SOUTH BAY PONY FALL BASEBALL 2021
Fall is the secondary Baseball Season for South Bay PONY (SBP) Baseball. Boys and Girls, ages 4-14, from all over South Bay are invited to play. There is no experience necessary. The Fall season tends to be for our more passionate players, but we also encourage new players who have never tried PONY before to give it a try.
In the Fall participants move up to the next age group, so they can prepare for the upcoming Spring season. So an 8-year-old playing in Pinto National (8U) during the Spring will move up to Mustang (9U & 10U) for the following Fall, and then they will be in Mustang again the next Spring. Our sports year runs from Sept 1 to Aug 31 and we calculate a players age on the last day of the sports year.
In the Fall season we allow Team Registration. We encourage groups of friends in the same division to register together as a Team with a Coach. This is different from the Spring when most of our divisions have player evaluations and player drafts, and you must register as an individual. Teams must have a designated Coach in order to register as a Team. You can also register as an Individual for the Fall. We will do our best to place you on a good team. In the unfortunate situation where we cannot find you a team for the Fall, we will fully refund your Registration Fees.
Registration typically runs from July until early September, and we begin playing in mid-September. The regular season runs through November. We typically take off the week of Thanksgiving, including both the weekend before and after the holiday. If there is interest, we often offer a short Fall Playoff Tournament for all participating teams in December.
There may be up to 5 Divisions in the Fall Season. Most of the interest in Fall Ball tends to be in the Kid Pitch Divisions, Pinto National and older.
- Super Shetland (5-7 years old)
- Pinto National (8 years old)
- Mustang (9-10 years old)
- Bronco (11-12 years old)
- Pony (13-14 years old)
Super Shetland (5-7 years old)
The SUPER SHETLAND division is intended for anyone who played Shetland the prior Spring. Children who may be transferring from other programs are also welcome to join. However, it is NOT ideal for children who are brand new to baseball. New players are encouraged to start in the Spring Season. The Fall Season is mostly games, with few practices. Our goal is extra reps for the kids and lots of fun. Most of our participants play Soccer or another sport in the Fall, so most activities will be on Sundays to minimize conflicts.
Pinto National (8 years old)
The Pinto National division is typically our most popular Fall Ball division. This is the year kids transition from machine pitch to kid pitch, so the extra practice is very helpful getting players comfortable with both pitching and hitting kid pitch. The Fall Season is mostly games, with few practices. We will also hold some pitching clinics. Most of our participants play soccer or another sport in the Fall, so most activities will be on Sundays to minimize conflicts.
Mustang 9U & 10UBeginning with Mustang League, the players are playing real baseball in accordance with the rules of Major League Baseball, with a few specific PONY rules where appropriate for this age group. Kids are allowed to lead off, steal at any time, work on pick-off moves, etc. This is a kid pitch division with a 60-foot diamond (46 feet to pitchers mound).
Bronco 11U & 12UIn the Bronco division players step up to a 70-foot diamond and a 50-foot pitching mound. This is part of the PONY philosophy of adjusting the size of the diamond to player's size, strength, and ability. The players are playing real baseball in accordance with the rules of Major League Baseball, with a few specific PONY rules where appropriate for this age group.
PONY 13U & 14U
Please see the Divisions Summary page for more details.
The Pony Division is considered a “high school” prep division with thirteen and fourteen year old players competing with 90’ bases and pitchers throwing from 60 feet. Pony players play one of the most fascinating games in all of youth baseball. Well beyond the beginners stage, they have mastered all but the finest points of technique and strategy and can play the game with a skill comparable to that of older players.
IMPORTANT DATESJuly 16, 2021 Registration opens
August 27, 2021 Registration closes
Sept 11 & 12 Games begin
December, 2021 Postseason/Playoffs/Tournament (format TBD)
Volunteers are a critical part of PONY Baseball. We could not provide such high quality baseball at affordable prices for all of South Bay without the tireless dedication of hundreds of volunteers. We are always looking for volunteers to coach, help maintain the fields, and manage the logistics of the league.
Please contact the league (Contact Us) or one of our Board Members (Board of Directors) if you have any interest in volunteering.
If you would like to Register for the Upcoming Season, please Login to your account or Register for an account at the top right corner of the page. The system will show you any and all available programs for which your children are eligible.