Omega Delta Youth Baseball & Softball League founder Danny Gaichas explains the season and rules for parents and families on Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Hoyne Park, 3417 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago.

Omega Delta Gets Ready for Baseball, Softball Season in Hoyne Park

Published May 2, 2021

The Omega Delta Youth Baseball & Softball League prepped for its 2021 season with its annual parents meeting on Saturday, May 1, 2021, in anticipation of opening day in one week: on Saturday, May 8. League head Danny Gaichas again outlined the specifics of the season and the proper behavior that is expected and required of all parents who have kids playing in the league at Hoyne Park, 3417 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago.

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No stepping in to override a volunteer coach during a game, or arguing with 13-year-old umpires, Gaichas said. In Omega Delta, every child gets to play every game, and the focus is on sportsmanship and improving baseball skills, not "being the champion of Hoyne Park," he said.

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Thirty teams are playing in the 2021 Omega Delta league, ranging from toddlers playing T-ball to young womens softball teams. Traveling teams are available for players who want to challenge themselves in a more competitive environment, and the league is adding casual 16-inch softball play for parents.

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Gaichas noted the ongoing precautions that all parents and players are asked to follow to mitigate COVID transmission. The Omega Delta league was one of the only youth sports programs active in 2020, and it was able to avoid problems by being careful, he said.

Omega Delta Youth Baseball & Softball Opening Day will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, at Hoyne Park and will include the dedication of a new $30,000 scoreboard donated by the Chicago Cubs Diamonds Project. Because of the pandemic, opening day this year will not include a parade through the McKinley Park neighborhood.

Gaichas noted that the league is 100 percent volunteer-run, including organizers, coaches and assistant coaches, many of whom are also parents of players. Every participating family is also asked to volunteer five service hours to the league during the season.

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