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Pony Baseball - 8U

Any boy who has or will reach the age of 7 or is 8 years on April 30th shall be eligible to play in the Pony division.  At the Pony baseball level, all games will be coach-pitch; however, coaches will be working with boys to identify those interested in pursuing pitching or catching positions. A Little League approved standard baseball ball will be used at this level. As with Tee Ball/Rookie Ball the coaches collectively umpire.

The primary objective at this level is to ensure that each player has a "positive experience" with baseball, desires to play again the following year, and has learned the skills listed below.

  • The TEAM concept and respect for the game
  • Warm up techniques, including stretching
  • Number of outs per inning
  • The ball is always "LIVE"/"Hustle"
  • Fielding techniques (proper down and ready position)
  • Uses both hands to catch the ball vs. one handed or trapped catches
  • Ground ball fielding techniques
  • Communication (calling a fly ball)
  • Differences between a Force Play and Tag
  • Understands where to make the defensive play
  • Proper Batting position
  • Proper base running (on the ground vs. in the air)
  • Pitching or catching position interest
  • Good competitive sportsmanship

Game/Practice Days:

  • TBD (30 days prior to H.V.A.A. scheduled opening day)


  • $80/player



River Valley League Rules

Due to limited in house team numbers, the River Valley Baseball/Softball League was created in 2018 with a purpose of expanding play to other neighboring communities. HVAA participates in this league. These communities include, and may not be limited to, Greenwich, Cambridge, Hoosick Falls, and Schuylerville. Teams will host games and travel to other communities during the Spring sports season.


Provided Equipment:

  • T-shirt and hat
  • Baseballs 2.94” in diameter (standard baseball).
  • Bats - view bat rules
  • Batting helmets (face-mask needed for pitchers mound).
  • Catchers Gear (helmet, shin guards and chest protector).

Equipment Needed:

  • Baseball pants (no jeans or shorts)
  • Baseball glove size 10 to 12 inch
  • Athletic footwear (sneakers or rubber cleats)
  • (Optional but recommended) Some parents or players choose to purchase their own batting helmet for comfort.
  • (Optional) Individual bat and/or gear bag

Contact Us

Hoosic Valley Athletic Association

P.O. Box 281 
Valley Falls, New York 12185

Email Us: [email protected]
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