Alameda Little League: Welcome
Welcome to Alameda Little League, California District 4!
Alameda Little League is a community organization driven by dedicated volunteers whose primary purpose is to provide an outlet for healthful activity and training under positive leadership. The objective of the League shall be to instill firmly in the children of Alameda the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they can be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens.Our Board of Directors serve as volunteers and receive no compensation for their time.
We are moving the fund raising event to Saturday, May 5 so we could get a larger venue! Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo and help support baseball in Alameda. Any tickets purchased for the 3/24 date are valid for 05/05. The event starts at 6:00pm. Dinner, Beverages, Silent Auction, DJ, Dancing the list goes on. Special thanks to St. Philip Neri for hosting the event. Tickets are $25 per person and available on-line only. Press HERE to Purchase Tickets. 21 and over please.
Know the rules. Little League rules are sometimes different than the MLB rules. You can pick up a 2018 Little League Rule Book at the snack for a few bucks. A worthwile investment. Also, Alameda Little League has some local rules that the Board of Directors has chosen to implement. These cover conduct to player health and safety. Did you know that a pitcher in AA can pitch only 2 innings while a Majors pitcher can pitch an entire game (provide they stay below daily max pitchcount for their age) Press this link for 2018 Local Rules and Pitching Guidelines.
Please follow this link for rule changes adopted after the rule book went to print: 2018 Rule Changes Schedule.
Our rules training is conducted separately from the umpire clinic that was held on March 3rd. For a synopsis on key little league rules, please read this updated presentation: Alameda Little League Rules Training Presentation.
New umpire or seasoned vet? Press here for Basic Umpiring Mechanics.
Friday, March 23
Announcing Alameda Little League Fireworks Night at the Oakland Athletics! Friday, May 25th is fireworks night. Come join hundreds of your closest baseball friends for a night of baseball and fireworks as the Oakland Athletics take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is also Star War night and the Lincoln Middle School band will play the National Anthem. Tickets are $25 and any proceeds (very small) benefit Alameda Little League. Other local organizations are selling tickets for $40. We group our teams and the entire league together. Team managers will get information on how to purchase soon, so SAVE the DATE!
Thursday, March 22
March 22 - 4:00pm
Alameda Little League Fields Update: Appolgies for the delay. All Little League fields are in playable condition. Giants, Red Sox is postponed. All other games can be played.
ARPD Fields Update: ARPD fields were closed yesterday and am assuming closure today with the exception of Estuary Park.
ARPD field status line, 510-747-7540, is updated at 2:00pm. If not updated on this website, please call and check. Since Estuary is synthetic it drains and may remain open. Please do not use Estuary if it is raining.
During rainy weather, please respect the "Fields Closed" signs on ARPD fields.
For additional information, please see the "ALL Field Closure Protocol" article in the Managers Info and Forms page.
Thursday, March 1
There are two sets of fields that Alameda Little League uses, Little League Fields and ARPD fields. The Little League Fields of Anderson (formerly Rittler), Kees (formerly Lippert), Majors, and Minor and are under Alameda Little League control. The ARPD fields of Bayport, Littlejohn, Leydecker, Tillman, etc are managed by Alameda Recreation and Parks are under ARPD control. We have to call this out because ALL fields may be open while ARPD fields may be closed.
Little League Fields : The league controls whether or not the fields are open. Check the Little League website the day of an event (practice or games) to see if your team's field is open. We will do our best to update the status by 2:00pm. If you have a game or practice scheduled and there is no information on this website with respect to closure assume that the practice or game will go on as scheduled and arrive at the scheduled time.If there are adverse weather conditions during the day any decision to suspend a game is a game-time decision and will not be reported on this website. Please plan on all games starting on-time and arriving at the time your team's manager has specified.
ARPD Fields: Alameda Recreation and Parks Department manage the ARPD Fields. They have full control deciding that a field is either open or closed.The ARPD maintains a weather hotline Monday through Friday at 510-747-7540. The hotline is updated by 2:00pm. If a field has a "Field Closed" sign the field is closed, please respect it and do not use the field. It is very easy to damage a wet field. Play fields in Alameda are a scarce resource and must be treated as such.
SPRING BREAK BASEBALL CAMP APRIL 2ND - APRIL 6THDiamond Skills Spring Break Baseball Camp will take place during the week of Monday April 2nd - Friday April 6th. Camp runs daily from 9am-5:00pm with a 9:00am-3:00pm option also available. Camp is held at the Alameda Little Fields! This is a great opportunity together with friends from your team and other teams for a fun week filled with baseball during the season. To register or questions visit: www.diamondskillscamp.com.
