Alameda Little League: News

Saturday, December 10
Intermediate Registration Extended!!!

For those Little League families who are interested in their children playing in the 50-70 Intermediate Division, that registration has been extended and remains open.



Friday, November 3
President's Plea for Managers

Alameda Little League is run by volunteers who are Board Members, Managers, coaches, snack bar workers, umpires and field preparation crews. We are one month into the regstration process and the league is very light in manager candidates for AA, A and T-Ball/Farm divisions. We have a great program here at Alameda Little League. Annualy we have close to 1,000 of our area's youth playing baseball. To continue this we need your help.We cannot field teams without managers.

Please email me today at ron-matthews@comcast.net and volunteer to Manage a team in one of these Divisions. Your decision is very important to the League, and to the kids who look forward to growing along with their peers. Thanks for your help! Click here for the 2017 Volunteer Application Form.


WestCoast
Wednesday, November 30
Holiday Sale at West Coast Sporting Goods

West Coast Sporting Goods is having their annual Holiday Sale now through Sunday, Dec. 4. Bats, Gloves, Gift Cards, Accessories and More! New items being added daily.

West Coast Sports Holiday Sale Link



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. 



Wednesday, November 30
2017 Alameda Little League Important Dates

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

Registration:
Oct 1 - Registration opens for all divisions
Jan 1 - Registration fees increase
Player Evaluations:
Jan 21-22 - Player evaluations Weekend 1
Jan 28-29 - Player evaluations Weekend 2
Feb 4 - Player evaluations rain makup day
Draft Dates & Practices:
Feb 6 - Majors player drafts - players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 7 - 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 18 - Practices for AA and A divisions 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
TBD – T-Ball and Farm Rosters are released to managers
TBD – Manager meeting for Farm/Tball
TBD - Practice begins Farm/TBall
Season Prep and Training:
TBD - ALL Umpire Training - mandatory for all teams, check-in at 8:30 AM at the Snack Bar
TBD - CPR Training - all managers are required to be certified, parents are also invited. FREE event.
TBD - ALL Umpire Rules Clinic Webinar - 6:45 PM. Please contact your manager to R.S.V.P.
Regular Season:
TBD - Opening Day Festivities - Ceremonies for the entire League and at least 1 game per baseball divisions A, AA, AAA, Majors
TBD - Photo Day
TBD - Field Prep clinic immediately following Opending Day Festivities. Meet at the main equipment shed.
TBD - Score Keeping Clinic, 8:00am, at the picnic tables at Lum School playground area
TBD - First games for Farm and T-Ball
TBD - Closing Ceremonies



Wednesday, November 30
Diamond Skills Winter Break Baseball Camps
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR WINTER BREAK DIAMOND SKILLS BASEBALL CAMPS

Winter Camps are also being offered and are a great opportunity for friends to get back together and have a fun week of baseball! Camp will be held at Alameda Little League Fields & Neptune Beach Pearl Batting Cages pending weather. We look forward to seeing many back out on the field!

Session #1 Monday December 26th - Friday December 30th
Session #2 Monday January 2nd - Friday January 6th

Click Here to Sign Up!



Saturday, October 1
Registration for 2017 is OPEN
Register now for the 2017 season! Registration is now open for league ages 4-13. Press the "2017 Registration" button above or choose from the 2017 Registration menu option. Either option takes you to the on-line regitration site. Rates will increase January 1, 2017 so save some bucks and register NOW! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the fields!

Saturday, November 12
2017 Age Chart
2017 Age Chart
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 



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.

Wednesday, September 7
Alameda Little League Annual Meeting
The Alameda Little League Annual meeting is scheduled for September 27, 6PM, Lum School Faculty Room. This is an open meeting. All who are interested are invited to attend.

