Mission Viejo Pony Baseball will host a July 17 tryout clinic – led by a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player – for its upcoming fall season.
The free Saturday clinic, which takes place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Oso Viejo Park, is for players 8 to 14 years old who live in Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch and Rancho Santa Margarita. Each city will operate its own league separately and will compete with each other during the fall season. The divisions will be Mustang (8-10), Bronco (11/12) and Pony (13/14). League competition will be held from mid September to mid November and baseball games will be held primarily on Sundays. There will be an exciting end-of-season tournament to crown a league champion in each division.
Ruben Corral, a former MLB player and collegiate coach, will run the tryout clinic with the help of professional coaches and experienced players. The tryout clinic will be an opportunity for local youth to learn about Pony baseball while picking up some useful pointers that will be taught during the clinic. Tryouts for fall baseball will be held on Sunday, July 25. Tryout information is available at www.MissionViejoPony.org.
Pony baseball is designed for the competitive player who is ready to play at a faster pace using real MLB rules. Players can take lead offs, run on a dropped third strike and pitchers can pick-off base runners. In the spring, Pony baseball will host an end-of-season All-Star series and is currently in negotiation for national TV coverage.
Oso Viejo Park is at 24932 Veterans Way.