In conjunction with USA Baseball and its other participating national member organizations, PONY Baseball has adopted the new USA Baseball bat standards (USABat). Effective January 1, 2018, with the exception of -3 (BBCOR certified), all other minus factor bats (-5,-7,-9, etc..) must be certified with the USA Baseball licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league and all-star play.
All bats without the USA Baseball stamp will be illegal and not be eligible to use during league and All Star play.
The new bats bearing the USA Baseball licensing mark are available at all major retailers.
Tustin Youth Baseball Association is proud to sponsor PONY baseball in the city of Tustin.
It provides a complete baseball program for KIDS from 3 1/2 to 14 years old.
The league is comprised of the following divisions:
Mighty Mite (age 3 1/2 - 4)
Shetland (ages 5 - 6)
Pinto (ages 7 - 8)
Mustang (ages 9 - 10)
Bronco (ages 11 - 12)
Pony (ages 13 - 14)
Why Pony Baseball?
If you like playing complete baseball, then PONY Baseball is for you. PONY Baseball allows lead offs, base stealing, and lots more big time baseball action. If you are looking for a more challenging baseball experience or just looking for a place to really improve your skills, then PONY Baseball is for you. Whatever your skill level, PONY baseball is the place for fun and a great baseball experience.
There are currently over 375 Major League Baseball players who are graduates of PONY Baseball. Mark McGwire, Tony Gwynn, and J.T. Snow are just a few of the Major League players who participated in PONY Baseball.
TYBA vs Little League
The primary features that distinguish Pony baseball from Little League baseball are those of a two year age bracket system and scaled diamonds. Additionally, Pony teaches lead offs and base stealing starting at age 9 (Mustang Division), or earlier while pitchers learn pick off moves and holding runners on base to counter the potential steal.
In organizations such as Little League player age can differ by as much as 3 years within a division. As a result, the younger players, because of their lack of maturity, ability and size, find it hard to communicate with the older players. They often find themselves spending a disproportionate amount of time on the bench and may feel disconnected from their team. With players of only two ages involved, as is the case with Pony baseball, it is far easier to permit every player to play more positions since the difference in skills within the age groups is not that great.
In addition, Pony baseball scales the size of the diamonds to match the physical capabilities of the players within each division. The base and pitching dimensions for Pony baseball are:
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 and in proportion to the size of the diamond.
The scaled diamonds allow the players to make the plays made by major leaguers. Home runs become a possibility. Outfielders can play in a position proportionate to that played by a major leaguer. The double play, squeeze play and various strategies and tactics, difficult for adults and nearly impossible for youngsters on a full size diamond, become a probability rather than impossibility.