Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League: Hilltoppers News
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Big Changes For 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 will begin using a new standard established by USA Baseball, and the current rules will no longer be the standard for Little League-approved baseball bats. Baseball bats with the new USA Baseball Standard are available in stores now, for use in 2018, so, while your Little Leaguer’s current Little League-approved baseball bat will be good through Fall season, he or she won’t be allowed to use it in 2018.
For more information on the new bat standard, and to know if your bat will be allowed, visit LittleLeague.org/batinfo.
2017 CHLL Fall Ball Season
First Practice This Sunday
A first practice for all Fall Ball players will be held this Sunday (Aug. 20) at noon at Cadman Park.
If your child is already signed up, please have them arrive a few minutes early to get warmed up. They should wear comfortable practice clothes and bring their glove and cleats (if they have them). We'll split up all the kids based on their ages, and this initual workout will give the coaches a chance to evaluate the players.
Teams will be formed over the following week, and players will then be contacted by their coaches with future practice information.
If you are still wanting to sign up a player, you should arrive about 11:30 on Sunday to get the paperwork completed, so your player will be ready for the noon practice. Teams are filling fast, however, so you should contact our Player Agent Michelle Mendez (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to Sunday to see if we have space in your child's age group or whether they may have to go on a waiting list.
If you played in our league before, just download and fill out the two forms in the Handout below. Bring those and a $45 registration fee, and that's all you need to do – no other paperwork necessary. If you are new to Clairemont Hilltoppers, we also need to see a birth certificate and proof of residency.
Fall Ball is our low-key, instructional season, played over 11 Sunday afternoons in September-November. This is a great opportunity for kids who expect to move up to a new division in the Spring, want to learn a new position, or just want to work on some skills in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere. League ages for Fall Ball will be the league age your player will be in the 2018 Spring season (age as of Aug. 31, 2018). Fall Ball is open to league ages 6-15, but please only sign up your 6-year-old if you believe they are ready to play in our Farm division.
First games for the Fall season will be on Sunday, September 10, and the season concludes on Sunday, November 19. In addition to the Sunday afternoon games at Cadman, we will probably be playing a few games with neighboring leagues as well. Practices are generally just once a week, and each team determines their own practice schedule.
Handout: Fall Ball 2017
All-Stars Wrap Up
Seniors Make Great Tournament Run
Clairemont Hilltoppers' Senior All-Star team, winners of two tournaments, completed the Southern California Subdivision tournament as the fourth-place finisher. Congratulations to them on a great tournament season, which included capturing both the District 32 and Section 6 tournament titles.
While they were the only one of our All-Star teams to win a tournament, we had outstanding efforts from all of our other All-Star teams, and we are very proud of how they represented Clairemont Hilltoppers. You can click on the words "All-Stars Wrap Up" above to see how all of our teams did, as well as the results of all the tournaments involving leagues in our district.
Tournaments Start June 10
Hilltoppers All-Star Teams Announced
Congratulations to all of the kids selected for postseason Clairemont Hilltoppers teams. Check back here or on Facebook to follow along as they begin tournament play.
The CHLL 9 & 10 Year old All Stars begin play Saturday, June 24th at 10 a.m. against University City. The tournament is being held at CHLL this year. VOLUNTEERS are still needed to help us host this tournament !!!
Manager: Ross Majam
Coach: Tony Majam
Coach: Steve Matsumoto
11-Year-Old District Stars
Our 11-Year-Old team begins tournament play at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 against Allied Gardens. Their tournament is being played at Coronado Little League
Manager: Justin Pallamary
Coaches: Joe Adlesh, Scott James, Ken Herschman, Doug Reichenberg
Our Intermediate All-Stars begin tournament play on Saturday, June 10 at 10 a.m. against Mira Mesa at the Rancho Penasquitos Little League field. Their tournament is being played at multiple locations, so check back here or on Facebook for schedule and results.
Manager: Mike Van Cleave
Coach: Ben Limosnero
Coach: Dave Granfors
Our Juniors All-Stars start tournament play on Monday, June 19 at 5 p.m. against Peninsula. Their tournament is being played at University City Little League.
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Manager: Anthony Valentine
Coach: Jeff Pallulat
Coach: Tom Albright
Three other tournament teams will also be representing Clairemont Hilltoppers in the next couple of weeks. Good luck to all of these kids as well.
