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Important Dates for Spring 2020:

Skills Evaluation Day
is 
January 11th. All players in every division, except for Shetland, will need to attend. The $50 Snack Shack Deposit check is required at the evaluation.

Field Maintenance Day
is tentatively scheduled for Feb 8th.

Practices
start January 20th.

Opening Day
is February 22nd with closing ceremonies tentatively scheduled for  May 23rd.


Games during spring are played on weeknights and Saturdays only. There are no Friday night or Sunday games in Spring.

  
 

Spring Season 2020 Registration Fees and Costs**

Division Ages *: For Spring 2020

Bronco Player Age: 9/01/2007 - 8/31/2009*

Mustang Player Age: 9/1/2009 - 8/31/2011

Pinto Player Age: 9/1/2011 - 8/31-2013

Shetland Player Age: born on or after 9/1/2013

 

 For players affected by the PONY Baseball age change that occurred in 2018, with birthdays in the months of May, June, July, and August, St. Hedwig PONY Baseball will allow these players to "play down" a division in the 2020 Season. 

For example, players with a May-August birthday in 2007, who lost a year of baseball, can play in the Bronco division in 2020.
These players will not be eligible for All Stars due to PONY's rules, but will allow these players to not lose a year of baseball in their respective divisions.
 

Registration fees:

Bronco, Mustang and Pinto: $200 + additional deposits below
Shetland: $170 + additional deposits below

**Required additional volunteer costs:

Snack Shack deposit (per player)         

  • $50 - A check made out to "St. Hedwig Baseball" is required at tryouts as the deposit for the mandatory Snack Shack duty. The check will be returned upon completion of a Snack Shack shift.

Field Maintenance (per family)

  •  $50 - Due at registration and is refunded upon completion of a shift at Field Maintenance Day.

Candy Sales or Buy Out (per player)

  • Each player sells candy or can option to a $40.00 buy-out for candy sales.

  1. Payment Options
    We offer multiple payment options:
  • Visa or MasterCard can be used to pay in full at time of registration. We also offer a dual payment plan where half of the registration fee is charged at the time of registration, followed by the second half charged on Jan. 4th, the day before the Skills Evaluation Day.
  • Payment can also be made by check, an option that will be available on the payment page. Just choose check instead of credit card. 

    Team Sponsorship- $300                         

St. Hedwig Family Discount

We offer discounted registration for families with three or more players such that all sign-ups after the 2nd player are free (i.e. if you register 3 players you will only be billed for 2). Immediate family members only and discount taken at time of registration.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What is “Pony” Baseball and how is it different than Little League Baseball?

A: Pony baseball is competitive youth baseball league with an emphasis on teaching the game of baseball for all youth who wish to play.  Pony baseball differs from Little League baseball in a few aspects.  First, players play in their respective age division based on their age no matter their ability. Little League can have multiple ages in one division.  In Pony, kid pitch begins at the age of seven and full baseball rules begin at the age of 9.  In Pony, pitching distance and base distances grow as the players age grows.  In Little League, the mound is set at one distance and the base distance remains a constant.   

Q: What are the age levels/divisions for players?

Shetland Machine Pitch (Ages 4-6)

Pinto (Ages 7-8) - (40 ft mound, 60 ft bases)

Mustang (Ages 9-10) - (46 ft mound, 60 ft bases)

Bronco (Ages 11-12) - (50 ft mound, 70 ft bases)

Q: When is registration?

A: Online registration is now through December 31, 2019.

Q: What if I don’t register by December 31, 2019?

A: Players will be placed on a wait list and will only be contacted if an opening is available. No exceptions.

Q: When does the season start?

A: Practices for the spring season may officially begin around mid January 2020 with Opening Day taking place on February 22rd, 2020 (subject to change).

Q: Where will practices be held?

A: Practices will be held at St. Hedwig Pony Baseball Fields, LAUSD elementary schools, such as Rossmoor Elem., LAE Elem, Etc., and Laurel Park. Practice days and times are determined by team manager.

Q: Where are the games played?

A: All games are played at the St. Hedwig Pony Baseball Fields.

 

Q: Why are there tryouts and when will they be held?

A:  All registered players will be assigned to a team regardless of ability. Tryouts for the Spring 2020 season will be held on January ??, 2020 at St. Hedwig baseball fields.  It is very important that players make tryouts so the managers can balance the teams as much as possible.

Q: What should we bring to tryouts?

A: Come prepared to play baseball.  You will need the essentials:  baseball hat, pants, glove, bats, helmet and cleats are recommended.  Helmets and bats will be available if necessary, but SHPB recommends that each player brings their own equipment.

Q: Who manages/coaches the teams?

A: Managers and Coaches are volunteers. They are mostly parents. All Managers, Coaches and Volunteers that have regular contact with players are required to pass a background check,  pass concussion training and be certified as passing Safe Haven training.

Q: What kinds of bats are allowed?

A:  http://www.pony.org/Default.aspx?tabid=1191154

Q: What days are games played? 

A: Games are on Saturdays and after Daylight Savings Time (beginning of March) we play one midweek game on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. There are no games or practices on Sunday.

Q: What time are games?

A: Midweek games are for Pinto, Mustang and Bronco and are played at 4:45pm, Saturday games for Shetland are at 8:00am with Pinto, Mustang and Bronco games following around 9, noon and 2:30pm.  St. Hedwig does not have lights so games must end before it gets dark.

Q: Can we request a friend to play with? 

A: We will do our best to pair a friend with y our child as long as we can balance the teams for an even league.

Q: Can I request a certain coach?

A: Yes, as long as we can balance the teams for an even league.

Q: My child has very little experience and/or is smaller than other kids his or her age. Can he/she be      

     placed in a lower division?

As a general rule, we encourage players to play in the division that is appropriate for their age     bracket. We do, however, evaluate players at the tryouts. If, in the judgment of the division director, a player's inexperience would put them at risk of injury in the age appropriate division, the director will recommend to the parent that the child play down a division. If you wish to have your child considered to play down please contact us. ***If your child lost a year due to the age change they can come back and play one more year of Bronco, they just wont be able to play all stars***

Q: Can my child play up a level?

No, STHPB does not allow kids to play in a higher age group.

Q: What do I need to volunteer for? 

Field Maintenance day shift is one day, 4 hours.  At the end of your shift you will get your $50 deposit back.  One snack shack shift and then you will get your snack shack deposit check back.  Each team is also responsible for a scorekeeper for home games and a team sponsor.


Contact

St. Hedwig Pony Baseball

Mailing address:, PO BOX 5371
Los Alamitos, California 90720

Email: [email protected]

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