Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball Association: News

Monday, November 27
Early Bird Registration Open for Spring 2018 Season

Registration for the 2018 Spring 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. For the 2018 Spring season it is based on their age on August 31, 2018.  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.

2018 Spring 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 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 only offer competitive / byot registration for the Pinto (8u), Mustang (10u), Bronco (12u) and Pony (14u) divisions. Coaches will register the teams and populate their roster.

Note: BYOT teams are 8 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 

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:

  • Early Registration – Wednesday, 11/22/2017 to Saturday, 12/16/2017
    • Recreational Players: $15 discount to the regular rates during this period
    • BYOT Teams: $50 team discount rate applied during this period
  • Regular Registration - Sunday, 12/17/2017 to Saturday, 1/20/2018
    • Regular rates apply during this period
  • Late Registration – Sunday, 1/21/2018 to Wednesday, 1/31/2018
    • Recreational Players: Additional $15 fee to the recreational player rates during this period
    • BYOT Teams: $50 additional fee applied during this period

See you all on Opening Day!



Tuesday, November 21
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. For the 2018 Spring season it is based on their age on August 31, 2018. 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.

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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