2018 REGISTRATION INFORMATION -
2018 PONY AGE CHANGE - During the 2016 PONY International Board of Directors meeting, a decision was reached to change the date for determining player eligibility from April 30 to August 31. The rule change will take effect at the start of the 2018 PONY Baseball season. This decision was reached after careful consideration of input from leagues, parents, coaches and other sources important in the decision-making process. By making our program younger, all players will be competing on a level playing field. This change will ensure all PONY participants will play in their true age group.
Click Image for a Larger View
2018 RULE CHANGES - Following approval by the PONY Baseball Rules Committee and the International Board of Directors, two baseball rules have been updated for the 2018 season. For the first time, PONY Baseball will be following a pitch count instead of an innings limit, as recommended by MLB Pitch Smart Guidelines, and, in conjunction with USA Baseball and its other participating National Member Organizations, PONY Baseball has adopted the new USA Baseball Bat Standard (USABat).
As will be stated in Section 10 "Pitching Rules" and T-8 "Tournament Pitching", any team member may pitch, subject to the restrictions of the pitch count, as recommended by MLB Pitch Smart Guidelines, for age divisions Pinto 8U, Mustang 10U, Bronco 12U. Players in the Shetland 6U age division are not permitted to pitch. Pitchers are to adhere to the chart below for league and sanction tournament play.
As will be stated in Section 8 "Equipment", in conjunction with USA Baseball and its other participating National Member Organizations, PONY Baseball has adopted the new USA Baseball Bat Standard (USABat).
Effective January 1, 2018, with the exception of the -3 bat (BBCOR certified), all other 2-1/4" and 2-5/8" minus factor bats (-5, -7, -9, etc.) must be certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league and tournament play. 2-1/4" and 2-5/8" minus factor bats (-5, -7, -9, etc.) used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 2018.
2-3/4" barrel bats are prohibited in all divisions of PONY Baseball. Colt 16U and Palomino 18U players are only allowed to use 2-5/8" -3 BBCOR certified bats. Thorobred 23U players must use wooden bats only as specified by Major League Baseball.
If using a tee ball bat manufactured prior to 2018, these bat must carry the USA Baseball mark accompanied by the following text: "Only For Use With Approved Tee Ball Bat." If you already have a tee ball bat you would like to continue using, all you have to do is purchase a USA Bat sticker directly from USABB and place it on your bat.
We will try and highlight various accomplishments by our baseball players, on and off the field. If you have a story that we should share, please send it in to us.
(Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org)