CA District 33 Little League: Welcome

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Our District is located in San Diego California and is comprised of 15 leagues. Our area covers parts of San Diego and La Mesa from Balboa Park to Mount Helix from Highway 94 to Highway 52. Please take a look at our League Boundaries Map for further details.

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Helping young people develop character, discipline and teamwork while maintaining physical
and emotional well being through Little League Baseball.


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2015 District 33 Award Dinner

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
6:00pm to 11:00pm 
Sheraton Harbor Island – Bay Tower - Catalina Room
Flyer: 2015 District Dinner Flyer

Our annual District Award Dinner will be held on May 2nd beginning at 6:00pm at the Sheraton Harbor Island - Bay Tower - Catalina Room located at 1590 Harbor Island Drive San Diego, CA 92101. Cost is $50.00 per person. $8.00 self parking at the event. Join us for dinner and lot of fun! This year's theme will be; "Black Out". Come dressed in Black.  A No-Host bar will also be available.  Raffle for gifts donated by our leagues and 50/50 will be held.  We will also be giving out our District Awards to the very deserving recipients.  So please plan on attending this special event. RSVP by Saturday, April 25th at

Hope to see you there!

Angela Engquist
Events Coordinator 
California District 33 

Joe Berardini - Sunshine Little League

District 33 has lost one of its Hometown Heroes. Joe was a veteran of WW II and participated in the freeing of Europe. Joe was also a Hometown Hero for his devotion to the children of our community by founding Sunshine Little League and working with the City to obtain their present fields.

Clay Berry

October 3, 1920 - April 24, 2015

He put his blood, sweat, tears and love into the Sunshine Little League for well over fifty years "for the kids".  I spent many years of my youth down at Sunshine working with him watering, mowing lawns and will cherish the memory on those ballfields which I consider hallowed ground. I cannot drive on the 94 to the 805 without looking over to the right and thinking of the love he freely gave of himself to those in his community.  If he wasn't at home, the whole family knew where he Sunshine!

Robert J. McBride
Grandson of Joe Berardin

Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Joe passed away peacefully after a brief illness.  He was born in San Diego, attended Hoover High School and worked forty six years for Convair.  He served in General Patton’s 2nd Armored Division during World War II and was decorated with Good Conduct, European Campaign with three bronze battle stars and World War II Victory medals. Wounded during the occupation of post war Germany, he was sent to San Francisco to recuperate where he met his bride of 68 years, Mildred Minton. A founder of Sunshine Little League, he organized the local trade unions to help him build the ball fields that remain to this day his legacy, Berardini Fields on Federal Boulevard.  He is survived by his wife Mildred, daughter Stella, sons Patrick, Walter, Joe all of San Diego and four grandsons, thirteen great grandchildren, two great, great grandchildren and a sister Angelina Des Roches of The Dalles Oregon.  In lieu of flowers or contributions, the family requests a donation be made to Sunshine Little League in his honor. To quote him “It’s for the kids!” Viewing is at Goodbody Mortuary and military honors and burial are planned for Miramar National Cemetery.

2015 Juniors Thomas Invitational Tournament Re-Cap

April 10th thru April 12th  and April 24th thru April 26th 2015
Final #1 Brackets: 
2015 Juniors Thomas Invitational Brackets #1
Final #2 Brackets: 2015 Juniors Thomas Invitational Brackets #2 

Tierrasanta Junior Division Giants 
2015 Junior Thomas Invitational Champs #2






The 2015 Juniors Thomas Invitational Tournaments has been completed. Great weather was the backdrop for the first weekend of tournament. The second weekend had some rain but didn't effect play on the field. We were pleased to have teams from Mid City, Patriots, North Park, Tierrasanta and Serra Mesa competing in the either or both JTI Tournaments.

Tierrasanta Junior Division Giants 
2015 Junior Thomas Invitational Champs #1
A whole hearted "Thank You" goes out to all the host leagues and their volunteers that made this tournament possible for the teams to play in. And let's not forget all the umpires that volunteered their time for the tournament. 
Congratulations to the Tierrasanta Junior Division Giants for sweeping both the 2015 Juniors Thomas Invitational Tournaments.
District 33 is proud to have Mike's Action Photos as our District 33 Juniors Thomas Invitational Photographer. Mike took some great shots of players during the tournaments. Be sure to check them out on his website. Album Password: D33



Friday Night Lights - Game of the Week

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Murphy Canyon Little League's Little Damato Field

Friday Night Lights
 began on March 20th 2015. The full schedule is now posted below. All games will be played at MCLL's Little Damato field located at 4500 Damato St. San Diego, California 92124. 


