Frequently Asked Questions

Steve Workman, PONY Field Official and formerly WCYPB Vice President has provided the following information on PONY Baseball.

What does PONY stand for?

PONY is an acronym for Protect Our Nation's Youth. The concept for the name originally came from boys at the local YMCA in Washington, PA and stood for "Protect Our Neighborhood Youth", but when PONY became an international program in the early 1950's the "Neighborhood" was switched to "Nation's".

What is PONY Baseball and Softball's Mission?

PONY Baseball and Softball is designed to "Protect Our Nation's Youth" by providing experiences in youth baseball and softball that will help young people grow into healthier and happier adults.

Have any Major League Baseball players participated in PONY Baseball?

Yes. Currently there are over 375 Major League Baseball players who are graduates of PONY Baseball. Mark McGwire, Tony Gwynn, Alex Rodriquez and J.T. Snow are just a few of the Major League players who participated in PONY Baseball.

How is play governed in PONY Baseball and Softball?

Baseball play is governed by the Official Baseball Rules, "The Sporting News" edition, and PONY Baseball rules and regulations, which contain those exceptions to Official Baseball Rules, deemed necessary in a youth baseball program. The PONY rulebook also contains regulations relative to league organization and administration. PONY Girls Softball Rules and Regulations include the rules of play, as well as regulations for softball league organization and administration.

What type of insurance is needed to participate in PONY Baseball and Softball?

To protect our members, all leagues are required to determine that accident and medical insurance coverage is provided for the players, managers, coaches, official scorekeepers and volunteer umpires in their league with a policy provided by the league, similar to that available through PONY Baseball and Softball. It is strongly recommended that the league provide or determine that all volunteer workers have Accident/Medical Insurance coverage, since volunteers can be injured, too. Such coverage is available through PONY Baseball and Softball.

All member leagues are required to purchase league liability insurance with minimum limits of one million dollars, on an occurrence policy basis, and naming PONY Baseball, Inc. as additional insured. Such coverage is available through PONY Baseball.

How does an organization apply for membership to PONY Baseball and Softball?

Leagues become members of PONY Baseball and Softball by filing a membership application form and submitting a membership fee. The league must file membership application forms each year prior to April 15. The forms are mailed to all renewal leagues automatically, and are provided to proposed or interested leagues upon request.

Who receives the membership applications and materials for a PONY affiliated league?

All material and correspondence sent from PONY Baseball and Softball headquarters to the league will be sent to the person designated as the league contact on the membership application form. The league contact may be the league president, secretary, or any person designated by the league to receive correspondence and supplies from PONY Baseball and Softball Headquarters and PONY Field Directors.

Who are PONY Field Directors and what do they do?

PONY Baseball and Softball Field Directors play a vital part in the organization. Without them, the program would not function. Field Directors assist the PONY Baseball and Softball Headquarters staff in providing services to existing leagues. They organize and conduct tournament play and they are largely responsible for the development of new leagues. Field Directors gather input from local league organizations for the Board of Directors and staff, and relay information based on such input back to the leagues. Field Directors serve as administrative and service agents to the leagues.

How do I contact PONY Baseball and Softball International Headquarters?

You can contact PONY Baseball and Softball in several different ways. You can call us at 724-225-1060; fax us at 724-225-9852, e-mail us at pony@pulsenet.com or write to us at PONY Baseball and Softball at P.O. Box 225, Washington, PA 15301.

Does PONY Baseball and Softball have supplies and merchandise available?

Yes. PONY Baseball and Softball has many supplies and merchandise items available for its members. Supplies include: scorebooks, rulebooks, equipment catalogs, line-up cards, award certificates, instructional books and videos and tournament organizers. PONY Baseball and Softball merchandise includes: pullover jackets, golf shirts, hats, uniform emblems, hatpins, sweatshirts, umpire hats and sweaters. Supplies and Merchandise can be found in the annual PONY Baseball and Softball Supply
Catalog. Free copies are available to those associated with PONY Baseball and Softball. Orders can be placed over the phone if you charge by Discover, Visa or MasterCard. Orders through the mail must be accompanied by a check or money order.
Also, please check out our PONY store here at www.pony.org.

How does PONY Baseball and Softball differ from other youth organizations?

PONY Baseball and Softball is not designed for a few highly skilled athletes, but for all of the young people in your community who are sincerely interested in the game. Here are a few of the features that the PONY Baseball and Softball program has to offer:

Two-Year Age Brackets

How are the boundaries determined for PONY Baseball and Softball Leagues?

League boundaries are determined by the officers and executive committee of the local league, but are subject to annual approval by the PONY Zone Director. Boundaries need not be identical for Shetland, Pinto, Mustang, Pony, Colt, and Palomino. Baseball league boundaries need not be identical to Softball league boundaries.

What are the age divisions for PONY Baseball and Softball?

PONY Baseball is organized with two-year age brackets.

The age brackets for baseball are as follows:

For PONY Girls Softball, leagues are operated for fast pitch and slow pitch on an "and under" age concept.

How does our league enter PONY tournament play?

The tournament team application form is provided to all member leagues, but need to be filled out only by those leagues desiring to enter tournament competition. These applications are distributed by Zone Directors. When the tournament application is
completed, the form is to be mailed with a check for the tournament entry fee to the proper Zone Director. Tournament entry fees go into a fund maintained by the Zone Director to assist teams in that zone to meet travel expenses at the higher-level tournaments. League officers should make provisions for sufficient funds to cover all costs incurred by the tournament team through the lower levels of play and be in a position to meet travel costs at the higher levels with the knowledge that some reimbursement will be forthcoming from the travel funds.

What does it cost to join PONY Baseball and Softball?

Leagues must pay an annual registration fee to PONY Baseball and Softball. The fee for softball registration is $15.00 per team.

The registration fee for Shetland, Pinto, Bronco, Pony and Colt is as follows:

The registration fee for Palomino League is $100.00 per team.