Armstrong PONY League

Armstrong Athletics is proud to offer PONY League Baseball to the residents of our local communities.

PONY is an acronym, which stands for Protect Our Nation’s Youth. PONY Baseball and Softball is dedicated to creating a safety first/ fundamentally sound and challenging game for children of all ages and skill levels. With field sizes and dimensions best suited to appropriate age play and rules designed to allow each charter their own ability to create the best style of baseball and softball tailored to your own community’s needs. PONY also takes it a step further requiring children to participate in divisions with kids of the same age. For example, 9 year olds won’t have to fear playing against 12 year olds. Nine year olds only face players ages 10 and under in the Mustang Division. Players age 11-12 play in the Bronco Division and player 13-14 in the Pony Division. PONY Baseball and Softball also offers a (And Under) program to accommodate those players who wish to play up a level.

We offer the following divisions of play listed below:

Armstrong Athletics PONY Baseball (East Zone, West Region – Butler Area Baseball League):
Divisions of Play:
BRONCO 12U Division: (age 11-12): $125.00
PONY 14U Division: (age 13-14): $175.00
COLT 16U Division: (age 15-16): $175.00


ARMSTRONG PONY LEAGUE BOUNDARY:

Armstrong Athletics PONY League Boundary encompasses the entire County of Armstrong. Any PONY Baseball eligible player that resides within Armstrong County is eligible to play for Armstrong Athletics PONY Bsaseball League.

 



BRONCO 12U Division:

BRONCO 12U League is a continuation of the philosophy to fit the diamond to the physical potential of the players. The bases and pitching distances are scaled up slightly from MUSTANG 10U League. The transition diamond used in BRONCO 12U League, permits infielders and outfielders to select their defensive positions in relationship to the anticipated speed of the ball when they field it. Without this transition diamond, BRONCO 12U League players play their position disproportionately closer to the bases, infield and pitcher. This diamond positions the infielders and outfielders in direct proportion to that assumed by Major League Baseball players and Professional Girls Softball players and permits the younger players to play the game as it was designed to play.


BASEBALL FIELD SPECS:

BASES: 70 feet

PITCHING
: 50 feet

FAIR PLAY AREA: Within the first base and third base foul lines and a fence or marked line 200 feet from home plate. A ball hit beyond that distance on the fly will be a home run. A minimum home run distance of 175 feet or a maximum of 275 feet will be recognized, with the recommendation that the home run distance be 225 feet at the foul lines and 275 feet in center field to a six or eight foot barrier wherever possible.

BASES, PLATES: The home plate, pitcher’s rubber and the bases shall be official size as used in regulation baseball.
 
PITCHING MOUND: Shall be raised by a gradual slope to a height of six inches above the level of home plate and the base paths.
 
RESTRAINING LINE: Located along first base, beginning 35 feet from home base and extending three feet beyond the first and second base line. The line, paralleling the first base foul line and extending three feet (36 inches) into foul territory, shall be marked with chalk or other white material two inches wide.
 
DISTANCE TO BACKSTOP: Recommended distance from home plate to the backstop is 20 feet.
 
CATCHER’S BOX: By local option, the catcher’s box may be rectangular in shape 43 inches wide and eight feet deep from the point of home plate or it may be triangular in shape extending eight feet from the rear of home plate, being a continuation of the foul lines, in which case the line closest to the backstop shall be 16 feet in length.

FIELD DIMENSIONS DRAWING:


PONY 14U Division:
PONY 14U League is the transition league that takes players from the “kid” leagues to “young adult” status. It permits a player to play on a diamond tailored to his size and capability rather than being moved to one with twice the playing area in a single year. PONY 14U League is specifically designed for the player in those very formative early-teen years. The vast majority of players of league age 13 simply do not belong on a full-size diamond. At the same time, they have outgrown the dimensions of the “kids baseball” diamonds used in BRONCO League and other “12-and-under” programs.

PONY 14U League was founded for this very apparent reason. After becoming skillful players in the younger leagues, players in their early teens found themselves unable to compete, to play the game of baseball as it was intended to be played, on the regulation size diamond. 

