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.



Friday, May 25
Alameda Little League Fireworks Night - Friday, May 25th

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Tickets are still available! Please help us sell out the event!

Contact Paul Skuta @ pskuta46@gmail.com for individual ticket sales. 

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. 



Sunday, May 20
Aftermarket Helmet C Flaps Decertified

Please read the below letter. It is late breaking news and needs to be followed. Please do not wait for a game to find out your child cannot use their batting helmet.

Today Little League issues guidance regarding the modification of batters helmets with the addition of a face guard (i.e. C Flap). It includes a discussion of the differences between helmet face guards (i.e flaps) and why they are an alteration, vs. a Face Mask which is a NOCSAE certified addition to the helmet.

You can read the entire piece on this page on the Little League website. Embedded in this is the letter that has been sent to each helmet manufacturer.https://www.littleleague.org/playing-rules/modifying-helmets-with-additional-attachments/.

The summary of this is that any alteration or modification of a helmet potentially voids the NOCSAE certification of that helmet. Little League has asked the manufacturers and suppliers of helmets to respond and advise if the addition of a C Flap or other Face Guard will void the certification on their helmets. To date, only Boombah has replied that if their supplied Flap is attached to their helmet they will stand by the NOCSAE certification. The manufacturer of Rawlings, DeMariani, Louisville Slugger, and EvoShield has advised that the addition of a face guard will void their certification. No reply has been made by the other manufacturers such as Easton or Adidas.

All league officials are being advised to not allow the use of helmets that do not have the approval letter (so as of now only Boombah complies) in Little League play. Umpires doing equipment inspection should remove those helmets. Managers should be removing them from use on their team unless they meet the guidance. Parents and others should be told to contact the manufacturers for more information and to secure an approval letter on their own behalf if desired. If a manager produces such a letter to the umpires satisfaction, they should allow the modified helmet to be used. However, if the umpire can determine that the helmet has been altered by drilling of holes or other changes the helmet should be deemed not for use.

For more information on protecting our players from damage to the head and facial area, I suggest you review the information on the Center for Disease Control Heads Up website. They have available a great resource you can post on your league website or distribute to your participants on Batter's helmet safety.https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/helmets/index.html.

 



Tuesday, February 7
2018 Season Calendar

2018 Calendar

Training:
- 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 below
- Mar 10 - Field Prep clinic immediately following Opending Day Festivities. Meet at the main equipment shed 
Regular Season:

- 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 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
- Mar 25 - Home Challenger Games begin (schedule is posted on the Challenger page)
- April 1 - 8 - AUSD Spring Break (no games)
- May   5 - Alameda Little League Cinco de Mayo Fundraising Dinner
- May   6 - Photo Day Make-Up at the fields
- 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 @9:00AM
- Jun 02 - Closing Ceremonies @NOON on the Minors field



2018 Little League and Local Rules

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



Sunday, May 20
2018 Neptune Beach Fall Ball

For those interested in Fall Baseball Neptune Beach offers both Local and Travel Ball Options. The season runs from Late August - Early November. Tryouts will take place on Sunday, May 20, 2018. For more information and to register visit: http://neptunebeachpearl.com/travel-ball/.

Please direct any questions via e-mail to: info@neptunebeachpearl.com



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Saturday, April 21
2018 Neptune Pearl Summer Camp

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Diamond Skills Camp has 7 weeks of BASEBALL and ALL-SPORTS CAMPS hosted at the ALAMEDA LITTLE LEAGUE FIELDS. This SUMMER schedule is highlighted by a WEEK #1 appearance from OAKLAND A'S STAR MATT OLSON!

These camps hosted at our fields are the only camps endorsed by ALAMEDA LITTLE LEAGUE. All coaches have completed background checks and camps are held at our facility. For more information and to REGISTER please visist WWW.DIAMONDSKILLSCAMP.COM



Friday, May 4
Easton Ghost Decertified by USA Baseball

USA Baseball has just announced that the Easton Ghost X 30/20 YBB18GX10 and LL18GHX 30/20 2 5/8” have been decertified by USA Baseball and are no longer an approved bat under the USABat Standard. This applies to the 30” (-10) length of the Ghost X YBB18GX10 and LL18GHX. All other certified lengths and drops of the Easton Ghost X USABat remain approved for play.

Any use of these bats will be considered using an illegal bat. Please follow this link for more information from Little League International. Little League Internation Notice

For information on how to return the bat to Easton and receive a $500 voucher you can contact Easton at 1-844-531-7079, or ghostreturn@easton.com.



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Tuesday, March 20
Alameda Little League Fundraising Event - THANK YOU

Thank you's go out to all who attended the Cinco de Mayo fund raising event, the teams who donated baskets and to our board member organizers for making this a fun and successful event!

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.



