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California District 32
Lisa LaPage
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PO Box 261950
San Diego, California
92196
In Memory Of Our Friend
Ed West
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of longtime umpire and District 32 staff member Ed West. Such a sudden loss as this is both painful and shocking, and we share the grief with, and send our prayers to, all of Ed’s family and friends.

Our friend and colleague was as fun-loving and gregarious an umpire as most of us have ever met. Ed was an integral part of umpire activity in District 32 for many, many years. As our Assistant Umpire-in-Chief since 2005, Ed was heavily involved in putting on clinics throughout our District, and was always available to work with younger umpires and give them the benefit of his long years of experience.

Every year at tournament time, Ed was one of the hardest-working volunteers in our umpire group. He worked countless games in tournaments for all divisions – from the 9- & 10-year-olds, all the way up to the 17- & 18-year-olds. He also umpired at tournaments from the District level all the way to Regionals. Certainly one of the highlights of his umpiring career was when he represented District 32 in 2009 as one of eight people given the honor to umpire that year’s Little League West Regional tournament in San Bernardino. Just last summer, Ed worked the Seniors division Southern California tournament, where he did his usual outstanding job as the plate umpire for the championship game.

Ed was known throughout District 32 for his ever-present smile, his sense of humor, and his love of the game. The only thing he ever seemed to lack as an umpire was a volume control. Ed West umpired as he lived life – loud, happy and always making new friends. Forever to be missed, never to be forgotten.


3rd Annual Coed Softball Tournament
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Friends and family of Larry Yandel, longtime University City Little League coach, are hosting the 3rd Annual Larry Yandel Jr. Memorial Youth Sports Fund Softball Tournament on April 12 & 13, 2014.

The coed tournament will be played at the adult softball field at Standley Park on Governor Drive in University City. The tournament will be just part of a weekend of fun, which will include a Girls Fastpitch game, a potluck BBQ, an adult Home Run Derby, and a kids (age 7-14) Pitch, Hit & Run contest.

Larry Yandel spent innumerable seasons coaching not only baseball, but football and basketball in the University City area. In addition to coaching at UC Little League, Larry held numerous board positions, umpired, and devoted countless hours to working on and improving the ballfields for that program.

Entry fees for the tournament are just $250 per team or $25 per player, and include a commemorative tournament t-shirt. To sign up and support this great cause, simply download the handout at the end of this article, fill out, and send in today! 


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Little League Announces Regulation Changes For 2014
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A couple of new regulations have been announced by Little League International, to take effect for the 2014 season.

A summary of these changes follows, and you can click on the headline to this article to link to Little League's story about this on their website.
 
Residency and School Attendance Eligibility
In an effort to accommodate for Little Leaguers to play with their classmates, and ease the burden on parents and guardians, Little League has amended its residency requirements to allow children to play in the local league whose boundaries where they attend school is located. To verify enrollment, parents will need to bring an official school document, such as a report card or school enrollment form, confirming enrollment in the school for the current academic year, dated before October 1, 2013.

Retaining Birth Certificates for Tournament Eligibility Affidavit
To streamline the tournament eligibility affidavit process, all birth certificates will be returned to parents after the District Administrator approves a team’s affidavit. Team managers will no longer be required to carry the birth certificates with the affidavit throughout the tournament season.

Again, this is a summary of the major rules changes. For a complete description, please click on the headline to this article.

 



Challenger Division – The Best Part of Little League!
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Come See A Challenger Game Soon!

The Challenger Division of Little League Baseball is a program for mentally and physically disabled youth to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. The program is available to any special needs child between the ages of 5-18, or who is in an ongoing high school program up to the age of 22.

More than the skills of baseball are learned through the experience. The value of the Little League Challenger Division is found in the proven therapeutic and socialization benefits of participating in sports, the strengthening of participants’ self-esteem, the opportunities to mainstream into other divisions of play, and the disciplines of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play which are hallmarks of the Little League program.

The philosophy of the Little League Challenger Division is to provide the framework so that every Little League program may offer a structured, athletic activity for all youth in the community. Challenger Division participants learn not only the fundamentals of baseball, but also how it feels to be just like other children pulling together as a team, being cheered, and earning awards for their achievements.

Currently, District 32 has Challenger Division teams in five of its leagues (Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, Peninsula and University City), with hopes to expand the program to all of the other leagues in our District as well.

