Last Updated: March 18, 2015
2015 Opening Day Countdown
29 Days
PONY vs. Little League

If you don't know how to do this, the instructions are in the Left Menu/Meeting Minutes 
of this site entitled "Game Score Reporting Doc".


I understand that some drafts in some of our organizations have not yet taken place.  However, I'm encouraging everybody who hasn't turned in their rosters to do so as soon as possible.  Please submit rosters to

Also, please take the time to review the edited rules for the 2015 season.

Thanks for your cooperation. 

January 26 Meeting Results

1.  OVYBL President position is currently vacant.  Until a replacement can be found it was decided that OVYBL Presidential duties will be divided between the Voting Presidents of the OVYBL. 

2.  Southern Local has requested to join the OVYBL bringing one Mustang, and one Bronco Team.

3.  Some discussion was held regarding putting a timeline of 72 hours for home team to contact visiting team to reschedule game.   If timeline is not met a forfeit of some sort should be assigned.    Issue was tabled till the next scheduled OVYBL Meeting. 

4.  Next meeting is scheduled for March 9, 2015 at 7:00 @ St. Florian Hall.Organizations should bring the following to the next meeting.

- Number of teams- Check in the amount of $30.00 per team to cover Pony sanctioning fees and trophies
- Field availability
- Coach contact information
- Rosters if finalized within organization.
- Limited schedule requests - School Field Trips, track meets, etc.
- Proof of Insurance


January 26, 2015 Meeting

We will be having our first meeting of the ovybl for the 2015 season on Monday January 26 at 7:00 @ the Wintersville fire hall (st. Florian). Main topic of discussion will be finding a new president for the upcoming season.

I understand there have been some changes in officers within organizations. Please feel free to share this information with the appropriate people as I do not have new contact information.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you all on the 26th.

Fall Ball Meeting Monday 7/21/14 @ 7:00 pm

There will be a Fall Ball Meeting on Monday 7/21/14 @ the Wintersville Fire Hall @ 7:00 PM.  This meeting is open to officers, presidents, and parents.

Topics include double headers vs. 1 nine inning game

1.  Rule revisions

2.  Discussion of the OVYBL becoming an "and under" league.

3.  Time frame of fall season

4.  Defining "call up" in terms of when they are needed.

5.  intentional walk rule.

6.  additional topics that need to be addressed.

Please remember to visit our Fall Ball Website which can be found here for more information regarding the fall season. 


Toronto claims 2014 OVYBL Pony Championship!

Oak Glen Chaney claims 2014 OVYBL Bronco Championship!

Weirton Red Sox claim 2014 OVYBL Mustang Championship!

2014 OVYBL Mustang Tournament

 If anybody has a better photograph of this picture, please email it to


Rule Update (3rd to 1st Move is now a Balk)

May 7, 2013


Under a rule change imposed by Major League Baseball for 2013 season, pitchers are no longer be allowed to fake a pickoff to third base and throw to first as a way to dupe a runner on first base into breaking for second.  That move is now a balk.  

If a pitcher steps to 3rd, he must throw to 3rd.  Pitchers can still step off the rubber and fake to third.

OVYBL Umpires are asked to enforce this rule.   MLB Rule 8.05(c).


OVYBL Rolls Out Concussion Policy


All Umpires and Officials are required to take the following 30 minute course.  Associations competing within the OVYBL are asked to enforce that thier managers and coaches also take the course.   Policies and Procedure docs can be found in the menu to the left under Printable Docs.  

Per ORC 3707.52 as enacted by Ohio HB 143 of the 129th General Assembly, ODH is required to post free training programs that train coaches and referees in recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions and head injuries.

The following free online trainings have been approved by the Ohio Department of Health for coaches and referees:

National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports - What you Need to Know:  
(This free on-line course is available through the NFHS. You will need to click the “order here” button and complete a brief registration form to take the course.) Follow these steps to complete the course:

  1. Click on the button that says, please login to order.  In the window that appears, click Register Now.
  2. When your registration is complete you may "order" the free concussion course offered along the left hand side of the page.  Continue following prompts.  Although it may look like you'll be charged for the course, there is no cost.
  3. Once you've completed "checkout," you'll be able to take the free online course.
  4. When you've completed and passed the course, you have the option of printing a certificate of completion.

