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North Zone Meeting Minutes

2017 North Zone Meeting – PONY Baseball and Softball

November 11, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. - Mary’s Restaurant, Herrin IL

Call To Order:

Meeting Called to Order at 10:19 a.m. by Vice President Steve Miller.

Invocation:

Dick Whitt asked all in attendance to honor the Veteran’s within our group and all the veterans in our country.

Welcome and Introductions:

Steve Miller introduced Abe Key, President and CEO of Pony Baseball and Softball. Mr. Dick Whitt – Retired Board Member and Secretary of the International Board. Brent Liberatore – Director of Information Technology for PONY Baseball and Softball and Carson Fox our PONY Multi Media Manager.

Report from Abe Key, President CEO:

Mr. Abe Key discussed the happenings going on within Pony Baseball and Softball. He stated that the four Zone Meetings are held to provide information to our Zone Division Directors and Field Directors. They then will pass it on to their respective leagues. He stated that the organization is in good financial shape with ALL bills and obligations covered the fiscal year. He stated that team count is critical to the organization and stated we’re up in some age groups and down in others. There will be no increases to any of our items, team fees etc.

Mr. Key discussed the history of PONY Baseball and Softball and the statement of our motto “PROTECT OUR NATION’S YOUTH”. The League was started in 1951 to give the Little League players a place to play after 12 years of age.

Mr. Key discussed the need of the volunteer’s within the organization. The PONY organization has 600 volunteers as of now who help us go on everyday. They are the front line meeting and working with the League organizations.

Mr. Key discussed the North Zone members sitting on the International Board. Naming Steve Miller, John Schultz, Ritchie Clayton, Randy Crompton and Stephanie Allen and recognizing them for all the work they do for the Zone. He discussed the International Board Meeting and how things are done, how your members work on their respective committees. Stating that Steve Miller and Stephanie Allen serve on the Champion’s Committee and Ritchie Clayton serves on the Technology Committee.

WORLD SERIES TOURNAMENT SITES FOR 2018:

National Championship Pinto 8U:

Mt. Vernon, Illinois

July 19-21, 2018 – Report Day, July 18

International World Series Mustang 9U:

Walnut, California

July 27-30, 2018 – Report Day, July 26

International World Series Mustang 10U:

Youngsville, Louisiana

August 3-6, 2018 – Report Day, August 2

International World Series Bronco 11U:

Chesterfield, Virginia

July 27-30, 2018 – Report Day, July 26

International World Series Bronco 12U:

Los Alamitos, California

August 3-6, 2018 – Report Day, August 2

International World Series Pony 13U:

Whittier, California

July 27-30, 2018 – Report Day, July 26

International World Series Pony 14U:

Washington, Pennsylvania

August 10-15, 2018 – Report Day, August 8

International World Series Colt 16U:

Rent One Park, Marion, Illinois

August 3-8, 2018 – Report Day, August 2

International World Series Palomino 18U:

Site and dates to be determined

2018 NORTH ZONE WORLD SERIES TRAVEL:

MUSTANG 9 – $1.10 Mile each way

MUSTANG 10 - $1.10 Mile each way

BRONCO 11  - $1.10 Mile each way

BRONCO 12  - 18 Airline Tickets *

PONY 13  - $1.10 Mile each way

PONY 14  - $1.10 Mile each way

COLT 16  - $1.10 Mile each way

PALOMINO  - $1.10 Mile each way

SOFTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS SITES FOR 2018:

South Zone SOFTBALL Championships (6U – 18U)

Laredo, Texas

July 17-21, 2018

East Zone SOFTBALL Championships (10U – 14U)

Sterling, Virginia

July 13-18, 2018

East Zone SOFTBALL Championships (16U – 18U)

Sterling, Virginia

July 19-23, 2018

West Zone SOFTBALL Championships (8U – 18U)

Hemet, California

July 22-129, 2018

North Zone SOFTBALL Championships (8U Coach Pitch)

Herrin, Illinois

July 12-14, 2018

North Zone SOFTBALL Championships (14U)

Mt. Vernon, Illinois

July 20-23, 2018

SCOTT CASEY – DICK’S SPORTING GOODS:

Scott Casey gave an overview of the items and help Dick’s can supply. Dick’s Sports is working with ALL Leagues. They offer some financial help but they’ve added BLUE SOMBRERO, AFFINITY and GAME CHANGER to help Leagues with their needs. In ALL cases these Apps our FREE to ALL Leagues.

