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Welcome to the website of the Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League in northern California.  Established in 1953, the League consists of 700 boys and girls playing on 50 teams in 8 divisions.

If you are new to the League, we welcome you and look forward to providing you with a positive and enriching experience.  If you are a returning family, we welcome you back and look forward to another fun-filled season!

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Opening Day Ceremonies Are Sunday March 17

 

Please join us for our annual Opening Day Ceremonies and BBQ for all Baseball and Girls Softball divisions, to be held Sunday, March 17, at Purissima Park (27500 Purissima Road) in Los Altos Hills.


OPENING DAY SCHEDULE:

10am - 3:30pm:  Free parking shuttle service from the Los Altos Hills Town Hall parking lot (26379 Fremont Rd.) to Purissima Park.

11am - 2pm:  BBQ is served.  Pick up tickets for pre-ordered meals or purchase tickets ($10 - cash only) from the tables in the parking lot near the snack shack.

12:15pm:  All players should line up wearing their uniforms with their teams on Field #2 for the Opening Ceremonies.

12:30pm - 1:15pm:  Opening Day Ceremonies and traditional team-by-team Running of the Bases on Field #2
 
1:30pm - 2:30pm:  Majors Home Run Derby on Field #3

3:30pm - 5:30pm:  Majors Giants vs. Braves on Field #3
 

TEAM PHOTOS:
Team photos will be taken throughout the day on Field #4. Your team's scheduled time will be provided by your manager. Please arrive a few minutes early (and leave extra time for parking) to keep things running smoothly.

Your team manager will be distributing hard-copy photo order forms. All players get a free "Image Mate" with one team photo and one individual photo. To order additional photos and keepsakes, order online in advance (recommended), or fill out the form and pay by cash or check. To order online, go to www.shootingstarsphoto.com, select ORDER BEFORE PHOTO DAY, login with code sc25919, and order from the menu under INDIVIDUAL/TEAM. Each player must bring either a printed copy of the online proof-of-purchase or a completed hard-copy order form.  Your player must have a completed hard-copy order form even if you only want the free "Image Mate." Players should wear their full team uniform and hat and bring their baseball glove for the photo (spare gloves will be available).  A make-up photo day for individual players who missed their team's photo time will be scheduled at a later date.

PARKING:
Half of the parking lot at Purissima Park will be closed due to catering and support vehicles.  Limited parking is available on the street.  Citations will be issued for:
  • parking in "No Parking" or coned off areas
  • parking facing the wrong direction
  • blocking fire hydrants or driveways
Additional free parking at the Los Altos Hills Town Hall (26379 Fremont Rd.) is available.  Two free shuttles will be running from 10am-3:30pm for the short drive back and forth to Purissima.  Parking at Purissima will be crowded, especially from 11am-2pm.  Please consider biking or using our free shuttles from Town Hall.  Fremont Hills Country Club members should consider parking in the Fremont Hills lot off Viscaino Road.  To arrange for handicapped parking at the park please email info@losaltoslittleleague.com

HOME RUN DERBY:
Our fourth annual Home Run Derby on Field #3 will feature two 12 year old players from each of the seven teams in our baseball Majors division.  It will be an exciting event to watch, and home run balls are your souvenirs to keep.

BBQ:
Please contribute to our biggest fundraiser of the year, brought to you by our All Star sponsor and local favorite, Armadillo Willy's.  Each meal includes your choice of BBQ chicken, BBQ brisket, or 2 hot dogs plus chips, drink, and a cookie.  Meals may be purchased at the event ($10 cash only).  If you have already ordered meals as part of player registration, please pick up your meal tickets at the check-in table on Opening Day.  BBQ is served 11am - 2pm.

See you at the fields! 

 
 

         

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Mission Statement



Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the Little League Baseball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes. -From Little League Baseball Incorporated Mission Statement-

   

 

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Posted by Karen Bunya at Jan 6, 2018 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

 

Baseball - Spring 2019


When registering for the spring season, please select the division that you feel is appropriate for your player 
based on the information on this page. 
We encourage everyone to register early using our online registration - payments made online will be charged to your credit card.  However, if you need to pay by check, please come to the check-in table during one of the player evaluation sessions listed below.

Our league boundaries include most of Los Altos and all of Los Altos Hills.  Please see our boundary map for details. We also register players who live outside our official boundaries but who attend schools located within our boundaries.

Our Little League is skills-based — the age ranges shown below for each division can be used as a guideline, but we try to group players with similar abilities together in the same division. Strong, experienced players might “play up”, while less experienced players might “play down”. For example, a strong 7 year old player might play in the same division as a less experienced 9 year old player.

The age ranges in the table are based on “Little League Age" which is defined by Little League International as the player’s actual age on August 31, 2019.
 


