DMALL and DMNLL
Step Up to the Plate!

On any given spring Saturday in 92130, hundreds of parents and players can be found gathering around the baseball diamonds for both Del Mar American Little League (DMALL) and Del Mar National Little League (DMNLL). While spectators enjoy fresh hot dogs and cracker-jacks, young players are learning the fundamentals of teamwork and sportsmanship. With the abundance of players and talent that our young ballplayers bring to the table, it’s only a matter of time until we see a 92130 All-Star team battling their way to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. So get out your eye black, pop in some sunflower seeds, and work in that glove because Little League baseball season is back!

Q&A with DMALL President, Joe Caprice

What is the history behind Del Mar American Little League (DMALL)?
Del Mar Little League started in 1961 as an all volunteer program for our local area youth. Little League International is celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary this year. In 1964, Little League was granted and signed into law by the President Johnson, a Congressional Charter of Federal Incorporation. No other sports organization has been so recognized.

What is the make-up of the 2014 DMALL?
More than 350 boys and girls age 5 to 14 will participate in DMALL this season.

What is the traditional Little League season for DMALL?
Spring is the traditional Little League season. Practices started late January/early February, with games beginning around March 1 and finishing late May or early June with post season tournaments. All-Star tournaments may continue through August culminating with a trip to Williamsport, PA and the opportunity to play in the Little League World Series.

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What is the goal of DMALL as a whole?
There are four main goals right now for DMALL. The first goal is to provide a leadership program for our kids, teach them the merits of teamwork, and learn some baseball skills at the same time. Important life lessons are learned through practice, hard work, taking direction and teamwork. A second goal is to stress the importance of academics. DMALL recognizes student-athletes at its Academic All-American ceremony at the end of the season. A third goal is to continue to grow our junior umpire program, led by Doug Means. This program provides an excellent leadership opportunity for current and former players ages 11 to 18. Most recently Josh Bernstein, 18, has benefited greatly from the umpire program led by the umpiring expert himself, Doug Means. Lastly, DMALL has a goal of making Saturdays at Ashley Falls a place for families throughout the community to gather for the day to watch baseball games, eat at our Snack Shack, and watch kids of all ages come together and play.

Cover_dmall_KIDSAre there any changes this season that players need to be aware of?
Little League International make changes every year to enhance the experience. One change made very recently was the opportunity for players to play in either the little league where they live or where their school is located.

What do the league registration fees cover?
Annual fees cover equipment, field preparation, uniforms, baseballs, umpires and any other necessary items required to provide a safe, rewarding and fun experience.

How does a business or family become a sponsor?
Sponsors are a major part of the lifeblood of little league. It is very easy to become a sponsor. All you need to do is go to our website, www.delmaramerican.org and click on the sponsorship tab. There are many different levels of sponsorship. It’s a great opportunity for local merchants to get exposure and, of course, to give back to the community that supports them so generously. Please contact Mike Maronde, sponsorship coordinator at sponsors@delmaramerican.org for further information.

How does DMALL run such an organized program?
The seventeen member board works very hard at providing a smooth running program for the community. Each board member is responsible for multiple duties. The board meets once a month but individually works countless hours in between meetings. This is truly a working board. The dedication and professionalism that each board member brings to the table is very impressive. Every board member believes in the importance of community works hard to ensure the community feels connected. Some board members continue to serve long after their kids have aged out of the program.

Who are the current DMALL sponsors?
There are many sponsors at different levels from merchants to generous individual families. There are many tremendous sponsorship opportunities available every season providing community wide exposure.

Does DMALL hold any fundraisers?
We really don’t, though it is something we should consider in the future. DMALL relies solely on annual player fees and the generosity of our sponsors.

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How could a community member volunteer their time to help DMALL?
One can volunteer at the board level and/or the team level. The easiest way to volunteer is to contact a board member or the team manager. A volunteer form must be completed which is found on the website.

What is the biggest challenge that DMALL faces?
Today’s kids have so many sporting options and diversions. Competitive sports teams, regardless of the sport, can and do play year round thanks to our wonderful climate. Kids can only do so much and therefore, something’s got to give. It’s somewhat discouraging when a player doesn’t continue for one reason or another.

What is your role as DMALL president?
My role as president is to oversee the whole program and assist each coordinator in making sure this is the best season ever.

What is the most rewarding thing of being DMALL president?
The most rewarding aspect and motivation for me is giving back to the community and seeing kids not only develop their baseball skills but learn the importance of sportsmanship, working hard setting and achieving goals that will hopefully last a lifetime.

Please provide us with DMALL Opening Day information.
Opening Day will be Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Ashley Falls, DMALL’s home field. Please refer to the website for exact time.

