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Pony / Colt Baseball of Cypress, Inc.

2018 Pony/Colt Local League Rules and Regulations


Playing rules will be governed by “Official Baseball Rules” published in accordance with Major League Baseball as the Official Major League Baseball publication. Exceptions to the “Official Baseball Rules” are listed in “Pony Baseball Rules and Regulations as published by PONY Baseball, Inc. and “Local League Rules and Regulations” contained herein.








1.0 Registration / Tryouts


Signups will be as determined by the Board,


Fees will be set prior to acceptance of registration. Refund Policy:

  1. A full refund will be issued if the request is made prior to the players Draft.


  2. A $50.00 refund will be issued if the request is made after the player is

    drafted to a team.


  3. No refund request will be honored issued after the start of the opening Game of the season.

















Tryouts will be held at a time and place to be designated by the Board (TBA).


To be eligible for the draft, a player must tryout. (Exception to this rule can be made as the situation dictates).


All players will be rated by the Managers at the tryouts.


2.0 Draft

All Managers and Coaches must be approved by the Board. Approval of managers will take place prior to tryouts and draft.

Only player freezes are those specified in 2.04.


Letters from a player’s parent requesting their child not play for a particular manager will not be addressed unless supported by valid reasons.


This request will be determined first by the Players Agent and then the Board if necessary.


Managers will be required to freeze their son or sons, as one or both of their two freezes. Placement of a freeze into a draft round will be determined by a vote of all managers present. If there is a tie as to which round the player/son must be

drafted, the lower draft round will be applied. i.e. If three vote for placing of freeze in draft round #1 and the other three vote for placing the draft in draft round #2, the player/son must be drafted in the second round.


    1. Draft order will be determined by drawing a number blindly by each Manager as they arrive at the draft meeting. After all Managers have picked their draft positions they will be given an opportunity to swap their draft positions.


    2. The draft order will be a snake draft starting with the number one team through the last team number and then reversing the order from the last team number to the first team number and so on.


    3. The board will make all decisions regarding number of teams, players per team, etc. In the event there is an uneven number of players signed up, the Board will make a determination regarding how many players will be drafted and if there will be a waiting list.


      1. Players on a waiting list will remain on the list until (1) they are placed on a team when an opening occurs prior to Opening Night (2) a parent or guardian of a waiting list player requests that they be removed from the waiting list.


      2. Players still on the waiting list after the Opening Night game will be automatically removed from the waiting list and all registration fees will be refunded.


      3. Placement of waiting list players onto teams due to a vacancy made available due to a player dropping from a team will be in the exact order of time of registration of the waiting list player. The order of registration will be known only by the Player Agent.


    4. Practice Field time slots will be picked after the Players draft in a separate draft.


      1. After the draft all Managers will once again draw for a new draft number and the draft will run in the same snake pattern as described in paragraph 2.09 above.


      2. ALL practice fields made available to PCB and time slots will be made available to all teams without exception. Fields used by individual teams other than those assigned to PCB will not be included in the practice field draft.


    1. Players Pool


    2. This league shall utilize a Players Pool as a means to supplement rosters when required to field a team of 9 players and avoid forfeiture of a game.


    3. The Player Agent will construct the Players Pool list from the draft and maintain this list.

    4. Teams may use Player Pool players on the Players Pool list only to replace absent regular team members.


    5. Player Pool players may be used to create a 9 player roster to facilitate a legal line up for the start of the game.


    6. Any Player Pool player called to play must play all innings of the game both on offense and defense without being substituted for unless it is due to injury or illness.


    7. Player Pool players may not be used as a Pitcher or Catcher in any circumstance. All other positions may be played by the Player Pool player.


    8. A Player Pool player may play for a team only twice during the entire season which includes ALL league games, Championship Tournament games or any other in-house tournament games that may be played.


    9. In the event a Manager violates rule 3.07 by using the same Player Pool player more than twice in the season, the game will be forfeited and the Manager will be suspended for one game. This same penalty will be imposed for a second infraction. If there is a third infraction the matter will go before the Board to determine the penalty.


