Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball Association: Fall 2014 Archives

Thursday, October 23
PONY Pitcher & Catcher Clinic on Sunday 10/26



Hello AFPBA Mustang & Bronco Families: 

Announcing a speical PONY Pitcher & Catcher Clinic!

How would you like your baseball player to get the same coaching and instruction as Major League pitchers, Jered Weaver and Joe Thatcher?

Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball is proud to have Mike Butcher, the Pitching Coach of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, conduct a Pitcher/Catcher Clinic from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Sunday, October 26 at the Akimel Bronco (south) baseball field. The cost of the clinic is only $20. Check or cash only please.

This clinic is geared towards youth baseball players aged 8-12. You do not have to be a current AFPBA player to attend.

Mr. Butcher was an MLB 2nd Round draft pick in 1986. He pitched for the Angels from 1992-1995 and has been their Pitching Coach since 2006, making the AL Playoffs in four (4) of those seasons.

Please arrive up to 30 minutes early to get signed in and warmed up for the clinic. Catchers should bring your gear if you have it.

Please contact, Eric McCarthy (Mustang Division Director) at ericmccar@aol.com if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

AFPBA 



Saturday, October 4
Field Changes & Parking Restrictions for Saturday 10/4

Hello AFPBA Families:

The Kyrene School District has determined the Akimel Lower SW "Bronco" field is still too wet to use so they have officially cancelled games for today on this field. As of last night there was still 6-8" of standing water behind the backstop of the south field.

Please plan on moving all Saturday, October 4th Akimel Lower SW games to the Akimel Upper SW field. This will allow the games to be played and while somewhat inconvenient, still playable at the revised field. All other games on other fields will remain as scheduled.

Also, the annual state-wide band competition is at Desert Vista High School today and the Akimel parking lots will be unavailable for PONY and AYSO parking. Please plan on parking in the area neighborhoods and give yourself a few extra minutes to arrive at the fields.

See you at the games!

AFPBA



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There will be a 'slight' rain delay...
Saturday, September 27
Some Saturday 9/27 Games Cancelled Due to Rain
With the rain returning in force around 2pm, the afternoon and evening games have been cancelled.

Friday, September 26
Saturday 9/27 Game & Picture Plans

Hello AFPBA Families:

At this time, all games continue to remain as scheduled, although the latest forecast calls for a high probability of rain throughout tomorrow. If there is rain, or lightning, the games will be cancelled for tomorrow and rescheduled. The most likely rescheduling scenario will be an added weeknight game throughout the season. Another possibility may be Sunday afternoon games held on a weekend after Fall break. Once we know the full impact, a schedule update can be issued.

If it is not raining, or very light rain, please arrive as scheduled for your game(s). In the event rain starts after the games have started, the League umpires will be responsible to determine when games are halted.

Picture Day is also scheduled for tomorrow and will also remain as scheduled. If this activity is rained out, the make-up date is October 18. New picture times will be issued to each team if rescheduling is required.

We will continue to monitor the weather and update the website and inform coaches as to the field status.

Thank you,

Ron Ensley
AFPBA President



Monday, September 22
Fall Team Picture Schedule Posted for Opening Day

The Fall team picture schedule has been posted to the events in the Calendar.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to your scheduled picture time. Your team head coach should should have / be passing out a pictures packet that has the order form and picture package pricing. There is no requirement to purchase pictures but if you choose to do so, please have this filled out with payment and brought to your team picture time to help things move along quickly. If you happen to forget it at home there will be a table with extra forms along with samples ( I think ) of some picture products.

The photo sitting will utilize a bat and the photographer will have a community bat available to use but if your player wants the picture with their favorite bat, they may bring it but please don't swing it while waiting - too many people around.

Tip: If you haven't received your uniform by the time of your team picture, the restrooms at the Akimel Bronco concession stand will be open for your player to change in. Bring or wear as much as you can and arrive early to meet up with your coach to receive the uniform and change. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your team head coach or Division Director.



