Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball Association: News

Saturday, November 22
Division Champions Crowned!



League Championships were decided on Saturday under perfect weather (although about 45 degrees at 1st pitch). Congratulations to the Pinto Rays (Coach Ron Ensley), Mustang Phillies (Coach Howard Coates) and Bronco Marlins (Coach Ryan Horn) for winning their Division Championships! A fun season for all!

Also Congratulations to the Pinto Phillies (Coach Ben Melendez), Maricopa Crushers (Coach David Smith) and the Bronco Diamondbacks (Coach John Diaz) for battling their way to Division Runner Up.



Wednesday, November 12
Joy of playing baseball fuels PONY Champions Division



There is a nice article about Chris Kelly and our Champions Division in the Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 edition of the Ahwatukee Foothills News. Please follow this link to read.

As stated in the article, the ASU Men's Baseball team will be the on field buddies for the games this Friday, November 14th at 6 and 7 pm on the Bronco field at Akimel A-al Middle School. Please come out and support the Champions Division!



Sunday, October 26
Fall 2014 Pitching & Catching Clinic Pictures



Pictures from our Pitching & Catching Clinic with Mike Butcher, the Pitching Coach of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.



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



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