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

Estuary Park Press Release

Alameda Sun News Article



Sunday, June 5
Challenger Division Donation from Brayden Brown
Through the charity foundation, Kids Can Give Too, Brayden Brown donated $272.50. Money that he received at his recent birthday party. Brayden requests this money go to help with funding needs of the Challenger Divsion. Alameda Little League thanks Brayden for his generosity. Click the link to find out more about www.kidscangivetoo.com.

FirstNightGame
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.

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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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. 



ORDER YOUR ENGRAVED BRICKS NOW!
Bricklayers

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.

Wednesday, March 5
Information Regarding Background Checks

Some folks have been inquiring why Alameda Little League does background checks. Little League International, Inc. (LLI) takes the safety of its children participants very seriously. In 2007, Little League instituted a program where it is mandatory for all volunteers to be screened annually. LLI provides to its districts a screening service that searches through the state level sex offender registry and also a criminal records database of over 270 million records.

Volunteers have expressed concern regarding the process and how their confidential information is protected. The following is the process used as submitted by Alameda Little League President, Ron Matthews:

The system that is in place is that I am the person who receives the application, not a committee. Any documents are scanned into a PDF and shredded. I transmit them securely to our Director of Legal Affairs, Scott Hennigh (an accomplished attorney) who submits them to Lexis-Nexis for the background check. After I receive a thumbs up on each applicant the PDF’s are deleted from my computer and his.

Little League International, Inc. has an entire section on its website devoted to this subject, and requires me to take this matter very seriously in order to protect our children from abuse. I am also required to sign and verify that I have checked every volunteer in the League. Here is a passage from the link provided:

Press here for summary of the LLI prescribed process --> background checks summary

Press here to be taken to the LLI website for information regarding background checks.



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, March 5
Why the Permanent Baselines?

Permanent baselines help us in many ways, not the least of which is how much time and white line marker is needed for all of our fields. Another issue with white line marker (AKA: chalk) is that the large amounts of chalky marker ultimately degrade and decondition the expensive dirt mixtures that we use on our fields. And finally, of course, permanent baselines are ALWAYS STRAIGHT, unlike manual applications.

The process of constructing the baselines is not simple. The plastic landscaping material used for the baselines are secured to a concrete foundation that is sub-surface. The first base line pictured here required 20 bags, or 1/2 yard of concrete! Anchor bolts are put into the concrete while wet in order to secure the baselines. Then the baselines are painted with a gritty, non-skid paint used in marine environments. The entire process for one field takes three men at least two full days of work of forming, pouring concrete, then securing the baselines.



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Tuesday, March 11
Ron Matthews Receives Jefferson Award for Public Service
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Our League President, Ron Matthews, is being presented by KPIX-TV Chanel 5 the Jefferson Award for Public Service. The Jefferson Award was established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard as a Nobel prize for public and community service on the national and local level. Ron is receiving the local level award. The local level Jefferson Awards recipients are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward. By honoring the recipients, it is the goal of the Jefferson Awards to inspire others to become involved in community and public service. The Alameda Board of Directors congratulates Ron Matthews on receiving this well deserved award and thanks him for his years of service to the families of Alameda and Little League. KPIX-TV 5 was at the Opening Ceremonies this weekend and will air a profile segment about Ron on the following dates:

KPIX-TV 5:
- 3/12 Wednesday KPIX 5 news at 6:00pm
- 3/13 Thursday KPIX 5 news at Noon
- 3/15 Saturday in KPIX 5 Early Edition (check local listings)
Radio KCBS 740AM 106.9 FM
- 3/12 Wednesday at 6:50pm, 9:40pm, 11:50pm
- 3/16 Sunday at 11:50am, 3:50pm

 See the video here:



Friday, April 25
Alameda Little League and Ron Matthews in the Alameda Journal
In case you missed this Friday's Alameda Journal, League President Ron Matthews graced the front page. Click either here or on the headline above to access the on-line version. You will be directed to the Inside the Bay Area website.

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
May 27 - Alameda Little League night at Oakland A's
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.  



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