Sunday, September 21
Team Picture Schedule for 9-27-14

PICTURE TIME TEAM NAME DIVISION GAME TIME

7:00 DIAMONDBACKS SHETLAND 8:00
7:05 RED SOX SHETLAND 8:00
7:10 BLUE JAYS SHETLAND 8:00
7:15 BRAVES SHETLAND 8:00
7:20 BLUE JAYS PINTO 8:00
7:25 BRAVES PINTO 8:00
7:30 A'S BRONCO 8:00
7:35 RED SOX BRONCO 8:00

8:10 RED SOX MUSTANG 5:00
8:20 YANKEES MUSTANG 5:00
8:30 BRAVES MUSTANG 7:00
8:40 PHILLIES MUSTANG 7:00
8:50 ORIOLES MUSTANG 7:00

9:00 DIAMONDBACKS MUSTANG 7:00
9:10 MARLINS BRONCO 10:00
9:20 RAYS PINTO 10:00
9:30 RAYS MUSTANG 2:30
9:40 DIAMONDBACKS BRONCO 2:30
9:50 NATIONALS BRONCO 2:30

10:00 BLUE JAYS BRONCO 12:30
10:10 DIAMONDBACKS PINTO 12:30
10:20 PHILLIES PINTO 12:30
10:30 YANKEES SHETLAND NO GAME



Friday, September 19
Fall Game Schedules Posted for all Divisions



That thing you've been waiting for - the posting of the Fall Game Schedules for all Divisions - has occurred. Your coach should be distributing your team's portion soon if not already as well.

As previously announced the Shetland, Pinto, Mustang and Bronco division games get under way on Saturday, September 27th. Games will occur all day long on the various fields at the Akimel & Estrella school complex with a few teams starting the season off with a double header. The Champions division will begin their games on Friday, October 3rd.

You may also see and download the game schedules from our website under the Calendar or Schedules tabs on the left. The Calendar tab is a graphical view of the month in the typical grid style. The Schedules tab lists the games played and scheduled in a row listing.

With the schedule just being released there may still be a few corrections occurring as coaches and parents review them so please check back occasionally for any updates. If any games are modified a news announcement similar to this will be posted to help notify you of the changes.

We'll see you on the ball field! 

 



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



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

Monday, September 1
Note to Fall Season registered families



Hello AFPBA Families

Congratulations on registering your young athlete for the Fall 2014 season! We are looking for a very exciting season with a high number of registrations in our upper divisions. Registration is still open until Sept 7 so be sure to inform your friends that have not signed up yet. You can check out our website FAQ page to provide an overview of equipment you will need and other basic information.

The Shetland and Pinto teams are being formed now, but you should not expect to hear from your coach until the weekend of September 6-7 at which time your team's coach will make contact with specific practice times for your team and his requirements. Practices will start the following week of Sept 8. A new rule this season, after reviewing your feedback, we have modified the Shetland pitching by moving the machine further from home plate and speeding up the pitches.

The Mustang and Bronco evaluations will be held Saturday, September 6 at the Akimel baseball fields. Mustang will start at 8:00 am sharp. Bronco evaluations will start around 10:30 am, once the Mustang group is complete. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early to sign in and get warmed up. Be sure to bring all the baseball gear, water and sunscreen. The draft will occur on Sunday and all coaches will contact their players by the end of the day with practice schedules and team requirements.

We have required each coach this season to have concussion training through NFHS and First Aid Training in an effort to further promote safety within our League.

The first games of the season will start on Saturday, September 27.

Do not hesitate to contact your Division Director with any additional concerns or questions. They are here to help.

Bronco Division: Cory Sanders cory@securecloudsolutions.com
Mustang Division: Eric McCarthy ericmccar@aol.com
Pinto Division: Mike Kirby kirby@wertech.com
Shetland Division: Janell Brassfield janellbrass@yahoo.com
Champions Division: Chris Kelly tkelly36@cox.net

In the event you have any registration questions, please contact Michael Boucher at vp@ponybaseballaz.com.

Be sure to send your proof of residency and age documents to documents@ponybaseballaz.com.

We are all very excited for the start of this season, so let's play some ball!

Thanks,

Ron Ensley
President
Ahwatukee Foothills PONY Baseball Association 



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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