Frequently Answered Questions

1. Who is the OCAC?

O’Fallon Community Athletic Club, or OCAC, is a not-for-profit organization that provides children the opportunity to play organized baseball or softball.

O’Fallon Community Athletic Club, or OCAC, is a not-for-profit organization that provides children the opportunity to play organized baseball or softball.
2. Who runs the League?
The OCAC is a non-for-profit organization of volunteers established in 1960. We are dedicated to providing a quality baseball and softball program for the youth of O’Fallon and surrounding communities in St. Charles County, Missouri.

The OCAC is a non-for-profit organization of volunteers established in 1960. We are dedicated to providing a quality baseball and softball program for the youth of O’Fallon and surrounding communities in St. Charles County, Missouri.
3. How does the League fund its activities?
OCAC is a non-for-profit 501c3 organization registered with the IRS. Funding is derived from player registration fees and Tournaments. We do not receive any financial support from the State of Missouri, St. Charles County, City of O’Fallon or any other organizations.

OCAC is a non-for-profit 501c3 organization registered with the IRS. Funding is derived from player registration fees and Tournaments. We do not receive any financial support from the State of Missouri, St. Charles County, City of O’Fallon or any other organizations.
4. Is OCAC associated with the City of O’Fallon?
NO the OCAC is not directly associated with the City of O’Fallon. However, OCAC does lease its fields from the City of O’Fallon.

NO the OCAC is not directly associated with the City of O’Fallon. However, OCAC does lease its fields from the City of O’Fallon.
5. When does the season begin and end?
Please check the OCAC Home page on the web site for exact League dates and events. Typically, the season begins middle of April and extends to the end of July.

Please check the OCAC Home page on the web site for exact League dates and events. Typically, the season begins middle of April and extends to the end of July.
6. Where are league games played?
OCAC utilizes Westhoff Park and Ozzie Smith Sports Complex. Some Age divisions may also play games at Flint Hill, St. Paul, and Josephville.

OCAC utilizes Westhoff Park and Ozzie Smith Sports Complex. Some Age divisions may also play games at Flint Hill, St. Paul, and Josephville.
7. Does the OCAC have concession duty?
No. The concessions are run by the city.

No. The concessions are run by the city.
8. Do I have to participate in any fundraising?
No, at this time OCAC is not running any fundraisers. However you may be asked to participate in a team fundraiser to help pay for extras the team needs.

No, at this time OCAC is not running any fundraisers. However you may be asked to participate in a team fundraiser to help pay for extras the team needs.
9. My child isn’t on a team. Can they still sign up?
Yes, OCAC accepts individual registrations.

Yes, OCAC accepts individual registrations.

10. My child has never played organized baseball before. Can they still sign up?
Yes, OCAC accepts players at all skill levels.

Yes, OCAC accepts players at all skill levels.
11. How is a player’s age determined?
For spring season, Baseball is May 1st, and softball is January 1st of the current year. For fall season, Baseball is May 1st, and softball is January1st of the next year.

For spring season, Baseball is May 1st, and softball is January 1st of the current year. For fall season, Baseball is May 1st, and softball is January1st of the next year.
12. How are players placed on teams?
Players can be part of an organized team that joins OCAC to play together or they can sign up individually as “draft” players. Draft players are placed together to form new teams or used to fill spots on organized teams that need additional players. We will do our best to place players in the order they signed up, but due to the lack of field space and the growing number of kids wanting to play we cannot guarantee placement.

Players can be part of an organized team that joins OCAC to play together or they can sign up individually as “draft” players. Draft players are placed together to form new teams or used to fill spots on organized teams that need additional players. We will do our best to place players in the order they signed up, but due to the lack of field space and the growing number of kids wanting to play we cannot guarantee placement.
13. What days and times are the games played?
Most teams in the League are scheduled for one game a week, and in some divisions teams are scheduled for two games a week. Game days are typically Monday through Friday, however, Saturday games maybe scheduled due to excessive rain outs. Weekday games generally will begin at 6:00pm and second games 7:30pm to 8:15pm.

Most teams in the League are scheduled for one game a week, and in some divisions teams are scheduled for two games a week. Game days are typically Monday through Friday, however, Saturday games maybe scheduled due to excessive rain outs. Weekday games generally will begin at 6:00pm and second games 7:30pm to 8:15pm.
14. How many games are played during the season?
The recreational league plays a 12-game regular season consisting of 6 home and 6 away games for each team. The select AA baseball and Select doubleheader softball will play 14 games.

