Oak Park youth baseball and softball registration

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Registration for the 2011 Oak Park Youth Baseball & Softball season will be held Jan. 22 and Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Longfellow Center, 610 Ridgeland Ave.

OPYBS offers baseball for boys ages six to 12 and softball for girls ages five to 14. Games are played at more than a dozen locations on fields operated by the Park District of Oak Park.

To register, make a payment by cash or check for the following league rates: All T-Ball Leagues: $130; All Pitch Leagues: $155; Pinto Hitting Academy: $25.

Registrants must bring a birth certificate and proof of residency (i.e., phone bill, mortgage bill, lease) or proof of attendance at an Oak Park school. For more information, visit www.opybs.org or contact Dee Jeffries at opybspres@comcast.net

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OP Resident  

Posted: January 14th, 2011 8:54 PM

Shoeless Joe might have the answer. I'm not a numbers cruncher but tried to figure out how the money was being spent. It looks like revenue from each t-ball team is close to $1,700. Probably $1,000 goes for equipment,hats & t-shirts, umpires, office expenses,etc.,. That leaves $700 per team for insurance or about $14,000 just to cover t-ballers. Could it be that OPYB is paying more than $100,000 annually for a policy for all it's youth leagues? I hope OPYB can set the record straight. Play ball!

Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, MO  

Posted: January 14th, 2011 7:49 PM

I'm guessing INSURANCE costs. They have skyrocketed this year.

OP Resident  

Posted: January 14th, 2011 2:37 PM

OPRes2, Reading is fundamental. There's no allegation being leveled by me regarding OPYB. A simple inquiry about the fee for t-ball was certainly not intended to cast any doubt about the commitment of the people who sacrifice their time and energy to serve their children of Oak Park. Their efforts are appreciated and applauded. I am disabled and retired and do not need to explain to you or defend how I chose to spend my time. Stay focus and on topic. Why $130 to play t-ball?


Posted: January 14th, 2011 2:32 PM

why don't you check out other organizations they are right inline with the cost. quit being so blind and short sighted. by the way i have nothing to do with opyb/s just tired of people that want to complain but do nothing else typical oak parkers.

Village Person  

Posted: January 14th, 2011 2:11 PM

So when are we going to see the fincial records/ $130 for t-ball is insane!


Posted: January 14th, 2011 2:10 PM

I grew up playing ball in this town have had kids play ball in this organization and to question an organization about taxes and such and say they are a secret society is bull. People don't ask they assume that they are secret when that has never been true people sit down and write stuff because they have nothing better to do then question a group of volunteers, who should be applauded. If you have so much free time as to sit back and critize in the papers then get off your butts and volunteer.

OP Resident  

Posted: January 14th, 2011 1:45 PM

Hey, Joe! I'm not implying anything nefarious is going on or disparaging OPYB. The $130 fee for t-ball just seems pretty steep. Do you have any details to share about the fee structuring? That would be most helpful. I think that rather than having every individual with a question or concern call Dee Jeffries; OPYB could simply detail the revenues and expenditures related to the t-ball program. As I explained, my children enjoyed OPYB and I did volunteer for a number of years. Cool your outrage!

OP Resident  

Posted: January 14th, 2011 1:22 PM

Enraged Taxpayer's comment about exorbitant fees charged by the Park District for programs made me wonder if there was some merit to the claim. I checked the Winter brochure and must agree that fees for Youth activities do seem quite high. Kids' classes costs at least $10 for one session. Twelve ballet lessons for toddlers requires a $169 fee. The only real bargain they offer goes to the dogs. A full year pass for the Dog Park is only $40 and $5 for an additional pup. That seems kind of screwy.


Posted: January 14th, 2011 1:01 PM

OR...you could act like a normal citizen that doesn't see conspiracy and mayhem behind EVERY organization in the village and call or e-mail Dee Jeffries, who is the President of OPYB/S, and ask what goes into the pricing of the T-ball program. These are all volunteers, there is not this big group of conspirators behind every issue that comes up in this village. Be an adult that asks the right questions to the right people, not a person that wants the journal to find scandal where there is none

OP Resident  

Posted: January 14th, 2011 10:18 AM

I was not aware of any issues regarding OPYB and it's refusal to share information on revenues and expenditures. If true, that needs to be addressed. My kids played in the leagues and I coached for 5 years. We all had a terrific experience. Stocking rosters in t-ball leagues did not seem to be a problem. Some teams were better organized but I didn't witness any chicanery. Maybe that changed but I hope not! My question relates to the $130 fee to play t-ball. It just seems excessive.

OP Resident  

Posted: January 14th, 2011 9:43 AM

If the Park District is charging OPYB to use the fields that practice should be stopped. Any non-profit organization should receive a waiver. How much wear and tear does a team of 6,7 & 8 year olds cause? Field maintenance at the parks should be considered a necessary expense, like snow shoveling, mowing and tree trimming. We need to hear from the Park District and OPYB. Maybe Brad Spencer would be willing to get some answers

Dr. Phil  

Posted: January 14th, 2011 9:37 AM

OP Resident is right about the high OPYBS fees. OPYBS has failed to be accountable for years, even failing to file tax returns and keep their NFP status current. Demand open books and a breakdown of costs/revenues! Try-outs and winter workouts were via old boys network. T-Ball teams were deliberately stacked! A great example of adults ruining a kid's game.

Mr Green Jeans of N Forest Ave from Oak Park  

Posted: January 14th, 2011 9:09 AM

No, he's not enraged. He's just Les (never let facts get in the way of a mindless rant) Golden again using a phony moniker and trying to pass his misinformation. The truth is the Park District has nothing to do with fees charged for T-Ball. OP Youth Baseball & Softball alone sets the fees. I'm pretty sure that OPYBS does pay user fees for the fields.

OP Resident  

Posted: January 14th, 2011 9:04 AM

Dr Phil is right. Oak Park Youth Baseball operates the t-ball leagues. My question concerns how much of the $130 fee is spent to operate a program for 6,7 & 8 year olds. Does it really cost more that $1500 per team to run the league? I'm sure OPYB can provide a full breakdown of the expenses relating to the T-Ball program. Enraged Taxpayer may be questioning the equally high fees charged for the Park District for their Youth programming. They too seem to be an expensive choice for many families

Dr. Phil  

Posted: January 13th, 2011 6:35 PM

Calm down enraged; the park district doesn't run T-Ball or any other baseball program. Your misinformation clearly runs deep.

Enraged Taxpayer from Oak Park  

Posted: January 13th, 2011 5:48 PM

Blatant mismanagement at the park district, including a decrease of 50% of registration in classes, demands they charge exorbitant fees down the line. It's just like the state of Illinois with Balling and Company.

OP Resident  

Posted: January 13th, 2011 12:59 PM

$130 fee for T-Ball! Wow! The teams play less than a dozen games. The coaches are volunteers and the Park District doesn't charge for using the ballfields. The umpire is usually a teenager who earns a few bucks for their time. Most equipment is handed down through the years. The caps and shirts should cost less than $10. I'm sure someone from OP Youth Baseball can offer details on why it cost so much for a 6 year old to play ball The high fee is probably more than a lot of families can afford

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