He also discussed the addition of AD-STAR to the Dick’s Sports family of brands. The move has just been made. DICK’S SPORTS HQ is pushing the fact that they can create and deliver uniforms in any color, logo, and needs. DICK’S SPORTINGS GOODS has a 20-percent off Family coupon traditional twice a year in most area. With the change in the Bat Rule contact DICK’S SPORTS to see how they can help your organization.

MICHAEL ANTONI – GAGLIARDI INSURANCE:

Discussed the options available from the Gagliardi Insurance Company for Leagues. Gagliardi Insurance has been with PONY Baseball and Softball for years and in ALL cases serves as the best Insurance Package for our Leagues.

Michael is sharing his PowerPoint to ALL Pony Field Directors, through their Pony email accounts. If you have more direct needs, please contact Gagliardi Insurance.

OFFICES:

San Jose, California

950 S. Bascom Ave. Suite 3010, San Jose, CA 95128

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday 8am-5pm PST

Telephone: 800-995-9768 Press 3

Fax: 408-414-8199

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

109 S. 13th St., Suite 117B, Philadelphia, PA 19107

BRENT LIBERATORE – HEADQUARTERS IT PERSON:

Brent Liberatore discussed the Marketing Tools available to ALL Field Director’s through their PONY EMAIL ACCOUNT. Saving time and allowing you to get the information you need quickly. He discussed the PONY Database System for Registration and how it will handle all of your needs.

He then discussed the help available through our PONY knowledge and issue tracker. If you have questions you can get the answers through the link quickly ”link.pony.org/helpdesk”

To also help route questions go through techsupport@pony.org

SLACK INSTANT MESSAGING SYSTEM

The SLACK system will be coming online for all PONY Field Directors soon. The tool is to help you make quick contact with your area or Region.

SHOPIFY HEADQUARTERS STORE SYSTEM

PONY now has another point to shop for Pony Baseball and Softball needs. You can go to our Online store at “shop.pony.org”.

CARSON FOX – MULTI MEDIA MANAGER:

Carson gave his talk on the Multi Media Promotion events and Staff events etc. Send any information on Players that have gone on to fame and fortune.

Game Changer and working with the Leagues and teams.

2018 BASEBALL RULEBOOK CHANGES

INSERTION: 2018 (Approved 2016)

DESCRIPTION: AGE CHANGE

RULE: 4E & T2D, PAGE 13 & 29

RULE CHANGE: Birthdate chart to reflect August 31 cutoff date.


INSERTION: 2018 (Approved 2016)

DESCRIPTION: USABAT APPROVED BATS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018

RULE: 8-C-3, PAGE 17

RULE CHANGE: 2-⅝” barrel bats are legal in all division of PONY Baseball.  If a 2-⅝” bat is -3, it must be BBCOR certified (stamped on the bats.  Effective January 1, 2018, all other minus factor bats (-5, -7, -9, etc.) Must be certified with USABat licensing mark stamped on the bat.


INSERTION: 2018 (Approved 2017)

DESCRIPTION: APPROVED WORDING FOR NEW BAT STANDARDS FOR 2018 IN PONY RULE BOOK

RULE: 8-EQUIPMENT C, PAGE 16 AND 17

RULE CHANGE: (2) in conjunction with USA Baseball and its other participating national member organizations, PONY Baseball has adopted the new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat). Effective January 1, 2018, with the exception of the -3 bat (BBCOR certified), all other 2-⅝ inch minus factor bats (-5, -7, -9, etc) and 2-¼” bats must be certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league and tournament play.  2-¼” and 2-⅝ inch minus factor bats (-5, -7, -9, etc) used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 2018.


