Alameda Little League: Welcome

Welcome to Alameda Little League, California District 4!

Wednesday, August 19
Lights Installation Updates

Left Field Lights

August 19: As promised, the first pole is standing! 

August 18: The concrete has set and poles will be placed on the bases starting tommorrow. The contractor will be using a giant crane to place the poles. Should be quite a sight!

August 10: Big day today and tomorrow, drilling and placement of base poles that support the light poles.

July 27: today the construction crew began boring the holes to route the cables to the lights. No trenches will be dug.

Electrical Cable Boring Video

July 24: One day after the Section 1 tournament ends the lights installation at the Minors field begins. Minors will be closed for three weeks while the lights are installed.  We'll keep you posted as the work progresses.

Follow this link to the Lights Project page.

The below image will give you a good idea of what the illuminated field will look like. You can still help by donating to the cause. The button below will take you to PayPal where you can send donations.


Field Lighting Donations

By pressing "Donate" you will be taken to a secured PayPal site for the processing of your transaction .


Ready to be lifted

Sunday, August 30
The Road to Williamsport - Little League World Series

Litte League World Series play scheduled for today was postponed due to weather. All eight games are scheduled for tomorrow. Follow this link to the Little League World Series Schedule.

Have you ever wondered how does a team get to the Little League World Series?

  1. Be a member of the local league All Star Team. 
  2. Win the District tournament.
    District 4 is comprised of 15 leagues that play baseball. Alamed is part of District 4.   
  3. Win the California Section 1 Tournament.
    Section 1 is comprised of 5 Districts in the Northern California. 
  4. Win the California Division 2 Tournament.
    Division 2 is made up of 7 Sections that comprise the 31 Districts of Northern California. (9-10 and 10-11 play stops at the Division level). 
  5. Win the Western Regional Tournament. The Western Region is comprised of 4 State Champions and both Northern and Southern California. The Little League Western Region is played in San Bernardino, CA. 
  6. Finally, you’ve arrived at the World Series. 

In Baseball the World Series is comprised of the winners of the 8 Regional tournaments throughout the United States. There are also 8 teams that represent Latin America, Asia Pacific, MEA (Middle East and Africa), Caribbean, Japan, Europe, Mexico, and Canada. The Little League World Series is held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The Intermediate 50/70 World Series is held in Livermore, CA.

Wednesday, August 5
Alameda Little League Loses Long-Time Friend, Ben Anderson


Benjamin James Anderson, July 18, 1965 – July 28, 2015

“Live it hard and fast” was a favorite saying of Ben Anderson who lost his battle with Melanoma on July 28, 2015 but not before fighting hard and living large.

Born on July 18, 1965 in Alameda, son of his late parents, Eugene and Bettie Anderson, Ben spent his entire life on the island becoming an integral part of the community. Ben lost his father to cancer when he was only nine months old, and was raised by his mother, grandmothers and sister who all imparted a softer side to his otherwise boyish nature. Ben attended Edison Elementary, Lincoln Middle School and Alameda High and then upon graduating joined his Uncle Ben helping to run and eventually own Ben Anderson Motors, which with the help of his sister became an Alameda institution on Park St. for many years until he closed the doors in 2011 to fight his illness.

Ben married Stephanie in 1997 and had twin boys, Logan and Bradley in 1999. He embraced fatherhood wholeheartedly and it was his greatest joy in life. Having participated in Alameda sports throughout his youth, Ben became the consummate baseball, football and basketball coach for his sons and their friends, raising competition to new levels. He led many a team to championship seasons, which always culminated in laughter-filled, end-of-season celebrations.

Ben’s greatest gift was his sense of humor and sincerity, which he shared unconditionally with all he met. Sporting a gigantic smile, a bear hug in the waiting, and infectious laugh, Ben will be sorely missed.

Ben is survived by his wife Stephanie Anderson and sons Bradley and Logan Anderson; his sisters Susie Toribio (husband Vic) and Evie Bowman (husband Jim); his mother- and father-in-law Domenic and Enza D’Orazio; his sisters-in-law Rebecca Henderson (husband Ralph) and Silvia Duchene (husband Bruce); his lifelong friends “Pals” Steve and Kelly Floyd; and, his nieces and nephews Casey Bowman, VJ and Chris Toribio, Jennifer Kindel (husband Justin), Kelly Callahan (husband Scott), Danielle, Cole, Jaclyn and Scott Duchene, Mitchell, Nolan and Ryan Floyd, Nick and Cara Henderson, Enza Kindel, and Scotty Olson.

