Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League: Welcome

Celebrating Our 59th Season In 2015!


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  RAIN      Friday FORECAST  --- GAMES ON !!!   ...

Rain went north of us again ... So head up to the field and enjoy your games !!!

Saturday -- Forecast has a chance of rain overnight and again early morning -  with the rain ending by mid morning. 
If you are planning a makeup game or a practice -- look towards mid day or the afternoon and please let the fields dry out first - we will NOT post updates for the fields over the weekend.

Have a fantastic and SAFE Memorial day weekend everyone !!!

 

  DIVISION PLAYOFFS COMING UP... 

Farm, Minors, Intermediate coming up soon !
 --- Your managers will have schedules and we will post all schedules here on the CHLL website. Things can change fast ... stay informed! 

 

 POST SEASON TOURNAMENTS ... Will your player be in town  ?  ... 

After the CHLL season wraps up the tournament season gets under way! Be careful with your vacation plans during June (or beyond?) as your son or daughter may be part of an All Star tournament team. League Ages 9 -15 !

 

 PROOF OF RESIDENCY PAPERWORK ... LAST CHANCE ! ...
If you have not turned in ALL of your proof of residency documents ... you MAY *NOT* be eligible for ALL Stars ... DON'T BE LEFT OUT ! Contact Player agents Michelle or Asia or talk to your manager - and DO NOT be left OUT !!!

 



Don't Miss The NOMD Softball Tournament

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2014 tournament winner Whitey Wietelmann
Our 19th annual “Never on Mother’s Day” Adult Coed Softball Tournament is coming on Sunday, May 17th, and promises to once again be a day to remember. 

This annual tournament brings together Hilltoppers parents, coaches, families and friends for a day of fun, food, camaraderie... and even a little softball.

Nine teams of adults will take part in this all-day coed tournament. Every team plays a minimum of two games, and every participant goes home with the beautiful souvenir tournament t-shirt. This is a great chance for kids from our league to come out and see the parents and coaches who have been giving them "advice" all year, try to live up to those standards.

Games start bright and early at 8 a.m., and continue until our champion is crowned in the early evening. Our snack bar is open all day, serving up breakfast, lunch and plenty of drinks and snacks in between.

Here are the opening game schedules for Sunday:

GAME 1: Rec Rats vs. April's Fools • 8 a.m. • South field
GAME 2: Hilltoppers 1 vs. Hilltoppers 2 • 8 a.m. • North field
GAME 3: Whitey Wietelmann vs. The Three Amigos • 9:15 a.m. • South field
GAME 4: Guys and Dolls vs. B.S. • 9:15 a.m. • North field
GAME 5: TNT vs. Winner Game 1 • 9:15 a.m. • Padres field

 

 



Padres Win Caps a Great Little League Day!

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Powered by home runs from Justin Upton, Derek Norris and Jedd Gyorko, the San Diego Padres knocked off the Colorado Rockies, 8-6 on Little League Day, May 3rd.

The win finished off a fantastic day for the Clairemont Hilltoppers fans, who showed up 500-strong to cheer on our hometown team. The day started with the pre-game parade on the field, with dozens of Hilltoppers players and coaches marching in their Padres uniforms. That was followed by pre-game ceremonies, where our very own Hudson Gartland had the job of announcing "PLAY BALL!" to get the game underway.

After that it was time for the Major Leaguers to take over, and for our Little Leaguers to hit the Park at the Park, the concession stands and our block of seats in the Upper Infield Reserved, with a great view of the beautiful new Petco Park scoreboard. After the game, many of our kids stuck around for the chance to run the bases down on the field. What a great day for the Padres and Clairemont Hilltoppers! 

 



Sign Up For Seniors/Big League

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Little League does NOT end 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 begin play on June 1, 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, 2014 and January 31, 2015) along with $70 to signup. Contact Player Agent Denny Speidel at dwspeidel@aol.com for more information.

 



Poker Tournament Deals Fun Again!

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Final Table at the 12th Annual CHLL Poker Tournament

Many thanks to all who came out Saturday, April 11 to support our annual Hilltoppers poker tournament fundraiser.

To all of the coaches, parents, friends and alumni who played: we hope you had a great time. To our dealers and the staff at the Best Western Seven Seas: we appreciate your efforts to make this run smoothly.

Congratulations to our big winner, Coach Justin Pallamary, who took home round trip airfare for two to Las Vegas. Congrats also to our other winners: Kirk Gillard, Denny Speidel, Dave Granfors, Kelly Grant, Chip Bonner, Henry Garnett and Jeff Pallulat. Prizes included Padres tickets, Trevor Hoffman and Andrew Cashner autographed items, dinner gift certificates and more.

Once again, a very fun evening!



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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 tkeltner@pacbell.net.

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

 

 


Handout: 2015 Sponsorship Forms

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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 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

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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)

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.