Baseball
   T-Ball Minors A Minors AA Minors AAA Majors Juniors 
Age Range  5-7  6-8  7-10  8-11  10-12  13-14 
Pitching  tee/coach  machine  machine  player  player  player 
Player Evaluations  No  No  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Teams formed by  commissioner  commissioner  draft  draft  draft  commissioner 
Fields  Almond, BCS, Gardner Bullis, Santa Rita  Almond, Santa Rita  Purissima, Hillview  Purissima, Hillview  Purissima  Purissima and other South Bay 

All baseball divisions are open to both boys and girls. 

T-Ball and Minors A teams are organized by schools and “buddy” requests (specified by you during registration) so kids can play with their friends in a fun and positive environment.

Players registered for Minors AA, Minors AAA, and Majors (except returning Majors players) MUST ATTEND a player evaluation appropriate for their registered division. Players not selected during the draft for their registered division will be moved down to the next lower division.

Players registered for Juniors are assigned to teams by the Juniors Commissioner to balance teams for talent.  All players registered for Juniors are assigned to Juniors teams.

Please see below for more detailed information about each division. 

T-Ball (Baseball) 
T-Ball is our introductory division and requires no prior baseball experience. T-Ball is appropriate for children ages 5-6, and 7 year olds who have never played organized baseball. T-Ball players should reach age 5 by August 31, 2019. Most T-Ball players are in kindergarten, but there are many first-graders as well as as some older pre-schoolers. Girls are welcome, although most girls choose to play in our Girls T-Ball program. Some younger T-Ball players will choose to play a second year of T-Ball before moving on to Minors A.

Each team meets for one hour twice per week, once mid-week for practice (typically M,T,W,Th, or F from 5-6pm, with day and exact times at the coach’s discretion) and once on Saturday morning for a game. Practices emphasize throwing, hitting, and fielding fundamentals in a fun and safe environment. Games are 3 innings long, with all players batting once per inning and playing in the field. The season begins with batting from a tee and progresses to soft-toss coach pitching.

Players are assigned to teams by the T-Ball Commissioner, and will be contacted by their coaches in early March for first practices. The season ends by the first week in June. If your player would like to be on a team with friends, please list the names of the friends in the “buddy” field during registration. As much as possible, the commissioner will group players with buddies and other children from the same school together when assigning players to teams.


Minors A (Baseball) 
Minors A is appropriate for children ages 6-7 who have played T-Ball for at least one year and children age 8 who have not previously played organized baseball or are not drafted to play Minors AA. Most Minors A players are in first or second grade. Girls are welcome, although most girls choose to play in our Girls Softball program.

Players are assigned to teams by the Minors A Commissioner, and will be contacted by their coaches in early March for first practices. The season ends by the first week in June. If your player would like to be on a team with friends, please list the names of the friends in the “buddy” field during registration. As much as possible, the commissioner will group players with buddies and other children from the same school together when assigning players to teams.

Minors A uses a pitching machine (30 mph) for practices and games. Coaches will rotate players through each of the defensive positions in the field. Each team will meet twice per week for 90 minute practices or games – once mid-week (the week-day varies as some mid-week sessions are games) and once on Saturday morning.


Minors AA (Baseball) 
Minors AA is appropriate for children ages 7-9 who have previously played at least one year in Minors A and for children age 10 who have never played organized baseball or are not drafted to play Minors AAA. Most Minors AA players are in second or third grade. Girls are welcome, although most girls choose to play in our Girls Softball program.

Minors AA players MUST ATTEND a player evaluation session in January and are notified of team assignments after the Minors AA draft in mid February. The season ends by the first week in June.   Minors AA uses a pitching machine (40 mph) for practices and games. Coaches generally rotate players through each of the defensive positions in the field. Each team will meet 2-3 times per week for practices and games.



Minors AAA (Baseball) 
Minors AAA is appropriate for children ages 8-10 who have played at least one year in Minors AA and for children age 11 who have never played organized baseball or are not drafted to a Majors team. 

Minors AAA players MUST ATTEND a player evaluation session in January and are notified of team assignments after the Minors AAA draft in mid February. The season ends by the first week in June. Minors AAA is a player pitch division with umpires calling balls and strikes. Coaches generally rotate players through different defensive positions in the field. Each team will meet 2-3 times per week for practices and games.


Majors (Baseball) 
Majors is our competitive division for players ages 10-12. Majors players (except returning Majors players) MUST ATTEND a player evaluation session in January and are notified of team assignments after the Majors draft in early February. The season ends by the first week in June. Majors is a player pitch division with umpires calling balls and strikes. Coaches will usually focus each player on a small number of defensive positions that they will play during the season. Each team generally meets 3 times per week for practices and games. 

