The Bronco division is for ages 11 and 12 year-olds born between May 1, 2004 and April 30, 2006. Teams play one weekday and one weekend game each week - about 16 games in all - and practice at least once a week. The season ends with a two-week tournament. Seven-inning games are played on a diamond with 70-foot base paths and a 48-foot pitching distance. Base-stealing and lead-offs are permitted. The kids do the pitching at this level.
The Bronco Division baseball will hold skills assessments prior to the season's start. All Bronco players must attend one of these sessions. For the 2016 season, Bronco skills assessments will occur on March 5th and March 11th. Teams should be formed by March 14, with practices beginning March 15 or after, and games beginning the week of March 27.
Games are played on Wednesday or Thursday and one game on Saturday. The players will also have one official practice per week on Monday, Tuesday or Friday.
Seattle Pony Baseball has adopted the And-Under rule for determining age eligibility. For the Bronco Division, this rule means that if a player was born between May 1, 2006 and April 30, 2007 (i.e., the player is a “league-age” 10 year old), the player may “play up” into the Bronco Division, but only provided they meet the minimum skills assessment criteria as described in the age eligibilty section of this website. Before making the decision to have a child play up, Seattle Pony Baseball strongly urges parents to consider whether their 10 year old has the maturity level and requisite skills to play the game of baseball with significantly older and stronger players. Should you choose to register your child for Bronco under this rule, you can continue here with Bronco registration.
For more information, please contact Zak Rosencrantz, Bronco Commissioner: email@example.com.