Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Laredo Baseball Pony League spreads joy of Thanksgiving

Reprinted from KGNS.tv


LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - They strive to hit home runs and win against all odds, but a group of little leaguers are striking down on hunger by making Thanksgiving possible for many outside Laredo.

The Laredo Baseball Pony League gave away dozens of turkeys to families who live in the Colonias area Tuesday.

The coach for the team says this is done to teach the little ones to give back, and make a Thanksgiving meal possible for everyone in the community.

"Here, the Laredo Pony League is about helping the community", said Ricardo Espinoza, of the Mustang Division. "The title itself is protecting our nations youth. The kids here, us the parents, coaches we get to share memories and have an opportunity for the community for kids to compare and we're all here with our families. And now with Thanksgiving, it's about being together with the family."

Espinoza says the team will be hosting another tournament next month, where the entrance fee will be toys to give for the less fortunate this coming Christmas.

Pony Baseball Venezuela Meeting 2014 Caribbean Area Dominican Republic

Meeting of the Caribbean specifically in the town of san cristobal in the Dominican Republic this time Venezuela said present for this meeting which discussed the upcoming national tournaments and international events, which were attended by a total of 12 countries, jose perez polished the maximum representative of Venezuela thrilled leave a message to all attendees to continue working hard to continue to achieve the goals. It will be up to the next. 



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games: Japan boosting efforts for inclusion of Baseball and Softball

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games: Japan boosting efforts for inclusion of Baseball and Softball 

Tokyo 2020 chief, Yoshiro Mori, says baseball/softball in 2020 would be a "big plus".
  

TOKYO -- As support for baseball and softball to be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games continues to mount across Japan, with a growing chorus from all parts of the globe, the political group consisting of 67 Diet Members campaigning for baseball and softball at the Olympic Games assembled in Tokyo for the second time in a month last Tuesday, November 18 in the Japanese Diet.

Kazuhiro Tawa, Senior Advisor of Baseball Federation of Japan, and Taeko Utsugi, Vice President of Japan Softball Association -- as well as World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) executive member -- made presentations to the supportive Diet members, exchanged ideas and were encouraged to expand the baseball/softball Olympic inclusion campaign.

The Diet Federation members from the LDP of Japan recognized the ongoing work by the baseball/softball family, including the screening of the promotional video on the stadium jumbotron during the recent WBSC-sanctioned "Japan Series" between the top-ranked Japanese National Baseball Team, Samurai Japan, and the MLB All-Stars at the Tokyo Dome, and University/High School Baseball Championship at Meiji Jingu Stadium.

Immediately following the Diet meeting, the 40-proposal Olympic Agenda 2020 reform programme was released from the International Olympic Committee's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.  

The potential reforms being introduced by the IOC would allow host cities to propose the inclusion of one or more events for their games -- a move which would clear the way for baseball and softball to be included in the 2020 Games.

IOC Vice-President John Coates, who was visiting Tokyo with his IOC Coordination Commission team, and Chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee Yoshiro Mori, spoke to the media on how the IOC President Thomas Bach's reform agenda could affect planning for Tokyo 2020.

"In the case of Japan, including baseball and softball would be a great idea," Mori said at the news conference last Wednesday. "The two sports are very popular in Japan and having them on the program would be a big plus."

The Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms will be put to a vote by the full IOC membership at a special session in Monaco on December 8-9.

The first/last bid from the new world governing body, WBSC, to include baseball and softball in the 2020 Olympic Games was at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September 2013, where wrestling was voted back onto the official Olympic Programme the day after Tokyo was announced as the host of the 2020 Olympic Games. 
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MEDIA: For media inquiries, please contact: 
media@wbsc.co

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation:
Headquartered in the Olympic Capital city of Lausanne, Switzerland, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) was established in April 2013 and granted recognition as the sole competent authority in baseball and softball by the International Olympic Committee at the 125th IOC Session in September 2013. The WBSC represents a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes worldwide.

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving any of the National Teams of its 141 National Federation members.  

The WBSC also oversees the Baseball World Cups and Softball World Championships and is the only sports organisation in the world that oversees a U-12 youth national team world championship.

The WBSC currently has National Federation members in 141 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas (Caribbean, Central-, North- and South-America), Europe and Oceania. 

For further information, please go to www.WBSC.co.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

North Zone Meeting held in St. Louis...

This past weekend, November 8th, the North Zone Pony Baseball and Softball meeting was held in St. Louis, MO. In attendance were the Division Directors, Field Directors and Pony Headquarters staff.

Pony Baseball and Softball President and CEO Abe Key was in attendance to discuss the state of Pony along with answering questions about Rule Changes and other issues form 2014. North Zone Vice-President Steve Miller along with National Chairman and South Zone Vice-President Lynn Parnell took time to discuss the issues that face us all in the coming months.

