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California District 33

Welcome to the District 33 Website

Our Little League District is located in San Diego California and is comprised of 15 leagues. Our area covers parts of San Diego and La Mesa from Balboa Park to Mount Helix from Highway 94 to Highway 52. Please take a look at our League Boundaries Map to see which league you are in. 

Helping young people develop character, discipline and teamwork while maintaining physical and emotional well being through Little League Baseball.  

2022 Dinner Re-Cap

Our annual District Awards Dinner was held on April 30th at the Handlery Hotel. Our theme for this year was "Wild Wild West" and many dressed the part. A special "thank you" goes out to Angela Engquist, for putting together another outstanding and memorable event.

We were honored to have Mike Pieratt, as our special guest speaker this year. Mike shared his experience as a high school baseball coach and his connection to Little League. Mike and his staff has been an asset to all of our D33 coaches through his expertise training clinics that are sponsored by the District every year. 


A Wild Wild West costume contest was held with many great outfits to choose from. Our judges had a difficult time choosing a winner but after a lengthy discussion, winners were announced. Congratulations to Ken, Carol, Sami, Malcom, April and Ron for taking home the prize.

Gifts cards were donated by leagues and were raffled off to lucky winning tickets and a 50/50 draw for $220.00 was handed out to one lucky winner, Mitchell Galicia from La Mesa National Little League.


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown, this was the first time in 2 years that we could get together and have a fun time meeting other leagues members and share stories of Little League.

Pete Gregorivic, Assistant District Administrator and Mark Beall, District UIC had the honors of presenting the following awards to these outstanding volunteers in our local leagues for 2020, 2021 and 2022. Not all award winners were present at the dinner, some photos were taken at various locations around District 33. Be sure to thank the award recipients when you see them at the fields for all their hard work and dedication to the youth of San Diego.  


The District Service Award

These awards are given to individuals nominated by their league, who have several years of outstanding service to their league. They have also impacted the District by serving the other leagues in some capacity, usually by being involved in tournaments or something District wide. The District Service Award recipients are...



2020

 John Evans
Serra Mesa Little League

Arianne McDonald
Kearny Mesa Little League

Tricia Epps
La Mesa National Little League
Ron Ficalora
La Mesa National Little League














Nikki Meek
Patriot League
John Furtak
Patriot League















2022
Stephen Seefeldt
Mission Trails Little League
Marty Richardson
Rolando Little League














Joe Campos
Patriot League
Denise Carlson
Lake Murray Little League















The Umpire of the Year Award & Umpire Service Award

These awards are given to outstanding umpires who are recognized for his/her skills and dedication to umpiring for that year. The  Umpire of the Year & Umpire Service Award recipients are...


2021
Mike Keller
San Carlos Little League
John Evans
Serra Mesa Little League














2022
Colton Peterson
Mid City Little League
Ken Saxer
Mid City Little League















The Rookie Umpire of the Year Award
This award is given to an outstanding new umpire who is recognized for his/her skills and dedication to learning the role as a Little League umpire. The Rookie of the Umpire of the Year recipient is...

2021
Jake Robinson
San Carlos Little League
 2022

Joshua Beail
San Carlos Little League


The Joe Schloss Memorial Coaches Award

This award is given to managers or coaches that demonstrate leadership in local leagues with Loyalty, Courage and Character. The Joe Schloss Memorial Coaches Award recipients are...

2021

Tom Brown
Patriot League
Dan Bennett
North Park Little League















2022
Jeff Sharp
Tierrasanta Little League
Ron Ficalora
La Mesa National Little League















Scott Simmons Leadership Award

The criteria for this award is for someone that has impacted the local league, especially in bringing about compliance to Little League rules and regulations. They have set a standard in regards to choosing managers and coaches with character, demonstrated a willingness to address issues such as poor sportsmanship either among spectators, coaches, managers or players. To demonstrate courage and character in dealing with issues at the local league level. The Scott Simmons Award recipient is...

                  2021                    
Andrea Eaton
Serra Mesa Little League
 
2022

Ron Ficolara
La Mesa National Little 
League 

 















The Jim Jones Award

This award is given to the outstanding volunteer in our District. It goes to someone that has showed commitment and sacrifice above and beyond. The Jim Jones Award recipient is...

