Alameda Little League: Welcome

Player registration for 2016 Challenger Divisions is Open. Player registration for Baseball divisions A, AA, AAA, Majors and Intermediate (13 year olds), T-Ball/Farm is Closed.

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.



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Sunday, May 1
Alameda Little League Night at Oakland A's - Friday, May 27

Alameda Little League Night at the Oakland A's is scheduled for Friday, May 27. Make plans to join 500 of your closest friends as the A's host the Detroit Tigers. This is a Friday game with a 7:05 start. This is a great event and everyone has a great time. Seat location is in the Plaza Reserved level in outfield.

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 500 tickets, tickets are limited to 20 per team. Once these 500 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.

Tickets are still available. Contact your team's manager to reserve tickets.



Saturday, May 7
USS Hornet Museum F-8U Cockpit at ALL Fields, May 7

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The USS Hornet Museum will have Clementine at the Little League fields on Saturday, May 7 from the opening pitch of the first games until 6:30pm. What is Clementine? Clementine is a restored, non-operable, F-8U Crusader cockpit for the kids to touch and pretend they are pilots. They will be able to climb up into the seat for a photo-op. The control stick moves and it has a full instrument panel. Docents from the Hornet will be on-hand. Clementine went into service in 1963 and was retired in 1968. The aircraft was dismantled and the cockpit section was used as a pilot ground familiarization trainer. Her home is now the USS Hornet Museum.

The USS Hornet Museum is a museum ship in Alameda, California, USA. It is composed of the USS Hornet (CV-12) aircraft carrier, exhibits from the NASA Apollo moon exploration missions, and several retired aircraft from the Second World War and the transonic and early supersonic jet propulsion period. The flight deck, hangar deck, and first deck below are open for self-guided tours. Docent-led tours of the ship's interior are also available. This ship embodies Alameda's rich naval history and helps bridge the past to the present. The USS Hornet Museum is located at Alameda Point and is open daily from 10:00-5:00.

Alameda Little League is extremely pleased to have the USS Hornet as a sponsor, and even more pleased that we can partner in this event for the kids. This is what it’s all about.



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Monday, April 18
Alameda Little League Sponsor Night Great Success

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Thank you to all who attended the ALL Sponsor Night Event held at the Alameda Island Brewing Company Tasting Room on Sunday, April 17. Folks enjoyed the AIBC craft beer, food from Scolari's and a night of music by "The Utility Players". Specail thanks to AIBC for donating the venue! Photos from the event will be posted soon.

Wednesday, May 18
No Parking at Wood Midde School on Wednesday, May 18th

Due to multiple school events at Wood School on Wednesday, May 18th, Little League parents/drivers are asked to park in places OTHER THAN Wood School from 3:30 PM until 9 PM. This includes the west parking lot as well as the loop in front of the school. Thanks for cooperating and being a good neighbor.

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)



Monday, April 11
WEEKDAY PARKING AT LUM SCHOOL

It has come to our attention through complaints from Lum School staff that some Little League parents/spectators are ignoring posted signs in the Lum School Parking Lot, and treating staff rudely when they ask for cooperation in their parking lot. We remind everyone, this is NOT an Alameda Little League Parking Lot and can be totally closed or otherwise restricted in the event that the school district determines that there is a problem. We are trying to be good neighbors and respect everyone around our venue, and some members' behavior could lead to ruining a good situation for the remainder of us. We will also remind everyone that specific incidents that are determined to violate our Parent Code of Conduct will result in suspension and/or removal from our own premises. Please honor and respect all others, especially our neighbors who are entitled to such respect.



Friday, April 1
Sports Authority Alameda Little League Appreciation Coupons for April

No foolin', here are the latest Sports Authority coupons. Sports Authority, an Alameda Little League sponsor has given us these Little League savings coupons for April. Click on and print the coupon below and bring it with you to any Bay Area SA location in order to receive a discount on your purchase.

Sports Authority 10% Off Coupon
Sports Authority 20% Off Coupon

 



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1st Night Game, March 16, 2016
Saturday, March 19
1st Night Game Played in Alameda Little League

The first regular season night game in the history of Alameda Little League was played on March 16 in the AAA division. The Lola's Chicken Shack Iron Pigs hosted the Bridge Bank Hooks. In the photo above Hooks player Daniel Hernandez is called out at home as Iron Pigs catcher Max Cohen executes a successful force out at home.

