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Divisions

PONY Baseball, the national organization to which Santa Monica Pony Baseball belongs, uses a system that allows players of similar ages, maturity and physical development to play together.

The primary features that distinguish PONY Baseball  are the use of a two-year age bracket system and scaled diamonds.  Players will play on fields where the size of the diamonds are scaled to match the physical capabilities of the players in each division.

These base dimensions are the result of extensive experimentation to determine the size on which players of each age group can properly play the game of baseball. Pitching distance is also scaled to the ability of the player in proportion to the size of the diamond.
Santa Monica Pony Baseball provides flexible rules and incremental levels of competitive play, which are specifically designed for the physical development and safety requirements of each age group.  

This page describes our divisions and helps you find the appropriate division for your child. 

If you have further questions after reading through this, please contact the appropriate Division Commissioner.

Finding the Right Division

Start by determining your player’s League Age. This is their chronological age on April 30, 2014. For example, if a player turns 10 on April 20, he would be considered league age 10, since he is 10 on April 30. If he turns 10 on May 15, he would be considered league age 9, since he is 9 on April 30. Then look in the row labeled “Age on April 30” to find the correct division.

Overview of Divisions

 

SHETLAND
Juniors

SHETLAND 

PINTO

MUSTANG

BRONCO 

PONY

Age on
April 30

 3-4

5-6

7-8

9-10

11-12

13-14

Base
Path

 40 ft

50 ft

60 ft

60 ft

70 ft

80 ft

Pitching Mound

  38 ft

38 ft

38 ft

48 ft

50 ft

54 ft

Start of season


 Tee

Machine Pitch/
Tee

Player
Pitch

Player
Pitch

Player Pitch

Player Pitch

End of season

Teams Formed By

 Commissioner

Commissioner

Draft

Draft

Draft

Draft

Base Stealing

 No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Leadoffs

 No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Balk

 No

No

No

1 warning

Yes

Yes

Dropped 3rd Strike

 No

N/A

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Practices Begin

 February

February

February

February

February

February

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