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Menifee Pony Baseball

FAQ

What are the divisions in PONY Baseball?
Most PONY divisions consist of two year age groups, starting with Filly baseball at the (league-age) 4-6 year old age group all the way through to Colt/Palomino baseball at the 16-20 year old age group.  See the Menifee Pony Divisions page for more details.


What is 'League Age'?  
In our SPRING SEASONS, the league-age is what their age will be on August 31 of that current year.  Pony International is pretty strict in the spring season about players playing only in the division their league-age allows.  There are a few exceptions, but these are not common.  If you have a question about this please email to [email protected].  In our FALL SEASONS the league-age is what their age will be on August 31 of the following year.  This is common practice in Pony Baseball leagues, with the idea that the fall season is more geared towards preparing the players for what is usually considered the more competitive spring season that will follow.  We do have flexibility with the league-age in the fall though, so if you'd like your child to play back to the previous spring seasons age please email to [email protected] for more information.  Parents are always encouraged to keep the player at the intended division but Menifee Pony recognizes that certain circumstances may still lead a parent to believe one more season in the lower division would be in the best interest of the player.  


Which Division will my child play in?
In the Spring season, age divisions are determined by the players age as of August 31 of that year. For example, a child who turns 9 on or before August 31 of the year of that spring season would play in the Mustang Division.  Visit out Divisions page for more info on each division.    


Can my child play UP one level/division?
If your child is within one league-age year of being in the next division higher then we can have him/her participate in Mandatory Player Assessments for each division.  It's important the participate in both, and if they do not participate in both they will automatically be unallowed into the higher division.  We need them to assess for the upper division so we can evaluate whether or not they meet our skills requirements to play up.  We still need them to assess for the lower divisions in case we do allow them to play up.  If they don't assess higher than the bottom 15% of the rest of the division then they have to play the lower division.  The MPB Board of Directors feels the combination of being in the bottom 15%, being younger and generally smaller, less experienced and less mature, that they need the additional season in the appropriate division for their age.  It is possible to avoid the double-assessments though, in cases where our Player Agent can already confirm your child is ready for that level.  If you want to ask about this please email to [email protected].  Visit out Divisions page for more info on each division.    


Can my child play DOWN one level/division?
As a general practice playing in a younger division will not be allowed.  However, under special circumstances the Executive Board may approve playing down to a younger division. This would typically only be allowed for safety reasons or to accommodate a player that does not have a division to play in.  Any player who wishes to move down to a younger division can only be one year older than the division they want to play in. If you want to ask about this please email to [email protected].  Visit out Divisions page for more info on each division.    


When will the Player Assessments schedule be posted?
Why hasn't the Player Assessments schedule been posted yet?
We attempt to streamline the assessments process as much as possible. Part of that includes accurately estimating how many groups we need for each divisions assessments, and how large those groups will be. MANY people wait until the last minute to register their children so we get a much faster and erratic rate of registration during the last week, and especially the last few days. Other variables factor into it also, like field availability, which sometimes isn't completely finalized till very close to assessments day. Additionally, as new coaches sign up in the last week or so, we make an effort to schedule the assessments so volunteer coaches of multiple teams, and board member volunteers who are also running assessments and assessing for teams they will also coach, can cover both groups over the full day.  It is a complicated process and we appreciate your patience.   


Are Player Assessments really required?
Yes, we form our teams by a process of Player Assessments, where coaches can evaluate each players skills,and then a draft. It's important to the league to create a competitive balance as much as possible, which adds to the fun and excitement of all involved, which in turn helps in player development.  


What does my child need to bring for Player Assessments?
Each player should have a glove, bat, helmet and cleats. We may have a league helmet or bat to borrow, but not any gloves.  These things you will really need for the season anyway, as equipment sharing isn't something that's encouraged these days.  For assessments they can do without the cleats since they do very little running, but you will need them for the season.  An athletic cup is also recommended, and is also required for playing the catcher position.   
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When does the season start? 
When does the season end? 

Spring Season: Mandatory Player Assessments (for Shetland & Up) are the 1st or 2nd Saturday of January.  Teams are formed and practices will begin in the last week of January.  Games start about the 3rd Saturday of February.  Closing Day is the Saturday before Memorial Day Weekend, so sometime in late May.
Fall Season: Mandatory Player Assessments (for Mustang & Up) are mid-August.  Teams are formed and practices begin in the last week of August.  Games start on the Saturday after Labor Day, and the final playoff games are usually the Thursday before Thanksgiving.  


Do Menifee Pony teams travel to other cities to play?  
Occasionally we will schedule a minimal amount of games with our immediate-neighbor Pony leagues to help them build up their divisions, but this typically doesn't amount to more than 1-2 games played out of town, and very rarely with the younger kids.  Only our oldest divisions (19u baseball) would travel more if we don't have quite enough teams to fill out a complete schedule at that level.  


