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TONY CHIAZZA HONORED AS "2017 WHITTIER VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD RECIPIENT!"

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Congratulations to Tony Chiazza, of Whittier Pony Baseball! Last night, The City of Whittier honored Tony as one of its “2017 Volunteer Of The Year Award Recipients,” at City Hall.

Its fantastic that Tony, and we’ll include his wife Rose, too, are being recognized for their hard work and sacrifice - and time away from each other while Tony is attending to our league. We all have families & jobs - and then running a large youth group like ours, this has become, absolutely, a second job! Many, many, many, hours are spent organizing teams, finding practice sites and planning & hosting our events – and, of course, keeping our league organized and current.

For years, Tony has been our leader, Tony followed our league founders and then we have followed his work ethic, and his sense of fairness, to ensure that all of the kids in our community are having the very best baseball experience possible. For those of you who know our league, you know that PONY Baseball is the highest level of competitive youth recreational baseball. And, as a recreational league, we mix our kids together, at all skill levels. We feel that this has helped all of our kids learn the value of leadership, camaraderie, competitiveness and teamwork. With this philosophy many of our kids have played HS & college baseball throughout the years. We have also had a few major leaguers like: Michael Garciaparra, Anthony Reyes (who Tony coached at WPB) and this season, Jacob Faria, of the Tampa Bay Rays.

As a coach, Tony has always insisted that his players’ respect one another and they are all expected to address him as “coach.” His players must wear their uniform properly and shake hands before, and after, each game or practice. The kids and our parents really appreciate his sense of leadership, discipline and respect. As we have witnessed through the years, former players still come up and shake his hand when they see him around town, or at the field. Also, many of these players have returned to help us during tournament hosting, because they miss and appreciate the time they spent with Tony, and with us, at Whittier Pony Baseball. We also have returning players come back to help coach for us – including Ryan Chiazza, Tony’s son. Some have returned to coach their own kids in our league.

Tony has helped lead our league to fantastic new heights as an All Star host. Not only are we one of the premier PONY Baseball leagues on the west coast, Whittier Pony has also become an internationally well known program. As host of the Pony-13 World Series, Zones & Super Regions, York Field is now a world famous baseball facility. PONY Baseball players throughout America, and abroad, dream of advancing to Whittier, CA for Championship PONY Baseball in July!

Congratulations to Tony! – Our league has known and appreciated your value to us for quite awhile, and now many more in our community are aware of your contributions to our WPB families.

This was an honor that is very well deserved!

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NEXT WALK IN SIGN UPS!

YORK FIELD - SATURDAYS - NOVEMBER 11 & 18, FROM 9AM-2PM

WHITTIER COMMUNITY CENTER - DECEMBER 6 & 13, FROM 5:30-8:30pm

- Most prefer the convenience of registering at home, but we offer assistance with online sign ups at these dates and can answer questions about our league. We would also like to have prospective managers stop by, if you have questions about taking a team or 2018 PONY Baseball rule changes.

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JACOB FARIA, TAMPA BAY RAYS

- We are very proud to announce that Jacob Faria, Whittier Pony alumnus, has made his MLB debut this season! Jacob was a starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays and had a terrific rookie season! Jacob had a 5-4 record with a 3.43 era and 84 strike outs! Congratulations to Jacob and his family, and we wish him continued success!

Last year, we grew to 650 players, and we expect to add a few more competitors to that. Also, we have a few adjustments to make this year, with PONY rules and registrations. This year will also mark the 5th Anniversary of our special needs - Champions division team!

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2018 SPRING REGISTRATION HAS BEGUN - REGISTER 24/7 ONLINE - USE THE "CLICK HERE TO REGISTER' BANNER ON THE RIGHT.

Here are some upcoming events to put on your calendar!

- Spring Registration: 24/7 Beginning Nov. 1 – whittierpony.org

- Annual Rules Meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30-7:30pm - Whittier Community Center. New rules and adjustments to old rules will be discussed. Any new rule proposals are to be presented in writing. Three minutes to present.

- Sargent’s Bat Demo Day and bat raffle - at York Field: This Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1:30pm-4pm. All players are welcomed to take some swings. Four bat manufacturers will be present with their new PONY Baseball approved bats: Easton, Rawlings, Louisville Slugger & DeMarini. There will be a free bat raffle and it will also be a good opportunity to get the kids sized for Christmas!

THE WINNING RAFFLE TICKET IS #149175

Congratulations to our winner! To claim your new bat, contact Angela Barron: wpbvicepresident@gmail.com



- Whittier Christmas Parade: The Uptown Parade is on Dec. 9 – all players welcomed to march with us!

