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While some may be singing “Chestnuts might be roasting on an open fire”, we are ready for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.  Yes, registration for 2018 is ready to begin.

What is new for 2018? 

  • Upgrades to Ft. Steilacoom Park including portable pitching mounds, 2 improved dug outs and outfield fences on all 4 fields
  • New age cut off date…“How old will you be on August 31, 2018?”.PONY Baseball is now utilizing the same age cut off as many other Youth Baseball Leagues.
  • New Bat Standards, PONY Baseball adopting USA Baseball’s bat standard.
  • PONY Adoption of MLB PitchSmart with specific “days of rest”
  • Introduction of the Olympic (6U-14U) and Cascade Conferences (10U-16U).

For years, we have heard from both sides of the ball…  “I just want to play baseball” and “I wish we could play more games against other teams”.  Well, we are working on that.

What are the “Olympic” and “Cascade” Conferences?

Olympic Conference is for players who are developing their skills and commitment to play baseball on a recreational level. All of our Shetland and Pinto teams are in the Olympic Conference as well as Olympic level teams from Mustang through Pony.  Olympic teams generally play a balanced schedule of 8-14 games (depending on age level) during the season, with practices generally starting in March. Games run from mid-April to mid-to-late-June (we do have to work around the rain).  Most games will be scheduled with Olympic level teams, Dupont Patriot League, and recreation teams that are still focusing on a more developmental baseball mindset of learning the game. Some games may be with regional teams or with Cascade teams.

Cascade Conference is for players who may have a higher commitment level of baseball, and for those teams (Mustang and above) wishing to retain 4 or more players from their previous year’s team. Cascade conference will allow the formation of long-term teams. Cascade teams generally play 14-16 games with the possibility of more games during the season, with weekly pre-season training starting as early as January, outdoor practices starting in March, and games running from April to mid-to-late-June.  Games will be scheduled with other Cascade teams, as well as a balanced schedule with outside teams, such as DuPont.  Additional games are also possible with many Puget Sound area leagues looking for games.  There are leagues begging for games.

As our players age up, the number of teams available to play does dwindle, and some travel is expected.

When are Player Evaluations?

There are no Player Evaluations if you enter the Olympic Conference.  After you register, you will either enter the blind draft or be randomly placed on a team (depending on age level).  The exception is if you are being “retained” by your previous team.  Each Olympic team can retain 3 players from the previous year. 

Cascade teams may utilize a number of selection processes to create their team *(Some exceptions do apply).  It could be as simple as same school, played together for years, or we all like the Dodgers.

 

LBC Cascade Conf Team Registration - Spring 2018

RETURNING PLAYERS FROM EXISTING TEAMS and TEAM REGISTRATION

If you are a player from an exiting team playing 2018 in 10U and Older - CONTACT YOUR COACH

 

TEAM COACHES ONLY 10u and Above- To register your Team, click the "Enroll" button to pay the Team Fee and add players to your Roster. Once you add a player to your team roster, the system will send an automated email to your players parent at the email address you added, asking them to join your team.

Registration Status:
Open
Regular Registration:
Monday, November 6, 2017 - Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Program Duration:
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - Friday, July 13, 2018
Regular Registration Cost:
$ 1,650.00 - $ 2,000.00


LBC Olympic Conf Registration - Spring 2018

**********THIS REGISTRATION IS ONLY FOR PLAYERS ENTERING THE 2018 DRAFT************* (10U, 12U AND 14U)

ALL 6U AND 8U PLAYERS REGISTER HERE AND WILL BE PLACED ON TEAMS.

*************IF YOU ARE A RETURNING MEMBER OF A TEAM, OR A PLAYER ON A ROSTER OF A TEAM, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR COACH********  YOU WILL NOT REGISTER VIA THIS OPTION, YOUR COACH WILL SEND YOU A "TEAM INVITE" TO JOIN AND YOU REGISTER VIA A LINK  ------IMPORTANT!!!!!!

Official Registration  IS OPEN!!

Division is based on the players’ age as of  August 31, 2018.