Tuesday, February 7
- Mar 03 - ALL Umpire Training - Noon to 3:00pm (please refer to the "Umpiring" page for more information) - Mar 06, 6:00pm - CPR Training - Alameda Boys and Girls Club. All managers are required to be certified, parents are also invited. FREE event.Register on-line belowRegular Season:
- Mar 10 - Field Prep clinic immediately following Opending Day Festivities. Meet at the main equipment shed
- Mar 10- Opening Day Festivities - NOON to 1:30. Teams should arrive at 11:30 to set up for the parade. Ceremonies for the entire League and at least 1 game per baseball divisions A, AA, AAA, Majors- Mar 25 - Home Challenger Games begin (schedule is posted on the Challenger page)
- Mar 10 - Photo Day- teams will be notified of times to report
- Mar 10 - Opening Day Games - 2:00pm on all fields; Majors play at 6:30pm
- Mar 11 - Full slate of games for Majors through A division
- Mar 18 - First games for Farm and T-Ball
- April 1 - 8 - AUSD Spring Break (no games)
- May 5 - Alameda Little League Fundraising Dinner
- May 12 - Majors Division Double Elimination Playoff Tournament Begins
- May 13 - Mother's Day Farm and T-Ball Rose Games
- May 19 - AA and AAA Divisions Single Elimination Playoff Tournaments Begin
- May 21 - A Division Playoff Tournament Begins
- May 25 - A's Fireworks Game
- Jun 02 - Championship Games and Closing Ceremonies
Note: all dates displayed as 'XX' are tentative and will be updated in January
|2018 Opening Day National Anthem|
Opening day festivities concluded and teams are playing their first games. The Majors division will start their season tonights when the Pirates take on the Giants. Remaining teams in all baseball divisions will start play tomorrow, Sunday. Farm and T-Ball will begin play next Sunday. Daylight Saving time begins this weekend, so remember to "spring forward" one hour.
Check "2018 Opening Day" page for team photos.
Tuesday, March 8
The below recordings are from the 2016 Baseball Rule Webinar. These can be accessed anytime by clicking on the links. Please review these recordings before attending the 2017 Umpiring Training.
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1) Intro, Umpires and Safety
2) Bat Rules
3) Strikes, Strike Zones, Uncaught Third Strike and Balls
4) Ball in Play (Fair/Foul, Catch, Foul Ball)
5) Tag, Batted Ball Out of Play, Thrown or Pitched Ball Out of Play
6) Interference and Obstruction, Sliding to Avoid Interference
7) Infield Fly Rule, Runner Leaving Early, Appeals, Continuous Batting Order
8) Baseball Myths
9) Local Rules
Alameda Little League Rules Training Presentation, Updated 2018 (download)
Basic Umpire Mechanics (download)
Top 40 Baseball Rule Myths (download)
Baseball Myths Explained (you will be taken to an external website)
Tuesday, February 27
Press here for the 2018 Snack Bar Schedule. Teams are responsible for the shifts listed.
Thank you for your support!
Sunday, January 7
PRE-SEASON ON-FIELD PRACTICES
During PRE-SEASON on-field practices, each team gets one cage during practice time. 4 fields, 4 cages, one cage per team.
Single A Field Pre-Season Practice Cage - Major Home - free standing cage in Majors outfield adjacent to equipment shed
AA Field Pre-Season Cage - Minor Home - free standing cage near snack bar in Minor outfield;
Majors Field Pre-Season Practice Cage - Major Away - cage furthest away from Major home in the cluster of three cages in the Majors outfield;
Minors Field Pre-Season Practice Cage - Minor Away - cage in the middle of the cluster of three cages in the Majors outfield.
T Cage - cage nearest Major Home. That one is first come, first serve. Please leave it open for walk-ups.
Pre-game use: One hour prior to game time on Majors and Minors the teams playing have use of one batting cage.Cage Designation for pre-game warmups:
- The cage closest to the snack bar is for the Minors Home team
- The free standing cage in the Majors outfield is for the Majors Home team
- The cage furthest from the Majors Home cage is the Minors Visitor cage
- The cage adjacent to the Minors Visitor cage is for use by the Majors Visitin team.
A reservation calendar will be built out on the Fields share by March 10.
