Alameda Little League: Welcome

Player registration for 2015 Baseball season now open. Rates increase Jan. 1, 2015. Please check the FAQ section of this website if you have any questions.

Welcome to Alameda Little League, California District 4!

Thursday, November 6
Diamond Skills Thanksgiving Break Camp

The annual Thanksgiving Break Baseball Camp will be held Monday November 24th - Wednesday November 26th. Registration is now open at Click
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Monday, October 27
New Intermediate Division for 2015 - December 01, 2014 Registration Deadline

The Alameda Little League Board of Directors is proud to announce the formation of a new Division for 13 year olds. The Intermediate Division was created by Little League International three years ago with 70 foot bases and a 50 foot mound specifically to provide a transition for 13 year olds before they advance to the ultimate distance of 90 foot bases. The Board is also proud to announce that the Neptune Pearl will be providing the managers and coaches so that our dads can have a break! Mike Barnes, former manager in Little League and also former Director of Equipment, will take the position of Director of the Intermediate Division.

Registration for this Division can be done on our website at , but the deadline to do so is earlier than the rest of the League because we will be playing teams from other Leagues in our District. This requires more scheduling outside the League, so we need to know SOONER how many players and teams we have. We will not be able to add any players after December 1, 2014, so please do not delay registering your 13 year olds! 

Registration is now available on line by clicking here or the registration button above. 

Tuesday, September 9
Registration for 2015 Little League Season is NOW OPEN

Registration for the 2015 Little League Season is now opening. Click here to be taken to the Frequently Asked Questions page. All divisions (Baseball, T-Ball/Farm and Challenger) are able to register. Please see the article below about the Challenger Division. The early-bird rate is $125 for those registering on or before 12/31/14. Registration rates increase to $175 on 1/1/15 except for Challenger. Sibling discounts are available.

Player evaluations are held in mid-January with practices begining in February. Games will start in early to mid March and played into early/mid June.

Tuesday, September 9
Announcing Challenger Division for 2015

Alameda Little Leauge is proud to announce that we will be offering a Challenger Division in 2015. Little League International established the Challenger Division in 1989. The Challenger Division is for boys and girls with mental and physical challenges and more than 300,000 players participate in the Challenger Division worldwide. In the Bay Area, more than 35,000 youth with disabilities have difficulty accessing parks, fields, and team sports. This, coupled with the ever-growing community of those with disabilities commensurate with population growth, and the current rise in autism, led Alameda Little League to establish the Challenger Division for the 2015 season.

Little League International's California District 4 (Alameda Little League is a member) currently has 15 Challenger Division leagues with whom we may have inter-district games. The Alameda site will be Estuary Park once the synthetic field there is completed. In the meantime, games will be played at Lippert (AA field).

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. 

Tuesday, September 16
Attention 2015 Manager Candidates

The 2015 season is right around the corner. We will have enough players to field 10 teams per division. Don't procrastinate, sign up now.  Manager candidates meet with league president, Ron Matthews, in December. During these meetings, Ron will explain a lot more about the role, and about the need for all Managers in a Division to work together and place winning in back of teaching life lessons. A good place to start is by reading this material on the national Little League website which explains the manager role:

Here’s a local document that describes the role of a Manager pretty well: Little League Manager

The first step to be considered a manager is to complete the Volunteer Application Form. Click here for the 2015 Volunteer Application Form. Social Security # is required along with a copy of your driver’s license.

Returning managers can now complete the 2015 Returning Volunteer Application Form. Click here for the 2015 Returning Volunteer Application Form.

Download the form and fill it out. Print out the completed. If you have access to a scanner, scan the completed form and send the completed soft copy to to Or send the hard copy to:

Ron Matthews
2857 Sea View Pkwy
Alameda, CA 94502

The League guarantees confidentiality and we destroy the document after background is processed. Do this as early as possible. After that, Ron will be involved in your training and supervision. Looking forward to seeing everyone you at the diamonds in 2015.

Alameda Little League Board of Directors 

Thursday, October 23
Alameda Little League Graduate, Jordan Pries, Playing for AAA Tacoma Raniers

Below is a link to an article written recently by Mike Curto, the announcer at the Tacoma Raniers AAA ball club. Jordan played for 6 years in Alameda Little League and graduated in 2002. Drafted by the Mariners out of Stanford, Jordan has continued to rise and now is at the doorstep of the Seattle Mariners roster. The article is about 1/2 down the page. Search on "Jordan".

Click here to be directed to the Tacoma Raniers AAA ball club website.

Monday, August 4
Alameda 12 y/o All Stars WIN Lafayette Buckeye Classic


After four hot and dusty afternoons in Lafayette, Alameda's 12's emerged as champions once again, this time capturing 1st place in the 12U division of the second annual all-wood-bat Buckeye Classic.

In the first of two on Saturday 7/26, Ari Chertock tossed a complete game 6-0 shutout against a revamped Pinole Hercules squad.   In the second game, Alameda missed opportunities early on vs. Walnut Creek, falling behind 5-2, but rallied in the final innings and secured a 5-5 tie as Jeriah Lewis stole home with two outs in the sixth.

On Sunday, Joe Boyden went five strong innings as Alameda bested Continental 3-0.  Faced with runners on 1st and 3rd and nobody out in the sixth, Alameda wrapped up the victory on three subsequent pitches - Sophie Nilsson gunning a runner trying to steal second, Nilsson then teaming with Jackson Rodriguez to nail a runner at the plate on a wild pitch, followed by a comebacker to Rodriguez for the last out.  Alameda earned the top seed heading into the semifinals.

