PONY Baseball is changing some rules effective the Spring 2018 season. LCYO will institute the age and pitching rules starting with its Fall 2017 season.
In conjunction with USA Baseball and its other participating national member organizations, PONY Baseball has adopted the new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat). Effective January 1, 2018, with the exception of -3 (BBCOR certified), all other 2 1/4" and 2 5/8" barrel bats with a minus factor of (-5, -7, -9, etc.), must be USABat certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league and tournament play. All 2 1/4" and 2 5/8" minus factor bats -5, -7, -9, etc. used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 2018.
Tee ball bats are not required to undergo lab testing to receive approval under the USABat program. However, to be approved for play, tee ball bats must carry the USA Baseball mark accompanied by the following text: "Only For Use With Approved Tee Ball Bats." If you already have a tee ball bat you would like to continue using, all you have to do is purchase a USA Bat sticker directly from USA Baseball and place it on your bat. You can purchase a USA Bat sticker, click here. Tee ball bats manufactured after the new rule was adopted will already include the USABat Baseball mark.
The new USABat certified bats bearing the USABat licensing mark are expected to be offered in retail stores September 1, 2017.
LCYO is affliated with Pony Baseball. We run five age divisions: T-ball (5-6 yrs old), Pinto (7-8 yrs old), Mustang (9-10 yrs old), Bronco (11-12 yrs old) and Pony (13-14 yrs old)
Years Eligible (2018 Fall/2019 Spring Seasons)
T-Ball - Players Born Between 9.01.12- 8.31.14
Pinto Division - Players Born Between 9.01.10- 8.31.12
Mustang Division - Players Born Between 9.01.08- 8.31.10
Bronco Division - Players Born Between 9.01.06- 8.31.08
Pony Division - Players Born Between 9.01.04- 8.31.06
LCYO Real Baseball. Real Fun.
LCYO plays PONY baseball. PONY started as an organization to provide baseball for boys who had "graduated" from Little League at the age of 12. This covered players from ages 13 up to 18. Over time, PONY (Protect Our Nation's Youth) branched out into softball and baseball for players younger than 13.
PONY implemented a graduated system of fields, making them proportional to the players' size. Just as no one would expect a seven year-old to put on a uniform made for a 12 year-old, neither should we expect kids of various ages to play on one size of diamond. It is far more logical to tailor a diamond to match the physical capability of the children as they develop. Hence, T-Ball and Pinto players use 50-foot base paths, Mustang 60 foot, Bronco (11-12) 70 foot, Pony 80 foot, and Colt and Palomino 90 foot. Note that for Little League, the players need to jump directly from 60 feet to 80 feet in one season when they switch to Pony baseball. Pitching distances are also graduated according to field size.
Another enhancement that PONY offers is the introduction of real baseball rulesearlier in the child's playing career. For example, starting at age 11 in Bronco, players can lead off and steal bases at any time, pitchers learn the rules regarding balks, and batters can advance to first on a dropped third strikes. Introducing these key rules of real baseball make the game more fun for both players and spectators.
Not permitting the runner to lead-off and steal bases, according to real baseball, means that the youngsters are playing, being taught, and learning only a part of the game of baseball. Base stealing, even the threat of base stealing, is a major part of the game of baseball. The by-play between the runner and the pitcher, between the runner and the shortstop and second baseman, are being omitted.
Base stealing means the infielder must adjust for the runner, covering his bag as well as his normal fielding position. It means the pitcher must concentrate on the runner as well as the batter. It means the catcher must hold the ball, learn to throw better and in essence, really learn to catch. It means a runner must think, bluff, challenge the pitcher and catcher, and learn to slide.
The pitcher who is a good pitcher only because of the ability to throw hard will no longer overwhelm the opposition with brute power alone. The pitcher can no longer ignore any player who gets a walk, but must split concentration between batter and runner. With base stealing permitted, the runner becomes a threat, and the batter has a chance against the pitcher. The player who pitches must become a pitcher, not just a thrower. The fast player who does not hit big has a far greater chance to make the team. As a runner who can become a threat by stealing and threatening to steal bases, such a player may be as much help to a ball club as a bigger player. Special talents, at last, can be put to use.
The players themselves are better equipped to play in older age leagues, having had the experience of playing the complete game of baseball.
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NFHS Concussion Protocol
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2018 LCYO Baseball Pitch Count Logs
Concussion in Sports
The NFHS has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. This course highlights the impact of sports-related concussion on athletes, teaches how to recognize a suspected concussion, and provides protocols to manage a suspected concussion with steps to help players return to play safely after a concussion. Each state's requirements for concussion management are included as part of the course.
Concussion In Sports: https://nfhslearn.com/courses/61064/concussion-in-sports
1. Unit 1: Concussion Overview ( 3 Sections )
2. Unit 2: The Problem ( 3 Sections )
3. Unit 3: Your Responsibilities ( 4 Sections )
4. Unit 4: Review ( 2 Sections )
5. NFHS Message ( 1 Sections )