Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League: Welcome




Sports Authority Clinic Feb. 20

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Both sessions of the clinic are now full. You can still bring you kids and enjoy the many free displays and vendor booths between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

All-time Major League greats Cal Ripken Jr. and Ozzie Smith are scheduled to appear at the clinic.

On Saturday, February 20, we will be hosting the Sports Authority Field Day at Cadman Park. Sports Authority’s Baseball Field Day is the ultimate, one-day free experience designed to prepare players  for the upcoming season. Teaming up with the expert staff from Ripken Baseball, players will receive on-field instruction and participate in stations focusing on a variety of skills:

Infield Station
Outfield Station
Pitching Station
Hitting Station
Agility Station

Two sessions will be offered, one from 9 a.m. to noon, and the second from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Clinic is free, but you MUST pre-register to participate.

There will also be a free vendor expo from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., open to the public. Representatives from companies such as Easton, Under Armour, Wilson, Rawlings and others will be on hand to showcase their latest products. You can learn about the newest baseball technologies and protective gear, try on mitts, and find the perfect bat.

Plus, check out games, hitting stations and more throughout the expo, and don’t miss your chance to win prizes at the prize wheel!

 



Scorekeeping Clinic February 23

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If you are new to scorekeeping, but are interested in helping your child's team with this important task this season, there is a great opportunity to get training.

On Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m., one of the best scorekeepers in our district will be holding a clinic for those planning to keep score this year. The clinic will go over all the basics, talk about the things that need to be tracked in each division, and will be a great way to get informed about the position. Scorekeepers will learn how to maintain a scorebook, work with umpires, manage substitutions and properly mark all possible plays.

The clinic will be held in the Alcott Elementary auditorium, and should last about 90 minutes.

 



Tons of Fun at Our Fundraiser Dinner!

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This year's Annual Fundraiser Dinner is February 27 at Coastal Crave Restaurant, 3065 Clairemont Drive.

The owners of Coastal Crave have been very generous in hosting our fundraiser dinners over the last several years, and we are fortunate and pleased to have them continue this tradition at their location in the Keil's Shopping Center.

Again last year, over 100 Hilltoppers parents, coaches, friends and families came together for an evening of socializing, music and raising a little money, all while enjoying a delicious dinner. This year promises more of the same, and we have also gathered lots of exciting items for our raffles, live and silent auctions.

Among the many items to be available this year will be tickets, dinner certificates, autographed memorabilia, and much, much more.

This is our single biggest fundraiser of the year, and very important to keeping our fees the lowest in town, but it can only reach those levels with the support of all of our families. We still need more items for our raffles and auctions, so if you or your company have anything that could help in that area, please contact our fundraiser chairperson Michelle Jennings at dubdub98@yahoo.com.

Tickets for this great event are on sale NOW! Just $20 per person, you can purchase at Cadman this Saturday (Feb. 6) during the Uniform & Equipment Exchange from 12-2 p.m.

 



Picture Day: Saturday, February 27

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Get your hair cut, wash your uniform and find your hat!

You will want to look your best on Saturday, February 27 because it's Picture Day! Make sure you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time to be sure we get everyone in the team picture. Bring your completed photo order envelope (whether you are buying additional pictures or not). More envelopes will be available at Picture Day.

Look below for the complete schedule for all teams, listed by manager name. The photos will be taken on the grass area west of the children's playground at Cadman Park. The backdrop of Mission Bay will be as dramatic as always. Don't miss out on these great memories!

We will also be selling tickets to our great fundraiser dinner. Don't miss your last chance to buy tickets. Only $20 each! 

PICTURE TIMES

8:30 a.m. – Intermediate Van Cleave
8:30 a.m. – Intermediate Peller
8:30 a.m. – Minors Gartland
8:50 a.m. – Intermediate Bonner
8:50 a.m. – Intermediate Conkle
8:50 a.m. – Intermediate Salonius
9:10 a.m. – Juniors Red Sox
9:10 a.m. – Minors Kelly
9:10 a.m. – Minors Cicalo
9:30 a.m. – Minors Majam
9:30 a.m. – Minors Jennings
9:30 a.m. – Minors Kaplan
9:50 a.m. – Minors Hunter
9:50 a.m. – Minors Maher
9:50 a.m. – Farm Da Luz
10:10 a.m. – Farm Lyon
10:10 a.m. – Farm Gutierrez
10:10 a.m. – Farm McColm
10:30 a.m. – Farm Butler
10:30 a.m. – Farm McKewan
10:30 a.m. – Farm Kuy
10:50 a.m. – Rookie Bandera
10:50 a.m. – Rookie Heeney
10:50 a.m. – Rookie McGinty
11:10 a.m. – Rookie Meyer
11:10 a.m. – Rookie Boaz
11:10 a.m. – T-Ball Slay
11:30 a.m. – T-Ball Patchen
11:30 a.m. – T-Ball Washburn
11:30 a.m. – T-Ball Lukens
11:50 a.m. – T-Ball Griffiths

If you have questions about your child's picture time or what to bring on that day, contact your team's manager or team parent.

 



2016 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 60 years of support to Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.

 

 


Handout: 2016 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 60th 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.

Having grown significantly in the last five years, Clairemont Hilltoppers had over 400 kids playing ball in our Spring 2015 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 August 31, 2016 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 2016.

• 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 2016 is just $68, 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 $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 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)
• 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
Sat 2/27 star Picture Day 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cadman Park
Sat 2/27 star Annual Fundraiser Dinner 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Coastal Crave Restaurant
Sat 3/5 star Opening Day 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Cadman Park