Monterey PONY Baseball / Softball, Inc. is a registered non-profit organization with the State of California (501(c)(3) 23-7081140) affiliated with the National PONY Baseball/Softball program, that serves the Monterey Peninsula’s youth with Baseball Softball programs.
Our organization was created to serve the youth of Monterey as a public athletic organization that instills honesty, loyalty, courage, teamwork and determination. Our organization emphasizes fun and competitiveness while guiding the youth and showing them how to treat others fairly and respectfully.
Monterey PONY Baseball / Softball, Inc. is designated to operate a baseball and softball program on the Monterey Peninsula. Monterey PONY Baseball / Softball, Inc. receives the use of the baseball and softball fields in Monterey, but is not affiliated, operated or governed by the Monterey City Council or the Monterey Parks and Recreation Department.
To operate a youth organization that instills honesty, loyalty, courage, teamwork and determination within all children within our community. Our organization emphasizes fun and competitiveness while guiding the youth and showing them how to treat others fairly and respectfully. Inspire community members to play an active and positive role in the lives of youth by volunteering within Monterey PONY Baseball / Softball, Inc.
Baseball in the City of Monterey began as a youth sports league providing Little League Baseball to the youth in Monterey in the early 1950’s. Lou Goldstein was one of the early leaders of Monterey’s youth baseball during this period. The Monterey Little League was divided into two divisions American League and the National League and each league consisted of 4 teams with players ranging in age from 8 to 12 years old. The American League was sponsored by Shiriners, Shulkens, Elks and the Optimists; the National League was sponsored by Toy Town, Rasmussen & Moody Sports, Kiwanis, and Maris Van & Storage. The Babe Ruth League served the 13 and 14 year old players.
Over the years, the Board of Directors felt that they would be able to provide better programs for the children. They opted to break away from Little League and create the Monterey Youth League. The Monterey Youth League provided the same level of play and rules, the main difference with the organization was that all local fees were now residing within in Monterey Youth League. Babe Ruth continued until the PONY league established their 13 – 14 year old program. When the PONY league formally created a league for 13 – 14 year olds the Monterey Youth League joined PONY. Monterey Youth League officially became Monterey PONY Baseball/Softball, Inc in January of 1992. Since this change, Monterey has been a member and plays within PONY Baseball rules.