Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League: Welcome

Celebrating 61 Years Serving the Youth of Clairemont

Saturday, April 22, Best Western Seven Seas

Last year's final table

Poker Tournament is Flush with Fun!

Saturday, April 22 marks the 14th annual Hilltoppers Poker Tournament, and promises to be another great night of fun.

Every year, dozens of Hilltoppers parents, coaches, friends and alumni come together for this excellent event, held at the Best Western Seven Seas in Hotel Circle.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., come out and enjoy an evening of food, drinks, music, camaraderie... and a little card playing. This is not the World Poker Tour. You don't have to be a poker expert (or even know how to play) in order to have tons of fun. This is just a chance to get together for a fun evening out with the adults from our league. We can teach you how to play, and start you at a table with others who are learning.

Talk to someone who has been at any of our 13 previous tournaments, and they can tell you just how much fun this evening is. Entry fee is just $30, and all proceeds go to benefit Clairemont Hilltoppers. You'll enjoy a great spread of delicious appetizers, a no-host bar, outstanding tunes, and a chance to win some really fun prizes.

To join us, you can print out the entry form in the handout below and mail it in, or contact Tournament Director Ken Cicalo at or 619-889-9216 and he will put your name on the reservation list. Invite your friends, relatives and neighbors. Get a group of parents from your team and have your own table. Don't miss this great Hilltopper tradition!


Handout: 2017 Poker

Wednesday, April 12


Have Lunch or Dinner at Jersey Mike's

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 12 for our annual Jersey Mike's fundraiser.

Simply bring our flyer and enjoy lunch or dinner from either of the area Jersey Mike's locations, and Clairemont Hilltoppers receives 20% of the proceeds.

Simple as that. Jersey Mike's is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on that day. Flyers will be passed out to all teams on Saturday, April 8. They will also be available at our snack bar, and you can download it from the handout below.

Jersey Mike's locations:
Crossroads Center
7420 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

Vons/Kohl's Center
5657 Balboa Ave. 

Handout: Jersey Mike's

opening day 2017

Everybody Wins On Opening Day!

Opening Day on Saturday, March 4 was a great way to begin the 61st season of Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.  

After weeks full of rainy days, we had nothing but dry weather and beautiful ballfields to enjoy. From the start of the T-Ball games at 7:45 a.m., to the last out of the final Intermediate game in the afternoon, big smiles were in plentiful supply at Cadman Park.

So many people to thank for making it special. Our sincere appreciation goes out to the talented singers of the Pacific Sun Quintet for a beautiful National Anthem. To the Cub Scouts of Pack 299 for our Color Guard. To Caroline Perry of the Padres, who along with the Pad Squad made our day more special. 

To Katie Jennings for a great job as our Master of Ceremonies. To John Soderman of KUSI for the nice piece on the evening news. To all of the great volunteers who spent the day working the snack bar, the BBQ, the P.A. system, as umpires, and doing all the setup and tear-down that Opening day requires. And special thanks to the folks who spent so much time the last few weeks getting our fields in such spectacular condition for our special day.

With 11 games on Saturday and three more on Sunday, the weekend featured lots of great ballplaying on all our fields. So much more fun to come this season, but we couldn't have asked for a better debut.



Don't Miss The Spring Fling!

Bring your little ones to Cadman Park on Wednesday, April 12 for a fun morning of free activities.

Kids 5 and under will have lots of arts & crafts, games, activities and a bounce house. You can register at using the code: 35270.


2017 Schedules & Rules Available Here

Schedules and rules for our T-Ball, Rookie, Farm, Minors and Intermediate divisions are all available for download in the Handout following this article. Juniors schedules will be added soon. 

Handout: 2017 Schedules

2017 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 Michelle Jennings, our sponsorship coordinator at 858-336-1595 or

Thank you for 61 years of support to Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.



Handout: 2017 Sponsorship Forms

Big Changes Coming in 2018


Don't Buy A Bat Until You Read This

If a new bat is on your baseball player’s wish list, there are some important things you may want to think about before making your purchase this year.

Beginning on January 1, 2018, Little League will begin using a new standard established by USA Baseball, and the current rules will no longer be the standard for Little League-approved baseball bats. Baseball bats with the new USA Baseball Standard won’t be commercially available until late 2017, for use in 2018, so, while your Little Leaguer’s current Little League-approved baseball bat will be good through next season, he or she won’t be allowed to use it in 2018.

For more information on the new bat standard, and to know if your bat will be allowed, visit 

Serving The Kids of Clairemont Since 1957!

Why Play Clairemont Hilltoppers?

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 61st year, Clairemont Hilltoppers represents that brand as both the longest-running youth organization in Clairemont, and 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.

Clairemont Hilltoppers had 400 kids playing ball in our Spring 2016 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 16-years-old. Any child who will be 4-years-old by August 31, 2017 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 age groups in 2017.

• 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 2017 is just $68, 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 $48! 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 $48!

• 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 recent 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 & auction at a local restaurant , an adult coed softball tournament, a trip to a USD game, 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!


Little League Residency and School Attendance Eligibility

Beginning with the 2017 season, the following changes will be implemented for establishing residency and school attendance eligibility:

• A school issued report card or performance record will no longer be accepted to establish school attendance.

• Also, residence shall be established and supported by documents containing the full residence which includes parent(s) or guardian(s) name, street address, city, state and zip code information, dated or in force between February 1, 2016 (previous year) and February 1, 2017 (current year), from one or more documents from EACH of the three Groups outlined below:

Group I 
1. Driver's License
2. School records 
3. Vehicle records (i.e., registration, lease, etc.) 
4. Employment records 
5. Insurance documents 

Group II 
1. Welfare/child care records 
2. Federal records (i.e., Federal Tax, Social Security, etc.) 
3. State records 
4. Local (municipal) records 
5. Support payment records
6. Homeowner or tenant records 
7. Military records

Group III 
1. Voter's Registration 
2. Utility bills (i.e., gas, electric, water/sewer, phone, mobile phone, heating, waste disposal)
3. Financial records 
4. Medical records 
5. Internet, cable, or satellite records

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Example - Three documents from the same Group (utility bill, cable bill, and bank statement) constitute only ONE document. Players who established "residence" or "school attendance" for regular season and/or tournament prior to the 2016-2017 season using the Player Verification Form, and can produce the form with proper proofs and signatures, will be grandfathered and will NOT need to complete a new Player Verification Form.

Clairemont Hilltoppers Hall of Fame

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)
• Kyle Holder (2015)

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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Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Sun 5/7 star Never on Mother's Day Softball Tournament 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League fields
Sun 5/21 star CHLL Day at the PADRES TBA Petco Park