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***Important update*** Age Determination Date Change

(Washington, Pennsylvania – October 9, 2022) – The PONY Baseball and Softball International Board of Directors has voted today to change the age determination date for baseball to April 30 effective for the 2023 baseball season. After considerable discussion and careful deliberation, it was determined that this was the best course of action for our membership. Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of discussion about the PONY age determination date. This is an important topic to everyone involved in PONY, and PONY has sought input from volunteers, parents, and coaches that has helped guide the PONY International Board of Directors to ultimately change the current age determination date for
all divisions of PONY baseball to April 30.

“This has been an ongoing topic of discussion and debated since we changed the date back to August several years ago,” stated PONY President Abraham Key. “By changing the date, we will now align with a large majority of youth baseball organizations. Many PONY member organizations did not make the change years ago and this will help us realign our membership and ensure them additional opportunities in the PONY organization.”

There will be no loss of eligibility for any participants in the 2023 season, essentially the PONY program will be four (4) months older starting in 2023. Players born in the months of May, June, July and August will have a choice whether to stay in their respective age groups or move up into an older age group with their former teammates.

Upcoming Events

2023 Season - League President's Meeting

President's Meeting Presentation

Welcome to the Southwest Region

PONY Baseball, West Zone SoCal Southwest Region.

Serving all of San Diego County (North, Central and South) and Imperial County.

Region Director:  Willie Lessier  |  (619) 227-0205  |  [email protected]

South Section Director:  Willie Lessier  |  (619) 227-0205  |  [email protected]
East Section Director:  Rick Ylagan  |  (858) 224-7262   |  [email protected]
North Section Director:  Douglas Fujikawa  |  (858) 414-0990  |  [email protected]


California Assembly Bill 506 - Youth Protection Law
The new law also mandates that organizations have policies in place to ensure that these regular volunteers for an organization are reporting suspected child abuse.  This is described in Section 11165.9 and Section 11166.05 of the California Penal Code as well as requiring that at least two mandated reporters are there when interacting with youth players.  Mandated reporters are described in Section 11165.7 of the California Penal Code.
This new law includes a background check as described in
Section 11105.3 of the California Penal CodeThis requires a volunteer to get a background check through a fingerprint scan at a Live Scan location (located all over California).

US Senate Bill 534 - Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017
SB534 requires Background checks with Abuse Awareness training for adults or anyone with repeated contact or authority over players. This includes but is not limited to Board Members, Managers, Coaches, and Team Parents.
Abuse Awareness Training and Certification - click on link below
USA Baseball Abuse Awareness Training

California Assembly Bill 379 - Youth athletics: Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest  (SCA) prevention protocols

Concussion Training and Certification - click on links below
CIF Concussion Training
CDC Concussion Training
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training and Certification - click on links below
CIF SCA Training
NFHS SCA Training
NAYS SCA Training


Divisions of play for PONY Baseball include the following:

SHETLAND: 3 to 6 Years Old

PINTO: 7 and 8 Year Olds

MUSTANG: 9 and 10 Year Olds

BRONCO: 11 and 12 Year Olds

PONY: 13 and 14 Year Olds

COLT: 15 and 16 Year Olds

PALOMINO: 17, 18 and 19 Years Old

THOROBRED: Up to 23 Years Old

Some of our leagues offer kids to play UP. This means that a 12 year old could potentially play in the PONY Division. This is strictly a league decision. You will have to contact the league president to verify whether they allow this or not.


New League Info

Are you interested in starting a PONY League in your area?  Email Region Director Willie Lessier for more information.

PONY Baseball and Softball

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Washington, Pennsylvania 15301
PHONE : 724-225-1060
FAX: 724-225-9852
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