Alameda Little League: News

Tuesday, March 20
Alameda Youth Baseball Fundraising 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.

Friday, March 23
Alameda Little League Fireworks Night - Friday, May 25th

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. Other local organizations are selling tickets for $40. We group our teams and the entire league together. Team managers will get information on how to purchase soon, so SAVE the DATE!

Thursday, March 22
Field Status

March 22 - 4:00pm

Alameda Little League Fields Update: Appolgies for the delay. All Little League fields are in playable condition. Giants, Red Sox is postponed. All other games can be played.

ARPD Fields Update: ARPD fields were closed yesterday and am assuming closure today with the exception of Estuary Park.

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 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.

Monday, March 5
Diamond Skills Spring Break Camp
SPRING BREAK BASEBALL CAMP APRIL 2ND - APRIL 6THDiamond Skills Spring Break Baseball Camp will take place during the week of Monday April 2nd - Friday April 6th. Camp runs daily from 9am-5:00pm with a 9:00am-3:00pm option also available. Camp is held at the Alameda Little Fields! This is a great opportunity together with friends from your team and other teams for a fun week filled with baseball during the season. To register or questions visit:

Tuesday, February 7
2018 Season Calendar

2018 Calendar

- 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 Fundraising Dinner
- 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 and Closing Ceremonies

Note: all dates displayed as 'XX' are tentative and will be updated in January

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.  

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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

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.


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
Moved 09:00am Hooks/Mudcats to 11:30am
Moved 11:30am Knights/Express to 9:00am
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 

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. Little League Bat Info page.



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.

Challenger Field Center Field View

Tuesday, August 22
Eagle Scouts Dugout Cubbies Project


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


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.

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

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.


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 .



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.

Saturday, June 2
  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

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:

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. 

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.

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