  * All games start at 7:00 PM.

  * Home and Visiting teams will be decided by coin flip one hour prior to game time.

  * Each league is responsible for supplying one umpire for their Friday night games. The home team will supply the plate umpire. Since the home team will be determined by coin flip, make sure the umpires you send are able to do either the plate or the bases. They will also need to make sure they have their plate gear with them in case their team is the home team.

 * Each manager to bring three RS or RS-T game balls.

 * Please be respectful of our MC hosts and support with field prep and post-game cleanup.

  * Games will be played as scheduled. No one has the authority to cancel games except for myself

  20-Mar   Allied Gardens 1 - Kearny Canyon
    La Mesa National - San Carlos 1
    Chollas Lake - Lake Murray
  17-Apr    San Carlos 2 - Allied Gardens 2 
24-Apr    Mission Trails 1 - Rolando 1

  1-May     Serra Mesa - Rolando 2
8-May     Mid City - North Park
   Tierrasanta - Mission Trails 2

Make your plans to come out and witness some exciting District 33 Majors Division Baseball Inter-League games under the lights. 

Dave Graham
D33 Scheduler

2015 District Service Awards

District Service Awards are given to individuals nominated by their league that has several years of outstanding service to their league as well as having impacted the District by serving the other leagues in some capacity, usually by being involved in tournaments or something district wide. District Service Awards are usually given out on the League's Opening Day or Team Announcement Night. The rest of the District awards are presented at our annual dinner in May.

The 2015 District Service Award recipients are...  

Mike Bitter
San Carlos Little League

Chuck Cadwalader
Lake Murray Little League

Josie Thomas
Tierrasanta Little League

Carol Hill
Chollas Lake Little League

8th Annual Clay Berry Invitational Tournament at Western Region Re-Cap

March 27th thru March 29th 2015 
Final Brackets:
2015 CBI Brackets

The 8th annual CBI Tournament took place Friday, March 27th thru Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at Little League Baseball Western Region Headquarters. Mother Nature gave us some outstanding sunshine for all of the games. This year the

Serra Mesa Major Division Athletics 
2015 Clay Berry Invitational Tournament Champs

following leagues participated in the CBI:  Mission Trails D'Backs, San Carlos White Sox, Allied Gardens Angels, Serra Mesa Athletics, Rolando Iron Pigs, Tierrasanta Red Sox, Lake Murray Royals and North Park Spartans.

Congratulations to Serra Mesa Little League Major Division Athletics for winning the 8th annual Clay Berry Invitational and taking home the flag.  This is the second District Tournament that SMLL Major Athletics have won this year. The DDM was the first tournament.

District 33 is proud to have Mike's Action Photos as our Official CBI Photographer. Mike took some great shots during the Tournament, be sure to check them out on his website. Album Password: D33


7th Annual Dorothy Dupont Memorial Tournament Re-Cap

March 13th thru March 15th 2015
Final Brackets: 
2015 DDM Tournament Brackets       


Serra Mesa Major Division Athletics 
2015 Dorothy Dupont Memorial Tournament Champs

The 7th Annual Dorothy Dupont Memorial Tournament was held March 13th thru March 15th 2015 at Murphy Canyon Little League's Damato field. Seven Major Division teams from District 33 Little Leagues participated in the tournament: Chollas Lake Giants, San Carlos Cardinals, Rolando Bulls, Kearny Canyon Wild Coyotes, La Mesa National Angels, Serra Mesa A's and Lake Murray Mets.
Congratulations to Serra Mesa Little League Major Division A's for capturing the 7th Annual DDM Flag.