PLEASE NOTE: The course offers a “certificate of completion” upon successful passage.  The NFHS course allows organizations to search for and track coaches who have completed the course.

OVYBL Rule Reminder

RULE #4 on the 2012 OVYBL Pony Rule Sheet clearly states, "No Steel Spikes Permitted".  It has been brought to our attention that teams are not following this rule, and have players wearing metal cleats, even when in some cases they have molded cleats in thier bags.

Managers, this is one of the most simple rules to understand.  It has been in place for years for the safety of the kids.

During the pregame meeting of managers with the umpire, the umpire asks "Coach, is all of your teams equipment legal?"  This is not only in regards to the bats, but all rules on equipment, including shoes.  Any infraction of these rules, after you have stated that your teams equipment is legal will result in the equipment being removed from playing field, the manager being ejected from the current game, and suspended for the next scheduled game.

OVYBL on Facebook

Ohio Valley Youth Baseball is now on Facebook.  Think we can reach 1000 "likes", I do. Really that is about 60 people from each Association involved with the OVYBL.  Could it be a week, 2 weeks, or even by Opening Day?  Take a minute to "like" the OVYBL by clicking below, then go about your day...daydreaming about BASEBALL!

PONY vs. Little League

The primary features that distinguish Pony baseball from Little League baseball are those of a two year age bracket system and scaled diamonds.  Additionally, Pony teaches lead offs and base stealing starting at age 9 (Mustang Division), or earlier while pitchers learn pick off moves and holding runners on base to counter the potential steal.

In organizations, such as Little League, player age can differ by as much as 3 years within a division. As a result, the younger players, because of their lack of maturity, ability and size, find it hard to communicate with the older players.  They often find themselves spending a disproportionate amount of time on the bench and may feel disconnected from their team. With players of only two ages involved, as is the case with Pony baseball, it is far easier to permit every player to play more positions since the difference in skills within the age groups is not that great.

In addition, Pony baseball scales the size of the diamonds to match the physical capabilities of the players within each division.  The base and pitching dimensions for Pony baseball are:

  • 50ft bases for Shetland 5 & 6 year olds
  • 55 ft bases and 38ft pitching for Pinto 7 & 8 year olds
  • 60 ft bases and 44 ft pitching for Mustang 9 & 10 year olds
  • 70 ft bases and 48 ft pitching for Bronco 11 & 12 year olds
  • 80 ft bases and 54 ft pitching for Pony 13 & 14 year olds

These base dimensions are the result of extensive experimentation to determine the size on which players of each age group can properly play the game of baseball.  Pitching distance is also scaled to the ability of the player and in proportion to the size of the diamond.

The scaled diamonds allow the players to make the plays made by major leaguers.  Home runs become a possibility. Outfielders can play in a position proportionate to that played by a major leaguer.  The double play, squeeze play and various strategies and tactics, difficult for adults and nearly impossible for youngsters on a full size diamond, become a probability rather than impossibility.

Comparison: Pony League Baseball and Little League Baseball

Pony League Little League
Two Year Age groups



Scaled Age Appropriate Diamonds



Scaled Age Appropriate Pitching Distances



Play by Major League Rules



Mix of Softball and MLB Rules



Limit 5-6 year olds to T Ball Only



Limit 7-8 year olds to Coach/Machine pitch



Competitive baseball starting at age 7



7-8 year olds sit out a maximum of two innings per game



Challenges Kids at every age group



Drafting up or down during season



Teaches base stealing earlier



Teaches Pitching sooner



Teaches Leading off Sooner



Prepares kids for Highschool Baseball



Ohio Valley Youth Baseball has as its goal the preparation of your child for the next level of baseball, from Mustang to Pony.
If you want your child to learn the game of baseball, Pony Baseball is the league for you!