Juniors (Baseball) 
The Juniors division is for players ages 13-14. The Juniors division is organized to develop and prepare players for high school baseball. Games are played on a full-size baseball diamond. Our Juniors coaches have playing and coaching experience at the college and/or professional levels. 

Our home field is Purissima field #2. Away games are played at the fields of other leagues in Little League District 44 in Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara. The season begins in February with weekend clinics and practices. Teams meet 2-3 times per week in March for practices and scrimmages. Games are played from April through mid June.  

2019 Baseball Key Dates:

Thursday, November 1, 2018      Online registration opens for all divisions
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Saturday, January 12, 2019   Baseball AA/AAA/Majors player evaluations
Saturday, January 26, 2019   Baseball AA/AAA/Majors makeup player evaluations
Sunday, March 10, 2019   Opening Day Ceremony and Team Photo Day

 

Player Evaluations:

Please note that all Baseball Minors AA, Minors AAA, and first-year Majors players MUST ATTEND a player evaluation session on Saturday, January 12, 2019, or a makeup evaluation session on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Los Altos High School baseball field.  Player evaluations are not required for Baseball T-Ball, Minors A, and returning Majors players.  Results from the player evaluations are used during player drafts to ensure each player is assigned to the appropriate division based on age and skill level, and to balance teams within each division.   Players not selected to a team during the draft for their registered division will be moved down to the next lower division - every player will be placed on a team.  Juniors players will be contacted separately by email regarding evaluations.  All Juniors players will be placed on Juniors teams by the Juniors Commissioner to balance talent across teams.

 

Baseball Player Evaluation Times for January 26th:
9:30 - 10:30 Minors AA
     
10:45 - noon Minors AAA
   
1:00 - 3:00 Majors
   

 

Registration Dates and Fees:
 
 
BASEBALL
  T-Ball Minors A Minors AA Minors AAA Majors Juniors
Registration Closes February 15 February 15 January 26 January 26 January 6 February 15
Fees $150 $265 $285 $315 $365 $495
Practices Start Early March Early March Mid Feb Mid Feb Early Feb Mid Feb
Season Ends June 1 June 1 June 1 June 1 June 1 June 8

 

 

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Baseball Bat Rules and Selection Guidelines

Starting January 1, 2018, all metal and composite bats used for Baseball Minors AA, Minors AAA, and Majors divisions must have the official USA Baseball stamp to signify that they conform to the new USA Baseball Bat Standard.

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Most other national youth and teen baseball programs have also adopted the new USA Baseball Bat Standard for 2018. The new bats first went on sale on September 1, 2017, and have either 2 5/8 inch or 2 1/4 inch barrel diameters.  Any metal or composite bat purchased prior to September 2017 will no longer be allowed for use in any Little League Minors AA, Minors AAA, or Majors practice or game.

For Baseball T-Ball, Baseball Minors A, and all Girls Softball divisions, the new USA Baseball Bats are allowed but not required.  Older bats with 2 1/4 inch barrels that carry the Bat Performance Factor (BPF) 1.15 (Baseball) or BPF 1.20 (Girls Softball) stamp are allowed for 2018.

 

 
 

For Baseball Juniors, all metal and composite bats must have either the new USA stamp OR  a "BBCOR Certified .50" stamp.  BBCOR is a bat standard created to govern high school and collegiate play.


Solid one-piece wood bats with barrel diameters 2 5/8 inch or less do not require any stamp and are legal in all divisions of Little League.
 

 

 Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League Bat Length and Weight Recommendations

Our league provides a shared bat for T-Ball teams, but after T-Ball players are expected to have their own bats, or ask to borrow a bat from the coach or a friend on the team.  You don't need to buy a new bat every year, and while expensive composite bats can provide a slight advantage for more experienced players, most young players will do fine with an inexpensive aluminum bat.  We recommend a 25-inch 12 ounce (drop 13) bat for 5 year-old players, adding about an inch in length for each year of age, and gradually reducing the drop (thereby increasing the weight) as players get older. The guidelines below are approximate - use your judgement if your player is larger or smaller for his/her age.

Age 5:   25 inch, drop 13 (12 ounces)
Age 6:  26 inch, drop 13 (13 ounces)
Age 7:  27 inch, drop 12 (15 ounces)
Age 8:  28 inch, drop 12 (16 ounces)
Age 9:  28 inch, drop 11 (17 ounces)
Age 10:  29 inch, drop 11 (18 ounces)
Age 11:  30 inch, drop 10 (20 ounces)
Age 12:  31 inch, drop 10 (21 ounces)
Age 13:  32 inch, drop 8 (24 ounces)
Age 14:  32 inch, drop 5 (27 ounces)
 
Note:  most USA bats with drop 13 and drop 12 for younger players have 2 1/4 inch barrels.  USA bats for older players with drop 11  through drop 5 have 2 5/8 inch barrels.
 
