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How can I donate to the Field of Dreams Operating Fund?

The FIELD OF DREAMS, our new and beautiful baseball fields at  the rec center, were built and are being  maintained now and in the future with 100%  donations from our community. It is very expensive to up keep the fields and keep them in the pristeen shape they are now in. If you'd like to donate to the operating fund, send your checks made payable to the Field of Dreams c/o Mike Skinner, 11030 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 203, Los Angeles, Ca. 90025, phone  310-478-5041. Check out the fields in person or click to the left of your screen on  FIELD OF DREAMS

How is PONY Baseball different from Little League Baseball?
 
The primary features that distinguish PONY Baseball from Little League Baseball are the use of a two-year age bracket system and scaled diamonds.
 
In organizations such as Little League players can differ by as much as three years within a division. As a result, the younger players because of their lack of maturity, ability, and size find it hard to communicate with the older players. Generally they find themselves spending a disproportionate amount of time on the bench and may feel disconnected from their team. With players of only two ages involved, as is the case with PONY Baseball, it is far easier to permit every player to play more positions since the difference in skills within the age group is not that great.
 
The game of baseball cannot be played as it was intended to be played if the physical capability of the players does not match the physical achievements required for the game. Little League uses two diamond sizes. Up until age 12 players play on a 60-foot diamond. PONY Baseball, on the other hand, scales the size of their diamonds to match the physical capabilities of the players within each division. The base dimensions for PONY Baseball are: 


        60-foot bases for Pinto (7-8 some 9 year-olds) 
         60-foot bases for Mustang (9-10 year-olds) 
         70-foot bases for Bronco (11-12 year-olds) 
         80-foot bases for Pony (13-14 year-olds) 

These base dimensions are the result of extensive experimentation to determine the size on which players of each age group can properly play the game of baseball. Pitching distance is also scaled to the ability of the player in proportion to the size of the diamond. 

The scaled down diamonds allow the players to make the plays made by the major leaguers. Home runs become a possibility. Outfielders can play in a position proportionately equal to that played by a major leaguer, and the double play, squeeze play, and various strategy tactics, difficult for adults and nearly impossible for youngsters on a full size diamond, become a probability rather than an impossibility. 

Where are the games played?
 
The league plays all games at Palisades Field of Dreams.  Each division has its own field.

What are the field numbers and where does my child play?

There are four beautiful fields at the Palisades Rec Center Field of Dreams numbered 1 through 4. 

Field 1 is the closest to the Rec Center Gym and has a dirt infield.

Field 2 which is directly opposite field 1, also has a dirt infield. 

Field 3 is the closest field to the play ground and has a grass infield.

Field 4 is directly opposite Field 3 and also has a grass infield.

Bronco's will play on Field 1 or 2, only.  Mustang's will play on all four fields and Pinto's will play on Fields 3 and 4 only.  Check your schedule for the date and field you are scheduled to play on.

When are the games played? 

During the regular spring season all divisions play two games a week, one during the week, always Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and one on Saturday.  Weekday games typically start at 4:30 pm.  Weekend games typically start at either 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, or 3:00 p.m.   The Pintos and Broncos play on Tuesdays or Thursdays; and on Saturdays at 9:00 AM or 3:00 PM. The Mustangs will all play on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:00 PM. It is recommended players  arrive at the field  45 minutes to 1 hour prior to game time, so managers can warm them up, get the fences out and get the line up cards ready prior to the start of the game. 

When and what is a player evaluation session?
 
All children in the PPBA program must attend a Evaluation Day to be drafted onto a team.  The players are required to field a few gound balls in the infield; a few fly balls in the outfield; then go to our hitting field to take some swings against a pitching machine.This day gives the Board of Directors and Division Heads within the league an opportunity to better evaluate each player's baseball skills and abilities prior to the draft. Please check the calendar for the evaulation dates. 

Does every child get to make a team at the PPBA?

The PPBA board would like every child to have the opportunity to play baseball in our league.  However, the realty is that there are certain field limitations, time constraints, and players safety concerns, which just do not make this possible.

 

The PPBA is faced with certain realities we just can't change 1) field space and permitting access to city parks and recreation.  Given our space limitations (which only allow us 4 baseball diamonds) and our need to share our Field of Dreams with the city parks and recreation department, we limit the maximum number of divisions in the lower league to 3 and the maximum number of teams per leagueto 8 ( 24 total teams) and we limit the number of players on each team. 2) Children’s safety; the safety of every child comes first at the PPBA.  The reality is not every child’s abilities allow them to be ready to safely play Baseball.  This fact is extremely important to the Board of PPBA.


