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 All-Star Tournament

The 2015 Little League International "All-Star" Tournament began on Saturday, June 20th for District 33. Did you know that there are 5 levels in the All-Star Tournament? The first level is District. The second level is Sections. The third level is State. In Southern California, since there are many leagues, Little League has divided Southern California in half and have 2 tournaments called Sub-Divisions. The winner of the Sub-Division South plays the winner of the Sub-Division North in the State Championship tournament. After State are Regional's and finally the World Series. The lower divisions, 9/10's and 10/11's end their tournaments at the State level.  If you would like to know all the dates and locations of the various tournaments, take a look at our 2015 All Star Baseball Tournament Levels handout, to see where the road to the World Series will take you.





Regional & World Series All-Star Tournaments Information

The fourth and fifth levels of the 2015 All Star Tournament for the upper divisions are the Regional and World Series. The lower divisions; 9/10's and 10/11's ended their tournament at the State level.  ESPN will be broadcasting these games on TV and on the internet.  Want to catch a game on TV or online?  Just want to see how the teams are doing in your division? Take a look at the following links below for up-to-date information from Little League International on the progess of the 2015 All-Star Tournament. 
                                                                                         
 Little League BB Junior League BB Senior League BB Big League BB  
 Little League SB Junior League SB  Senior League SB Big League SB 






Southern California State All-Star Tournament

Unfortunately, all the teams for District 33 have been eliminated from the tournament for this year. But if you are still interested in following the International Tournament, below is the information on the State level. 

The third level of the International tournament is called the Southern California State level.  This tournament is made up of Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. So-Cal has been divided into two sub-divisions. We are in the South and that includes Sections 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. 

 

Little League Sectional winners will play in the sub-division from July 23rd - July 30th. District 68 will host this sub-division in San Clemente. The winner of the sub-division will advance to play a best two out of three with the northern sub-division winner from August 1st - 2nd to determine the Southern California State Champion. District 23 in Ontario will host the sub-division playoff. The winner of this playoff will advance to the Western Regional level.  

 

10/11’s Sectional winners play in a sub-division July 23rd – July 30th.  District 43 will be hosting the sub-division. The winner of the sub-division will advance to play a best two out of three with the Northern sub-division winner from August 1st – August 2nd to determine the Southern California State Champion. District 43 will host the sub-division playoff.  

 

9/10’s Sectional winners play in a sub-division July 23rd – July 30th. The games are hosted by District 72 in Corona.  The winner of the sub-division will advance to play a best two out of three with the northern sub-division winner from August 1st-August 2nd to determine the Southern California State Champion.  District 72 will host the sub-division playoff in the Corona area.  

 

Junior Sectional winners play in a Sub-Division July 21st – July 28th. The games are hosted by District 22 in the Imperial Valley area.  The winner of the Sub-Division will advance to play a best two out of three with the northern sub-division winner from July 30th-July 31th to determine the Southern California State Champion. District 22 will host sub-division playoff in the Imperial Valley area. 

 
 




Section 6 All-Star Tournament Re-Cap

The second level of the International Tournament is called "Sections". The District All-Star winners will advance to the Section All-Star Tournament.  We are in Section 6, which includes the following Districts: District 31, District 32, District 33 and District 70. All District winners face each other in a double elimination tournament.

District 33 was proud to host the Junior Baseball Section 6 tournament. Congratulations to Encinitas Little League for winning the 2015 Section 6 flag. Below are the final brackets from D33 and other host Districts

            Junior Baseball
 
            Brackets:
Junior BB

9/10's Baseball
Brackets: 9/10's BB
10/11's Baseball
Brackets: 10/11's BB
Little League (11/12's) Baseball
Brackets: Little League (11/12's) BB

Want to know how the teams from District 33 did during the Section 6 All-Star Tournament? 

10/11's Baseball
7/14/15: San Carlos (11) - (D70) Vista American (10)  
7/16/15: San Carlos (11) - (D31) Encinitas (16)
7/17/15: San Carlos (11) - (D70) Vista American (0)   
7/19/15: San Carlos (6) vs (D31) Encinitas (3)
7/20/15: San Carlos (5) vs (D31) Encinitas (16) (Championship Game)
San Carlos eliminated from the Tournament 

Little League Baseball (11/12's)
7/14/15: San Carlos (14) - (D70) Rancho Buena Vista (5)
7/16/15: San Carlos (6) - (D31) Encinitas (8)
7/17/15: San Carlos (0) vs (D70) Rancho Buena Vista (1)
San Carlos eliminated from the Tournament

9/10's Baseball
7/15/15: Mission Trails (4) - (D31) Encinitas National (9)
7/17/15: Mission Trails (2) - (D32) Point Loma (9)
Mission Trails eliminated from the Tournament

Junior Baseball
7/11/15: Tierrasanta (10) - (D32) Clairemont Hilltoppers (11)
7/12/15: Tierrasanta (8) - (D70) Vista American (4)
7/13/15: Tierrasanta (20) - (D32) Clairemont Hilltoppers (9)
7/14/15: Tierrasanta (3) - (D31) Encinitas (0)
7/15/15: Tierrasanta (4) - (D31) Encinitas (5)
Tierrasanta eliminated from the Tournament

 

 



2015 District All-Star Tournament Re-Cap

 

The first level of the Little League International Tournament called "District" has ended.  Congratulations to the District All-Star winners and good luck in the All-Star Section 6 Tournament! Want to know how your team did in the District Tournament? Take a look at the final brackets below for each division.