The family would like to express its gratitude to all who offered their love and support during this difficult time, and to those who also helped to make Ben’s life one so full of joy and laughter. A service will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 2:00PM at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. Memorial donations can be made to the AIM at Melanoma Foundation. By mail: AIM at Melanoma, 3217 Bob O Link Court, Plano, TX 75093 or online .

Alameda Little League lost not only a friend of the League, he was a long time Board Member, fundraiser, manager, and coach who, like Bill Matteucci would light up any room he entered. He was one of the most positive men I ever knew.
- Ron Matthews, Alameda Little League President 

Sunday, July 19
Alameda 11-12 Year Olds are SBC Champions

11-12 Year Old SBC Team

July 19: Alameda is the SBC Champion in the 11-12 Year Old Bracket. Yesterday's contest was Alameda 13, Martinez 6.

Juyl 16: The 11-12 Year Old All-Star team will play in the Championship Game against Martinez in the Summer Baseball Classic this Saturday. They defeated Lafayette 14-1 tonight. Game time is at noon at the Concord Amercian Galindo Fields.

There are two divisions in the SBC, 11-12 Year Old and 9-10 Year Old. Good Luck Alameda!

SBC 11-12 Year Old Tournament Bracket

Saturday, July 18
Alameda 1 are 9-10 Year Old SBC Champions

9-10 Year Old SBC Red (Photo: Robtography LLC)

July 19:  Alameda 1 (Red) are the SBC champions in the 9-10 yearl old division. Yesterday's final was Alameda (1) 14, Alameda (2) 5.

July 16: In the 9-10 Division, Alameda 1 (Red) will play Alameda 2 (Blue) in the Summer Baseball Classic. Both teams are undefeated. Game time is high noon at Alameda's major field on June 18.  Looks like there's going to be a show-down. 

SBC 9-10 Year Old Tournament Bracket

9-10 Year Old SBC Blue Team

Monday, July 20
Donations to Replace Stolen Gear

One of our League Players, Max Hernandez, had all his gear stolen over the weekend while attending a baseball tournament out of town (gloves, bats, bag, etc.). Nick Griego is collecting donations so that Max can get re-equipped. Please reach out to Nick at and contribute what you can.

Tuesday, June 23
2015 All-Stars Tournament Updates

12 Year Old All-Stars

Thank you All Stars for representing Alameda! 

12 Year Old International All-Stars 
Date   Level   Opponent   Location   Notes/Results 
 6/27 11:00AM  11-12  South Oakland   Alameda   Alameda 1, SOLL 0, Alameda advances 
 6/29 5:30 PM  11-12   Pinole Hercules   Alameda  Alameda 29, Pinole Hercules 0, Alameda Advances
 7/01 5:30 PM  11-12   Lafayette   Alameda   Alameda 4, Lafayette 8; 
 7/07 5:30 PM  11-12   South Oakland  Alameda   Alameda 0, SOLL 4, Alameda eliminated 

11 Year Old Blue 
Date   Level   Opponent   Location   Notes/Results 
 6/26 5:30 PM  10-11  South Oakland 1  Alameda   Alameda 6, SOLL (1) 7 
 7/01 5:30 PM  10-11   Albany   Lafayette   Alameda 21, Albany 2 
 7/02 5:30 PM   10-11   NOLL   Alameda   Alameda 9, North Oakland 4  
 7/06 5:30 PM  10-11   South Oakland 1  Alameda   Alameda 6, SOLL (1) 4 
 7/07 5:30 PM  10-11   Walnut Creek   Alameda   Alameda 12, Walnut Creek 9 
 7/08 5:30 PM  10-11   Continental 1  Continental   Alameda 6, Continental (1) 5  
 7/09 5:30 PM  10-11   Lafayette   Continental  Alameda 3, Lafayette 5

11 Year Old Red
Date   Level   Opponent   Location   Notes/Results 
 6/24 5:30 PM   10-11  South Oakland (1)   Chabot Field   Alameda 11, South Oakland (1) 12 
 7/01 5:30 PM  10-11  North Oakland  Alameda   Alameda 1, North Oakland 2; Alameda Red eliminated 


