Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball Association: Welcome

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Fall Registration:

*** Last Day to Register! Late Registration Closes at 11:59pm Saturday, August 29th! ***  

*NEW* For Fall 2015 we are offering Softball for Girls age 4-14 *NEW*

*NEW* For Fall 2015 we are bringing back the Pony Baseball Division for Boys age 13-14 *NEW*

Registration is closing for our Fall 2015 Season.  Please see our Registration tab or News below for details.  

See you at the field!

AFPBA Board



Tuesday, August 25
President's Welcome Letter



AFPBA Parents, Families and Friends:

Whether you are new to baseball or softball or have been with us for many seasons, I want to welcome you to the Fall 2015 PONY Baseball family. We are an Ahwatukee community based youth baseball and softball league and are thrilled to have you with us this season!

Over this past year, we expanded our boundaries and now have players from Maricopa, Tempe and Chandler in addition to the core Ahwatukee players. This has helped grow our League by over 30% each of the past several seasons providing greater competition, larger Divisions and more friends to be made. Due to our increase in players we look for additional volunteers to join the Board and help make us the best we can be. Please contact any member of the Board if you are able and interested in guiding a program for your player and hundreds of others. We saw over 650 players this past year and plan for our continued growth with your help!

This season, we continue to expand by offering tee ball, in addition to machine pitch, to our youngest players (ages 3-6) and also girls softball. We continue to expand our Champion division (special needs players) and won the State Farm Neighborhood Assist to receive a $25,000 grant to help start up other special needs baseball opportunities around the state.

Our concern over your player’s safety continues to be unmatched in the “recreational youth sports leagues” as we ensure 100% of our head coaches are both first aid and concussion certified. In the unfortunate event something may happen during a game, your coach will have the training to respond appropriately.

Our season practices will start the week of August 31 with Opening Day games on September 19. Different than seasons past, we will hold Opening Ceremonies in our Fall season too. These will start at 8:00 am, Saturday, September 19.

For Baseball only - The Mustang (ages 9-10) evaluations will be held on Saturday, August 29 at 8:00 am at Akimel. The Bronco (ages 11-12) evaluations will be held on Sunday, August 30 at 8:00 am at Akimel.  Keep an eye out for more information on this from your League Directors.

The League will provide baseball hats, socks and jerseys, with the balance of all equipment and clothing provided by you.

If you have any questions prior to knowing who your Head Coach is, please contact your Division Director as listed at www.ponybaseballaz.com.

Thank you again and we look forward to another great season!

Ron Ensley
AFPBA President
www.ponybaseballaz.com
www.facebook.com/ponybaseballaz
www.twitter.com/ponybaseballaz

 



Tuesday, August 25
Mustang & Bronco Softball Update

While our website, Facebook and Twitter pages have mentioned a Skills Evaluation for Mustang and Bronco players this weekend, it was confirmed at the Board meeting last night that this is only for the Mustang & Bronco baseball players.

For Softball they are using a blind draft so there is no need to attend the skills evaluations this weekend. Every registered player will be selected to a team and team notifications and first practice times should be out by early next week.

With Softball being new to the AFPBA this season, there may be a few hickups and hurdles to overcome as they go about getting the season started, please bear with us as it will all work out in the end and help make next season smoother and better.

So you have one less event to squeeze into your busy schedules.

Enjoy the weekend!



Saturday, August 15
Bronco Baseball Skills Evaluations

The skills evaluation session for all players registered in the Bronco Baseball Recreational Divsion is from 8am-10am on Sunday August 30th at Akimel A-al Middle School on the Mustang/Bronco fields.

The recreational division is the group selected during registration where you are not a part of a 'bring your own team' formed by a coach external to the AFPBA.

Bring your gear and be ready for a morning of skills drills. Coaches will we watching and noting which players they want to draft and in what order when they meet later that weekend to form the teams.



Saturday, August 15
Mustang Baseball Skills Evaluations

The skills evaluation session for all players registered in the Mustang Baseball Recreational Divsion is from 8am-10am on Saturday August 29th at Akimel A-al Middle School on the Mustang/Bronco fields.

The recreational division is the group selected during registration where you are not a part of a 'bring your own team' formed by a coach external to the AFPBA.

Bring your gear and be ready for a morning of skills drills. Coaches will we watching and noting which players they want to draft and in what order when they meet later that weekend to form the teams.

 



Saturday, August 1
Fall 2015 Season Registration Information



For Fall 2015 we are offering Softball for Girls age 4-14

In addition we are offering the Pony Baseball Division for Boys age 13-14

Please click the button below to be sent to our online registration system.

If you want your child to play up a division, please register as normal and submit the Play Up Waiver from our "Handouts" section of this website for approval. You will be notified if the request is approved and directed to pay any registration difference by check.   

