experience for 4th grade players.
U11 – U14: At each level, there will be one team participating in the Metro Baseball League (AA level) along with three AA level tournaments. Depending on the number of registered players, an additional team or teams will be participating in the South Central League (A level) along with three A level tournaments. All teams will be eligible to qualify for a state tournament bid.
Read additional details in the 2023 newsletter.
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