The recreational league plays a 12-game regular season consisting of 6 home and 6 away games for each team. The select AA baseball and Select doubleheader softball will play 14 games.
15. Are there any rules regarding minimum playing time?
Yes, these rules will vary by division/age group. There is a minimum playing time required for each division/age group. Please refer to the league rules posted on the OCAC website for your specific division/age group.

Yes, these rules will vary by division/age group. There is a minimum playing time required for each division/age group. Please refer to the league rules posted on the OCAC website for your specific division/age group.
16. How often and where will my child practice?
Practice frequency and locations are up to the team manager.

Practice frequency and locations are up to the team manager.
17. Does the OCAC provide uniforms for the teams?
All teams and players are responsible for supplying their uniforms. Uniforms can be paid for by the parents or through sponsorship arranged by those involved with the team. OCAC does not provide sponsorship for any team.

All teams and players are responsible for supplying their uniforms. Uniforms can be paid for by the parents or through sponsorship arranged by those involved with the team. OCAC does not provide sponsorship for any team.
18. Does the OCAC provide equipment for the teams?
OCAC will be providing the basic equipment required for teams to compete in their league games. This equipment will be signed out to the team manager for use during the season and turned back in to OCAC at the end of the season. A deposit will be required for all checked out equipment.

OCAC will be providing the basic equipment required for teams to compete in their league games. This equipment will be signed out to the team manager for use during the season and turned back in to OCAC at the end of the season. A deposit will be required for all checked out equipment.
19. What equipment will my child need before the first practice or game?
Players should arrive at their first practice with a glove, hat, and rubber molded cleats. A baseball bag is recommended to transport bats, batting gloves, water bottles, hats, and other items.

Players should arrive at their first practice with a glove, hat, and rubber molded cleats. A baseball bag is recommended to transport bats, batting gloves, water bottles, hats, and other items.
20. Can we request for our child to be with a certain manager/coach or teammate?
Yes. 

Yes
21. Who coaches the teams?
Existing teams that sign up are generally coached by those who organized the team. New teams formed by OCAC from the pool of draft players are coached by parents of the players used to form the team. OCAC does not have staff available to coach draft teams.

Existing teams that sign up are generally coached by those who organized the team. New teams formed by OCAC from the pool of draft players are coached by parents of the players used to form the team. OCAC does not have staff available to coach draft teams.
22. What are the responsibilities of a manager and a coach?
The team manager oversees the management of the team throughout the season. They are responsible for setting a practice schedule, developing a practice format, creating a lineup card for every game, and ensuring kids get their minimum playing time in each game. Managers are the focal point of the team and must be committed to following through with managing the team from mid-March to the end of July. Time commitment is usually around 4-7 hours a week depending upon division. Managers need to be able to commit to be at all practices and games. It is recommended that they schedule and conduct a parent meeting prior to the first practice of the season. Managers are assisted by a volunteer team parent that helps with things like scheduling, fundraising events, uniform distribution, and picture day. Two assistant coaches are allowed in the dugout during games. However, a manager may elect to use more than two coaches during practice. Coaches provide support during practice to ensure kids get enough attention while developing their skills. Coaches are under the guidance and direction of the manager. Typically, a manager will design a practice format and have assistants take care of coaching small groups of players, assisting with batting practice, hitting fungos, or other assistant duties. Assistant coaches should commit to be at all practices and games, generally about 3-5 hours a week depending upon division. Coaches need to be approved by the Board. All actions of an assistant coach during games are the ultimate responsibility of the manager.

The team manager oversees the management of the team throughout the season. They are responsible for setting a practice schedule, developing a practice format, creating a lineup card for every game, and ensuring kids get their minimum playing time in each game. Managers are the focal point of the team and must be committed to following through with managing the team from mid-March to the end of July. Time commitment is usually around 4-7 hours a week depending upon division. Managers need to be able to commit to be at all practices and games. It is recommended that they schedule and conduct a parent meeting prior to the first practice of the season. Managers are assisted by a volunteer team parent that helps with things like scheduling, fundraising events, uniform distribution, and picture day. Two assistant coaches are allowed in the dugout during games. However, a manager may elect to use more than two coaches during practice. Coaches provide support during practice to ensure kids get enough attention while developing their skills. Coaches are under the guidance and direction of the manager. Typically, a manager will design a practice format and have assistants take care of coaching small groups of players, assisting with batting practice, hitting fungos, or other assistant duties. Assistant coaches should commit to be at all practices and games, generally about 3-5 hours a week depending upon division. Coaches need to be approved by the Board. All actions of an assistant coach during games are the ultimate responsibility of the manager.
23. If my child is unhappy with the team they are placed on, can they switch teams?
Only in extreme cases does the League allow children to switch teams after the teams have been formed. Such requests must be made in writing to OCAC Board of Directors for consideration by the Board. Approval requires extenuating circumstances, so any request is highly unlikely to be approved, and in most cases we will ask the player remains with their team. Team balance is established early on, and changes of this type are difficult if not impossible to implement without upsetting the balance that has been established.

