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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


KEEPING YOUNG ATHLETES INVOLVED IN SPORTS

The number 1 reason that youngsters drop out of sports is.....you probably already know this....."it's not fun anymore!"  A study from the Milken Institute at George Washington University identified the determinants of "fun."  The video below, by Dr. Amanda Visek, the lead researcher, summarizes the research study.  You can view the story from GW Today, by clicking here, and a similar story from Forbes Magazine by clicking here. These are though provoking articles as we look at its juxtaposition with today's increasing professionalization of youth sports. The study helps identify actions for coaches, parents and league administrators.  

The study showed that:

  • There are four fundamental tenets to creating fun—internal, external, social and contextual factors that make up the complete fun experience for kids.
  • Eleven fun factors lie within the fundamental tenets and include being a good sport, trying hard, positive coaching, learning and improving, game time support, games, practices, team friendships, mental bonuses, team rituals and swag.
  • The 11 fun factors are each defined by the various 81 fun-determinants—specific, actionable behaviors that foster fun.
  • Among the 11 fun factors, being a good sport, trying hard and positive coaching were the most important when it comes to fun; together, these three factors were coined the “youth sport ethos”—a collection of 28 fun-determinants that set the standard for promoting a culture of fun.
  • Swag—such as having a cool uniform or the latest sports gear—was rated as the least important determinant of fun.

 The video and articles are worth some time as we strive to protect our nation's youth through baseball and softball programs.






PONY PARTNERS WITH DUGOUT CAPTAIN - OFFERS FREE COACHING HELP

Pony Baseball has partnered with Dugout Captain to provide assistance to coaches in practice planning, drill selection and workout planning.  This is a much needed improvement to our League's programs and is free to all Pony members! Coaching baseball is challenging, regardless of your experience level. Pony Baseball's objective and the mission of Dugout Captain is to ensure that baseball is fun for our participants by supporting a positive, safe, and developmental environment for ballplayers to grow as athletes and individuals. Dugout Captain helps coaches do that through drill videos, practice plans, and training lessons, all built upon the philosophy that we can train champions and prepare them for the big leagues, while also ensuring that they have a smile on their face. It is our belief that the pressures, experiences, and adversities faced through sport teach life skills and character traits that will help players throughout their lives.  This program, which normally costs leagues hundreds or thousands of dollars is free to Pony Members.  For more information or to sign up your league, click here


HOW BASEBALLS ARE MADE


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


 

    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, all bats except drop 3 BBCOR certified bats must be certified with a USA Bat Stamp. 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.

 The video below shows a discussion between Abe Key, Pony Baseball President, and others as they discuss the new USABat standards

                   
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


2018 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, 2018 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.

2018 PONY Baseball and Softball Scholarship Form

 

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