- Tryouts: Tryouts will begin in early January and Team Announcements will on February 3

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Registration:

- As always, please sign up early, this way you can take full advantage of our 3-payment option. By waiting until late December or January, you lose the payment options – plus, you may end up on the waiting list. Every year we end up with close to 100 kids on the wait list.
- With the cost of everything increasing, and 6 years since our last fee increase, we have raised fees $10. This is throughout all our divisions.
- To help our multi-player families, we have doubled our sibling discount to $50. per additional player. No sibling discounts for Shetland-4 players.
- This year our registration system, Sports Illustrated Play, offers “RegSaver” registration insurance coverage. Parents can now purchase registration insurance for 7% of their registration fee. RegSaver does not cover the raffle fundraiser.



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2018 PONY Baseball - Playing Rule changes:

PITCHING: Pitchers will be limited to a pitch count. The amount of pitches per game, and days of rest, will be based on division.


BATS: All bats must be YBBCOR or BBCOR certified in accordance to USA Baseball standards. All bats must have the USABat licensing mark. Any bat without this mark will be illegal. This new equipment rule applies to most youth leagues throughout the country, as well as for international competition during PONY Baseball sanction play.

USA Baseball - APPROVED BAT LIST


NEW AGE CUTOFF: The cutoff is now Aug. 31. This was changed from April 30. Players born between May – August will move up an age level. - Players must play in their assigned division.






ANNOUNCEMENTS
PONY RULE CHANGE INFO REGARDING AGE CHANGE AND BATS IN 2018 -

2017 OPENING DAY RAFFLE WINNERS -


WPB PONY PLAYER NEWS....

We will try and highlight various accomplishments by our baseball players, on and off the field. If you have a story that we should share, please send it in to us.
(Send it to webmaster@whittierpony.org)




2017 PONY-13 INTERNATIONAL WORLD SERIES INFORMATION


Welcome to the 2017 Pony-13 International World Series & Bronco West Zone!

Hello everyone,

The excitement is building, teams are arriving and childhood dreams of playing in a World Series are about to be fulfilled! Our Whittier Pony-13 World Series team, managed by Jesse Sandoval, will face state champions from the 4 Zones of the United States, as well as teams from the Bahamas, Mexico & South Korea. The World Series will take place this Thursday, 7/27 through Monday, 7/31 – all games will be at our York Field Stadium!

Whittier Pony's home baseball complex, at York Field, has also long been the home of the Bronco West Zone - This tournament will be played simultaneously on York fields 2 & 3. Our Whittier Bronco West Zone team will face state champions from Arizona, Hawaii, Utah & Washington - along with Super Region Champions from Northern CA & Southern CA.

Another highlight is our Champions Division game on Saturday, 7/29 at 9am. This is where our Whittier Champs will play Cypress Pony Champions. Please come out to cheer for our kids!

Needless to say, championship youth baseball in Southern California is going to be showcased right here on our own fields! We, at Whittier Pony Baseball are very proud and honored to be the host of these premier international baseball tournaments. We encourage everyone to come out and support our teams!

Click on our red tab that reads "Whittier Hosted Tourney Brackets" then click on the tournament link below.

This is just the beginning! Games will be played through Monday, 7/31. Again, we look forward to seeing everyone over the weekend! We will have World Series souvenirs, great food at our snack bar and the best that PONY Baseball has to offer - right here in Whittier!

All of these games are made possible by our WPB Board of Directors, league volunteers and PONY Baseball, Inc. Funds raised by these tournaments help cover the cost of international & domestic team travel, fields, equipment & supplies. Please come out and support!

Please come out and support!

GO WHITTIER!!!

SPONSOR LINKS
The following companies have donated money, services or materials to Whittier Pony for the 2014 season.
Please show them your thanks and appreciation by patronizing these establishments, whenever possible.
OUR SPONSORS


2017 WPB BOARD MEMBERS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BOARD POSITION CONTACT INFO
president@whittierpony.org
freddie.lopez19@yahoo.com
vicepresident@whittierpony.org
angbarron@gmail.com
vicepresident2@whittierpony.org
freddie.lopez19@yahoo.com
Secretary@whittierpony.org
freddie.lopez19@yahoo.com
Treasurer@whittierpony.org
ncabot@live.com
PlayerAgent@whittierpony.org
wpbplayeragent@yahoo.com
ponydirector@whittierpony.org
freddie.lopez19@yahoo.com
broncodirector@whittierpony.org
mcdade.mike@gmail.com
mustangdirector@whittierpony.org
freddie.lopez19@yahoo.com
pintodirector@whittierpony.org
geo.alcantara11@gmail.com
shetlanddirector@whittierpony.org
freddie.lopez19@yahoo.com
fielddirector@whittierpony.org
david.luna.x@gmail.com
fieldmanager@whittierpony.org
freddie.lopez19@yahoo.com
equipment@whittierpony.org
freddie.lopez19@yahoo.com
pastpresident@whittierpony.org
tchubster@aol.com

