News and Announcements

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


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Posted by Ken Cicalo at Nov 20, 2011 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

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!