The Directors in attendance listened to changes regarding Tournament Affidavits for 2015 along with discussion on deadlines for both Leagues and Tournament Teams. The information gained will be discussed at the Zones President Meeting throughout the coming months.

Monday, November 3, 2014

WEST ZONE ANNUAL MEETING HELD IN ONTARIO, CA




Mr. Joseph Gagliardi, Vice President, West Zone, held his annual West Zone meeting in Ontario, CA on Saturday, 1 November. Discussions were held regarding various administrative requirements and rule changes for the upcoming 2015 PONY Baseball & Softball season.

Those in attendance included;

Abraham Key, President, PONY Baseball & Softball

Don Goebel, Southern California Division Director
Abel Hernandez, Northern California Division Director

California Region Directors
Steve Workman
Bill Blaylock
Jan Spencer
Rick Sanchez
Bob Aguilera
Keith Spencer (Region Director/West Zone Technology)
Jim Edwards
Rob Lindsey
Mike Derr

Assistant Region Directors 
Elaine Magner
Lonnie Smith (Champions Division Director)
Steve Hoveln
Chris Goebel (Assistant Region Director/West Zone Technology)
Tony Stapleton

Colt/Palomino/Thorobred Coordinator
Steve Lange

Softball Directors
Brad Hubbard
Dana Robie

State Directors
Gwen Earll, Hawaii
Jim Teeter, Arizona
Ken Hawkins, Washington
John Wendt, Utah





Friday, October 31, 2014

SW Lexington, KY is looking to Host a Pinto event...

Southwest Lexington, Kentucky is interested in hosting a Pinto World Series Coach Pitch Tournament approximately the weekend of July 17 to 19, 2015. Any Pinto 8U team interested in information please contact John Ross at 859-576-6544.

Friday, October 3, 2014

2015 PONY EAST ZONE NATIONALS

WELCOME TO THE 2015 PONY NATIONALS MUSTANG 10U - PALOMINO 18U CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT, LOUDOUN COUNTY, VIRGINIA
QUALIFICATION PROCESS


Division: Mustang 10U, Bronco 12U and Pony 14U

Location: Loudoun County, VA
Format: 4 pool to 3 game bracket 7 game guarantee
Entry fee: $800.00 plus $400 Gate fee per team. Total fees are $1200.00 per team

THIS IS A “STAY TO PLAY” EVENT AND ALL OUT OF TOWN TEAMS MUST USE THE ZENITH GROUP FOR HOUSING OR TEAMS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A $600 HOUSING FEE AT CHECK IN.

Dates: Mustang 10U, Bronco 12U and Pony 14U / July 17, 2015 – July 22, 2015

July 17: Mandatory Manager Meeting (12:00 pm @ Holiday Inn 45425 Holiday Dr., Dulles, VA 20166)
July 18 - 22: Play begins (7 Game format-4 Pool Games followed by 3 Game Bracket)

Mustang 10U Division will play into a split bracket (Gold and Sliver) and top 4 teams in each will receive awards.

All games are 1:30, finish the inning (Pending weather)

Play begins on July 18 with pool play, Bracket play begins on July 20, 2015 with finals on July 22, 2015.

Pool play will seed teams into a 3 game bracket. Bracket placement will seed the final 8 teams into a single elimination championship bracket.

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Division: Colt 16U & Palomino 18U

Location: Loudoun County, VA

THE COLT 16U AND PALOMINO 18U DIVISIONS WILL BE LIMITED TO 80 TEAMS TOTAL. YOUR SPOT IN THE TOURNAMENT IS NOT SECURED UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED!

Format: 3 pool to 3 game bracket 6 game guarantee (No Showcase format in 2015, all games will count)
Entry fee: $700.00 plus $300 Gate fee per team. Total fees are $1000.00 per team

THIS IS A “STAY TO PLAY” EVENT AND ALL OUT OF TOWN TEAMS MUST USE THE ZENITH GROUP FOR HOUSING OR TEAMS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A $600 HOUSING FEE AT CHECK IN.

Dates: July 22 – JULY 26, 2015

July 22- Mandatory Manager Meeting (7:00 pm @ Holiday Inn, 45425 Holiday Dr., Dulles, VA 20166)

All games are 1:30, finish the inning (Pending weather)

Play begins on July 23 with pool play, Bracket play begins on July 24 with finals on July 26, 2015.

Pool play will seed teams into a 3 game bracket. Bracket placement will seed the final 8 teams into a single elimination championship bracket.

Bronco 12U - Palomino 18U Divisions the top 8 in each will receive awards.