    10. Player Pool players must be an active/eligible player for their regular team at the time they are requested to play for another team. If they are not eligible for any reason they may not be used as a Player Pool player at that time.


    11. Player Pool players used in a game that is suspended and completed at a later date will not be required to participate in the suspended game. Regular team members that were absent at the original start of the suspended game will be added to the lineup replacing the Player Pool players for the completion of the suspended game. For the team, lineup remains the same, minus the pool player with returning players being added to the end of the existing lineup.


4.0 Team Requirements


    1. A $300.00 equipment deposit will be required per Manager prior to issuing equipment. Failure to return equipment will result in forfeiture of the deposit. All equipment will be collected immediately after the team’s last game.


    2. A Manager or Coach must carry emergency release forms for all players to all team related activities.


    3. All deposits for Snack Bar duties will be in accordance with the Snack Bar Agreement signed by a parent or guardian at time of registration.


    4. Sponsorship money ($300.00 per team) must be turned into the Board of Directors or Sponsorship Chairman at a Board Meeting prior to the Opening Day Game. The team will forfeit games until the money is received.



    1. Local Playing Rules


    2. The home team is responsible for preparing the field prior to each game.


      1. Prepare the pitching mound, line the field, install bases (first game of the day), water and drag the infield dirt, time permitting.


      2. Set up the scorer’s booth and turn on scoreboard (first game of the day).


      3. Failure to perform duties listed in 5.1 a. & b. will result in the following: 1st offense will result in a written reprimand; 2nd offense will result in the suspension of the manager for one game, 3rd offense will go directly to the Board and may result in the Manager being removed from the team.


    3. The team Manager and up to 4 coaches (no age limitations on coaches) and the players are the only occupants allowed in the dugout or on the playing field during a game. This includes the Bull Pen area.


      1. Only 1 adult Coach or Manager is allowed on the playing field during a timeout (the only exception to this rule is in the event of an injury or other emergency).


        1. All Managers and Coaches must have Board approval before they are allowed to participate in any game or practice.


        2. Batboys/girls are not permitted in any game and children, other than those officially designated/approved as coaches are permitted within the fenced area of the ballpark. No distinction is drawn between games, practices, or even high-fiving at the end of the game.


    4. Dugout assignments.


      1. Home team will occupy the third base dugout.


      2. Visiting team will occupy the first base dugout.


      3. This applies even if it requires movement of a team in order to comply with “a.” or “b.” above.


    5. Line-up cards must be submitted to the official scorekeeper no less than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the game as shown on the League Schedule.


      1. All players must be listed on the Line-up card whether they are playing, injured, ill, disciplined or absent.


      2. Line-up card must reflect the batting order, position of starting players, uniforms number, first and last names. Line-up cards not properly filled out

        will not be accepted by the scorekeeper and may cause a delay in the start of the game and the total playing time allowed.


      3. Line-up card must reflect total innings of pitching eligibility for each player. Failure to provide this information will also cause the Line-up card to not be accepted until properly filled out and may cause a delay in the start of the game and total playing time allowed.


      4. A delay in the game by the Home Team for the above reasons will be penalized by the umpire calling balls every 20 seconds once a player from the Visiting Team steps into the batter’s box. This will continue with batters walking until the Line-up card is correct.


      5. A delay in the game by the Visiting Team for the above reasons will be penalized by the umpire calling strikes every 20 seconds once the Home Team is in their defensive positions and the umpire calls “Play Ball”. This will continue until the Line-up card is correct or until there are three outs recorded.


    6. All players will wear only league approved uniforms.


      1. Uniforms will consist of matching pants, numbered jerseys, team logo, team baseball hat, belt, socks, sleeves and stirrups (the only exception to this rule will be when a Pool Player is used in which case said player will wear the uniform of his regular team).


      2. Any player not abiding by this rule will be considered out of uniform and ineligible to play in that game.


    7. Players will not be allowed to wear any form of jewelry while playing a game (i.e. earrings, nose rings, necklaces, watches, tongue rings, or any other form of hanging or pierced jewelry). Failure to comply with this rule will result in ejection from the game and possible further disciplinary action as deemed necessary by the Board.