INSERTION: 2018 (Approved 2016)

DESCRIPTION: PITCHING RULES

RULE: 10-A, PAGE 20

RULE CHANGE: Any team member may pitch, subject to the restrictions of the pitch count as recommended by pitch smart guidelines for the particular age classification. 


INSERTION: 2018 (Approved 2017)

DESCRIPTION: RULE BOOK WORDING FOR PITCH SMART

RULE: 10- PITCHING RULES, T-8, PAGE 20-22, 31-32

RULE CHANGE: 10-PITCHING RULES

Any team member may pitch, subject to the restrictions of the pitch count as recommended by Pitch Smart Guidelines for the particular age classification unless modified by Pony Baseball.

SHETLAND 6U, PINTO 8U:  Pitching options:
For use with batting tee:

The ball shall be hit off of a batting tee placed on home plate.  The umpire is responsible for removal prior to any play at home plate.

The batter shall not swing at the ball until the pitcher has made a pitching motion from the pitcher’s plate.

The pitcher shall remain in contact with the pitcher’s plate until the batter hits the ball.

PENALTY:  A balk is called.

For use with pitching machine:

The pitching machine shall be located approximately 38 feet from home plate.

The pitcher shall take position, always to the rear of the pitching machine, and on the left or right side with one foot on the dirt portion of the mound.

If a batted ball strikes the pitching machine and remains in fair territory, the ball is in play.

If a batted ball strikes the pitching machine and goes into foul territory, the ball is dead, the batter is awarded first base and all runners advance one base.

The coach operating the pitching machine shall not direct or coach in any way on offense.  PENALTY:  The coach will receive one warning and the second time he/she must be removed.

For use with coach pitchers:

Coaches or managers shall pitch from a pitching plate 38 feet from the point of home plate.

The player fielding the pitcher’s position shall take position always to the rear of the pitching plate, and on the left or right side of the coach-pitcher with one foot on the dirt portion of the mound.

Coach-pitcher must remain in contact with the pitching rubber while pitching.  He/she must throw the ball overhand.  No  kneeling or pitching from the knee is allowed.

The coach-pitcher shall not direct or coach their team in any way on offense.
PENALTY:  The coach will receive one warning and the second time the coach-pitcher must be removed.

SHETLAND 6U:  Players are not permitted to pitch.

PINTO, MUSTANG, BRONCO, PONY, COLT, PALOMINO, and THOROBRED are to use the chart printed below:

AGE DAILY MAX PITCHES REQUIRED REST (PITCHES)

O DAYS 1 DAY 2 DAYS 3 DAYS     4 DAYS 5 DAYS

AGES 7-8 50 1-20 21-35 36-50 N/A N/A N/A
AGES 9-10 75 1-20 21-35 36-50 51-65 66+ N/A
AGES 11-12 85 1-20 21-35 36-50 51-65 66+ N/A
AGES 13-14 95 1-20        21-35 36-50 51-65 66+ N/A
AGES 15-16 95 1-30        31-45 46-60 61-75 76+ N/A
AGES 17-18 105 1-30 31-45 46-60 61-80 81+ N/A
AGES 19-22 120 1-30 31-45 46-60 61-80 81-105 106+

*No pitcher shall appear in a game as a pitcher for three consecutive days, regardless of pitch count.

Pitchers reaching their maximum number of pitches in a day while pitching to a batter, may finish pitching to that batter before being removed.

Once the umpire-in-chief signals “play” to the pitcher, that pitcher shall become the pitcher of record and their pitch count begin at that point.

A pitcher is charged with the number of pitches in the specific calendar day and week in which they are pitched, regardless of whether they are local organization league games, the playoff of postponed games or suspended games, tie games, or exhibition games.  Rest is calculated as per calendar day.

Any pitcher withdrawn from the mound and/or lineup, or a pitcher who is withdrawn from the mound and stays in the game at another position, shall not be permitted to pitch again in the same game.

If a relief pitcher comes in “cold” the umpire shall allow the pitcher to warm up properly with at least ten warm up pitches.

