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Sep, 2017

2018 PONY baseball changes



We wanted to make you aware of a few changes that are occurring in PONY baseball and Centerville baseball beginning January 1, 2018.

 

NEW BASEBALL BAT RULES

In conjunction with USA Baseball and its other participating national member organizations, PONY Baseball has adopted the new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat). Effective January 1, 2018, with the exception of ‐3 (BBCOR certified), all other minus factor bats (‐5, ‐7, ‐9, etc.), must be USABat certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league and tournament play. Minusfactor bats ‐5, ‐7, ‐9, etc. used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 2018.

 

Please see the links below for more information in regards to the new bat standards:

https://usabat.com/about/

http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm (Although this was published by the Little League Baseball Organization (not PONY Baseball), it provides some good information regarding the new rules in a simplified manner)

https://www.youtube.com/watchv=ayjksw46M0Y&utm_campaign=20170821usabat&utm_source=hs_automation&utm_medium=email&utm_content=55398140&_hsenc=p2ANqtz‐8eGVpmoLtJiqrnAn‐AJVzIw6ZF7mV8y‐ZJ8xsA2xdSD0t0MZ7s2vLUJ2g04gEtgqucGnn6IM2e5JuScG3e1Ufih2gBQ&_hsmi=55398140

 

How does this affect my child playing in the Centerville Baseball League? The Centerville Baseball League will be phasing in the new bat standards during 2018 and will be purchasing bats for league use over the next two years that are in compliance with the new rules. Centerville Baseball anticipates full implementation and enforcement of the new standards in 2019. If you plan to purchase a new bat for your player this fall or winter, it is recommended that you purchase a bat that meets the new bat standards with the new USA Baseball mark on it (see example of USA Baseball mark below).



Will the new bat standards be enforced during 2018 All‐Stars tournaments? Yes. Only bats with the new USA Baseball mark on the bat will be allowed during the 2018 All‐Star season. Although Centerville baseball will allow you to use a bat that meets the old standards during the regular recreation season, only bats that meet the new standards and have the new USA Baseball mark will be allowed during 2018 All‐Star play.

 

What are the old PONY Baseball bat rules (prior to 2018)?

  •  No two and three quarter inch (2‐3/4") diameter bats are allowed at any level of play.
  •  Two and five‐eighth inch (2‐5/8") diameter bats that weigh minus 3 (‐3) bats must have the BBCOR .50 stamp on them are legal, as long as they are designed for baseball use.
  • Two and five‐eighth inch (2‐5/8") diameter bats that weigh minus 4 (‐4) through minus 13 (‐13) bats are legal as long as they do not exceed 42 inches in length, and as long as they are designed for baseball use.

Will the local competitive baseball leagues including Rocky Mountain School of Baseball (RMSB) and Utah Select be following these same bat standards? It is our understanding that the local competitive leagues will not enforce the new standards during the 2018 season.

NEW PONY BASEBALL AGE CHANGES

Beginning in 2018, PONY Baseball (along with other national youth baseball organizations) has changed the birthday cutoff for a given year from April 30th to August 31st. This new age cutoff will only affect those players with birthdays between (May 1 – August 31).

For the 2018 Spring season, the new birthday cutoff affects the following players:

 Players that turn 5 years old between May 1 – August 31 2018 will play in the Shetland Division (5 and 6 year olds). Under the old birthday cut‐off they would play in the T‐Ball Division (3‐4 year olds).

 Players that turn 7 years old between May 1 – August 31 2018 will play in the Pinto Division (7 and 8 year olds). Under the old birthday cut‐off they would play in the Shetland Division (5‐6 year olds).

 Players that turn 9 years old between May 1 – August 31 2018 will play in the Mustang Division (9 and 10 year olds). Under the old birthday cut‐off they would play in the Pinto Division (7‐8 year olds)

 Players that turn 11 years old between May 1 – August 31 2018 will be required to play in the Bronco Division (11 and 12 year olds). Under the old birthday cut‐off they would play in the Mustang Division (9‐10 year olds)

 Players that turn 13 years old between May 1 – August 31 2018 will be required to play in Pony Division (13 and 14 year olds). Under the old birthday cut‐off they would play in the Bronco Division (11 and 12 year olds)


In some situations, Centerville Baseball will continue to work with parents and place players in the 
division that is most appropriate for their skill level even if they do not meet the age requirements outlined above. However, those players that wish to participate in All‐Stars, must meet the new age requirements.

 

Will the local competitive baseball leagues including Rocky Mountain School of Baseball (RMSB) and Utah Select change the age cut‐off? It is our understanding that the local competitive leagues will not change the date and will continuing with April 30th as the cut‐off date. Currently Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball are the two national organizations enforcing the new age cut‐off date.

 

PITCH COUNT

Beginning in 2018, PONY Baseball will enforce a pitch count for pitchers during regular season and tournament play. This pitch count takes the place of monitoring the number of innings pitched. Although monitoring and enforcing a pitch count is more difficult than monitoring the number innings pitched, it is a more accurate way to limit the number of pitches thrown by a given player and protect the arms of our young athletes. PONY Baseball has not specified what the pitch limits are at this time. We will forward this on once we receive the details.

 

Thank you for your support of Centerville Baseball. 2017 was another great success…and we look forward to bigger and better things in 2018!

 

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