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Newbury Park PONY Baseball

Frequently Asked Questions about Newbury Park PONY Baseball

  1. Where do I register?
  2. What is the cost for registration?
  3. How do I pay for registration?
  4. Are girls allowed to play in NPPB?
  5. Are scholarships available?
  6. What is the refund policy?
  7. Is there a Volunteer Requirement? What is the Volunteer Deposit?
  8. Tell me about Fall Ball!
  9. How long does the Spring season run?
  10. What is the typical practice/ game schedule for Shetland, Pinto, Mustang, Bronco, Pony?
  11. Where are games played?
  12. Are uniforms provided?
  13. Do I need to purchase gear?
  14. What are the cut-off ages by division?
  15. Where can I find the official rules?
  16. Can my child play in All-Stars?
  17. How can I stay informed about league events, key dates, etc?
  18. What is the VIP Program?
  19. I still have questions.  Who can I contact?

1. Where do I register?

Register at www.nppb.org by clicking on the “Register” button in the top right. Or click here.

You will need to create an account, or login to your existing account.  You will then either add (or find) your child’s name and will see “One Program Available!” once registration opens. The system will walk you through registration from there.

If you forgot your username or password, click on the appropriate link on the login page.If you still have trouble logging in after trying to reset your username/ password, please contact Registration Advisor, Kristina Lopez at [email protected].


2. What is the cost for registration?

Registration fees can vary each season. For the 2020 Spring Season, “Early” registration opens November 4th and closes at 11:59 pm on December 31st.  “Regular/Guaranteed” registration begins January 1st and is open through January 10th.  There is a $50 price increase on January 1st
Registrations received after January 10th are not guaranteed. 

 

  • Mini-Shetland (4U): $100
  • Shetland (6U): $190
  • Pinto (8U): $225
  • Mustang (10U): $235
  • Bronco (12U): $245
  • Pony (14U): $245
  • Colt (16U): $265
  • These prices reflect the current “"Early” Registration Fees. Prices increase on January 1st.

    Registration for Fall Ball typically opens mid-July and closes on September 1st.  The current fee for all divisions is $125.  


3. How do I pay for registration?

The registration system allows secure credit card payment through the website. If you’d rather pay by check, register as normal and select “Pay by Check”. Please mail a check to NPPB at 107 N. REINO ROAD PMB 125 NEWBURY PARK CA 91320. Any check payable to NPPB that is returned will incur a $20 fee and payment will then have to be made in CASH. Additionally, in order to receive the early registration price, payments must be received by NPPB by the December 31st deadline. Any fees still owed after the December 31st deadline will increase to the regular/guaranteed registration price (regardless of if you registered in the system before December 31st).


4. Are girls allowed to play in NPPB?

Absolutely! All teams are co-ed. We encourage sons and daughters to play.


5. Are scholarships available?

Yes. To download an application, please visit www.nppb.org and you’ll find the form under the “Resources” tab. 

Please note that those who receive a scholarship must agree to volunteer two extra shifts in the snack shack during regular season , as well as a snack shift or field prep shift during the Memorial Weekend Fundraiser/Tournament. These extra shifts are in addition to the regular volunteer shifts required in order to receive your volunteer deposit back (see FAQ #7 for information about the volunteer deposit)


6. What is the refund policy?

The league incurs costs in advance of each season to plan for items such as uniforms, equipment, etc. Because of those upfront costs, the following Refund Policy is in place and enforced:

Refund requests made prior to the registration deadline will be honored less a $15 fee. Refunds requested after the registration deadline and before the player is placed on a team will be honored at a 50% rate. No refund is available once the player has been placed on a team.


7. Is there a Volunteer Requirement? What is the Volunteer Deposit?

There is a volunteer deposit collected at the beginning of the season. The current amount is $75 per player and not to exceed a family amount of $150. Deposits are returned at the end of the season pending the completion of fulfilling a volunteer role.

Volunteering is strongly encouraged, as we need this to keep our league running as well as it does. Fundraising activities keep our registrations costs low, especially relative to other Pony leagues in our area. Volunteer opportunities include managing/coaching a team, assistant coaching, team parents, snack shack, field prep- at least half of the season, team photographer/yearbook, team sponsor as well as many league advisor positions. Training is available for many of the key roles including managing, team parenting, scorekeeping and field prep.

Your team parent will inform you of the open positions on your team. It is to the discretion of your team parent/team manager if they feel you have fulfilled your volunteer role by the end of the season.


8. Tell me about Fall Ball!

Registration for fall ball usually opens up mid-July and closes September 1st. An informal draft will take place and notifications from managers are made the first week of September sometime. There are no evaluations for fall ball. Fall Ball is designed to work on skill development in a fun, low-key, non-competitive environment. The season typically includes 1 practice per week and a game on Sunday (so that it does not conflict with other Fall sports). The season typically runs mid-September through the third week in November.. Registration fees include a jersey and a hat. Jerseys are numbered 1 – 12 and your child will select a number based on uniform size. Custom jersey numbers are not available for Fall season.


