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North Star Interior Pony Baseball (NSIPB)  Competitive Baseball

2018 Spring Announcement


2018 NSIPB Tryouts:

Saturday, May 12, 2018 4:30 – 6:30pm AFTER the IBL Dust Off Tournament. 

See attached Tryouts announcement for additional details.


16th Annual Farthest North Open Invitational Baseball Tournament.

Will be held once again in Fairbanks over Memorial Day weekend.  We are looking for parent volunteers.  We need:

·         Tournament Director

·         Snacks & Concessions Coordinator


·         Fields Prep Coordinator.




2018 North Star Interior Pony Baseball

Travel Teams Tryout Announcement


For:                        Mustang, Bronco, Pony Players in the Interior Baseball League


When:                  Saturday, May 12, 2018 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Where:                   Mustangs            @ Franis Field                    for 9-10 year olds

                                Broncos                @ Rankin Field                  for 11-12 year olds

                                Ponys                    @ Growden 5 Field         for 13-14 year olds


What:                   The Northstar Competitive Travel Teams Program provides additional opportunities for our youth            ballplayers to continue to advance their skills by practicing and playing more baseball. 


Should I tryout?              

    If you want to play more baseball and have more attention from coaches to improve your skills, then     by-all-means, you should tryout.

Parents:             Please take note of the Commitment level.  It’s not overbearing, but it is quite a bit more time and             obviously more money.


Tournaments:   Weekends (As follows, or similar);

Farthest North Open Invitational, May 26, 27 – 2018 in Fairbanks

Wasilla Tournament, June 16, 17  – 2018

Anchorage Solstice Tournament, June 30, July 1 - 2018

Alaska State PONY Tournament, August 4, 5 - 2018 in Wasilla

August Fall ball tournament, TBD


What is the Time Commitment?

Practices will typically be held on the weekend before a tournament trip, then depart on the next Friday, as noted above.  Other practices and games will be scheduled to NOT conflict with the IBL practice and game schedule. 

How about the Financial Commitment?

Player Fee for this program remains at $275.00.  The player fee pays for their uniforms, baseballs, tournament fees, team gear.  Travel expenses are NOT included in this fee.


What gear does the Player need to provide?

Players are to provide their own practice pants (gray), game pants (white), cleats, glove, bat, etc.


Questions, Comments, Concerns?

Program President                          David Soderlund                               907 388 2099

Mustang 9 – 10 Coach                    

Bronco 11 Coach              

Bronco 12 Coach                               Tony Chiu                                            907 590 2299


Pony 13-14 Coach                            Will Emerson                                      907 978 9943




Registration is now OPEN for the  2018 Summer Season!

Pony Baseball has changed the eligibility age from April 30 to August 31. To lessen the immediate impact IBL will make the change gradually over a two year period.  The eligibility age for 2018 season will be June 30 and for the 2019 season will be August 31.


Date of Birth

Before June 30, 2003 = INELIGIBLE

Jul 1, 2003 – Jun 30, 2005 = PONY

Jul 1, 2005 – Jun 30, 2007 = BRONCO

Jul 1, 2007 – Jun 30, 2009 = MUSTANG

Jul 1, 2009 – Jun 30, 2011 = PINTO

Jul 1, 2011 – June 30, 2014 = SHETLAND JR/SR

After Jun 30, 2014 = INELIGIBLE


Important Dates
April 8, 15 & 22, 2018    SKILL ASSESSMENTS
West Valley High School  10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(Pinto, Mustang, Bronco, Pony)
In Person Registration accepted for the 2018 Season at assessments.
No Assessments for Shetland Division.
May 11 Registration CLOSES ALL DIVISIONS


 **Please note IBL reserves the right to close registration early if a division reaches max numbers - which is determined by field and coaching availability. It is highly recommended that you register early.


Coaches Continuing Education Classes

April 8th 1:00pm-3:00pm      West Valley High School (during assessments)

April 15th 1:00pm-3:00pm      West Valley High School (during assessments)

April 22nd 1:00pm-3:00pm      West Valley High School (during assessments)

All coaches, new and returning are required to attend a CCE class

Please register for a CCE class, once you have registered for a class you will receive the link for the background check.


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 -3 (BBCOR certified), all other 2 1/4" and 2 5/8" barrel bats with a minus factor of (-5, -7, -9, etc.), must be USABat certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league and tournament play. All 2 1/4" and 2 5/8" minus factor bats -5, -7, -9, etc. used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 2018.

Tee ball bats are not required to undergo lab testing to receive approval under the USABat program. However, to be approved for play, tee ball bats must carry the USA Baseball mark accompanied by the following text: "Only For Use With Approved Tee Ball Bats." 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 USA Baseball and place it on your bat. You can purchase a USA Bat sticker, click here. Tee ball bats manufactured after the new rule was adopted will already include the USABat Baseball mark. 

The new USABat certified bats bearing the USABat licensing mark are expected to be offered in retail stores September 1, 2017.

To find out more about the USABat standard click here.
To find PONY's official approved bat list, which is in accordance with USABat, click here. 

IBL would like to thank all the the coaches and parents that supported youth baseball in Fairbanks this summer! Your commitment and volunteer hours make the season possible.  

Thank you for a great summer of baseball.

Thank you to all our sponsors!
Interior Baseball Lions
Marion Weeks Foundation
Goldpanners Baseball
Eklutna Construction and Maintenance
Slayden Plumbing & Heating
IBEW LU 1547
Alaska Housing
Orion's Belt School of Self Defense
Wentz Orthodotics
Conklin Family
Fullford Electric, Inc.
Patrick Mechanical LLC
Matt Raymond State Farm
iPlow iMOW
UA Local 375 Plumbers & Pipefitters
Midwives of Interior Women's Health
Denali Industrial Supply, Inc.
Western Mechanical, Inc.
Round Up Steakhouse
Kenneth A. Murray Insurance, Inc.
Somers & Associates Realtors Inc.
Kenneth Covell
Play It Again Sports






Board Meeting

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

JP Jones Community Development Center

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM




 Fred Meyer's Community Rewards Program

Please support IBL by linking your Fred Meyer's Reward card today!

Click on the following link and use the organization number 87731.

Fred Meyer's will donate a percentage of your purchases to IBL.

Visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards today!



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