  2021Danyell DiLena
Serra Mesa Little League
 2022

Stephen Seefeldt
Mission Trails Little League

Patriot League Player Shines on National Stage


Elsa Becher, a player with the Patriot League was featured giving an interview in an NBC news report on 4/19/22 highlighting the MLB/USA Trailblazers Series in Florida. Also, in the reel is Caylie Ferriera from San Carlos Little League....she's the one near the end of the reel resting a bat on her shoulder.  Elsa represented the Patriot League well and also performed exceedingly well throughout the weekend.  She was brought in as a reliever in game one and retired the side 1-2-3 (3 strikeouts).  She finished the series with a .000 era, throwing two innings with 4K's, 1 hit, 0 BB, 0 runs. Elsa and Caylie are both awesome players in their respective leagues. Elsa is one of three girls in the Patriot League this season, and all three hold up very well in their respective roles on their teams.  The managers all love having these players on their teams. Here's the link to the interview: https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/women-taking-on-more-mlb-leadership-positions-138083909836

 

Elsa also represented the Patriot League well this past month and made it into an article on the MLB website.  She participated in Major League Baseball's "MLB GRIT: Girls ID Tour," which is designed specifically for female athletes (18 and under) to showcase their talent and ability as baseball players. The event format is similar to a pro-style workout where athletes are evaluated on their talent. The top performers from the event are selected to participate in the Girls Baseball Elite Development Invitational, a one-week program geared toward providing elite training and instruction, as well as the annual Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series. Elsa (#26) was ranked one of the top hitters there. Here is a link to the article: https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-grit-girls-id-tour-showcases-february-2022

 

Nancy Hemmings
CA District 33 Player Agent & President of the Patriot League

2022 Junior Invitational Tournament Re-Cap


2022 JIT Champs - Patriot League Jr Division Aztecs
Final JIT Brackets:  
2022 JIT Brackets
The 2022 Junior Invitational Tournament began on Thursday, April 21st and concluded with a stunning championship game at Shira on Sunday, April 24th.  Eight teams competed from five leagues.  Congratulations to Mid City Yellow Jackets and Patriot Aztecs who made it to the final round!  Patriot Aztecs were victorious with a close game concluding after seven innings.  Unfortunately, the Patriot Jayhawks had to drop out of the tournament after the first game, but were replaced with the Patriot Hawkeyes so tournament games could continue without disruption.  Thank you to the umpires that volunteered their time and filled in to cover games, sometimes at the last minute.  Thank you to Carol Hill, Mark Hopkins, Nancy Hemmings, Danyell DiLena, Aaron Sheppard and all the Juniors manager and coaches that helped make this tournament a success.  


Andrea Eaton
Junior/Senior Rep
CA District 33 Little League Baseball

2022 CBI Tournament Re-Cap


San Carlos Major Division Brooklyn Dodgers
Final CBI Brackets:  2022 CBI Brackets
Two fields, four days, eight teams, twelve games and one tournament champion.  Congratulations to the San Carlos (Brooklyn) Dodgers for their hard-fought win over the Allied Gardens (Detroit) Tigers in the 2022 Clay Berry Invitational on Sunday afternoon, March 27.    

This year’s tournament was graciously hosted by Murphy Canyon Little League & La Mesa National Little League under the careful guidance of District 33 Staff.  While the games were not able to be played at the Little League Western Region Headquarters in San Bernardino as they have in prior years, keeping the tournament local proved to be a huge success.

 

Thank you to the parents, league volunteers, fans and everyone that helped to make these games happen.  For many of the players, this is their first taste of the “next level” of baseball play, and without the help of our district’s hundreds of volunteers, these players would not be afforded this opportunity, nor would the tournament have been the success that it was.

 

 Ron Ficalora
La Mesa National L.L. President and CBI Co-Tournament Director

 

13th Annual DDM Tournament Re-Cap

  

Mission Trails Major Division Marlins
Final DDM Brackets:  2022 DDM Brackets

The 13th Annual Dorothy Dupont Memorial Tournament is officially in the books.  We had a wonderful four days of baseball, with each team playing three games.  This tournament would not have happened without the help of its many volunteers. Aaron Sheppard, the president of Murphy Canyon Little League and his Board were at the field all four days to make sure the fields were ready for the teams to play on, and the snack bar was open and ready to serve the hungry fans.  Several of which were heard commenting on the awesome hamburgers and fries they sell.

A big thank you to Ric Castañon, he made sure we had umpires at every game!  Getting enough umpires was not an easy task. 

Sunday, Aaron coordinated to have the Navy Color Guard from Coronado present the colors on the field for the National Anthem to start the Championship Game.
  

Congratulations to the Mission Trails Marlins on winning the tournament!! The Championship Game was an exciting way to wrap up the weekend.  The Marlins went on to beat the La Mesa Nationals Cardinals 13-3.

These tournaments that the District coordinates are not just for the players to get ready for the postseason, it also helps the managers and coaches know what to expect, what rules and guidelines to follow.  The tournaments also help prepare the scorekeepers, in showing the importance of making sure every change is documented in the scorebook.  These tournaments would not be possible without the all around support from everyone, for that we say thank you.