District 33 is proud to have Mike's Action Photos as our Official DDM Photographer. Mike took some great shots of players during the tournament. Take a look at his webpage for details on how to purchase photos of your favorite 2015 DDM Tournament player. Album Password: D33

2015 Local League Opening Day Ceremonies

After a long winter that included many hours of recuiting volunteers, field maintenance, coaching clinics, finding out what are the new hot items to sell in the concession stand and working on game schedules for all your teams without any conflicts. The time has come for the players to take to the fields and the games to begin. Good luck to everyone and hope you have a great season. 


Please send us a few photos of your Opening Day ceremonies to and we'll post them for everyone to enjoy.

San Diego State University Baseball

San Diego State University Baseball season is underway. If any of the CA District 33 Little League Baseball teams are interested in purchasing group tickets, we have a great group rate of just $4 per person.

We would love to have you join us at any of our home games this year. You can find our full schedule here: Please let me know if you are interested in attending a game and I will work with you to set up the best possible group experience. I can be reached at

I look forward to talking to you soon and hope to see you at Tony Gwynn Stadium this season! 

Best Regards, 
Sarah Klein
San Diego State University Baseball Head Marketing Intern

2015 Rule Changes & Clarifications

In April, 2014 the International Congress approved the new league age determination amendment for Little League Baseball®.  To implement the new amendment, it was decided to include a three-year waiting period to execute the change, starting in 2018. Questions from the field were raised about the impact the change would have on players that were currently league age 8 under the traditional system.  Using feedback from Little League® parents through our District Administrators, the Little League International Board of Directors adjusted the April-approved implementation strategy in order to modify the impact on all of our minor and major division players. The adjustment also allows for an easier transition for players in the early years of Little League participation.
As a result of this recent adjustment to the implementation strategy, effective immediately, any player born on or after January 1, 2006 who will turn the ages of 4-9 during the 2015 calendar year will be eligible to participate in a local Little League program and will use the new age determination date of December 31 for the reminder of their Little League Baseball career. Players will still be assigned to a division based on local league divisional structure.

2015 Baseball
Regulation IV – The Players

(a)  Little League (Majors) Division: Any candidate with amateur status who will attain the age of 9 years on or after May 1, 2014, and who will not attain the age of 13 before May 1 of the year in question shall be eligible to compete in Little League Baseball (subject to the local league Board of Directors alignment of this division). This means that a participant who will be 13 years old on May 1 or later, is eligible to play that year; a participant who will be 13 years old on April 30 or earlier will not be eligible for either local league play or tournament play at any time during the calendar year in question. NOTE: League age 12 year olds may participate in Minors Division under certain circumstances.

Minor League Division:
Any candidate with amateur status who will attain the age of 7 years on or after January 1, 2015, and who will not attain the age of 13 before May 1 of the year in question shall be eligible to compete in the Minor League Division Baseball (subject to the local league Board of Directors alignment of this division). This means that a participant who will be 13 years old on May 1 or later, is eligible to play that year; a participant who will be 13 years old on April 30 or earlier will not be eligible for either local league play or tournament play at any time during the calendar year in question.

Tee Ball Division: Any candidate with amateur status who will attain the age of 4 years on or after January 1, (2015), and who will not attain the age of 8 on or before December 31, (2015), of the year in question shall be eligible to compete in the Tee Ball Division Baseball (subject to the local league Board of Directors alignment of this division). This means that a participant who will be 7 years old on or before December 31, is eligible to play that year; a participant who will be 8 years old on December 31 or earlier, will not be eligible for either local league play or tournament play at any time during the calendar year in question.

2015 Little League Age Chart

 Match month (top line) and box with year of birth. League age indicated at right.

2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 4
2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 5
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 6
2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 7
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 8
2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 9
        2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 9
2005 2005 2005 2005 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 10
2004 2004 2004 2004 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 11
2003 2003 2003 2003 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 12
2002 2002 2002 2002 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 13
2001 2001 2001 2001 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 14
2000 2000 2000 2000 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 15
1999 1999 1999 1999 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 16
1998 1998 1998 1998 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 17
1997 1997 1997 1997 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 18

Note: This age chart is for BASEBALL DIVISIONS ONLY, and only for 2015.

Download a pdf version of the 2015 Baseball Division Age Chart

Little League® Congratulates Major League Baseball and USA Baseball on the Launch of the Pitch Smart Program

For 75 years, Little League® has strived to provide children with healthy and safe baseball and softball opportunities. Little League would like to congratulate Major League Baseball and USA Baseball for the launch of their new Pitch Smart campaign, as we continue to work together to make baseball a safe, fun sport for all children. 

