At the conclusion of each season, a select number of players are invited to join post season tournament teams (commonly called “All Stars”) that participate in local and regional tournaments. These players, their teams, and their families serve as the ambassadors of LA-MV to other leagues around Northern California, the PONY Western Zone, and (potentially) all of the United States.
All LA-MV families are encouraged to attend these post-season tournaments, cheer for our kids, and watch some really great baseball!
For the current season, we will have the following post season teams
One Pinto-2 Travel team is scheduled to participate in two local, non-PONY sanctioned tournaments: The teams begin practice in early June.
The 8U, 9U, 10U, Bronco, Pony, and Colt Traveling teams are entered into PONY National Tournament play as described below. These teams begin practicing at the conclusion of the regular season and/or the conclusion of In-House tournaments (early June). These teams will also likely participate in one or two local tournaments leading up to the PONY Sectionals in an effort to better prepare the teams for PONY tournament play.
In-House All Star Tournament Teams play in a tournament held on our own fields, usually in early June. The In-House teams may, at the discretion of the Division Director, be limited to qualified players that were not selected for the Traveling Teams, or they may include Traveling Team players.
Each All Star team is comprised of one Head Coach and 12-15 players that are selected by the Division Director and Head Coach, and reviewed and approved by a Committee comprised of the VP of Operations, the Player Representative, and the Director of Umpires. Assistant coaches are chosen from the pool of parents for each team.
Players are selected with the objective of fielding the best possible team. Selection begins with the information that is collected at tryouts. This is supplemented with the evaluations of “best opposing players” in the Game Reports that are submitted by Head Coaches to the Division Director after every game. Finally, every Head Coach (both Regular Season and Club Team) is asked to evaluate the performance of each of his players and pass on recommendations for All Star consideration.
Based on the Game Reports, evaluation scores, input from these coaches, and personal observations of player performance by the Division Director, tentative rosters are then assembled for each All Star team by a Committee comprised of the All Star Head Coach, Division Director, and Player Representative. This is immediately followed by telephone confirmation with each player regarding their interest and availability to commit to participating with the team. This process can take several days to complete.
The PONY Baseball organization annually sponsors a series of tournaments that ultimately lead to the PONY World Series. Separate tournaments are held for each division, Pinto through Palomino. LA-MV typically enters one Pinto-2 (8U) team, two Mustang-1 (9U) teams, two Mustang-2 (10U) teams, one Bronco (11-U) team, one Bronco team (11- and 12-year olds), one Bronco 12U team, one Pony (13U) team, one Pony team, and one Colt team into PONY tournament play, as described above.
The PONY World Series track consists of four tournament rounds:
PONY Sectional Tournaments are held in late June or early July. Each league decides how many teams to enter and the composition of its teams, subject to PONY Tournament Team Rules that ensure fairness across leagues. Typically four to eight Sectional Tournaments in each division are held around the Bay Area, with six to twelve teams in each Tournament. The tournaments are always double-elimination: each team plays until they lose two games.
PONY Regional Tournaments are held in Mid July, and include all teams that won a Sectional Tournament, plus the tournament host team. LA-MV is in the Northern California Region, which spans Monterey to the California-Oregon border. LA-MV is the host for the Regional Tournament for the Pony Division (ages 13-14); you can see the most recent results on our Rosita Tournament Page.
PONY Zone Tournaments are held in early August and consist of those teams that have won Regional tournaments. There are six PONY Zones around the world: West, North, East, South, Asia, and Caribbean. LA-MV is located in the West Zone, which includes all of the Pacific states, Arizona, and Hawaii.
The PONY World Series is held in mid August, and includes one team from each of the six Zones, plus the Zone host team and tournament host team. Details about the PONY World Series are available on the PONY web site.
Pony North California might be posted here. Stay tuned.