When are games and practices?
Most games for most levels are played on Saturdays, but they can be played on any weeknight during the week, especially in the older divisions.  At the Filly level usually all games are played on Saturdays.  As the levels increase there are more games during the season so more must be played on weekdays.  Practices may be on any weekday and is usually based on the needs of the coach and the field availability to the league.  The Filly division will typically be just one 1-hour practices and one 1-hour game per week.  As the ages increase, the frequency and duration of practices gradually increase.  Since Menifee Pony, like most youth leagues, relies on volunteer coaches, we need to allow these coaches to set their own practice schedule, within certain guidelines and reasonable time-ranges.   Remember that these are just guidelines to practice schedules, ultimately the time, location and frequency (within reason) are at the managers discretion.  


Where are games and practices?
Visit our Fields page to see where all of our games and most of our practices will take place.  Most games take place at Wheatfield Park, except our Pony and Colt divisions, and our Fall Middle-School games, which are usually played at Lago Vista or Marion Ashley parks.  Practices generally take place at these locations as well, but some coaches will use a field not listed, or even a smaller park with a large grassy area, especially for the younger players.  Since Menifee Pony, like most youth leagues, relies on volunteer coaches, we need to allow these coaches to set their own practice schedule.   Remember that these are just guidelines to practice schedules, ultimately the time, location and frequency (within reason) are at the managers discretion.  


What is the Alliance Division?
The Spring 2014 season brought with it the debut of the Southwest Interleague Baseball Alliance (SIBA), a joint effort of four neighboring PONY leagues (Temecula, Murrieta, French Valley, Lake Elsinore and Menifee) to form an official PONY league for travel baseball teams within our communities.  These teams are formed by invitation and/or tryouts and are not part of the regular recreational leagues, though the Menifee PONY Alliance teams will share our fields and facilities and still be considered a part of Menifee PONY.  By including the Alliance teams within the Menifee Pony organization we retain talented players who have often grown and developed within Menifee Pony, still may have siblings and friends in Menifee Pony, and would like to be a part of our baseball community while still getting some of the "travel ball" experience.  These teams are independently formed and operated and they join our SIBA league as a team, not on an individual basis.  Please contact the Alliance Division Director if you would like to get more information or get in contact with team managers for questions or details about tryouts.


What equipment does my child need?
Players need a glove and cleats, and boys should have an athletic cup (for Shetland and above).  Cleats should be rubber soled until the Bronco division, at which time metal cleats are permitted (but never on portable mounds).   Each Manger will have an equipment bag with batting helmets, a complete set of catcher's gear, and a catcher's glove.  We recommend each player have their own bat and batting helmet since comfort and familiarity are important factors with this equipment.  When considering buying a bat, make sure to review the Pony Bat Rules first.  For some helmet buying assistance, check out this Batting Helmet Buying Guide.  For baseball bats, here is a good guide from Demarini to help you select the proper size.  For baseball gloves, here is some general buying info.  


What is provided with the uniform?
Registration with MPB includes jersey, cap, belt (if necessary) and socks.  Pants are not included, they will need to be purchased separately.  Grey is the most common color pants coaches like for their teams, but you may want to wait for teams to be formed so you can ask your coach before you buy.  


Can we request numbers for the jersey's?
Only in our Colt/Palomino or Middle School Divisions will be offer jersey number choices.  Often, but not always.  We don't have a lot of time between ordering jerseys and starting the game season so the process has to be streamlined, and jersey numbers just isn't practical.  


Do names come on the jerseys, or can we have them put on? 
Teams can elect to have names put on their players jerseys, but it does have to come at their own expense and they have to get it done on their own.  


Can I request a certain coach for my child?
In the Filly Division, parents can request a coach during the registration process.  This request is usually granted but it's not guaranteed.  Shetland and above divisions in spring, and Mustang and above divisions in fall, employ Player Assessments and a draft to choose players to ensure talent is distributed between teams as evenly as possible.  Although direct requests for coaches are not possible, a manager may pre-select their coaches children.  Only a manager and coach combo can be pre-selected in advance of the draft.


What type of league fundraiser does Menifee Pony do, and do I have to participate?  
As of 2021, Menifee Pony has eliminated the Mandatory League Fundraiser.  Prices have increased slightly to make up for the income difference to the league, but there is no longer an "opt-out" fee, or the necessity to sell raffle tickets!


What does the Menifee Pony Board consist of?
View our  "Menifee Pony Board of Directors" page to see our list of members, positions and contact information.  Our Board of Directors is made up entirely from volunteers.


Do Menifee Pony Board Members get paid for their position?  
Nobody within Menifee Pony gets paid.  Menifee Pony operates entirely on volunteers, from the Board Members on down to the coaches and Team Parents.  


Can I bring payment in to the Menifee Pony office?
Can I come in to the Menifee Pony office to discuss an issue?
Can I pick up raffle tickets or other forms at the Menifee Pony office?
The Menifee Pony Board of Directors is based entirely on volunteers who perform their "jobs" out of their own homes.  There are no offices of Menifee Pony.  To have an office would add unnecessary additional expenses that would have to be passed down to each of you in the form of higher registration costs.  


I'm having too much trouble registering on your website, or it's simply too inconvenient and time-consuming for me, can I just register in-person?  
Menifee Pony has no offices to come down and register at.  Menifee Pony does all of it's registrations online.  If you are having trouble with our online system, try a different browser, or a different device.  If you are still having problems, contact us at [email protected]