Registration Status:
Open
Early Bird Registration:
Monday, December 11, 2017 - Sunday, January 14, 2018
Regular Registration:
Monday, January 15, 2018 - Friday, February 23, 2018
Program Duration:
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - Saturday, June 30, 2018
Regular Registration Cost:
$ 70.00 - $ 175.00

Olympic Conference

  • You play a balanced schedule of 8-14 games based on the division.
  • There is very little traveling to play games
  • You do not need to “find a team”, instead you will be drafted via the blind draft.
  • There are no team fees charged to any players in Olympic Conference.
  • Jersey and Hat are included in registration from the Shetland through Bronco age divisions (6u-12u).
  • This Conference is more developmental and will play other teams at a similar level.
  • You will get the chance to play the Cascade level teams at least once per season.
  • You can try-out for “All Stars” if offered by your Division.
  • You will be included in team and league fundraisers to help your team upgrade equipment, uniforms, and keep our costs low.
  • You may be eligible for scholarships and financial assistance.
  • An allowance may be made for players living in the same household to be placed on the same LBC team.
  • School based teams are possible to form with league approval.
  • Training will start in March instead on January or December.

Cascade Conference

  • You have the opportunity to play more games, ranging from 12-25 games based on scheduling availability.
  • You can stay with the same team year after year.
  • There may be games available to play even after the LBC championship tournament.
  • This Conference is geared towards the more skilled players and developed teams and will be matched up with similar players and teams,
  • You can tryout for “All Stars” at the end of the season.
  • Team work outs may begin as early as January, dependent of team structure.
  • LBC Cascade players will have an affordable way to continue playing similar teams without the cost of other competitive programs.
  • There should be and expectation of team fees charged to players at this level, including your registration.The amount is not capped.Each team can determine the costs of their program, potentially making it more expensive to play each season.Costs rise as players age through the Divisions.
  • Cost of uniforms are not included in your registration and can be expected as part of your team fees.
  • A significant amount of traveling to play extra games may be required.
  • You will need to “find a Cascade team” and potentially be required to tryout.We can help you find the list of teams looking for players.
  • There are no scholarships for Cascade Players.

Cascade Player Pick Up List

If you are not presently connected with a team and looking to join a Cascade Level Team , you can sign up on the Cascade Conference Pick up list.  This will allow players to be put in contact with teams looking to fill out their existing team roster.  Click Here:

Cascade Player Pick Up List

click link 

Click on Age Chart Icon above for 2018 Chart.

"How old will you be on August 31 2018?"

Eligibility for Divisions has been based on the players age as of April 30 of each year.  For 2018, PONY Baseball has moved the age date to that of August 31.  PONY has joined all the other Youth Baseball Organizations in utilizing the same age cut off date.

You can base your players eligibility for a Division by simply calculating what your child's age will be on August 31, 2018.


Are you "Bat" Crazy?

Bats…  What you need to know for the Bat rule changes for 2018.

In conjunction with USA Baseball and its other participating national member organizations, PONY Baseball has adopted the new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat)

  1. Effective January 1, 2018, with the exception of -3 (BBCOR certified), all other 2 1/4" and 2 5/8" barrel bats with a minus factor of (-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.
  2. All 2 1/4" and 2 5/8" minus factor bats -5, -7, -9, etc. used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 2018.
  3. Tee ball bats are not required to undergo lab testing to receive approval under the USABat program. However, to be approved for play, tee ball bats must carry the USA Baseball mark accompanied by the following text: "Only For Use With Approved Tee Ball Bats." If you already have a tee ball bat you would like to continue using, all you have to do is purchase a USA Bat sticker directly from USA Baseball and place it on your bat.
  4. Tee ball bats manufactured after the new rule was adopted will already include the USABat Baseball mark.

http://web.usabaseball.com/article.jsp?ymd=20150807&content_id=141742668

Rules are still being implemented...  our best suggestion is to refrain from purchasing a new bat if you are unsure.  We understand there is concern that there may be a shortage of bats for the younger ages that are not playing in Shetland Division.

We have positions to fill.  We no longer can sustain growth if every Board member is wearing 2-3 hats.  It is time to step up to the plate. 

Director of Fundraising/ Vacant    

Director of Volunteers/ Vacant

Director of Sponsorships/ Vacant    

Director of Facilities/ Vacant

Shetland Division Coordinator/ Vacant   

Pinto Division Coordinator/ Vacant

Bronco Division Coordinator/ Vacant   

Colt Division Coordinator/ Vacant

Executive Positions are voted by and from the Board of Directors.  The By-laws are written to define the roles of the “Board”.  Board Positions are elected for 2 years.

Those Board positions then elect the “Executive Board”, which serves for one year.

           


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