    8. All safety equipment must be used in games, infield practice and other forms of practice.


      1. All players must wear a “hard cup” and supporter (soft cups will not be allowed). Failure to comply with this rule will result in the immediate ejection of the Manager and the Player without it if detected or becomes known.


      2. The Catcher must use a catcher’s glove, protective helmet, mask with throat protector (this includes hockey style helmet and mask) and shin guards.

      3. Any player may warm up a pitcher on the field or in the bullpen wearing only a protective helmet and mask with a throat protector and catcher’s mitt.

      4. Batters, base runners, on deck batters and players acting as base coaches must wear protective batting helmets. Players are not permitted to remove their helmet prior to entering the dugout.


      5. Managers are responsible for assuring that all safety equipment is in good repair and reporting any sub-standard equipment to the Equipment Manager for immediate repair or replacement. Any such substandard equipment will not be used in games or practices.


      6. Base Runners must keep their protective batting helmets on at all times when on base. Umpires will enforce this rule by declaring the runner out if detected (if the helmet falls off accidentally while running the bases, there will be NO penalty).


    9. Players will be allowed out of the dugout during the course of the game for the following reasons ONLY.


      1. Official at bat


      2. On deck to bat.


      3. Pitchers, catchers and/or substitutes warming up in the designated bullpen area.


      4. Players with permission to use the restroom.


      5. Playing a defensive position.


      6. Players will not be allowed out of the dugout for any other reason.


    10. All league games are limited to a maximum of 2 hours and 30 minutes.

      1. No new inning may begin after 2 hours and fifteen minutes from the official start time of the game. The inning that is ongoing when the 2 hours and 15 minutes expires shall be completed - no exceptions, other than when the game time has reached 2 hours and ten minutes and the home team is coming to bat with the lead. Since the game outcome cannot be changed in that situation, the game is over as long as the game is official by reaching the top of the 5th inning.


      2. Once a game has become official, and the Home Team is leading at the end of any half inning where the Visitors have completed their at bats, the game time will change from 2 hours and fifteen minutes to 2 hours and ten minutes. (i.e. No new inning after 2 hours and fifteen minutes if the Visitors have batted and the Home Team is coming to bat with the lead providing it is an official game of at least 4 ½ innings completed.


      3. Once a game has become official and the 2 hours and fifteen minute time limit has been completed, if the outcome of the game cannot be changed, the game shall end at that specific time (i.e., the Home Team is in the lead and batting in the bottom of an inning of an official game, the game shall end and the inning shall not be completed with the official score being recorded as it is when the game is called.


      4. In the event the game is not official and the 2 hours and 30 minute maximum time has expired, the game will be suspended and completed in the first available time slot as determined by the League Scheduler.


        1. Only the inning in progress at the time of the suspension will be completed unless fewer than five innings have been played, in which case the suspended game will be played until 5 innings have been completed. In the event that the Home Team is leading after 4 ½ innings, the game will be considered to be complete.


        2. The only exception to the suspension of a game at 2 hours and 30 minutes will be in the case where the game in question is the last game of the day with no game following. In this case the game can continue to finish the inning in progress without suspending it providing it does not go beyond 10:00 P.M.


        3. If game is suspended for any reason other than time (Such as Rain) then the remaining game time will be completed at the rescheduled date. The game will just continue as if there had been no delay as reflected in the scorebook.


        4. In an attempt to help speed up the game a maximum of 1 1/2 minutes will be allowed between innings to get the defensive team on the field and the offensive team ready to bat.


          1. After 1 1/2 minutes has passed and no batter in the box with the pitcher on the mound ready to pitch the umpire will start calling strikes every 20 seconds.


          2. After 1 ½ minutes has passed and no pitcher is on the mound ready to pitch and there is a batter in the box, the umpire will start calling balls every 20 seconds.