Tuesday, February 20
Moved 4/21 11:30am Knights/River Bandits to 3/26 5:00pm
Moved 3/26 5:00pm Hooks/Mud Hens to 3/28 5:00pm
Moved Sat 4/28/18 11:30am - 1:30pm River Bandits vs. Fire Flies to 4:30
Moved Sat 4/28/18 4:30pm - 6:30pm Hot Rods vs. Express to 11:30
- AA will play Tuesday games at Estuary Park
- A will play Friday night games at Estuary Park
- AA will play some games on Majors and Minors when the fields are available
- No back to back games for Majors and AAA divisions
Thursday, February 8
The Farm and TBall manager’s meeting will be on February 22nd. Managers will be receiving player rosters at that meeting and contacting players in the following days.
Thursday, November 16
Little League International has changed its bat rules for 2018.
Please note that as of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018.
The new bat standard applies to the following divisions:
- Baseball Single A through Majors along with T-Ball and Farm
- Intermediate 50/70
There is some really great content here that explains why the change and the benefit. If you are looking to purchase, especially with the holidays coming up we advise visiting the Little League International website and learn about the new standard.
http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm Little League Bat Info page.
|Challenger Field View From Home Plate|
Estuary Park at 200 Mosley Ave will be dedicated Saturday, January 20th at noon. Alameda Little League helped build the park. This will be the new home of our Challenger Division.
ARPD will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a two inning demonstration game as Alameda's Challenger Division hosts a team from Concord/Clayton. Last year's Intermediate Division District Champions will act as budies helping the Challenger players play the game. This field is ideal for Challenger because of it being a turf field. ARPD will be will be providing free hot dogs, popcorn and pennants.
|Challenger Field Center Field View|
Former Little League player and Eagle Scout candidate, Mike Proffitt, is starting a project to help Alameda Little League. His project is to make Wooden Helmet Cubbies in each of the four dugouts at the major and minor league fields for players and coaches to put helmets and lineup cards in. His target completion is the beginning of the 2018 Little League season. He is volunteering his time but needs your help to purchase the materials. Mike is looking for a simple $10 donation. The project is estimated at costing approximatel $1000. You can donate through either of the PayPal buttons below or send a check made out to Alameda Little League at 2857 Sea View Parkway, Alameda, CA 94502.
Project funding is over 1/3 of the way there! Mike has received over $300 in donations. Please help! Your kids will benefit directly from what Mike and his fellow scouts are doing for the league. Some of the challenges every manager faces is players misplacing their equipment and tripping over batting helmets. "I can't find my hat. I can't find my glove." The cubbies will help eliminate that.
Help turn the thermometer "green" by donating. Fundraising is part of his project so please help him out. Please help out!
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Get your official Alameda Little League merchandise here at the ALL On-Line Store or by clicking on the image above while benefiting ALL! Little League International has partnered with PrepSports for this unique opportunity that benefits local leagues. Alameda Little League receives 15% of sales.
Sunday, February 26
2017 Local Rules. Keep a hard copy in your binder and give copies to your umpires and parents.
Curious as to where your registration fee goes? Alameda Little League prides itself as returning 98% of your registration fees back to the kids and Little League. The pie chart shows how the 2016 budget was allocated. We do our best to assure that dollar for dollar your children get the most out of your registration fee.
Tuesday, March 15
Curfew is referenced in the Local Rules and its definition is given here. Curfew is 9:30 on Tuesday-Thursday and 10:00 Friday & Saturday. At Curfew, the lights are extinguished.
AAA Games: In AAA games preceding a 7:15 night game there will be a "hard" stop at the 2 hour mark. All AAA games before a 7:15 night game will end precisely at 7:00pm regardless of its start time. Please review rule 4.10(d), "regulation" game and rule 4.11(d) Exception for incomplete innings.
Majors Games: No time limit may be imposed due to Little League rules, however, the lights must go out at 9:30 PM on games Tuesday through Thursday, and 10 PM on Friday and Saturday. Rule 4.10 applies.
Friday, March 17
If you would like to help Alameda Little League serve the community in the form of a donation simply press the button below.
Sponsorship DonationsBy pressing "Donate" you will be taken to a secured PayPal site for the processing of your transaction .
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, www.alamedalittleleague.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (510) 769-6031 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for supporting Alameda Little League!
Handout: Brick Order Form
Tuesday, February 12
Saturday, June 2
Thank You Sponsors! The 2014 sponsor list is available in the Sponsors section of this web site.
Wednesday, February 12
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Wednesday, February 12
Did you know that we average 10,000 hits per week on this website during the playing season? This is a great place for local business to advertise while supporting Alameda Little League. The two banner ads on the top of this website are available. All proceeds benefit Alameda Little League. For more information please contact Ron Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org.