With bases set 80 feet apart and pitchers throwing from 54 feet, PONY 14U Leaguers 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, if you let them play it on a field specifically designed to match their physical limitations.


BASEBALL FIELD SPECS:

BASES : 80 feet

PITCHING 
: 54 feet

FAIR PLAY AREA : Within the first base and third base foul lines and a fence or marked line 250 feet from home plate. A ball hit beyond that distance on the fly will be a home run. A minimum home run distance of 200 feet or a maximum of 300 feet will be recognized, with the recommendation that the home run distance be 265 feet at the foul lines and 315 feet in center field to a six or eight foot barrier wherever possible.
 
BASES, PLATES : The home plate, pitcher’s rubber and the bases shall be official size as used in regulation baseball.
 
PITCHING MOUND : Shall be raised by a gradual slope to a height of eight inches above the level of home plate and the base paths.
 
RESTRAINING LINE : Located along first base, beginning 40 feet from home base and extending three feet beyond the first and second base line. The line, paralleling the first base foul line and extending three feet (36 inches) into foul territory, shall be marked with chalk or other white material two inches wide.
 
DISTANCE TO BACKSTOP : Recommended distance from home plate to the backstop is 40 feet.
 
CATCHER’S BOX : By local option, the catcher’s box may be rectangular in shape 43 inches wide and eight feet deep from the point of home plate or it may be triangular in shape extending eight feet from the rear of home plate, being a continuation of the foul lines, in which case the line closest to the backstop shall be 16 feet in length.

FIELD DIMENSIONS DRAWING :


COLT 16U Division:

COLT 16u League enables the high school player to fine tune their skills before advancing into open competition. COLT 16U™ Leagues introduce the players to the regulation Baseball and Girls Softball diamonds and pitching distances. COLT 16U League Baseball players are subject to pitching limitations designed to protect their arms. 

Local Baseball leagues have the opportunity to divide players into Colt and Palomino play, or to combine those age groups into a single local league subject to the approval of the Division Director. Separate tournament play is conducted for COLT 16U League and PALOMINO 19U League. 

COLT 16U League is limited to 16 and under (minimum age 13 in Baseball and minimum age 4 in Girls Softball), but players of age 15 through 18 are eligible for PALOMINO 19U League Baseball tournament play if no COLT 16U League is available. Baseball Leagues which combine players 15-18 in a single local league may enter teams in both COLT and PALOMINO tournament play. 

Players may not play on more than one tournament team in the same season. 

COLT 16U League Baseball and Girls Softball are exciting, top notch sports that provides a fitting showcase for the talent developed in your community.


BASEBALL FIELD SPECS:

BASES : 90 feet 

PITCHING : 60 feet, six inches
 
FAIR PLAY AREA : Within the first base and third base foul lines and a fence or marked line 300 feet from home plate. A ball hit beyond that distance on the fly will be a home run. A minimum home run distance of 250 feet or a maximum of 350 feet will be recognized, with the recommendation that the home run distance be 300 feet at the foul lines and 350 feet in center field to a six or eight foot barrier wherever possible.
 
BASES, PLATES : The home plate, pitcher’s rubber and the bases shall be official size as used in regulation baseball.
 
PITCHING MOUND : Shall be raised by a gradual slope to a height of ten inches above the level of home plate and the base paths.
 
RESTRAINING LINE : Located along first base, beginning 45 feet from home base and extending three feet beyond the first and second base line. The line, paralleling the first base foul line and extending three feet (36 inches) into foul territory, shall be marked with chalk or other white material two inches wide.
 
DISTANCE TO BACKSTOP : Recommended distance from home plate to the backstop is 50 feet.
 
CATCHER’S BOX : By local option, the catcher’s box may be rectangular in shape 43 inches wide and eight feet deep from the point of home plate or it may be triangular in shape extending eight feet from the rear of home plate, being a continuation of the foul lines, in which case the line closest to the backstop shall be 16 feet in length.

FIELD DIMENSIONS DRAWING :