Founded in the late 1950s, PONY (Protect Our Nation’s Youth) Baseball and Softball boasts a global presence in 21 countries and over 500,000 annual participants ages 5-18.
PONY Baseball and Softball is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Washington, Pennsylvania. It is dedicated to helping young people grow into healthier and happier adults, primarily through the organization of baseball and softball leagues. PONY became an international organization in the late 1950s and currently has a presence in 21 countries.
PONY is an acronym for Protect Our Nation’s Youth. The concept for the name originally came from boys at the local YMCA in Washington, Pennsylvania and stood for “Protect Our Neighborhood Youth,” but when PONY became an international program in the early 1950’s “Neighborhood” was switched to “Nation’s.”
PONY Baseball and Softball is designed to “Protect Our Nation’s Youth” by providing experiences in youth baseball and softball that will help young people grow into healthier and happier adults.
PONY Baseball in the “Traditional” program is made up of mainly 2 year age brackets (exception Shetland with the addition of 4 year olds and Palomino with the addition of 3 - 19 year olds). The age brackets for ”Traditional” is as follows Shetland League (4, 5, and 6), Pinto League (7 and 8), Mustang League (9 and 10), Bronco League (11 and 12), PONY League (13 and 14), Colt League (15 and 16), and Palomino League (17 and 18; +3 19’s).
For more information on PONY Baseball & Softball visit www.pony.org
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