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Registration Frequently Asked Questions (Spring 2021 Season)

  1. Where do I register?
  2. When is and what is the cost for registration?
  3. How do I pay for registration?
  4. Is Agoura Pony Baseball Co-ed?
  5. Are scholarships available?
  6. What is the refund policy?
  7. Is there a Volunteer Requirement? What is the Volunteer Deposit?
  8. Are there team sponsorships?
  9. How long does the Spring season run?  When are games schedules distributed?
  10. What ages can play baseball in the league and what are the cut-off ages by division?
  11. How many practices and games a week by division?
  12. Are there assessments and/or tryouts before being selected for a team?
  13. Where and when are games played?
  14. Are uniforms provided?
  15. What equipment do I need to provide for my player?   What equipment does the league provide?
  16. What are the official rules including pitching and hitting per division?
  17. Are there playoffs?
  18. Do you take special requests including playing with friends?
  19. Can a player play or down from the division of their age?
  20.  Are trophies given out?
  21.  How can I stay informed about league events, key dates, etc.?
  22. Can a player play for both a club team and in Agoura Pony Baseball at the same time?
  23.  Is there a lost and found?
  24.  I am interested in managing and/or assistant coaching.  What is involved with being a manager or assistant coach?
  25.  What is the Champions League Program?
  26. I still have questions. Who can I contact?

 BONUS - Tell me about Fall Ball!


1. Where do I register?

Register at https://www.agouraponybaseball.org/ by clicking on the “Register” button in the top right. Or click here.

If NEW to the league:
1)  You will need to create an account;
2)  Create your player(s);
3)  Select the “Programs Available!” and the system will walk you through the registration process from there.

If RETURNING to the league:

1) Login to your existing account.
2) Select your existing player (or add a new player if a new player for the family).
3)  Select the “Programs Available!” and the system will walk you through the registration process from there.

If you forgot your username or password, click on the appropriate link on the login page. If you still have trouble logging in after trying to reset your username/ password, please contact the league webmaster listed HERE.

You can also attend the in-person registration at Cronies at Agoura Hills on Saturday, January 4 from 9 AM to 11 AM as we will have board members on hand to assist in answering questions and registration.


2. When is and what is the cost for registration?


For the 2020 Spring Season registration is from November 1, 2019 and closes on February 21, 2020.  You must register by January 22nd to guarantee that your player will be placed on a team as divisions do often fill up by mid-January.  Regular Registration is until January 5, 2020 and Late Registration (with a $50 late fee) from January 6, 2020 and later.
 

Regular Spring Registration fees (age is determined as age on 8/31/2020)

  • Shetland (3 to 6): $250
  • Pinto (7 to 8): $290 + $75 volunteer deposit = $365
  • Mustang (9 to 10): $290 + $75 volunteer deposit = $365
  • Bronco (11 to 12): $290 + $75 volunteer deposit = $365
  • Pony (13 to 15): $290 + $75 volunteer deposit = $365


LATE Spring Registration fees (age is determined as age on 8/31/2020)

  • Shetland (3 to 6): $250 + $50 late fee = $300
  • Pinto (7 to 8): $290 + $75 volunteer deposit + $50 late fee = $415
  • Mustang (9 to 10): $290 + $75 volunteer deposit + $50 late fee = $415
  • Bronco (11 to 12): $290 + $75 volunteer deposit + $50 late fee = $415
  • Pony (13 to 15): $290 + $75 volunteer deposit + $50 late fee = $415

3. How do I pay for registration?

The registration system allows secure credit card payment through the website using Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

If you’d rather pay by check, register as normal and select “Pay by Check” option. Please mail a check to "Agoura Pony Baseball" at 5739 Kanan Road, Box 227, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. Any check payable to "Agoura Pony Baseball" that is returned will incur a $20 fee and payment will then have to be made in CASH.

Additionally, in order to receive the early registration price, payments must be received by Agoura Pony Baseball by the January 5, 2020 deadline. Any fees still owed after the January 5, 2020 deadline will increase to the late price ($50 more).


4. Is Agoura Pony Baseball Co-ed?

Absolutely! All teams are co-ed. We encourage sons and daughters to play.


