Alameda Little League: News

Tuesday, December 1
Intermediate Division Registration Closes December 1


Cost to register is $175.  

Key Dates:
Registration Opens - Nov. 1
Registration Closes - Dec. 1
Evaluations - January
Regular Season - March-May
TOC and All-Stars - June, July 

Intermediate Division returns for the 2016 season! During its inagural season last year, our players won the District 4 Tournament of Champions and District 4 All Stars tournaments. For those not familiar with the Intermediate Division, it was created by Little League International four years ago with 70 foot baselines instead of 60 and a 50 foot distance from mound to plate instead of 46 feet specifically to provide a transition for 13 year olds before they advance to the ultimate distance of 90 foot bases.    

It is critical that you register earlier than you may have done in the past because this Division has to know the number of teams in order to schedule games with other Leagues in our District.

Registration for ages 4 through 12 remains open until mid-January.

Tuesday, November 24
Where Do Your Registration Fees Go?
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.

Tuesday, November 3
Registration for 2016 is OPEN
Register now for the 2016 season! You can either use the button above or choose from the 2016 Registration menu option. Rates will increase January 1, 2016. We have revamped the registration system. Please send your comments or questions to

Friday, November 6
Registration Help
Fig. 1 - Before Adding Family

When registering a child you must add them as a family member after logging in. To log into the registration system you may use your credentials from previous years. If your family is new to Little League you need to "Create an Account". 

Once logged in you will be taken to "My Account" page. If no other family members appear on this page you need to add them by pressing the "Add New Member" button at the lower left hand corner of the page. Once added you can then proceed with registering by pressing the "Register" button next to the child's name. Do not try to register yourself or you will be told that there are no divisions available. 

If you have any questions contact

Figure 1 shows the "My Account" page after Joe Baseball logged in. He now needs to add his children by pressing the "Add New Member" button.

Figure 2 shows the "My Account" page after Joe added his children Tommy and Susie Baseball. He can now continue register Tommy and Susie

Fig. 2 - Family Added

Friday, January 1
Attention 2016 Manager Candidates

The 2016 season is right around the corner. We will have enough players to field 10 teams per division. Don't procrastinate, sign up now.  Manager candidates meet with league president, Ron Matthews, in December. During these meetings, Ron will explain a lot more about the role, and about the need for all Managers in a Division to work together and place winning in back of teaching life lessons. A good place to start is by reading this material on the national Little League website which explains the manager role:

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

The first step to be considered a manager is to complete the 2016 Volunteer Application Form. Click here for the 2016 Volunteer Application Form. Social Security # is required along with a copy of your driver’s license.

Returning managers can now complete the 2016 Returning Volunteer Application Form. Click here for the 2016 Returning Volunteer Application Form.

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

Ron Matthews
2857 Sea View Pkwy
Alameda, CA 94502

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

Alameda Little League Board of Directors 

Sunday, November 1
Challenger Division returns for 2016

Alameda Little Leauge is proud to announce that the Challenger Division will return in 2016. Registration will begin November 1. The cost to register for Challenger is $50. 

Little League International established the Challenger Division in 1989. The Challenger Division is for boys and girls with mental and physical challenges and more than 300,000 players participate in the Challenger Division worldwide. In the Bay Area, more than 35,000 youth with disabilities have difficulty accessing parks, fields, and team sports. This, coupled with the ever-growing community of those with disabilities commensurate with population growth, and the current rise in autism, led Alameda Little League to establish the Challenger Division for the 2015 season. Little League International's California District 4 (Alameda Little League is a member) currently has 15 Challenger Division leagues with whom we may have inter-district games. The Alameda site will be Estuary Park once the synthetic field there is completed. In the meantime, games will be played at Lippert (AA field).

Sunday, September 13

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.

Friday, January 1
2016 Tentative 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 16-17 - Player evaluations
Jan 30 - Player evaluations (rain make-up day)
Feb 1* - Majors player drafts - players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 2* - AAA player drafts - players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 3* - AA player drafts - players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 4* - A player drafts -  players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 7* - Practices A through Majors divisions begin
Feb 15* - Registration for T-Ball and Farm closes
Mar 03* - CPR Training at the Alameda Boys and Girls Club; 6:00 PM - all managers are required to be certified, parents are also invited
Mar 05* - ALL Umpire Training - mandatory for all teams 
Mar 12* - Opening Day Festivities - Ceremonies for the entire League and 1 game per baseball divisions A, AA, AAA, Majors  
Mar 12* - Opening Night Fundraising Event
Mar 13* - All remaining teams in A, AA, AAA and Majors play
Mar 20* - First games for Farm and T-Ball
Jun 04* - Closing Ceremonies

Sunday, November 1
Sports Authority Coupons for November

Sports Authority Little League savings coupons for November. 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.

Click here for the $10.00 Off Savings Coupon.

Click here for the $20.00 Off Savings Coupon.

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. 

Thursday, September 3
Lights Installation Updates
Lights On

Sept 2: Lighting Test - Yes, they are ON! The project finished on-time!

August 19: As promised, the first pole is standing! 

August 18: The concrete has set and poles will be placed on the bases starting tommorrow. The contractor will be using a giant crane to place the poles. Should be quite a sight!

August 10: Big day today and tomorrow, drilling and placement of base poles that support the light poles.

July 27: today the construction crew began boring the holes to route the cables to the lights. No trenches will be dug.

Electrical Cable Boring Video

July 24: One day after the Section 1 tournament ends the lights installation at the Minors field begins. Minors will be closed for three weeks while the lights are installed.  We'll keep you posted as the work progresses.

