Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball Association: Welcome

Monday, September 8
Fall 2014 Season Update!!!

Hello AFPBA Families,

***All PONY Practices Cancelled thru Sunday 9/14*** 

Kyrene has cancelled all usage of the Estrella and Akimel fields effective immediately for the rest of the week, which currently includes Saturday due to this past Monday's weather. Kyrene has also cancelled field usage on every other District field for the same duration. The District Cross Country meet scheduled tomorrow night at Akimel has also been postponed as of today. Unfortunately with the significant rainfalls, there are no other outdoor locations available for use or re-scheduling. I am working closely with Kyrene and the schools to hopefully open up some of the fields that are in better shape than others.

I have been on site and walked the fields with a school representative and feel there may be an opportunity to get earlier usage restored, but they have to discuss and get internal approvals to do so. At this time there will be absolutely no lights turned on at the facilities until next Monday, Sept 15. If we can get usage prior to next Monday, we will look at increased field sharing to allow more teams to get their practices held.

Please monitor this website and/or Facebook & Twitter for any additional Leauge-wide updates. Please keep an eye and ear out for emails or phone calls from your individual team coach for any alternative plans.

Thanks,

Ron Ensley
AFPBA President



Monday, September 1
Note to Fall Season registered families



Hello AFPBA Families

Congratulations on registering your young athlete for the Fall 2014 season! We are looking for a very exciting season with a high number of registrations in our upper divisions. Registration is still open until Sept 7 so be sure to inform your friends that have not signed up yet. You can check out our website FAQ page to provide an overview of equipment you will need and other basic information.

The Shetland and Pinto teams are being formed now, but you should not expect to hear from your coach until the weekend of September 6-7 at which time your team's coach will make contact with specific practice times for your team and his requirements. Practices will start the following week of Sept 8. A new rule this season, after reviewing your feedback, we have modified the Shetland pitching by moving the machine further from home plate and speeding up the pitches.

The Mustang and Bronco evaluations will be held Saturday, September 6 at the Akimel baseball fields. Mustang will start at 8:00 am sharp. Bronco evaluations will start around 10:30 am, once the Mustang group is complete. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early to sign in and get warmed up. Be sure to bring all the baseball gear, water and sunscreen. The draft will occur on Sunday and all coaches will contact their players by the end of the day with practice schedules and team requirements.

We have required each coach this season to have concussion training through NFHS and First Aid Training in an effort to further promote safety within our League.

The first games of the season will start on Saturday, September 27.

Do not hesitate to contact your Division Director with any additional concerns or questions. They are here to help.

Bronco Division: Cory Sanders cory@securecloudsolutions.com
Mustang Division: Eric McCarthy ericmccar@aol.com
Pinto Division: Mike Kirby kirby@wertech.com
Shetland Division: Janell Brassfield janellbrass@yahoo.com
Champions Division: Chris Kelly tkelly36@cox.net

In the event you have any registration questions, please contact Michael Boucher at vp@ponybaseballaz.com.

Be sure to send your proof of residency and age documents to documents@ponybaseballaz.com.

We are all very excited for the start of this season, so let's play some ball!

Thanks,

Ron Ensley
President
Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball Association 



Saturday, August 30
President's Letter - Fall 2014



Welcome Parents and Players,

I thank each and every one of you for giving your children the opportunity to play a sport that is truly one of America’s past times. I am certain each of you that played youth sports still have vivid and fantastic memories of your teammates, coaches, mentors and even the “game-changing” play you were involved in that won the game.

Our League offers high levels of baseball to all kids (boys and girls) from ages 4-12. The local League is affiliated and in good standing with the international PONY baseball organization.

Youth baseball can be an opportunity for your young athlete to learn new skills, make new friends and have fun. One very important life skill is the teamwork aspect of the game where each player learns how to function and contribute to a bigger group of people...their team. It is rewarding to see the individual growth in each of these players as time goes by.

We have many coaches and League volunteers with amazing knowledge of the game, some having played and/or coached at the highest levels of baseball. In the event we have a challenge arise and a coach or parent needs help, there is a large support group to ensure we provide the best possible experience for your player.

Our League is a community League made up of players from the Ahwatukee area. The players and families already have the common bond of living and going to school here and many long-time family friendships develop through the seasons played in the League. Baseball can be a bond that will take your children well beyond the base paths and into their future as friends that can reflect and say “Remember when...”

Competition is an important element of any sport and as kids grow they naturally become more competitive. We feel the coaches role and that of the parents is helping the kids develop the ability to deal with competition in a healthy way. Effort and attitude is the focus. The League has been fortunate to represent well at the State PONY Level. We had Arizona State Champions at the Shetland, Pinto Kid Pitch and Mustang age groups. The Mustang team reached the semi-final gamest the Zone Tournament in California. Each Spring season we typically have multiple teams win the Arizona State Tournament.

As President of the Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball Association, and on behalf of the countless Board members, League volunteers and sponsors I again thank you for the commitment you have made to give your child a positive experience through our League. We look forward to knowing each and every one of you and seeing the smiles on your athlete’s face as we play another season.

Have a great next season and let’s play ball!

Ron Ensley
President
Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball Association



Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Sat 9/27 star Games Start All Day
Sat 9/27 star Team Pictures All Day Akimel Lower SW (Bronco)
Mon 10/6 star Kyrene Fall Break - No Scheduled Practices All Day
Tue 10/7 star Kyrene Fall Break - No Scheduled Practices All Day
Wed 10/8 star Kyrene Fall Break - No Scheduled Practices All Day
Thu 10/9 star Kyrene Fall Break - No Scheduled Practices All Day
Fri 10/10 star Kyrene Fall Break - No Scheduled Practices All Day
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