Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball Association: Fall 2014 Archives

Monday, September 8
***All PONY Practices Cancelled thru Sunday 9/14***

Kyrene has cancelled all usage of the Estrella and Akimel fields effective immediately for the rest of the week, which currently includes Saturday due to this past Monday's weather. Kyrene has also cancelled field usage on every other District field for the same duration. The District Cross Country meet scheduled tomorrow night at Akimel has also been postponed as of today. Unfortunately with the significant rainfalls, there are no other outdoor locations available for use or re-scheduling. I am working closely with Kyrene and the schools to hopefully open up some of the fields that are in better shape than others.

I have been on site and walked the fields with a school representative and feel there may be an opportunity to get earlier usage restored, but they have to discuss and get internal approvals to do so. At this time there will be absolutely no lights turned on at the facilities until next Monday, Sept 15. If we can get usage prior to next Monday, we will look at increased field sharing to allow more teams to get their practices held.

Please monitor this website and/or Facebook & Twitter for any additional Leauge-wide updates. Please keep an eye and ear out for emails or phone calls from your individual team coach for any alternative plans.

Thanks,
Ron Ensley
AFPBA President



Saturday, August 30
Mustang & Bronco Skills Evaluation Times!



Hello AFPBA Families,

For those families that have players in the Mustang (9/10) or Bronco (11/12) divisions the Skills Evaluation session is Saturday 9/6 on the fields at Akimel a-Al Middle School on Liberty Lane between 24th and 32nd Streets.

  • Mustang evaluations start at 8am
  • Bronco evaluations start at 1030am

Please arrive early to have your player checked in and ready to show their stuff. Bring you usual game day equipment including a water bottle. The concession stand will not be open during the sessions.

Coaches will be on hand to observe and take notes for who they want to draft for their team when the Mustang and Bronco Draft occurs later this weekend. Those players that do not attend have their named placed in a hat for a blind drawing to be placed on a team.

In the unlikely event of a rainout, please monitor our website or our Facebook / Twitter pages for alternate plans.

Bring your 'A' game and leave it all on the field.

See you at the ballfield!



Wednesday, August 27
Volunteer Opportunities Still Exist!

If you are interested in volunteering as a head coach, assistant coach, umpire, team parent or as an elected or volunteer board member - opportunities still exist!

For team related opportunities inform your team coach of your interest and discuss the options available. The younger the team the more parents it takes for a smooth and enjoyable season. Examples of volunteer parent positions are: pitcher & catcher (Shetland only), first base coach, 3rd base coach, dugout coach, team parent (coordinating snack duty), team photographer and team scorer.

The board has a few unfilled positions for the 2014-15 season that require a wide range of time commitments - from one time Spring Season Only tasks to all year long duties. To volunteer or learn more about the opportunities still avaiable - please contact our league President - Ron Ensley - by clicking on his name to send him an email.

As players age out of the League or families move away, it is important to have new faces bring energy and enthusiasm along with new ideas and constructive critiques to make our baseball league a better place.

We look forward to seeing you on the field or at a board meeting!



Monday, July 21
Looking for Volunteers to Coach or help run the League



Fall baseball season signals the start of a new baseball year for the AFPBA. Along with that comes the need to reach out and find new parents interested in taking a more active role in teaching their children the great game of baseball (or softball).

If you are interested in volunteering as a head coach, assistant coach, umpire, team parent or as an elected or volunteer board member, please indicate your interest in the check boxes or comments as you register your child.

The younger Shetland teams take as many as 5 or 6 parents to 'coach' a game or practice while the older teams can function with 3 or 4. No gradaute Physics of Baseball degree required, just a passion for the game and a desire to pay it forward.

The board has a variety of positions that require a wide range of time commitments - from one time Spring Season Only tasks to all year long duties. As players age out of the League or families move away, it is important to have new faces bring energy and enthusiasm along with new ideas and constructive critiques to make our baseball league a better place.

To volunteer or learn more about the opportunities - please contact our league President - Ron Ensley - by clicking on his name to send him an email.

We look forward to seeing you on the field or at a board meeting!

AFPBA 



Tuesday, July 1
Fall 2014 Early Registration Open




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Thursday, September 4
Sports Authority extends 20% off entire purchase coupon to AFPBA Familes

Is it time to replace that worn out gear or stock up on new gear?

The Sports Authority has passed along to us a '20% off your entire purchase' coupon good for Saturday & Sunday September 6th & 7th only and only at the Ray Rd and 48th St, Phoenix store.

The following is the FAQ from our website on AFPBA vs Family provided baseball gear for you to help decide if there is anything you need to get to be ready for the season:

What equipment will my child need before the first practice or game?

Ahwatukee PONY will issue a jersey, cap and baseball socks to each child for use during league games. In the Spring season we will also provide a practice T-shirt. Belt and pants are not provided and will need to be purchased separately. A uniform consists of baseball pants, belt, baseball jersey, baseball helmet, hat and a pair of socks. Each player will also need to have their own bat. Most coaches can provide direction on the types of bat to purchase. Big barrel bats are only legal in our Mustang and upper Divisions.

Rubber cleats are recommended for all players. AFPBA does not allow metal cleats in any of our Divisions. We also strongly encourage that a mouthguard be used at all Divisions. All male players, regardless of age, is required to wear a protective cup. Last, but not least, a baseball glove will be necessary to play baseball.

Follow the Handout: Coupons link below to be taken to the PDF file. You will need a PDF reader to display and print the coupon.


Handout: Coupons

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