Pitchers in violation of any of the pitching rules shall be considered ineligible players, subject to penalties outlined in Rule 18- Penalties.

The pitcher named in the batting order turned in prior to the start of the game or any substitute pitcher, shall pitch to the first batter or any substitute batter until such batter is put out or reaches first base, unless the pitcher sustains injury or illness which, in the judgment of the umpire-in-chief, incapacitates him from pitching.

The pitcher may bring their pitching hand in contact with their mouth or lips while in the pitching circle as long as they wipe off their hands or fingers prior to making contact with the pitching rubber.  Penalty for violation of this rule is that the umpire will immediately call a ball.

The league should assign an official scorekeeper for each game to track pitch counts.  In the absence of an official scorekeeper, the home team book shall be the official record of games statistics including pitch count.

14-SCOREKEEPERS

The official scorekeeper shall record at-bats, hits, runs, errors, strikeouts, bases on ball, number of pitches thrown by each pitcher of that game, and starting time of games.

It is recommended that in order to be considered the winning pitcher, pitchers should complete at least three (two in Mustang 10U) full innings and leave a lead that stands up for the remainder of the game.

The Official Scorekeeper shall communicate only with the Tournament Director and/or Home Plate Umpire.

18-PENALTIES

Violations of rule 1, or general failure of the organization league to comply with the concept as defined in these Rules and Regulations, and as expressed in the Blue Book of PONY Baseball, may result in refusal to accept the organization league membership application, or a revoking of the membership status of the organization league if the violation occurs after membership for the current season has been granted.  Please refer to rule 1A concerning PONY’s policy on disabilities.

A team failing to field at least nine uniformed players within 15 minutes after scheduled starting time of a game, or at any time during the shall, shall forfeit the game.

Penalty for use of illegal players shall be forfeiture of games in which illegal players participated, provided such games are protested by any of the organization league managers or officers in writing within 48 hours of the game or games in question.  An illegal player is one who is not legally a member of the organization league because the player does not meet the requirements as to age and/or residence as stated in Rules 4, 5, and 6.  Please refer to rule 1A concerning PONY’s policy on disabilities.

Penalty for use of an ineligible player, upon appeal by the opposing manager when the official scorebook or other league records verify the ineligibility of the player concerned, shall be immediate removal of the player from the lineup and ejection of the team manager from the game.  Both the player and the manager will be ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game played by the team.  Please refer to rule 1A concerning PONY’s policy on disabilities.

An ineligible player is one who is legally a member of the organization league, but who is ineligible to play or to pitch in a particular game or games because of the limitations set forth in these Rules and Regulations, or as the result of a previous rules violation or disciplinary action.
For the purpose of interpreting this rule, a player shall not be considered in violation of the rule until the umpire-in-chief signals “Play” to the pitcher.

In the event the manager of an ineligible player refuse to remove the player from the lineup and manager does not leave the field when he appeal is made, and verified, the game is subject to forfeit.
If opposing coach does not appeal the use of an ineligible player during the course of a game, the game will stand as played.

Violations of pitch count rule may result in a protest of the game in which it occurs as long as the proper procedures are followed for lodging a protest.
Illegal equipment shall be removed from the game.

Players are not permitted to use illegal headgear even if no other headgear is available.  When proper headgear is not available, the game shall be delayed until the equipment can be obtained, or postponed and rescheduled by the organization league officers.

Penalty for use of illegal shoes shall be removal of the shoes from the game, and if no other legal footwear is available, removal of the affected player or players from the lineup.

Players who do not wear complete conventional uniform, protective headgear and catching equipment as required by these rules, shall be removed from the lineup.

Players who intentionally, in the judgment of the umpire, throws bats or protective headgear, or discard protective headgear while batting or running the bases, shall be ejected from the game following completion of any play in progress at the time the violation occurs.  Such action does not constitute an out and such players shall be replaced as batter or base runners if appropriate.

Refusal to remove jewelry will result in immediate ejection of the player.

Bats may be tested at any time and if found to be illegal removed from the game.

