Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball Association: Spring 2014 Archives

Thursday, November 14
Spring 2014 Registration Opening Soon!


Registration for the Spring 2014 Season will open on Saturday November 23rd, 2013.

Wednesday, December 18
Bring Your Own Team Competitive Divisions



The demand for highly competitive youth baseball in our community continues to grow and our League will continue to meet the needs of our young athletes. New this coming season to the AFPBA, we now offer competitive divisions at our Mustang and Bronco levels. The League has always enjoyed the friend and coach requests to form teams at our Shetland and Pinto divisions, but never allowed the teams to continue playing as they developed more advanced skills and played at higher levels as a team. We are now able to make this change and let these teams stay together. No other baseball league in the area provides this opportunity.

Our competitive divisions will play by the PONY National rules, offering more of a "real" baseball development. We will provide a 12 game season with approximately 1/2 of the games at our home Akimel fields and remaining games will require travel to play against other competitive teams in Scottsdale, Chandler, Queen Creek and Casa Grande. The competitive divisions may include Club teams or just a group of players that want to continue playing together. At the end of the regular season, these full teams can enter the PONY State All Star tournaments for opportunities to qualify for regional and national tournaments. The competitive division teams will not face the recreational division teams in any games.

AFPBA will continue to offer the recreational baseball experience at all Divisions. We are working to improve the rules at the recreational division to allow more competitive and enjoyable games.

Player registration is currently open for the Spring 2014 season.

If you are interested in the competitive division, please contact Ron Ensley for more details on how to register.  

Tuesday, January 14
New Lights at Akimel A-al and Estrella Sports Fields!

From an article on the front page of the Ahwatukee Foothills News paper on January 14th, Kyrene School District has upgraded the lighting system at the Akimel A-al and Estrella sports fields over the winter break. Follow the link in the Headline above to read the article. Sounds like a major improvement - can't wait to see them in action first hand next month!

Thursday, January 30
Upcoming Event Times Announced

Upcoming event times announced:

Mustang Player Evaluations - Saturday, Feb 8th @ 8am on the Akimel Bronco field.

Bronco Player Evaluations - Saturday, Feb 8th @ 10am on the Akimel Bronco field.

Pinto and Shetland do not have player evaluations.

Thursday, February 20
Ahwatukee Foothills Pony Baseball SAVES BIG at Sports Authority February 22-23, 2014

AFPBA families,

We have partnered with Sports Authority for several seasons now and again are excited to have Sports Authority return as a 2014 Spring Season sponsor of Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball! To celebrate our continued partnership, we would like to invite Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball players, families and fans to a special two-day-only savings event from Saturday, February 22 to Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Ahwatukee Ray Road location.

This is the perfect time to pick up all the gear you will need for the upcoming baseball season! The attached coupon has the details you need to SAVE 20% off YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE - that means you save on not only your baseball gear but on ANYTHING in the store. Just print the coupon, bring it to our Ahwatukee location and start saving. If you prefer to keep this email on your Smartphone, the cashier will just need to be able to read the barcode on the attachment.

Use this opportunity to start earning rewards with our new member program, THE LEAGUE BY SPORTS AUTHORITY. By joining THE LEAGUE, you will get 5% back on all in-store purchases when you earn 100 points or more during a qualifying period, so start scoring rewards today.

We look forward to seeing you at the store - have a great season!

JEREMIAH SLIFE Sponsorship and Fundraising Director AFPBA

Wednesday, March 19
Spring 2014 Opening Day Ceremonies!

After weeks of practice Opening Day is upon us and the season is ready to begin!


When: 8:00 am, Saturday, March 22 (arrive between 7:30 am - 7:45 am)
Where: Akimel Bronco field
Who: Everyone (players, parents, siblings, grandparents, neighbors and friends) should be there!

What do you need to know:

Parking: Please allow extra time to park and get to the fields as the parking lot will fill up. Please do not park in the fire lanes at the school.

Attire: Players should be in full uniforms (jersey, hat, pants, socks and cleats), although gloves, helmets, etc are not needed during the Opening Ceremony.

Duration: Approximately one (1) hour. Shetland, Pinto, Pinto Kid Pitch and the Pony Division teams will be playing games starting at 9:30 so feel free to stick around and cheer on your friends at the fields.

Concession Stand: This will be open to get your morning coffee and refreshments throughout the day. Throughout the season we will operate the concession stand during the weekend games only.

Picture Day: Pictures are on March 29 and will not conflict with Opening Day. Coaches have received the order forms and time slots and can distribute to the player families immediately.


We look forward to seeing you on the field this weekend!



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