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.



Sunday, February 19
ALL Little League Fields STATUS - OPEN for LIGHT USE

Sunday, Feb 19: All four Little League fields: Majors, Minors, Kees (Lippert) and Anderson (Rittler) are OPEN for LIGHT use. Do not use the mounds on Major and Minor. Avoid standing water. Do not use the infields if muddy.

Batting cages are open. Use of those cages follows the practice reservations time. One cage per team. The teams that have Major and Minors have priority on the cages.


Sunday, February 19
ARPD Fields STATUS - CLOSED

Sunday, Feb. 19 - All ARPD fields (Bayport East, Bayport West, Franklin, Leyedecker, Lincoln, LittleJohn, Woodstock) remain CLOSED.

For future practices to see if the fields are open and playable, you can call the ARPD weather hotline-747-7540 



Friday, February 17
Oakland Athletics and Black Bear Diner to Provide Farm and T-Ball Uniforms

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The Oakland Athletics and Black Bear Diner have teamed up to provide local area Little Leagues with uniform shirts and hats for the 2017 season. This year all the T-Ball and Farm division teams will all be the Athletics! There are more uniform variations than we have teams so each team will have separate and distinctive looks. No two teams will look the same.

This should be a lot of fun for the kids. We live in the shadow of the Oakland Coliseum home of the soon to be dedicated Ricky Henderson Field. The A's have a rich tradition which we hope the parents of our players will share with their kids. The A's are our home team.

The quality of the uniform is actually higher that the ones we get from our regular uniform suppliers. The Athletics are long time supporters of Alameda Little League. Annually the A's provide sponsorship in the form of outfield banners. The A's also donated many items for ALL's Lights Project fundraiser two years ago. They really stepped it up a notch this year. The A's are saving the league $9,000 in uniforms which helps us keep registration fees the lowest in the Bay Area.

We accept this donation with the utmost thanks to the Oakland Athletics and Black Bear Diners, knowing that it will help our League grow in many other areas, such as buying baseballs! 



Wednesday, February 8
ALL Field Closure Protocol

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.



Friday, January 20
Alameda Little League 2017 Calendar

Below is the 2017 calendar. All dates tagged with (*) are tentative. Please make a note of the following dates:

Registration:
Oct 01 - Registration opens for all divisions
Jan 01 - Registration fees increase
Player Evaluations:
Jan 21-22 - Player evaluations Weekend 1 - CANCELLED due to Unplayable Conditions
Jan 28-29 - Player evaluations Weekend 2
Feb 04 - Player evaluations rain make up day
Draft Dates & Practices:
Feb 06 - Majors player drafts - players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 07 - AAA player drafts - players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 11* - Practices for Majors and AAA divisions begin (depends on permits and notifications)

Feb 13 - AA player drafts - players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 15 - A player drafts - players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 14 - Practices for AA can begin. Managers must have player's medical releases signed and in hand
Feb 16 - Practices for A can begin. Managers must have player's medical releases signed and in hand
T-Ball/Farm:
Feb 14 - Registration for T-Ball and Farm closes
Feb 16 – Manager meeting for Farm/Tball
Feb 17 – T-Ball and Farm Rosters are released to managers
Feb 18 - Practice begins Farm/TBall. Managers must have player's medical releases signed and in hand
Season Prep and Training:
Mar 04
- ALL Umpire Training - mandatory for all teams, check-in at 8:30 AM at the Snack Bar
TBD - ALL Umpire Rules Clinic Webinar - 6:45 PM. Please contact your manager to R.S.V.P.
Mar 07- CPR Training - all managers are required to be certified, parents are also invited. FREE event.
Regular Season:
Mar 11- Opening Day Festivities - Ceremonies for the entire League and at least 1 game per baseball divisions A, AA, AAA, Majors
Mar 11 - Photo Day
Mar 11 - Field Prep clinic immediately following Opending Day Festivities. Meet at the main equipment shed.
Mar 12 - All remaing teams in Majors through A division play
TBD - Score Keeping Clinic, at the picnic tables at Lum School playground area
Mar 19 - First games for Farm and T-Ball
Jun 03 - Championship Games and Closing Ceremonies



Tuesday, January 17
2017 Registration for Farm and T-Ball still open

Register now for the 2017 season! Registration remains open for those children wishing to play in the farm and T-Ball divisions. T-Ball is ages 4-6, Farm is ages 6-7. Choose the 2017 Registration menu option on the left of the screen.