Penalty for use of an illegal bat after being checked or tested:
If detected before the first pitch of an at-bat, the bat shall be removed from the game.  An out is not recorded and a substitute batter shall complete the time at bat.  The manager and the violating player shall be removed from the game as well as the next scheduled game and cannot be replaced.

If detected after the first pitch (whether the pitch is swung at or not) the batter is declared out and base runner shall no advance.  The manager and player of the team shall be removed from the game as well as the next scheduled game and cannot be replaced.

If detected after a ball is hit, the batter is out and base runners shall return to their original base prior to the hit.  The manager and player of the team shall be removed from the game as well as the next scheduled game and cannot be replaced.

Pitchers in violation of any of the pitching rules shall be considered ineligible players, subject to the penalties stated for use of an ineligible player in this rule.

T-8 TOURNAMENT PITCHING:

A.  Any team member may pitch, subject to the restrictions of the pitch count as recommended by Pitch Smart Guidelines for the particular age classification unless modified by Pony Baseball as listed below:

AGE DAILY MAX PITCHES REQUIRED REST (PITCHES)

O DAYS  1 DAY  2 DAYS  3 DAYS  4 DAYS  5 DAYS

AGES  7-8  50  1-20  21-35  36-50  N/A  N/A  N/A
AGES  9-10  75  1-20  21-35  36-50  51-65  66+  N/A
AGES  11-12  85  1-20  21-35  36-50  51-65  66+  N/A
AGES  13-14  95  1-20         21-35  36-50  51-65  66+  N/A
AGES  15-16  95  1-30         31-45  46-60  61-75  76+  N/A
AGES  17-18  105  1-30  31-45  46-60  61-80  81+  N/A
AGES  19-22  120  1-30  31-45  46-60  61-80  81-105  106+

*No pitcher shall appear in a game as a pitcher for three consecutive days, regardless of pitch count.

A.  Pitchers reaching their maximum number of pitches in a day while pitching to a batter may finish pitching to that batter before being removed.

B.  All pitchers become eligible at each level of tournament play, provided they have the rest as provided by the above pitch chart.  Rest is calculated as per calendar day.

C.  Names of all pitchers actually appearing in the game, along with the number of pitches thrown shall be recorded on the Tournament Pitching Record form on the reverse side of the first sheet of the eligibility affidavit form.  This record shall be signed by the managers, coach, or business manager of the opposing team, the official scorekeeper of the game, or the Tournament Director or their representative.

D.  Electronic scoring devices are recommended at all levels of Tournament Play in order to ensure accurate pitch count.


INSERTION: 2018 (Approved 2017)

DESCRIPTION: PITCHING RULES ARE AGE SPECIFIC AND NOT LEAGUE SPECIFIC

RULE: 4-C, PAGE 13

RULE CHANGE: Because Pitch Smart is Age specific and not League Specific delete Rule 4-C from the Rule Book.


INSERTION: 2018 (Approved 2016)

DESCRIPTION: TEE BALL BATS

RULE: 8-C-1, PAGE 16

RULE CHANGE: Bats manufactured specifically for use in tee ball, shall not be used when the ball is pitched by a player, coach, or pitching machine.  Coach-pitch bats will only be used in coach-pitch using a safety ball.  Penalty:  removal of the bat only.  (Not subject to rule 18-7 abc).

2019 BASEBALL RULEBOOK CHANGES

INSERTION: 2019 (Approved 2017)

DESCRIPTION: NO OUT ON 6TH PITCH FOUL

RULE: 9-E, PAGE 18
RULE CHANGE: Amend rule to say batter is not out on 6th pitch foul ball.


INSERTION: 2019 (Approved 2017)

DESCRIPTION: SOFT SWING

RULE: 9D, PAGE 18

RULE CHANGE: Remove: Shetland 6U: Batters are not permitted to bunt at the ball on the tee.
Add: Shetland 6U to the Pinto 8U in the last sentence of this rule.
New wording: Shetland 6U and Pinto 8U: Batters are not permitted to bunt or soft swing at the ball.


