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Spring break means one thing for La Jolla Youth Baseball: Games on!

LJYB Mustang players from B of A Home Loans line up with the SDSU Aztecs to sing the National Anthem before the game on March 23.

Every team makes the playoffs in La Jolla Youth Baseball. How teams prepare for the end of the season is as different as the 37 coaches we have in our league. Some develop more pitchers and catchers all season, while others move players all around the defensive positions to make sure improvement is the goal.

Keikis to hang ten at Menehune Surf Contest in La Jolla Shores

Photo by Claudia Perez.

La Jolla Shores Surfing Association is accepting applications for its annual Menehune Surf Contest on April 20 at La Jolla Shores. The deadline for registration is April 13.

Time change ushers in full game-schedule and home runs for La Jolla Youth Baseball


It has been a couple of weeks since the glow of Opening Day, and the new Padres uniforms have some grass stains on them. The kids have been having a lot of fun around the La Jolla Youth Baseball fields.

La Jolla Sunrise Rotary, Cove Swim Club brave chilly waters to fight polio at Swimarathon


Barbara Held and Steve Cross of La Jolla Sunrise Rotary coordinated the 2013 Rotary Swimarathon on Feb. 23, 2013 at La Jolla Cove, linking their 52 participants with more than 15,000 swimmers from 250 Rotary Clubs worldwide — all to raise funds and awareness for the fight against polio.

La Jolla Youth Baseball kicks off 2013 season with special guests from San Diego Padres, including Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel


The La Jolla Youth Baseball (LJYB) League held its Opening Day on March 2, 2013 at Cliffridge Park. LJYB President Jim Benham emceed events, which included welcoming all the parents and families, giving thanks where thanks were due, and introducing San Diego Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel. Noting that the young athletes were wearing authentic Padres uniforms supplied by the Padres organization, Benham asked, “How cool is it for these kids to dress up in an actual big league uniform?” and he thanked Garfinkel for outfitting the kids.

La Jolla Youth Baseball prepares for 2013 Season

This year, there are 16 jersey styles representing the history of the Padres going back to its 1936 PCL team when they played at Lane Field. The Padres will outfit 16,000 kids. No other MLB team does this for their youth baseball communities. (Courtesy Photo)

“All Hands On Deck!” is the call for January at La Jolla Youth Baseball. Behind the scenes, the board and League presidents have been working for a couple of months getting registration set up, facilities organized, uniforms ordered and sponsors engaged. When registration closed on Jan. 14, nearly 400 players, ages 5-14, were committed to play on 40 teams in five divisions.

La Jolla youth lacrosse league to hold tryouts Feb. 2


Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. In 2012, the La Jolla Lacrosse Club saw its numbers grow from 80 to more than 140 elementary and middle school players (grades 1-8). Registration for Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 tryouts is required by Jan. 31.

La Jolla Cove Swim Club takes a Polar Bear Plunge into the New Year


Members and friends of the La Jolla Cove Swim Club welcomed 2013 at the 35th annual Polar Bear Plunge, Jan. 1. Hundreds of spirited swimmers (and some in costume) took to the La Jolla shoreline, followed by a potluck and chili party.

Former La Jolla Youth Baseball League star gives back to his community through Eagle Scout project

Shane Pauker, Jamie Abrams (giving directions), Colin Schmidt, Chris Pomeranke, Matthew Alessio, Greg Feiner and Austin Benham work as a team as they finalize the installation of the new helmet and bat rack. The guys received community service hours for their work on Abram’s Eagle Scout Project at La Jolla Youth Baseball’s Pony field in Cliffridge Park.

As LJYB gears up for its 61st season, a core group of volunteer board members are canvassing the parents of recent registrants, seeking help with coaching teams, serving as team parents, and raising funds for equipment and field support. With older facilities that are owned by the City of San Diego, there are endless maintenance and repair projects, not to mention the upkeep of some of the most beautiful baseball diamonds in the region.
Last month LJYB was the lucky recipient of Jamie Abrams’ time, talent and treasure. Abrams and his merry band of Troop 4 Boy Scouts, descended upon the Pony field like a well-oiled machine. Two years ago, Abrams was a star player on the field, only this time he was on a mission to complete his Eagle Scout Project.

La Jolla Youth baseball signup underway


La Jolla Youth Baseball is open for online registration at until Jan. 14, 2013. Early registration is encouraged so the league has a handle on how many teams will be formed in each division, how many managers and coaches are needed, and how many requisite sponsorships are required to support the volunteer-driven 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

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