10 Year Old Blue (Alameda 2)

Date   Level  Opponent    Location    Notes/Results 
 6/25 5:30 PM   9-10  Lafayette (2)   Lafayette   Alameda 5, Lafayette (2) 12 
 6/26 5:30 PM  9-10   Lafayette (1)   Alameda   Alameda 14, Lafayette (1) 0
 6/27 11:00 AM   9-10   SOLL (1)   Alameda   Alameda 11, SOLL(1) 6; Alameda advances
 6/30 5:30 PM  9-10    Alameda (1)  Alameda  Alameda (1) 7, Alameda (2) 2; Alameda (2) eliminated

9-10 Year Old Red (Alameda 1)

Date   Level   Opponent   Location   Notes/Results 
 6/23 5:30 PM  9-10  Lafayette (1)  Alameda   Alameda 21, Lafayette (1) 2; Alameda advances 
 6/25 5:30 PM  9-10  Pinole Hercules   Alameda   Alameda 13, Pinole Hercules 3; Alameda advances 
 6/29 5:30 PM  9-10  South Oakland (2)  Albany  Alameda 1, South Oakland (2) 15
 6/30 5:30 PM  9-10   Alameda (2)   Alameda   Alameda (1) 7, Alameda (2) 2; Alameda (1) advances
 7/02 5:30 PM  9-10   Albany (1)   Lafayette   Alameda (1) 3 Albany (1) 13; Alameda eliminated 














 Summer Baseball Classic - 3 Game Guarantee Tournament
 Date   Level   Opponent   Location   Notes/Results 
 7/11 9:00 AM  Alameda (1) 9-10   Pinole Hercules    Walnut Creek   Alameda (1) 16, Pinole Hercules 2 
 7/15 6:00 PM  Alameda (1) 9-10   Continental   Continental   Alameda (1) 15, Continental 7
 7/11 12:00 PM  Alameda (2) 9-10   Walnut Creek   Walnut Creek   Alameda (2) 12, Walnut Creek 10 
 7/15 6:00 PM  Alameda (2) 9-10   Concord American   Walnut Creek   Alameda (2) 22, Concord American 2 
 7/18 12:00 PM  Alameda (1)   Alameda (2)   Continental   Alameda (1) vs Alameda (2) 
 7/13 6:00 PM  Alameda 11-12   Albany   Concord American   Pool B; game 1 of 2;
Alameda 17, Albany 7
 7/14 6:00 PM  Alameda 11-12   Concord American   Concord American   Pool B; Alameda 10, CALL 0
 7/16 6:00 PM  Alameda 11-12   Lafayette  Concord American  Alameda 14, Lafayette 1 
 7/18 12:00 PM  Alameda 11-12   Martinez  Concord American   Championship










Click HERE to be directed to the Little League District 4 Tournament page. Here you can find the complete scheduless for both T.O.C. (Tournament of Champions) and All-Stars. 

Directions to all District 4 Fields can be found HERE on the D4 Fields page off the District 4 home page.

Go Alameda!!!! 

11 Year Old Blue All-Stars
Friday, July 10

Wednesday, July 1
Alameda Little League Manager Nate Firestone Honored


On June 28, Nate Firestone, long-time Alameda Little League Manager, was awarded the "Uncle Abe" award "For selflessly transferring the love of baseball to the young people in his community." The award was presented at the Public House during Marty Lurie's pre-game radio show on KNBR (AM 680). As part of the award, Alameda Little League will receive $2500 from the Lefty O'Doul's Foundation. There will also be an eternal plaque hung at Lefty O'Doul's in San Francisco. Congratulations Nate!


Tuesday, July 7
Diamond Skills Baseball Summer Camps - Going on NOW

It's still not too late to register for Summer Camps. There is a 10 Week Schedule of Baseball and All-Sports Camps held at Alameda Little League Fields. These camps are a great opportunity for the players of Alameda Little League to continue to work on and improve their skills throughout the summer. Multi-Camp and Sibling Discounts offered! For More information and to register visit

Sunday, June 28
Alameda Attack Returns for 2015 Fall Ball


The Alameda Attack Fall Ball program will return for 2015. Tryouts are Sunday, June 28. Make-ups on Sunday, July 12.