Loudoun County P/R Web Page 2015 Nationals and Hotel Information: http://www.eteamz.com/ponynationals/

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QUALIFICATION PROCESS

Mustang 10U - Pony 14U teams may now qualify for the 2015 PONY Nationals by playing in 3 PONY tournaments or 2 PONY tournaments if a team finishes in the top 2 in one of those events or you can earn an automatic berth to PONY Nationals by playing in the PONY Mid-Atlantic Championship in Loudoun County, July 11 and 12, 2015 and one other PONY qualifier.

Colt 16U and Palomino 18U teams may now qualify for the 2015 PONY Nationals by playing in 1 PONY qualifier or by playing in the PONY Mid-Atlantic Championship in Loudoun County July 11-12, 2015 .

Host berths can be earned by teams hosting PONY Qualifiers.

If team registrations exceed tournament capacity, host berths and tournament champions will be given preference in registration prior to tournament entry deadline. Tournament winners will receive preference on tournament seeding.

Check out the “Gift Bag Exchange” tab for information on how to win a $200 gift card for your team and help feed those in need. You donated over 8000 lbs of food at the 2014 PONY Nationals. Let’s top that number in 2015!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Long Island New York Toy Donation Information

Sept 26, 2014
At the Pediatric wing of Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, L.I., N.Y.

Over 100 new toys were donated to the Child Life Program of Winthrop University Hospital. Toys were donated by the players, coaches and umpires at a recent Girls Fastpitch tournament sponsored by PONY Baseball/Softball. PONY, an acronym for “Protect Our Nation’s Youth”, is a national organization that is designed to provide experiences in youth baseball and softball that will help young people grow into healthier and happier adults.

The tournament, “Labor Day Qualifier Benefiting Kids in the Hospital,” hosted over 120 girls ages 12 to 16 years old from all over Long Island. It ran on August 30th and 31st in Bellmore, NY.

The idea came from Tournament director and State PONY director Ed Kovesdy.

Mr Kovesdy said, “I challenged the teams and umpires to make this toy donation and they exceeded my expectations. It was stressed that the toys would stay local and help young Long Islanders with difficult health issues and that’s what we did. Winthrop University Hospital has an excellent program that serves the Long Island community. I couldn't be happier.”

Pictured with Ed are players and coaches from the Babylon Blue Angels, the Chiefs of Ronkonkoma as well as a PONY umpire from the Suffolk County Umpires Association. Kovesdy added, “This is only a start. Next year I expect more teams and more toys.”

Ed Kovesdy
PONY- N.Y. State Director
2 Shirley Court
East Northport, NY 11731










LA PONY DOMINICANA SERA SEDE DE REUNION DEL CARIBE

La Republica Dominicana será sede de la reunión del Caribe de la Pony

Beisbol, actividad a la que acudirán los presidentes de esa institución en toda

la región.

La información la dio a conocer este lunes el profesor Eugenio Báez,

presidente de la organización en el país, quien dijo además, que en la misma

estará presente, Mr. Abrahán Key, presidente mundial de la Pony Beisbol.

Báez, comunico que a este encuentro asistirán los representantes de

Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Panamá, Sant Martin, Sant Tomas,

Bahamas, Curazao, Aruba, Guatemala, Nicaragua y Republica Dominicana.

El presidente de la Pony local recalco la importancia del Caribbean Zone,

Annual Meeting y su celebración en esta tierra, la segunda nación más

productora de peloteros a nivel mundial y hasta ahora los número uno del

mundo.

La asamblea de los países del área será celebrada del 20 al 23 de noviembre

del presente año, en la ciudad de San Cristóbal.

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The Dominican Republic will host the meeting of Caribbean Pony

Baseball activity that presidents attend this institution in all

region.

The information was released Monday Professor Eugenio Baez

president of the organization in the country, who also said that the same

be present, Mr. Abraham Key, world president of the Pony Baseball.

Baez, communicated that this meeting attended by representatives of

Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Panama, Saint Martin, Saint Thomas,

Bahamas, Curacao, Aruba, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

The president of the local Pony emphasize the importance of the Caribbean Zone,

Annual Meeting and celebration on this earth, the nation's second

producing players worldwide and so far the number one

world.

The assembly area countries will be held from 20 to 23 November

this year, in the city of San Cristobal.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PONY Clinics at Anantapur City in India

PONY International organized three clinics on softball and baseball at Anantapur City in India.  Mr. Rodalfo Tingzon and Khadar Sultan of Asia were the chief guests.


Information and photos submitted by:

Bake Hamidulla
In charge World Sports Info and Publicity Centre
# 9-275, Gulzerept
Anantapur-515 001