Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League: Welcome

Celebrating Our 58th Season In 2014!


Poker Tournament is Flush with Funl

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Some of our winners from 2013

GET SIGNED UP TODAY!
Our 11th annual Hilltoppers Poker Tournament is coming again on Saturday, April 12 at the Best Western Seven Seas in Hotel Circle.

This is always a great evening of fun and friendship, with food, music, drinks, prizes... and a little card playing. You don't have to be a card expert (in fact, you don't even have to know how to play poker), as we can teach you the game, and this is all about getting together with our fellow Clairemont Hilltoppers parents, friends and alumni for a great evening out.

This year's tournament promises to be the biggest and best ever. We have some great prizes lined up, such as sports memorabilia, dinners at great resturants, Padres tickets, and much more. Many thanks to the owners and staff of the Best Western Seven Seas, who make this event possible and provide such wonderul service at our events. We are looking for a few dealers for our tournament, so if you would like to help out instead of play, please contact one of our tournament organizers.

This is a great way for us to raise some money for our Hilltoppers program, and a great way for you to hang out with some old friends... or make some new ones.

Space is limited at the hotel, so download the entry form below and get it mailed in today. You can also contact tournament organizers Troy Keltner (619-985-2100 • tkeltner@pacbell.net) or Ken Cicalo (619-889-9216 • KenC1313@yahoo.com) to reserve your spot.

 


Handout: 2014 Poker

Little League Day With the Padres

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Hilltopper Troy Granfors throws out the 1st pitch on Little League Day 2012

Sunday, May 4th marks our annual Clairemont Hilltoppers trip to Petco Park.

Over 300 Hilltoppers players, parents, coaches and friends will enjoy a 1:05 p.m. game with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and this once again promises to be a day filled with highlights and memories.

The day begins with the annual Little League parade down on the field at Petco Park., which will feature thousands of Little Leaguers from all over San Diego County. Details on this exciting part of the day will be forwarded to each team as soon as the Padres finalize their plans.

Our 300 seats are all together in two sections of the Left Field Reserved. Tickets are just $15 each (face value $18), and order forms are being distributed to each team on March 29th. Get your orders in as soon as possible, however, as they are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and when the 300 tickets are gone, that's all we have.

 Join us for a great day at beautiful Peto Park.

 



Opening Day a Huge Hit!

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After a weather-induced delay of a week, we brought out our own meteorologist to ensure that Opening Day on Saturday, March 8th would go off without a hitch. So, perhaps thanks to KUSI-TV's Dave Scott, it was a spectacular day!
 
The start of the 58th season of Clairemont Hilltoppers was everything we could have hoped for, with music, food, special guests... and lots of baseball.
 
We started the day with our Rookie division games at 7:45 a.m., and followed that with our always exciting Opening Ceremonies. We were both pleased and honored to have Mayor Kevin Faulconer (who threw out both our first pitch, and his first pitch as Mayor), Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, and Sarah Farmsworth and the Swinging Friar from the San Diego Padres.
 
After introducing all of our teams and hearing from our special guests, we had a number of exciting raffle prizes for our kids, generously furnished by the Padres. We also enjoyed having Dave Scott on hand once again, and he had lots of great interviews and pictures with our kids and parents.
 
Following ceremonies, it was wall-to-wall baseball, with time for a few street tacos, some Jersey Mike's sandwiches, and a trip or two to the jumpers for our kids. If Opening Day indeed sets the tone for the season, 2014 promises to be a one fun-filled party.


Game Schedules

Here are the game schedules for all teams. Simply click on the handout below and find the division schedule you are looking for.


Handout: 2014 Schedules

Another Great Night at the SkyBox!

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Thanks to the generosity of The SkyBox Sports Grill, our annual dinner and raffle/auction fundraiser on February 22 was once again a big success. 

Now in our seventh year at the Skybox, we had a great evening with 125 of our Hilltopprs parents, coaches, friends and families. In addition to a great dinner, there was lots of time for socializing, storytelling and tons of interest in our great raffle and auction items. Some of the most spirited silent auction bidding took place on a Disneyland package and a weekend getway at a desert timeshare. During the live auction, we had some great sports memorabilia items that generated all kinds of competitive fun.

All of the proceeds from this evening go straight to our league, so many thanks to all who participated and contributed to this great cause. Much appreciation to Kim Bautista, who once again organized this great event, and to all of the volunteers who sold raffle tickets and served meals during the evening. Be sure to check our Facebook page for more great photos from this fun gathering. Don't miss it next year!

 



2014 Sponsorship Forms are Here!

If you are one of our esteemed returning sponsors and you need the forms to renew for this year, are a first timer, or it's been a while since you have taken advantage of our sponsorship opportunities, the forms are located here for your convenience. Simply download and print the forms and email or mail them in.

If you have any questions, please contact Troy Keltner, our sponsorship coordinator at 858-273-1949 or tkeltner@pacbell.net.

Thank you for 58 years of support to Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.

 

 


Handout: 2014 Sponsorship Forms

Why Play Clairemont Hilltoppers?

