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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 Updates from Olive Pony President, Denis Gardner

Olive Families,

Hope you are all doing well and staying safe.  As we move closer towards the start of our baseball season at Olive Pony Baseball, we are committed to keeping you as updated and informed as possible.

Please see below for important dates & safety information

  • January 25 -   Deadline for player registration
    • As we’ve paired down our registrations numbers to make this season more Covid friendly, divisions in all age groups are almost full so please sign up now and avoid being placed on the waitlist for the Spring season.  
  • February 1 - Teams will be formed and announced. 
    • Beginning that same week, teams will have the opportunity to partake in something new – optional "spring training". This is an additional two weeks of practices at no additional cost. We are committed to providing all our families the ability to get out on the fields as soon as possible. 
  • February 15 - Official practices begin for all teams.  
  • **February 19 – Last day to withdraw for a full refund before uniforms are ordered.
  • March 13 - "Opening Day"

 

Covid Safety & Compliance

We understand there are still a lot of questions in these uncertain times.  We are committed to having a safe and, as normal, a season as possible.  Below are our current Covid precautions as recommended by the state, county & city.  These will adjust as we move through the tiers as Orange County is moved into different tiers by the State of California.

  • Paired Down Opening Day, no formal ceremonies or player parade
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout Olive Park
  • Multiple sets of catcher’s equipment provided for each team
  • Managers and Team Volunteers to Sanitize equipment before games and practices
  • Team Parents working with the Team Manager to facilitate self-checks before practices and games
  • Practicing Social Distancing during games & practices for families and spectators; asking parents to not huddle on the bleachers but to bring their own chairs and space out along the fences
  • Asking parents and players to wear masks and socially distance as appropriate
  • Team Parents & Team Managers working to socially distance players in the Team Dugouts as appropriate
  • Scheduling additional turnover time between games to facilitate time for players and families to leave before others arrive
  • City of Orange Officials will be checking in and monitoring practices and games throughout the season to assure we are in compliance and can remain permitted to play baseball.

We know guidelines are continuing to change between now and when games begin in March.  As we receive adjusted guidelines from our city, state and federal officials, we will continue to update our families and keep everyone as informed as possible.

Olive Pony has been in constant communication with our City of Orange officials and our plan to begin a Spring Season on March 13 has been communicated and approved, under the caveat Orange County must be in the RED Tier at that time. 

You can find a link on our website which details our current operating safety guidelines. Along with the emailed information, we will continue to keep this updated with the latest details on youth sports.

Any other questions please let us know and we will answer as soon as possible.


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Olive Pony Baseball Field Status

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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