    11. A continuous batting order (batting all players) will be used by all teams during all League games (pre-season practice games, league games and Championship Tournament) regardless of the number of players carried on a team roster.


    12. Substitution.


      1. Because we use a continuous batting order, every player must play a minimum of 2 complete innings on defense (6 defensive outs). This required playing time may be one inning at a time until the minimum playing time is achieved (i.e. player may play the 1st inning on defense – three defensive outs - then be removed or substituted for in the 2nd inning and then come back in for the 3rd inning – 6 defensive outs and this will constitute meeting minimum playing time).

      2. In the event of a player being injured and not able to continue playing or a prior announcement before the game starts that a player will be leaving to the umpire/scorekeeper and opposing manager, there will be no penalty of an automatic out for that slot in the batting order. The batting order will be compressed by moving all batters up in the order below the injured (or absent) player. Players removed due to injury may

        not be reinserted back into the game. If a player leaves without notice, An automatic out will be recorded at the players next at bat and then compression of the batting order.


      3. The manager must advise the Player Agent and Pony Commissioner for any player being disciplined either before the game in which said player is being benched for disciplinary reasons or immediately after a game in which the player was disciplined and benched during the course of the game. In the event that the player is benched during the game for disciplinary reasons the Manager must also notify the Official Scorekeeper of this action at the time it occurs and must be recorded in the Official Scorebook.


      4. In the event of a player being ejected from the game for disciplinary reasons, an automatic out will be recorded only once when the player’s position comes up in the batting order. After the out is recorded for the ejected player and a line is drawn through the players name with notation of ejection, the batting order will be compressed and there will be no further automatic outs for the rest of that game. The term “ejected” is defined as being officially removed by an umpire from the field of play. Once the player has been ejected and the Official Scorekeeper has been informed of such action, that player may not for any reason be reinserted into that game. Once ejected, parents may take charge of the player. If parents are not available, player must remain in the dugout .


      5. Managers will list any player being benched for disciplinary reasons on the Line-up card as “benched for disciplinary reasons”.


      6. All games must start with 9 players in the line-up. If due to injury or ejection and player causes the team to have only 8 players, the game may continue but cannot do so with less than 8 players.


      7. Disciplinary benching of the same player after the initial benching requires prior approval of the Pony Commissioner or League President.


      8. If a player fails to play in any game the minimum playing requirements, that player will play the entire next available game that the.


      9. If a second violation of 5.11 h. occurs for any player, the Manager will be suspended for 2 games.


      10. Removed as Manager of the team.


      11. If a player fails to receive the required minimum playing time in a play- off or championship game, that game shall be forfeited.


      12. All players on the team roster, whether absent or benched for disciplinary reasons, must be listed on the line-up card and official score book and duly noted if they were absent or benched.


      13. A player arriving late for a game may be played at the option of the Manager providing the players arrival is so noted with the official scorekeeper at the time of the player’s arrival. Late is defined as after the game has officially started (the first pitch).


      14. If a late arriving player is entered into the game, said player must meet the minimum play rule.


      15. If the Late arriving player arrives after the start of the third inning and is entered into the game, the minimum playing time rule does not apply.


      16. With 2 outs and either the catcher or pitcher on base, a courtesy runner, (the player that made the last recorded out-can't be official catcher or pitcher) may be used (this is not mandatory). The Pitcher or Catcher can either be the Pitcher or Catcher of record up to that point of the game or the Pitcher or Catcher that will be coming into the game their next defensive half of inning providing that the substitution has been made with the Official Scorekeeper and so noted in the Official Scorebook at the start of that teams offensive half inning .


      17. When a courtesy runner is used for the Pitcher, the Pitcher may return to the mound to pitch and does not have to be removed from the mound in this situation.


    13. Disciplinary actions – Managers and Coaches


      1. Any player missing 3 consecutive games without a doctors note may be removed from the team roster with the prior approval of the Board only after the Manager has presented all facts to the Pony Commissioner and or President 24 hours after the third missed game.