Carol Hill

2022 DDM Tournament Director
CA District 33 Little League Baseball

2022 DISTRICT LOWER DIVISION SKILLS & SAFETY CLINIC RE-CAP

2022 D33 Coaches (Skills) & Safety Clinics Re-Cap

District 33 held its annual Coaches (Skills) and Safety clinic on Sunday January 23rd, 2022. Mike Pieratt with his staff and players from UC High School facilitated 5 different stations to show our league coaches various drills and techniques to utilize for coaching upper division players. 83 coaches representing 14 leagues within our district attended.


At the conclusion of the coaches clinic, Mike Pieratt introduced the attendees to a special guest spe
aker. Jay Schuyler, professional baseball player in the Cincinnati Reds organization, was available and spoke to the group about his experience as a catcher and promote his services of training for catchers.


The Safety Clinic was presented by Stephen Seefeldt, and he covered a variety of topics that one would need to know at the Little League field. 


Our 
D33 Clinic Attendance List has been updated with attendees. You can check the list and see if you received credit for attending these clinics. If you would like to view some more pictures from the clinic, please click here.

                                                                                                                            
Andrea Eaton

Senior & Junior Rep.
CA District 33 Little League Baseball

State of California Mandatory Training and Certifications

As we head into the 2022 Spring Season, here is a reminder that State of California Requires Training and Certifications for Managers/Coaches, Administrators and Sports Officials and must be completed before any engagement with the players. This includes All Managers, Coaches, Umpires and Board Members.  If you fall into one of these categories, you are required to produce the mandatory certificate for each protocol. Please save and carry each of the certification certificates for all of your managers/coaches in your team binder.  Administrators and Sports Officials should carry a hardcopy or an electronic copy with them to all game sites. If you have any questions in regard to this required training, please ask your League President or me. 


Clay Berry 
District Administrator 
CA District 33


Concussion Protocol: (Required Once)


1. (a) California law requires that all managers/coaches, administrators and officials must complete an online concussion training at least once before supervising youth athletes; a certificate from a prior season is valid for this season. It takes only about 30 minutes to complete the training.

The online Concussion Protocol Training is at: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/.

2.     A concussion and head injury information sheet must be signed by both the athlete and a parent/guardian before the athlete initiates practice or competition. An existing form from the 2020 spring may be used if it’s available. The signed sheet must be carried with the player’s medical release and code of conduct form.


Abuse Awareness Protocol: (Required Once)


1. (a) All managers/coaches, administrators and officials must complete the Abuse Awareness training provided by USA Baseball and SafeSport. The managers and coaches must carry documentation in their team binders that the course has been completed.  
2. Please sign into your account at USABDevelops.com 
3. Hover over the education tab and select the Course Catalog. 
4. It should take you to 
https://usabmobilecoach.com/courses- sign in again (you will only have to do this once). 
5. 
From there you can take any of the courses. 

To access your course certificates: 
1. 
Log in to USABMobileCoach.com
2. 
Select your name in the top right corner
3. C
lick “My Account” 
4. 
Select “Courses” option.


Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Protocol: (Required Once)

AB379 now requires the same protocols used for concussions in youth and high school sports to be used to help protect young athletes participating in school and community youth sports organizations from sudden cardiac arrest—the #1 killer of young athletes. Community youth sports organizations include an organization, business, nonprofit entity, or a local governmental agency that sponsors or conducts amateur sports competitions, training, camps, or clubs in which persons 17 years of age or younger participate. The online Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Training is at: https://epsavealife.org/sca-prevention-training/

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL BAT INFORMATION - USABAT STANDARD

USA Baseball Logo


As of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard was implemented. USABat Standard bats must be used in the Little League Major Baseball Division and below. Either USABat Standard bats or BBCOR bats must be used at the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball and Junior League Baseball Divisions. At the Senior League Baseball Division, all bats must be meet the BBCOR standard.

 

USABat Standards - Decertified Bats:


           
The Easton Ghost X 30/20 YBB18GX10 and LL18GHX 30/20 2 5/8” has been decertified by USA Baseball and is no longer an approved bat under the USABat Standard. This applies to the 30” (-10) length of the Ghost X YBB18GX10 and LL18GHX. 

All other certified lengths and drops of the Easton Ghost X USABat remain approved for play.


The BBCOR decertification process has been implemented on the following bat(s): 

          

·        2020 and all previous models - Louisville Slugger Meta 33-inch model

            

·        Reebok - Vector TLS 32 and 33-inch models

           

·        Marucci - CAT5 33 & 34-inch models

           

·        Marucci - Black 33 & 34 -inch models
          

Please note that images are for reference only and are not guaranteed that the bat model in question looks exactly as these internet supplied images portray.

Full details on de-certified bats can be found at: https://www.littleleague.org/playing-rules/bat-information/decertified-bats/A full list of approved bats can be found at https://USABat.com

Mark Beall

Umpire in Chief - California District 33 Little League