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ANNUAL MEETING ANNOUNCMENT
Seattle Pony Baseball & Softball Annual Membership Meeting
Date: Monday, October 14, 2013
Place: Brebeuf Room of St. Joseph's Parish Center
732 18th Avenue East
All Members of the Seattle PONY Baseball League are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Members. Members of the League consist of
(a) the Board of Directors
(b) the League coaches
(c) League officers
(d) the parents/legal guardians ("Parent") of each current player in the League.
The primary purpose of the Annual Meeting of the Members is to elect the Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 term. One Member from each player family is entitled to cast a vote for each Director position. Members are entitled to make alternative nominations to the Slate by providing a written petition to the Secretary (which may be by e-mail notice to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to the following address:
Seattle Pony Baseball, Attn: Secretary
PO Box 20065
Seattle, WA 98102
The petition must be received by the Secretary at least ten (10) days prior to the annual meetings and must include a statement by the nominated candidate indicating his or her intention to serve if elected.
The Annual Meeting of the Members will be followed immediately by the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors, for purposes of electing officers for the 2012-13 term, including the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, and transacting any other business which may properly come before the meeting.
|2013-2014 Slate for Seattle PONY Baseball & Softball Board or Directors
||Director of Development
PONY Division Tryouts and Information
My name is John Ray-Keil, I'm the Commissioner of the Pony Division of Seattle PONY (13U and 14U).
The emergence of a number of select teams has created many opportunities for your kids to play baseball past 12 years old. Seattle Pony is able to offer similar opportunities (experienced coaches, winter training, and 20+ league games) at much less cost compared to normal select teams. I encourage all parents to review the Seattle Pony offerings below.
Seattle Pony Baseball consists of three playing levels:
Olympic (one team): All-star or tournament team caliber players (highest commitment level).
- Pony-13 (one team):All-star or tournament team caliber players who do not turn 14 before May, 1st 2014.
Cascade (one or two teams): Players who love playing ball and want to further develop their skills for an Olympic tryout the next year and/or continue to hone their skills for high school ball.
The Pony division is a significant step up from Bronco. Practices start in January and run through April. Expect a minimum of 2 practices per week. Games start in April and run through mid June with teams playing 20-28 games during the season. The Pony division requires a certain level of commitment and should not be considered a second tier commitment behind basketball or soccer.
August 25th – Montlake 11am – 2pm
September 8th – Montlake 11am – 2pm
All players may attend the Olympic Tryouts but only the top players will make this team.
September 15th – Montlake 11am – 2pm
September 22nd – Montlake 11am – 2pm
All players eligible for U13 may attend the Pony-13 Tryouts but only the top players will make this team.
We do NOT have tryouts for the Cascade teams. Cascade players will be placed on teams after the player has registered.
Please let me know if you are planning to attend the Olympic or Pony-13 tryouts.
League-wide BBQ and Championship Day - June 15th!
Seattle PONY Baseball & Softball invites all our players and families to our annual end of season BBQ and Championship Game Day.
This year's event will be held at Miller Field, 19th & John, starting at 10:00 AM. Join us for a day of fun, root for your friends and teammates and enjoy the hospitality of the league with a free BBQ beginning at 11:00 AM.
Shetland players are invited to a run around the bases and trophy presentation, this event was a highlight of last year's BBQ. A don't miss!
The day ends with the presentation of the Steve Cunetta Bronco Championship trophy.
10:00 AM - Mustang Championship Game
11:00 AM - BBQ Open
12:00 PM - Bronco & Softball Skills Competition
1:00 PM - Shetland Run Around the Bases
1:15 PM - Steve Cunetta Bronco Championship Game
In Memoriam, Steve Cunetta
It is with great sadness that Seattle PONY Baseball announces the passing of Steve Cunetta. Steve selflessly devoted countless hours of service to our league, in the years following its founding, to establish SPB as the respected community organization it is today -- an organization that has played such an important part in the lives of literally thousands of young and enthusiastic Seattle ballpalyers and their families.
