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Saturday, July 19
Alameda 9-10 Red WIN the SBC Championship

Alameda All-Stars Red 9/10 played Lafayette in the Summer Baseball Classic Championship Game this Saturday at noon in Albany. They won 4-2 and went 4-0 in the SBC. Congratulations 9/10 Red!

Alameda 9, Clayton Valley 3
Alameda 15, Pinole Hercules 3
Alameda 12, Albany 11

Championship Game:
Alameda 4, Lafayette 2
 

Click here for the 9-10s SBC tournament bracket.

Front Row L-R: Ryan Chang, Thomas Cooke, Konrad Matz, Teddy Hernandez, Landon Marsh, Kyle Spaulding, Jason Cibull
Middle Row L-R: Owen Firestone, Kai Berzabal, Jonathan Schnoebelen, Shamar Cook
Back Row L-R: Coach Nate Firestone, Coach Cloud Schnoebelen, Coach Robert Matz, Manager/Coach Steve Spaulding 



Friday, July 18
Alameda 11/12 Blue WIN the SBC Championship

Alameda All-Stars Blue 11/12 played Lafayette in the Summer Baseball Classic Championship Game this past Saturday in Alameda. Alameda won 15-2 and went 4-0 in the SBC:

Alameda 21, Lafayette 6
Alameda 2, Clayton Valley 1
Alameda 7, Continental 5 (7 innings)

Championship Game:
Alameda 15, Lafayette 2
 

Click here for the 11-12s SBC tournament bracket.


Saturday, July 12

At beautiful Joe Wagner Field (Twin Cities Little League) in Larkspur, Alameda dropped a tough game to Petaluma Valley 8-4 on Friday, but bounced back on Saturday with a 4-1 win over Vacaville Central. Joe Boyden went the distance on the mound for Alameda, backed by perfect defense on the infield. Alameda next plays Sunday morning at 11:00 at the same location in a rematch with Petaluma Valley.

 

Please come out and support our 12's all-stars!



Thursday, July 10
Alameda 12 y/o All Stars WIN District 4 Championship

Alameda, District 4 Champs!

The boys needed to beat Walnut Creek again last night to win the district championship, and they did it in dramatic fashion!

It did not look great at the beginning of the game. With Jackson Rodriguez pitching for Alameda, WC's leadoff batter, Luke Saunders, reached second on an error and later scored on a double by first baseman, Caden Royere, hitting in the three spot. Royere was then driven in by second baseman Robby Uesugi. In the second inning, Saunders hit a two-run homer.  In the third, WC took advantage of two hits and an error to score two more.  By the middle of the third inning, WC led by a score of 6 - 0.

But then the tide began to turn for Alameda.  With Ari Chertock on first base, Tristan Good rapped a single into center field, advancing Chertock to second. Joe Gibbons lined a shot into and out of the left fielder's glove, reaching third base and driving in two runs.  Gibbons then scored on a single up the middle by Dallas Rider.  WC 6, Alameda 3 after three innings.

WC scored one more run in the top of the fourth and held Alameda scoreless in the bottom of the inning.  Joe Depinna came in to pitch for Alameda and returned the favor, getting three up and three down in the top of the fifth.

Thunder struck in the bottom of the fifth for Alameda.  Lead-off man Chertock blasted an opposite field homer off WC’s closer…that's three big flies in two days for Ari!  Good reached on an error and later advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Cleanup man Gibbons was at the plate again.  With the count full, he got a hold of one and launched it WELL over the center field fence for a two-run bomb!  At the end of five innings, WC 7, Alameda 6.

