10U Oaklandon Bombers (2022)

The 9U Oaklandon Bombers are coming off a successful 2021 season and looking forward to continued development in 2022. The 9U team finished 35-12 and was a finalist in four of seven tournaments (two were not completed because of rain and a third was canceled). The Bombers won three championships and one runner-up.

The 10U Oaklandon Bombers (2022) has a plan to help your player maximize his potential next season. It includes professional instruction and individualized, one-on-one training with the coaching staff. See the links and information below. Feel free to contact the head coach, Johnny Goldfinger, for details about development opportunities for your player. Johnny has over ten years of travel baseball experience and success as a coach, instructor, and administrator. Contact Johnny at jgoldfinger@marian.edu or text to 607-279-4428.

Tryouts will involve 30 minute small group training sessions (usually no more than two players). This allows coaches to spend time working individually with and getting to know each player (and vice versa). It also reflects the team’s commitment to individual attention for player development.

You must reserve your session by contacting Johnny Goldfinger. If none of the scheduled sessions work for you, then let Johnny know and he can find a day and time that is convenient.

The location for the tryouts is the home of the Bombers, Veterans Memorial Park, Veterans Memorial Park, 12150 East 62nd Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46236. This is in Lawrence Township just northeast of Ft. Benjamin Harrison.

We will begin making decisions and offers on July 26. Tryouts will continue July 28-August 1 only if the roster has not been filled.

DateSession Times (reservation required)
jgoldfinger@marian.edu or 607-279-4428
Location
July 25, Sunday3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, and 5:30, 6:00 PMField 1
July 26, Monday6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 PMField 1
July 28, Wednesday*7:00 and 7:30 PMField 1
July 31, Saturday*4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00 PMField 1
August 1, Sunday*3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, and 5:00 PMField 1

*These dates are tentative. We will begin making offers after the tryout on Monday, July 26. Tryouts will continue July 30-August 1 only until the roster is set.

INFORMATION

Here are links to information about the 10U Oaklandon Bombers:

  • Fee and Budget A detailed budget for the team including player costs, a breakdown of estimated expenses, and sponsorship opportunities.
  • 10U Bombers Calendar The anticipated calendar for the 10U Bombers for the next year. This will give you an idea of what the schedule will look like for the team.
  • Management and Expectation Basic information about how the team will be managed and expectations for coaches, players, and families.
  • Location and Organization Where the Bombers are located and details about its parent organization, the OYO.

MORE INFORMATION

Here is some basic information about the team you might find useful:

  • Hitting instruction is based on the hitting program developed by Mike and Jake Epstein. A certified Epstein hitting instructor will oversee the batting development of the players and work with a dedicated hitting coach to train the players individually.
  • Each player will learn how to pitch correctly. We use the pitching systems created by Tom House and Ron Wolforth to teach players how to throw safely, increase velocity, and improve command. Coach Jason Taulman (Marian University pitching coach) is our pitching evaluator and consultant. He will provide individual pitching assessments and a development plan for each player.
  • The player fee is estimated to be $900-$950. This covers insurance, hats, jerseys, pants, bat bags, facility rentals for winter training, insurance, field usage at Veterans Memorial Park, equipment, showcase games, and tournaments. This fee is one of the lowest you will typically find for a full time travel team.
  • There will be a payment plan for the player’s fee. You will have a chance to make payments monthly.
  • The Oaklandon Bombers baseball club is not a business and not trying to make money. It is part of the Oaklandon Youth Organization, a 501(c)3 not for profit, run by an all volunteer staff. If you find businesses to sponsor the team, they will get a tax write-off and half the donation will go to your player’s fee. There will be incentive packages for sponsors based on donation levels.
  • Kids are encouraged to play multiple sports for fun and physical development. Playing different sports makes kids better athletes and better athletes make better baseball players.
  • Fall practices (September-mid-November) are optional and winter practices (January-March) are strongly recommended. Fall practices will be outside on a baseball field. Winter practices will be indoors. Safety precautions will be observed during practices and indoor activities.
  • The season will begin in April and end in mid-July. We will play showcase games and approximately 8 to 10 tournaments.
  • The team will use a continuous batting order. All players bat and play in the field. No one sits out any game.
  • Pitch counts and recommendations from Ron Wolforth will be used to keep arms safe and healthy. Kids should not be throwing with pain. You might be surprised how often travel baseball coaches abuse the arms of children in an effort to win a game or simply because they lack knowledge about arm care.