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WELCOME TO THE PONY NORTHWEST REGION


Serving Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming




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 
[email protected].
 


 
 

 


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 [email protected]
 
 

 


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 [email protected]

NEWS



IMPORTANT UPCOMING MEETINGS & DUE DATES

 
   March 30 - Colt, Palomino & Thorobred Performance Bonds due to Tony Stapleton
   March 30 - Palomino & Thorobred League Fees due to Tony Stapleton
   March 31 - 6:30 p.m., Colt, Palomino and Thorobred Scheduling Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Big E Ales, 5030 208th St SW, Lynnwood WA


PONY BASEBALL & SOFTBALL STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

PONY Coronavirus Resources

In the wake of an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, PONY Baseball and Softball is taking concerted steps to maintain the first-rate delivery of PONY leagues games, national and international events and World Series experiences for athletes, team personnel and fans. PONY staff, Field Directors and local league affiliates will work in conjunction with teams and leagues and community partners to monitor COVID-19 developments through the World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control (CDC).

As they would when confronting any public health crisis, local league staff will add appropriate safeguards in coordination with local health response teams to address concerns about the virus.

What Members Need to Know

Members have the primary responsibility for ensuring that actionable plans are in place to guide the local response to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 among local league personnel or a related exposure to the virus at local league event. League personnel should reach out to local health care leaders at their respective area to safeguard the well-being of athletes, volunteers and fans attending baseball and softball events.

If local league members have reason to believe that someone associated with the league shows symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should immediately notify the local league personnel responsible for coordinating with local and state health officials, including public health departments.

When members are engaging with the campus health crisis leadership team about issues that may be specific to their local league, such as the proximity of athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and other medical personnel to one another, here are topics to discuss:

·      Guidance to the league to communicate the policy to all league personnel, including athletes.

·      Confirmation of procedures league members should follow to notify local leadership of a suspected case or exposure to COVID-19, so appropriate governmental notifications can take place as soon as possible.

·      Roster and contact information of individuals assigned to the league’s action or response team charged with responding to medical emergencies or local public health crises.

·      Contact information for local and/or state health departments so local league members can access resource materials.

·      Implementation of a local league policy regarding the triage and clinical management of individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19.

·      Coordination of all events with local league leaders and local and/or state health departments if there is a suspected outbreak of COVID-19 in the community.

More Information

For more information on the coronavirus;

Visit the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Coronavirus page . WHO guidance on clinical signs and symptoms and infection prevention and control recommendations are available here.

Visit the CDC’s Coronavirus page . CDC guidance on clinical signs and symptoms and infection prevention and control recommendations are available here.

As with all information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that may impact the well-being of all league personnel, PONY encourages local leagues to carefully review these materials with applicable institutional health care providers and other relevant league personnel. They should implement any appropriate risk-mitigating initiatives.

What is Coronavirus? 

•An evolving situation involving an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus

•The outbreak started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a number of countries, including the United States

•The disease caused by this virus has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” or “COVID-19”

A close up of a logo Description automatically generatedHow does COVID-19 spread?

•The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person

•Between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet)

Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes

•If you haven’t been in an area where COVID-19 is spreading or been in close contact with someone who has been infected, your chances of getting COVID-19 are currently low

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Symptoms of COVID-19

•Symptoms of COVID-19 infection typically begin 2-14 days after exposure

•Most patients have mild symptoms, including:

Fever
Cough
Headache
Fatigue
Muscle aches

•A small percentage of patients have more severe symptoms including:
Difficulty breathing
Pneumonia

•Older people and those with pre-existing health conditions are at increased risk for severe complications

A close up of a map Description automatically generatedCurrent Situation in the U.S. (as of March 9, 2020)

 







The most recent update from the CDC and public health authorities is:

•Cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the U.S.in travelers and through person-to-person spread

•CDC still considers the immediate health risk to be low

•As of March 9,2020, CDC has reported 556 confirmed and presumptive cases in the U.S. in 35 states

•22 deaths in the U.S. have occurred from COVID-19

A picture containing doughnut, food Description automatically generatedPrevention and Risk Reduction











The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. The following precautions will limit your exposure and prevent the spread of COVID-19:

•Avoid close contact with people who are sick

•Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

•Stay home and seek medical treatment when you are sick

•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw tissues away

•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

•Regularly use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

•Be up to date with vaccinations, including the flu vaccine

•Regularly disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

•Be cautious with close human contact and interactions

•Avoid shaking hands or giving high fives

•Use your own pen or pencil

•Do not travel to high-risk areas identified by CDC (Level2or3areas)

•CDC does not recommend that you wear a facemask unless you have symptoms of COVID-19

•Additional information is available at: www.cdc.gov/COVID19

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What to do if you feel sick? 

If you are experiencing any early symptoms of COVID-19:

•Stay home except to seek medical care

•Contact your local physician 

•The local physician will determine the need for additional measures (e.g., facemask, seclusion) and the best hospital or facility to be tested and evaluated

•Continue to practice good hygiene

•Remember that symptoms are more likely to be from other common viruses


2020 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, 2020 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.

Click here for 2020 PONY Baseball and Softball Scholarship Form


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


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