Joe D struck out the side to power through the top of the sixth inning with no score.  Do or die for Alameda in the bottom of the sixth.  With one out, Joe Boyden walked on four pitches and narrowly advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Speedster Jeriah Lewis reached on a dropped third strike, with Boyden taking third.  After Lewis took second uncontested, Chertock was walked intentionally to load the bases.  With Good at the plate, WC's Saunders threw a wild pitch and Boyden raced home to tie the game at 7.  After a long at-bat, Good eventually went down swinging, bringing Depinna to the plate with two outs.  After looking at a ball and a strike, Depinna cracked one just inside first base to score Lewis and win the title! Alameda 8, WC 7.

The 12's move on to the Section 1 tournament held in Larkspur. They will face the District 35 champion, Petaluma-Valley, at 3:30, Friday, July 11.  This is also a double-elimination tournament. 

All games are scheduled to be played at Twin Cities LL Joe Wagner Field at 20 Alexander Ave (at the corner of Magnolia), Larkspur, CA 94939 

Click here for the Section 1 tournament schedule.

Congratulations 12's!!! 



2014 D4 Champions
2014 District 4 Champions

Saturday, June 28
2014 Tournament Results

The 2014 All Star Tournaments are in full swing. You can get your updates here for 2014 Alameda All Stars action. We will have same day updates.

12 Year Old International Tournament Team
California District 4 Tournament Results
6/27 - W - Alameda 15, Pinole Hercules 0
7/01 -  W - Alameda 4, Lafayette 0
7/03 -  L - Alameda 1, Walnut Creek 11
7/08 - Suspended - Alameda 12, Lafayette 10, middle of the 7th inning due to darkness. 
7/09 - W - Conclusion of 7/8 game - Alameda 12, Lafayette 11
7/09 - W - Alameda 15, Walnut Creek 9
7/10 - W - Alameda 8, Walnut Creek 7 - District Championship

California Section 1 Tournament
7/11 - L - Alameda 4, Petaluma Valley 8

7/12 - W - Alameda 4, Vacaville Central 1 

7/13 - L - Alameda 1, Petaluma Valley 3

Alameda 12's thank you for your support

11 Blue (Alameda #1)

California District 4 Tournament Results

6/27 - W - Alameda #1 5, South Oakland #1 1
6/30 -  L - Alameda #1 5, North Oakland 11
7/1    - W - Alameda #1 11, Alameda #2 1
7/2   -  L - Alameda #1 6, South Oakland 16
Alameda #1 is eliminated.

11 Red (Alameda #2)

California District 4 Tournament Results

6/27 - L - Alameda #2 3, Albany 4
7/1 -   L - Alameda #2 1, Alameda #1 11
Alameda #2 is eliminated

10 Blue (Alameda #1)

California District 4 Tournament Results

6/26 - W - Alameda #1 9, South Oakland #2 5 (7 innings)
6/28 - W - Alameda #1 2, Albany #2 1
7/2   -  L - Alameda #1 3, North Oakland #1 8
7/3   -  L - Alameda #1 4, Albany #2 9

Alameda #1 is eliminated. 

9-10 Red (Alameda #2)

California District 4 Tournament Results
6/26 - L - Alameda #2 2, Albany #2 15
6/28 - L - Alameda 10 vs South Oakland #1 14
Alameda #2 is eliminated. 

California Little League District 4 All Stars Tournaments Pages
Click here to be taken to the California Little League District 4 All Stars Tournament page where you can find complete schedules and results.
Click here for directions to all District 4 fields to find out how to get to those Alameda games.



Tuesday, June 17
The Road to the Little League World Series

How does a team get to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA?

1) Win the District 4 International Tournament. District 4 is comprised of 15 leagues, including Alameda, that play baseball.

2) Win the California Section 1 International Tournament. Section 1 is comprised of 5 districts in Northern California including District 4.

3) Win the Northern California International Tournament (State Level). Northern California is comprised of 7 sections from Northern CA including Section 1. (9-10 & 10-11 ends at Northern California). The Northern California tournament for the International Tournament begins July 19 and will be played in San Jose.

