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Age Change Information

Washington Youth Baseball's Response to PONY INC's Age Change

PONY INC. has introduced new age guidelines that affect all Washington Youth Baseball players born between May 1st and August 31st starting in the year 2000. This does not affect any player with a birth date from September 1st through April 30th. After careful discussion Washington Youth Baseball has decided to allow all players affected by the new age change the ability to follow either the new PONY INC. age guidelines or remain under the old PONY INC. age guidelines. This decision can be made prior to the start of any season, and once the decision is made, it becomes final. Players can not "go back" to the old age guidelines once the decision to "move up" has been made. Playing baseball has always been the goal of the WYB council, and this decision will allow all players the chance to play more baseball without the possibility of skipping a year. 

The new Washington Youth Baseball guidelines are:

* The age chart can be found at the bottom of this page. 

1) All players born from September 1st to April 30th are not affected by the age change and will follow the new PONY INC. age guidelines. This will allow all of the players the ability to play 2 years in each competitive league. 

2) All players entering WYB born after May 1, 2012 will follow the NEW PONY INC. age guidelines. This will allow all of the players the ability to play 2 years in each competitive league.

3) Once a player opts to follow the new PONY INC. age guidelines, they will be locked into that registered age. The decision to follow the NEW PONY INC. age guidelines can only be made once and can occur at any time during their playing career. Once a player has adopted the NEW age guidelines they will be unable to move back to the OLD age guidelines. This decision must be declared at registration. 

4) All players are eligible for All-Star play in their registered league and age group.

5) All All-Star teams are eligible for sanctioned play if all team players meet the new PONY INC. age guidelines.

PONY WORLD SERIES SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
6) Eligibility for the PONY World Series team must follow the NEW PONY INC. 14 year old age chart regardless of registered age. 
 
Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Why did PONY INC. decide to change the age guidelines?
A: This decision was made by PONY INC., not Washington Youth Baseball. Taken from the Pony website, "During the 2016 PONY International Board of Directors meeting, a decision was reached to change the date for determining player eligibility from April 30 to August 31. The rule change will take effect at the start of the 2018 PONY Baseball season. This decision was reached after careful consideration of input from leagues, parents, coaches and other sources important in the decision-making process. By making our program younger, all players will be competing on a level playing field. This change will ensure all PONY participants will play in their true age group."

Q: My son/daughter is born May 10th 2008 and they played Mustang as a 9 year old in spring 2018. They are affected by the new age requirements. What do I do?
A: Since their birth date is between May 1st and August 31st and are affected by the new age requirement, you have two options:
1) Follow the old age chart and play their second year of Mustang as a 10 year old, or
2) Follow the new age chart and play in Bronco as an 11 year old

Q: My son/daughter was born Sept 2nd 2008 and they played Mustang as a 9 year old in spring 2017. They are not affected by the new age requirements. What do I do?
A: Since their birthday is between Sept 1 and April 30th, they will not be affected by the age change and will enter their 2nd year of Mustang as normal. 

Q: If I don't decide to follow the new age requirement this year, can I decide to follow it next year?
A: Yes. You can make that decision at registration at any point in your playing career.

Q: I opted to follow the new PONY INC. age requirement in 2018, but I want to go back to the old age chart in 2019. Can I do that?
A: No. Once a player has adopted the NEW age guidelines they will be unable to move back to the OLD age guidelines.

Q: My son/daughter was born July 2nd, 2005 and they played Bronco as a 12 year old in spring 2018. They are affected by the new age requirements. What do I do?
A: Since their birth date is between May 1st and August 31st and are affected by the new age requirement, you have two options:
1) Follow the old age chart, and:
a) They will play their first year of Pony as a 13 year old in 2019.
b) They will be eligible to tryout for the Pony World Series sanctioned team in 2019. 
c) They can play in Pony league in the 2020 season as a 14 year old, but will not be eligible to tryout for the Pony World Series sanctioned team in 2020. 
d) They will play 2 years in Pony
 
2) Follow the new age chart, and:
a) They will play in Pony as a 14 year old in 2019.
b) They will be eligible to tryout for the Pony World Series sanctioned team in 2019. 
c) They will play in the Colt league in the 2019 season as a 15 year old.
d) They will play 1 year in Pony. 

Q: My son/daugher was born on June 30th 2004 and played Pony as a 13 year old in spring 2018. They are affected by the new age requirements. What do I do?
A: Since their birthdate is between May 1st and August 31st and are affected by the new age requirement, you have two options:
1) Follow the old age chart, and:
a) They will play their second year of Pony as a 14 year old in 2019.
b) They will be ineligible to tryout for the Pony World Series sanctioned team in 2019. 
c) They will play 2 years in Pony
 
2) Follow the new age chart, and:
a) They will play in Colt as a 15 year old in 2019.
b) They will play 1 year in Pony. 

Q: My son/daughter is following the old Pony inc age requirement, are they eligible to play All-Stars?
A: Yes. They would participate on the All-Star team in their registered league and age group.

Q: My son/daughter is following the new Pony inc age requirement, are they eligible to play All-Stars?
A: Yes. They would participate on the All-Star team in their registered league and age group.

Please send any other questions or concerns to the WYB Council at [email protected]

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