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North Zone Meeting Minutes

2018 North Zone Meeting PONY Baseball and Softball
Saturday, November 10, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. 
Country Inn and Suites by Radisson Marion, Illinois

AGENDA
Call to Order
Mr. Steve Miller called meeting to Order at 9:12 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions
Steve Miller introduced the PONY National Executive Board Members

Headquarters Staff Present:
Brent Liberatore, Director of Information Technology:
        Carson Fox, Multi Media Manager

International Board Members Present:
Ritchie Clayton, East Division Director, North Zone
Randy Crompton, South Division Director, North Zone
John Schultz, North Division Director, North Zone
Stephanie Allen, Softball Director, North Zone

Report from Brent Liberatore on behalf of Abe Key, President and CEO
Baseball Report and Softball:

Brent took time to redo the introduction of the NZ Ex Board 
Members. He discussed the changes on the Ex-Board.

Corporation News was that the Organization is in Solid Financial status. 

NEW 2019: Tournament Team Affidavit.

NEW 2020: New Mandatory Background Checks

NEW (Sometime in the Future): Mandatory Coaching Training

Scholarship Award for North Zone 2018 was Taryn Peru from Bath, Michigan. The EX-Board has changed the requirements to
include ALL Divisions of PONY Baseball.

DICK’S Sporting Goods commitment to Pony Baseball

NEW for 2019 ALL Teams in a League must be registered to have a LEGAL Tournament Team.

NZ Team Count – Baseball DOWN 103 teams. Softball UP 5 Teams. 139 PONY Umpires for 2018, however 31 were unpaid.

Gagliardi Insurance Information
Steve Miller stated that Gagliardi Insurance has held the Insurance rates at the 
same level for 2019. The rates for Players, Leagues and Umpires is the best for the rates paid.

North Zone Vice-President’s Report
2018 Season Report: Mr. Miller stated that we all realize that the Age Change had a 
huge impact on the North Zone. Our Tournament Team count was down which does impact the Zone funds.

2019 Baseball World Series Dates:
Mustang-9: Walnut, California 
July 26-29, 2019 – Report Day, July 25
 
Mustang League: Youngsville, Louisiana
August 2-5, 2019 – Report Day, August 1

Bronco-11: Harry G. Daniel Park at Ironbridge, Chesterfield, Virginia
July 26-29, 2019 - Report Day, July 25

Bronco League: Laredo, Texas
August 2-5, 2019 – Report Day, August 1
 
Pony-13: Whittier, California
July 26-29, 2019 - Report Day, July 25
 
Pony League: Lew Hays Pony Field, Washington, Pennsylvania
August 9-14, 2019 - Report Day, August 8

Colt League: Rent One Park, Marion, Illinois
August 2-7, 2019 – Report Day, August 1

Palomino League: Laredo, Texas
August 2-5, 2019 – Report Day, August 1

2019 North Zone Baseball Tournaments: (as of today)
PONY North Zone: Bay City, Michigan
July 25-28, 2019 – Report Day, July 24

PINTO Coach Pitch:  Mt. Vernon, Illinois
July 11-13, 2019 - Report Day, July 10.

PINTO Machine Pitch: Garden City, Michigan
July 11-14, 2019 – Report Day, Game Day

2019 Girls Softball World Series Dates
East Zone: Sterling, Virginia (10U – 14U)
July 13-17, 2019
East Zone: Sterling, Virginia (16U – 18U)
July 16-18, 2019
South Zone: Youngsville, Louisiana (6U – 18U)
July 12-16, 2019
West Zone: Hemet, California
July 23–29, 2019
All Zones PONY Girls Softball World Series: Arlington, Texas (14U)
July 26–28, 2019

Informational Technology Committee Report & Updates
Brent Liberatore – Headquarters IT Person
        Ritchie Clayton – North Zone Technology Committee Representative

Multi Media Report
        Carson Fox – Multi Media Manager

Zone Reports
Ritchie Clayton - Corporate Affairs, East Division Report
Randy Crompton - Rules Committee, South Division Report
John Schultz - Corporate Affairs, North Division Report
Stephanie Allen - Softball Report, Champions Report
Matt Miller, Comments from Board Observer

BAT TESTING
PONY BASEBALL 2018 USA BAT TESTING PROTOCOL
2 5/8” and 2 ¼” BARREL BATS
THE NEW MINIMUM THRESHOLDS ARE 
NOW MEASURED IN POUNDS

BBCOR -3 BATS:
METAL BARREL – 1200 LBS
COMPOSITE BARREL – 1000 LBS
NON-BBCOR -5 TO -7 BATS – 650 LBS
NON-BBCOR -8 TO -9 BATS – 500 LBS
NON-BBCOR -10 + BATS – 400 LBS

Important Dates To Remember
League Membership Applications Due to Headquarters no later than
May 1, 2019, or prior to your first league game.

Late Registration Fees Applies For Shetland – Pony
May 2, 2019 to Headquarters.

Late Registration Fees Applies Colt – Thorobred
June 15, 2019.

Tournament Team Applications Due
June 15, 2019 To North Zone President.

Late Registration Fees Applies For Late Tournament Team Applications Mailed
after June 15, 2019 for Pinto – Pony level.  Colt – Thorobred late fees apply for applications
mailed after June 15, 2019.

