Last Updated: October 16, 2017

Just recieved 2018 Season Age Determination

Link:

http://www.pony.org/Default.aspx?tabid=899396&mid=974737&newskeyid=HN1&newsid=80040697&ctl=newsdetail

 

PONY AGE CHANGE

I have received a magnitude of questions pertaining to whether or not Pony Baseball will adopt a new Age criteria based on the school year to follow suit with Little League as well as many other youth sports.  Pony held their national meetings on October 9th and 10th and I have received confirmation from Tom O'Conner who is the West Region/East Zone Division Direction and member of the International Board of Directors that the new Age requirements have been adopted.  What this means, age cut off date will change from April 30th to August 31st.  Basically if your child was born in the months of May, June, July or August they will move up one year this Spring. 

Examples:

Player born 6/21/05 will forgo his 2nd year of Bronco and move up to Pony in 2018

Player born 8/16/06 will jump from Mustang 2017 to 2nd year Bronco in 2018 then Pony in 2019

I have not saw the exact rules and regulations surrounding this as of yet and will update accordingly, however I have not seen or heard anything about any grandfather clause.  I will also put the age chart up once its available.  This will affect a good portion of our players so I advise your league to put on your Website or Facebook page in a timely matter.

If any questions please feel free to contact me, thanks.

Mike Bachinski

2018 Spring Ball is Fast approaching

 

I hope to see representatives for all area leagues in attendance of the 1st of 3 meetings for the Spring 2018 season

When: Thursday November 9th, 2017

Time: @ 6 PM

Where: Follansbee Baseball Association Pavilion at ball fields

This meeting will discuss any rule changes that are wanted so they can be discussed and voted on in January

Also discussion over PONY's new Bat Rules, as well as the implications and decision on Age Changes which should be known to us by this time.

Plus many other topics I am sure

We will have another meeting in January as stated above to vote on any rule changes and adopt any new policies.  Our next and final meeting will be in mid March and at that time all leagues must provide Team Rosters and Coaches contact, field availability, proof of insurance and payment written out to FBA by check or cash for every Mustang, Bronco and Pony team you will have in the amount of $40 per team.  Too many came unprepared this year and that cannot happen again.  Please schedule your sign ups accordingly so you have this information readily available to provide at the meeting.

 

Thanks and let me know if any questions in advance of meeting

Mike Bachinski

724-366-0441

 

Congratulations to 2017 "A" Tournament Champions

Mustang - Weirton Indians defeat Toronto Nationals 16-0

Bronco - Steubenville Athletics defeat Steubenville Red Sox 13-6

Pony - Best of 3 series between Oak Glen Gold and Steubenville Angels

Oak Glen wins Game 1, 9-8.

Steubenville Angels win Game 2 and Game 3, 11-7 and 14-4.

 

Congratulations to 2017 "B" Tournament Champions

Mustang - Steubenville Rays defeats Jewett Vikings 18-8

Bronco - Indian Creek Gold defeats Steubenville Orioles 22-18

Pony - Toronto Red Knights defeat Weirton Cubs 14-2

 

 

 

 

OVYBL Voted to continue PitchSmart at Mustang, Bronco and Pony levels, rather than innings. Pitchers will now enter, exit and rest based on the guidelines on the PitchSmart website.  Number of innings pitched are no longer a factor.  Number of pitches thrown will be the only rule effecting when and how much a pitcher may pitch. For information as to pitching restrictions, please review the following website:   http://m.mlb.com/pitchsmart

MLB Baseball and USA Baseball endorse Pitchsmart

http://web.usabaseball.com/article.jsp?ymd=20170201&content_id=214893108&vkey=news_usab&utm_source=ABCA+Press+Box+-+Feb.+7%2C+2017&utm_campaign=Press+Box+020717&utm_medium=email

Coaches will need to agree at the end of each inning how many pitches have been thrown.  Total number of pitches for each pitcher in a game will be recorded under the players name, the winning team reports the game results and pitch counts on the website within 24 hours of the game.  All games that are cancelled or postponed must be accurately changed also so that pitch counts are tracked correctly during actual game date