PONY Baseball and Softball
PONY is an acronym, which stands for Protect Our Nation's Youth. PONY Baseball and Softball is dedicated to creating a safety first/ fundamentally sound and challenging game for children of all ages. With field sizes and dimensions best suited to appropriate age play and rules designed to allow each charter their own ability to create the best style of baseball and softball tailored to your own community's needs. PONY also takes it a step further requiring children to participate in divisions with kids of the same age. For example, nine-year-olds won't have to fear playing against 12 year olds. Nine-year-olds only face players ages 10 and under in the Mustang Division. Players age 11-12 play in the Bronco Division and player 13-14 in the Pony Division. PONY Baseball and Softball also offers an (and under) program to accommodate those players who wish to play up a level.
PONY Baseball and Softball™ began with organization of the Pony League in Washington, PA in the summer of 1951. This was a transition league for 13-year-old and 14-year-old players designed to take graduates of Little League baseball from that diamond to the regulation size diamond. Growth of Pony League, primarily by word of mouth, was rapid, and by the end of the second season, 1952, the original six teams in Washington were joined by 505 others in 106 leagues around the country. A national tournament was conducted, and the first Pony League World Series was held that year. The 2017 Pony World Series will be celebrating its 66th birthday, and it is annually held at Lew Hays Pony Field in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Today, PONY annually holds eight baseball World Series events and 39 national softball events, in addition to a circuit of Zone tournaments across the globe. Also, the Champions League for players with special needs is a program that ensures players of all ages and skill levels have a place to play baseball or softball. Over 500,000 players on 28,000 teams in over 4,000 leagues annually play PONY in leagues across the United States and over 40 countries world-wide.