Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League: Welcome

Celebrating Our 59th Season In 2015!

Next Signup Day is January 3

While we all take a pause to enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and fun of the holiday season, be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, January 3rd, which is your next chance to sign up for Clairemont Hilltoppers baseball!
We've already started registering players for what promises to be our biggest and best year ever in 2015! On January 3, we will be back at Cadman Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., signing up kids for our 59th season of Little League baseball.
Thanks to the generosity of our fine sponsors, we can again offer the biggest bargain in youth sports, with registration fees as low as just $48 per child! Yes, we’re still asking you to do our easy candy fundraiser or make a $60 buyout, but if you choose to sell three boxes of candy, you can really get your kid into a full season of fun, safe, Little League baseball for a net cost of only $48! Or, you can sell two boxes of candy and your registration fee is just $68. But don’t procrastinate, because once the candy is gone, you’ll have to pay a full $128 to sign up.
New this year is a Volunteer Deposit of $50 per family. This replaces the former Snack Bar Deposit. We will ask that you provide six hours of volunteer time for each child you have in the program. These hours can be accumulated by working in the snack bar (3 hrs per shift), umpiring (3 hrs per game), field maintenance, coaching, scorekeeping, team parents, helping with special events like Opening Day, and many other ways. Once you have volunteered your hours, your $50 deposit will be returned. Look for the Volunteer table at signups for all the details. 
Any child who will be 4-years-old by April 30, 2015 (but not yet 19-years-old), is eligible to play Little League Baseball this year. Come to registration with an original birth certificate for each child, along with three proofs of residency. You will need to fill out an application and medical release for each player you sign up. To save time at signups, click on the “Handout” at the end of this article and look for “2015 Season Forms.” Download the application and medical release, fill them out, and bring them with you on January 3. If you are interested in coaching, you should also fill out and bring the Volunteer Application.
If you can't make it January 3, we will be doing signups on January 10, which also be the first day of tryouts.
If you have questions about signups or need additional information, you can contact Player Agent Michelle Mendez (619-977-6018), Vice President Mike Van Cleave (858-525-5635), or League Information Officer Ken Cicalo (619-889-9216). You can also call our Hotline number: (858-483-9857) for updates or to leave voicemails.

Handout: 2015 Season Forms

Little League Age Changes


Some of you may have heard that Little League Baseball is transitioning to a new date for determining a player's league age and eligibility. Up until now, a player's age on April 30th was used to determine his or her league age. Beginning with this coming season, Little League is beginning to use December 31st as the determination date.

Before becoming confused or too concerned about this process, the first thing to know is that most players will not be affected by the change. If your child was born in 2005 or prior, there will be no affect on their status in this or coming years. Also, if your child's birthdate falls in January through April of any year, there will never be an impact for them either.

Kids who will be affected are those with May through December birthdays AND who were born in 2006 or later. For those children, if they played last year, they will be advancing two years in league age in 2015. For example, if a player was born on May 1, 2007, they would have played in 2014 as a 6-year-old, but will play in 2015 as an 8-year-old. This does not mean your child will necessarily play in a different division than you previously expected. Players will still be evaluated to be placed in the level most appropriate for their skill and social development.

Little League's goal with this transition is to eventually simplify the age determination process, as everyone born in any one calendar year will have the same league age. Also, this change is an effort to keep kids from "outgrowing" the field dimensions that they play on. Our board members will be happy to answer any questions you have about this change when you come to registration.


Look at All The Padres...

Hilltopper Nick Herschman at last year's Little League Day at Petco
We’re excited to announce that teams in our Rookie, Farm and Minors division will once again be wearing beautiful uniforms donated by the San Diego Padres during the 2015 season. These high quality uniforms are as nice as any uniforms worn by Little Leaguers anywhere, and we are once again grateful to the Padres for continuing this generous program. The program also includes matching coaches shirts, game tickets and, new this year, a photo contest for a chance for an entire team to win a suite for a night at Petco Park. It’s going to be fun to see all those little Jedd Gyorkos and Andrew Cashners running around again this year.

2015 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

Thank you for 59 years of support to Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.



Handout: 2015 Sponsorship Forms

Why Play Clairemont Hilltoppers?

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 59th 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 2014 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, 2015 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 2015.

• 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 2015 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!


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)

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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