INSERTION: 2019 (Approved 2017)

DESCRIPTION: METRIC SENSOR ON/IN BAT APPROVAL FOR LEAGUE AND TOURNAMENT PLAY

RULE: 8-C, PAGE 17

RULE CHANGE: The bat’s knob may be solid or hollowed to house an embedded metric sensor. If a sensor is used, it shall (1) not affect performance; (2) be secured by a locking mechanism and a back-up mechanism to keep it in place; and (3) have a distinguishing “off line” mode to prevent data from being accessed during a game.


INSERTION: 2019 (Approved 2017)

DESCRIPTION: ELIGIBILITY FOR TOURNAMENT PLAY
RULE: 1-E, PAGE 12

RULE CHANGE: Organization leagues shall be composed of any number of teams, but must register all teams in an age division to be eligible for Tournament Play.


INSERTION: 2019 (Approved 2017)

DESCRIPTION: PINTO PITCHING DISTANCE

RULE: 7B, PAGE 15

RULE CHANGE: Increase pinto 8U pitching distance to 40 feet for player pitch only.

 

2018 GIRLS SOFTBALL RULEBOOK CHANGES

REGULAR SEASON PLAY

Page ix               Correction: Home team definition Rule 1 Section 31

Rule Definitions   Correction: DP/Flex 4-S-A


Page 3 & 15       Added: Pinto 8U Player Pitch - pitching distance 30’

Rule 2 Sec 3


Page 4               Added the word “leagues” to second sentence. “The names of

Teams Sec. 1      these players shall be listed with the league’s player agent.”


Page 17             Metric Sensor: The bat’s knob may be solid or hollowed out to 

Rule 3 Sec 1       house an embedded metric sensor. If a sensor is used, it shall

(1) not affect performance;
(2) be secured by a locking mechanism and a back-up mechanism to keep it in place; and
(3) have a distinguishing “off line” mode to prevent data from being accessed during a game.”


Page 28             Removed wording (e.g. If…) and replaced with (normal substitution

Rule 5 Sec 11 ITB rules apply).


Page 29-31         DP/Flex is not allowed in Shetland or Pinto

Rule 6 Sec A-D


Page 30             Adopt “Player Pitch” Pinto Rules

Rule 6 Sec C       C. Pinto Rules – Player Pitch

                                            1. The game

                         a. Ninety minute time limit. No new inning after 90 minutes. Inning                      will be completed once started.

                         b. Six innings.

                         (1) Five runs per half inning, all innings.

                         (2) PONY mercy rule is in effect.

                          c. Pitching distance will be 30’

                       d. Base distance will be 55’

                          e. Ball used is 10” R.I.F. (softie)

                      f. International tie breaker will be used if time allows at the end of                       regulation.

                         2. The infield fly rule is not in effect.

                         3. No defensive player except for the pitcher may be closer than

30 feet from home plate when the play begins.

                         4. Bunting is allowed.

                         5. Base stealing is not allowed. Leading off is allowed.

                         6. Runners may advance base(s) only when:

                       A. the ball is put in play by the:

                       (1) batter hitting the ball.

                       (2) batter “walking” on ball 4, and runners are forced to move to                          the next base.

                       (3) batter being struck by the ball, and runners are forced to move                        to the next base.

                     a. One base advancement on a walk or hit by pitch for the

                  batter/runner and all runners forced to the next base by the play.

                      B.  Upon an illegal pitch, they are awarded the next base by the                           umpire.

                         7. No dropped third strike rule – batter is out on 3rd strike.

                          8. Intentional walks are allowed

                         9. Teams may play 10 players on defense. Teams must have 8                              players to start a game or continue a game.

                         10. Catchers must wear equipment designed for fast pitch catchers.

                         11. Look back rule will not be used.

                         12. All other PONY Girls Softball rules are in effect.


Page 53             Added the word “when,’ before “in”

Rule 9 Sec 8i        i. When in running…


Page 55             Removed “Look Back Rule” from this section and moved to new

Rule 9 Sec. 8t     Sec. 11 Look Back Rule


Page ix               Definition of Intentional Walk: The coach, pitcher or catcher of

POE 22 & 23       the defensive team may request an intentional walk either before or during

the plate appearance. The batter must be in the batter’s box, the ball is dead and no pitch needs to be thrown.

