PONY Baseball rules require MBA players to participate in the age appropriate Division based on date of birth.
|Spring 2016 and Summer 2017
|Pony (age 13-14)||May 1, 2002 – April 30, 2004|
|Bronco (age 11-12)||May 1, 2004 – April 30, 2006|
|Mustang (age 9-10)||May 1, 2006 – April 30, 2008|
|Pinto (age 7-8)||May 1, 2008 – April 30, 2010 August 31, 2010|
Please Read: Important Changes to Pony Baseball Rules Regarding Age Eligibility
In October, the Board of Directors of Pony Baseball announced that beginning in 2018, the age eligibility dates above will be changing to September 1 - August 31. What this means is:
In 2018, players whose birthdays fall between May 1 and August 31 will be required to move up a year and in many cases, this will mean moving up a division. In most, but not all cases, this will mean that players will be playing with their school classmates since the Pony eligibility calendar will mirror the Moraga School District Calendar.
In preparation for that change, the MBA Board of Directors has approved the following for the upcoming, Spring 2017 season:
- To ease the transition to the new Pony eligibility dates, players whose birthdays fall between May 1 and August 31 may elect to move up a year this season. This is a choice, not a requirement for the upcoming season, and each player's situation and decision process is different depending on how long they've been playing MBA and their individual progress in developing their baseball skills. From a development perspective, MBA recommends that players try to maximize their time in the Mustang Division. What that means is second year Pinto players may want to consider moving up to Mustang this season so that they play two full seasons of Mustang and second year Mustang players may want to consider remaining in Mustang.
- Registration for incoming Pinto players is open to players born up to August 31, 2010 not April 30, 2010.
Questions on the above policy changes and guidance on your players and their personal situation should be directed to Brian Myers, Vice President of Player & Coach Development at email@example.com.
MBA Bat Rules
|Pinto Division (7U - 8U)||2 ¼" barrel|
|Mustang/Bronco Divisions (9U - 12U)||2 ¼" and 2 ⅝" are allowed. USSSA 1.15 stamp must be visible.|
|Pony Division (13U, 13/14U, 14U)||
8 - Equipment (revised for 2016)
C. Wooden, metal, graphite or ceramic bats manufactured for baseball play, which are round and not more than two and five eighths inches in diameter at the thickest part, not more than 42 inches in length, are acceptable. No bat shall be used if dented, cracked, modified or misshaped.
(1) Bats manufactured specifically for use in tee ball play, shall not be used when the ball is pitched by a player, coach or pitching machine. Coach-pitch bats will only be used in coach-pitch using a safety ball.
(2) 2 ¼" BARREL bats are legal in all divisions of PONY Baseball. They must have a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15 stamped on the bat. In addition the bat must be stamped "Approved for play in PONY Baseball".
(3) 2 ⅝" BARREL bats are legal in all divisions of PONY Baseball. If a 2 ⅝" is -3, it must be BBCOR certified (stamped on the bat).
(4) 2 ¾" barrel bats are prohibited in all divisions of PONY Baseball.
(5) Effective January 1, 2014, Colt and Palomino will only be allowed to use 2 ⅝" -3 BBCOR certified bats.
Pinto teams consist of seven and eight year old players. Coaches pitch to their own players and there is no stealing in Pinto. During the pre-season, which start in early February, the teams will practice three to four times each week. During the regular season, which extends from the beginning of March to the first week of June, teams practice twice a week and play two games each week. Games are played at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School. There is one game during the week and one on the weekend. All games are played against the other Moraga Pinto teams. If time permits, there is a tournament on the final weekend of the season.
Mustang teams are comprised of nine and ten year old players. At the Mustang level, players pitch and stealing is allowed once the ball has crossed home plate for the first half of the season. Taking leads and stealing is allowed during the second half of the season. During the pre-season, each team practices approximately four times a week, including some practice games. During the regular season, which begins in early March and ends in early June, teams practice twice a week and play two games, one on a week night and one on the weekend. All games are played at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School. If time permits, there is a tournament during the final week of the season.
Bronco teams consist of eleven and twelve year old players. The teams play in the 680 Diablo League or the Morindamont League, which is comprised of teams from Moraga, Orinda and Piedmont. During the pre-season, teams practice four or five times a week, including practice games. During the regular season - March to June - teams practice two or three times a week and play two games each weekend. All games are played on the weekend, with home games at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School. The quality of play in this division is a substantial step up from Mustang.
Pony teams are comprised of thirteen and fourteen year-old players. The Pony teams play in the 680 Diablo League. Players were selected for these teams based on a series of practices over a two week period in January and a draft by the managers. During the pre-season, there are generally four or five practices and/or practice games each week. During the regular season, there are two or three practices and two games each week, with the games played on weekends. All home games are played at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School. Play at this level is very competitive.