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Final Tryouts Jan. 19

It's Now Down To One...
One. As in one last chance to get signed up. As in one final day of tryouts.
We'll be back at Cadman on Saturday, January 19th for signups and our final assessments for Clairemont Hilltoppers' 63rd season of Little League baseball! If you haven't registered yet, we don't want you to miss out. We'll be there from 8:30-1:00 p.m., and want to help you get ready for another fun year.
All kids league age 7-13 will be trying out on that day (see below for exact times). If you are yet to sign up and your child is in that age group, plan to come 45 minutes ahead of their tryout time, so we can get all the paperwork done, get them warmed up and they'll be ready to go for their assessment. Because of the rain last Saturday, our tryout requirement is now that players just need to come to one tryout day.
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 $68 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 $68! Or, you can sell two boxes of candy and your registration fee is just $88. But don’t procrastinate, because once the candy is gone, you’ll have to pay a full $148 to sign up. New this year, we are also offering a sibling discount. If you sign up more than one child, the registration fee for each susbequent sibling is 50% OFF!
We will also collect a Volunteer Deposit of $50 per child up to $100. 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 deposit will be returned. Look for the Volunteer table at signups for all the details. 
Any child who will be 4-years-old by August 31, 2019 (but not yet 17-years-old), is eligible to play Little League Baseball this year. Come to registration with an original birth certificate for each child, along with proof of residency or school attendance (see info below). 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 “2019 Season Forms.” Download the application and medical release, fill them out, and bring them with you on January 5.
If you have questions about signups or need additional information, you can contact Player Agent Michelle Mendez (619-977-6018 •, Player Agent Kristin Luck-Slay (480-358-5832 • or League Information Officer Ken Cicalo (619-889-9216 • 

Handout: 2019 Season Forms



Tryouts Schedule

Assessments for all players ages 7-13 end this Saturday, January 19 at Cadman Park. 

Tryouts begin at 9 a.m., and continue until early afternoon. A complete schedule is at the end of this article. All players in those age groups need to attend a tryout session. 

Please arrive approximately 15 minutes before your tryout time so you will have time to check in and warm up. If you still need to sign up, you should arrive 45 minutes before your scheduled time. You will be issued a tryout number when you check-in. Bring your glove and wear cleats if you have them. Tryouts will last approximately one hour. 


9:00 a.m. – 7-year-olds (South field)

9:00 a.m. – 11-year-olds (Padres field)

10:30 a.m. – 8-year-olds (South field)

10:30 a.m. – 12/13-year-olds (Padres field)

12:00 p.m. – 9-year-olds (South field)

1:30 p.m. – 10-year-olds (South field)

12 noon – 14-year-olds (North field)

7 p.m. in Cadman School Auditorium


January 30

Whether you are new to our league with a 4-year-old venturing into T-Ball, or a longtime veteran watching your fourth child, you have questions about what to expect for the 2019 season.

Parent Orientation Night is when you get all the answers. On Wednesday, January 31 we will offer Parent Orientation for parents of all kids. At least one parent from families with players who are 4- to 8-years-old, or those new to our league are required to attend. Adults only if possible.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Cadman Elementary School Auditorium. Please bring your signed Parent Contract (which you received at registration). More copies are available that night at the door. You can also download the contract in the handout at the end of this article.

Please arrive early to turn in your Parent Contract (doors open at 6:30). Have a snack and talk with other Hilltoppers parents so we can start promptly at 7:00. Use the North Field entrance off of Kamloop and park on the school playground. IMPORTANT -->> The entrance and playground are dark, so drive slow and watch for others on foot.

If you have either birth certificates or proofs of registration that were not available at registration, please be sure to bring them on this night to be verified. This will also be your last chance to finish any outstanding payment.

Parent Orientation will be a fun, entertaining event, with door prizes, refreshments and lots of great information for every parent. This is your opportunity to find out about your league, meet other parents and hear about the excitement we have planned for the 2019 season.

We are going to finish by 8:15 p.m., so please arrive early, as both parking and seating will be tight at Cadman Elementary. And since space in the auditorium is very limited, we ask only parents to attend, if possible. If you have any questions about Parent Orientation contact 
Michelle Mendez (619-977-6018 •, Kristin Luck-Slay (480-358-5832 • or Ken Cicalo (619-889-9216 •

Handout: Parent Contract

Featuring Yankees Farmhand Kyle Holder


Free Clinic Dec. 22

You certainly don't need another reason to get your kids signed up for the 2019 season of Hilltoppers baseball, but you'll want to take advantage of signups on either December 15 or 19, so your child can join in our FREE clinic on Saturday December 22.

