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PONY Team Divisions Frequently Asked Questions (Spring 2021 Season)


Below is an overview by division for the spring including:


NATIONAL VS. AMERICAN LEAGUES

Each division/age group is divided into a National League and American League. The National League is developmental which stresses player improvement and the building of fundamental skills.  The American League is more competitive, has more competitive rules, and may engage in inter-league play with other area PONY league teams. Assessment results determine the appropriate placement for each player between the National and American leagues. 

On average 20% to 30% of the players in division play in the American League and 70% to 80% of the players play in the National League.

Player selection for the American or National League in previous years does not influence being placed in American or National leagues future years.  For example, a significant amount of players may not play in the American League at the younger divisions but may in older divisions and vice versa.

Please note the league and not the league parents make the decision on what players are selected for American and National teams (though parents can decline American selects if their child is selected for American.


SHETLAND NATIONAL


Age Cutoff

  • Between 3 years old and 6 years old as of August 31, 2021.  Birth dates between Sept. 1, 2014 and August 31, 2018.

 

Games

  • Once a week
  • Location(s): Lupin Elementary only
  • Saturdays only
  • No scores kept during games and no standings
  • Instructional focused

Practices

  • May start in late January
  • Before season starts in last weekend of February:  1 or 2 practices a week
  • After season starts:  1 practice a week
  • Practice locations:  Forest Cove Park, Lupin Elementary or Willow Elementary

Regular Season Length

  • February 22 to May 16 (first weekend is a scrimmage)

Playoffs

  • No playoff

Trophies

  • All Players receive a personalized trophy with their name and team name on it.

General Rules (Hitting and Pitching)

  • Hitting: Manual Pitching Machine with tee follow up (if player does not hit successfully off the machine in a few pitches).  No one ever strikes out and there are no outs.
  • Pitching:  No coach or player pitching at all
  • More detailed rule are HERE.

SHETLAND AMERICAN


Age Cutoff

  • Between 3 years old and 6 years old as of August 31, 2021.  Birth dates between Sept. 1, 2014 and August 31, 2018.

 

Games

  • Prior to Daylight savings:  One a week on Saturdays.
  • After Daylight Savings:  Two games a week with one on Saturdays and one between Monday and Thursday.
  • Location:  Most games at Lupin Elementary with a few games at Dos Vientos Park (Newbury Park) and Westlake Elementary.
  • Scores kept in games and standings are kept all season.
  • Is more competitive and requires more time commitment.  

Practices

  • May start in late January
  • Before season starts in last weekend of February:  1 or 2 practices a week
  • After season starts:  1 practice a week
  • Practice locations:  Forest Cove Park, Lupin Elementary or Willow Elementary

Regular Season Length

  • February 22 to May 2 (first weekend is a scrimmage)

Playoffs

  • May 4 to May 22 (double elimination tournament)

Trophies

  • All Players receive a personalized trophy with their name and team name on it.
  • Teams that finish 1st or 2nd in the regular season will receive another trophy
  • Teams that finish 1st or 2nd during the playoffs will receive a medal

General Rules (Hitting and Pitching)

  • Hitting: Manual Pitching Machine only.  If they player does not hit the ball after a defined amount of pitches then the player can strike out.
  • Pitching:  No coach or player pitching at all
  • More detailed rule are HERE.

PINTO NATIONAL


Age Cutoff

  • Between 7 years old and 8 years old as of August 31, 2021.  Birth dates between Sept. 1, 2012 and August 31, 2014.

 

Games

  • Prior to Daylight savings:  One game a week on Saturdays or Sundays
  • After Daylight Savings:  Two games a week with one on the weekend (Saturday or Sunday) and one during the week.
  • Location:  All games at Lupin Elementary.
  • Scores are kept in all games.
  • Standings are kept the last half of the season.

 

Practices

  • May start in late January
  • Before season starts in last weekend of February:  1 or 2 practices a week
  • After season starts:  1 practice a week
  • Practice locations:  Forest Cove Park, Lupin Elementary or Willow Elementary

Regular Season Length

  • February 22 to May 2 (first weekend is a scrimmage)

Playoffs

  • May 4 to May 28 (double elimination tournament)

Trophies

  • Teams that finish 1st or 2nd in the regular season will receive a trophy
  • Teams that finish 1st or 2nd during the playoffs will receive a medal

 

General Rules (Hitting and Pitching)

  • Hitting/Baserunning:   Balls and Strikes are kept and there are outs.  No stolen bases and a runner cannot score on a wild pitch.
  • Pitching: A mixture of coach pitch and player pitch.  There is more coach pitching at the first part of the season and more player pitching by the end of the season.
  • More detailed rule are HERE.