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Serving The Kids of Clairemont Since 1957!

As part of the oldest and largest youth sports organization in history, Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League is proud to offer the finest experience possible for the youth of Clairemont.

For 75 years, the name "Little League" has been the most respected and recognized brand in all of youth sports. Now entering our 58th year, Clairemont Hilltoppers represents that brand as both the longest-running youth organization in Clairemont, but also its only Little League program. Over 20,000 boys and girls have passed through the Hilltoppers program since 1957, and we take special pride in the number of second- and third-generation players in our league.

Having grown significantly in the last five years, Clairemont Hilltoppers had 450 kids playing ball in our Spring 2013 season, and we continue to find new ways to bring fun, safety, competition and life lessons to every child who joins our program.

Here are just a few of the reasons for our growth and popularity:

• We offer divisions for kids of every age. Little League has teams for youth from 4- to 18-years-old. Any child who will be 4-years-old by April 30, 2014 is eligible to start in our T-Ball program. And, while many leagues end when players are 12-14-years-old, Clairemont Hilltoppers offers teenage divisions in the 13-14, 15-16 & 17-18 age groups in 2014.

• Reasonable costs. With many families facing challenging economic times, we have long made a commitment to make playing Little League affordable for everyone who wishes to play. Our registration fee for 2014 is just $58, easily the lowest of any youth sports league in town. We also ask participation in our fundraiser, selling 50 candy bars or making a $60 buyout. Plus, if you sell 75 candy bars, your registration fee is just $38! If you sell the candy, the fundraiser has a net cost to you of nothing, and you really can place your child in a full season of 20+ Little League games (plus all the associated fun and activities) for a net cost of just $38!

• Developing neighborhood and community relationships. With so many families living such busy lives, and sending kids to schools and activities in other parts of town, it's sometimes difficult to even get to know your neighbors. At Clairemont Hilltoppers, though, it's all about Clairemont. All of our players live within the community. We only advertise in our community. Most of our sponsors are in the community. We plan fundraisers within our community. The bonds that develop as kids and parents make friends in their neighborhood often last for a lifetime.

• Safety, training and education priorities. Little League has always been the leader in safety, and Clairemont Hilltoppers believes in that model. All of our managers and coaches are taught to make the safety of our children the number one concern. From our leaguewide ASAP Safety Plan, to mandatory background checks for every league volunteer, to continuing training programs for our coaches and umpires, our league will never take shortcuts on keeping our players out of harm's way. Our coaches and umpires are given rules and skills training on a regular basis, and our annual Parent Orientation is designed to make all parents part of the solution, rather than the problem, for our program.

• The Little League World Series. Certainly no event in youth sports is more recognized around the world. Each year, ABC and ESPN televise over 70 games in the various Little League All-Star tournaments. Not only is this an exciting summer tradition, but it gives Little League exposure to kids in every part of the country and in dozens of countries around the world. In addition to the World Series for the 11-12-year-old division in Williamsport, championship games in all of the teenage and softball divisions are also televised. Excitement has been high in Southern California recently, as two of the last five United States Champions (Park View Little League and Eastlake Little League) have come from our area. Every year, Clairemont Hilltoppers places teams in the All-Star tournaments. You can't get to the Little League World Series unless you sign up for Little League! 

 • Great fun activities for our parents. We strive very hard to bring fun beyond just the practices and games... and some of it is for the adults. Every year we have a great fundraiser dinner at the Skybox restaurant at Clairemont Square, an adult coed softball tournament, a poker tournament, Little League Day at a Padres game, and more. And, we're always looking for new ways to get together for some fun.

 We know that families have lots of choices when it comes to their kids' activities. If you choose to join us at Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League, please know that we will be doing everything we can to make that the best decision possible!

 



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Clairemont Hilltoppers Hall of Fame

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One of the highlights of our 50th Anniversary celebration in 2006 was the formation of a Clairemont Hilltoppers Hall of Fame.

Named as Charter Members were 17 individuals whose achievements, contributions and leadership will forever be recognized with this honor. A few others have been added since. A permanent plaque listing the names of all original and subsequent Hall of Famers hangs in our scorebooth building.

Following are the Inductees along with year named:

• Frank Adams (2006)
• Ron Conkle (2006)
• Ken Henderson (2006)
• Tom Franklin (2006)
• John Adams (2006)
• Link Lincavage (2006)
• Harold McCoy (2006)
• Jim Gerstenslager (2006)
• Dave Stephenson (2006)
• Mike Winters (2006)
• Dave Bermudes (2006)
• George Kovacevich (2006)
• Bill Salonius (2006)
• Jeanne Morrow (2006)
• Cesar Carmona (2006)
• Dave Pursel (2006)
• Mike Van Cleave (2006)
• Steve Conner (2008)
• Judy Salonius (2011)
• Ken Cicalo (2011)

These members are recognized for their contributions in one or more of these four categories: Inspirational, Leadership, Volunteer and Special Recognition. Future members will be selected by a committee of current and former Hilltoppers.

Congratulations to all of these Hall of Famers, and many thanks for all you have meant to Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.



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