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR TOURNAMENT PLAY:

ALL Leagues must have Registered ALL teams in any AGE Division. If your League has 10 teams and the League only registers eight of those teams the Tournament Team would be declared ineligible.

CONCUSSION PROTOCOL:

The Concussion Protocol used by PONY Baseball and Softball will be the Protocol setup for each state the League is from. Each League needs download the Concussion Protocol requirements for their state.

BAT TESTING AND EQUIPMENT:

Steve Miller gave a demonstration of the Bat Testing Equipment used within PONY Baseball and Softball. He also handed out the North Zone Division Directors the extra pin to be used to check the 2-1/4 bats. During Tournament play once a BAT is tested, and logged, if it fails is shall be held or removed by the Tournament Director until the team is eliminated.

THE CHAMPION’S PROGRAM:

Celebrated around the country. All four Zones have Champion League’s involved with program which is very easy to run. Cost to register a Champion League is $0 per league regardless of the number of teams. E-Mail will be sent to all Leagues to explain and highlight the benefits for participation.

Champion’s games are held at multiple Baseball World Series venues & Softball Nationals.

The only thing PONY asks if you have at least 30-players split the numbers into 3-teams.

HELP US ENHANCE THE RULES AND GUIDELINES BY SUBMITTING IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS FROM LOCAL PROGRAMS TO INFO@PONY.ORG

 

PONY BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL UMPIRE REGISTRATION:

Umpire Registration is MANDATORY for an Umpires looking to work PONY Baseball and Softball Tournament’s. The cost is $25.00 per year via online registration. $30.00 per year if using paper registration. All umpires can register online at “link.pony.org/registration”

DICK’S Sporting Goods:

DICK’S Sporting Goods has become a major Sponsor to Pony Baseball and Softball. They have upgraded and added BLUE SOMBEREO, AFFINITY and GAME CHANGER to their line of products to help create, maintain, and support both PONY BASEBALL and SOFTBALL and our member leagues.

They are the PONY.ORG website host through BLUE SOMBEREO. Our League Franchise and Registration is handled through AFFINITY which allows ALL Leagues and Umpires to Register online.

GAME CHANGER was added in 2017 and we saw it used in most ZONE TOURNAMENTS as well as ALL WORLD SERIES events.

HOTELPLANNER:

HOTELPLANNER.COM has been a part of PONY BASEBALL and SOFTBALL and makes it easy to setup Hotel accommodations for your Tournaments. We ask only that once you have your Tournament site and dates set contact them early.

NEW ERA:

NEW ERA is the Official Baseball Cap of PONY Baseball and Softball. If your League is looking to sell hats for your season, or tournaments, you will need to use NEW ERA. You can contact Linda Sheriff at NEW ERA by either email or phone.

Linda Sheriff

1-888-685-2313

Linda@newerapark.com

LEAGUE MANAGEMENT:

Remember the following when dealing with Leagues. Make sure they understand and follow our PONY Rules and their own League By-Laws.

• League By-Laws (approved annually)

• League handles league business

• Should have coverage for board members

• Transparency

• May have Local League Rules (be careful)

• Open meetings (closed only when necessary)

• Follow discipline guidelines

Let people have their say. Don’t rule without speaking to all persons involved

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

COLT / PALOMINO / THOROBRED REGISTRATION CATEGORIES:

COLT LEAGUE 16 (15-16)

COLT LEAGUE 16U * (13-14-15-16)

PALOMINO LEAGUE (17-18)

PALOMINO LEAGUE 18U* (15-16-17-18)

THOROBRED  LEAGUE 23 (19-20-21-22-23)

THOROBRED LEAGUE 23U *(17-18-19-20-21-22-23) 

* Registration categories to be used by Leagues or Teams when registering Colt, Palomino

   and/or Thorobred Teams.

