Over the past couple of months the BYA has been in discussion as to what to do with the new PONY rules coming in 2018 as far as the new age cutoff change, the new USA bat stamp requirement and the new pitch counts to be specific.
We looked at multiple options moving forward including DIxie Baseball, Texas Teenage and even creating our own independent affiliation.
The BYA has made the decision to sanction the Prime Baseball league with USSSA effective Spring 2018.
This decision was bitter sweet for BYA. We have been a PONY affiliate since 1976 but we felt with all the new rules and a direction change by PONY, the time was right for us to make the change now.
We anticipate you may have a lot of questions. Select teams tend to be much more out front in planning so we wanted you to have as much time as possible to prepare for the change when managing your team for the up and coming 2018 spring season.
The age cutoff will remain May 1.
All bats used for league play beginning Spring 2018 must have a USSSA stamp on it.
2 3/4″ bats will be allowed in Prime league play.
BYA Prime will offer both “AA” and “Open” Division for teams ages 6U to 14U and also a 16U and 18U Open division
6U “Modified” will be offered for the 6 and under players instead of 6U T Ball.
Teams that play in the Prime league will accrue USSSA points to be used for post season play.
League specific rules will be drawn up this off season in regards to specific rules for the league (ex. # of runs per inning, batting format, etc…)
Feel free to contact me directly if you have any other questions. I have tried to put all the resources you will need to better understand the change.
Here are some links to help you learn more about USSSA
BYA Prime Director