AZ Play Ball Pony Baseball is the largest competitive and developmental youth baseball league in Arizona serving the Scottsdale and Phoenix communities for youth from ages 8 to 19 years. Our high school division also provides players with an opportunity to play high school level baseball if and when they are not playing for their high school team. Our authentic MLB baseball rules are modified for youth, including leadoffs, base stealing, and pick-offs.
Most of our members are club/tournament teams which we serve by providing ways to further develop their players and programs. Central to our services, we arrange scheduling for consistent practice fields and for competitive games outside the tournament environment by working around teams’ tournament schedules to deliver this opportunity. By doing so, we help teams advance their players to the next level, improve the skills of their lesser experienced players, and give all of the players “a safe place to fail“ which means that they are able to maximize their personal efforts without the concern of failure affecting their team’s tournament victory.
Our experience has shown that competitive non-tournament games and regular and consistent practice time for strengthening, conditioning, and skill development helps insure that players develop important physical and emotional disciplines that will serve them in the future on the baseball field as well as in life.
The parent organization PONY Baseball is a national chartering organization established in 1951. The acronym “PONY” stands for PROTECT OUR NATIONS’ YOUTH.
AZPlayball PONY Baseball League is a separate 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been serving the valley’s youth since 1995 by upholding the PONY values of promoting teamwork, positive character building, good sportsmanship and friendly competition in all aspects of the game while developing the fundamental skills of baseball.
Both individual players and full team registrations are accepted. There are multiple seasons per year that run from mid-August to the end of May. For more information, or to register, contact Mike Meyer at [email protected] or call 602-494-1455.