BASEBALL

2024 Odell Rec Fall Baseball

(Subject to Change) (Revised 5/17/2024; 3:11pm)

Assessment Information

Assessment is used to rate players so that each division and each team has parity of talent.  Assessments are mandatory for all players INCLUDING coach’s kids! All players except TBall are required to attend the assessment. Players that are unable to attend will be entered into the blind draft and placed on a team accordingly. Coach’s kids that do not attend the draft will automatically be assigned an assessment number of 5 for draft purposes.

Assessments are mandatory to make sure teams are balanced and equal to enhance the games for all players.  Skill assessments will take place at baseball field 1 behind Cox Mill elementary school.  If you have an issue attending the assessment, please email Chris@OdellRec.com.
(4/5/6 TBall Division will not have assessments, these teams will be created by the commissioner.)

Assessments will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2024. The assessment times are as follows:

5/6/7 Coach Pitch – TBD
7/8 Machine Pitch – TBD
9/10 Division – TBD
11/12 Division – TBD
13-15 Division – TBD

What happens at assessments?

When you arrive at the field please check in at the table.  Your player will be assigned a number.  This number is used for the coaches it is not a place in line.  The line will form at the 3rd base dugout and players will be taken in the order they arrive.

Players will be assessed in various baseball skills: batting, fielding – both fly and ground balls, throwing and running. Evaluators will rate each player; scores will then be combined to reach an average score. Those scores will then be used to draft the players onto teams.

Assessment will be the following:

The player will take 2-3 swings at bat.
The player will run to 2nd base.
The player will be thrown 1-2 ground balls.
The player will be thrown 1-2 pop fly balls.

After the player has completed their assessment, they are free to leave.

Registration Information

Registrations are open Monday, July 1, 2024 at 12:01am.  Please click the Registration button at the top of the screen.

Registration Closes Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 11:59pm.

Assessments will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2024. Draft will be held immediately following each division’s assessments.

Saturday, September 7, 2024 Practices Begin
Saturday, September 21, 2024 Games begin
Saturday, November 2, 2024 Final Games for TBall and 5-6-7
Week of November 4, 2024 – November 7, 2024 Playoffs (7/8 and 9/10 Divisions ONLY)
Saturday, November 9, 2024 Championship Games and Final Games for 11/12 Division

Note: Late Registration are not accepted.

 

General Format

For the Fall 2024 season, age group is based on the player’s age on May 1, 2025. TBall, 5/6/7, 7/8 and 9/10 divisions will play games at Cox Mill Elementary Fields.

11/12 and 13-15 divisions will play other county organizations.

11/12 and 13-15 will have half of their games at Cox Mill and half at the other organizations field locations.

If enough players sign up to create 4 teams the 11/12 division will play all in house games.

Gibson Field 265 Misenheimer Drive SW Concord
Webb Field 147 Academy Ave Concord
W.W. Flowe Park 99 Central Heights Dr. Concord

Concord McAlister Field 147 Academy Ave Concord
Hartsell Athletic Complex 60 Hartsell School Rd. Concord

Cost
4/5/6 TBall: $150
5/6/7 Coach Pitch: $185
7/8 Machine Pitch: $185
9/10 Kid Pitch: $195
11/12 Kid Pitch: $195
13-15 Kid Pitch: $225

There is a $5 discount for each additional registration per family (same sport)

Refund Policy: No refunds will be given, instead we will offer credits to your account. Registration withdrawals prior to 11:59pm Friday August 9, 2024 will be credited 100% of the paid registration fees. Registration withdrawals after 12:01am Saturday August 10, 2024 are not refundable. A $10 administrative fee applies to all credits. Credits can be used for future sports registrations.

Included in cost

  • Hat, Jersey, Pants, Belt and Socks
  • Umpires and Game Balls
  • Field Maintenance & Baseball Equipment
  • Use of Lights and Fields
  • End of season tournaments for In House Divisions (trophies for 1st and 2nd place team) TBall and 5/6/7 receive trophies.

