Frequently Asked Questions
Mira Mesa Youth Baseball (MMYB) is locally run, non-profit baseball league for players ages 3 thru 26. MMYB was established in 1972 and is associated with PONY Baseball of America. MMYB is run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors elected annually by its members. See the MMYB By-Laws for more details.
PONY stands for "Protect Our Nation's Youth". PONY Baseball of America is a non-profit corporation, started in 1951, and is a national competitor to the better known "Little League". As a member of PONY baseball MMYB may enter teams in post-season PONY tournaments.
Why "PONY Baseball"?
There are several other brands of youth baseball in America. 'Little League' is probably the most well known, with other smaller brands that include 'Dixie' and 'Cal Ripken'.
MMYB is run by a Board of Directors which is made up exclusively of volunteers. These volunteers work year-round to promote player development and enhance the game of baseball for the youth of Mira Mesa and surrounding communities. Those interested in joining the Board may submit a nomination form beginning in the month of May, with the annual election held at the Annual Picnic in May.
General registration for the spring season is held in November-January for the spring season and June-August for the fall season. The exact dates for registration sessions and deadlines will be posted on the website.
Yes - and a number of girls do play in MMYB every year, especially in the younger age divisions.
During the Spring and Fall seasons the PONY league boundaries rule does not apply.
A player's age for the season is determined by what their age will be on April 30 that upcoming spring. For example, if a player's 11th birthday is on April 15, they must play in the Bronco division - even though they will only be 10 when the season begins.
After registration is closed, and assessments are held, a list of available players from each division is created by the player agents. For Shetland Lower & Upper, the player agents create balanced teams that will help foster a learning and fun environment. For Pinto through Colt, a draft is held with coaches choosing from the available players to make their teams.
Once the teams have been selected, the coach for each team is responsible for contacting the parent/guardian of everyone on their team directly based on the contact info provided during registration.
You may request a particular coach or to have your child play on a team with one of his friends. While this is taken into consideration when teams are created, there are other factors that go into the process (such as player drafts), which may prevent the request from being honored. Youth sports are a good opportunity for your child to experience different coaches and gain more friends.
Please contact the division player agent with any conerns you may have.
In general, the answer is "no". For players age 9 and up, we strongly recommend that they play primarily in their normal age bracket. In the younger age brackets we may suggest that a player play up based on safety reasons, skill level, etc.
The league purchases supplemental insurance for registered players.
I have unregistered my child, can I receive a refund? (back to the top)
Spring season practice begins in February with games beginning in March.
Fall season practice begins in September with games beginning around the 2nd or 3rd week in September.
Spring season ends mid-May. For select players, teams play in the Memorial Tournament in May and All-star tournaments beginning in June.
Practice times are determined by the head umpire and coaches. Typically the coaches will discuss the practice schedule at the first team meeting.
Spring season practice begins February 1st and includes Sundays.
Fall season practice begins end of August and includes Saturdays.
Spring season games are played on Saturday.
Fall season games are played on Sunday.
Games are played at Camino Ruiz Neighborhood Park, located at 11489 Camino Ruiz.
Prior to games starting, the Fields & Facilities Coordinator will work with the coaches to determine whether the fields are playable. The safety of players, umpires, coaches and parents is the most important factor. If a game is cancelled, coaches will be responsible for notifying their team members as soon as possible. The league website will be updated with cancellations in a timely manner, so check there too. We will also update our Facebook group page.
MMYB provides each player with a baseball shirt and hat, which they will be allowed to keep at the end of the season. Each team is supplied with bats, batting helmets, catcher’s gear and balls for use during games and practices.
Each player should have their own baseball glove. It is recommended that you write your child’s name on the inside of the glove. Baseball pants, belt and socks (coaches determine color), baseball cleats (plastic only). If your child is going to play the catcher position, it is recommended that they have a cup.
It is recommended that your child utilize the bats provided by the league initially. Since bats can be very expensive, it is important that any bat purchased individually conform to league rules and is suitable for your child. As a result, it is recommended that you consult your child’s Coach, Division Chair or a MMYB Board member before purchasing any bat. Please label any bat that you bring.
Batting helmets are provided for each team. You may choose to bring your own helmet, but please label it so that it is not confused with team equipment.
Generally, yes, we are usually in need of coaches, especially for the younger age divisions.
During the registration process, fill out a Manager/Coach Application; indicate which position you would like to help out with (manager, coach, assistant coach). You may also reach out to any member of the Board of Directors. MMYB provides guidance to new coaches, so prior experience is not a requirement.
Yes, anyone who will have contact with kids on the field, practice field or dugout requires a background check, this includes managers, coaches and assistant coaches. The safety of our children is our most important objective.