Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball Association: News

Thursday, February 1
AFPBA Coupons for Dick's Sporting Goods

Hello AFPBA Famalies,

Dick's Sporting Goods has continued its sponsorship of the national PONY organization again this year and has extended to the AFPBA two 20% off coupons to use in store. The first coupon is good for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 2nd, 3rd and 4th and the second coupon is good for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 16th, 17th, and 18th.

The coupons are located in the President's Corner section of the Handouts tab. Please print the appropriate coupon and bring to the store.

AFPBA Board 


Handout: President's Corner

Sunday, July 1
Registration Open for 2018 Fall Season

Registration for the 2018 Fall baseball season is open. Please click the button below to be sent to our online registration system.

New Player Age Date starting in 2018:

New in 2018, PONY Baseball will start using a new determination date to figure "league age" for division placement. August 31 is the new league age cutoff date, but only applicable in the Spring season.  For example the age cutoff will be August 31, 2019 for Spring 2019 season.  This date will have the effect of increasing the playing age of players born during the late spring and summer months. For this first season, it will also decrease the average age of players in each division by moving up those born in the warm months.

HOWEVER, for the 2018 Fall season, the player age is base on their age on December 31, 2018 

2018 Fall Baseball Divisions:

For this season the AFPBA will only offer individual registration for our recreational division teams in the Shetland (6u), Pinto (8u) and Champions divisions. Teams are formed by coach/friend request and/or a round-robin blind draft. A coach may do a byot in the Shetland and Pinto divisions but must contact the board member in charge of Registration first.

Baseball - Recreational (Individual Sign-up) Divisions:

  • Shetland Division (4-6 years old): $115
  • Pinto Division (7-8 years old): $135
  • Champions Division (special needs): No charge

Baseball - Competitive / BYOT (Bring Your Own Team) Divisions:

For the Fall season this year, the AFPBA will offer competitive / byot registration for the Shetland (6u), Pinto (8u), Mustang (10u), Bronco (12u) and Pony (14u) divisions. Coaches will register the teams and populate their roster.

Note: BYOT teams are 10 to 15 players. The team fee is fixed regardless of the number of players on the roster.

  • Mustang 10U, Bronco 12U, Pony 14U Divisions:
    • 8 games: $1000
    • 12 games: $1400
  • Pinto 8U Division:
    • 8 games: $950
    • 12 games: $1300 
  • Shetland 6U Division:
    • 12 games: $1100

Note: If you are an individual player in one of these divisions and are in need of a team, please contact us via the website and we may be able to put you in touch with a coach needing players.

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. A child may only play up one division level, ie: a Shetland aged player may play in Pinto (up 1 level) but not Mustang (up 2 levels).  

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

Important Dates for Registration: 

  • Regular Registration - Monday, 7/2/2018 to Saturday, 8/18/2018
    • Regular rates apply during this period
  • Late Registration – Sunday, 8/19/2018 to Saturday, 8/25/2018
    • Recreational Players: Additional $50 fee applied during this period
    • BYOT Teams: Additional $100 fee applied during this period

Important Dates for Fall:

  • Practices Start: Tuesday, 9/4/2018
  • Opening Day: Saturday 9/22/2018
  • Kyrene Fall Break: Monday 10/8/2018 - Friday, 10/12/2018
    • There will be games the first weekend of Spring Break, 10/6/2018 & 10/7/2018
  • Picture Day: Saturday, TBA (Tentatively 9/22/2018)
  • In-House Tournament: Saturday, 11/10/2018 - Monday, 11/19/2018
  • End of Regular Season: Friday, 11/9/2018 

See you all on Opening Day!



Friday, July 13
New Player Age Determining Date for Spring 2018

New Player Age Date starting in 2018:

 

New in 2018, PONY Baseball will start using a new determination date to figure "league age" for division placement. August 31 is the new league age cutoff date, but only applicable in the Spring season.  For example the age cutoff will be August 31, 2019 for Spring 2019 season.  This date will have the effect of increasing the playing age of players born during the late spring and summer months. For this first season, it will also decrease the average age of players in each division by moving up those born in the warm months.

HOWEVER, for the 2018 Fall season, the player age is base on their age on December 31, 2018 

If you have any questions about the division your player will be placed into or to inquire about playing up a level, please contact the board member in charge of Registration on the Board tab of the website. 



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.



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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