5. Are scholarships available?

Yes, there are a limited amount of scholarships available. To apply, please visit contact the league Treasurer listed HERE.  You may need to provide information on why you are requesting scholarships/financial assistance (which is kept as confidential).


6. What is the refund policy?

The league refund policy is HERE.  In summary:

  • Refund requests made prior to the registration deadline will be honored less a $25 processing fee. 
  • Refunds requested after the registration deadline but before the player is placed on a team will be honored at a 50% rate. 
  • No refund is available once the player has been placed on a team. No exceptions.

7. Is there a Volunteer Requirement? What is the Volunteer Deposit?

Volunteering is strongly encouraged, as we need this to keep our league running as well as it does. Volunteer opportunities include managing/coaching a team, assistant coaching, team parents, snack shack, field prep, field volunteer days, team photographer/yearbook, team sponsor as well as many league adviser positions. Training is available for many of the key roles including managing, coaching team parenting, scorekeeping and field prep.

Your team parent will inform you of the open positions on your team. It is to the discretion of your team parent/team manager if they feel you have fulfilled your volunteer role by the end of the season.


There is a volunteer deposit collected at the beginning of the season during the registration payment process. The current amount is $75 per player (excluding Shetland). Deposits are returned at the end of the season pending the completion of fulfilling one of the two below volunteer roles :

 

  • 4 hours (two, 2 hour shifts) of volunteer work at the fields (4 hours per player).  This generally consists of working in the snack shack and/or picking up trash, etc.  Please sign up for snack shack shifts at least 2 weeks in advance HERE
  • Volunteering and serving as a uniformed manager or uniformed assistant coach for the whole season AND attending all required coach meetings.

8. Do teams need a sponsor or sponsorship?

Yes, in addition to the registration fees, All teams (except Champions) must obtain a $500 Team Sponsor. Teams that are unable to obtain a sponsor may divide the cost among the parents ($35-$50 per player).  Team sponsorships can include advertising options such as field banners and advertising on our game cameras.

Payment options and other details are HERE.


9. How long does the Spring season run?  When are game schedules distributed?

The Spring season officially runs the last weekend in February (Opening Day and Scrimmages) through the last weekend in May (Playoffs).  As we work with many other leagues on the game schedules they will not be available until the Tuesday before the first official games (for 2020, Tuesday, February 26)

The league calendar of all relevant dates for the Spring Season is HERE.   A summary is:

Jan 11-12 (Sat/Sun) – Player Assessments at Lupin Elementary (Schedule is HERE)

Jan 13-19 (Mon-Sun) – Make-up Assessments (All Divisions)

Jan 25 (Sat) - All Parents/Players should receive notification from manager on what team they are on.

Jan 27 (Mon) – Practices can start
Feb 22 (Sat) – Opening Day Celebration at Lupin (9 AM - HR Derby, Ceremonies - 10AM to 11:30 AM)

Feb 22-23 (Sat/Sun) – Scrimmages for all teams with umpires
Feb 29 (Sat) - First Official Games

March 22 (Sun) – Picture Day at Lupin (Schedule is HERE)
April 11 – 19 – Spring Break - NO GAMES (LVUSD/OPUSD/CVUSD)

April 19 (Sun) - League Dodger Day at Dodger Stadium vs Pittsburgh Pirates
May 2 (Sat) - Last Day of Regular Season (except Shetland National)
May 3 (Sun) – National Division All Star Games

May 4 (Mon) to May 29 - Playoffs (except Shetland National)


10. What ages can play in the league and what are the age cut-offs by division?

Divisions are age-specific. A cut-off age defines the age of the player used when assigning a division.  Refer to the chart HERE (and below) for the current cut-off ages.  The age determination for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 is the age as of the player as of August 31, 2021:

SHETLAND   Sept 2, 2017-Aug 31, 2018 - 3 years old
                      Sept 1, 2016-Aug 31, 2017 - 4 years old
                      Sept 1, 2015-Aug 31, 2016 - 5 years old
                      Sept 1, 2014-Aug 31, 2015 - 6 years old
   
PINTO           Sept 1, 2013-Aug 31, 2014 - 7 years old
                      Sept 1, 2012-Aug 31, 2013 - 8 years old

MUSTANG     Sept 1, 2011-Aug 31, 2012 - 9 years old
                       Sept 1, 2010-Aug 31, 2011 - 10 years old

BRONCO       Sept 1, 2009-Aug 31, 2010 - 11 years old
                       Sept 1, 2008-Aug 31, 2009 - 12 years old

PONY             Sept 1, 2007-Aug 31, 2008 - 13 years old
                       Sept 1, 2006-Aug 31, 2007 - 14 years old
                       Sept 1, 2005-Aug 31, 2006 - 15 years old


11. How many practices and games a week per Division?

The FAQ regarding the PONY Age Divisions are HERE.  This includes information on ages, basic rules, practices, and games for each division.