Registration for baseball divisions, A, AA, AAA & Majors is closed. Any families wishing to register will be wait listed.

 



Thursday, January 19
2017 Registration for Baseball Divisions is CLOSED

Registration for Alameda Little League’s Major-Minor Divisions (ages 12-7) is closed. Players interested in playing during the 2017 season can only be added to the wait-list now.

Please contact league Player Agent Stephan Pippen at Stephan.pippen1@gmail.com to add a player to the wait-list.

In the event a roster spot opens on a team and/or the league can secure additional managers then wait-listed may be able to play during the 2017 season. The league needs 2 managers in AAA division (ages 11,10,9) and one manager in A division (9,8,7).



Friday, January 20
Ernie Lewis Friend of Alameda Little League

Ernie Lewis, a long time friend of Alameda Little League recently passed. http://www.littleleague.org/media/llnewsarchive/2017/Little-League-International-Mourns-the-Passing-of-Ernie-Lewis-Former-California-District-4-Administrator-Past-Member-of-International-Board-of-Directors.htm

Friday, December 30
Alameda Little League Constructs Scoreboard and AHS field

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As a service to the community, and at the request of Brad Thomas, AHS Athletic Director, Alameda Little League agreed to construct a scoreboard at the AHS field. This was done over the Christmas break and we are pleased to say that the scoreboard is up and working!

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Saturday, November 12
Little League Bat Resource Page

The holidays are approaching quickly. If you plan on a new bat for your player please visit the Little League International website regarding Bat safety. You can find a list of approved bats there.

If that link doesn't work, cut and past the following into your browser: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm

This page will give you up-to-the minute info on which non-wood bats are licensed and permissible for Little League.  All bats that do not appear on the approved list are not allowed in Little League play. Bats must past rigorous testing. The maximum barrel diameter is 2 1/4" and must have a bpf rating of 1.15. If you have any questions please ask a board member. 



Saturday, November 12
2017 Age Chart

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2017 Age Chart

Tuesday, October 25
Attention 2017 Manager Candidates

The 2017 season is right around the corner. If 2017 shapes up like past seasons 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, prior to evaluations. 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:

http://www.littleleague.org/managersandcoaches/coachrole.htm

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 2017 Volunteer Application Form. Click here for the 2017 Volunteer Application Form. Social Security # is required along with a copy of your driver’s license.

Returning managers can now complete the 2017 Returning Volunteer Application Form. Click here for the 2017 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 ron-matthews@comcast.net. 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 2017.

Alameda Little League Board of Directors 



Tuesday, March 8
2016 Baseball Rules Webinar Recordings

The below recordings are from the 2016 Baseball Rule Webinar.  These can be accessed anytime by clicking on the link. 

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

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2016 Little League Rules Training Presentation (download)
Basic Umpire Mechanics (download)
Top 40 Baseball Rule Myths (download)
Baseball Myths Explained (you will be taken to an external website)



2016 Expenses
2016 Budget
Friday, October 7
Where Your Registration Fees Go

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.

Sunday, September 18
Challenger Field Ground Breaking Ceremony

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This past week city officials broke ground for Challenger Field, the first phase in the development of Estuary Park. Challenger Field will be a synthetically surfaced field which will become the home of Alameda Little League's Challenger program. The Challenger program originated in 1989 and enables boys and girls to enjoy the game of baseball. Alameda's Challenger completed its second season this year. Follow the below links to learn more about Challenger and read Alameda's press release.

Little League Baseball's Challenger program

Alameda Recreation and Parks Estuary Park Project Page

Alameda Sun News Article



Tuesday, March 15
Definition of "CURFEW"

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.



Monday, October 26
Sponsorship Donations

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Sponsorship Donations

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Sunday, November 1
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 addition to Minor/Majors Alalmeda Little League has established its Intermediate Division for 13 year old players. We also have the Challenger Division for players with disabilities. 

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 August 31 of the coming year which is the end of the Little League World Series. For example, if they turn 11 on September 1, they are still considered to be Little League age 10 as they will be 10 throughout the season.

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. 



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

Tuesday, February 12
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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.

Wednesday, February 12
Comments or Questions Regarding This Website

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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.

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