      2. Any Manager or Coach ejected from a game for any reason will be suspended from his teams next scheduled League game.


      3. Any Manager or Coach ejected from a game must leave Oak Knoll Park.

      4. Any Manager or Coach not complying with rule 5.12 c. will have an additional game suspension added to the suspension for the initial ejection.


      5. Any Manager or Coach serving a suspension may not have any contact with the team during pre-game or game activities. Failure to comply will result in a second ejection/suspension and posible removal from the team.


      6. Once a Manager assumes responsibility of a team, he or she will remain Manager until he or she submits a letter of resignation to the Board or is removed by the Board for disciplinary reasons. Any person desiring to take the place of a Manager that has resigned or has been removed must submit a Manager’s application to the Board for approval 48 hours prior to taking control of the team.


      7. Any Manager using an ineligible player in any regulation league or playoff game will be subject to ejection for the remainder of the game in progress and a suspension for the next scheduled game. A second violation of this rule may result in the Managers removal from the team.



      Disciplinary actions – Players


      1. Players ejected from a game for any reason will automatically be suspended for the next game.


      2. Any subsequent ejection for deliberate or dangerous play by the same player will result in expulsion from the League. No refund for any fee will be made. Any such expulsion will be determined by the Board at their discretion.


      3. Any player suspended for either an ejection from a game or a Board suspension for any reason must be in uniform in the dugout for the entire game that they are suspended for in order to receive credit for fulfilling the suspension. Until the suspension is served in this manner the player will not be eligible to play.


      4. Suspended players may not participate in any pre-game or game activities (i.e. warming up any team mate, taking infield, etc.)

    15. Field decorum


      1. Managers and Coaches will maintain emotional control and self discipline when questioning an umpires call or decision. Only the Manager will be allowed onto the field to discuss a call with the umpire.


      2. Any judgment call made by an umpire during the course of the game, cannot be appealed or protested. There will be no exceptions to this rule.


      3. When protesting a rule interpretation it is the responsibility of the protesting Manager to show the umpire the written rule in question. The protesting Manager will be allowed 5 minutes maximum to make his protest.


      4. In the event that the Manager is still not satisfied with the umpire’s interpretation of the rule, a formal protest may be filed before the next pitch with the Umpire and the Official Scorekeeper and the other manager. The scorekeeper will note in the official scorebook the exact point in the game that the protest is being made. Both the umpire and the scorekeeper and the other manager must be notified prior to the next pitch after the protested call.


      5. In the event that the Umpire does not allow the protest the Manager may still notify the Official Scorekeeper of the protest and the protest will be reviewed by the Rules Committee in accordance with rule 5.14 e. (6).


        1. All formal protests must be submitted to the Pony Commissioner in writing within 24 hours of the completion of the game being protested.


        2. The protest letter must state clearly and specifically the rule being protested, the umpires interpretation and the Managers interpretation.


        3. A $50.00 deposit shall accompany the letter of protest or the protest will not be accepted. The deposit will be refunded only if the protest is upheld.


        4. Only protests upheld shall be replayed from the point of the earliest upheld protest. This game will be rescheduled at the earliest available date.

        5. If the protest is withdrawn prior to scheduling a rules committee meeting, the full deposit will be returned.


        6. The Pony Commissioner will notify the Rules Committee of the protest and both Managers involved in the game so an appropriate time can be set to review the protest with all parties present.


        7. The Protest Committee will be comprised of The Rules Committee.


        8. The Rules Committee will submit their ruling. The Board will accept this ruling. The rule may be appealed to the Board but must receive a 75% vote to override.

      6. Trash talk will not be tolerated. Offending Players, Manager or Coaches will be suspended for 1 game. A second suspension for this behavior may result in the offender being expelled from the League.


      7. Derogatory or negative comments will not be tolerated from parents/fans in the stands. If necessary, the offender will be removed from the spectator area. The spectator area is considered to be anywhere within 100 feet of the playing field proper. This must happen within 2 minutes from the time they are asked to leave.


      8. A Parental Conduct Form will be signed by either parent or guardian of each player at time of registration and must be conformed to at all times.


