Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League: Welcome
Poker Tournament Always Deals Fun!
Our 15th annual Hilltoppers Poker Tournament on Saturday, April 7, again promises to be a great night out with our Hilltoppers family.
Every year, Hilltoppers parents, coaches, friends and alumni come together for this excellent event, held at the Best Western Seven Seas in Hotel Circle. This is a strictly-for-fun event, and you don't need to be a poker expert to have an absolute blast. In fact, you don't even need to know how to play, as we're happy to teach you this simple game, and guarantee you'll have a good time.
We start at 5:30 p.m., but you can come a little early and get a lesson if you'd like one. The evening is full of camaraderie, free appetizers, a no-host bar, music with our own Hilltoppers DJ Dave Pursel, and some great prizes. Tickets are just $30 per person, and all proceeds go to benefit Clairemont Hilltoppers.
You can download the entry form in the Handout below, fil it out and mail it in. Or, you can pick one up or turn one in at our Snack Bar at Cadman. Or, you can contact Ken Cicalo (KenC1313@yahoo.com • 619-889-9216) or Troy Keltner (firstname.lastname@example.org • 619-985-2100) to get on our reserved list and then pay at the door. Don't wait, though, as space is limited and we do expect to sell out this year.
If you played in our poker tournaments in the past, we kmow you'll want to join us again. If you've yet to participate. Ask around and talk to someone who has been there. You'll certainly get talked into joining us this year. We are also looking for dealers and prize donations, so if you'd like to help in either of those areas, please contact Ken or Troy above.
Handout: 2018 Poker
Join Us at USD!
Be sure to get your tickets for Clairemont Hilltoppers Day at the University of San Diego baseball game on Sunday, April 15.
Kids in uniform get in free to this 1 p.m. game against St. Mary's, and our players all can go down on the field before the game to meet players and stand with them during the National Anthem.
We're also anticipating seeing longtime Hilltopper Ken Waldichuk on the mound that day for St. Mary's. Ken played 10+ years in our league, and is now one of the top pitchers in the West Coast Conference.
The attached picture is from a previous Hilltoppers Day, when former Hilltopper and USD shortstop Kyle Holder (now a top Yankees Minor Leaguer) autographed a bat for our own Quintin Butler.
Tickets for this year's game for non-players are just $5.00 each if you get them from our block of seats. Players are indeed free, but must have a ticket! Contact Mike Van Cleave at email@example.com or 858-525-5635 to order yours today!
Through games of March 10, 2018
Fast Times Padres 1 0
Poiset & Associates Padres 1 0
San Diego Madres Padres 1 0
Troy's Restaurant Padres 1 0
Jersey Mike's Padres 0 1
Sempra Energy Padres 0 1
Pacific Sun Padres 0 1
50 North Yachts Padres 0 1
Opening Day... Sort Of
Well, things certainly didn't go as planned on Saturday, March 3rd, but we are grateful we got in our Opening Ceremonies and T-Ball games in the morning, before the rains washed away the rest of the day.
Thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard to get us ready for the start of our 62nd season, and thanks to all our guests who helped make Opening Day special: New Era singers for the national anthem, Cub Scout Pack 299 for our color guard, Balboa Car Wash for being our new scoreboard sponsor, the Pad Squad and Friar, our ballplayers from USD, Judy and Bill Salonius and families for all the years of dedication, Nathan Simas for the new helmet and bat racks.
Thanks also to all of our fine sponsors who allow us to keep our league humming along and fields looking great. Thanks to Katie Jennings for being our MC yesterday, and to Dave Pursel for all of the endless work setting up our scoreboard and sound systems.
It was great to see our 4- and 5-year-olds out first thing in the morning, making their Little League debuts. Nothing reminds of what is important about Little League more than watching our T-Ballers experience the joy and fun of playing on our ballfields. As move into the rest of our season, let's all keep that feeling of anticipation and pure love of playing with our friends with us through the rest of the year.
Once again this year, we will be holding our annual Fundraiser Dinner at Fast Times Restaurant, 3065 Clairemont Dr. (in the remodeled Sprouts shopping center). This year's dinner is from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.
Every year over 100 Hilltopper parents, coaches, friends and alumni come out for this fun evening of good food, good people, good music and great prizes. With lots of raffles, and silent and live auctions, everyone in attendance has the chance to go home with a prize. This year's dinner will also feature, for the first time, Team Baskets, as all of the teams in our league compete to see whose basket goes for top dollar, winning a team pizza party for the child's ballclub. Raffle and auction items are sure to include dinner certificates, sporting events, household items, sports memorabilia, and some special Hilltopper prizes.
All of the proceeds from this evening go straight to our league, so invite your friends, relatives and neighbors. Tickets are on sale now, and will be available at Picture Day on February 24 and on Opening Day on March 3. Space is limited, however, so don't procrastinate. For more information, you can contact Fundraiser Dinner chair Michelle Jennings at 858-336-1595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedules Are Here!
Click on the Handout below for game schedules for all of our divisions – T-Ball, Rookie, Farm, Minors, Intermediate and Juniors, along with rules for most divisions.
Handout: 2018 Schedules
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 2018, and any bats that were previously legal will not be allowed for use in 2018.
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 LittleLeague.org/batinfo.
Special Pricing For Padres CampSan Diego Padres Baseball Camp will be coming to La Jolla in 2018, and they are giving friends and family of Clairemont Hilltoppers an exclusive $75 discount on the cost of enrollment! The weeklong camp will take place June 18-22 at Cliffridge Park.
To access this exclusive promotion and to learn more about this incredible week of baseball, please see the flyer in the Handout below. Be sure to act fast, as camps fill up quickly, and the promotion is only available for a limited time!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact San Diego Padres Baseball Camp via telephone (619-213-1600) or email (email@example.com
Handout: Padres Camp
Save at Charlie Rose
If you're looking to save a little money on things your child will need for this season, Charlie Rose has some coupons that can do just that for you.
The sporting goods store, located at 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., is offering $10 off a $50 purchase or $20 off a $100 purchase. They will also offer free socks and belts with purchase of baseball pants, along with 20% off the price of the new "USA Baseball"-approved. bats.
Just print out the coupons in the handout below and bring them in for your savings.
Handout: Charlie Rose
Save at Big 5
If you're looking to save a little money on things your child will need for this season, Big 5 has some coupons that can do just that for you.
The sporting goods store, located at 4838 Convoy St., is offering 10-20% off on gloves, bats, cleats and pants, along with 10% off any single item.
Just print out the coupons in the handout below and bring them in for your savings.
Handout: Big 5
|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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org@pacbell.net.
Thank you for 62 years of support to Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.
Handout: 2018 Sponsorship Forms
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.