Our two 8/9-year-old Little Stars teams will play in a weekend tournament at Rancho Penasquitos Little League June 15-18
Our 9-year-old tournament team will play in a weekend tournament June 15-18 at Scripps Ranch Little League
Manager: Everett Gutierrez
Coach: Tony Majam
Coach: Alex Jennings
Don't Miss This Day!
Our Final Big Bash!
Closing Day was held on Saturday, June 3, featuring a great day of championship games, ceremonies, a big BBQ, our annual elections, and lots of other fun.
The day began with our Farm Championship at 9 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we had one of the most spectacular sets of jumpers for the kids that we have ever had. Our annual elections were held from 11 a.m, to 1 p.m., and then our Closing Ceremonies at noon, with trophies and/or medals to all of the league’s players, our special Spirit of Hilltoppers awards, other special awards, and lots of great raffle prizes.
Many thanks to Spice & Soul Restaurant for the great BBQ, and congratulations to our Home Run Derby contestants and winners among our Minors and Intermediate players. It's been a great season, and we want to be sure to thank all of the volunteers who made this so much fun for our kids. We will look back and remember fondly the year we had, and realize that Fall Ball signups in August will be here before we know it!
Big Finish To A Big Year!
End-of-the-season playoffs began in mid-May in our Farm, Minors and Intermediate divisions, determining champions in each division. Congratulations to all of our teams who played their hearts out and gave us so much to cheer about throughout this season. Check back here to see the progress of our playoffs, which all culminate by Closing Day, June 3rd. Winners of our Minors, Intermediate and Juniors Divisions will represent our league in the District 32 Tournament of Champions.
Monday, May 22, 5 p.m., Padres field: Jimmie Johnson (Hemmerly) defeated Jersey Mike's (Rozsnyoi)
Monday, May 22, 5 p.m., North field: Crown Computers (McGinty) defeated Clairemont Emmanuel (Meyer)
Monday, May 22, 5 p.m., South field: Trowbridge Mills (McKewean) defeated Watering Hole (Heeney)
Tuesday, May 23, 5 p.m., North field: S.D. Madres (Butler) defeated Best Western (da Luz)
Wednesday, May 31, 5 p.m., South field: Jimmie Johnson defeated S.D. Madres
Wednesday, May 31, 5 p.m., Padres field: Trowbridge Mills defeated Crown Computers
Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m., Field TBA: Trowbridge Mills vs. Jimmie Johnson (Championship)
Game 1: Tuesday, May 16 - Rose Canyon (Griffiths) defeated Troy's Restaurant (Kaplan)
Game 2: Wednesday, May 17, 5 p.m., South field - Comfort Mechanical (Maher) defeated South Amer. Imports (Jennings)
Game 3: Thursday, May 18, 5 p.m., South field - Griffiths defeated Black Storm (Majam)
Game 4: Saturday, May 20, 10:30 a.m., South field - Maher defeated Genesis (Wood)
Game 5: Saturday, May 20, 1:30 p.m., South field - Majam defeated Jennings
Game 6: Tuesday, May 23, 5 p.m., South field - Wood defeated Kaplan
Game 7: Wednesday, May 24, 5 p.m., South field - Griffiths defeated Maher
Game 8: Thursday, May 25, 5 p.m., South field - Majam defeated Wood
Game 9: Tuesday, May 30, 5 p.m., South field - Majam defeated Maher
Game 10: Thursday, June 1, 5 p.m., South field - Griffiths defeated Majam
Congratulations to the Rose Canyon (Griffiths) Padres, who are the champions of our Minors division. They will now represent Clairemont Hilltoppers in the District 32 Tournament of Champions. Their first game will be on Saturday, June 10 at 2 p.m. against Coronado. Game to be played at Scripps Ranch Little League field.
Tuesday, May 23, 5 p.m., Padres field: Padres defeated Angels
Thursday, May 25, 5 p.m., Padres field: Cubs defeated Padres
Tuesday, May 30, 5 p.m., Padres field: Rays defeated Orioles
Thursday, June 1, 5 p.m., Padres field: Rays defeated Cubs
Congratulations to the Rays, who are the champions of our Intermediate division. They will now represent Clairemont Hilltoppers in the District 32 Tournament of Champions. Their first game will be on Friday, June 2 at 5 p.m. against Point Loma. Game to be played at Point Loma Little League field.
2017 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 email@example.com@pacbell.net.
Thank you for 61 years of support to Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.
Handout: 2017 Sponsorship Forms
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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 61st 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 400 kids playing ball in our Spring 2016 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, 2017 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 2017.
• 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 2017 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!
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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