Saturday, April 28
Please be sure and scroll down to view the home page. There is a lot of exciting information today regarding:
  • Cinco de Mayo Alameda Little League Fund Raising Event
  • 2018 Local Rules
  • May 25th Fireworks Night at the Oakland A's
  • 2018 Neptune Beach Summer Camp
  • 2018 Neptune Beach Fall Ball Photo Day Make-Up Day Schedule
  • Pet Rules at the Fields
  • Proper footwear for Estuary Park


Monday, April 16
Pet Rules at the Fields

We love our dogs and a lot of folks like to bring them with them to the games. Just a friendly reminder that dogs are not permitted within the fenced spectator areas of the Majors and Minors fields. Elsewhere dogs are permitted and must be on a leash as per ARPD rules. Thank you for your cooperation.

Monday, April 16
Athletic Shoes ONLY at Estuary Park

Please be advised that only athletic shoes may be used when playing at Estuary Park. Effective immediately all games except Challenger scheduled for Estuary will be moved back to the Little League Fields. Estuary Park will still be used for practices and players and coaches must wear athletic shoes only. Cleats may not be worn.


Sunday, April 8
Change in Farm Schedule

Please be advised that the Farm Division 1:30 games originally scheduled on Majors have been moved to noon on Kees Field. Kees Field is the diamond adjacent to Grand St. This is a permanent change for the remainder of the 2018 season. Please check the Farm & T Ball page for the revised schedule

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Sunday, March 25
Challenger Division 1st Home Game at Estuary Park

The Challenger Division played their first official home game this Sunday at Estuary Park. The Majors Pirates and Astros acted as buddies helping the Challenger players play the game. Last week's game in Oakland was moved to Estuary when Oakland's field was unplayable. The Majors Giants where buddies for that game. Challenger Field at Estuary Park was built especially for the Challenger division. It has a synthetic surface along with oversized dugouts to accomodate wheel chairs. The Challenger Division has a reserved spot every Sunday for games. Challenger plays at 1:30. It's well worth coming out to see the games.

Monday, April 16
Field Status

April 16 - 2:00pm

Alameda Little League Fields Update: All Little League fields are in playable condition and are OPEN. All games are to be played as scheduled. Players should report to the fields at their manager's requested time.

ARPD Fields Update: All ARPD fields are OPEN unless there is a "Field Closed" sign on the field. Please do not ignore the sign and use a "Closed" field.

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 well 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.



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2018 Opening Day National Anthem
Saturday, March 10
Opening Day Saturday, March 10

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. 

Play Ball!!



Tuesday, March 8
Baseball Rules Webinar Recordings

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.  

If this is your first time using Cisco's WebEx you will need to create a FREE account. You will also need to install the WebEx extension into your browser. You do not need to purchase an upgrade. If the meeting will not start, call Cisco WebEx customer support at 1-866-863-3905. This is a toll free call. 

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

Reference Materials:
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
2018 Snack Bar Schedule

Press here for the 2018 Snack Bar Schedule. Teams are responsible for the shifts listed. 
Thank you for your support!
 



Sunday, January 7
Batting Cage Use

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.

REGULAR SEASON

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
2018 Game Schedules Posted

The 2018 schedules for divisions A through Majors are posted and are considered finalized. 
 
Change Summary
All changes occured within the AAA schedule. Please review the AAA game schedule for game and umpring assignment changes
 
02/21
4/21
Moved 09:00am Hooks/Mudcats to 11:30am
Moved 11:30am Knights/Express to 9:00am
 
02/19
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Moved 3/28 5:00pm Knights/Express to 4/21 11:30am 
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 

4/28
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
Several umpiring assignments were adjusted.  
 
2018 Highlights:
- Night games on Minors will start 1/2 hour earlier this year at 6:30. The game before will start at 4:30.
- 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
- Games on the Baseball Schedules page are listed as Vistors v. Home  
 
Baseball Schedules:
The website is considered the source of truth for all schedules and umpiring assignments. We will put an announcement on the website if schedule changes are made. No spreadsheets are distributed. On the "Baseball Schedules" page, if you scroll to the bottom you will see links for each team in the Majors, AAA, AA and A divisions. Visiting that page is an easy way to see your team's schedule.
 
Baseball Standings:
Baseball Standings are based on winning percentageWinning percentage is calculated using the formula of (Wins)/(Total Number of Games Played). A tie game equates to a loss for both teams. The league emphasizes playing out ties.
 


Thursday, February 8
Farm and T-Ball teams forming Feb. 22

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
2018 New BAT Rules

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
- Challenger 

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.

 


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Challenger Field View From Home Plate
Saturday, January 20
Estuary Park Challenger Field Dedication

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.



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Challenger Field Center Field View

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Tuesday, August 22
Eagle Scouts Dugout Cubbies Project

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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!


 
 Donate $10
 
    Donate More Than $10
 


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Friday, May 12
Alameda Little League Store

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 Adopted

2017 Local Rules. Keep a hard copy in your binder and give copies to your umpires and parents.

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.

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.



Friday, March 17
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 .

 



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.


Saturday, June 2
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

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.

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