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.

 

 


2014 3rd Annual Juniors Thomas Invitational Tournament

April 11th thru April 13th - April 25th thru April 27th
Locations: Murphy Canyon, Serra Mesa, North Park and Patriot Fields
Rules: 2014 Juniors Thomas Invitational Rules
Final Brackets: 2014 Juniors Thomas Invitational Brackets #1 
Brackets: 2014 Juniors Thomas Invitational Brackets #2

The Juniors Spring Tournament has been awarded a new name this year: The District 33 Juniors Thomas Invitational. Shannon and Josie Thomas have been invaluable Little League volunteers within District 33 since 2006. Both have served in many capacities within Murphy Canyon Little League: President, Vice President of Baseball, Safety Officer, Scheduler, Head Scorekeeper and Sponsorship Coordinator. The Thomas family has volunteered countless hours not only with Murphy Canyon Little League but also with District 33, all accomplished while Shannon served in the United States Navy and completed several deployments. Both Josie and Shannon have been instrumental during their turns as President of Murphy Canyon Little League in supporting and hosting district-sponsored tournaments from the Dorothy Dupont Memorial Tournament through Sectional and Southern Division All Stars. The Juniors Spring Tournament was established by Shannon in 2012 to give 13 and 14 year old players a chance to play in a tournament during the regular season and thus, be better prepared for TOC and All Stars. Shannon and Josie have repeatedly stepped up in order to best serve the players and leagues that are part of District 33. Josie and Shannon, we cannot thank you enough for your service and hope that in honoring you others are inspired by your example.

The D33 Juniors Thomas Invitational Tournaments are held over 2 different weekends. Each weekend tournament is comprised of different teams from District 33. This year, we are proud to have a team from the Bay Area (District 57) joining us in the JTI #1; Mid City, Chollas Lake, Patriots, North Park, Tierrasanta and Granada (D57) and the following teams playing in  JTI #2; Mid City, Tierrasanta, Patriots, North Park and Serra Mesa.The majority of the games will be played at Murphy Canyon LL Big Damato field located at 4500 Damato St. San Diego, California 92124. Other games are scheduled to be played at Serra Mesa LL Junior field, located at 3393 Kearny Villa Rd. San Diego, California 92123, Patriot Junior field located at 7001 Murray Park Dr. California  92119 and North Park LL, Morley Field located at 2223 Morley Field Dr, San Diego, CA ‎ 92104.

  District 33 is proud to have Mike's Action Photos as our District 33 Juniors Thomas Invitational Photographer. Mike will be taking some great shots of players during the tournaments and will be selling Photos at the fields
 




Friday Night Lights - Game of the Week

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Murphy Canyon Little League's Little Damato Field
Schedule: 2014 Friday Night Lights Schedule


Friday Night Lights
 began on March 21st 2014. The full schedule is now posted. All games will be played at MCLL's Little Damato field located at 4500 Damato St. San Diego, California 92124.

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

     

Our next game is scheduled for April 25th
Lake Murray vs San Carlos




Player Agent Meeting for 2014 All-Star Certification

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Time:
6:00pm

Location: Santo Meeting Room, 10300 Yorktown Dr. San Diego, CA 92124


Player Agents:  Our yearly and mandatory player agent meeting is scheduled for Thursday MAY 1st at 6 PM at the Murphy Canyon Santo Conference Room. The address is 10300 Yorktown Dr. San Diego CA 92124. This is where the monthly District Presidents meetings are held. 

We will go over the following:
 

Ø Now is the time to get last year’s All Star books as those player affidavits are good for little league career (except those returning all-stars who may have changed leagues given the school boundary)

Ø Eligibility – Must play 60% of the Regular Season – exception if injured during season with doctor’s note releasing player to play and Board approval.– exception Juniors and above who played HS ball, must play 60% of Little League games played following HS season 

Ø Now is the time to get out Commitment letters for all players who want to be eligible to be named to the All Star Team; This is also a good time to have the Parents provide the residence proofs and sign the Player Affidavit so you don’t need to chase that down at the last minute. 

Ø Selection Process – Selection to be determined by local league 

Ø Player Affidavit  – PLEASE PRINT OUT THE CURRENT TOURNAMENT PLAYER VERIFICATION FORM FROM LITTLE LEAGUE. ORG and BRING IT WITH YOU TO THE MEETING. The link is: www.littleleague.org/tournamentresources.htm 

Ø WE WILL GO THROUGH THE TOURNAMENT PLAYER VERIFICATION – Completed by Player Agent– Parents sign & President reviews and certifies birth records and residence of players– District Player Agents/Staff review and DA certifies Affidavit 

Ø WE WILL GO THROUGH THE TOURNAMENT TEAM ELIGABILITY AFFADAVIT - PLEASE PRINT OUT THE CURRENT TOURNAMENT TEAM ELIGABILITY AFFADAVIT FROM www.littleleague.org/tournamentresources.htm 
–   Completed by Player Agent
      League ID #
       Presidents Phone #
       Boundary Map (dated) – will need to locate schools in your boundary if you have all stars playing on a school enrollment form
       Manager, Player Agent and President sign
       District Player Agents/Staff review and DA certifies Affidavit


SEE YOU THERE!

