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Pony League vs. Little League

If your child has never played on a Pony League or on any Baseball League you may be wondering what we are all about?
The primary features that distinguish Pony baseball from Little League baseball are those of a two year age bracket system and scaled diamonds. Additionally, Pony teaches lead offs and base stealing starting at age 9 (Mustang Division) or earlier, while pitchers learn pick off moves and holding runners on base to counter the potential steal.
In organizations such as Little League player age can differ by as much as 3 years within a division. As a result, the younger players, because of their lack of maturity, ability and size, find it hard to communicate with the older players. They often find themselves spending a disproportionate amount of time on the bench and may feel disconnected from their team. With players of only two ages involved, as is the case with Pony baseball, it is far easier to permit every player to play more positions since the difference in skills within the age groups is not that great.
In addition, Pony baseball scales the size of the diamonds to match the physical capabilities of the players within each division. The base and pitching dimensions for Pony baseball are:

  • 50 ft bases for Shetland 5 & 6 year olds
  • 50 ft bases and 38 ft pitching for Pinto 7 & 8 year olds
  • 60 ft bases and 46 ft pitching for Mustang 9 & 10 year olds
  • 70 ft bases and 50 ft pitching for Bronco 11 & 12 year olds
  • 80 ft bases and 54 ft pitching for Pony 13 & 14 year olds

These base dimensions are the result of extensive experimentation to determine the size on which players of each age group can properly play the game of baseball. Pitching distance is also scaled to the ability of the player and in proportion to the size of the diamond.
The scaled diamonds allow the players to make the plays made by major leaguers. Home runs become a possibility. Outfielders can play in a position proportionate to that played by a major leaguer. The double play, squeeze play and various strategies and tactics, difficult for adults and nearly impossible for youngsters on a full size diamond, become a probability rather than impossibility.  In addition, Pony baseball uses paid (professional) umpires, rather than volunteer umpires used in Little League.

  Pony league Little league
Two Year Age groups Yes No
Scaled Age Appropriate Diamonds Yes No
Scaled Age Appropriate Pitching Distances Yes No
Play by Major League Rules Yes No
Mix of Softball and MLB Rules No Yes
Limit 5-6 year olds to T Ball Only No Yes
Limit 7-8 year olds to Coach/Machine pitch No Yes
Competitive baseball starting at age 7 Yes No
7-8 year olds sit out a maximum of one inning per game Yes No
Challenges Kids at every age group Yes No
Drafting up or down during season No Yes
Teaches base stealing earlier Yes No
Teaches Pitching sooner Yes No
Teaches Leading off Sooner Yes No
Prepares kids for High School Baseball Yes No













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