4) Win the Little League Baseball Western Regional Tournament held in San Bernardino, CA. The LLBBWR Tournament is comprised of 4 State Champions plus Norther and Southern California. The West Regional Tournament runs August 1-9 with games being televised on ESPN 3.

5) The Little League World Series is comprised of the winners of the 8 United States regions and 8 International Regions. The LLWS runs August 14-24 and is televised on ESPN and ABC.

Click here for the 2014 International Tournament Updates.


Friday, June 27
Replacement Graduation Shirts are IN!

The new graduations shirts will be ready for pick up on Tuesday, July 1, at the snack bar starting at 4 PM. We apologize for the original errors and for the delay. Thanks for your patience and you may pick one up on the following dates after 4 PM at the snack bar at the Little League fields:

July 1,  July 2, July 3            July 7, July 8, July 9



Saturday, June 21
A's Finish as Runners Up in Major Division TOC
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The Pappo Restaurant A's finished as runners up in the District 4 Tournament of Champions as they fell 5-1 to the Pirates from Walnut Creek Friday night. Joe Depinna pitched five innings, relinquishing 5 runs. Joe also scored Alameda's sole run with an over-the-fence home run. Jackson Rodriguez pitched scoreless relief. The A's families and friends made a strong showing, outnumbering the Walnut Creek contingent.

Congratulations A's on a great season and winning your divsion. Thank you families for your strong support.



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Saturday, May 17
Diamond Skills Camp 2014 Schedule
2014 Pearl Summer Camps
Diamond Skills is happy to announce another full summer schedule of camps for Alameda youth! Alameda Little League endorses the Diamond Skills Camps that are run by Neptune Beach Pearl Staff at our Little League fields. These are former Alameda Little Leaguers who have come back to Little League and offer excellent clinics designed to make our players better during the summer months. No other clinics in Alameda are endorsed by Alameda Little League, nor do they contribute to us. You can find more information and register at www.diamondskillscamp.com If you sign up for a camp please sign up for these to benefit Alameda Little League!

Wednesday, June 11
Sports Authority Coupons

These two coupons can be used for the entire month of July at Bay Area Sports Authority Stores:

e-Coupon to Sports Authority $20 OFF -> $20 coupon

e-Coupon to Sports Authority $10 OFF -> $10 coupon

If you still see the previous month's coupon, please press your browser's refresh button.



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, March 13
Vehicles Prohibited from Driving Onto Pathway Between Lippert and Wood Middle School
Managers and Parents, as per AUSD and ARPD policies vehicles are prohibited from driving onto the pathway between Lippert Field and Wood Middle School. Only maintenance vehicles are allowed. Please help keep this pathway safe for the children while allowing maintenance vehicles through.

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:



Thursday, February 27
Important 2014 Dates
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Let's keep it in perspective

Please note the following dates for the 2014 Season:

5/18 - Alameda Little League at Cal Bears (scroll down for the flyer) 

6/13 - Alameda Little League Fireworks Night at Oakland A's

Click here for the Score Keeping Clinic Scoring Guide "What's the Score"

Click here for the Score Keeping Clinic FAQ.



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.



Thursday, March 6
Baseball Equipment Recycling Program Update
2014 BERP Flyer
The Equipment Recycling Program team will be at the Little League fields Opening Ceremonies Weekend. Please see the flyer below for more information.

Tuesday, February 12
Frequently Asked Questions
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Alameda Little League, please PRESS HERE!!! or go to the FAQ menu option.


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 ron-matthews@comcast.net.

Thank you for supporting Alameda Little League!


Handout: Brick Order Form

Wednesday, February 13
A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT

This is my 20th year at Alameda Little League and I have enjoyed every year immensely. We have a great environment for our kids to develop into strong people and that is Little League’s primary purpose. Your Board of Directors continues to think of ways to improve the venue and to make rules that don’t stifle us but are needed in order to preserve the great environment that we have.