Note:  BBCOR bats are heavy and intended for kids in high school or about to enter high school.  There are no BBCOR bats lighter than drop 3. 

 

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2015

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 2015 12U All Star Tournament Results

LOS ALTOS / LOS ALTOS HILLS LITTLE LEAGUE

11-12 ALL STAR

District 44

Finalists

2015

 

 

 

 2015 11U All Star Tournament Results

 

LOS ALTOS / LOS ALTOS HILLS LITTLE LEAGUE

10-11 ALL STAR

District 44

Champions

2015

 

Oliver Breitbart Ryan Juran Lauryn Nakamitsu
Jack Clish Tristan Kim Nathan Nemali
Colby Cook Chris Le Charlie Osborne
Logan Deeter Matt Leong Adam Stothard
  Jared Maeyama  
 
Manager: Keith Cook
Coaches: Ken, Leong, Neal Maeyama

 

 

 2015 10U All Star Tournament Results

LOS ALTOS / LOS ALTOS HILLS LITTLE LEAGUE

9-10 ALL STAR

District 44

Finalists

2015

 

 

 

 2015 Tournament of Champions Results

 

 LOS ALTOS / LOS ALTOS HILLS LITTLE LEAGUE

JUNIOR ALL STAR

District 44 Juniors TOC

Champions Giants

2015

 

  Ryan Baum       Andrew Hiebert       Seiji Shimizu   
   Vandan Bhargava       Alex Mihalko    Ryan So     
  Kolton Budge      Nathan Nakamitsu     Jason Wakimoto  
  Eric Carlson     Jack Osborne      Aidan Witte   
  Jacob Halsey      Hakeen Pedersen      Spencer Wood  
  Case Herbert      Joey Schott     
 
Manager: Robby Garrison
Coach: Bobby Glasspole

 

 

 

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2014 Post Season

Posted by Karen Bunya at Dec 7, 2014 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

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All Star Tournaments

Distrct 44 Tournaments information

District 44 field maps

Softball 10U All Stars  Los Altos fielded its first softball All Star team this year.  Read more about it in the Mercury News article.

Junior All Stars  After beating Moreland 8-7 on June 24, Sunnyvale National 8-7 on June 26, and Mountain View 7-0 on June 28, the Los Altos Junior All Stars team beat the Sunnyvale National team 9-6 to become the 2014 District 44 Junior All Star Champions.  Congratulations!  The team continues on in the Section 5 tournament (Mercury News article).  They lost a "heartbreaker" to District 12 champion Branham Hills (San Jose) 2-3 (Mercury News article).  They next play Milpitas on July 12 at Price Middle School in San Jose.  Section 5 brackets

12U All Stars  The 12U All Stars started the tournament with a tough loss against Santa Clara Homestead, 1-3, on June 23.  Read more details in the Palo Alto Daily News article.  After beating Serra 18-3 on June 27, Mountain View 10-0 on June 28, and Sunnyvale Southern 7-4 on June 30, the team ended their season against Campbell 4-12 on July 1.

11U All Stars  The 11U All Stars beat Mountain View 12-4 on June 26 but lost to Campbell 4-5 on June 28.  The team beat Sunnyvale Metro 10-1 on July 1, and ended their season against Moreland 2-15 on July 2.

10U All Stars  After beating Santa Clara Briarwood 14-3 on June 24 and Tri-Cities 19-1 on June 26, the 10U All Stars fell to Santa Clara Westside 2-8 on June 30.  They then beat Santa Clara Homestead 6-5 on July 1, Sunnyvale Metro 13-3 on July 2, and avenged their earlier loss, beating Santa Clara Westside 5-1 on July 3.  They played in the championship game against Serra on July 7 and lost 2-5.

 

End-of-Season Tournaments

Majors bracket    Congratulations to the Rangers, Majors Tournament Champions!  After beating Sunnyvale National in the first round of the District 44 Tournament of Champions, they played Tri-Cities on June 14. 

2014 Majors Tournament Finalists - Rangers, Phillies; picture by Brian Wood

AAA bracket  Congratulations to the Mets, AAA Tournament Champions!  They continued their season by playing in the Tournament of Champions against Cupertino American on June 11. 2014 AAA Tournament Champions Mets

 

Softball (AAA, Majors) bracket

Congratulations to the Blue Angels, Softball AAA Tournament Champions, and Runner-Up Orange Tigers!

picture by Angie Rumi

Congratulations to the A's, Softball Majors Tournament Champions! 

picture by Laura Puentes

 

Looking for information about the 2013 tournaments?  Go to Past Seasons.