News and Announcements

Beginning with the Spring 2013 season Little League is introducing the new Intermediate Division, perhaps the most significant change in the structure of Little League in the last 30 years. 

Clairemont Hilltoppers is excited to announce that we will be offering this great new division in the regular season for the first time.

Previously known as the 50/70 division, Hilltoppers players have experimented with this style of play during the past two Fall Ball seasons with universal enjoyment.

Featuring a pitching distance of 50 feet and base paths of 70 feet, this new division will be for players who are league-age 11 & 12. Intermediate will replace the traditional Majors division within our league. It will include full postseason tournament opportunities, including a World Series. A 13-year-old who feels strongly that they are not ready for Juniors will also be allowed to play Intermediate, but they will not be eligible for All-Stars.

The Intermediate division serves as a bridge between the current “Little League” size field (46’ pitching distance, 60’ base paths) and a standard baseball diamond with 60.5’ pitching and 90’ base paths. Some of the differences in the new division compared to Majors include, leadoffs, pickoffs, headfirst slides and 7-inning games. Bat rules for this new division are still being finalized. Please don’t purchase a bat for either Juniors or Intermediate play until we get final word from Little League Baseball.

If you have questions or would like more information about this new division, please contact Ken Cicalo (619-889-9216 • or Mike Van Cleave (858-525-5635 •

If you have a player who will be league age 11 or older in 2013, we recommend that you NOT put a new bat on your holiday list.

With the advent of the new Intermediate Division, Little League has announced that they are working with other organizations to come up with new bat rules for the Intermediate and Juniors divisions.

As of now, last year’s Juniors bat rules apply to both of these divisions, but we expect to get updated information sometime after the first of the year. As soon as we get that information, we will get it on our website, Facebook page, and out to all our managers and coaches in those divisions.

So for now, think about cleats, batting gloves, gear bags, gloves or batting helmets if you are looking to include something baseball-related on that holiday wish list.

We do not expect any significant changes for the younger divisions, so if you have a child 10-years-old or younger, last year’s bat regulations should still apply.


A new sporting goods store is coming to town – Dick's Sporting Goods – opening their newest location on Sports Arena Boulevard in late September.

Their Grand Opening weekend will feature special discounted pricing, fun events, sports celebrities and more. For special 10% off coupons for Hilltoppers families, simply click on the logo next to this article.

With locations currently in El Cajon, Escondido and Oceanside, they are continuing their expansion into San Diego County with this new location. With a focus on team sports, especially baseball, they promise a wide variety of equipment, apparel and specialty products for baseball players, coaches and fans.

Clairemont Hilltoppers is looking forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with Dick's Sporting Goods, and we will have additional information about their Grand Opening as soon as it becomes available

Congratulations to the players selected to represent Clairemont Hilltoppers in the 2012 All-Star tournaments. Tournaments begin June 23. Good luck to all of our teams!

9/10-Year-Old All-Stars • Tournament held at Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League Fields
Manager: Steve Conner
Coaches: Jason Karber, Martin Iniguez
Christian Becerra
Cody Carlson
Cameron DeJulio
Miles Dauphinais
Jason Karber
Riley Kifer
Issaiah Laguna
Mateo O'Sullivan
Trevor Reichenberg
Charlie Ritten
Daniel Rojas
Casey Wascher

 10/11-Year-Old All-Stars • Tournament held at Point Loma Little League Fields
Manager: Mike Van Cleave
Coaches: Mike Ruthenberg, John Tinsley
Bryce Daleo
Austin David
Pablo Garcia
Benito Hurtado
George Kinshofer
Ryan McCullough
Anthony Nelson
Spencer Ronk
Colin Ruthenberg
Shane Severson
DJ Tinsley
Christian Wood

11/12-Year-Old All-Stars • Tournament held at Rancho Penasquitos Little League Fields
Manager: Denny Speidel
Coaches: Dave Granfors, Joe Witkowski
Cole Bechtel
Jayden Dimock
Casey Granfors
Emilio Hurtado
Jordan Lopez
Michael McIver
Tyler Speidel
Anthony Valenzuela
Eric Waldichuk
Phillip Willis
Joey Witkowski

Juniors All-Stars • Tournament held at University City Little League Fields
Manager: John Pizzo
Coaches: Dave Brown, Troy Keltner
David Brown
Ken Castillo
Michael Cortez
Angus Eisenhardt
Justin Holder
Cole Kammerer
Jacob Keltner
Dlias Luna
Nico Pestana
Josh Pizzo
Gavin Rasmussen
Grant Ruthenberg
Ken Waldichuk


Friday, March 29 is the annual Spring Egg Hunt at Cadman Park. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. kids from 0-12 years of age are invited to come and enjoy this fun activity.

Times are as follows:
0 to 2-year-olds – 11:30 a.m.
3 to 5-year-olds – 12:00 p.m.
6 to 8-year-olds – 12:30 p.m.
9 to 12-year-olds – 1:00 p.m.

In addition to the Egg Hunt, for just the price of a $3 wristband (exact cash only), kids can enjoy jumpers, food, beverages, raffle, crafts and a face painter.

This is always a great community event, so come out and have some fun with your friends and neighbors. Volunteers are appreciated. For more information on the event, call (858) 581-9929