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Important Changes to Pony Baseball Rules Regarding Age Eligibility

In 2016, the Board of Directors of Pony Baseball announced that beginning in 2018, the age eligibility dates above will be changing to September 1 - August 31. What this means is:

In 2018, players whose birthdays fall between May 1 and August 31 will be required to move up a year and in many cases, this will mean moving up a division. In most, but not all cases, this will mean that players will be playing with their school classmates since the Pony eligibility calendar will mirror the Moraga School District Calendar.

In preparation for that change, the MBA Board of Directors has approved the following for the Spring 2017 season:

 

  • To ease the transition to the new Pony eligibility dates, players whose birthdays fall between May 1 and August 31 may elect to move up a year this season. This is a choice, not a requirement for the upcoming season, and each player's situation and decision process is different depending on how long they've been playing MBA and their individual progress in developing their baseball skills. From a development perspective, MBA recommends that players try to maximize their time in the Mustang Division. What that means is second year Pinto players may want to consider moving up to Mustang this season so that they play two full seasons of Mustang and second year Mustang players may want to consider remaining in Mustang.

 

  • Registration for incoming Pinto players is open to players born up to August 31, 2010 not April 30, 2010.

Questions on the above policy changes and guidance on your players and their personal situation should be directed to Brian Myers, Vice President of Player & Coach Development at vpplayerdev@moragabaseball.org.