 

LEAGUE REGISTRATION:

Done ONLINE. Fast and Simple

Visit WWW.PONY.ORG for registration and help or go directly to our online system at link.pony.org/registration

You MUST ensure that your registration numbers are correct and that your insurance numbers match the number of teams you register for league play

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT:

PONY Point of Contact for ALL ADA cases is Abe Key

If you have any ADA requests or concerns get them in early

Discuss any potential issues with your Region Director

ADA registration requirements (ask questions during sign-ups)

 

COST SAVINGS FOR NEW LEAGUES:

Baseball leagues can franchise for half price for the first year, this is about $9.50 a team. This is a great way to get a new league to try PONY Baseball

Softball leagues can franchise all of their teams, in their league for a $100.00 fee. This means all teams at all levels.

No cost for Champions League teams.

2018 6U SHETLAND BASEBALL COACH PITCH WORLD SERIES:

The second annual 6U World Series will be a coach pitch tournament. The format will be a 4 pool play tournament for seeding purposes. After the teams have been seeded they will play in a single elimination tournament to determine the National Champion. There will be a 5 game guarantee for each team. The Tournament will be held in Franklin, IN June 22- 24, 2018. We hope the other zones will participate by sending teams from their respective zones. We are talking with three other international zones.

The rules for this tournament are posted on the North Zone webpage.

2018 8U PINTO BASEBALL COACH PITCH WORLD SERIES:

The third annual 8U World Series will be a coach pitch tournament. The format will be a 4 pool play tournament for seeding purposes . After the teams have been seeded they will play in a single elimination tournament to determine the National Champion. There will be a 5 game guarantee for each team. The Tournament will be held in Mt.Vernon, IL, July 19 - 21, 2018. The report date will be July 18, 2018.  We hope the other zones will participate by sending teams from their respective zones. We have an international team signed up to play and are talking with three other international teams.

The rules for this tournament are posted on the North Zone webpage.

 

2018 PINTO Machine Pitch Tournament, Garden City MI:

Dates to be provided. 

 

2018 NORTH ZONE TOURNAMENT SITES & DATES:

Mustang 9 North Zone:
July 19-22, 2018 - Report Date, July 18
TBD

Mustang 10 North Zone:
July 26-29, 2018 - Report Date, July 25
TBD

Bronco 11 North Zone:
July 19-22, 2018 - Report Date, July 18
TBD

Bronco 12 North Zone:
July 26-29, 2018 - Report Date, July 25
TBD

Pony 13 North Zone:
July 19-22, 2018 - Report Date, July 18
TBD

Pony 14 North Zone:
August 2-5, 2018 - Report Date, August 1
Bay County, Michigan

Colt 16 North Zone:
July 26-29, 2018 - Report Date, July 25
TBD

Palomino 18 North Zone:
July 19-21, 2018, Rain date July 22 – Report Date is July 18.
Kankakee, Illinois

2018 IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

League Membership Applications Due to Headquarters NO later than May 1, 2018, or prior to you first
your first league game.

Late Registration Fees Applies For SHETLAND – PONY. May 2, 2018 to Headquarters.

Late Registration Fees Applies COLT – THOROBRED. June 15, 2018.

Tournament Team Applications Due June 15, 2018 To North Zone President.

Late Registration Fees Applies For Late Tournament Team Applications Mailed after June 15, 2018 for PINTO – PONY level. COLT – THOROBRED late fees apply for Applications mailed after June 15, 2018.

The Late Fee is $25.00 after June 15, 2018 per Tournament Team.

The Late Fee is $50.00 after June 22, 2018 per Tournament Team.

NO Tournament Team Applications Accepted after June 30, 2018 All Levels!

 

2018 TOURNAMENT AWARDS:

Cost for awards remains the same this year. This should help keep the Tournament costs down for your Tournament Hosts. We ask that you get your orders in as soon as possible.

Meeting adjourned at 3:48 p.m.

Minutes submitted by: Ritchie Clayton – East Division Director

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