PINTO AMERICAN


Age Cutoff

  • Between 7 years old and 8 years old as of August 31, 2021.  Birth dates between Sept. 1, 2012 and August 31, 2014.

 

Games

  • Prior to Daylight savings:  One game a week on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • After Daylight Savings:  Two games a week with one on the weekend (Saturday or Sunday) and one during the week.
  • Location:  Most games at Lupin Elementary with a few games at Dos Vientos Park (Newbury Park) and Westlake Elementary.
  • Standings are kept all season.

 

Practices

  • May start in late January
  • Before season starts in last weekend of February:  1 or 2 practices a week
  • After season starts:  1 practice a week
  • Practice locations:  Forest Cove Park, Lupin Elementary or Willow Elementary

Regular Season Length

  • February 22 to May 2 (first weekend is a scrimmage)

Playoffs

  • May 4 to May 28 (double elimination tournament)

Trophies

  • Teams that finish 1st or 2nd in the regular season will receive a trophy
  • Teams that finish 1st or 2nd during the playoffs will receive a medal

 

General Rules (Hitting and Pitching)

  • Hitting/Baserunning:   Balls and Strikes are kept and there are outs and stolen bases (no leadoffs).  Player can score on a wild pitch.
  • Pitching: All player pitch all season
  • More detailed rule are HERE.

MUSTANG NATIONAL


Age Cutoff

  • Between 9 years old and 10 years old as of August 31, 2021.  Birth dates between Sept. 1, 2010 and August 31, 2012.

 

Games

  • Prior to Daylight savings:  One game a week on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • After Daylight Savings:  Two games a week with one on the weekend (Saturday or Sunday) and one during the week.
  • Location:  Most games at Lupin Elementary with 2 or 3 games at Indian Springs Park in Oak Park.
  • Standings are kept all season.

 

Practices

  • May start in late January
  • Before season starts in last weekend of February:  1 or 2 practices a week
  • After season starts:  1 practice a week
  • Practice locations:  Lupin Elementary or Indian Springs Park

Regular Season Length

  • February 22 to May 2 (first weekend is a scrimmage)

Playoffs

  • May 4 to May 28 (double elimination tournament)

Trophies

  • Teams that finish 1st or 2nd in the regular season will receive a trophy
  • Teams that finish 1st or 2nd during the playoffs will receive a medal


General Rules (Hitting and Pitching)

  • Hitting/Baserunning:   Balls and Strikes are kept and there are outs and stolen bases (no leadoffs before spring break).  Player cannot score on a wild pitch.
  • Pitching: All player pitch all season
  • More detailed rule are HERE.

MUSTANG AMERICAN


Age Cutoff

  • Between 9 years old and 10 years old as of August 31, 2021.  Birth dates between Sept. 1, 2010 and August 31, 2012.

 

Games

  • Prior to Daylight savings:  One game a week on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • After Daylight Savings:  Two games a week with one on the weekend (Saturday or Sunday) and one during the week.
  • Location:  Most games at Lupin Elementary with 5 to 6 games at Dos Vientos Park (Newbury Park) or Westlake Elementary.
  • Standings are kept all season.

 

Practices

  • May start in late January
  • Before season starts in last weekend of February:  1 or 2 practices a week
  • After season starts:  1 practice a week
  • Practice locations:  Lupin Elementary or Indian Springs Park

Regular Season Length

  • February 22 to May 2 (first weekend is a scrimmage)

Playoffs

  • May 4 to May 28 (double elimination tournament)

Trophies

  • Teams that finish 1st or 2nd in the regular season will receive a trophy
  • Teams that finish 1st or 2nd during the playoffs will receive a medal


General Rules (Hitting and Pitching)

  • Hitting/Baserunning:   Balls and Strikes are kept and there are outs and stolen bases with leadoffs.  Player can score on a wild pitch. (regular baseball rules)
  • Pitching: All player pitch all season
  • More detailed rule are HERE.

