PONY is an acronym for Protect Our Nation's Youth. The concept for the name originally came from boys at the local YMCA in Washington, Pennsylvania and stood for "Protect Our Neighborhood Youth," but when PONY became an international program in the early 1950's "Neighborhood" was switched to "Nation's."
PONY Baseball is organized with two-year age brackets. The age brackets for baseball are as follows: Shetland (4, 5 and 6), Pinto (7-8), Mustang (9-10), Bronco (11-12), PONY (13-14), Colt (15-16) and Palomino (17-19). There are also softball leagues.
Ojai Pony Divisions
Shetland, Ages 5/6, Spring only - Focuses totally on instruction of beginning players. Batting tee recommended.
Pinto, Ages 7/8, Spring only - Teaches the basic fundamentals of baseball. Pitching machine recommended.
Mustang, Ages 9/10, Fall and Spring - Begins the players’ training in the complete game of baseball. Some restrictions on base stealing and runs allowed at the "B" level. No restrictions at the "A" level. Players must tryout prior to season to play in "A" league (Spring only). Tournament play is completed through World Series level.
Bronco, Ages 11/12, Fall and Spring - Takes the developing young players into the full game of baseball, with no restrictions on base stealing or runs allowed. Players must tryout prior to season to play in "A" league (Spring only). Tournament play complete through World Series level.
For more information about Ojai Pony Baseball, visit www.ojaipony.com.