At a Glance

JOE CAPRICE

Cover_JoeName: Joseph J. Caprice
Community: Carmel Valley
Profession: High Tech Sales and Business Strategy Director, Oracle Corporation
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree, Executive MBA
Family Information: Married 16 years to Christine, one son – Matt (13)
Contact Information: president@delmaramerican.org
Hobbies/Interests:  Anything outdoors

DMALL

Name of Organization: Del Mar American Little League
Website: delmaramerican.org
Email: info@delmaramerican.org

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Q&A with DMNLL President, Jeff Bernstein

What is the history behind Del Mar National Little League (DMNLL)?
Del Mar Little League started in 1961 as a nonprofit all volunteer program for our local area youth. Our parent organization, Little League International, is celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary this year. In 1964, Little League was granted and signed into law by President Johnson, a Congressional Charter of Federal Incorporation. No other sports organization has been so recognized.

What is the make-up of the 2014 DMNLL?
More than 300 boys and girls age 5 to 14 will participate in Del Mar National Little League this season.

What is the traditional Little League season for DMNLL?
Spring is the traditional little league season. Practices started late January /early February with games beginning around March 1 and finishing late May or early June with post season tournaments. All-Star tournaments may continue through August culminating with a trip to Williamsport, PA and the opportunity to play in the Little League World Series.

What is the goal of DMNLL as a whole?
The goal is to provide a leadership program for our kids, teach them the merits of teamwork, and learn some baseball skills at the same time. Important life lessons are learned through practice, hard work, taking direction and teamwork. A second goal is growing our junior umpires program, led by Mike Gormley. It provides an excellent leadership opportunity for current and former players ages 11 to 18. My oldest son, Josh, 18, has benefitted greatly from the umpiring program led by the umpiring expert himself, Doug Means, who we lost to Del Mar American this year. A third goal equally as important as the others, is our “All American Academic Program” encouraging academic excellence.

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Are there any changes this season that players need to be aware of?
Little League International make changes every year to enhance the experience. One change made very recently was the opportunity for players to have the choice to participate in the little league where they live or where their school is located.

What do the league registration fees cover?
Annual fees cover equipment, field preparation, uniforms, baseballs, umpires and any other necessary items required to provide a safe, rewarding and fun experience.

How does a business or family become a sponsor?
Sponsors are a major part of the lifeblood of little league. It is very easy to become a sponsor. All you need to do is go to our website, www.delmarnational.org and click on the “documents” tab. There are many different levels to sponsor. It’s a great opportunity for local merchants to get exposure and of course to give back to the community that supports them so generously. For further information, please contact Mike Feinman, sponsorship coordinator at sponsors@delmarnational.org.

Cover_DMNLL_KIDSHow does DMNLL run such an organized program?
The fifteen member board works very hard at providing a smooth running program for the community. Each board member is responsible for multiple duties. The board meets once a month but individually works endless hours in between meetings. This is truly a working board. The dedication and professionalism that each board member brings to the table is very impressive but it makes one reflect on the importance of community and how lucky our area is to have such selfless members dedicate their precious time while serving on the board and continues even after leaving the board assisting new board members.

Who are the current DMNLL sponsors?
There are many sponsors at different levels including law firms, medical practices, local merchants and very generous individual families. There are many tremendous sponsorship opportunities available every season providing community-wide exposure.

Does DMNLL hold any fundraisers?
We really don’t, though it is something we should consider in the future. DMNLL relies solely on annual player fees and the generosity of our sponsors.

How could a community member volunteer their time to help DMNLL?
One can volunteer at the board level and/or the team level. The easiest way to volunteer is to contact a board member or the team manager. A volunteer form must be completed which is found on the website.

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What is the biggest challenge that DMNLL faces?
Today’s kids have so many sports options and diversions. Competitive sports teams regardless of the sport can and do play year round thanks to our wonderful climate. Kids can only do so much and therefore something’s got to give. It makes me sad when a player doesn’t continue for one reason or another, though, I understand completely.

What is your role as DMNLL president?
My role as president is to oversee the whole program and assist each coordinator in making sure this is the best season ever. Larry Jackel, past president and current treasurer, is instrumental in helping me carry out those duties. He has made many positive changes the past few years as president which makes my job simple (or tougher?) in just trying to improve on them.

What is the most rewarding thing of being DMNLL president?
The most rewarding aspect and motivation for me is giving back to the community that has given so much to my three boys that have gone through the little league program. Little League was such a big part of my childhood and seeing the DMNLL players having fun brings back personal memories that surprisingly don’t seem so long ago.

Please provide us with DMNLL Opening Day information.
Opening day will be Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Sage Canyon, DMNLL’s home field. We have a great program planned that hopefully gets the players fired up for the season. A Majors game, DMNLL’s most competitive division, caps off the festivities. It’s a wonderful community experience. Please refer to www.delmarnational.org for exact time and details.

At a Glance

JEFF BERNSTEIN

Cover_JeffName: Jeffrey L. Bernstein
Community: Carmel Valley
Profession: Investment Fund Management
Education: Bachelor of Arts
Family Information: Married 21 years to Amy, three sons – Josh (18), Seth (15), and Matty (12)
Contact Information: president@delmarnational.org
Hobbies/Interests: Anything outdoors

DMNLL

Name of Organization: Del Mar National Little League
Website: www.delmarnational.org
Email: info@ delmarnational.org

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