BRONCO NATIONAL/AMERICAN


Age Cutoff

  • Between 11 years old and 12 years old as of August 31, 2021.  Birth dates between Sept. 1, 2008 and August 31, 2010.

 

Games

  • Prior to Daylight savings:  One game a week on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • After Daylight Savings:  Two games a week with one on the weekend (Saturday or Sunday) and one during the week.
  • Location:  Most games at Lupin Elementary with 5 to 6 games at Dos Vientos Park (Newbury Park) or Westlake Elementary (Bronco American may have 1 or 2 games in Camarillo).  There may be 1 or 2 games at Old Agoura Park.
  • Standings are kept all season.


Practices

  • May start in late January
  • Before season starts in last weekend of February:  1 or 2 practices a week
  • After season starts:  1 practice a week
  • Practice locations:  Lupin Elementary or Old Agoura Park

Regular Season Length

  • February 22 to May 2 (first weekend is a scrimmage)

Playoffs

  • May 4 to May 28 (double elimination tournament)

Trophies

  • Teams that finish 1st or 2nd in the regular season will receive a trophy
  • Teams that finish 1st or 2nd during the playoffs will receive a medal

 

General Rules (Hitting and Pitching)

  • Hitting/Baserunning:   Balls and Strikes are kept and there are outs and stolen bases with leadoffs.  Player can score on a wild pitch. (regular baseball rules)
  • Pitching: All player pitch all season
  • More detailed rule are HERE.

PONY NATIONAL/AMERICAN


Age Cutoff

  • Between 13 years old and 15 years old as of August 31, 2021.  Birth dates between Sept. 1, 2005 and August 31, 2008.

 

Games

  • Prior to Daylight savings:  One game a week on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • After Daylight Savings:  Two games a week with one on the weekend (Saturday or Sunday) and one during the week.
  • Location:  Most games at Lupin Elementary with 5 to 6 games at Dos Vientos Park (Newbury Park) or Westlake Elementary (Pony American may have 1 or 2 games in Camarillo or Malibu). 
  • Standings are kept all season.

 

Practices

  • May start in late January
  • Before season starts in last weekend of February:  1 or 2 practices a week
  • After season starts:  1 practice a week
  • Practice locations:  Lupin Elementary

Regular Season Length

  • February 22 to May 2 (first weekend is a scrimmage)

Playoffs

  • May 4 to May 28 (double elimination tournament)

Trophies

  • Teams that finish 1st or 2nd in the regular season will receive a trophy
  • Teams that finish 1st or 2nd during the playoffs will receive a medal

 

General Rules (Hitting and Pitching)

  • Hitting/Baserunning:   Balls and Strikes are kept and there are outs and stolen bases with leadoffs.  Player can score on a wild pitch. (regular baseball rules)
  • Pitching: All player pitch all season
  • More detailed rule are HERE.

 


Field Status

Closed Closed

Lupin Hill Elementary School (12:22 AM | 03/13/20)

Closed Closed

Forest Cove Park (01:07 PM | 03/12/20)

Closed Closed

Willow Elem (01:07 PM | 03/12/20)

Closed Closed

Indian Springs Park (01:07 PM | 03/12/20)

Closed Closed

Old Agoura Park (01:07 PM | 03/12/20)

Closed Closed

Westlake Elementary School (01:52 PM | 03/10/20)

Closed Closed

Westlake YMCA (WL) (01:52 PM | 03/10/20)

Closed Closed

Oaks Christian (WL Pony) (01:07 PM | 03/12/20)

Closed Closed

Triunfo Community Park (WL Pony) (01:52 PM | 03/10/20)

Closed Closed

Malibu Bluffs Park (01:07 PM | 03/12/20)

Closed Closed

Dos Vientos (NP) (01:52 PM | 03/10/20)

Closed Closed

Sequoia (NP) (12:22 AM | 03/13/20)

Closed Closed

Shetland (08:50 AM | 10/07/20)

Closed Closed

Cypress Park (NP) (01:07 PM | 03/12/20)

Closed Closed

Freedom Park (01:07 PM | 03/12/20)

Closed Closed

El Rio (01:07 PM | 03/12/20)

Closed Closed

Bob Kildee Park (01:07 PM | 03/12/20)

Closed Closed

Fremont Jr. High (Oxnard Youth Baseball) (01:07 PM | 03/12/20)