AZ 13 Little League Baseball: My Site News: The AZ 13 Story

Friday, July 3
The AZ 13 Story
AZ 13 was organized in the summer of 2000 and began play with the 2001 season.  It was a great 1st year as the 'new' District 13 Leagues had memorable seasons.

AZ 13 also ran it's first District 13 tournament at Chandler's Snedigar Complex. It was a cooperative venture - hosted by Chandler National Little League with a lot of help from Chandler American Little League.

About 1-week later, AZ 13 co-hosted the AZ 9/10 STATE tournament along w/the two Chandlers. It was also played at Snedigar and it was a great tournament with lots of fans, lots of help, great facility and some great games 

Since that first season it has been a great ride. In 8-seasons AZ 13 has provided several State Champions and 3-Region Champions. All our District Leagues are committed to serving our youth, providing fun experiences, teaching fundamental baseball skills, stressing fair play and developing good citizenship.

The rest of the story . . . initially, the new district included 7-Leagues from AZ District 6 and 2-Leagues from AZ District 7. The original AZ 13 Leagues were:

From AZ 6:
-> Ahwatukee L. L.
This League was originally Phoenix Southeast L. L. organized around 1980 and encompassed an early Ahwatukee and the area north of the PHX South Mtn. range (40th St. to 48th St., Southern Ave. to South Mtn.) The name change occurred when the League split.

-> Mountain Pointe L. L.
This League was originally a part of Phoenix Southeast Little League and organized around 1990. It was formed as the Ahwatukee area grew to became the Ahwatukee Foothills.  In 2001 the League ended their Little League affiliation.

-> Tempe American L. L.
In the 1970's this League was a part of Tempe Little League which encompassed the City of Tempe. In the early 1980's the area south of US-60 split and became Tempe South Little League. Around 1985 Tempe South split into 3-Leagues: Tempe South American L. L., Tempe National L. L. and Tempe Diamond L. L.  A couple of years later Tempe South L. L. was renamed Tempe American Little League.  In 2004 Tempe American L. L. merged with Tempe National L. L. and once again became Tempe South Little League.

-> Tempe Diamond L. L.
In the 1970's this League was a part of the Tempe Little League. In the early 1980's the area south of US-60 became Tempe South Little League.  And, around 1985 Tempe South L. L. split into 3-Leagues & Tempe Diamond L. L. emerged.  The Tempe Diamond boundaries included the Town of Guadalupe and now includes the area north of the South Mtn. range originally in the Phoenix Southeast L. L.  In 2003 it changed it's name to Tempe-Guadalupe Little League.

-> Old Town Tempe L. L.
In the 1970's this League was a part of Tempe Little League. In the early 1980's Tempe Little League split into 2-Leagues: North Tempe L. L. and South Tempe L. L.  In the Late 1980's/early 1990's North Tempe L. L. split into 2-Leagues:  Old Town Tempe L. L. & Rio Salado L. L.  In 2002 both Old Town Tempe & Rio Salado L. L. merged and became Tempe Rio Salado Little League.

-> Tempe National L. L.
In the 1970's this League was a part of Tempe Little League.  In the early 1980's Tempe Little League split and the area south of US-60 became Tempe South Little League.  Around 1985 Tempe South L. L. split resulting in the creation of 3-Leagues: Tempe National L. L., Tempe Diamond L. L. and Tempe South American L. L.  In 2004 Tempe National L. L. merged with Tempe American becoming, once again, Tempe South Little League.

-> Tempe Rio Salado L. L.
In the 1970's this League was a part of Tempe Little League. In the early 1980's Tempe Little League split into 2-Leagues:  Tempe North L. L. and Tempe South L. L.  In the late 1980's/early 1990's North Tempe L. L. split into 2-Leagues:  Rio Salado L. L. & Old Town Tempe L. L.  In 2002 both Rio Salado L. L. & Old Town Tempe L. L. merged and became Tempe Rio Salado Little League.

and From AZ 7:
- (Historical information pending.)
-> Chandler American L. L.
-> Chandler National L. L.

*The above information created from recollection, historical League documents and discussions w/past Little League volunteers. If you have additional historical information relative to these Leagues, please share them.

Joe Diaz, DA, AZ13