Alameda Little League: News

Tuesday, October 6
2016 Registration Coming Soon
2016 Registration is coming soon. We are upgrading the registration system to better serve you and make registration an easier experience. Registration will open mid to end of October. Check this page for when registration will open.

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. 

To read more about the change, click on the headline above.  Click HERE to view the 2016 age chart.

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.

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 .


Sunday, August 30
The Road to Williamsport - Little League World Series

Litte League World Series play scheduled for today was postponed due to weather. All eight games are scheduled for tomorrow. Follow this link to the Little League World Series Schedule.

Have you ever wondered how does a team get to the Little League World Series?

  1. Be a member of the local league All Star Team. 
  2. Win the District tournament.
    District 4 is comprised of 15 leagues that play baseball. Alamed is part of District 4.   
  3. Win the California Section 1 Tournament.
    Section 1 is comprised of 5 Districts in the Northern California. 
  4. Win the California Division 2 Tournament.
    Division 2 is made up of 7 Sections that comprise the 31 Districts of Northern California. (9-10 and 10-11 play stops at the Division level). 
  5. Win the Western Regional Tournament. The Western Region is comprised of 4 State Champions and both Northern and Southern California. The Little League Western Region is played in San Bernardino, CA. 
  6. Finally, you’ve arrived at the World Series. 

In Baseball the World Series is comprised of the winners of the 8 Regional tournaments throughout the United States. There are also 8 teams that represent Latin America, Asia Pacific, MEA (Middle East and Africa), Caribbean, Japan, Europe, Mexico, and Canada. The Little League World Series is held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The Intermediate 50/70 World Series is held in Livermore, CA.

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!


Sunday, June 28
Alameda Attack Returns for 2015 Fall Ball
2015 Attack Flyer

The Alameda Attack Fall Ball program will return for 2015. Tryouts are Sunday, June 28. Make-ups on Sunday, July 12.

July 12 Schedule:
10:00 AM - Registration Opens
11:00 AM - Tryouts - All Ages 

June 28 Schedule:
11:00AM - Registration Opens
12:00PM - 9U/10U
1:30PM   - 11U/12U

Click here to download a copy of the flyer.

Register Now!!! Press HERE

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.

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 .

Monday, September 15
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 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 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. 

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.

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! 


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
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
  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

Wednesday, February 12
Comments or Questions Regarding This Website
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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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