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goofy guy

Concord, CA

#1 Dec 8, 2009
I have done both and looking to change after being in Little League for a couple of years, been told that I should stay but I am looking for somebody to tell me the difference. Will be playing in Majors and I believe Bronco.
LMHS

United States

#2 Dec 8, 2009
Lead off Bronco Dont Lead Off LL Closer to High school Ball in LMBA and no Jeff D
What does that mean

La Mirada, CA

#3 Dec 8, 2009
What is wrong with Jeff D?
LMHS

United States

#4 Dec 9, 2009
oooo nothing
LL Parent

Pomona, CA

#5 Dec 10, 2009
Pitching distance is 48' at Pony, 45' . Bases 70' with lead offs and dropped third strikes at Pony, LL 60'. Pitching from the stretch with runners on base at Pony. Both leagues have politics like any other league. LL all stars is restricted to players living in the district. Both draft every year now for teams to be closely competitive. Pitching rules protect LL pitchers from throwing to many pitchers better than Pony. Pony is other areas is more competitvie but that was when they could recruit. The fields at Behringer are better and have permanent fencing.
LM Dad

Glendale, CA

#6 Dec 11, 2009
it really is a matter of flavor. both leagues have issues just like all leagues. the grass is not always greener
LM Baseball Fan

La Mirada, CA

#7 Dec 17, 2009
Leave it up to your kid. If he wants to play ball and wants to make the change from one league to the other then let him help you in the decision. It shouldn't be about where the parent wants to play. He'll probably have friends in both leagues and truly it is still the same game. Ask questions about LMBA by writing an email to someone (see website for addresses). Get the facts from them rather than heresay from this string of responses.

Either league you choose - get involved and make a difference. Both leagues run on volunteers and the parents being involved makes a difference in the entire league for all the players!
LBP

Menlo Park, CA

#8 Jan 20, 2010
LITTLE LEAGUE in my judgment is better than Pony because Little League offers a better skills training through the age of 12, due of the kids not having to worry about all the runners leading off at such a short distance between bases. At the younger ages its hard enough just to pitch strikes than to worry about pick off moves. Plus the catcher doesn't even have enough time or in most instances the arm to throw any one who leads off on sixty or even seventy foot base paths. Although Little League may have a little harder time adjusting at ages 13-18 because they move to regulation baseball at 90 foot bases and 60 foot six inch pitching when pony stays at 80 foot bases until age 15. But I see that the Little League pics it up pretty fast.
LM Baseball

La Mirada, CA

#9 Jan 21, 2010
Sign-ups for both LMBA(Pony) and LMLL continue this weekend, Saturday Jan 23, at both Albertsons and Stater Bros.

Don't miss out on the Spring 2010 season of baseball!
Ex LMLL Coach

Canoga Park, CA

#10 Jan 22, 2010
Stick with the League that has the best parents. That will change each year. Kids will have more fun when the parents get along
LMHS BB

United States

#11 Jan 26, 2010
It's baseball, let the kids play. As long as no games are being played in the back room by the adults by stacking teams and the playing field is level, the kids will have fun. Adults with their own plan really tend to be the wrong people for these leagues.
Truth

Lake Elsinore, CA

#12 Jan 27, 2010
LMHS BB wrote:
It's baseball, let the kids play. As long as no games are being played in the back room by the adults by stacking teams and the playing field is level, the kids will have fun. Adults with their own plan really tend to be the wrong people for these leagues.
Funny how adults get in the way and screw it all up.
LM Baseball

Lake Elsinore, CA

#13 Feb 2, 2010
I just found out from a friend that LM Pony is going downhill fast. They suspended 2 managers for a year the morning of the draft in the pony division. What on earth is going on? Did they steal something? One was the former President of the league and the other one I don't know.

Is this just rumors or the typical bs?
Mom

Torrance, CA

#14 Feb 2, 2010
Better baseball is played when you travel
No regrets

United States

#15 Feb 2, 2010
LBP wrote:
LITTLE LEAGUE in my judgment is better than Pony because Little League offers a better skills training through the age of 12, due of the kids not having to worry about all the runners leading off at such a short distance between bases. At the younger ages its hard enough just to pitch strikes than to worry about pick off moves. Plus the catcher doesn't even have enough time or in most instances the arm to throw any one who leads off on sixty or even seventy foot base paths. Although Little League may have a little harder time adjusting at ages 13-18 because they move to regulation baseball at 90 foot bases and 60 foot six inch pitching when pony stays at 80 foot bases until age 15. But I see that the Little League pics it up pretty fast.
i beg to differ. my son played in Minor B last season. his coaches NEVER practiced fundamentals. it was show up to practice; stretch for 10 minutes; batting practice. and the coaches couldn't even throw strikes, so kids had to either take the pitch or swing at a bad ball. all the while with the knucklehead asst. coach yelling at them to 'stop being so picky.' brutal. my experience with my older son in lmba had been that the basics are emphasized and their are more knowledgeable coaches over there, IMO.
LL parent

Lakewood, CA

#16 Feb 2, 2010
Every coach is different whether at Pony or LL. We had Pony coaches that degrade and tear down the young players to tears expecially their own child rather than motivate. Listen to what is said to the children. There are coaches at LL that have issues as well and it is the luck of the draft at both leagues. Coaches are not reviewed based on ability. Travel ball is consistent but still becomse Daddy Ball for the coaches kids. At an early age let them have fun. The parent needs to work with their kid. To try to teach 12 kids in 3 hours a week is not easy. The parent can spend 30 minutes 3 days a week working on fundamentals. At 7 and 8 years old you are lucky to keep a group of 12 kids attention for an hour. They are still young. We just start them earlier and earlier. It is you child, spend the time and don't expect the coach to be a personal trainer.
no more sewing circles

Monterey Park, CA

#17 Feb 3, 2010
LM Baseball wrote:
I just found out from a friend that LM Pony is going downhill fast. They suspended 2 managers for a year the morning of the draft in the pony division. What on earth is going on? Did they steal something? One was the former President of the league and the other one I don't know.
Is this just rumors or the typical bs?
if any league suspends coaches, managers etc.... it means they do not or will not put up with any behavior that will harm the league...it does not mean the league is going downhill....in fact it means the opposite...
LM Baseball Fan

La Mirada, CA

#18 Feb 3, 2010
no more sewing circles wrote:
<quoted text>
if any league suspends coaches, managers etc.... it means they do not or will not put up with any behavior that will harm the league...it does not mean the league is going downhill....in fact it means the opposite...
AMEN - you are so right!
LL parent

Lakewood, CA

#19 Feb 3, 2010
Hopefully the pony coach that moved to little league minor B wasn't one of those removed at Pony.
LMLL

Lakewood, CA

#20 Feb 3, 2010
LMHS BB wrote:
It's baseball, let the kids play. As long as no games are being played in the back room by the adults by stacking teams and the playing field is level, the kids will have fun. Adults with their own plan really tend to be the wrong people for these leagues.
A young boy was asked on Saturday after trying out how he did. He said, "not very good, my day told me not to". True story. I heard from a few people last year that one team in particular was telling kids to sandbag. The leagues can only make sure the draft is fair not the parents unethical behavior that the push on their own children.

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