D33 Player Agents
Shannon Thomas
Pete Gregorovic 
 


2014 3rd Annual Juniors Thomas Invitational Tournament #1 Re-Cap

April 11th thru April 13th
Final Brackets: 2014 Juniors Thomas Invitational Brackets #1 

The 2014 Juniors Thomas Invitational Tournament #1 is now in the books. Great weather was the backdrop for the first weekend of Juniors Thomas

 Patriot League Hooks - 2014 Junior Thomas Invitational Champs #1
Invitational. We were pleased to have a team from Bay Area (D57) Granada Little League participating in the JTI Tournament #1. As well as teams from Mid City, Chollas Lake, Patriots, North Park and Tierrasanta. We would like to thank our D33 teams for understanding and working with our schedule in order to accommodate our guests from out of town.

Congratulations to the Patriot League Hooks for winning the 2014 Juniors Thomas Invitational  Tournament #1. 

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 tournament. Be sure to check them out on his website. www.mikeactionphotos.photostockplus.com/ Album Password: D33
 




7th Annual CBI Tournament at Western Region Re-Cap

Friday, March 28th  thru Sunday, March 30th 2014 
Final Brackets: 2014 CBI Brackets

The seventh annual CBI Tournament took place Friday, March 28th thru Sunday, March 30th at Little League Baseball Western Region Headquarters.  Mother Nature decided to rain on the Western Region field on Sunday morning forcing the tournament to move back to sunny San Diego.  Murphy Canyon


LMNLL Major Division Tin Caps - 2014 CBI Champs

Little League offered Damato and Santo fields to finish the tournament. Thanks to Wes Seldon and his crew, for getting the fields ready for the tournament on short notice. They looked great as always. 

This year the following leagues  participated in the CBI:  Murphy Canyon, Lake Murray, La Mesa National, Serra Mesa, North Park, Allied Gardens, San Carlos and Tierrasanta

Congratulations to La Mesa National Little League Major Division Tin Caps for winning the 7th annual Clay Berry Invitational and taking home the flag.

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. http://www.mikeactionphotos.photostockplus.com/ Album Password: D33




6th Annual Dorothy Dupont Memorial Tournament Re-Cap

Friday, March 14th thru Sunday, March 16th 2014
Final Brackets:
2014 DDM Tournament Brackets 

 


Rolando Major Division Hurricanes 
2014 Dorothy Dupont Memorial Tournament Champs



The 6th Annual Dorothy Dupont Memorial Tournament was held March 14th thru March 16th 2014 at Murphy Canyon Little League's Damato field.  Eight Major Division teams from District 33 participated in the tournament.  Rolando, Kearny Mesa, Mission Trails, Murphy Canyon, Lake Murray, Sunshine, Chollas Lake and Mid City. 

Congratulations to Rolando Little League Major Division Hurricanes for capturing the 6th Annual DDM Flag. 

 

Mike's Action Photos took some great shots during the DDM Tournament, be sure to check them out on his website. http://www.mikeactionphotos.photostockplus.com/ Album Password: D33





San Diego City College Baseball Clinic a Great Success!

The City College Knights baseball program put on a great clinic for District 33 on Sunday March 9th 2014. The clinic featured about a dozen stations which students could rotate through, gaining valuable coaching tips and techniques.           


2014 San Diego City College / North Park Coaches Clinic Participants  

Each station was taught by the City College baseball players and the students participated in all the drills. Coaches and Managers learned hands on how to conduct each station. It was a fantastic clinic and a special thanks goes to Head Baseball coach Chris Brown, Assistant head coach Aaron Detty, and all the City College players who gave their time.

John Perretta
North Park Little League





Why do individuals volunteer their time to Little League Umpire?


Bill Owens 

 For many reasons would be the simple answer.  However, for Bill Owens from the Patriot League, Little League umpiring is an activity which he demonstrates a great passion.  Over the years Bill has umpired an average of 60 games a year to demonstrate his commitment to the youth of Little League Baseball.  He has worked hard over the last 22 years to develop himself as an outstanding volunteer umpire.  His on the field expertise shows to the youth of Little League how hard work and commitment builds skill and professionalism.  Bill has been active in Little League at many levels.  He has coached and managed, a Board member for over 18 years, an active member of the California District 33 Staff as well as a contributor on the District Umpire Staff.  Over the years Bill has been honored in a variety ways with the Umpire of the Year and Umpire Service Awards.  He has also has received the District 33 Service Award.  

California District 33 is honored to announce that Bill Owens has been selected to umpire in the 2014 Juniors Regional Tournament in Vancouver, Washington in August.  His selection is evidence of Bill’s commitment to the Little League Program as both a volunteer and an umpire.

Congratulations to Bill on his selection.  Also we wish to thank his wife Barrie and son Brian for sharing Bill with us.  

Mark Beall
Umpire Consultant
California District 33  
 
     


2014 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 2014 District Service Award recipients are...  


JP Prater
Serra Mesa Little League


Andy Carver
Serra Mesa Little League
 

   Mario Pappazi
San Carlos Little League


Alisa Carini
Allied Gardens Little League

 
Raul Casillas
Chollas Lake Little League

 

 


Special Offer for D33 Families

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CA DISTRICT 33 is proud to partner with San Diego based Mattress By Appointment in an effort to raise money to benefit leagues in our District.

Mattress By Appointment is a factory direct outlet and prices are reduced 50% to 70% lower than other stores. Mattress By Appointment is located at 7128 Miramar Rd., Suite 6, San Diego, CA 92121. For more information please call 619-384-7432.

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!

Here are some of their prices...

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Twin Sets from $350.00
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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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