AUXILIARY BOARD
BOARD POSITION CONTACT INFO
tournamentdirector@whittierpony.org
tchubster@aol.com
publicity@whittierpony.org
gcostello@earthlink.net
snackshack@whittierpony.org
freddie.lopez19@yahoo.com
boosters@whittierpony.org
freddie.lopez19@yahoo.com
sponsors@whittierpony.org
freddie.lopez19@yahoo.com
statistician@whittierpony.org
mcdade.steph@gmail.com
teamparents@whittierpony.org
dodgerfam3@gmail.com
fundraising@whittierpony.org
freddie.lopez19@yahoo.com
yearbook@whittierpony.org
angbarron@gmail.com

DOWNLOAD SECTION
We will post important downloads for players and families to access here.
Description File Description Type

2017 LEAGUE AGE KEY

2017 League Age Key PDF

2017 HIT-A-THON PLEDGE FORM

2017 Hit-A-Thon Pledge Form PDF

2017 CODE OF CONDUCT

2017 Code of Conduct PDF

2017 WPB CONSTITUTION

2017 WPB Constitution PDF

2017 WPB BY-LAWS

2017 WPB By-laws PDF

2017 SHETLAND DIVISION RULES

2017 Shetland Division Rules PDF

2017 PINTO DIVISION RULES

2017 Pinto Division Rules PDF

2017 MUSTANG DIVISION RULES

2017 Mustang Division Rules PDF

2017 BRONCO DIVISION RULES

2017 Bronco Division Rules PDF

2017 PONY DIVISION RULES

2017 Pony Division Rules PDF

2017 MANAGER, PARENT & TEAM PROCEDURES

2017 Manager, Parent & Team Procedures PDF

2017 UNIFORM POLICY

2017 Uniform Policy PDF

2017 TEAM SPONSOR APPLICATION

2017 Team Sponsor Application PDF

2017 GAME REPORT

2017 Game Report - Used to update the website PDF

2017 SHETLAND GAME REPORT

2017 Shetland Game Report PDF

WHITTIER PONY BASEBALL - FAQ

WPB Frequently Asked Questions PDF

ALL-STAR PLAYER SELECTION

All-Star Player Selection PDF

ALL STAR MANAGER APPLICATION

All Star Manager Application PDF

ACCIDENT REPORT

Accident Report PDF

YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Young Adult Volunteer Application PDF

2017 WPB BOARD NOMINATION FORM

2017 WPB Board Nomination Form PDF

BOWSER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Dave Bowser Scholarship Application PDF

2017 GRANADA SNACK SHACK SCHEDULE

2017 Granada Snack Shack Schedule PDF

2017 YORK SNACK SHACK SCHEDULE

2017 York Snack Shack Schedule PDF
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York Field
9110 Santa Fe Springs Rd
Whittier, 90602

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15337 Lemon Dr
Whittier, 90603


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UPCOMING EVENTS
2018 SPRING REGISTRATION BEGINS!
November 1
@ 24/7
Where: whittierpony.org
MID-WEEK REGISTRATIONS!
Nov. 1, 8 & Dec. 6, 13
@ 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Whittier Community Center 7630 Washington Ave.
WHITTIER CHRISTMAS PARADE
Saturday, Dec. 9
@ Meet at 9am
Where: Uptown Whittier - Hadley & Greenleaf
MGR. MEETING - TRYOUT PREP & PICK TEAM NAMES
Monday, Jan. 8
@ 6pm & 7:30
Where: Whittier Community Center 7630 Washington Ave.
SHETLAND MGRS MEETING - PICK TEAM NAMES
Wed., Jan. 10
@ 7pm
Where: Whittier Community Center 7630 Washington Ave.
2018 TRYOUTS - BRONCO
Thursday, Jan. 11 & 15
@ 6pm & 7:15pm
Where: York Field - 9110 Santa Fe Springs Rd. Whittier
 
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Granada Middle School
15337 Lemon Dr
Whittier, 90604

York Field
9110 Santa Fe Springs Rd
Whittier, 90602

Granada Rain Out #
562-943-5331

York Field Rain Out #
562-567-9436
(New Phone Number)

 
 
 
 
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