Only in extreme cases does the League allow children to switch teams after the teams have been formed. Such requests must be made in writing to OCAC Board of Directors for consideration by the Board. Approval requires extenuating circumstances, so any request is highly unlikely to be approved, and in most cases we will ask the player remains with their team. Team balance is established early on, and changes of this type are difficult if not impossible to implement without upsetting the balance that has been established.
24. Who do I talk to if there is a problem?
If a player or parent has a problem, the manager/coach is the first person to talk to in an effort to resolve the problem.

If a player or parent has a problem, the manager/coach is the first person to talk to in an effort to resolve the problem.
25. If my child decides to quit, is it possible to get a refund?
100% refund given if: A. Medical emergency, 0 games have been played (Dr’s note required)or
B. Moving out of the St Charles area, 0 games have been played.
50% refund given if: A. Child chooses not to play before the 1st game for any reason other than the above and 0 games have been played.
NO refund if: Child has played 1 or more game or season ends with incomplete games.
Disclaimer: Due to weather conditions and field availability we cannot guarantee that a full season will be completed.

100% refund given if: A. Medical emergency, 0 games have been played (Dr’s note required)or
B. Moving out of the St Charles area, 0 games have been played.
50% refund given if: A. Child chooses not to play before the 1st game for any reason other than the above and 0 games have been played.
NO refund if: Child has played 1 or more game or season ends with incomplete games.
Disclaimer: Due to weather conditions and field availability we cannot guarantee that a full season will be completed.
26. Who umpires league games?
OCAC uses paid umpires. All umpires are required to attend training clinics. A plate umpire and a field umpire are scheduled for all games, unless a scheduling issue arises causing a shortage of available umpires.

OCAC uses paid umpires. All umpires are required to attend training clinics. A plate umpire and a field umpire are scheduled for all games, unless a scheduling issue arises causing a shortage of available umpires.
27. Is there any medical insurance covering the players?
Yes, the League maintains medical insurance to afford protection to all participants in any league-endorsed event. It can be used to supplement other insurance carried under a family policy as provided by a parent’s employer. If there is no other coverage, this insurance takes over and provides benefits for all covered injury treatment costs up to the maximum stated benefits.
Yes, the League maintains medical insurance to afford protection to all participants in any league-endorsed event. It can be used to supplement other insurance carried under a family policy as provided by a parent’s employer. If there is no other coverage, this insurance takes over and provides benefits for all covered injury treatment costs up to the maximum stated benefits.

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28. Are there conduct rules that apply during games?
Absolutely, OCAC does not tolerate foul language or taunting at any level by the players, parents, managers, or coaches. Any spectator, player, manager or coach that is warned is subject to being ejected from the premises and banned for additional games.

Absolutely, OCAC does not tolerate foul language or taunting at any level by the players, parents, managers, or coaches. Any spectator, player, manager or coach that is warned is subject to being ejected from the premises and banned for additional games.
29.  How can I help the OCAC?
You can help OCAC by remembering that the baseball and softball games are for the benefit of the children playing, not the glory of the coaches and parents involved. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter so much whether they win or lose, but how they play the game. You can also help the OCAC by remembering that the umpires, although paid for their service, are not “professionals”. As such, there will be missed calls and unusual situations where the rules may not be clearly or correctly applied every time. OCAC provides training for these umpires in an effort to minimize these situations. The reaction and response of the coaches, parents and fans to these situations go a long way in determining how the players themselves react. Everyone should try to show some human kindness when the going gets rough.
You can help OCAC by remembering that the baseball and softball games are for the benefit of the children playing, not the glory of the coaches and parents involved. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter so much whether they win or lose, but how they play the game. You can also help the OCAC by remembering that the umpires, although paid for their service, are not “professionals”. As such, there will be missed calls and unusual situations where the rules may not be clearly or correctly applied every time. OCAC provides training for these umpires in an effort to minimize these situations. The reaction and response of the coaches, parents and fans to these situations go a long way in determining how the players themselves react. Everyone should try to show some human kindness when the going gets rough.

 

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