The Late Fee is $25.00 after June 15, 2019 per Tournament Team.

The Late Fee is $50.00 after June 22, 2019 per Tournament Team.

No Tournament Team Applications Accepted after June 30, 2019 All Levels.

Questions and Answers - Talking Points

MLB Pitch Smart 2019
Pitchers reaching their maximum number of pitches in a day while pitching to a batter, may finish pitching to
that batter before being removed. Number of pitches shall be recorded on the Tournament Pitching Record form.
Recommend the use of electronic scoring devices at all levels to help ensure accurate pitch count. (More information below)

Age Determination 
The Age Determination issue is done and will not be going back. ALL Leagues in the North Zone have taken some hits
and others have decided how they will handle the issue.

New Bat Rules
METRIC SENSOR ON BAT: Rule 8-C

ADD: 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.

* Allows for bats with metric sensors to be used.

ELIGIBILITY FOR TOURNAMENT PLAY
RULE 1-E
ADD: 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.
* Requires league to register ALL teams 

PINTO PITCHING DISTANCE (Player Pitch): Rule 7-B
CHANGE: Increase Pinto 8U pitching distance to 40 feet for player pitch only.
* Changes distance from 38 feet to 40 feet

2018 RULE CHANGES FOR 2019
3 rule changes approved during the 2018 board meeting.
• Administrative clean up of Rule Book.
• Remove limit on pitching 3 consecutive days.
• Properly fastened face masks, jaw guards and chin straps recommended.

Administrative Changes
Numerous typos and grammar issues were corrected
* Corrections to rule book

Pitching in 3 Consecutive Days
Original Pitch Smart rule did not allow pitcher to pitch in 3 consecutive days.

Rule is removed.
Player must follow all rest rule requirements.
* Allows pitcher to pitch 3 consecutive days if allowed to per rest days required.

Face Masks, Jaw Guards and Chin Straps
Use of properly fastened protective Face Masks, Jaw Guards and Chin Straps on protective headgear is recommended.

Altering protective headgear is prohibited

* Puts ownership on parents/players. Can’t ALTER

2018 RULE CHANGES FOR 2020
7 rule changes approved during the 2018 board meeting

• Create Foal Division
• 10 Run Rule to “Mercy Rule”. Add 15 run wording to “Mercy Rule”
• 10 Foot Arc
• Safety Ball in Shetland
• Forwarding Affidavit to Division Director
• Removing 9 inning limits in Shetland, Pinto and Mustang
• Background Checks for member organizations

Create Foal Division
Move 3 and 4 year old from the Shetland age group to a new group named Foal.

Administrative Changes
Numerous typos and grammar issues were corrected

10 Run Rule Now “Mercy Rule”
Change 10 Run Rule to Mercy Rule (11G)
Added wording for 15 Run differential (11G-1)

SHETLAND thru MUSTANG
15 or more runs after 3
10 or more runs after 4

BRONCO thru THOROBRED
15 or more runs after 4
10 or more runs after 5
* Added 15 run rule and changed to Mercy Rule

SHETLAND 10 Foot Arc
Current wording:
PENALTY: A 10-foot arc shall be inscribed in front of home plate, from the first to third base foul line. Any ball which does
not travel past the line will be considered a foul-strike or the purposes of this rule


ADD “NOTE: Batted balls resting on the line are considered a fair ball and in play”
* Clarified ball that stops ON the line

  SAFETY BALL in Shetland
Change wording:
At the end of the paragraph (8A), change (NOT APPROVED FOR TOURNAMENT PLAY) to read (APPROVED FOR
SHETLAND TOURNAMENT PLAY ONLY)
* Allows for Shetland to use safety ball


AFFIDAVIT to Division Director
Remove the Requirement in the rule book.
* Removed something that didn’t happen
.

Shetland, Pinto and Mustang 
9 Inning Rewording
Current rule reads “League games shall be six (6) innings and shall not exceed nine (9) innings

Replace “and shall not exceed nine (9) innings” with “in duration”.
* Cleaned up the wording for consistency with Bronco and above.

BACKGROUND CHECKS
All organizations will be required to do background checks on all officials, managers, coaches, umpires, volunteers and staff (or
any other individuals that may come into contact with the minors of the organization)

Background checks at a MINIMUM must be a search from the national sex offender database but additional checks such
as ID Search and National Criminal Search are recommended.

* Makes background checks mandatory by our leagues

NORTH ZONE SOFTBALL
Need more Field Directors
More Leagues
More Teams
Have many choices for National Championship Play

NEW SOFTBALL RULES FOR 2018
Bat sensor approved as per NCAA
8U Player Pitch section added to Rule Book
Intentional Walk allowed in 8U P/P, 10U – 23U

TOURNAMENT AWARDS
Cost for awards remains the same this year. Tournament hosts are responsible for the costs of the awards.
We will be using World Series rings at some of the younger age divisions.
Get your orders in as soon as possible.

Gate Fees - Zone is a Maximum of $200.00 per team, and all gate fees must be approved in advance by Vice President of North Zone.

Steve Miller's Powerpoint Presentation can be view here!

Meeting Adjourned at 4:12 p.m.
        Program dinner at 6:30 pm in conference room.

Minutes submitted by Ritchie Clayton

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