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About us: Kyle Chapman PONY League is a 501(c)(3) baseball organization that has offered uninterruptedly for the past 54 years, a competitive venue for players league age 13- and 14-year old that want to enhance their baseball skills - in that transition period between Little League and High School – to a level that will allow them to successfully compete for a spot in the baseball roster of the High School of their choice.
Purpose of the Fall Season: The Fall season is primarily an instructional one. It aims to accomplish two main objectives: 1) Provide a venue to recent graduates from all Little League programs zoned to our PONY League (Bayland, Bellaire, West U, Westbury, Meadows Place, Neartown, Sugarland, etc.) to learn the nuances of open base baseball. 2) Give an opportunity to players of all skill levels to enhance their skills through more reps and playing time. Interested players with reasonable playing skills can also participate of our Select program, that represents a unique opportunity for more proficient players to showcase their talents in city-wide tournaments. Every fall we have 5-6 teams with only 11 players per team
Advantages for an already formed team to play in our League: the advantages can be summarized in two categories:
- Significant Savings: for a team to play 18 games, it needs to register in at least 6 tournaments with a cost only in registration fees of around $3,200. Our season - one time charge - of only $1,200 represents a net saving of $2,000
- Time and Driving Logistics: parents don't need to sacrifice 6 weekends (2 pool play games on Saturday and at least 1 game on Sunday scheduled anytime between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm) nor be driving all over Harris County (and sometimes further), whereas Bayland Park is conveniently located within an 11 mile radius of its most distant location of our map area
Coaching Staff: The coaching staff of all teams is composed of dedicated and successful professionals in their own fields - most, if not all of them - without a son in the league. These gentlemen have had a long involvement with baseball, having not only played it, coached it, or umpired it at all levels (high school, college, or professional), but most importantly, they all know how to coach and elicit the best out of these young men and do so without expecting any monetary retribution
Tryouts & Draft: in the Fall we offer one tryout opportunity for players to show their skills level (outfield, infield, batting, pitching and catching) at a date and time to be chosen by the parents and players during registration. After tryouts, players will be drafted and Pre-season practices begin immediately thereafter.
Fall Season Games: Depending on the number of teams each team will play a total of 16 games plus a minimum of two games during a double elimination playoff tournament. Games will be played at our KC field located inside Bayland Park with each team playing two games a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursdays, thus giving players ample opportunity to participate on additional sports activities. Weekends are reserved for our Select teams. There will be no activities scheduled during major religious holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur).
Previous major accomplishments of our League: PONY-13yo: having won the 2009 World Series, and PONY-14yo: having earned the right to participate of the 1979, and 2003 World Series and having won the Houston Area Region 8 of the past 11 years.