But it takes more than rules to make Alameda Little League successful. It takes parents who understand the collective challenge that we have to be role models for our youth. By collective, I mean all of us, not just managers and coaches and umpires but as spectators too. Our challenge is to remember that we are ALL teaching LIFE LESSONS to our youth, and how to win AND lose with dignity and good sportsmanship.

There are some behavior that simply does not fit into the category of good role modeling. First, regarding spectators, it is NEVER acceptable to BOO at Little League, NEVER! The message being sent to our impressionable youth is disrespect for others. But there are other things that spectators say that are just as bad, like “Pitch right at him, he can’t hit!” Now, the boy or girl who is at bat probably is struggling and statements like that certainly don’t help the self esteem very much, do they? Or, for example, verbally questioning the judgment of an umpire by making remarks like “ Come on blue, he was safe!” What is that teaching our youth? It teaches them that it is OK to question the authority of the official enforcement of rules. It is also a violation of our Code of Conduct, and for good reason. Our umpires are primarily volunteers who are trying to do the best they can, and they are important to our success, even if they make mistakes.

Finally managers and coaches must remember our meetings in December in which we went over all of the above plus a lot more. We place a great deal of responsibility on these men and women who work hard to form teams and teach the game of baseball. But more importantly we expect them to teach the players good sportsmanship with their words and actions. Managers and coaches should never bicker and fight about situations that occur, rather, a positive discussion will produce far better results while showing our kids the right way to deal with differences. Managers and coaches should always keep the self esteem of players on BOTH TEAMS in mind when they make on field statements. And most importantly, they should remember that it is OK to lose a game as long as we try our best. Our managers and coaches know that yelling at our players does not produce the results that we want, not to mention the impact again on the self esteem of our youth.

There is much that can go wrong in the “heat of the battle,” but as long as the adults understand the bigger picture we will come out fine. If we recognize our responsibility as role models, then we will make our League better. I ask that everyone again read and live by our Parent Code of Conduct because it is the foundation on which our success is built.

We hope you had a great season!

Handout: Parent Code of Conduct

Tuesday, March 11
Message From The League President

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Alameda Little League, we welcome you to our program if you are new in 2014, and we welcome you back if you are returning. Alameda Little League is not really much different from any other youth sports program in our great community. Our purpose, like the others, is to provide a safe, organized program for youth in the City of Alameda, with the specific objectives of implanting firmly in the youth of Alameda the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, courage, and respect for authority. As volunteers in the community, we sincerely wish for you to join us in our efforts to assist these youth in this, their final stage of development before becoming a teenager. We work very hard, sometimes harder than we should because we may not have enough volunteers to help. That’s why we need you, and that is why our youth, your youth, need you! They are children, and they will soon be adults, but they will always need you to be there for them. I urge you to get involved, as an umpire, as a coach, as a team parent, or as a spectator who is positively interested in your son or daughter’s development in these crucial years. Don’t just take them to the game and leave…participate and enjoy! Go out and play catch with your “almost adult” because you will never regret it. Better yet, they will never forget it! Please join us in 2014 for a great year. Like any church or school or any other social institution, we are not a building, or a field, but we are the people who care about making our community better.

Come and get to know us, and enjoy Alameda Little League!
Ron Matthews
Alameda Little League President


Wednesday, March 5
WE THANK OUR SPONSOR! PLEASE RECOGNIZE OUR SPONSORS BY PATRONIZING THEIR BUSINESSES!!
  Thank You Sponsors! The 2014 sponsor list is available in the Sponsors section of this web site.

Monday, March 17
The Alameda Little League 2014 Board of Directors
2014-ALL-BOD

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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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.

Sunday, June 1
All Star Managers Selected

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce this year's All Star Manager selections:

12's: Jim Quilici
11 Blue: Phil Woodworth
11 Red: Randy Marmor
10 Blue: Nick Griego
10 Red: Steve Spaulding

Congratulations Managers and best of luck during the tournaments! 



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