      9. No food other than water or Gatorade type drinks will be allowed in the dugout or on the playing field prior to or during the game.


      10. One adult Manager or Coach must remain in the dugout with the players at all times. If only 2 adult Manager/Coaches are present for a game a parent from the team with proper clearance may assist in the dugout on a game to game basis.


      11. Managers, Coaches and Players are responsible for cleaning their dugout after their game and grooming their respective bull pen mounds (this includes raking, tamping and lightly watering if water is available). Penalty will be the same as noted in 5.1 c.


      12. Players, Manager/Coaches must wear closed toe shoes while on the playing field.

        l. When playing the last game of the day, the Visiting team will be responsible to put the field equipment away. This includes the electronic scoreboard equipment, turning off the score board, locking the bull pen gates, putting the cart away and locking the storage shed. Penalty will be the same as noted in 5.1 c.


    16. Re-scheduled games.


      1. Games that are rained out or re-scheduled for situations beyond the control of the League (i.e. natural disaster, civil disturbance, un- safe field conditions, etc.) will be re-scheduled to be played at the earliest possible date as determined by the League Commissioner and the Chief Umpire.


      2. If there is more than one game being re-scheduled they will be re- scheduled in the same exact order that they were cancelled in (there will be no make up games scheduled that will cause a team to play double header).


      3. Requests to re-schedule games for personal reasons WILL NOT be given consideration under any circumstances.


    17. Scorekeepers.


      1. Each team must provide 2 scorekeepers.


      2. One scorekeeper will be responsible to keep the official game score book when your team is the home team.


      3. Official scorekeeper must sit in the score booth behind home plate. If the Official Scorekeeper is unable to sit in the score booth due to a disability(i.e. wheelchair bound, crutches, etc.) then they will seat themselves in the bleachers or in a seat on the home team side as close to home plate as possible.


      4. Scorekeepers must attend a mandatory score keeping clinic at a time designated by the League.


    18. Pitching Limitations.


      1. For purposes of interpreting “Section 5.17, Pitching Limitations,” a pitcher will be considered to have pitched an inning, if while the ball is live, delivers a pitch to a batter.


      2. Pitching limitations for a pitcher in a Preseason practice game is a maximum of two (2) innings per game per pitcher or 60 pitches (whichever occurs first).


      3. Pitching limitations for Regular Season games up through the first

        Monday in April is as follows:


        1. Four (4) innings per game or 65 pitches (whichever occurs first). The pitcher is not permitted to pitch beyond 65 pitches in a game for any reason.


        2. The maximum number of innings a pitcher may pitched in any week from 12:01 a.m. Monday through 12:00 a.m. midnight Sunday is seven (7), irrespective of pitch count.


      4. Pitching limitations for Regular Season and Post Season games from the first Monday in April and on is as follows:


        1. Seven (7) innings per game.


        2. The maximum number of innings pitched in any week from 12:01

          a.m. Monday through 12:00 a.m. Sunday is ten (10), irrespective of the pitch count.


        3. The maximum number of pitches a pitcher can throw in a game is 95.


    19. Imposed Rest Periods For Pitchers.

      1. In addition to limitations listed in Section 5.17, the following “rest requirements” of pitchers are imposed:


        1. 1) If a player pitches 1 to 20 pitches in a day, no calendar day of rest is required before pitching again.

        2. If a player pitches 21 to 35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed.


        3. If a player pitches 36 to 50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.


        4. If a player pitches more than 51-65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.

        5. If a player pitches 66-95 pitches in a day, Four (4) calendar day of rest must be observed.


      2. For purposes of interpreting this subsection, “Pitches” is defined as pitches thrown in a game to a batter but does not include warm up pitches thrown before a game or pitches thrown during a warm up period prior to pitching to a batter in an inning.

      3. Pitchers reaching maximum number of pitches must finish batter.

      4. No pitcher shall appear in a game for three consecutive games, Regardless of pitch count.


    20. Calendar Day Defined.


      1. For purposes of interpreting Section 5.19, a “Calendar day” is defined as the day after the game pitched starting at 12:00 a.m. and ending at 11:59 p.m.