For a complete list of 2012 Challenger games, fields and contacts in District 32, just click on the handout at the end of this article. If you know anyone who would benefit from this program for children with special needs, please download the handout and contact a Challenger coordinator  in your area.

 


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All-Stars & TOC Results
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Congratulations to all the teams from our District who captured titles during our 2013 postseason tournaments.  For complete tournament results and pictures of the winning teams, click on "T.O.C. Information" or "All-Star Information" tabs on the left side of this page.




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Want to join District Staff?
32 All the Way!

Ever wonder how things get done? If you do, then you might just be the person we are looking for. We are always looking for volunteers who love and believe in Little League Baseball . As you should know, things don't just happen, it takes hours and hours of hard work volunteering. Our staff oversees 13 local leagues which add up to be about 5000 Little League players. The players need your help; they can't do it without all of the adult volunteers. We are serious about our role in the Little League organization and have a good time while supporting what we believe in. If you are interested in joining, please let us know. Send an email to llapage@san.rr.com and let us know what you are interested in. Play Ball!

 

 



Friday, May 13
Little League Pledge????
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Yes, the Little League pledge - In touring our local leagues there are still several that do not recite the pledge...  Question is why not?  I have yet to see the Junior Division say the pledge before the game.  Please - Remind our children why they are playing baseball and the expectations we have for them.  Sure we want them to have fun, but win or lose ....  They should know the pledge!  When the tournaments start and we do say the pledge before each of those games, it is embarrassing for some that they do not know the words to the Little League Pledge .....  Please have all your teams reciting the pledge before their games....Thank you



OUR MISSION
The mission of the local league shall be to implant firmly in the youth of the
community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage
and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger
and happier children and will grow to be decent, healthy and trustworthy adults.
To achieve this objective, the local league will provide a supervised
program of competitive baseball and softball games under the rules
and policies of Little League Baseball, Incorporated.
Directors, officers and members shall bear in mind that stressing=
exceptional athletic skills or winning of games is secondary,
and that type of leadership extended is of prime importance.


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A Note From Our District Administrator...
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Hello, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Lisa LaPage and I am the District Administrator for California District 32. I have two boys, Christopher and Stephen, who both played Little League from T-Ball through the Senior Division. Those of you who know me know I attempted Big League with them… that didn’t get me anywhere!

I first started volunteering for Little League as a scorekeeper for my brother’s team back in the 70’s. (Do not attempt to calculate ages.) My dad was the manager and so, of course, I became the scorekeeper. My dad continued on after my brother and I got out of Little League and became the President of Balboa Little League. He was the President when Balboa introduced their first Challenger Division Team – that program is still strong and now resides at Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League.

As my children became old enough to play Little League, I started volunteering again. I started out as the Team Mom and moved “up” to Scorekeeper. Then … it happened, “real volunteering.” I became a bonafide board member for Mira Mesa West Little League – Head Scorekeeper was my first title! Then my second title was Player Agent, then Vice President, then finished up a season as President!

In 2003, the District Administrator Jim Gerstenslager, asked me to be on his staff as an auxiliary member. How hard could that be? OH – those of you that “started” as auxiliary members know the answer to that! I served on the District Staff while continuing to serve on my local league board. In 2006, I was elected as the District Administrator by the Presidents of District 32 – that penalty is still pending!!

All kidding aside, I take Little League seriously – I believe 100% in the program and what Little League stands for. Our children in all of our communities deserve to have hard-working volunteers involved in a program that has every child’s interest and well-being at heart. We, through baseball, teach all of the children Character, Courage and Loyalty – not to mention Respect, Discipline, Teamwork and Sportsmanship.

This can not be accomplished without the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who dedicate time (which they don’t have) to a program they all believe in. That, my friend, is what this is all about. The volunteers inside Little League are rare characters (sadly enough) – they unconditionally give their time, knowledge and sometimes money to the youngsters who will one day rule our world!

To all the Presidents, Board Members, Umpires, Managers, Coaches, Team Moms and Team Dads, Scorekeepers, Carpool Drivers, Cheerleaders and just plain Parents, THANK YOU for participating in the best program in the world for our children. My kids wouldn’t have had the experience without you – and for that I am humbly grateful.

Lisa LaPage

 



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