Longtime Hilltopper Kyle Holder, who was a first round draft choice of the New York Yankees in 2015, will be leading our clinic that day. The clinic willl run from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, but is only open to kids 7 or older who have already registered for this coming season. Players will get a chance to receive instruction in a variety of areas: hitting, throwing, fielding, running and pitching. A number of other Hillltopper alumni will be hellping as instructors on that day, and it promises to be a memorable experience for all the kids who participate.

Holder, who began as a Hilltopper in T-Balll and went on to play a dozen years in our league, moved on to University City High School, followed by a stellar career at USD, where he was drafted following his Junior season. Advancing through the Yankees farm system, Holder finished last season with Double-A Trenton. Two years ago, he was named the top defensive shortstop in all of Minor League Baseball.

Don't miss the chance for your child to join our clinic on December 22. Get signed up December 15 or 19! 

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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 63 years of support to Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.



Handout: 2019 Sponsorship Forms

Same Bat Rules As 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 began using a new standard established by USA Baseball, and the previous rules will no longer be the standard for Little League-approved baseball bats. Baseball bats with the new USA Baseball label are available in stores now, for use in 2019, and any bats that were legal prior to 2018 will not be allowed for use in 2019.

All of our teams this coming season will have at least one legal "team bat" provided by the league, so no parent should feel obligated to buy their child a new bat, but if your son or daughter is going to have their own bat, you do need to ensure it's legal for use.

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

Playoff Results

Playoffs Crown Regular Season Champs

With the regular season complete, playoffs will decide our champions in the Farm, Minors and Intermediate divisions.

The champions in our Minors, Intermediate and Juniors divisions go on to compete in the District 32 Tournament of Champions competitions, playing against the winners from all of the other leagues in our 10-league district. 

Check back here or on our Facebook page to see results and updated schedules. 


Game 1: Mon., May 21 - 50 North Yachts defeated SD Madres
Game 2: Mon., May 21 - Sempra defeated Pacific Sun
Game 3: Tues., May 22 - Jersey Mike's defeated Fast Times
Game 4: Wed., May 23 - Troy's defeated Poiset
Game 5
- Tues., May 29 - 50 North Yachts defeated Sempra
Game 6: Tues., May 29 - Jersey Mike's defeated Troy's
Championship: Sat., June 2 -50 North Yachts vs. Jersey Mike's, 9 a.m., South Field

Minors (All games South field unless noted)
Game 1: Tues., May 15 - Balboa Express defeated Fidelity National
Game 2: Wed., May 16 - Cali Bamboo defeated KD Stahl
Game 3: Fri., May 18- Balboa Express defeated Genesis
Game 4: Fri., May 18 - Cali Bamboo defeated Brickyard
Game 5: Sun., May 20 - Genesis defeated KD Stahl  
Game 6: Sun., May 20 - Brickyard defeated Fidelity National
Game 7: Mon., May 21 - Cali Bamboo defeated Balboa Express
Game 8: Tues., May 22 - Genesis defeated Brickyard
Game 9: Thurs., May 24 - Genesis defeated Balboa Express
Game 10: Fri., June 1 - Cali Bamboo defeated Genesis.
Congratulations to the Cali Bamboo Padres, who with this win are the Champions of our Minors Division. They will now go on to represent Clairemont Hilltoppers in the District 32 Tournament of Champions. Their first game in that single-elimination tournament will be Saturday, June 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Mira Mesa Little League against Scripps Ranch. 

Game 1: Tues., May 22 - Red Sox defeated Orioles
Game 2: Wed., May 23 - Rays defeated Cubs
Game 3: Thurs., May 24 - Red Sox defeated Padres, 5 p.m.
Championship: Wed., May 30 - Rays defeated Red Sox
Congratulations to both the Red Sox and Rays, who played a very exciting championship game. As Intermediate Champions, the Rays will now go on to represent Clairemont Hilltoppers in the District 32 Tournament of Champions. Their first game in that single-elimination tournament will be Saturday, June 2 at 4 p.m. at Mira Mesa Little League against Peninsula.

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 62nd 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 well over 300 kids playing ball in our Spring 2017 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, 2018 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 2018.

• 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 2018 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.

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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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