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NOTICE : PONY Rule 3-A Rescinded
The PONY Baseball International Board of Directors have rescinded PONY Rule 3-A regarding the number of nineteen year old players eligible to participate. The rule will continue as defined in 2012: “Palomino teams shall consist of not more than 18, nor less than 12 players and shall not exceed more than 3 players of age 19.”
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The BBCOR decertification process has been implemented on the following bat(s):
Reebok Vector TLS 32-inch model, Reebok Vector TLS 33-inch model, Marucci CAT5 33-inch model, Marucci CAT5 34-inch model, Marucci Black 33-inch model, Marucci Black 34-inch model
The BPF decertification process has been implemented on the following bat(s):
Louisville Slugger (Hillerich & Bradsby) TPX Dynasty - 12 bat (Model - YB12D - black/red/grey)
Mattingly Balistk (Model: BTKYB) Blue, Nike – CX2-BT0636 (light grey),
Nike – CX2-BTO573 (dark grey), Nike – CX2-BTO598 (blue)
These bats should be considered a non-compliant bat in accordance with
PONY Rule: 8-C (3) and subject to PONY Rule 18-E (6).
They are ILLEGAL!
Baseball Bat Rules
2013 PONY Bat Rules
Page 15 (new entry) – Rule 8 C (2) Equipment: Only 2-1/4" barrel non-wood bats which are manufactured to achieve a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15 or less through the life of the bat are approved for play in PONY Baseball divisions. Effective January 1, 2012, all newly manufactured non-wood bats must be stamped “approved for play in PONY Baseball” and stamped with “BPF 1.15” and the year manufactured.
Rule 8 C (3) Equipment: Effective January 1, 2012, all minus (-) 3 bats must be BBCOR certified. The bat which may be wood or non-wood product shall be not more than two and five-eights (2-5/8”) in diameter at the barrel and shall be a smooth implement, from the top of the cap to the top of the knob. All non-wood bats shall meet the Ball-Bat Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) testing protocol maintaining the length-to-weight difference of 0.50 limit regardless of length. All BBCOR approved bats shall be labeled with a silk screen or other permanent certification mark. (NOTE: 2 3/4” bats are prohibited in all PONY sanctioned leagues).
We had an email exchange with Tom O'Connor at PONY and he provided us with the following clarifications:
In summary, the new PONY Baseball bat rules for 2012 are as follows:
2 3/4" barrel bats are ILLEGAL in all divisions.
2 5/8" barrel bats are LEGAL in all divisions, If a 2 5/8" bat is a -3, it must be BBCOR certified. Currently there is not a testing protocol for -5, -7, -9, etc. they are legal.
2 1/4" bats are LEGAL in all divisions, if they are manufactured to a Bat Performance Factor of 1.15 or less. In addition the bat must be labeled "approved for play in PONY Baseball" and stamped "BPF 1.15" and the year manufactured. Recognizing that some bats may not have the year manufactured on the bat, it still must have BPF 1.15 stamped on the bat.
Wood bats are legal in all divisions with a barrel no larger than 2 5/8".
Bat material is factored into the Bat Performance Factor (BPF) testing protocol as well as the BBCOR testing protocol. Subsequently as long as the aforementioned "marks" are on the bat that is the indication they have passed the appropriate testing protocol and are approved for play in PONY Baseball.
We asked for clarification on whether the BPF 1.15 stamp had to be the new style USSSA 1.15 stamp or the older on the barrel stamp and the response we received was:
Just as long as the bat is stamped BPF 1.15 regardless of where it is located on the bat.