Fall 2015 Baseball Divisions:

Regular Player registration costs are as follows:

  • Pony Division (13-14 years old): $160
  • Bronco Division (11-12 years old): $160
  • Mustang Division (9-10 years old): $145
  • Pinto Division (7-8 years old): $135
  • Shetland Division (4-6 years old): $105
  • T-Ball Division (3-4 years old): $85
  • Champions Division (special needs): No charge 

Note: PONY Baseball uses a "league age" for division placement. For Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 it is based on their age on April 30, 2016.

Fall 2015 Fast Pitch Softball Divisions:

Regular Player registration costs are as follows:

  • Pony Division (13-14 years old): $85
  • Bronco Division (11-12 years old): $85
  • Mustang Division (9-10 years old): $85
  • Pinto Division (7-8 years old): $85
  • Shetland Division (4-6 years old): $85

Note: PONY Softball uses a "league age" for division placement. For Fall 2015 it is based on their age on December 31, 2015.  

Family discounts (three or more children from the same household) will be automatically applied at check out.

Important Dates for Registration:

  • Early Registration - June 10 to June 28
    • $10 discount to the regular rates above during this period
  • Regular Registration - June 29 to August 14
    • regular rates shown above
  • Late Registration - August 15 to August 29
    • additional $15 fee to the regular rates above during this period

Important Dates for the Fall Season: 

  • Mustang Evaluations - Saturday, August 29th from 8-10am @ Akimel A-al Mustang & Bronco Fields
  • Bronco Evaluations - Sunday, August 30th from 8-10am @ Akimel A-al Mustang & Bronco Fields
  • Practices Start - week of Monday, August 31st
  • Labor Day - Monday, September 7th
  • Regular Season Games Start - Saturday, September 19th
    • Opening Day Ceremonies
    • Team & Individual Picture Day
  • Kyrene Fall Break - Monday, October 5th to Friday, October 11th
    • There will be games the first weekend of Fall Break only (10/3 & 10/4).
  • Regular Season Games End - Friday, November 13th
  • Season Championship Tournament - Saturday, November 14th to Monday, November 23rd
    • *NEW* All Divisions except T-Ball
    • Double Elimination Tournament
    • Championship Game - Saturday, November 21st
    • 2nd Championship Game - Monday, November 23rd only if both teams have 1 loss
  • Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 26th

See you all on Opening Day!

AFPBA Board



Wednesday, July 1
End of Spring 2015 Update



Hello AFPBA Families:

We are nearing the end of the Spring 2015 season and have much to be proud of at AFPBA.

  • Our Champions Division earned a $25,000 grant from State Farm this June to continue expanding to other areas of Arizona and bring baseball to nearly 500 Special Needs youth.
  • Our Pinto All Star team won the PONY State Championship and now advances to California in July to play in the West Zone World Series.
  • Our Shetland and Mustang-9 All Star teams were runner-up in the PONY Arizona state tournaments.
  • We experienced over 30% player expansion in both the 2014 Fall and 2015 Spring seasons.
  • We now offer Tee Ball to players at ages 3-6 in addition to machine pitch starting in the Fall 2015 season. • We now offer girls softball to girls ages 4-14 starting in the Fall 2015.
  • Every head coach for every team is first aid and concussion trained, again proving our commitment to the safety of your players. • We have over 325 Followers on Facebook.
  • We now offer an annual Scholarship for one current or former player in the League.

As we announced during the Spring season Opening Ceremonies, AFPBA now offers a $500 scholarship, annually, to one (1) player. We have attached the Scholarship Information and Application here for your use. We welcome as many applications as possible as we want to highlight the “best of the best” in the area. We plan to offer this every year at our Fall Season Opening Ceremonies.

AFPBA thanks each of you for your support, giving of your time and generosity to make this League a great experience for your young player. We will continue to make improvements based on your feedback. As we continue to grow, we also require more volunteer Board members to allow us to thrive. Do not hesitate to contact me or any other Board member for additional information on how to help make a difference in the League.

Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you in the Fall. Registration is now open!!!

Ron Ensley
AFPBA President



Wednesday, June 17
AFPBA Champions Division awarded $25,000 grant from State Farm



Exciting news on the Champions front!!!

We have officially been awarded a $25,000 grant from State Farm to expand the program to other areas of the Valley and state. Our hope is to get another 500 special needs youth the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful game.

Congrats to the Champions!

Thank you to State Farm!

THANK YOU to everyone that voted and helped make this opportunity a reality!

AFPBA Board



Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Sat 8/29 star Fall 2015 Registration Closes All Day
Sat 8/29 star Mustang Baseball Skills Evaluation 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Akimel Lower SW (Bronco)
Sun 8/30 star Bronco Baseball Skills Evaluation 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Akimel Lower SW (Bronco)
Mon 8/31 star Practices Start All Day TBA
Mon 9/7 Star Labor Day All Day
Sat 9/19 star Games Start (All) All Day TBA
Sat 9/19 star Team & Individual Pictures All Day Akimel Lower SW (Bronco)
Sat 9/19 star Opening Day Ceremonies 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Akimel Lower SW (Bronco)
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