July 12 Schedule:
10:00 AM - Registration Opens
11:00 AM - Tryouts - All Ages 

June 28 Schedule:
11:00AM - Registration Opens
12:00PM - 9U/10U
1:30PM   - 11U/12U

Click here to download a copy of the flyer.

Register Now!!! Press HERE

Tuesday, February 25
Little League Approved Bat List

The above link will take you to Little League's bat resource page. There you can read about the Little League moratorium regarding Composite bats.

Press here for the list of 2014 to 2015 Licensed Bats

Press here for the list of 2015 Licensed Composite Bats


Thursday, April 9
Little League Rules and Myths

Follow the link to see an explanation of some of the most confused Little League rules. It's worth the read.

Click here to be directed to the Umpire Resource Center. You will be leaving this website.

Roan Kees' Passing

It is with deep sadness that we now eulogize the passing of Roan Kees, 10 year member of the Alameda Little League Board of Directors, active also in Alameda Water Polo and Encinal HS Baseball and one of the very best volunteers any non-profit youth organization has ever had. Roan was a perennial team mom, Player Agent, Director of Sponsors, Snack Bar volunteer, and a Board Member who wasn't afraid to enforce our Parent Code of Conduct even in the worst of situations.

Roan leaves behind her husband John who coached in Alameda Little League for all of those years, and 4 children. Jordan, age 27 and her only daughter, is engaged to be married this year, and Taylor, age 26 has graduated from college and is working. Aaron, age 17 and Cameron, 15, both attend Encinal High School and will be attending college soon.

In honor of Roan and all of her service to our League, we have set up a college fund for Aaron and Cameron. You may donate to this fund by simply clicking on the button below. The Kees family thanks you for your support.

Kees' College Fund
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Saturday, January 10
2015 Age Chart

Hi Parents, please reference this chart to determine their Little League age when registering your child for the upcoming 2015 season. 2015 Age Chart. Press the back arrow in your browser to return to this page.

Monday, September 15
Demystifying Alameda Little League Player Placement

The following information will help parents and players understand how teams are formed in Alameda Little League. Unlike school, all players will repeat a division (or two) at some point during their Little League career. Movement up through divisions is not and should not be viewed as a competition. Often times parents are disappointed when their player repeats a division. However, they later see that repeating a division was perhaps the best situation for their child as their child becomes a team leader, develops confidence, and increases their playing skills. If a child is moved-up too quickly, he/she may struggle, lose confidence, and no longer enjoy playing baseball and quit.

Alameda Little League's Minor/Majors divisions are: A, AA, AAA, and Majors. The age range for these divisions is 7 to 12 and player placement on a team and in a division is based on a player's performance during evaluations, as well as a coach's familiarity with a player based on the player's previous experience in Little League. T-Ball Division ages are typically 4 to 6 and Farm Division ages are typically 5 to 8. Age ranges for all divisions overlap to account for player experience, ability, maturity, and the number of teams formed based on coach availability.

In our league, we have a T-Ball/Farm Player Agent and a Minor/Majors Player Agent. If you have questions about player placement, the league encourages you to contact the Player Agents. It is his/her job, along with the league's President, to facilitate the right placement for every player. That said, remember that Alameda Little League is a volunteer-run organization and our league has nearly 1,000 players. It takes an enormous amount of work and patience to sort the players into their respective divisions and teams so placement can take some time.

Alameda Little League Player Age
 Your player's Little League age is their exact age as of April 30. For example, if they turn 11 on May 1, they are still considered to be Little League age 10.

T-Ball/Farm Baseball Divisions
These are non-competitive divisions for players to learn the very basic skills and rules of baseball. Above all, it is about learning something new and having fun.

T-Ball is the starting point for all new and young players. Players hit the ball from a stationary tee. Outs and runs are not recorded. Farm is for players who have played at least one year of T-Ball and are at least 5 years of age. In Farm Ball, coaches will soft pitch to batters and outs are recorded, but score is not kept.

