The Golden Glove Baseball League is managed by the Blue Valley Recreation Commission (BVRC) and Olathe Youth Baseball Incorporated (OYBI). This league is being offered for players and teams who wish to compete at a high skill level. Teams wishing to play in this league should be considered AA, AAA or Major level with USSSA baseball. The Golden Glove League will offer six age divisions of play for the Spring/Summer of 2022. There will be two divisions of play for players who are 9 & under, 10 & under, 11 & under, 12 & under, 13 & under and 14 & under. The age cutoff date is May 1st.
To participate in the Golden Glove League, coaches must complete a league application form and submit it to the BVRC or OYBI by January 12, 2022. Application forms may be picked up at the BVRC Sports Department office (9701 W. 137th Street) or at the OYBI office (885 S. Parker Street). You may also download the application form from our website (see page 3). Included with the application must be a $100 team application fee. The leagues will typically have 8 to 16 teams per age division. Teams will be notified by January 14 if they have been accepted into the league. Teams not selected for the league will have their $100 application fee returned. Teams that are accepted into the league will have the application fee credited towards their registration fees. The remainder of the registration fee will be due to the BVRC/OYBI by February 9, 2022.
The fee will be $1,800 per team. Teams will not have to pay a sponsor fee or coaches fee and will not be charged a gate fee at games. As part of the team registration fee, all teams will receive team liability and medical insurance. Game balls will also be provided.
Teams will be formed by age, not by grades. Divisions will be offered for players who are 9 years old & younger, 10 years old & younger, 11 years old & younger, 12 years old & younger, 13 years old & younger and 14 years old & younger. The date to determine eligibility for these divisions will be May 1. There will be no geographical boundary restrictions on the team formation process. Players will only need to meet the age requirements to participate in the league.
Coaches must turn in a roster listing the players who are on their teams to the BVRC/OYBI. This roster should be the same as their online roster with USSSA. The deadline for turning in team rosters will be February 9, 2022. Coaches will be allowed to add players to their roster until Friday, June 3. Teams will be asked to carry a minimum of 11 players on their roster. There is no maximum number of players that a team may carry.
Practice times will be provided to teams during the months of March and April. Teams will receive two practice times a week during March and one practice time per week during April. Once the season begins practice times will not be provided unless space is available.
Games will be played at the Blue Valley Recreation Sports Complex, Prairie Center Park and Blackbob Park in Olathe. The season will begin on March 28 and end the last week of June. The league will play a 16 game schedule with 14 games being guaranteed. The games will be played on both BVRC and OYBI fields. All games will be played Monday through Thursday. The first two rainout games will not be rescheduled. Final standings will be based on the first 14 games that are played.
Good sportsmanship is a top priority within the Golden Glove baseball program for players, coaches, parents and fans. Coaches are asked to be responsible for their teams. However, the BVRC/OYBI staff and umpires have complete authority to enforce good sportsmanship. The Golden Glove League will have strong rules regarding interaction with umpires and ejections from games. If a coach or parent is ejected from a game they must immediately leave the complex and will be required to serve a one-game suspension. Stricter penalties may be invoked by BVRC/OYBI should the situation warrant.
Teams will be responsible for providing their own uniforms and playing equipment. The BVRC/OYBI will provide game balls for league games.
Teams are not required to pay a sponsor fee to BVRC/OYBI.
For information regarding registration information, schedules, standings and other general information about the Golden Glove League you may visit either of the following websites:
www.bluevalleyrec.org or www.olatheyouthbaseball.com
Listed below is a general timetable for the 2022 season:
| January 12th||Deadline for team applications |
| January 18th||Teams notified of selection |
| February 9th||Team registration fees are due |
| || Coaches meeting (TBA)|
| February 28||Practices begin |
| March 28||Games begin |
| Late June||Season concludes |
INCLEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION
The inclement weather line information will be distributed to coaches at the coaches meeting in early February.
The Golden Glove League has implemented guidelines to deal with extreme heat at all youth baseball/softball games and practices. For specific information on our heat guidelines, please refer to one of our websites. These guidelines are designed to provide participants with a standard for safe play in situations of extreme heat.
The two values that will be taken into account when modifying or canceling games/practices are air temperature and relative humidity. The combination of these two elements reflects the heat index. We will rely on the heat index reading that is updated hourly by the National Weather Service at the Olathe Executive Airport.
For more information, please telephone the BVRC Sports Department at 685-6030 or OYBI at 393-9891.