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Wednesday, May 3
ASU Baseball Summer Camps

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Friday, April 21
AFPBA Day at ASU Sun Devil Baseball!



Hello AFPBA Families,

Arizona State University Sun Devil Baseball is hosting an Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball day again this year. The Sun Devils will be hosting the Stanford Cardinals on Sunday May 7th at 12:30pm at Phoenix Muni Stadium.

The following are some of the AFPBA day activities for the kids:

  1. Early Meet and Greet with the Sun Devil Team and Locker Room Tour.
    (Must arrive by 11:00AM)
  2. Pre Game on Field with team and 12 to 18 players selected to "stand along with the Devils during National Anthem"
  3. PONY Player in Uniform with THROW OUT THE FIRST PITCH.
  4. PONY Player with start the game on the field with "PLAY BALL"
  5. Frys Food Trivia Give-a-way (PONY Player will Participate in in-game trivia)
  6. What-A-Burger "Find the French Frys" Contest. (PONY Player will participate to win prizes for their Section (team))
  7. Seventh Inning Stretch. 10 PONY Players will sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" on the Sun Devil Dug-Out
  8. Post Game Autograph session with Sun Devils
  9. Free Posters and Give-A-Ways for all participating PONY players
  10. Extra Events specifically for the Kids

For questions contact Andy Hayes, AFPBA Director of Umpires and Fields at 602-321-5914 or andrewhayes.asu@gmail.com.

Team Coaches should collect all money for delivery to Andy on May 3rd or 4th.

This is not a fundraiser for the AFPBA and is offered only as a fun team and family event.

See you at the game!

AFPBA



Friday, April 21
ASU Sun Devil Baseball AFPBA Day - May 7th




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Friday, February 10
Dick's Sporting Goods Coupon



Dick's Sporting Goods has recently become the primary sponsor of the national PONY organization and has partnered with the AFPBA to offer our families and friends a '20% Off Throughout The Store' coupon good in store only at any Dick's Sporting Goods store on Friday 2/10 through Sunday 2/12.

Use the link below or print the handout located on our website in the President's Corner section and bring with you when you shop in the store.

Ahawatukee Foothills PONY Baseball Discount Weekend 2-10 through 2-12 

Please read the reminder below and keep this in mind as you shop for any baseball bat you purchase in 2017 that it may need to be replaced in 2018.

*Reminder*: PONY Baseball has adopted the new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat). Effective January 1, 2018, with the exception of -3 (BBCOR certified), all other minus factor bats (-5, -7, -9, etc.), must be YBBCOR certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league and tournament play. Minus factor bats -5, -7, -9, etc. used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 2018. The new YBBCOR certified bats bearing the USABat licensing mark are expected to be offered in retail stores in September. Read the full article on PONY.ORG here.

 


Handout: President's Corner

Thursday, February 9
D-backs Baseball Academy Youth Coaching Seminars



Free registration includes a coaching handbook and a free ticket to 2017 home game.

Two dates remaining:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12
GOODYEAR COMMUNITY PARK • GOODYEAR
FIELD #3 • 12PM-3PM

TOPICS INCLUDE:

• Practice Organization, Format & Management
• D-backs & PCA Double Goal Coaching Philosophy
• Drill Demonstrations & Situations 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19
SALT RIVER FIELDS • SCOTTSDALE
FIELD D2 • 12PM-3PM

TOPICS INCLUDE:

• Practice Organization, Format & Management
• D-backs & PCA Double Goal Coaching Philosophy
• Drill Demonstrations & Situations 

To register: AZ Diamondback Youth Coach Clinic Registration 



Wednesday, January 25
PONY Baseball adopts USA Baseball bat standard



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 -3 (BBCOR certified), all other minus factor bats (-5, -7, -9, etc.), must be YBBCOR certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league and tournament play. Minus factor bats -5, -7, -9, etc. used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 2018.

The new YBBCOR certified bats bearing the USABat licensing mark are expected to be offered in retail stores in September.

To find out more about the USABat standard click here.



Tuesday, January 24
PONY Baseball and Softball partners with Positive Coaching Alliance



Washington, Pennsylvania (Jan 24) - PONY Baseball and Softball is proud to announce that it has partnered with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit organization dedicated to developing "Better Athletes, Better People" through youth and high school sports.

"We are very excited to partner with Positive Coaching Alliance to create a better atmosphere for our baseball and softball teams and leagues," said PONY President & CEO Abraham Key. "PONY and PCA have many of the same goals in mind as we focus on making the sport experience a very positive one for players, parents, families, coaches and officials."

Read the full length press release at PONY.org, HERE



Saturday, January 21
Spring 2017 Season Updates

12/3/2016 Update:

2017 Spring baseball early registration is now open. Register before the end of the day on Sunday, December 25th to receive an early registration discount of $15 a player. Please click the big blue 2017 Spring Registration buttom below to be taken to our online registration system. Teams will form on 1/20/2017 and practices may start 1/21/2017.

12/11/2016 Update:

For the Shetland division, we anticipate stepping the level of the game up a bit this spring. Traditionally, Shetland games are more like organized scrimmages where outs and runs are not kept. This spring we are planning to have the 1st 4 games of the season be the traditional organized scrimmages and then beginning with the 5th game for teams, start keeping track of runs and calling runners out while continuing to have the whole lineup bat through.

1/21/2017 Update:

Last chance opportunity to register for AFPBA Spring Baseball! Registration for the Shentland, Pinto and Mustang divisions for the Spring season is being held open to fill a few remaining roster slots to round out the teams. They will be closing for the season on Saturday, January *28th*. Register now to ensure a place on a team. Registration for the Champions division will remain open until their first games on February *24th*.



Friday, September 2
New USABaseball bat standards coming to PONY in 2018



Hello AFPBA Families, 

In August, USABaseball announced a new bat standard that all the major youth and junior baseball organizations are enacting starting January 1st, 2018. All existing bats may no longer be allowed. New bats with the USABat certification will start being sold in late 2017. If you have thoughts of buying a new expensive bat soon, realize it may not be allowed in games in 15 months. You can read the article on USABaseball's website at this link.



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