Bothell PONY Baseball: About Us

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PONY is an acronym for Protect Our Nation's Youth. The concept came from boys at a local YMCA in Pennsylvania several decades ago, and the name originally stood for "Protect Our Neighborhood Youth." When PONY became a worldwide program in the 1950s, the word "neighborhood" was expanded to "nation."  There are now hundreds of local PONY league programs around the United States.

Bothell PONY currently has Four divisions, Bronco, Pony, Colt and Palomino with ages ranging from 11 to 19 years old. Managers with a team of ANY age group our welcome.


Divisions

Bronco (AGES 11-12) The Bronco division of PONY Baseball is played on a field with a 48' pitching mound and a 70' base path. They play seven inning games with lead-offs and base stealing. Teams play interleague schedules which will require some travel to neighboring leagues for games.
Practices will begin in March and teams will play a 15 to 25 game schedule ending in June. Many teams elect to play in several tournaments thruout the season as well.

Pony (AGES 13-14) The original PONY program, providing play for yougsters on a field with a 54' mound and an 80' base path. There are three divisions of play consisting of a Cascade division, P13 division and an Olympic division. The Cascade division (recreational) will have mostly 13 year olds and the Olympic level will consist of mostly 14 year olds or younger teams wanting a higher level of competition. Both Cascade and Olympic teams play interleague schedules which will require some travel to neighboring leagues for games. (Kirkland, Maltby, Mountlake Terrace, Issaquah, Bellevue, Maple Valley, Seattle, Mercer Island, Renton and more)
Practices will begin in winter and teams will play a 20-30 game schedule ending in mid-June. Many teams elect to play in several tournaments thruout the season as well.

Colt (AGES 15-16) The Colt division of PONY baseball is played on a professional size field with a 60' 6" mound and a 90' base path. It is a select level of play with many players also playing for their high schools. Teams play interleague schedules which will require some travel to neighboring leagues for games. (Kirkland, Maltby, Mountlake Terrace, Issaquah, Bellevue, Maple Valley, Seattle, Mercer Island, Renton and more)
Practices will begin in winter and teams will play a 20-30 game schedule ending in mid-June. Many teams elect to play in several tournaments thruout the season as well with some teams starting later to work around the high school season.

Palomino (AGES 17-19) The Palomino division of PONY baseball is played on a professional size field with a 60' 6" mound and a 90' base path. It is a select level of play with many players also playing for their high schools. Teams play interleague schedules which will require travel thruout the Seattle and metropolitan area. The Palomino season starts in May, after the high school season ends.

Bothell PONY Baseball is a volunteer organization. Our ability to serve our players depends on members of the community. If you would like to participate, please contact us at:

Bothell Pony Baseball Address: P.O. Box 1645 Bothell, Wa. 98041-1645
Email: emahrt@bothellponybaseball.org
 

 



Thursday, October 17
Coaches Page


 

Coaches Corner:

Pitching Tips:


Delaying shoulder rotation for as long as possible while the hips rotate forward after foot plant allows you to put the maximum amount of "twist" into your torso
· The more potential energy you can store up, the more that energy will be available when your shoulders rotate forward to pitch a ball
· Separation of the shoulders from the hips is where approximately 80% of pitcher's throwing velocity comes from

Hitting Tips:


The key to being a successful hitter is practice, practice, practice. The most important tool is the batting tee. The goal is to have power, accuracy and timing
· Stance - have balance with your feet slightly outside your shoulder
· Load - once the pitchers hands separate, your upper body is ready to swing only moving forward
· Step - your step towards the pitcher should be soft, straight and short
· Launch - open you hips with hands straight to the ball. Your power comes from the ground up
· Contact - make contact balanced with your head over your back knee and head focused on the contact of the ball
· Extend and then extend again ending with your hands over your front shoulder

Fielding Tips:


From this level and beyond it is the up most importance to have a solid catcher that works well with the pitcher and can control the game and direct his teammates with confidence
· Arm strength/throwing ability - Arm speed, exchange, release, throwing accuracy (pop time)
· Blocking wild pitches - being able to drop to your knees and take the ball off your chest to the left and right while keeping the ball in front of you
· Batters - knowing each batters tendencies and remembering how they were pitched to the last time they were up to the plate


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