Alameda Little League: News

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 .



Tuesday, March 3
CPR Certification and Training - March 3
The CPR Certification and Training will be held on Tuesday, March 3 at 6 PM, Alameda Boys and Girls Club, 1900 Third Street, Alameda. All Managers must be certified, and parents and coaches may also take the course at our expense. Certification is for TWO YEARS, so if yours is expiring please RSVP to me by replying to this email. Others may reply to my email address as well, ron-matthews@comcast.net

Saturday, March 7
2015 - Umpiring Clinic
UmpireClinic

As almost all of you are aware, we will be conducting an Umpire Clinic on March 7th from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Little League fields. The clinic is designed to be specific in its skills and mechanics training BY DIVISION, so after a one hour session on rules we will break into an interactive session in which attendees will be trained during scrimmages, one at Rittler for A Division, one at Lippert for AA, and one at the Minor Field for AAA and Majors.

The quality of the umpiring during the season will be a direct reflection of the attendance at this clinic. If you do not have at least two or three volunteers March 7th to learn the correct mechanics, then your peers will know it by the quality of the umpires you assign to their games. Please assist in making a better League by getting umpires to attend.

We must have RSVP to track attendance by team, so please send your RSVP to Phil Woodworth: pmwoodworth@hotmail.com



Saturday, March 14
Alameda Little League Silent Auction and Pasta Feed Fund Raiser



PastaFeed

Alameda Little League has embarked on a project to install lights at the field adjacent to the snack bar. This will allow Little League to improve safety conditions for evening games and also to play weekend night games. To help defray the cost, ALL will be holding a Silent Auction and Pasta Feed Fund Raiser at the Alameda Boys and Girls Club on Saturday evening, March 14. This event will feature a pasta dinner, beverages and a silent auction. Auction items include a baseball signed by Willie Mays, Giant's tickets, A's tickets, a meet and greet photo opportunity with 49'rs QB Colin Kaepernick, the list goes on and on!*

Happy Hour and Auction Viewing at 5:30 PM. Dinner at 7:00 PM. 

Tickets are $20 per person. All guests must be age 21 or over to attend. Tickets may be purchsed on-line via PayPal by pressing the "Buy Now" button below. You will be directed to the PayPal website where you can complete your transaction. Adjust the quantity to the number of tickets desired and click "update". Payment may be made via your PayPal account or major credit card. Print the receipt page. If you enter an email address PayPal will send you a receipt email. Bring your receipt with you to the Pasta Feed. The receipt is your ticket to the event. 

Warning: we are selling lots of tickets and it is possible that we will have to STOP TICKET SALES BEFORE THE EVENT DUE TO CAPACITY. We suggest that you secure your tickets for this event NOW. 

Click "Buy Now" to be directed to the secure PayPal website. 

PayPal

* all items are subject to availability 



Friday, February 27
2015 Season Schedules are Published
The 2015 season schedules for A, AA, AAA and Majors (baseball divisions) are published under the "Schedules" menu button. The on-line schedules superceedes any Excel versions of hte schedules you may have received. 

Team Photo Day, March 14
ShootingStars

Pictures are OPENING DAY MARCH 14th (even though the original printed packet shows March 7).

Ø Click here to place your order online.

Ø Remember to print your required Proof of Purchase and bring it to Photo Day. On-line orders made before photo day include free personalization.

In case the hyper link doesn't work, cut and paste this link into your browser:

http://sspreview.mysmilecentral.com/preview?link_code=AL2215 



Friday, February 20
2015 Important Dates

Please make a note of the following dates:

Feb 2 - Majors player drafts - players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 3 - AAA player drafts - players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 9 - AA player drafts - players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours

Feb 10 - A player drafts -  players to be notified by managers within 24 to 48 hours
Feb 15 - Registration for T-Ball and Farm closes
Feb 28 - District 4 Umpiring Training at our fields- recommended but optional
- moved to new venue. See the District 4 website for location.

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 07 - ALL Umpire Training - mandatory for all teams 
Mar 14 - Opening Day Festivities - Ceremonies and 1 game per divisions A, AA, AAA, Majors  
Mar 14 - Opening Night Pasta Feed
Mar 15 - All remaining teams in A, AA, AAA and Majors play
Mar 22 - First games for Farm and T-Ball
Jun 06 - Closing Ceremonies



Monday, February 16
T-Ball / Farm Divisions Registration is Closed, Challenger Remains Open

Registration for the T-ball and Farm Divisions is closed. Families interested in the Challenger division may still register. Teams will be formed after that date, Parents can expect a call from their team manager some time later in February. Games don’t start until March 22nd. so there is lots of time to practice with your new team!



Wednesday, February 4
Manager's Forms
Managers, click here to be get your medical releases, volunteer forms, parent's code of conduct, sponsor and banners apps, etc. All 2015 sponsors receive two complimentary tickets to the Pasta Feed Fund Raiser!

Tuesday, March 3
Sports Authority Coupons

These two coupons can be used for the entire month of March 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.



Wednesday, January 28
2015 Registration Update

Registration for the 2015 Little League Season is now CLOSED for Baseball divisions A, AA, AAA and Majors, and T-ball and Farm as well.

Registration for  Challenger is still OPEN untl further notice.

Please see the article below about the Challenger Division. The early-bird rate was $125 for those registering on or before 12/31/14 will now continue at $125, no extra fees added.



Saturday, January 10
2015 Age Chart
Hi Parents, please reference this chart to determine their Little League age when registering your child for the upcoming 2015 season. 2015 Age Chart. Press the back arrow in your browser to return to this page.

Tuesday, September 16
Attention 2015 Manager Candidates

The 2015 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:

http://www.littleleague.org/managersandcoaches/coachrole.htm

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

The first step to be considered a manager is to complete the Volunteer Application Form. Click here for the 2015 Volunteer Application Form. Social Security # is required along with a copy of your driver’s license.

Returning managers can now complete the 2015 Returning Volunteer Application Form. Click here for the 2015 Returning Volunteer Application Form.

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

Ron Matthews
2857 Sea View Pkwy
Alameda, CA 94502

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

Alameda Little League Board of Directors 



Tuesday, September 9
Announcing Challenger Division for 2015

Alameda Little Leauge is proud to announce that we will be offering a Challenger Division in 2015. 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).



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 April 30. For example, if they turn 11 on May 1, they are still considered to be Little League age 10.

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.

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

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:



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
Looking for more information regarding 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 via email at 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.



BaselineConstruction

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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