GOLDEN EAGLE PONY BASEBALL PONY DIVISION
GOLDEN EAGLE PONY BASEBALL PONY DIVISION is the transition league that takes players from the "kid" leagues to "young adult" status. It permits a player to play on a diamond tailored to his size and capability rather than being moved to one with twice the playing area in a single year. PONY Division is specifically designed for the player in those very formative early-teen years.
The vast majority of players of league age 13 simply do not belong on a full-size diamond. At the same time, they have outgrown the dimensions of the "kids baseball" diamonds used in BRONCO Division and other "12-and-under" programs.
PONY Division was founded for this very apparent reason. After becoming skillful players in the younger leagues, players in their early teens found themselves unable to compete, to play the game of baseball as it was intended to be played, on the regulation size diamond.
With bases set 80 feet apart and pitchers throwing from 54 feet, PONY Division leaguers play one of the most fascinating games in all of youth baseball. Well beyond the beginners stage, they have mastered all but the finest points of technique and strategy and can play the game with a skill comparable to that of older players, if you let them play it on a field specifically designed to match their physical limitations.
PONY DIVISION FIELD SPECIFICATIONS, DIMENSIONS, AND GOLDEN EAGLE PONY BASEBALL GAME RULES:
BASES: 80 feet
PITCHING: 54 feet
FAIR PLAY AREA: Within the first base and third base foul lines and a fence or marked line 250 feet from home plate. A ball hit beyond that distance on the fly will be a home run. A minimum home run distance of 200 feet or a maximum of 300 feet will be recognized, with the recommendation that the home run distance be 265 feet at the foul lines and 315 feet in center field to a six or eight foot barrier wherever possible.
BASES, PLATES: The home plate, pitcher's rubber and the bases shall be official size as used in regulation baseball.
PITCHING MOUND: Shall be raised by a gradual slope to a height of eight inches above the level of home plate and the base paths.
INNINGS PLAYED: 7
TIME (No new inning after): 2:15 minutes
DROP DEAD TIME (only on days when another game follows): 2:30 minutes
DEFENSIVE RULE: All players shall play the infield for at least one inning by the completion of the fourth inning.
RUN RULE: No per inning run rule in Pony Division
MERCY RULE: 10 after 5
MAX PITCHES PER DAY: 95
*REQUIRED REST FOR PITCHERS WHO PITCH MAX PER DAY: 4 days
NOTE: The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) of rest for the threshold he/she reached during the start of that at-bat, provided that the pitcher is removed before delivering a pitch to the next batter.
**For additional info on Pitching, please see Addendum F for Pony Pitch Smart Guidelines in the 2019 Golden Eagle Pony Baseball Bylaws