Palomino League

Palomino League is the Dubuque PONY League's 18 and under League.

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Palomino (18U)


Allow players fifteen to eighteen to fine tune their skills and continue to enjoy the game of baseball regardless if they are currently playing High School baseball or not. It allows for these older players to practice their skills on regulation diamonds against players from other areas. Whether they want to improve their skills or just enjoy playing the game, this gives them the opportunity to do just that.

Quick Hits

  • Ages 15-18

  • Player Pitched

  • Three outs per inning

  • Every player bats

  • 90 foot base paths

  • 60 foot pitcher’s mound

  • Depending on enrollment numbers and the preference of league players and parents, games are played as follows:

  • Enough players for one or two teams: Sunday mornings as part of the Eastern Iowa Babe Ruth League*. Home games are at Vets, road games at various Dubuque County locations.

  • Enough players for two or more teams: Sunday afternoon or evening as part of Palomino Division. All games at Vets.
  • The schedule is designed (with everything on Sundays) to minimize conflicts for players who are participating in spring and summer HS sports (including baseball)

  • Registration Fee - $100 (includes hat and two jerseys)

* If we play in the Eastern Iowa Babe Ruth League, only players in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to play

Final Score

Our Palomino League is for 15 through 18 year olds. At this level, players are introduced to the regulation diamond with 90 foot base paths and 60.6 foot pitching distance. Players of league age 15 and 16 are subject to pitching limitations designed to protect their arms.

Games are played under the official rules of Major League Baseball. The Palomino League enables high school players to fine tune their skills before advancing into open competition. It is designed for allowing players to hone and display their skills. The Palomino League enables these young adults to continue to enjoy the game of baseball in conjunction with or outside of organized high school programs, to pit their skills against players from other areas and to display their talents for review by collegiate recruiters and professional scouts.

Dubuque Palomino League teams are allowed to schedule games with other area teams (even in other leagues) that are interested. Schedules will be coordinated when possible with local high school baseball coaches and programs to minimize conflicts. Games played against fellow Palomino associated Moline, Davenport, Bettendorf, IOWA PONY and Dubuque PONY league teams count as qualifiers for the Palomino League World Series held in Washington, PA.

Information on divisional World Series:

After attending the spring player evaluation session, players are placed on teams via a draft system. Once drafted, the player stays on that team until they age out. For example, a 15 year old drafted onto the Palomino Bandits will remain on the Bandits until they effectively age out of the league. Specialized player placement by coaches may occur at this level, subject to board approval.