What equipment will my child need before the first practice or game?
 
The registration fee provides a jersey, cap, baseball pants and sox to each child for use during league games. A uniform consists of a pair of baseball pants, sliding pants (highly recommended), a baseball jersey, a long sleeve baseball t-shirt for those cool spring nights at the park (highly recommended), a hat, a belt, an athletic supporter (highly recommended) and a pair of  baseball socks.  The pants are white.  Be sure to check with your manager prior to buying new pants for the season.   All divisions must wear rubber molded cleats.
 
Last but not least -- a quality leather glove is a must. Vinyl and simulated leather gloves may be cheaper but tend to cause the player a great deal of frustration. It's impossible to form a pocket in gloves made of vinyl or simulated leather. Therefore the ball tends to pop out when the player attempts to catch it. 

All players should bring a windbreaker, jacket or sweatshirt to every game and practice. Especially early in the season.

 

What kind of bats are allowed in each league?

Each team is provided with two bats by the league.  If you wish to purchase a bat at your own discreation, you should know that we do not allow "big barrel bats" in the lower division.  We use metal bats with barrels of 2 5/8" for all divisions (PINTO, MUSTANG, BRONCO & PONY).

Who do I call if I have a problem that needs to be resolved by the league?
 
If at any time you have a problem or just want information e-mail us at  or call your organizational representative. When leaving a message, please provide us with both a day and evening phone number. In most cases we'll get back to you within 48 hours. 

Who is responsible for staffing the Bat and Grill?
 
You, the parents, are required to work your Bat and Grill shift (3 hours) during your teams established time.  This gives you the opportunity to meet other parents in the league and it's easy!!  Each Team's Bat and Grill Parent will be provided a schedule of when it is your team's turn to work.  We make it an organization responsibility, so take the opportunity to get to know the parents in your organization. ie: the DODGERS (Pinto, Mustang, & Broncos).  Please remember that your team will forfeit their game if the Bat and Grill work is not performed.  And your child may risk suspension.

How much do team pictures cost? 

During the spring season - $zero$ --  the basic package is included in your registration fee.  Each child will receive a picture package consisting of 2 wallet pictures, a 5x7 team picture, and a button. Extra pictures can be ordered on Picture Day and special items like trading cards and pennants can be purchased on Picture Day directly from the Photographer. Extra pictures must be paid for at the time of the picture-taking.

Rich Schmitt also takes "Action Photos" (many of which are provided to this web site) for purchase and makes a donation back to the PPBA.  Please check his photos out at his tent during the season.

How are children placed on teams? 
All players are required to be evaluated prior to the draft.  At these "Evaluation Days" both returning and new players are given the opportunity to show their skills in front of all of the Division Heads and Board of Directors.  Each Board member rates the player on a scale of 1 to 10 and all players are then given a draft score.  During the draft -  taking into consideration the confidential players draft score and his or her performance the previous year, if possible, the board selects the teams.  This method allows for the best possible parity for all teams.  

Can my child be placed on a team with one of his friends?
 
We try our best to achieve parity between teams.  We do not place friends on teams.  Your child will become friends with his teamates.  Please understand that we are on a best efforts basis.  Depending upon the skill level of the players involved, we try to create the most fair teams possible.

Is the Pinto division an instructional or competitive division? 

This is the player's first introduction to competitive baseball but the primary focus of the Pinto division is instructional. We do keep track of scores and standings.

Do the children pitch in the Pinto division?
 
No, we use machine pitch.

If my child decided to quit can I get a refund?
 
There are no refunds once your child has been placed on a team

 

What are the Teams Color Schemes?

   COLOR SCHEME FOR UNIFORMS

       
TEAM JERSEY COLOR SOCK COLOR UNDERSHIRT COLOR
       
CUBS ROYAL ROYAL RED
       
CARDS RED RED NAVY
       
DODGERS ROYAL ROYAL ROYAL
       
PHILLIES RED RED RED
       
YANKEES NAVY NAVY NAVY
       
ORIOLES ORANGE BLACK BLACK
       
TIGERS NAVY NAVY NAVY
       
RED SOX NAVY RED RED