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Division Overview

Newport Harbor Baseball Association (NHBA) follows the PONY Baseball Guidelines using a system that allows players of similar ages, maturity and physical development to play together.

The primary features that distinguish PONY Baseball are the use of a two-year age bracket system and scaled diamonds. Players will play on fields where the size of the diamonds are scaled to match the physical capabilities of the players in each division.

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.
NHBA provides flexible rules and incremental levels of competitive play, which are specifically designed for the physical development and safety requirements of each age group.  

Below you will find the general division rules along with the official PONY age key. For more specific rules by division, please click on the links under the Divisions header.

 FoalShetland AmericanShetland NationalPinto AmericanPinto NationalMustangBroncoPony
Age on August 31 3-4 56789-1011-1213-14
Base Path40 ft50 ft50 ft60 ft60 ft60 ft70 ft80 ft
Pitching Mound38 ft38 ft38 ft38 ft38 ft 48 ft50 ft54 ft
Start of SeasonTeeTeeCoach PitchMachine PitchPlayer PitchPlayer PitchPlayer PitchPlayer Pitch
End of SeasonTeeCoach PitchMachine PitchMachine PitchPlayer PitchPlayer PitchPlayer PitchPlayer Pitch
Teams Formed ByDirectorDirectorDirectorDirectorDraftDraftDraftDraft
Base StealingNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Dropped 3rd StrikesNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYes


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