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WELCOME TO THE PONY NORTHWEST REGION


Serving Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington





If you would like to establish a Pony Baseball or Softball league or team in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington
contact Ken Hawkins, PONY Baseball Northwest Region Director, Phone: (253) 222-6680 or e-mail 
k.hawkins@pony.org.
 


 
 

 


If you would like to establish a PONY League in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon or Washington contact Ken Hawkins, PONY Baseball Northwest Region Director, Phone: (253) 222-6680 or e-mail k.hawkins@pony.org.
 
 

 


If you would like to establish a PONY League in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon or Washington contact Ken Hawkins, PONY Baseball Northwest Region Director, Phone: (253) 222-6680 or e-mail k.hawkins@pony.org.

NEWS



.PLAYING MULTIPLE SPORTS MAXIMIZES BENEFITS FOR YOUTH ATHLETES

There are many benefits of playing multiple sports throughout the year; including reducing the risk of overuse injuries, avoiding burnout, developing better skills as an all-round athlete, developing more mental and life skills and furthering confidence building.  

Click here for full article


PONY AGE DETERMINATION DATE FOR BASEBALL TO CHANGE IN 2018

The Pony Baseball Board of Directors has approved rule changes that will go into effect in 2018 changing the baseball age determination date from April 30 to August 31.  Beginning with the 2018 season, a baseball player's league age will be their age on August 31.  The rule change was done after Pony obtained input from Pony member leagues.  USA Baseball, which is the national governing board for amateur baseball in the United States, made the rule change last year.   Members of USA Baseball include Pony Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Dixie Baseball, AAU Baseball, American Legion Baseball, USSSA Baseball, National Federation of High Schools, NAIA Baseball, and NCAA Baseball.  

The result of the change will mean that players will be playing at the level most closely tied to their actual age during the regular season and post-season tournaments.  It also allows youth players to play with players of the same age during their seasons.  As with any change, there may be some disruptions for players in 2018 when the change is made.  Leagues have the flexibility to change their structures during the 2017 season to ease disruptions in 2018.

    NEW BAT RULES TO GO INTO EFFECT IN 2018  

The Pony Baseball Board of Directors approved changes to the rules to implement new baseball bat standards in 2018.  Beginning in 2018, bats that have a drop of more than 3 (-4, -5, -6, etc) must be YBBCOR approved and have the YBBCOR Stamp, commonly referred to as the USABat Standard.  It is anticipated that the YBBCOR certified bats will be available in stores in September 2017.  This rule change will affect Pony Divisions and younger.  Colt, Palomino and Thorobred divisions rules do not allow the use of these bats.  This means that sporting goods stores and manufacturers most likely will be deeply discounting their current inventories of these types of bats.  While the bats may be deeply discounted and appear to be "good deals," they will not be usable in 2018, so you should think twice before buying them this year.  This rule change was done in unison with other members of USA Baseball.  For a more detailed explanation, here is a link to the announcement on the USA Baseball website:  CLICK HERE.


                   
            PITCH SMART PROGRAM AIMS TO REDUCE ARM INJURIES - PITCHING RULES TO CHANGE IN 2018




Pitch Smart is a joint arm care initiative between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball and aims to reduce arm injuries among amateur baseball players. This course includes topics such as risks of arm injuries, common misconceptions, and the Pitch Smart guidelines.  Pony Baseball has adopted rule changes to become PitchSmart compliant beginning with the 2018 season.

The online Introduction to Pitch Smart training course, produced by USA Baseball and hosted by Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, is available for free to coaches, players and parents at the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) training site. You can view the course by establishing an account with NFHSLearn and then ordering the free course. Click Here for more information about the course at NFHS. 

Click here to go to the Pitch Smart website at mlb.com


PONY ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP

Pony Baseball and Softball is proud to announce an Alumni Scholarship for graduates of Pony 14U™, Colt 16U™ and/or Palomino 18U™ leagues. In order to be considered for a scholarship a baseball or softball player must have played on a Pony affiliated Pony™, Colt™ and/or Palomino™ team for at least two years prior to application and be a senior in high school. 

Likewise an application must be submitted prior to May 1st, 2017 along with the School & Community Activities Form, an Essay on the designated topic, an Official Secondary School Transcript, test results from either the SAT, ACT or TOEFL, a copy of the Letter of Acceptance from the school you are planning to attend, a Notarized Letter confirming participation in an affiliated league and two Letters of Recommendation.

When the aforementioned information has been received, the Scholarship Committee will consider the application complete.

The Scholarship Committee will administer eight scholarships annually, one each to the four United States Zones (North, East, South, and West), Asia Pacific Zone, Caribbean Zone, Canada and Mexico.

2017 PONY Baseball and Softball Scholarship Form

AN ODE TO THE INTENTIONAL WALK

Major League Baseball recently made several rule changes, including instituting the "no pitch" intentionally walk.  The pitcher will no longer be required to throw the four pitches for an intentional walk.  Pony Baseball will also utilize the "no pitch" intentional walk.  We'll miss the "once in a blue moon" moments like those show below.

PONY NORTHWEST REGION STAFF

 Northwest Region Director
Ken Hawkins
k.hawkins@pony.org
253-222-6680

Assistant Northwest Region Director
Michael Blonden
m.blonden@pony.org
360-491-8869

South Section Director
Michael Blonden
m.blonden@pony.org
360-790-3665

Field Directors
Lance Byrne
l.byrne@pony.org
253-858-4243

Steve Cruver
 steven.c.cruver@gmail.com
206-300-4598

Dennis Pingul
d.pingul@pony.org
253-732-5517

North Section Director
Palomino Director - Thorobred Director
Tony Stapleton
a.stapleton@pony.org
206-571-1472


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