When registering you player please notate and weekdays your player can't practice so they are not assigned to teams that have a weekday practice day conflict. 


12. Are there assessments and/or tryouts before being selected for a team?

Yes, there are assessments.  All players will be drafted/assigned to a team after assessments regardless of performance at the assessments.  If your player cannot attend the primary assessments and make-up assessments they need to contact their Division Director with a justification.

The assessments will be held January 11-12 (Sat/Sun) at Lupin Elementary.  The Schedule is HERE.


13. Where and when are games played?

Game locations vary by division. Please see FAQ regarding the PONY Age Divisions which is HERE for fields used by division. 

Also, our field location guide including addresses is HERE.  ABP's home field is at Lupin Elementary at 26210 Adamor Road, Calabasas, CA 91302.

We do try to avoid Sunday games but due to limited field availability teams (except Shetland) will have some Sunday games.  These Sunday games will always be at Lupin Elementary School.  Shetland National will not have Sunday games.

If we experience a significant amount of rainouts there may be weeks or 2 or 3 games.


14. Are uniforms provided?

During the Spring Season the registration fees include a jersey (personalized by size ordered with player last name and number they select during registration), hat, belt and league practice jersey.  Families must provide pants (color decided by team manager) and socks.


15. What equipment do I need to provide for my player?  What equipment does the league provide?  

A USA stamped bat, batting helmet, cleats, and glove are required for play.  Protective cups are suggested for player playing in Shetland and required Pinto and older. Younger players (Shetland and Pinto) can use cleats from other sports such as soccer.  Metal cleats are not allowed except for Bronco American and Pony.  A batter's helmet C-flap face guard is optional but if used, the helmet must be factory designed to accept one and not added after the fact.  The bat rules and bat and glove buying guide are located HERE.  The league will be emailing out Dick's Sporting Goods Discount Coupons before assessments and before opening day and will also be posting them on our league Facebook page.

The league will provide one set of catcher's gear including helmet, chest protector, shin guard and catcher's glove per team.


16. What are the official rules including pitching and hitting by division?

The rules for Pony Baseball and for Agoura Pony Baseball specifically can be found HERE.   The key rules including hitting and pitching by Division are listed in the Pony Divisions FAQ which is HERE.


17. Are there Playoffs?

Yes, there are playoffs for all divisions except Shetland National from Monday, May 4 to at as late as Thursday, May 28 (depending on how far a team goes in the playoffs).   Playoffs are double elimination.  More information is in the Pony Divisions FAQ which is HERE.


18. Do you take special requests including playing with friends?

We do accept special requests to play with friends, etc., are just that, requests.  These should be provided via the relevant field during registration. Where feasible, we will try to grant the request, but there are no guarantees whatsoever.  We can usually honor all Shetland National friend requests (first year players) and most Pinto National friend requests though.  

We do not take or review requests in American divisions. Teams are drafted by coaches and they cannot be restricted by requests to play with friends. 


19. Can a player play up or down from the division of their age?

We do accept requests to play up or play down a division from the division as determined by a player's birthdate.  Please populate the appropriate petition form from HERE and submit to [email protected].  Then the Executive Board will review and make a determination.

  • REQUEST TO "PLAY UP" A DIVISION (e.g. Pinto age but wants to play in Mustang) - If request then the player must rate in the top 10% of the "upper" division during tryouts. This policy is consistent with our neighboring leagues. In order to be considered for this, the player must be 1) registered in the proper division based on their age; 2) notify the Division Director BEFORE tryouts; 3) tryout in the division they should be playing in based on their age and; 4) tryout in the division they want to play in.
  • REQUEST TO "PLAY DOWN" A DIVISION - Players are not permitted to play "down" in divisions unless there is a unique medical or physical reason. In these cases, parents must complete and submit a Petition (as stated and linked above), and send to Executive Board for review. Each case will be considered on its own merits.