9. How long does the Spring season run?

Spring season officially runs the first weekend in March through the first weekend in June. Evaluations take place in early January, followed by drafts and team formations. Practices usually begin in early February and the first game will take place on the first Saturday in March with closing day on the first Saturday in June. During the spring season, there are games on Saturdays, as well as one weekday. Practices are up to the discretion of team manager. (Mini Shetland is the exception- see FAQ #10).


10. What is the typical practice/ game schedule for Shetland, Pinto, Mustang, Bronco, Pony?

  • Mini-Shetland

    Mini-Shetland does not have weekday practices, they typically have a 30 – 60 minute warm-up prior to game time, then play a game. Games are held on Saturdays (only) at Dos Vientos Community Park. This division is setup to introduce the kids to the game with minimal commitment.

    Mini-Shetland kids hit off a tee, although there may be coach soft pitch by end of season at coach discretion.

  • Shetland

    Beginning of season prior to time change/ Spring Break, teams will likely have 2 practices a week and games on Saturday. After the time change, there are usually 1-2 practices per week and games Saturday plus typically 1 weekday game as well. Games are held at Dos Vientos and/or Sequoia Middle School. Shetland Gold Division participate in interleague play with neighboring cities. Machine pitch is used in the Shetland Division.

  • Pinto

    Beginning of season prior to time change/ Spring Break, teams will likely have 2 practices a week and games on Saturday. After the time change, there are usually 1-2 practices per week and games Saturday plus typically 1 weekday game as well. Games are held at Dos Vientos and/or Sequoia Middle School. Pinto Gold Division players participate in interleague play with neighboring cities.. Pinto Division is coach pitch, however kid pitch is introduced and occurs throughout the season.

  • Mustang

    Beginning of season prior to time change/ Spring Break, teams will likely have 2-3 practices a week and games on Saturday. After the time change, there are usually 2 practices per week and games Saturday plus typically 1 weekday game as well. Games are held at Dos Vientos and/or Sequoia Middle School. Mustang Gold Division players participate in interleague play with neighboring cities.

  • Bronco, Pony, Colt

    Beginning of season prior to time change/ Spring Break, teams will likely have 2-3 practices a week and games on Saturday. After the time change, there are usually 2 practices per week and games Saturday plus typically 1 weekday game as well. Bronco and Pony Divisions participate in interleague play and games will be held at Dos Vientos as well as fields in neighboring cities.


11. Where are games played?

Game locations vary by division. Please see FAQ #10.


12. Are uniforms provided?

During the Spring Season, registration fees does include a uniform jersey, hat, and socks. Families must provide pants and belt (color decided by team manager), as well as any protective gear.  During Fall Season, registration fees include a uniform jersey and a hat.


13. Do I need to purchase gear?

A bat, helmet, cleats, and glove are required for play. A batter's helmet C-flap face guard is optional but if used, the helmet must be factory designed to accept one.


14. What are the cut-off ages by division?

Divisions are age-specific. A cut-off age defines the age of the player used when assigning a division. Refer to the chart on the www.nppb.org website for the current cut-off ages.


15. Where can I find the official rules?

Official PONY rules and regulations can be found on the web site under the "Resources" tab


16. Can my child play in All-Stars?

Newbury Park PONY Baseball registration is open to boys and girls age 4 to 17 from any area. In order to be eligible for Sanctioned All-Star teams (at the end of the season) in the Shetland through Bronco Divisions, players must reside in one of the following zip codes - 91319, 91320, 91360, 91361, 91362. Players that live outside of these zip codes will become eligible for Sanctioned All-Star teams in their second spring baseball season with NPPB. The boundary rule does not apply to the Pony Division.

Mid-way through the season, your child’s coach or manager will nominate players for All Star play. Gold Division players are automatically eligible to be drafted for all-star play. Black Division players are eligible pending a nomination by their manager. Following the deadline to submit an all-star interest form, a draft is held and teams are formed.


17. How can I stay informed about league events, key dates, etc?

Newbury Park Pony Baseball is on Facebook! Like us here. Additionally, the league will send out routine emails throughout the season, keeping families informed of key dates, fundraising events such as restaurant-nights-out and other fun events including Opening & Closing Ceremonies, and Movie Night Under the Stars.


18. What is the VIP Program?

The VIP program provides a quality baseball experience for young boys and girls whose physical or mental abilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. VIP players include those who are autistic, visually impaired, mentally or emotionally challenged, have Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or other conditions that impair mobility. All players are welcome, these individuals are Very Important Players (VIP).


19. I still have questions. Who can I contact?

Please email [email protected] for additional information.

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