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Which division is right for my child?

Players range in age from 4-19 and are eligible to play in a division based on their age as of April 30 (for the 2017 season).

League League Age Cost
Shetland (Tee Ball) 4/5/6 95
Pinto (Coach Pitch) 7/8 165
Mustang (Kid pitch)   9/10 185
Bronco 11/12 230
Pony Cascade 13/14 350
Pony Olympic 13/14 400
Colt 14/15/16 400
Palomino TBD 425
Thorobred TBD 375


 Note: Registration questions should be sent to the NSB Registrar at:

 

UNDERSTANDING THE SHETLAND DIVISION (Tee-Ball)
Shetland division (tee-ball) is for players ages 4 to 6.
Focus is on introducing fundamental skills and teamwork. All playing time for each player is equal and the entire team bats each inning. All players play in the field on defense, with a regulation infield and the remainder of the players in the outfield.  Practices are typically Saturdays at Upper Jane Addams field. Games are once per week, usually Saturday; two-innings long, lasting approximately one hour. We do not keep score at this level.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE PINTO DIVISION (Coach Pitch)
Pinto division (coach-pitch) is for players ages 7 and 8.
Coaches pitch soft-core balls overhand, a batter is out only after 6 missed pitches.  There are 3 outs per side, per inning. The entire team bats throughout the game; 5-run per inning mercy rule is in effect. Ten players are in the field.  Games consist of 6 innings and each player has a minimum of 3 innings per game, as long as they meet PONY league rules regarding attendance and behavior. There are two games per week. We keep score and have standings with playoffs at the end of the season.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE MUSTANG DIVISION
Mustang Division is for players ages 9-10.
Players pitch at this level and the complete game of baseball is taught;  including leading off and base stealing. Mustang plays 2-4 games per week. A minimum three-inning playing time is required for each player who meets league rules regarding attendance and behavior. Field size is 60’ base paths with 46’ pitching distance. Games are 6 innings and there is a 10-run(total) mercy rule in effect after 4 innings.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE BRONCO DIVISION
Bronco Division is for players ages 11-12.
This is a very competitive level of play, with powerful pitching and hard hitting. There are 3 to 4 games per week on 70’ base paths with a 50’ pitching distance. A minimum three-inning playing time is required for each player who meets the league rules regarding attendance and behavior. Bronco games are 7 innings long.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE PONY DIVISION
Pony Division is for players ages 13-14.
At this age, some leagues (including Little League) play on 90’ diamonds. The PONY organization was created in 1951 to provide an intermediate step – employing a 80’ base path and 54’ pitching distance. These field dimensions are proportioned to bodies that are not fully grown, helping to avoid injuries and keep play competitive.
NSB divides the Pony level into Olympic (select) and Cascade (recreational) divisions. Both division play in a north King County/south Snohomish County Pony scheduling organization. There are 25+ league games, and summer tournament play. The Olympic Division provides a low-cost select baseball experience, and is tailored to athletes that wish to play other sports in the fall and winter.  The Cascade Division teams are formed in February; practices begin ing in late February or early March.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE COLT DIVISION
Colt Division is for players ages 14-16.
This level of play begins in May, which allows players to complete high school team seasons.This is a highly skilled, competitive, level of play, which uses a full-sized field.
The Colt schedule consists of approximately 25 games per season, but may continue throughout the summer in tournaments, as the team and coaches desire. Coaches will work with players to help them improve their game so they can continue to advance on their High School teams.
We have two additional programs in the Fall and late Winter to continue their growth in the skills required to play High School Baseball.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE PALOMINO DIVISION
Palomino Division is for players ages 16-19.
This level of play begins in May, which allows players to complete high school team seasons.This is a highly skilled, competitive level of play, which uses a full-sized field.
The Palomino schedule consists of approximately 25 games per season, but may continue
throughout the summer in tournaments, as the team and coaches desire. Coaches will work with players to help them improve their game so they can continue to advance on their High School teams.
We have two additional programs in the Fall and late Winter to continue their growth in the skills required to play High School Baseball.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE THOROBRED DIVISION
Thorobred Division is a wood bat only division for older players, ages 17U to 23U often former Palomino players or graudates of high school baseball programs. Thorobred players often assist in coaching younger division teams and may receive a fee waiver  in return. They play in a local Thorobred interlock and may also play Palomino teams.  No PONY tournament play. About 20 to 25 games.