Follow this link to the Lights Project page.

The below image will give you a good idea of what the illuminated field will look like. You can still help by donating to the cause. The button below will take you to PayPal where you can send donations.


Field Lighting Donations

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


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


Thursday, April 9
Little League Rules and Myths

Follow the link to see an explanation of some of the most confused Little League rules. It's worth the read.

Click here to be directed to the Umpire Resource Center. You will be leaving this website.


As you may have heard at opening ceremonies, Alameda Little League has a great fundraiser starting up.  You can purchase customized laser engraved bricks that will be installed on or around the snack bar.  These bricks are similar to the custom bricks you may have seen at Disneyland.  You can customize it to say your players name, your family name, your team name - whatever you'd like.  This is your chance to leave a lasting memory at the Little League fields!

The cost is $100 for one brick/$150 for two. This fundraising effort is for the Alameda Little League General Fund only and will not go to any one team. All proceeds are used to keep registration fees as low as possible.

The order form can be found on the little league website,  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (510) 769-6031 or via email at

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

Saturday, April 4
The Alameda Little League 2015 Board of Directors

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

Wednesday, August 5
Alameda Little League Loses Long-Time Friend, Ben Anderson
Ben Anderson Obituary

Benjamin James Anderson, July 18, 1965 – July 28, 2015

“Live it hard and fast” was a favorite saying of Ben Anderson who lost his battle with Melanoma on July 28, 2015 but not before fighting hard and living large.

Born on July 18, 1965 in Alameda, son of his late parents, Eugene and Bettie Anderson, Ben spent his entire life on the island becoming an integral part of the community. Ben lost his father to cancer when he was only nine months old, and was raised by his mother, grandmothers and sister who all imparted a softer side to his otherwise boyish nature. Ben attended Edison Elementary, Lincoln Middle School and Alameda High and then upon graduating joined his Uncle Ben helping to run and eventually own Ben Anderson Motors, which with the help of his sister became an Alameda institution on Park St. for many years until he closed the doors in 2011 to fight his illness.

Ben married Stephanie in 1997 and had twin boys, Logan and Bradley in 1999. He embraced fatherhood wholeheartedly and it was his greatest joy in life. Having participated in Alameda sports throughout his youth, Ben became the consummate baseball, football and basketball coach for his sons and their friends, raising competition to new levels. He led many a team to championship seasons, which always culminated in laughter-filled, end-of-season celebrations.

Ben’s greatest gift was his sense of humor and sincerity, which he shared unconditionally with all he met. Sporting a gigantic smile, a bear hug in the waiting, and infectious laugh, Ben will be sorely missed.

Ben is survived by his wife Stephanie Anderson and sons Bradley and Logan Anderson; his sisters Susie Toribio (husband Vic) and Evie Bowman (husband Jim); his mother- and father-in-law Domenic and Enza D’Orazio; his sisters-in-law Rebecca Henderson (husband Ralph) and Silvia Duchene (husband Bruce); his lifelong friends “Pals” Steve and Kelly Floyd; and, his nieces and nephews Casey Bowman, VJ and Chris Toribio, Jennifer Kindel (husband Justin), Kelly Callahan (husband Scott), Danielle, Cole, Jaclyn and Scott Duchene, Mitchell, Nolan and Ryan Floyd, Nick and Cara Henderson, Enza Kindel, and Scotty Olson.

The family would like to express its gratitude to all who offered their love and support during this difficult time, and to those who also helped to make Ben’s life one so full of joy and laughter. A service will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 2:00PM at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. Memorial donations can be made to the AIM at Melanoma Foundation. By mail: AIM at Melanoma, 3217 Bob O Link Court, Plano, TX 75093 or online .

Alameda Little League lost not only a friend of the League, he was a long time Board Member, fundraiser, manager, and coach who, like Bill Matteucci would light up any room he entered. He was one of the most positive men I ever knew.
- Ron Matthews, Alameda Little League President 

Wednesday, July 1
Alameda Little League Manager Nate Firestone Honored

On June 28, Nate Firestone, long-time Alameda Little League Manager, was awarded the "Uncle Abe" award "For selflessly transferring the love of baseball to the young people in his community." The award was presented at the Public House during Marty Lurie's pre-game radio show on KNBR (AM 680). As part of the award, Alameda Little League will receive $2500 from the Lefty O'Doul's Foundation. There will also be an eternal plaque hung at Lefty O'Doul's in San Francisco. Congratulations Nate!


Roan Kees' Passing

It is with deep sadness that we now eulogize the passing of Roan Kees, 10 year member of the Alameda Little League Board of Directors, active also in Alameda Water Polo and Encinal HS Baseball and one of the very best volunteers any non-profit youth organization has ever had. Roan was a perennial team mom, Player Agent, Director of Sponsors, Snack Bar volunteer, and a Board Member who wasn't afraid to enforce our Parent Code of Conduct even in the worst of situations.

Roan leaves behind her husband John who coached in Alameda Little League for all of those years, and 4 children. Jordan, age 27 and her only daughter, is engaged to be married this year, and Taylor, age 26 has graduated from college and is working. Aaron, age 17 and Cameron, 15, both attend Encinal High School and will be attending college soon.

In honor of Roan and all of her service to our League, we have set up a college fund for Aaron and Cameron. You may donate to this fund by simply clicking on the button below. The Kees family thanks you for your support.

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

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.

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, 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.


Tuesday, March 11
Ron Matthews Receives Jefferson Award for Public Service

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:

- 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:

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