The Pitch Smart program is a collaborative effort to encourage youth baseball pitchers to adhere to strict pitch count limits with mandatory day's rest. The program follows the same guidelines that Little League established in 2006 to protect young arms. Both Little League's pitch count regulations and the Pitch Smart program directly benefited from the insight and expertise of Dr. James Andrews, notable orthopedic surgeon and a member of Little League International Board of Directors, and his colleague, Dr. Glenn Fleisig, also of the American Sports Medicine Institute. Dr. Andrews recently wrote about the importance of putting the baseball glove down for Little League's The Parent Connection.

"The issue of arm safety is something we take very seriously here at Little League," said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. "We are thrilled to see the launch of the Pitch Smart campaign, and Little League looks forward to continuing to work with Major League Baseball and USA Baseball to enhance the safety of the sport for all its young participants."

After several years of research, Little League launched its pitch count program in 2006. With limits set for different amounts of pitches for different age groups, Little League has been diligent in protecting young arms since establishing strict pitching rules based on Dr. Andrews' research. With many baseball players participating in Little League and other youth baseball programs, it is important for parents and coaches to use the Pitch Smart campaign and the Little League pitch count program to ensure young pitching arms stay safe.

Little League strongly encourages all Little League volunteers, parents, and officials to review and share it with others.

How to Stop a Bullying Coach

By Patrick Cohn, Ph.D. and Lisa Cohn

Bullying is a growing epidemic in sports. As sports parents, it's critical for you to be prepared to protect your young athletes. If you think this issue won't ever come up in your kids' sports careers, think again. Bully coaches are the number one topic parents write us about at Kids' Sports Psychology.

Have your kids ever had a coach who yelled at, insulted or intimidated them? It's possible they have, but were too embarrassed to tell you. It's important for you to be on the lookout for bully coaches and to take immediate action if you suspect your young athletes are being bullied.

Bully coaches target all kinds of young athletes. They can set their sights on kids who are overweight, small, or who lack confidence, for instance. These coaches also target gifted athletes because they believe their approach will "toughen up" their athletes.

It's important to keep in mind that most volunteer coaches are not trained. Many of them use teaching techniques that their coaches used with them. Some of them don't understand they're acting like bullies. Many coaches will change their behavior if you approach them in an appropriate manner. We've received letters of confession from coaches who say that once they understood how much their words and actions hurt their athletes, they changed their style. More: 6 Tips for Coaching Your Own Child

Whether a coach's bullying is intentional or unintentional, your job as sports parents is the same. If your athletes are teased, excluded or otherwise treated badly by coaches, you need to take steps to help keep their confidence intact, stay focused under adversity, and remain in sports.

The bottom line, for you as parents: Be on the lookout for bully coaches and arm yourself with the information you need to take action.

Stories From the Trenches
The many sports parents who have written us about bullying say their young athletes are teased, harassed, intimidated and threatened by bully coaches. Here's what some sports parents tell us:

"My daughter was bullied relentlessly on her high school gymnastics team by her coach. She was screamed at in front of her entire team after every meet, called names, criticized for everything, including how she talked, how she looked, what she wore. She was hanged in effigy." - Sports Parent

"Our teenage son's football experience has soured because of coaches who do not want their players to have any fun. One practice his coach told him to get in line for a drill and he told the coach his shoulder and arm hurt too much. The coach told him to quit whining over aches and get in line. When my son refused, from that day on their relationship has been bad. Eventually we took him to doctors and he missed the rest of the season." ~ Sports Parent.  For more stories from parents visit the Youth Sports Psychology blog

How Bully Coaches Affect Kid's Experience
Youth coaches are critical to kids' sports experiences. They can influence whether young athletes enjoy sports and want to continue to play. Some coaches get kids fired up about playing sports, while other coaches may discourage kids or take the fun out of sports. A good coach can keep kids' interest in sports alive.

Bullied kids think there is something wrong with them. This deflates them and creates a lack of comfort and security in sports. Often, young athletes' first reaction to being treated this way is shame. They don't want to talk about their experience. They feel as if they somehow caused the coaches to treat them badly.

