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Which Division is Right for Me?

Please use the table below to determine which division your child should play.   The league recommends playing in your age group especially in Shetland divisions. However, the league allows starting at the 7 year old age for a child to play up a division if skills permit and the child is ready. For instance, a 10 year old 4th grader can play in the Bronco division as long as the child is ready and the board deems the player fit to play at that level. 

Pony Divisions Overview

PLAYER DIVISION AGE GRADE DESCRIPTION
Little Newps 4U - An early introduction to baseball for 3-4 year olds aimed at promoting good physical health while developing an interest in baseball. Little Newps is designed to be an enjoyable learning and sharing experience for all players and parents. Everyone bats and plays in the field each inning. No outs are recorded, no score is kept, and parents may accompany children onto the field. The very basics of fielding, hitting, and throwing are taught.
Shetland American 5U Pre K T-Ball emphasizes teaching the basic rules and fundamental skills of baseball. We believe in developing an environment of friendly competition with no emphasis on winning. Everyone plays in the field and everyone bats. During the week, teams practice once and play once per week. Games are 1 hour and typically 3-4 innings long. Coach pitching is introduced, but players still hit from the tee if hitting off the coach pitch is unsuccessful.Teams are assigned based on school area requests whenever possible. Requests to play with friends must be made at sign-ups. League organizers will do their utmost to accommodate requests made on your registration form.
Shetland National 6U Kindergarten In this division the environment is friendly competition, and there is no scorekeeping.  Everyone plays in the field and everyone bats.This is a step up from T-Ball. Teams practice 1 time and play 1 game per week on Saturdays. Games are 1 hour and typically 3-4 innings long. Coaches pitch to the players instead of hitting off of a tee.  A tee is still available and used if the batter is unsuccessful hitting off of the coach.Teams are assigned based on school area requests whenever possible. Requests to play with friends must be made at sign-ups. League organizers will do their utmost to accommodate requests made on your registration form.
Pinto American (machine pitch) 7U 1st This is an exciting advancement as real baseball is played. Players continue to learn and refine the basic fundamentals of baseball while developing a broader knowledge of the game.Batters hit off a pitching machine to ensure an easy to hit ball each at bat. Teams practice 1-2 times and play 1 game per week on Saturdays. Games are 6 innings long. The managers and coaches attend a training clinic to learn basic skills and practice drills to teach the young Pinto players the basic fundamentals of baseball. This will help the players achieve specific objectives for throwing, catching, fielding, base running and hitting. Players at this level are expected to hustle, play their best and have FUN in a safe and learning environment. Teamwork, respect for the volunteer coaching staff and good sportsmanship is expected from the players and parents to insure a positive learning environment to help the players develop their baseball and life skills to the best of their ability.
Pinto National (kid pitch) 8U 2nd This is the first year that kids will try out and be drafted.  This is the first division where kids pitch to each other.Kid Pitch is for more experienced players who are ready to learn to pitch and to hit pitched balls. All players wishing to play Kid Pitch must tryout. While the league is primarily for 8 year olds, some 7 year olds may try out if they are more advanced and ready to pitch. Pitching distance is 38 feet. Standings are kept and a playoff format follows the regular season.
Mustang 10U 3rd-4th Leadoffs and stealing are introduced. Games are played with 60-foot bases and 46-foot pitching. Standings are kept and a playoff format follows the regular season.
Bronco 12U 5th-6th MLB Rules control. The size of the diamond is increased to 70-foot bases with 50-foot pitching. All 11 and 12 year olds play Bronco. 10 year olds are permitted to play in the Bronco division.
Pony 14U 7th-8th The field size is increased to 80-foot bases with 54-foot pitching. This continues to help players gradually increase their skills and strength as they prepare for high-schools' 90-foot diamonds and 60-foot pitching. This league is for 13 and 14 year olds.