OPBA offers a variety of baseball and softball
programs, one of which is the OPBA Tornados All Star Program. The objective of the OPBA All Star Program is
to provide players the opportunity to challenge themselves against advanced
competition. The OPBA All Star Program
is comprised of “House” All Star teams, each All Star participant must also play in the OPBA house league. All Star
teams are created in single age divisions ranging from 7 through 14 and compete
against similar All Star teams from other leagues in addition
to a variety of tournaments.
in 2011, the OPBA All Star Program has achieved tremendous on-field success
having won multiple tournaments in and around the Chicago area, as well as
being recognized for great sportsmanship and exemplary player and coach conduct. The OPBA All Star teams are selected via an
open tryout where players are evaluated against each other based upon a number
of criteria which include ability, attitude, and sportsmanship.
for the All Star teams are conducted at the conclusion of the OPBA House
season, typically at the end of July. Upon selection, the teams will
participate in autumn baseball leagues and practice at least once per week
through the autumn season’s conclusion.
The teams reconvene in January for indoor practices and
conditioning. The spring season begins in March and concludes
at the end of July.
OPBA All Star Program is managed by the OPBA Board of Directors.
Eligibility and Participation
It is a requirement that all participants in the OPBA All Star program are also participants in the OPBA House Program. There will be no exceptions to this rule. While the OPBA encourages children to be engaged in multiple sports and extracurricular activities, participation in the OPBA All Star Program requires a significant time commitment and players must be able to commit to the schedule in order to participate.
Tryouts for the 10U and 13U All Star teams will be held on January 4, 2016 at the UIC indoor training facility. There is NO CHARGE to tryout but you must register. We encourage all eligible players to participate in tryouts, the experience of playing indoors at UIC is priceless. See the registration link to sign up for tryouts.
UIC Baseball Coaching Partnership
The Oz Park Baseball Association is an exclusive training partner with UIC Baseball and the UIC Coaching Academy. UIC Coaching Academy provides coaching and player development for the OPBA Tornados All Star Program for ages 10U and older. The All Star teams train at the state-of-the-art UIC baseball facility once per week from January to July and have access to private and semi-private lessons year round. This is a unique program, the only one of its kind within the city of Chicago, and one of the few like it in the entire country. This program is without question the best training available for baseball players within the city of Chicago.
About UIC: UIC is a NCAA Division 1 baseball program and one of the top programs in the Horizon League. UIC Head Coach Mike Dee has over 500 collegiate wins including multiple appearances in the College World Series. Many UIC Baseball players have been selected in the annual MLB draft, including MLB All Star Curtis Granderson, and many currently serve as coaches throughout the NCAA.