Major/Minor Baseball Divisions
The formation of these divisions is driven by the number of players in any age group and starts with the Majors division. All 12 year olds (12s) must be evaluated and play in the Majors Division. Each Major team has a roster of 12 players and can have no more than eight 12s. So, the number of 12s in the program drives the number of Majors teams. For example, if there are 64 -12s, then there are 8 teams, 80 - 12s, then there are 10 teams, etc. The remaining roster spots are filled by 11-year-old players. All 11s not drafted into Majors must play in AAA Division. All 10s not drafted into the AAA Division must play in the AA Division. All 9s not drafted into the AA Division must play in the A Division. There are exceptions, such as when a 12 year old who has never played baseball before can seek an exemption to play in the AAA Division.

Age and Division Guidelines

12 (Majors or exemption to AAA)
If your player has played in the lower divisions (and particularly AAA), he/she should play Majors. However, if the player fails to register on time and/or misses the evaluations, they may end up playing in the AAA Division or be placed on a waiting list. It is extremely important for 12 year olds to be registered prior to the deadline and, by rule, evaluated. If your 12 has never played baseball, has any limitations, or you feel there is a safety issue, then contact the Player Agent and seek an exemption for them to play in the AAA Division. 12s in AAA are not allowed to pitch.

11 (Majors or AAA)
If your player played AAA as a 10 year old, then as an 11 year old, he/she could be drafted into the Majors Division. As noted above, there will be limited spots for 11s in Majors.

10 (AAA or AA)
10s are not eligible for Majors. If your player played AA as a 9 year old, then as a 10 year old, they could be drafted into AAA. If your player played in the A Division as a 9 year old, there is a remote chance that they may be drafted to AAA as a 10. Our experience is that players who skip a division often have significant struggles adjusting to increased demands. Skipping divisions is not advisable. Again, it is very common to repeat a division. If you have a concern about either possibility, speak to the Player Agent before the draft.

9 (AAA, AA or A)
If your player played AA as an 8 year old, then as a 9 year old, there is a possibility they could be drafted into AAA. If your player played in the A Division as an 8, then as a 9, they could be drafted into AA.

8 (AA, A or Farm)
If your player played in the A Division as a 7 year old, then as an 8, they could be drafted into AA. If not, they repeat A. If your player played Farm as a 7 year old, then as an 8, they could be drafted into A. If not, they repeat Farm. If you have an 8 who has never played baseball before, they may be more comfortable learning the game in the Farm Division, however, they should still be evaluated and considered for the A draft (or possibly AA draft).

7 (A or Farm)
If your player was in Farm as a 6, then as a 7, they could possibly be drafted into A. In order for this to occur, your 7 year old must be evaluated. If the player is not evaluated, they will repeat the Farm Division. If you plan on playing Farm only, then there is no need to have your player evaluated for the A draft.

6 (Farm/T-Ball)
6 year olds should generally play in Farm. They are not eligible to be drafted into the A division. If they never played baseball, you could consider the T-Ball division, however they are not precluded from starting in Farm at age 6.

5 (Farm/T-Ball)
A 5 year old who played T-Ball at 4 years of age can either play T-Ball or Farm. If they did not previously play T-Ball, then a 5 must play T-Ball.

4 (T-Ball)
T-Ball only. No exceptions.

4 - 18 (Challenger Division)
A player with mental or physical challenges may participate in the league's Challenger Division. All ages may play. 



As you may have heard at opening ceremonies, Alameda Little League has a great fundraiser starting up.  You can purchase customized laser engraved bricks that will be installed on or around the snack bar.  These bricks are similar to the custom bricks you may have seen at Disneyland.  You can customize it to say your players name, your family name, your team name - whatever you'd like.  This is your chance to leave a lasting memory at the Little League fields!

The cost is $100 for one brick/$150 for two. This fundraising effort is for the Alameda Little League General Fund only and will not go to any one team. All proceeds are used to keep registration fees as low as possible.

The order form can be found on the little league website,  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (510) 769-6031 or via email at

Thank you for supporting Alameda Little League!

Handout: Brick Order Form

Tuesday, February 12
Frequently Asked Questions

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Wednesday, March 5

  Thank You Sponsors! The 2014 sponsor list is available in the Sponsors section of this web site.

Saturday, April 4
The Alameda Little League 2015 Board of Directors


Wednesday, February 12
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Wednesday, February 12
Advertising On This Website

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