Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League: Hilltoppers News

opening weekend schedule

Saturday, March 2

7:45-8:30 a.m....T-Ball Giants vs. T-Ball Astros • North Field
7:45-8:30 a.m....T-Ball Mets vs. T-Ball Yankees • South Field
7:45-8:30 a.m....T-Ball Padres vs. T-Ball Rockies • South Corner
7:45-8:30 a.m....T-Ball Pirates vs. T-Ball Red Sox • North Corner
8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m....All kids and coaches line up on Cadman Playground
9:00-10:00 a.m....OPENING CEREMONIES • Padres Field
10:30 a.m.... Rookie-Batchelor vs. Rookie-Lukens • South Corner
10:30 a.m.... Farm-Destefani vs. Farm-Haffner • North Field
10:30 a.m.*... Minors-Hemmerly vs. Minors-Garcia • South Field
11:00 a.m....Intermediate Cubs vs. Intermediate Angels • Padres Field

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m....BBQ Lunch
11:30 a.m.*...Minors-Wall vs. Minors-Strauss • South Field
12:30 p.m....Rookie-Schwartz vs. Rookie-Speidel • South Corner
12:30 p.m.*...Minors-Gutierrez vs. Minors-Meyer • South Field
12:30 p.m....Farm-Griffiths vs. Farm-McKewan • North Field

1:30 p.m.*...Minors-McGinty vs. Minors-TBA • South Field
2:00 p.m....Intermediate-Orioles vs. Intermediate-Padres • Padres Field
2:30 p.m....Farm-Heeney vs. Farm-Myers • North Field
2:30 p.m....Farm-Slay vs. Farm-Rodrigues • South Field

Sunday, March 3
12 Noon....Minors-Gutierrez vs. Minors-Garcia • South Field
12 Noon....Minors-Hemmerly vs. Minors-McGinty • Padres Field

2:30 p.m....Minors-Strauss vs. Minors-Meyer • South Field
*Saturday Minors games are 1-hour exhibitions using pitching machine.

Saturday, March 16
fast times

Don't Miss
Our Annual
Fundraiser Dinner!

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 16.

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 last year's hoit addition – 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 Opening Day on March 2. Space is limited, however, so don't procrastinate. For more information, you can contact Fundraiser Dinner chair Michelle Jennings at 858-336-1595 or


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Schedules Are
Now Online!

Click on the link below to access schedules for our 2019 season. All T-Ball, Rookie, Farm, Minors and Intermediate schedules are included. Division rules will be included as they become available. Enjoy the ballgames!


Handout: 2019 Schedules

Final Work Party

Final Work Party For
Opening Day Is Friday

On Friday, March 1 we will be doing one final clean-up and grooming to get ready for Opening Day. From 1-6 p.m. that afternoon come out and help us sweep, wash and give our complex the final shine it deserves.

We want to show all of San Diego that Clairemont Hilltoppers has the most beautiful youth baseball complex anywhere. When you come for Opening Day, you'll be able to stick out your chest a little and hold your head high, knowing that you helped to make us look spectacular.

So, cut out of work a little early on Friday, come after school, or just give us an hour in the evening. It will be time well spent to help bring a smile to all of our kids' faces on Opening Day.

Shirts, Hoodies, Blankets

Show Your Hilltopper Pride!

If you're looking for a way to show some Hilltopper spirit, or just want a way to combat the chill of a weeknight at Cadman Park, we've got the stuff you need!

With Hoodies and Blankets for cool evenings, and T-Shirts and Tank Tops for those warm Saturday afternoons, our Hilltoppers apparel comes in a variety of sizes, styles and colors. Check out the order form in the Handout below, and get your Hilltopper gear ordered today! 

Handout: Hilltoppers Apparel

Coupon Savings
tball kids

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 20% off on regular priced gloves, bats, cleats and pants, along with 10% off any sale items.

Just print out the coupon in the handout below and bring it in for your savings. 

Handout: Big 5

More Coupons
3 pirates

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.

Just print out the coupon in the handout below and bring them in for your savings. 

Handout: Charlie Rose

Make Your Shopping Count!

What an easy way to support Clairemont Hilltoppers!

Just click on the Amazon Smile logo, and when you make purchases on Amazon, .5% of your purchase amount is donated back to our league. No higher prices, no extra costs to you. It's a win-win for you and Clairemont Hilltoppers.

Support CHLL in 2019

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

See The Presentation
parent orientation


If you did not attend our Parent Orientation on January 30, you can review the information we presented that evening here. Just click on the "Handout" below, and see all of the slides shown that night, with information on League History & Philosophy, Team Formation, Volunteer Opportunities, and Upcoming Events.

Handout: Parent Orientation

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 

1963 Opening Day
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
HOF plaque
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.

Click on the link below to see our page and become a Fan!

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Sunday, February 1
Make a difference!
Work Party Sunday
This Sunday (Feb. 25) from 9 AM until Noon-ish, we're looking for parents, coaches, players and friends to help us get YOUR fields ready for the start of our new season.
This is our last weekend before Opening Day on March 3rd, and this is your chance to make a difference! Not only is this a great way to get in several of your volunteer hours, but you will set a great example for your kids and your community.
The Projects are simple and you do NOT need to be a trade expert in any way. We just need your participation, desire, and effort. We'll even supply the doughnuts.
We'll be spreading dirt on all three fields, trimming and shaping the mounds on all our fields, weeding, cleaning and putting up our new scoreboard on the Padres field. Come join your friends Sunday morning!
Even if you only have an hour or two, every bit helps. See you Sunday morning!