        1. Example 1: The pitcher pitch 19 pitches in Tuesday’s game. No rest period is imposed. (Short version: 1-20 pitches – no imposed rest period).


        2. Example 2: The pitcher pitched 21 pitches in Wednesday’s game. One day of rest is imposed. Pitcher would not be eligible for Thursday’s game, but could pitch in Friday’s game. (Short version: 21-35 pitches – one day imposed rest period).


        3. Example 3: The pitcher pitched 51 pitches in Saturday’s game. Two days of rest is imposed. Pitcher would not be eligible for Sunday and Monday’s game, but would be eligible to pitch in Tuesday’s game. (Short version: 51-65 pitches – three day imposed rest period).


        4. Example 4: The pitcher threw 72 pitches in Sunday’s game. Three days of rest is imposed. Pitcher would not be eligible for Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday’s game, but would be eligible to pitch in Thursday’s game. (Short version: 66-95 pitches – four day imposed rest period).

    21. Official Pitch Court.


      1. Official “pitch count” will be maintained by the Official Scorekeeper using a manual counting device or a specially designed pitch count book or scorebook with a pitch count feature. The Official Scorekeeper at the end of each inning will provide, upon request, the total pitch count of either pitcher. Additionally the Official Scorekeeper will keep the Umpire informed of the pitch count for each pitcher at the start of the top and bottom half of each inning.


      2. If a pitcher reaches the maximum number of pitches in the middle of an inning or while pitching to a batter, the Official Scorekeeper will verbally inform the umpire at that time that a pitcher can finish the batter then he must be removed.

      A manager is expected to monitor the innings and pitch count of players on his team.

    22. Pre Game Warm Up

      1. All pre-game warm up hitting shall be done into a net or screen to


prevent balls from being hit into the outfield where other teams are warming up. These hitting drills will be done in the far Left or Right field corners. Teams can make concessions so as not to subject the other team to being hit by a fly ball.


    1. League Championship


    2. The League Championship will be decided by a Double Elimination tournament of all teams in the League.


    3. Seeding for the Double Elimination tournament will be based on the Win /


      Loss record of every team in Regular Season League Play. The Win / Loss record will include ½ point in the Win column and ½ point in the Loss column for each tie game. Bracketing will be posted prior to the start of the tournament.


    4. In the event of ties after the Regular Season League Play, a tie breaker


      formula will be used to break ties and establish the proper seeding order for the tournament as follows:


      1. First tie breaker – Head to head play based on the Regular Season League play.


      2. Second tie breaker – fewest runs allowed in head to head play of the Regular Season League play.


      3. Third tie breaker – most runs scored in head to head play of the Regular Season League play.


      4. Fourth tie breaker – coin toss.

    5. All League Championship Tournament games will be played in accordance with the local League Rules listed herein with the following exceptions.


      1. Home team will be determined by a coin toss prior to the scheduled game time.


      2. If at the end of regulation time and a complete inning, the game will continue by using the International Tie Breaker rule as noted hereafter. The visiting team will start the top half of the next inning with the last official batter starting at 2nd base. In the bottom half of the same inning the home team will start with the last official batter from the previous inning starting at 2nd base. This format will continue for each extra inning required until the tie is broken and the game is declared official.


      3. The interpretation of “last official batter” is any batter that either strikes out at home plate for the third out of the previous inning or the last batter to put the ball in play that results in the third out being recorded in the previous inning.


    1. All-Star Team Selection


    2. There will a 13 year old All-Star team and a 14 year old All-Star team. There will be a “B” team only with a 75% Board approval.


    3. In order to give credit for both Regular Season standings as well as the League Championship final standings, the following formula will be used to determine the Manager that will be awarded the position of Manager for the All-Star team of his choice (13 year old or 14 year old All-Star Team).