Team Snacks/Concessions
Teams can choose if they want to have a “team snack” after their game. Teams are responsible for their own snacks on game days. If desired Team Snack Tokens may be purchased at the concession stand.  Tokens are $2.50 each. Team Snack Tokens can be used for 2 items, chips, ring pop, airheads, otter pop, small Gatorade. For more information click here: Team Snacks – Odell Rec

The Concession Stand is a valuable part of the organization. Stop by and grab a snack or drink to support the organization.

Bat Rules
TBall:
Bats must be marked for TBall use.
5/6/7 Coach Pitch & 7/8 Coach Pitch: Bat must meet USA Baseball Bat standards. The bats approved will be made in 2 1/4, 2 1/2, and 2 5/8 inch dimensions.
9/10 & 11/12: Bat must meet USA Baseball Bat standards. The bats approved will be made in 2 1/4, 2 1/2, and 2 5/8 inch dimensions.
13-15: Bat must meet USA Baseball Bat standards. There is a maximum drop of -5. BBCOR is Approved
Look for the USA Baseball Logo

Uniform Sizing
We have Youth and Adult Sizes

Baseball supplies the following items to each player; Pants, Jersey, Sock, Belt and Hat

Practices & Games

TBall: Practice will be 1 hour during week and 1 hour on Saturdays until games start.  Then it will be 1 practice during the week for 1 hour. All TBall practices start at 6pm
5/6/7 Coach Pitch & 7/8 Machine Pitch: Practice will be 1 hour during week and 1 hour on Saturdays until games start.  Than it will be 1 practice during the week for 1 hour.
9/10, 11/12 and 13-15: Practice will be 1 hour during week and 1 hour on Saturdays until games start.  Then it will be 1 practice during the week for 1 hour.

Practices will be on a designated field.

Practice is an important part of rec baseball.  Odell continues to have 1 practice during the week and games on Saturdays.  There are a few times during the season that we might call a “Game Week” and there would be no practices.

Formation of Teams

With the exception of TBall, teams will be selected via a draft. Please understand special requests are extremely difficult to accommodate and as such requests are not guaranteed to be honored.  This includes carpooling, playing with friends and siblings in different age divisions having practices on the same night. Only considerations are 2 nights a week a player cannot practice.

Coaching
If you intend to head coach, please email Chris@ODellRec.com with “Head Coach – Odell Fall Baseball 2024” in the subject line. You MUST also register when signing up to play baseball. Please provide your name, phone number, email address, age group(s). Please note that we cannot guarantee that you will be able to coach a team. After registration is complete, the Baseball Commissioner will determine how many teams are needed at each age group. History has told us that every year we don’t have enough coaches, so please volunteer to help coach. You must also register online for this position.

Concessions
Odell relies on volunteers. All proceeds from the concession stand go back into our rec program.  Coach Drink tokens can be used for any drink.  Team Snack Tokens can be used for 2 items, chips, ring pop, airheads, otter pop, small Gatorade.

TBall versus Coach Pitch
Two popular introductory levels are T-Ball and Coach Pitch, each offering a unique experience for kids just starting their baseball journey.

TBall (4/5/6): This is truly for those players new to the game or still developing baseball skills.  It is where all players hit (either from a coach’s pitch or tee.) each inning, all players get on base and stay there and outs and runs are not counted. T-Ball introduces young players to the basics of baserunning and fielding. It is truly a participation level where we are growing the kids to understand baseball.

Coach Pitch (5/6/7): This is where you have 3 outs per inning, you teach the kids that when they are out, they return to the bench.  Coaches are actively involved in the game by pitching to the players. This transition helps kids get accustomed to facing live pitching, preparing them for more advanced levels of play. While coaches pitch, the emphasis remains on teaching fundamental skills. Coach Pitch allows young players to build confidence in their ability to hit a moving ball while receiving guidance and support from their coaches. They are developing their skills even more so when they get to the 7/8 machine pitch division, they are really ready to play.

Contact Information

Baseball Coordinator:  Chris Grouse

Chris@OdellRec.com

704-287-7711

Contact Us

Coordinator: Chris Grouse
Chris@OdellRec.com
704-287-7711 (text or leave message)