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  • All Star Tournaments at Creekside Park

    July 14, 2021

    Walnut Pony Baseball is proud and excited to hosts the Bronco 11 West Zone in our own backyard. Come cheer on our Walnut Bronco team on Thursday July 15 at 5:30pm.  As usual, no outside food permitted.  Go Walnut!

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    Make Up Picture Day scheduled for May 22

    May 20, 2021

    Last chance to get your picture taken for the Spring 2021 Season. The photographer will be at Creekside Park on Saturday May 22 from 11 am - 12:30 pm only. Please meet behind the snack bar.

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    Team Parent Meeting on Thursday. May 20

    May 13, 2021

    Please meet at Creekside Park at 7 pm on May 20 for a Team Parent meeting and to pick up your raffle tickets.

  • Ready, Set, Smile!

    May 4, 2021

    Picture Day is Saturday May 8. The photographer will be set up behind the snack bar.  Click here to check the team schedule. No make-up day has been scheduled yet. League picture package includes: Team photo, 5 x 7 individual, wal...

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    Play Ball!

    April 24, 2021

    Mask and Snack Bar update. Please read.

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    ***Face coverings/masks are required***

    April 16, 2021

    Please help us keep everyone safe! Face coverings are mandatory for all players, parents and spectators. Remember to continue social distancing at all times. No Exceptions!

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    Schedule - Weeks 1 and 2

    April 15, 2021

    Here is the schedule for the first two weeks of the season.

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    Pony Division Try Outs

    April 7, 2021

    Monday April 12th at Snow Creek Park

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    2021 Season Updates & Pony Division

    April 7, 2021

    Our season is ready to begin!

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    In-Person Registration

    March 30, 2021

    On Wednesday, 3/31 from 6 - 7 PM we will be at Creekside Park for In-Person Registration

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    **Pony Division Updates**

    March 30, 2021

    Updates for Pony Division only

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    Registration closes 3/31/21- *Pony Division Excluded*

    March 30, 2021

    The registration window is closing for all divisions except for Pony. Please review the important information enclosed.

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    Tryouts this Saturday, 3/27

    March 24, 2021

    Player Evaluations are this Saturday, 3/27. Please see picture for times.  ** only 1st year Shetland players and players who DID NOT play WVPB need to tryout **

  • Season Update

    March 17, 2021

    Season Update! Let's play ball!

  • 2021 Season Update

    March 8, 2021

    Check out the updates for our 2021 Season. See you soon!

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Walnut PONY Baseball

PONY History

PONY Baseball and Softball began with the organization of the Pony League in Washington, PA in the summer of 1951. This was a transition league for 13- and 14-year-old players designed for the graduates of Little League baseball. 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 across the country. A national tournament was conducted, and the first Pony League World Series was held that year. Lew Hays, among the founders of the original Pony League, was named Commissioner of the new league when it was incorporated for national organization in early 1953 and held that post until 1964 when he became president.

In 1953, John Laslo, long time mayor of Martin's Ferry, Ohio, visited with Hays and discussed organization of a league similar to Pony League for 15- and 16-year-old players. The purpose was to permit players in this age bracket to compete with players of like experience in their first years on the regulation diamond. Laslo guided the development of Colt League, and in late 1959, Pony League and Colt League were merged into a single organization called Pony Baseball.

Bronco League, for 11- and 12-year-old players, was organized in 1961 to permit players of this age to play the complete game of baseball. With Colt League using the regulation diamond with 90 foot base paths, Pony League uses a diamond with 80 foot base paths as a transition between the regulation diamond and the 70 foot diamond used in Bronco League.

In 1970 the Mustang League was developed in Fort Worth, TX using a diamond with 60 foot base paths, to provide an organizational structure for leagues for beginning players, 9- and 10- year-olds. For communities using players of 7 and 8 years of age, rules and emblems were developed for Pinto League, a very elementary form of baseball. Thorobred League was organized in the Tampa, FL area and became a part of PONY Baseball in 1973 to provide playing opportunity for those players from 17 through 20 years of age who have not entered professional play and who retain a desire to participate in a community baseball program. In 1977, Thorobred League age limits were expanded to include 21-year-old players, and Palomino League was organized for players 17 and 18. The Thorobred League was discontinued as PONY program in 1984.

Shetland League, an instructional program for 5- and 6-year- olds, was formally adopted by PONY for the 1990 season with rules based on the experiences of a number of league organizations that had conducted play in this age group for several years. While girls are permitted to play in any of the PONY Baseball leagues, recognizing that most girls preferred to compete in leagues with other girls, PONY Baseball provided Softball for Girls leagues in 1976. The Colt League may consist of players 15 and 16, and a Pony League used for those 13 and 14. Both Pony and Colt softball leagues use a regulation softball diamond with 60 foot basepaths in fast pitch. In like manner, if there are enough players, the Bronco League may be limited to players of 11 and 12 years of age and Mustang League used for those 10-and-under. These leagues for younger girls use a softball diamond with a 50 foot basepath. Older girls, 17 through 19, play in the Palomino League on the 65 foot diamond in slowpitch. Nearly 500,000 players participate in the PONY organization annually.

THE NAME PONY Baseball, Inc. is the corporate name under which Shetland League, Pinto League, Mustang League, Bronco League, Pony League, Colt League and Palomino League are operated in baseball and softball. PONY is taken from the first letters of each word in the slogan,"Protect Our Nation's Youth." Originally suggested by boys at the Y.M.C.A. in Washington, PA the slogan was "Protect Our Neighborhood Youth," and the change to "Nation's" youth was made after the original Washington Pony League developed into an international program.
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Walnut PONY Baseball

2067787-2 Amar Rd., PO Box 391
Walnut, California 91789

Email: [email protected]

Walnut PONY Baseball

2067787-2 Amar Rd., PO Box 391
Walnut, California 91789

Email: [email protected]
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