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Olive Pony Baseball Champions Division

We are a proud host of our Olive Champions Division, serving special needs children interested in playing Baseball! If you have a child interested in participating please email Olive Pony Baseball at email@oliveponybaseball.com

Spring 2021 Managers

Olive Pony Baseball is looking for Managers for the Spring 2021 Season.  

Due to COVID-19 we won't be able to have our traditional Player Evaluations and Player Draft.  Therefore, for this season we will be allowing Managers to roster 8 Players.  Additional Players will be added to the roster based on Players Ability & Experience, to create fair and competitive teams for the 2021 Season.  


Spring 2021 Updates from Olive Pony President, Denis Gardner

Olive Families,


Happy New Year to everyone and hope 2021 is off to a good start for you and your family!  We wanted to reach out to provide an update to you as to where things stand looking ahead to the Spring '21 season at Olive.  We remain optimistic of playing baseball at Olive for this upcoming season.

Registration is currently open now and will remain open through Friday, January 15.  We are also currently accepting applications for managers for all divisions and the deadline for manager applications is Wednesday January 13. 

There will be no player evaluations for any divisions and teams will be formed through team freezes and by the league to best distribute talent evenly to all teams.  A reminder, each team will be allowed up to 8 player freezes to promote groups and cohorts staying together during these times.  This will only be for the Spring '21 season.  

Our calendar remains the same as previously communicated, practices to begin February 1 and games starting on March 6.  This is of course subject to change but we feel this is realistic and provides as close to a complete regular season as possible.  We remain in communication with city officials and this plan is aligned with them as well.  In the event that we are required to cancel the season before it begins, you will receive a FULL Refund.

Lastly, new city and state guidelines currently require face coverings to be worn at all times when at Olive Park, or any other City of Orange field.  During this time if you are out, in any capacity, at Olive Park please wear a face covering.  Maintaining compliance with City of Orange guidelines is key to us returning to baseball at Olive Pony.  As these guidelines adjust we will adjust with them, staying in line with local guidelines as stated by the City of Orange.


Please reach out to us with any questions at email@oliveponybaseball.com

Thanks,
Denis Gardner
President
Olive Pony Baseball



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Division Age Rule

All players will be mandated to play at their player age level and all exceptions will be required to be approved by the board of directors of Olive Pony baseball.

Spring 2021 Age Chart

Division League Age Age
Pony 13 & 14 Sept 1, 2006 - August 31, 2008
Bronco 11 & 12 Sept 1, 2008 - August 31, 2010
Mustang 9 & 10 Sept 1, 2010 - August 31, 2012
Pinto 7 & 8 Sept 1, 2012 - August 31, 2014
Shetland Machine Pitch 6 Sept 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015
Shetland T-Ball 5 & Under After September 1, 2015

UPCOMING RULE CHANGES:

BAT RULE

As will be stated in Section 8 “Equipment,” 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 the -3 bat (BBCOR certified), all other 2-1/4” and 2-5/8” minus factor bats (-5, -7, -9, etc.) must be certified with the USABat licensing stamp on the bat in order to be used for league and tournament play. 2-1/4” and 2-5/8” minus factor bats (-5, -7, -9, etc.) used in 2017 will be illegal to use in 2018.

2-¾” barrel bats are prohibited in all divisions of PONY Baseball. Colt 16U and Palomino 18U players are only allowed to use 2-⅝” -3 BBCOR certified bats. Thorobred 23U players must use wooden bats only as specified by Major League Baseball.

If using a tee ball bat manufactured prior to 2018, these bat must carry the USA Baseball mark accompanied by the following text: “Only For Use With Approved Tee Ball Bat.” 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 USABB and place it on your bat.

Score Reporting

Olive Pony Baseball would like to remind managers the winning team in each game to send an email to the provided address within 24 to 48 hours of the game.

scores@OlivePonyBaseball.com

Thank you,

Olive Pony Board

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Olive Pony Baseball (OPB) is a non-profit organization that serves hundreds of youth in Orange and Northeast Orange County annually.  Olive Pony Baseball has 100% of the league's duties accomplished by volunteers!  We are not paid and not always perfect but we are always committed to the best interest of the kids!!!  If you wish to help out please join the board.

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