INSERTION: 2020 (Approved 2018 as 2018-R-05A)

DESCRIPTION: Mercy Rule

RULE: 11G, 11G1, 11G2 and T9

RULE CHANGE: Rule 11G - change “10 run rule” to mercy rule.

Rule 11G1 should, read: "Shetland-Mustang -  If the visiting team is leading by at least 15 runs at the end of 3 or 10 runs and the end of 4 or more complete innings  the game shall be declared complete and the visiting team shall be declared the winner. If the home team is leading by at least 15 runs at the end of 3 or 10 runs and the end of 4 or more complete innings after the visiting team has completed batting the game shall be declared complete and the home team shall be declared the winner.”

Rule 11G2 should, read: "Bronco - Thorobred - If the visiting team is leading by at least 15 runs at the end of 4 or 10 runs and the end of 5 or more complete innings  the game shall be declared complete and the visiting team shall be declared the winner. If the home team is leading by at least 15 runs at the end of 4 or 10 runs and the end of 5 or more complete innings after the visiting team has completed batting the game shall be declared complete and the home team shall be declared the winner.”

T9 change “10 run rule” to “mercy rule” and remove the last sentence.


INSERTION: 2020 (Approved 2018 as 2018-R-07A)

DESCRIPTION: Change Rule 9D for batted ball strike penalty

RULE: 9D

RULE CHANGE: PENALTY: Strike : A 10-foot arc shall be inscribed in front of home plate, from the first to the third base foul line, and any batted ball which does touch or travel beyond that line will be considered a foul-strike for the purposes of this rule.


INSERTION: 2020 (Approved 2018 as 2018-R-08)

DESCRIPTION: "Safety Balls" in Shetland Tournament play

RULE: 8A

RULE CHANGE: Change the wording at the end of the paragraph (NOT APPROVED FOR TOURNAMENT PLAY) to read (APPROVED FOR  FOAL AND SHETLAND TOURNAMENT PLAY ONLY).


INSERTION: 2020 (Approved 2018 as 2018-R-13)

DESCRIPTION: Create Foal League    

RULE: Entire Book

RULE CHANGE: Create new Foal League for three and four year olds.  Three and four year olds will still be eligible for Shetland play but a league can split them off into their own age division if they want to.  Three and Four year olds will then not be able to participate in Pinto as they currently legally can.


INSERTION: 2020 (Approved 2018 as 2018-R-14B)

DESCRIPTION: Eliminate Rule 

RULE: T-4-C-2

RULE CHANGE: Removal of unused administrative rule on forwarding eligibility affidavit to Division Director


INSERTION: 2020 (Approved 2018 as 2018-R-18)

DESCRIPTION: Remove Shetland, Pinto and Mustang nine inning limitation

RULE: 11-C

RULE CHANGE: Replace “and shall not exceed nine (9) innings” with “in duration”.


INSERTION: 2020 (Approved 2018 as 2018-R-19)

DESCRIPTION: Volunteer Background Checks

RULE: Registration Process

RULE CHANGE: All organizations will be required to do annual background checks on all officials, managers, coaches, umpires, volunteers and staff (or any other individuals that may come into contact with the minors of the organization).  Background checks at a MINIMUM must be a search from the national sex offender database but additional checks such as ID Search and National Criminal Search are recommended.


INSERTION: 2020 (Approved 2019 as 2019-R-03a)

DESCRIPTION: Update Pitchsmart terminology for Age as “League Age”.

RULE: Clarification of League Age.

RULE CHANGE: Because PONY Baseball is a “League Age” oriented organization (as defined in the rulebook under Section 3-C, update the column “Age Range” to “League Age” for better clarity.


INSERTION: 2020 (Approved 2019 as 2020-R-16)

DESCRIPTION: Update Medical Release Section in Tournament Rules and Regulations.

RULE: T-1-D.

RULE CHANGE: Change rule to read: PONY Baseball and Softball requires parent / guardian of players on a team to sign the team’s printed copy of the online affidavit form.  This document also doubles as the medical release form for all players listed on the affidavit.  Players whose parent / guardian have not signed the document will not be able to participate in gameplay until the requirement is met.


INSERTION: 2020 (Approved 2019 as 2020-R-17)

DESCRIPTION: Remove Medial Release Form From Back Of Rulebook.

RULE: Back of Book.

RULE CHANGE: Sample Medical Release form is no longer needed.  Removing to not cause confusion.


INSERTION: 2020 (Approved 2019 as 2020-R-19)

DESCRIPTION: Pitch Count Rest Threshold.

RULE: 10-D & T-8-A.

RULE CHANGE: The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) of rest for the threshold he/she reached during the start of that at-bat, provided that the pitcher is removed before delivering a pitch to the next batter.