20. Are Trophies given out?

All Shetland (both National and American) players will receive a participation trophy with their name on the trophy. 1st place and 2nd place trophies/medals will be awarded to the tournament finalists in Shetland American, Pinto, Mustang, Bronco and Pony. Additionally, 1st and 2nd place trophies will be awarded to the top two teams during the regular season where standings are kept (Shetland American, Pinto, Mustang, Bronco and Pony).

Further information is in the Pony Divisions which is HERE.


21. How can I stay informed about league events, key dates, etc?

Agoura Pony Baseball is on Facebook! Like us here. Additionally, the league will send out routine emails throughout the season, keeping families informed of key dates, fundraising events such as restaurant-nights-out and other fun events including Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Dodger Day, Training Clinics, etc.

Our league calendar for all events is HERE.


22.  Can a player play for a club team and Agoura Pony Baseball at the same time?

Yes, a player can play for both a club team and a Agoura Pony Baseball league team during the same season.  The only league requirement is that when a player has a club team baseball game and an Agoura Pony Baseball league team game at the same time that the Agoura Pony Baseball league game takes priority.  Practices attendance for players that are on both a club and Agoura Pony Baseball league team need to be arranged between the managers of both the club and Agoura Pony Baseball teams.

As related, if your player plays on a club team please enter the club team practice day conflicts when registering so they player is not selected to a team with a practice conflict.


23. Is there a Lost and Found?

There is a Lost and Found Box at Lupin Elementary to the left (west) of the Snack Shack.  Further details are HERE.


24. I am interested in managing and/or assistant coaching. What is involved with being a Manager and/or Assistant Coach?

We are always looking for and needing more parents to volunteer to manage or assistant coach teams.  The league provides training assistance to all new managers especially for the younger divisions of Shetland and Pinto.  It is a very rewarding way to be involved in the league and in your player's experience.

Please register online as a volunteer Manager or Assistant Coach at https://www.agouraponybaseball.org/.  We will contact you for next steps including Coach's Meetings, Training Clinics, Player Drafts, Equipment Pickups, etc.

More information is on the Volunteer / Coach FAQ


25. What is the Champions League Program?

The VIP program provides a quality baseball experience for young boys and girls whose physical or mental abilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. VIP players include those who are autistic, visually impaired, mentally or emotionally challenged, have Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or other conditions that impair mobility. All players are welcome, these individuals are Very Important Players (VIP).

Once a season each Pony and Bronco will shadow and assist the players in one Champions League game.  Many players find it to be one of the most rewarding events of the season.


26. I still have questions. Who can I contact?

Please email the league VP of Operations listed HERE or call the league at 805-768-4495 for additional information.


Bonus Question - Can you provide me an overview on Fall Ball?

Fall Ball's main purpose is to focus on building skills and teaching the game in a relaxed but competitive atmosphere. Games are played to put those skills into action but there is not a big focus on winning or standings.  This is a great time of year to have you player play new positions (pitcher, catcher, etc.) and get ready for a new division for the Spring.

Basic information is:

  • REGISTRATION - Registration is open from mid-July to mid-September.
  • GAMES - All games are on Sundays as this often a second sport for players this time of year.  Most of the 10 games will be played at Lupin Elementary.
  • PRACTICES - Only one practice a week with most practices at Lupin Elementary.  Teams are not permitted to practice more as they may interfere with other Fall sports players might be playing as well.  Day and time of practices will be set by the team's Manager before they pick their team to ensure that players are available for practice.  Please ensure that you notate any practice conflicts when registering to avoid being placed on a team with a practice conflict.
  • ASSESSMENTS - Basic Assessments (not as involved as the Spring) are ran on a Sunday a few weeks before games start.  This is done to provide competitive balance between the teams.
  • COST - The current fee for all divisions is $210 + $40 volunteer deposit = $250
  • SPECIAL REQUESTS -  We are able to honor most, but not all, coaching and teammate requests during fall ball (much more than in the spring).  Please request these during registration.
  • UNIFORM - Jersey (no player last name), hats and belts are provided by the league.
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    More information is on the Fall FAQ that is available in mid July.

     


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