Reinforcements arrived on Tuesday, as Joe Gibbons twirled a complete-game 6-3 victory over gutsy Pinole.  In the championship game Wednesday, Alameda went up 3-0 early against rival Lafayette only to see the game tied on a 3-run bomb by Lafayette's Nick Kresnak.  Alameda stemmed the tide and came through with some clutch hits and baserunning to extend the lead to 7-3, which is how it ended on a sparkling 1-6-3 double play turned by former A's Joe Depinna, Rodriguez, and Seamus McGuinness.

Rodriguez was named tournament MVP for his steady play at shortstop, constant havoc at the plate, and four scoreless innings of relief.  Dallas Rider, Ronald Robertson, and Joe Boyden crushed the ball all weekend, right fielder Aeneas Pardo made a diving catch to remember, Jake Avellar did a great job on the bump against Walnut Creek, and KW Quilici saw his first action in over a month, playing a flawless first base on Sunday.  Fellow injured reservists Max Nyrop and Tristan Good manned the ice chest and spray bottles for their weary comrades. 

Saturday, July 19
Alameda 9-10 Red WIN the SBC Championship


Alameda All-Stars Red 9/10 played Lafayette in the Summer Baseball Classic Championship Game this Saturday at noon in Albany. They won 4-2 and went 4-0 in the SBC. Congratulations 9/10 Red!

Alameda 9, Clayton Valley 3
Alameda 15, Pinole Hercules 3
Alameda 12, Albany 11

Championship Game:
Alameda 4, Lafayette 2

Click here for the 9-10s SBC tournament bracket.

Front Row L-R: Ryan Chang, Thomas Cooke, Konrad Matz, Teddy Hernandez, Landon Marsh, Kyle Spaulding, Jason Cibull
Middle Row L-R: Owen Firestone, Kai Berzabal, Jonathan Schnoebelen, Shamar Cook
Back Row L-R: Coach Nate Firestone, Coach Cloud Schnoebelen, Coach Robert Matz, Manager/Coach Steve Spaulding 

Friday, July 18
Alameda 11/12 Blue WIN the SBC Championship

Alameda All-Stars Blue 11/12 played Lafayette in the Summer Baseball Classic Championship Game this past Saturday in Alameda. Alameda won 15-2 and went 4-0 in the SBC:

Alameda 21, Lafayette 6
Alameda 2, Clayton Valley 1
Alameda 7, Continental 5 (7 innings)

Championship Game:
Alameda 15, Lafayette 2

Click here for the 11-12s SBC tournament bracket.

Thursday, July 10
Alameda 12 y/o All Stars WIN District 4 Championship

Alameda, District 4 Champs!

The boys needed to beat Walnut Creek again last night to win the district championship, and they did it in dramatic fashion!

It did not look great at the beginning of the game. With Jackson Rodriguez pitching for Alameda, WC's leadoff batter, Luke Saunders, reached second on an error and later scored on a double by first baseman, Caden Royere, hitting in the three spot. Royere was then driven in by second baseman Robby Uesugi. In the second inning, Saunders hit a two-run homer.  In the third, WC took advantage of two hits and an error to score two more.  By the middle of the third inning, WC led by a score of 6 - 0.

But then the tide began to turn for Alameda.  With Ari Chertock on first base, Tristan Good rapped a single into center field, advancing Chertock to second. Joe Gibbons lined a shot into and out of the left fielder's glove, reaching third base and driving in two runs.  Gibbons then scored on a single up the middle by Dallas Rider.  WC 6, Alameda 3 after three innings.

WC scored one more run in the top of the fourth and held Alameda scoreless in the bottom of the inning.  Joe Depinna came in to pitch for Alameda and returned the favor, getting three up and three down in the top of the fifth.

Thunder struck in the bottom of the fifth for Alameda.  Lead-off man Chertock blasted an opposite field homer off WC’s closer…that's three big flies in two days for Ari!  Good reached on an error and later advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Cleanup man Gibbons was at the plate again.  With the count full, he got a hold of one and launched it WELL over the center field fence for a two-run bomb!  At the end of five innings, WC 7, Alameda 6.

Joe D struck out the side to power through the top of the sixth inning with no score.  Do or die for Alameda in the bottom of the sixth.  With one out, Joe Boyden walked on four pitches and narrowly advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Speedster Jeriah Lewis reached on a dropped third strike, with Boyden taking third.  After Lewis took second uncontested, Chertock was walked intentionally to load the bases.  With Good at the plate, WC's Saunders threw a wild pitch and Boyden raced home to tie the game at 7.  After a long at-bat, Good eventually went down swinging, bringing Depinna to the plate with two outs.  After looking at a ball and a strike, Depinna cracked one just inside first base to score Lewis and win the title! Alameda 8, WC 7.

The 12's move on to the Section 1 tournament held in Larkspur. They will face the District 35 champion, Petaluma-Valley, at 3:30, Friday, July 11.  This is also a double-elimination tournament. 

All games are scheduled to be played at Twin Cities LL Joe Wagner Field at 20 Alexander Ave (at the corner of Magnolia), Larkspur, CA 94939 

Click here for the Section 1 tournament schedule.

Congratulations 12's!!! 

2014 District 4 Champions

Wednesday, June 11
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Thursday, March 13
Vehicles Prohibited from Driving Onto Pathway Between Lippert and Wood Middle School

Managers and Parents, as per AUSD and ARPD policies vehicles are prohibited from driving onto the pathway between Lippert Field and Wood Middle School. Only maintenance vehicles are allowed. Please help keep this pathway safe for the children while allowing maintenance vehicles through.

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

Tuesday, February 12
Frequently Asked Questions

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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,  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (510) 769-6031 or

Thank you for supporting Alameda Little League!

Handout: Brick Order Form

Wednesday, March 5

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

Monday, March 17
The Alameda Little League 2014 Board of Directors


Wednesday, February 12
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