To honor Steve's memory, the SPB Board has voted to name the Bronco Championship trophy after Steve. A formal dedication ceremony will take place after this year's Bronco championship game on June 15 at Washington Park. Happily, several SPB elderstatemen were able to present Steve with the trophy this past Saturday before he passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday May 5th.
A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at Safeco Field on Sunday, June 2, 11AM. As a tribute to Steve’s contributions to Seattle Pony Baseball, every member of the Seattle PONY community is invited to wear their favorite PONY baseball hat to the service
Corporate Sponsorship Program
Seattle PONY would like to thank our 2013 corporate sponsor team, displayed on the right of this page. We encourage you to support these local businesses and professionals, and don't forget to mention Seattle PONY Baseball!
Please consider becoming a part of the 2014 Seattle PONY Baseball and Softball corporate sponsorship program. We have a two-tiered sponsorship program – grand slam and home run. Your company will receive numerous marketing benefits and will become a valued member of the Seattle PONY team. For more information, please email us at: email@example.com.
Making payments and updating your account information
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2013 Mustang Tournament Bracket
Bat Rules for Seattle PONY Baseball
Below you will find helpful information concerning the 2013 bat rules. Please keep in mind that bat rules continue to evolve and you are strongly advised to check with your sanctioning body for the latest bat rules and regulations.
2013 PONY Bat Rules
Page 15 (new entry) – Rule 8 C (2) Equipment: Only 2-1/4” barrel non-wood bats which are manufactured to achieve a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15 or less through the life of the bat are approved for play in PONY Baseball divisions. Effective January 1, 2012, all newly manufactured non-wood bats must be stamped “approved for play in PONY Baseball” and stamped with “BPF 1.15” and the year manufactured.
Rule 8 C (3) Equipment: Effective January 1, 2012, all minus (-) 3 bats must be BBCOR certified. The bat which may be wood or non-wood product shall be not more than two and five-eights (2-5/8”) in diameter at the barrel and shall be a smooth implement, from the top of the cap to the top of the knob. All non-wood bats shall meet the Ball-Bat Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) testing protocol maintaining the length-to-weight difference of 0.50 limit regardless of length. All BBCOR approved bats shall be labeled with a silk screen or other permanent certification mark. (NOTE: 2 3/4” bats are prohibited in all PONY sanctioned leagues).
In summary, the new PONY Baseball bat rules for 2012 are as follows:
Bat material is factored into the Bat Performance Factor (BPF) testing protocol as well as the BBCOR testing protocol. Subsequently as long as the aforementioned "marks" are on the bat that is the indication they have passed the appropriate testing protocol and are approved for play in PONY Baseball.
- 2 3/4" barrel bats are ILLEGAL in all divisions.
- 2 5/8" barrel bats are LEGAL in all divisions, (Seattle PONY exception: Mustang and Pinto limited to 2 1/4" diameter) If a 2 5/8" bat is a -3, it must be BBCOR certified. Currently there is not a testing protocol for -5, -7, -9, etc. they are legal.
- 2 1/4" bats are LEGAL in all divisions, if they are manufactured to a Bat Performance Factor of 1.15 or less. In addition the bat must be labeled "approved for play in PONY Baseball" and stamped "BPF 1.15" and the year manufactured. Recognizing that some bats may not have the year manufactured on the bat, it still must have BPF 1.15 stamped on the bat.
- Wood bats are legal in all divisions with a barrel no larger than 2 5/8".
March 2rd, 1-3PM @ Miller Field
It's time to get the bats crackin' and the leather slappin' with our very special guest - The Mariner Moose!
Join us at 1:00 sharp for your chance to meet the Moose! Don't forget your camera............
All Pinto and Shetland players are invited to this free event!
This is spring training for the younger crowd. Join us for a no-cost two hour baseball skills workshop covering all the fundamentals. Don't forget to bring the fun! Players should bring a glove. Bats, helmets and balls will be provided.
Mustang and Bronco Skill Assessments
Skills assessment dates are on the calendar, please save the dates.
All Mustang and Bronco players must attend one of the two sessions. Our coaches get to know the players prior to our draft, and the events are a great time to reconnect with your friends and teammates.
