Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball Association: News

Wednesday, July 20
2016 Fall Season Registration

2016 Fall Season Registration Open 

Registration for our fall season is now open and we are in our early registration period.  Register now to get the *early* discount and ensure a place on a team.

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.   

 2016 Fall 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 (3-6 years old): $105
  • Champions Division (special needs): No charge

Note: PONY Baseball uses a "league age" for division placement. For  the 2016 Fall season it is based on their age on April 30, 2017.

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

Important Dates for Registration:

  • Early Registration - Wednesday, 7/20/2016 to Sunday, 7/31/2016
    • $15 discount to the regular rates above during this period
  • Regular Registration - Monday, 8/1/2016 to Wednesday, 8/31/2016
    • regular rates shown above
  • Late Registration - Thursday, 9/1/2016 to Wednesday, 9/7/2016
    • additional $15 fee to the regular rates above during this period

Important Dates for the Fall Season: 

  • Practices Start - week of Saturday, September 10th
  • Regular Season Games Start - Saturday, September 24rd
    • Opening Day Ceremonies
    • Team & Individual Picture Day
  • Kyrene Fall Break - Monday, October 3rd to Friday, October 7th
    • There will be games the first weekend of Fall Break (10/1 & 10/2)
    • Games resume on Monday, October 10th
  • Regular Season Games End - Friday, November 11th
  • Season Championship Tournament - Saturday, November 12th to Monday, November 21st
    • Double Elimination Tournaments for Pinto, Mustang & Bronco divisions
    • Team could play 2 to 7 games
    • Championship Game - Saturday, November 19th
    • 2nd Championship Game - Monday, November 21st only if both teams have 1 loss

See you all on Opening Day!

Wednesday, July 20
2016 Bring-Your-Own-Team Letter

Coaches, Parents and League Directors:

The Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball league is gearing up for our Fall 2016 season and looking for your team to join us. As we continue to make improvements in our program and listen to the needs of the baseball community, we are embracing the "Bring Your Own Team" concept to the league as we move to the future.

Baseball for youth aged 7-17 has seen a 41% decline in the past 15 years across the country, although only 4.3% over the past 6 years. Little League, nationally, has seen a 20% decline in the same time period and now no longer publishes their enrollment. PONY Baseball has experienced a minimal 1% growth and USSSA has experienced substantial growth, primarily due to the desire players and families have to stay together because of friendships or for a specific coach while enjoying the "club" experience. Additionally, many parents look to give their child the best opportunity to excel at the next levels with this sport specialization.

Regardless of the reasons, I want to ensure the AFPBA exists for many years to come and provides countless experiences, memories and friendships for each of our players and families. We have always looked for the long term development of our players and improvements in our league based on the feedback from the families. Nationally, we see this trend of forming teams continuing to accelerate from a young age and experiencing the desired growth as a team, and not just an individual. This is not going to change in the foreseeable future.

Our BYOT approach allows the coaches to form your own team with former players, or friends and keep them together season after season. Many of you already have team names, uniforms and practice fields and only want more quality games. We want teams of all skill levels, from recreational to AAA, and will have you compete against teams at similar competitive levels. Ahwatukee Foothills PONY is here for you!

The "home" games are played at the Akimel and Estrella baseball fields which are all undergoing a complete renovation this summer with new laser graded fields, upgraded drainage, new fencing/dugouts, new turf and surveyed bases. The fields all received upgraded lighting less than 2 years ago. We have fields with bases able to be set at 50', 60', 70', 80', and 90' allowing players up to the highest levels to have a quality playing experience. Given that PONY rules are essentially MLB rules at the Mustang and above levels, we only focus on scaling the field size to your players while teaching the players the real game of baseball. We also hire independent, certified, 3rd party umpires.

We are offering 6, 8 or 12 game schedules that we can work around existing tournament schedules. Limited travel would be required for the Mustang and higher divisions, with most games being played on weekends (both single and double headers). Our Fall season starts in September and will complete prior to Thanksgiving.

Divisions are based on the player's age as of April 30, 2017 and are an "and under" division. We are not limited by the player's address being in Ahwatukee due to our open enrollment structure and are happy to take players from all areas of the Valley. The League still has a robust Recreational program. This is not a replacement to our past, but an enhancement to our program in meeting more of our player and family demands as we continue to grow.

Team registration is very easy and only require payment from the team account to play in the league. (See the 2016 AFPBA BYOT REgistration form in the President's Corner of our  Handouts section for registration and fees.)

Feel free to share this with other coaches and teams you know that are also looking for games.

Please contact me immediately with any questions you may have at ron.ensley@yahoo.com or 602-769-1885.

Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Ron Ensley
AFPBA President

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