La Jolla Youth Baseball welcomes player registrations for the following divisions: (Player’s age as of August 31, 2018)
Shetland (Ages 4, 5 and 6) Pinto (Ages 7 and 8) Mustang (Ages 9 and 10) Bronco (Ages 11 and 12) Pony (Ages 13 and 14)
The season runs from February through May. Shetland players can expect to have one practice and one game per week. All other divisions can expect to have one practice during the week, one game during the week, and one game on Saturday.
Cost: Pony, Bronco, Mustang, and Pinto - $250; Shetland - $225 Family discounts available for each additional sibling.
Family discount information will be available when you register online. Registrations received after January 21, 2018 will be assessed a $50 late fee (except for Shetland), and player may not be guaranteed placement on a team.
La Jolla Baseball Players Developing Their Skill in Fall Ball
Fall Baseball Update
Fall baseball is well underway in San Diego and many of our La Jolla players are using the fall to work on their baseball skills. Many are getting an early start on adjusting to a bigger field as they move up to the next level (Mustang to Bronco for example). We are still receiving reports from the many players and teams in action so check back through the end of the year for updates and pictures of our players!
The La Jolla Vikings Bronco team is playing fall ball in the Tecolote fall league. The Vikings are coached by Jake Gros and have players primarily from La Jolla. Some of the boys from La Jolla that are playing are Andrew Cho, Kyler Close, Justin Graf, Stephen Hill, Charlie Hawkins and Travis Lancaster.
The San Diego Pirates, coached by Nick Moore, have a number of La Jolla players on their team. The Pirates are led by Ryan Kourajian, Vince Moore, Luc Bregante, Mitch Circuit, Yestin Moris and Preston Dinofia.
The Torrey's 11U team has been playing some great baseball. They are led by LJ players Santino Grasso, Jimmy Sampson, Kyle Benton, Donovan Jones, Enzo Brigante, Jett Thomas and Garrett Ace. All of the boys were on the 10u Red All Star team except for Donovan who was on the 9u Reds for last season. The coaches are Robert Grasso and DeVetus Jones.
Trosky's 14U team has quite a few La Jolla players. The Trosky team has been having a great fall led by La Jolla players Hunter Kates, Julian Tang, Connor Hobbs, Daniel Shaul, Johnny Luetzow, Nathan Latimer and Jake Bold.
The Marlins 9-10U team is playing in the Tecolote Fall league and is led by coaches Ben Grieve, Jon Meyer, Ethan Turner and Jim Rock. The boys have been tearing it up all season as they get ready for 2018. The players from La Jolla are Grayson Blatt, Paolo Bregante, Luc Bregante, Barrett Grieve, Juan-Eduardo Guzman, Jonny Myer, Wesley Pearson, Sebastian Rock, Luke Spiro, Reed Turner and Rocco Taccone.
During the 2016 PONY International Board of Directors meeting, a decision was reached to change the date for determining player eligibility from April 30 to August 31. The rule change will take effect at the start of the 2018 PONY Baseball season. This decision was reached after careful consideration of input from leagues, parents, coaches and other sources important in the decision-making process. By making our program younger, all players will be competing on a level playing field. This change will ensure all PONY participants will play in their true age group.
Reggie Smith and Ryan Lehr Thanksgiving Week Hitting Clinic!
Reggie Smith Hitting Clinic in La Jolla Thanksgiving Week!
17-year Major League veteran, Reggie Smith (Boston Red Sox, St Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and as a World Series Champion with the Los Angeles Dodgers) will be in La Jolla to teach your kids the same process of natural hitting mechanics - vision, grip size, stance width, spine-angle, stride-length and swing mechanics - that he teaches current major league players. This is a great opportunity for your players to get ready for the upcoming baseball season which starts in January.
Ryan Lehr was drafted in the 8th Round by the Atlanta Braves in 1997. He spent 12 years in Professional baseball as a third baseman, first baseman and outfielder for the Braves, Angels, Astros, Orioles and Royals organizations. He retired in 2008 with a .288 career average and 84 Minor League homeruns. In 2009 he began working as an understudy to Smith and has been successfully coaching kids in San Diego and Southern California since then.
The clinic is Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st from 9:30 AM to 12:45 PM at the LJYB Pony field on Cliffridge Ave. To ensure each student gets necessary attention to detail the number of attendees are limited for each clinic, so be sure to register ASAP. For more information click HERE. To REGISTER for the Reggie Smith and Ryan Lehr clinic click HERE.
IN CONJUNCTION WITH USABASEBALL AND ITS OTHER PARTICIPATING NATIONAL MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS, PONY BASEBALL HAS ADOPTED THE NEW USA BASEBALLBAT STANDARD (USABat). EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018, WITH THE EXCEPTION OFTHE -3 BAT (BBCOR CERTIFIED), ALL OTHER2 5/8 INCH MINUS FACTOR BATS(-5, -7, -9, ETC) MUST BE YBBCOR CERTIFIED WITHTHE USABat LICENSING STAMP ON THE BAT IN ORDER TO BE USED FOR LEAGUE AND TOURNAMENT PLAY. 2 5/8 INCH MINUS FACTOR BATS -5, -7, -9, ETC., USED IN2017 WILL BE ILLEGAL TOUSE IN 2018.
THE NEW YBBCOR CERTIFIED BATS BEARING THE USABat LICENSING MARK ARE EXPECTED TOBE OFFERED IN RETAIL STORES BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.
(Note: -3, -5, -7, etc. refers to the difference between the bat length in inches and the bat weight in ounces. A 31 inch, 26 ounce bat is a -5 or a "drop 5". 2 5/8 inches is the size of the bat barrell)
If you want to change roster/contact information, including nickname, phone number, add email addresses, etc., you will need to access your "member profile." You can do that be selecting "Edit My Account" at the bottom of the blue vertical menu bar on the left side of the website. Just type in your email address and the site will send you a password to edit contact contact information. Any questions, contact us at:
Note also that all member profiles have a default to be notified about an upcoming game or practice. Several families have already commented that they appreciate this feature. But, if you no longer wish to receive these notifications, you can toggle them off at your member profile as well. You can also toggle on to have text reminders delivered to your mobile.