Please note updated times in our calendar!
Thanks to the generosity of our community and the support of our corporate sponsors, Seattle Pony Baseball & Softball is able to offer scholarship assistance to those families who are feeling the pinch of today's tough economic times.
If you or someone you know would like scholarship information, please contact Sheila Gilligan, our Seattle PONY Player Agent.
Winter Training Opportunity
North Seattle Baseball Association, one of our sister PONY organizations in the Seattle area has let us know about a great opportunity to make use of their indoor batting cages. They are running an offer currently for a rate of $61/hour if a group reserves it for at least 15 hours. You can find it at www.NorthSeattleBattingCages.com or contact Kevin Parker, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet your 2012-2013 Board of Directors
Seattle PONY Baseball Board of Directors, 2012-2013 Term
President Doug Smidt
Treasurer Wright Dickinson
Secretary Trish McGonigle
Vice President Harold Malkin
Pony commissioner John Ray-Keil
Bronco commissioner Harold Malkin
Mustang commissioner Margaret Kineke
Pinto commissioner Brian Pavlovec
Shetland commissioner Kara Costa
Softball commissioner Bob Duffy
Equipment Eric James
Player Agent Sheila Gilligan
Umpires Tim Crocker
Information Max Rose
Development Andy Read
Tournament Coordinator Matt Graham
Field Maintenance Sean Walsh
Fields Rich Glew
At-large Greg Carson
At-large Steve Shure
At-large Andy Turner
At-large Keith Schorsch
At-large John Theiss
NEW! Seattle PONY Baseball Bag
Seattle Pony Baseball & Softball Bat Bags on sale this weekend.
This much talked about Seattle PONY branded baseball bag is a shoulder strap style bag and comes in navy blue. This durable bag has heavy zippers, is embroidered with Seattle PONY logo in full color and should neatly carry your son or daughter's, mitt, bat, helmet, batting gloves, water bottle, snack and maybe even a couple baseballs.
Wear your Seattle PONY color s proudly!
The cost is $25 per bag. All proceeds support our scholarship and equipment programs.
Email email@example.com for purchase information.
Players of all ages and skills can hone their skills at many facilities around the Puget Sound, whether by signing up for private or group lessons with professional coaches or renting a batting cage or pitching mound for half an hour. Our league does not endorse any individual program, but here are a few that you can check out on your own:
- The Spot Sport. Summer skills camps and tournaments.
- Stods. Bellevue facility provides hitting, pitching, position and speed/agility training sessions.
- Rijo Athletics Baseball. Woodinville facility provides hitting, pitching, and defensive skill training.
- Northwest Baseball Academy. Lynwood facility provides pitching, hitting and defensive training.
- Advanced Athlete. Dan Potts, former UW baseball player, provides strength clinics.
- Washington Baseball Camps. Husky baseball camps are run during the summer.
- Baseball Positive. Mark Linden, offers team, group and individual baseball instruction as well as Summer Camps throughout King and Snohomish Counties.
- Riley Athletics. Ryan Riley, former Clemson University team captain and Tampa Bay Ray infielder, offers baseball specific strength and conditioning programs.
Our league success is a product of the commitment and effort of volunteers and participants. Our 22-member Board of Directors is already hard at work planning for a fun, safe and competitive 2013 season. We are always looking for more help and suggestions on ways to improve the experience for our kids, so please contact us to volunteer, to provide us with your comments, or to express your ideas and concerns.
Visit the Programs page of this site to check out the age divisions in our league; visit the Donate or Volunteer areas if you'd like to help out with our league; visit the About Us area to learn more about our league; and visit the Help area for assistance with registration.
-- Doug Smidt, President, Seattle PONY Baseball --
Seattle PONY Baseball is a youth recreational league that has offered a quality baseball experience to the community for 20 years. Our boundaries extend from Seattle's southern city limits to 65th Street, and from Elliot Bay to Lake Washington. Our goal is to provide fun, competitive baseball instruction, practices and games to children aged 6 to 16 that will help them grow into healthier and happier adults.
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