           Final District All-Star Brackets 
9-10's Baseball   10-11's Baseball   Little League 11-12's Baseball Junior Baseball 

2015 District All-Star Winners


San Carlos Little League - 2015 10/11's Baseball District All-Star Tournament Champions

Mission Trails Little League - 2015 9/10's Baseball District All-Star Tournament Champions


San Carlos Little League - 2015 Little League (11/12's) Baseball District All-Star Tournament Champions


Tierrasanta Little League - 2015 Juniors Baseball District All-Star Tournament Champions





As we head towards the "World Series", we would like to share a story from one of our parents from Rolando Little League. He and his family were fortunate enough to attend the 2014 World Series in Williamsport PA. Below is an re-cap of their visit, last summer, to one of Little League's premier events.   

Our Unbelievable Trip to the 2014 Little League World Series
by Robert Henderson, Rolando Little League

My son, Carter Henderson won a family trip to the 2014 Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA through a Chiquita banana contest. We submitted a photo of him eating a banana just before his TOC Minors game at Allied Gardens and it won the photo Grand Prize.         

To say this trip and the Little League World Series were a highlight of our lives is an understatement. We’ve seen the LL World Series on TV for several years but we were just amazed by it in real life. We had VIP access to all the games and this year was extra special because of history being made by Mone’ Davis (first female pitcher in semi-finals) and the team from Chicago. It was just incredible to witness how well run and organized this event is. The facilities are outstanding and they treat all the players and their families wonderfully. 

Carter was able to meet many players from around the world. He spoke with the kids from the West team (Nevada) and made friends with many of the Latin America and Mexico players (because he speaks fluent Spanish). One day he spent trading pins at the pin trading tent. I didn’t realize how serious everyone is about pin trading. His pins from California were very valuable and got him a lot of trade value. Our first day there he proudly wore his Padres jersey and cap. We made friends with the District Administrator from Pennsylvania (“Dancing Bob”) who is always on TV dancing in the stands. Both our kids (Carter & Brooke) made friends with some local kids who showed them the entire baseball complex.  We actually got on TV too; because one of the coaches at Rolando says he saw my Rolando cap and Carter’s jersey, but didn’t realize it was us, at first.                

Carter got many players autographs on his hat, his shirt, and numerous baseballs. We saw great baseball and sportsmanship being displayed by all the players in the World Series tournament. Everyone we met there were very nice to my family. To see the game of baseball being played by kids from around the world was very fulfilling.  

We went to the Little League Museum and learned all about America’s favorite sport and how it has influenced all those involved in it. And how the 2014 Little League World Series was also history making.  

While there on the east coast; we went to Philadelphia and Washington DC. Our kids should never have any issues with American history ever again. I would recommend a visit to the Little League World Series if you ever get the chance.

The most memorable thing my son said at the end of the trip was: “Dad I want to come back here to Williamsport, as a player”. 





2015 Tournament of Champion Re-Cap

 

The District Tournament of Champions has ended. Congratulations to all the winners. Special thanks to all the volunteers who gave countless hours for this tournament. We couldn't have done it without your help. Below are the final brackets for each division that played in the District TOC.  

Final TOC Brackets     
TOC Baseball Juniors    TOC Baseball Majors    TOC Baseball Minors 


2015 Tournament of Champions Winners
 


Congratulations to the Lake Murray Mets for winning the 2015 District 33 TOC Major Baseball Flag  



Congratulations to the Sunshine Beast Mode for winning the 2015 District 33 TOC Minor Baseball Flag  

      


Congratulations to the Patriot Cardinals for winning the 2015 District 33 TOC Junior Baseball Flag  

                                 
 




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 PitchSmart.org and share it with others.




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
FOR BASEBALL DIVISION ONLY

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

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC AGE
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





2015 District 33 Staff Photos




Clay Berry
District Administrator  


Dan Esqueda
 Assistant District
Administrator 


Pete Gregorivic
Assistant District
Administrator &
Player Agent
 


Sami Kern
Treasurer
 


Mark Beall
Umpire Consultant
  


Bob Diosdado
Information Officer


Carol Hill
Secretary &
Coaching Clinic
Coordinator


Steve Taylor
Safety Officer


Josie Thomas
At Large

  Olivier Wardenaar
Softball Rep 


Bill Owens
Safety Assistants


Shannon Thomas
Assistant Player Agent


Angela Engquist
Events & Programs


David Graham
Schedules

  Kendra Swhartz
Score Keeper






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.

 




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 youthsportspsychology.com.





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: http://www.thepostgame.com//blog/more-family-fun/201202/what-makes-nightmare-sports-parent 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:   http://www.littleleague.org/Page58860.aspx




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