Friday, March 18
2016 Snack Bar Schedules - All Teams

Update: T-Ball and Farm added. Please download a new schedule. 

Click here to get to the 2016 Snack Bar Volunteer Schedule for ALL divsions Majors through T-Ball. On your team's designated shifts you should send 3 to 4 parent representatives from your team. It is recommended that teams divide the assigned days by all parents.

In addition to your 3 to 4 team parents, each shift will have a supervisor covering the shift who can give instructions, etc. The Snack Bar Director will be sending weekly reminders of assigned dates. Please feel free to reach out to Kim with any questions at kim@angeldear.net. Thank you for your help with scheduling your teams snack bar duty.



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.



Saturday, March 12
Roan Kees and Ben Anderson Fields Dedicated March 12, 2016

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On March 12, 2016 at opening ceremonies, the diamonds used by Single A and AA divisions were dedicated to Roan Kees and Ben Anderson. Both Roan and Ben passed away last year. Each of them were long time board members. Roan was very active in youth sports programs. Ben was an inspirational coach. Surviving family members were on-hand for the dedication. 

The field adjacent to Grand St. is now Roan Kees Field. The field adjacent to Lum elementary is now Ben Anderson Field. Two plaques will hang at the snack bar in their honor. League President, Ron Matthews, also presented the Kees family with a scholarship check for $8,000 which was donated to the family by members of the Alameda Little League community.



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Tuesday, March 15
Opening Day photos are in the 2016 Opening Day page.

Thursday, February 25
2016 Local Rules

The Local Rules for 2016 are published and are available here and in the "Managers and Forms" page.

2016 Local Rules. Keep a hard copy in your binder and give copies to your umpires and parents.



Thursday, February 25
2016 Schedule for Baseball Majors/Minors Divisions

Below is the 2016 calendar. All dates tagged with (*) are tentative. Please make a note of the following dates:

Nov 1 - Registration opens for all divisions
Jan 1 - Registration fees increase

Jan 23-24 - Player evaluations
Jan 30 - Player evaluations (rain make-up day)
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 6* - Practices for Majors and AAA divisions begin (depends on permits and notifications)

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 11 - Practices for AA and A divisions can begin. Managers must have player's medical releases signed and in hand
Feb 14 - Registration for T-Ball and Farm closes
Feb 24 – T-Ball and Farm Rosters are released to managers (moved from Feb 19)
Feb 24 – Manager meeting for Farm/Tball (Harbor Bay Club Grill 7-9 PM)

Feb 29 - Practice begins Farm/TBall
Mar 05 - ALL Umpire Training - mandatory for all teams, check-in at 8:30 AM at the Snack Bar 
Mar 07
 - CPR Training in the Multi-Purpose room at Lumm Elementary, 6:00 PM - all managers are required to be certified, parents are also invited. FREE event.

Mar 08 - ALL Umpire Rules Clinic Webinar - 6:45 PM. Please contact your manager to R.S.V.P.
Mar 12 - Opening Day Festivities - Ceremonies for the entire League and at least 1 game per baseball divisions A, AA, AAA, Majors
Mar 12 - Photo Day
Mar 12 - Field Prep clinic immediately following Opending Day Festivities. Meet at the main equipment shed.  

Mar 12 - Opening Day NIGHT Game
Mar 13
 - All remaining teams in A, AA, AAA and Majors play

Mar 19 - Score Keeping Clinic, 8:00am, at the picnic tables at Lum School playground area
Mar 20 - First games for Farm and T-Ball
Apr 17 - Sponsor Appreciation Night
- Alameda Island Brewing Company Tasting Room - will be rescheduled

Jun 04 - Closing Ceremonies
Jun 06+ TOC Tournaments - Winners of Majors, AAA and AA advance to District 4 Tournament of Champions
Jun 06+ All Stars - All Star teams from Majors and AAA will play in LL All Star Tournaments after TOC concludes. 

All dates tagged with (*) are tentative.  



