Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League: Welcome




Sign Up For Seniors/Big League

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Little League does NOT end at 12-years old in Intermediate, or even at 14-years-old in Juniors. Little League has divisions for 15 & 16-year-olds (Seniors) and 17 & 18-year-olds (Big League).

We are forming Senior & Big League teams to start play at the beginning of, following the completion of the high school baseball seasons. Teams will play a quick 12-game season in June, then head right into All-Star tournament play in July.

In recent years, teams from our older divisions have had great success in tournament play, twice reaching the finals of the Southern California championship. Many of the players on these teams are longtime veterans of Clairemont Hilltoppers. 

Players need an original birth certificate and three proofs of residency (dated between Feb. 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016) along with $70 to signup. Contact Player Agent Lisa Laycock at 619-278-9973 or lisa.matthewsmommy@gmail.com for more information.

 



Little League Day With the Padres

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Sunday, May 22nd is this year's annual Clairemont Hilltoppers trip to Petco Park. This is a 1:40 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The day begins with the annual Little League parade down on the field at Petco Park, featuring thousands of Little Leaguers from all over San Diego County. Our seats are all together in two sections behind home plate of the Upper Infield Reserved, facing the beautiful new Petco Park scoreboard. Kids can also enjoy lots of fun activities in the "Park in the Park," plus run the bases after the game.

Tickets are just $20 (face value $21.50). Order forms are being distributed to all the teams, with all being passed out by Saturday, May 2nd. Tickets are sold first-come, first-serve, so make sure you get your team's order in ASAP. If you have questions, please contact our Little League Day Coordinator Julie Power at 858-246-6019 • jpower@plcu.com.

Don't miss all of the fun of Little League Day!



Softball Tournament Almost Here

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Defending Champs Whitey Wietelmann

Our 20th Annual Never on Mother's Day Softball Tournament is coming on May 15, and promises to be another fun day in the sun at Cadman Park.

More than 100 parents, coaches, alumni and friends of Clairemont Hilltoppers come together each year for this fun, adult coed tournament. This is such a great chance for our kids to see if the adults can do it like they've been telling it all year, and to raise a little money for Clairemont Hilltoppers.

Games start first thing in the morning, and go all day, with our snack bar open and serving its delicious fare all day long. Teams are forming now. It's just $20 to enter as an individual, or $300 to enter a team. We usually have a few teams enter, and then form several others from individuals who are interested in playing. Every player is guaranteed at least two games and everyone goes home with that year's limited edition commemorative t-shirt.

Contact Bill Salonius 619-208-2522 or Ken Cicalo 619-889-9216 • KenC1313@yahoo.com to get signed up. You can also stop by the snack bar to sign up. Space is limited, so do it today! 



Poker Tournament is Flush with Funl

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Many thanks to all who came out on April 23 to make our 13th annual Hilltoppers Poker Tournament a huge success!

From the staff at the Best Western Seven Seas, to our fine dealers who did such great work, to all of the friends, parents and coaches from our league who came and shared a great evening of camaraderie... you all made it a truly great event.

We have so many loyal Hilltoppers friends and alumni who come out year after year, but we were also thrilled to have so many first-timers who helped make this the best turnout we have had in many years. Thanks also to our DJs Dave and Daniel Pursel for keeping the tunes going all night long.

Congratulations to league treasurer Denny Speidel, who went home with the first place crown and won two tickets to the All-Star FanFest as well as four field level tickets to a Padres game.

Our other prize winners, who all battled through a long evening to reach the final table, included Linda Cord, Kelly Grant, Tim Helmbrecht, Larry Perkins, Dirk Fichtner, Bob Faudoa and Spencer Farmer.

Thanks again to all for making this so much fun. Tell a friend and don't miss this next time around!



A Celebration Worthy of 60 Years!

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Just two of the highlights: The Famous Chicken and KUSI's Dave Scott

Saturday, March 5 will certainly go down as one of the most memorable days in the 60-year history of Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.

We began bright and early with the first T-Ball games of the year, with more than sixty 4- and 5-year-olds showing off their skills for the first time. Then, it was time for our Opening Ceremony, and what a splash we made this year!

We began with a parade of all our teams, with this year's players greeted by alumni from throughout the six decades of Clairemont Hilltoppers. Soon it was time to look to the skies, as two skydivers carrying a huge American flag came streaming down to the strains of Ray Charles' America the Beautiful. We were honored to have Councilmembers Lorie Zapf and Chris Cate on hand to declare it Clairemont Hilltoppers Day in San Diego.

Members of the Padres "Pad Squad," our District Administrator Lisa LaPage, Cadman Elementary Principal Elizabeth Ballard, and staff and directors from Park & Rec also added to the special occasion. Dave Scott and the KUSI-TV morning news were there from 8-11 a.m. to capture all of the excitement, and they were joined during the ceremony by KUSI lead sports anchor Paul Rudy, who came in by helicopter with the ball for our first pitch. That pitch was thrown by our very special guest, the San Diego Famous Chicken, whose energy and personality entertained us, just like he has for millions of sports fans during the past 40 years.

After ceremonies, we enjoyed a lunch of Mike's BBQ, and watched ballgames for the rest of the afternoon, basking in beautiful weather and the knowledge that the well over 300 kids of our league had a day they will remember for a loooong time!

To see some truly memorable images of Opening Day, visit the website of ace photographer Michele Friszell at: http://www.michelefriszellphotography.com/Events/Clairemont-Hilltoppers-60th/

 



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: 2016 Schedules

Tons of Fun at Our Fundraiser Dinner!

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Winners of great autographed jerseys

This year's Annual Fundraiser Dinner 0n February 27 at Coastal Crave Restaurant was a huge success.

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.

There were tons of great items for our raffles, live and silent auctions. Several items generated spirited bidding, including Cal Ripken and Ozzie Smith autographed jerseys, a Kyle Holder basket, a two-night stay at the Crystal Pier Hotel, and a special Hilltoppers Opening Day VIP Experience.

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 thanks to the support of our donors, organizers and families. Many thanks to our fundraiser chairperson Michelle Jennings for spearheading this effort, along with co-chair Shannon Featherston. Thanks also to committee members Karoline Maher and Lisa Laycock for working so hard to gather donations. And thanks to all of the league parents who helped bring in donations and came to enjoy the evening

Finally, thanks to Coastal Crave Restaurant for once again generously hosting this event. You helped make this a night to remember!



Sports Authority Clinic A Smashing Success!

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Hilltopper Aidan Mendez with Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith

Saturday, February 20 definitely had everyone seeing RED at Cadman Park!

Our Sports Authority Field Day was a real day to remember for so many young ballplayers from Clairemont Hilltoppers as well as other leagues. The red-themed decorations were everywhere, and our fields never looked better.

Highlighted by the appearances of all-time great shortstops Ozzie Smith and Cal Ripken Jr., every kid heard sage advice from these Hall of Famers, ran through lots of fun drills with excellent instructors, got to play in a bunch of interactive exhibits from a variety of vendors, and went home with nice giveaways.

Thank you to the fine folks from Ripken Baseball for giving our kids your time and knowledge. Thanks to the members of the University City High School baseball team for pitching in and working alongside our kids. Thanks to all of the CHLL volunteers who kept everyone fed and hydrated and kept things running smoothly. And thanks to Sports Authority and all of their staff, who went above and beyond to bring this excitement to our ballfields, set up such a fun and beautiful venue, and provide such a memorable (and FREE) day for all these kids.

 

 



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

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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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!