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The Benefits of Fall Ball
There will only be one mandatory practice a week, in the fall. There will be eight games, all games will be played on Sundays. This schedule makes it easy for children who wish to play multiple sports in the fall.
Benefits of Fall Youth Baseball
Fall ball is generally a developmental season for players looking to improve his or her skills and prepare for the next level of baseball. Fall ball is more relaxed and less competitive than the spring season. The next level of baseball: learning new rules, getting used to bigger field dimensions, next age bracket, and developing the skills necessary to play at the next level with their peers.
What do you Learn in Fall Ball?
What a player learns in fall, depends on the level at which he or she will be playing. Here are some examples of how rules differ in PONY Youth Baseball from one level to the next:
Moving up from Shetland Upper (ages 4-6) to Pinto (ages 7-8)
Moving from Shetland to Pinto maybe the most important time to play fall ball. In Pinto, the game becomes more like "real baseball". The machine speed will increase to 40 MPH, hard baseballs will be used, an umpire will officiate the game, score will be kept, team standings, and there will playoffs at the end of the season.
Moving up from Pinto (ages 7-8) to Mustang (ages 9-10)
Moving from Pinto to Mustang maybe the most important time to play fall ball. In Mustang, pitchers are now trying to get batters out, opposed to a pitching machine that is meant to teach kids how to hit every pitch. In other words, a pitching machine throws strikes that are meant to be hit, but a live pitcher throws pitches that are meant to be missed. In Mustang a base-runner can take a lead off of any base at any time, just like you see in Major League Baseball. Not only do the kids need to learn how to take a proper lead, they also need to learn how to retreat back to the base the right (and safe) way, if a pitcher tries a pick off move. In the Mustang Division, pitchers will learn how to pitch from the windup and the stretch, the pitcher also need to learn the proper way to attempt a pick off move to each base. This also means that pitchers have more to learn about what is and what is not a balk, as this rule will be enforced from here on out. Aside from the runner taking leads and the pitcher learning to hold them on, the field also gets bigger. The mound is further away from home, the bases are further apart, and the outfield fence is also further away from home plate.
Moving up from Mustang (ages 9-10) to Bronco (ages 11-12)
Moving from the Mustang Division to the Bronco Division doesn't offer much in the way of rule changes, but the field gets bigger. The bases, the mound, and the fence all get further away, which can be challenging for the children. If your child is already excelling at the Mustang level and is eligible for another regular season in the Mustang Division, you may want to consider moving up to the Bronco Division for fall ball. This will provide an added challenge and will also allow him or her to see what the next year will be like.
UPCOMING REGISTRATION DATES:
8/11 Mira Mesa Farmers Market (Mira Mesa High School) 2:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Your child's league age is their age as of August 31, 2019
Player Assessments Aug 19th
Military Discount: $5
Registration fees are due in full by September 14th
no initial payment is needed to register (Select mail check option to complete without payment)