      Points will be awarded as follows – Regular Season standings:




      1st place


      2nd place


      3rd place


      4th place


      5th place


      6th place


      7th place


      8th place


      9th place


      10th place


      League Championship Playoffs:




      1st place


      2nd place


      3rd place


      4th place


      5th place


      6th place


      7th place


      8th place


      9th place


      10th place



      * If there are more or less than 10 teams in the League, the maximum points awarded will be adjusted upward or downward using the same format as above.


    4. The All-Star Managers will be selected based on the total number of combined points awarded for the Regular Season and the League Championship Playoffs. In the event of a tie after total points are determined a tie breaker based on the highest finish in the League Championship Playoffs will determine the order of All-Star Manger selections.


    5. Each of the All-Star teams will be comprised of the top 10 players designated by the All-Star voting. The Managers will be allowed to choose any player from the next 7 players based on votes received from the All- Star voting. In the event that one or more of the original 10 All-Star players decide not to play, the next highest player in the voting, #11 will automatically be placed on the team and the pool of the 7 players to choose from will now be those players receiving the highest number of votes (#12 to #18, etc.). Only players based on the voting as described above will be eligible for the All-Star teams.


    6. In the event that one of the All-Star Managers decides not to manage a team the selection process for Managers will be in accordance with 7.02 in descending order based on their teams aggregate point total of both their Regular Season finish and their finish in the League Championships.

    1. The All-Star Managers may select any active Pony Manager or Coach from the League for their All-Star team coaches.


    2. The Board may at their discretion disapprove either Manager if there is significant reason to do so based solely on disciplinary actions taken against said Manager for any games prior to All-Star selections. Disapproval of a Manager requires a minimum of a 2/3 vote by the Board in attendance to disapprove a Manager.


    3. The Player Agent will call mandatory Mangers meetings for the sole purpose of recommending and discussing All-Star nominations.


      1. The Player agent will schedule a meeting the 4 weeks prior to the end of the schedule to allow each Manager to discuss all potential All-Star candidates from their team.


      2. The Player Agent will pass out nomination forms to all Managers prior to the start of the League Championship Tournament to have Managers nominate players for both the 13 year old and 14 year old All-Star teams. There will be 1 form for the 13 year olds and 1 form for the 14 year olds.


      3. Managers may nominate up to 30 players but no less than 20 players in each age group (13 year old and 14 year old).


      4. Managers may not nominate players from their own team.


      5. Managers will turn in all nomination forms to the Player Agent prior to the start of the League Championship tournament.


      6. A cut-off of approximately 20 to 30 players of the top nominees in each age bracket will make up the All-Star ballot.


      7. Prior to the end of the League Championship tournament the Player Agent will schedule a mandatory Managers meeting at which time each Manager will vote for the 13 year old and 14 year old All-Star teams.


      8. The All-Star Manager of each respective team will then choose the balance of their respective team to a total of a minimum of 12 and maximum of 15 players.

      9. All-Star team players must commit to the entire All-Star season or they will be replaced from the pool of the next 5 eligible players as outlined in 7.03.


      10. The Player Agent will notify all players and Managers of there All- Star selection.


      11. Each All-Star player will be required to pay $125 participation fee in addition to make a $100.00 deposit as a “performance bond”. This $100 deposit will be destroyed when the All-Star team has completed all “official PONY All-Star tournament games.


        1. Any Player not fulfilling the commitment of the 100% participation will forfeit the $100.00 performance bond.


        2. A written Manager approval, injury or illness which prevents the player from participating in tournament games are the only legitimate reasons that will be accepted by the League as reason to refund the deposit in lieu of the players absence from tournament games.


      12. Additional fees for Snack Bar / Uniforms, etc. may be required from the parents/guardians of All-Star players. The amount will be determined by the Board and new deposit checks will be required.


    1. Amendment or Addition to Local League Rules


    2. Any change to the above list of rules and regulations will require a minimum of a 75% majority vote in favor of the proposed change by the eligible voting Board members in attendance at the meeting in which the change is proposed.


    3. Any change of rules or regulations passed by the Board will only affect games of actions that take place after the effective date of change to the rules and regulations.


    4. Notification of any change will be conveyed to all Managers in writing with a noted date of effect.

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