Alameda Little League: Welcome

Player registration for 2015 Challenger seasons is open. Baseball divisions A, AA, AAA, and Majors registration is now CLOSED. T-Ball/Farm are also now CLOSED. Please check the FAQ section of this website if you have any questions.

Welcome to Alameda Little League, California District 4!



Friday, May 15
Alameda Little League Oakland A's Game - May 15

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Alameda Little League Night at the Oakland A's is scheduled for Friday, May 15. Make plans to join 800 of your closest friends as the A's host the Chicago White Sox. This is a Friday game with a 7:05 start. This is a great event and everyone has a great time. Seat location is the Plaza Reserved level in Mt. Davis and we sell out the entire area. The game will also probably sell out.

This year we are unable to give out free tickets. However, we are able to keep the game really affordable. Player tickets are $8.00 and Adults are $12.00 each. Tickets are on a first come first serve basis. Because we only have 800 tickets tickets are limited to 20 per team. Once these 800 are gone, they are gone. Let your manager know immediately if you plan on attending. Managers will collect payment and distribute tickets to their teams.



Sunday, March 29
Alameda Challenger Played Concord Sunday, March 29 in Alameda.

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Today we had another hugely successful fun day with our Challenger team playing the Concord team.  The game was played here in Alameda at the Rittler field. This is a photo of both teams with the buddy Major teams Tigers and A's at the end of the game.

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.



Friday, March 27
Continuing the Teamwork

Last night I presented the Board with my most positive President’s report ever. The fact is that almost every team in our League bought into the fundraising event that was so important to our lighting project, and the result was that we netted more than $30,000! I thank all of you managers for representing the League to your team parents and to others so that the success of that event was never in doubt.

Now I must ask for you to do the same regarding spectators and teams bringing food onto the Little League premises. Local League Rule #1F clearly asks that no coolers, fast foods, pizza, etc. be brought into the area in respect for our Snack Bar and its purpose. Our pizza vendor, Straw Hat Pizza, will guarantee similar pricing for team pizzas and they will deliver when requested. In addition, Alameda Little League will make a profit. Please do NOT ALLOW your teams to organize team pizzas during or after games unless you do so through the League. All you need to do is email me in advance and we will assure your team is within our Local Rules in purchasing through our Snack Bar.

Board Members have been instructed to advise those who bring fast foods and pizzas onto our premises to remove tose items.. We don’t want it to get to that point so please explain to your parents that this rule was meant to assist sales of our own snack bar. Thanks for your help on this matter!
-Ron Matthews



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

 



Wednesday, April 1
No Foolin' Sports Authority Coupons for April

These two coupons can be used for the entire month of April at Bay Area Sports Authority Stores:

e-Coupon to Sports Authority $20 OFF -> $20 coupon

e-Coupon to Sports Authority $10 OFF -> $10 coupon

If you still see the previous month's coupon, please press your browser's refresh button.



Monday, March 16
Opening Day Fund Raiser a Great Success

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The 1st Annual Alameda Little League Pasta Feed Fund Raiser was a great success! The Board of Directors thanks everyone for attending and for their generous donations. The teams really came through with some great gift baskets. Events of the evening included a silent auction, raffles, music and dancing. Players from the new 13U Intermediate division did a great job serving the dinner. The energy in the room was fantastic. I think it is safe to say that a good time was had by all. 

The purpose of the fundraiser is to help pay for lighting the Minors field. The photo above will give you a good idea what the illumination will look like once the project is concluded. 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 .

 



Monday, March 16
2015 Important Dates

Please make a note of the following dates:

Feb 2 - Majors player drafts - players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 3 - AAA player drafts - players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 9 - AA player drafts - players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours

Feb 10 - A player drafts -  players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 15 - Registration for T-Ball and Farm closes
Feb 28 - District 4 Umpiring Training at our fields- recommended but optional
- moved to new venue. See the District 4 website for location.
Mar 03 - CPR Training at the Alameda Boys and Girls Club; 6:00 PM - all managers are required to be certified, parents are also invited
Mar 07 - ALL Umpire Training - mandatory for all teams 
Mar 14 - Opening Day Festivities - Ceremonies and 1 game per divisions A, AA, AAA, Majors  
Mar 14 - Opening Night Pasta Feed
Mar 15 - All remaining teams in A, AA, AAA and Majors play
Mar 22 - First games for Farm and T-Ball

Apr 18 - Photo Day Make-up Day 

May 15 - A's Game
Jun 06 - Closing Ceremonies



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



Friday, February 27
2015 Season Schedules are Published

The 2015 season schedules for A, AA, AAA and Majors (baseball divisions) are published under the "Schedules" menu button. The on-line schedules superceedes any Excel versions of hte schedules you may have received. 

Monday, February 16
T-Ball / Farm Divisions Registration is Closed, Challenger Remains Open

Registration for the T-ball and Farm Divisions is closed. Families interested in the Challenger division may still register. Teams will be formed after that date, Parents can expect a call from their team manager some time later in February. Games don’t start until March 22nd. so there is lots of time to practice with your new team!



Wednesday, February 4
Manager's Forms

Managers, click here to be get your medical releases, volunteer forms, parent's code of conduct, sponsor and banners apps, etc. All 2015 sponsors receive two complimentary tickets to the Pasta Feed Fund Raiser!

Wednesday, January 28
2015 Registration Update

Registration for the 2015 Little League Season is now CLOSED for Baseball divisions A, AA, AAA and Majors, and T-ball and Farm as well.

Registration for  Challenger is still OPEN untl further notice.

Please see the article below about the Challenger Division. The early-bird rate was $125 for those registering on or before 12/31/14 will now continue at $125, no extra fees added.



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. 



Wednesday, February 12
Advertising On This Website

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 ron-matthews@comcast.net.

Tuesday, February 12
Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for more information regarding Alameda Little League, please PRESS HERE!!! or go to the FAQ menu option.


ORDER YOUR ENGRAVED BRICKS NOW!

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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 ron-matthews@comcast.net.

Thank you for supporting Alameda Little League!


Handout: Brick Order Form

Wednesday, March 5
WE THANK OUR SPONSOR! PLEASE RECOGNIZE OUR SPONSORS BY PATRONIZING THEIR BUSINESSES!!

  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

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Wednesday, February 12
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