All About P.O.N.Y. Baseball/Softball
For complete information about PONY Baseball/Softball, please visit the official web site at www.pony.org
What does PONY stand for?
PONY is an acronym for "Protect Our Nation's Youth." The concept for the name originally came from boys at the local YMCA in Washington, Pennsylvania and stood for "Protect Our Neighborhood Youth," but when PONY became an international program in the early 1950's "Neighborhood" was switched to "Nation's."
What is PONY Baseball and Softball's Mission?
PONY Baseball and Softball is designed to "Protect Our Nation's Youth" by providing experiences in youth baseball and softball that will help young people grow into healthier and happier adults.
What are the age divisions for PONY Baseball and Softball?
PONY Baseball is organized with two-year age brackets. The age brackets for baseball are as follows:
Shetland League - ages 5 and 6
Pinto League - ages 7 and 8
Mustang League - ages 9 and 10
Bronco League - ages 11 and 12
PONY League - ages 13 and 14
Colt League - ages 15 and 16
Palomino League - ages 17 and 18
For PONY Girls Softball, leagues are operated for fast pitch and slow pitch on an "and under" age concept.
Pinto League - age 8 and under
Mustang League - age 10 and under
Bronco League - age 12 and under
Pony League - age 14 and under
Colt League - age 16 and under
Palomino League - age 18 and under
How is play governed in PONY Baseball and Softball?
Baseball play is governed by the Official Rules of Major League Baseball, and PONY Baseball rules and regulations, which contain those exceptions deemed necessary for a youth baseball program. The PONY rulebook also contains regulations relative to league organization and administration. PONY Girls Softball Rules and Regulations include the rules of play, as well as regulations for softball league organization and administration.
Click here for official PONY rules: RULES