Why Play Fullerton PONY Baseball?
PONY is an acronym for Protect Our Nation's Youth. PONY is a baseball program designed to provide a wholesome environment for teaching baseball fundamentals, while encouraging players to exercise good sportsmanship and teamwork. Fullerton Pony Baseball is proud to say that in our league success is not measured by the number of players that advance to higher levels of the game, but to the countless numbers of young people that become outstanding citizens and leaders in their communities due in part to the skills taught in PONY Baseball.
The philosophy of PONY Baseball is that the size of the diamond should fit the size of the players. PONY Baseball also feels that the players should be grouped with others of similar age for All-Star tournaments.
Fullerton Pony Baseball offers a recreational and instructional baseball league for children ages 3 to 14 using league ages as determined by the player’s age on April 30th of the current year’s season. The program consists of divisions that are set by the player’s age group.
Our playing divisions are as follows:
- Foal - (3 yrs. Old), base path - 35 feet and hitting tee.
- Shetland - (4, 5&6 yrs. Old), base path - 50 feet, coaches pitch and hitting tee.
- Pinto - (7&8 yrs. Old), base path - 50 feet and pitching distance of 38 feet.
- Mustang - (9&10 yrs. Old), base path 60 feet and pitching distance of 44 feet.
- Bronco - (11&12 yrs. Old), base path 70 feet and pitching distance of 48 feet.
- Pony - (13&14 yrs. Old), base path 80 feet and pitching distance of 54 feet.
PONY Baseball will use the April 30th cut-off date for age groups.
All Pony division games will be played at Duane Winters Field/Amerige Park in Fullerton. This field is arguably the best field for youth baseball in California. Games are played both during the week and on weekends. Night games are also part of the schedule, but Fullerton Pony Baseball does not schedule regular season games on Sundays (Sundays are only for make-ups due to rain outs). This year Bronco games are played at the Fullerton Sports Complex. Our Shetland, Pinto, and Mustang games were played at the newly completed Richman Fields. Foal games take place in the outfield of Duane Winters Field /Amerige Park.
The quality of Duane Winters Field/Amerige Park, along with a well organized league, has allowed Fullerton Pony Baseball to be selected as host for both 13 and 14 year old PONY All-Star tournaments since 1992. This means that Fullerton Pony Baseball's All-Star teams (Pony division) are automatically seeded in the finals of the West Zone tournaments. Both teams (13&14 yr. Old) will be playing against teams from 12 Western States, including Hawaii. Additionally, our Shetland, Pinto, Mustang, and Bronco divisions also participate in All-Star Tournament competition.