What's more, bullying can hurt an athlete's confidence—in and out of sports. Sometimes kids say they can't get a bully's negative words out of their heads.

Kids who are bullied experience difficulty focusing on what they should focus on. They sometimes obsess about what a coach might say or do if they make mistakes or do something wrong. The kids are in fear. They focus on the wrong things during sports because they are preoccupied with gaining approval from the coach (or not disappointing the coach). Often they are afraid of how the coach will react if they make a bad move or decision.

Behaviors of Bully Coaches
Bully coaches often yell at, tease, humiliate and intimidate kids. Parents should never underestimate the importance of this type of behavior. It can really hurt kids' self-esteem.

As sports parents it's your job to ensure your athletes are in good hands. Bully coaches do NOT toughen up your young athletes, as they might insist. They don't improve kids' performance, either.

Coaches who bully—either with harsh words or physical harm—can hurt young athletes' self-esteem, undermine their social skills and make it hard for them to trust. In some cases, these coaches can make kids feel anxious and depressed.  More: 3 Sports Psychology Tips for Parents and Coaches

What's more, coaches who use such negative feedback are generally focused too much on one thing: winning or turning out elite athletes. They give kids the message that winning is everything. That makes kids focus too much on outcomes—such as the score or win. It can prevent them from reaping the social and emotional benefits of taking part in sports.

Focusing too much on the score or winning also can hurt kids' performance. They often develop fear of failure. That means they stop taking risks and they play too tentatively. That's because they're afraid the coach will yell at them or punish them.

Take Action
Before you even sign your kids up for a team, it's entirely appropriate and reasonable to interview the coach. You should ask potential coaches about their philosophy and how they handle playing time.  More: Why Coaches Should Have a Parents Meeting

If your young athletes are already part of a team, but don't seem happy with the coach, you need to do some research. Gently ask your kids questions about how the coaches treat the team and watch carefully for how they react.

You might ask other parents what they've seen or heard. Attend games and practices and keep a lookout for signs of yelling, intimidation or physical bullying. Some coaches, for example, will throw balls at kids in an effort to scare them. This shouldn't be tolerated

If you see or hear about a coach who yells at, intimidates or insults kids, you should take action. If you merely sit back and complain, you're part of the problem. Instead, you need to begin by talking to the coach. You can gently suggest that his or her behavior may hurt kids' confidence or self-esteem.

In some cases, you may find that you can't change the coach's behavior. If this happens, you should try talking to a league or school administrator who oversees the coach. If that isn't helpful, consider moving your child to a different coach or team. Staying with the same coach will likely increase your kids' anxiety and hurt their athletic performance and confidence—at a minimum.  More: How to Keep a Strong Parent-Coach Relationship

Award-winning parenting writer Lisa Cohn and Youth Sports Psychology expert Dr. Patrick Cohn are co-founders of The Ultimate Sports Parent. Pick up their free e-book, "Ten Tips to Improve Confidence and Success in Young Athletes" by visiting

What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent -- And What Makes A Great One

Hundreds of college athletes were asked to think back: "What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?" Their overwhelming response: "The ride home from games with my parents."

With the new baseball and softball season fast approaching, we would like to share with you the following article published on the website " The Post Game." Take a minute and click on the following link: and see if what type of Little League parent you are?

Teaching Life's Lessons

Little League On-Line offers monthly newsletters on safety, coaching, umpiring and general little league issues. From time to time we will share articles that we think would be good for everyone in Distict 33 to read. In the March 2012 newsletter "Fair Ball"  is an article written by Bill Carter, Western Region Umpire in Chief, titled "Teaching Lifes Lessons."  Please take a moment and click on the following link to read Bill's article:

Special Offer for D33 Families

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For every mattress purchased by a D33 family or referral, Mattress By Appointment will donate $25.00 directly to the individual league the family of referral comes from.    

Please bring the attached flyer with you and/or make sure to inform them which D33 league you are from when purchasing a new Mattress Set from them!

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District 33 Calendar

Take a look a our District Calendar for the lastest news on upcoming events hosted by District 33 and our local leagues. Just click on the header for a more information on each event. Be sure to add our Google Calendar to yours and you'll receive notifications of each of the events below.


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