Monday, March 14
Tools of the Trade: How Baseball Equipment is Made



Ever wonder how your Baseball Equipment is made? Click on the links below to see the amazing production videos of making baseballs, aluminum bats and baseball gloves. All links are working now. Enjoy!

Baseballs:  Click here to see how Baseballs are made. This is a clip from the Discovery Channel's "How It's Made" television series.

Aluminum Bats: Click here to see how Aluminum Bats are made. This is a clip from the History Channel's "Modern Marvels" show.

Baseball Gloves: Click here to see how Baseball Gloves are made. This is a clip from the Discovery Channel's "How It's Made" television series.



Friday, January 29
SpeedPro Imaging.East Bay Donates to Alameda Little League

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Ed and Carrie Owens celebrated the grand opening of SpeedPro Imaging East Bay in part by making a handsome donation to Alameda Little League. SpeedPro East Bay does large display graphics of all kinds, including signs, banners, point of sale, wall murals, wall/window/floor graphics, trade show, photography reproduction and vehicle graphics and wraps. Ed is a long-time board member of A.L.L.

Thank you Ed and Carrie. Best of luck to SpeedPro!



Tuesday, November 24
Where Do Your Registration Fees Go?

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Curious as to where your registration fee goes? Alameda Little League prides itself as returning 95% of your registration fees back to the kids and Little League. We do our best to assure that dollar for dollar your children get the most out of your registration fee.

Sunday, September 13
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL® AGE DETERMINATION DATE TO MOVE TO AUGUST 31 FOR THE 2016 SEASON



Little League Baseball has changed the age determination date from December 31 to August 31. There was a lot of concern voiced by parents and the local leagues. The new date determination goes into effect for the 2016 season. The emphasis is to make Little League Baseball a 12 and under program. Below is the rationale from LLB:

Why the change?
 In 2011, Little League conducted very detailed participation research. As a result of that research, we learned that parents, players, and volunteers wanted to see Little League become, as a whole, a younger program, and give children an easier way to play Little League with their classmates. Since the research concluded, Little League revamped its Tee Ball program, established a Coach Pitch Program, and changed its residency requirements to allow children to play in the league where their school is located. Adjusting the Age Determination Date will help us achieve the goal of making Little League younger. And, making the date August 31, the same that many schools in many states use for student registration, allows Little Leaguers to play with their classmates.

This change will make the Little League Baseball Division, also known as the Major Division, truly a 12 and under program – ensuring that no child playing in the Little League/Major Division will turn 13 years old at any point during their final season in that division. The same will be true with the upper age limit at all teenage divisions of Little League Baseball. 

Click HERE to read more about the changes and view the 2016-2019 age charts along with the explanation on why age determination is changing.



Monday, October 26
Sponsorship Donations

 If you would like to help Alameda Little League serve the community in the form of a donation simply press the button below. 

Sponsorship Donations

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

 



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. 



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

 



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
Frequently Asked Questions

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


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.

Monday, September 28
Annual Meeting and Elections Notice

The Alameda Little League Annual Meeting and Elections for Board positions will be held on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00pm in the Lum School Media Center. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, February 12
Comments or Questions Regarding This Website

If you have any comments, concerns or questions regarding this website, please email webmaster@alamedalittleleague.org.

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.

Wednesday, April 27
FIELDS STATUS

Little League Games :  The fields are currently in great shape, and unless a significant amount of rain happens LATE this afternoon, all games will be played as scheduled today. Suggest arrival no later than one hour in advance of the game time for field preparation.

ARPD Fields: As per the weather hotline, all fields may not be open. If a field is Open and the infield has standing water, is soft or is muddy do not use the infield. 

We will always use this website to advise field conditions during rainy weather conditions.

For the Little League Fields (Anderson (formerly Rittler), Kees (formerly Lippert), Majors, Minor), 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.

For ARPD managed fields (Bayport, Littlejohn, Leydecker, Tillman, etc) on Monday through Friday, call the ARPD hotline at 510-747-7540. The hotline is updated by 2:00pm. If you get to an ARPD field and it has a "Field Closed" sign on it, please respect what the sign has to say. The field is closed.

For ARPD managed fields on Saturday and Sunday, closure status will be posted to the Little League website.



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