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2020 Advanced Baseball Fall Registration

2020 Fall Ball

The AB Fall Baseball program is for local 13 and 14 year olds (players born May 1, 2006 through August 31, 2008), and offers options for different levels of ability through both Gold and House teams. All players living in the Lafayette Little League boundaries (includes the entire cities of LafayetteMoraga, and Orinda) are eligible.

The AB fall program…

·  runs 10 weeks, from Aug 29th through Nov 1st

·  includes options for three levels of development

Gold teams: $625

  • Practice one weekend day and two days a week
  • Selected through an evaluation process in August (set for Aug 22nd; details coming soon)

Silver Teams $625

  • Practice one weekend day and two days a week
  • Selected through an evaluation process in August (set for Aug 22nd; details coming soon

House Development $275

  • Practice one weekend day

Practices will be held on Sat and Sun mornings at Acalanes High School and during the week at the Lower Community Cages and pitching mounds.

Costs: $275 due at registration for all players.  If selected to the Gold or Silver teams, players will be responsible for the additional fee of $350.  For those not familiar with AB, the AB program is for local 13 and 14 year olds who have "graduated" from Little League Majors, Pony Bronco, and 12u travel ball and want to compete in local leagues and tournaments. AB offers options for different levels of ability, accommodating both the all-star caliber player with advanced skills, as well as the less polished player who loves baseball and wants to continue developing skills. In either event, the program provides a more structured and disciplined environment geared toward preparing each player for the demands of baseball at the next level. Field sizes include 54’/80’, and 60’90’ (pitching distance/base paths). 


Please direct all questions to lafayettelittleleagueca@gmail.com.



What is "AB"?

Advanced Baseball ("AB") is a program for local 13 and 14 year olds who have "graduated" from Little League Majors, Pony Bronco, and 12u travel ball to continue playing local baseball. AB offers options for different levels of ability through both Gold and House teams.

In each division, AB stresses a more structured and disciplined environment geared toward preparing each player, regardless of ability, for the demands of baseball at the next level.

The Gold teams are the most competitive, designed for the all-star caliber player with advanced skills. Players must try out and be selected for these teams, and a greater time commitment is required of players. Gold teams play against other Gold level teams in the Diablo 680 League and occasional tournaments. Gold teams are coached by AB head coaches Jon Zuber and Scott Tully. An additional team fee is required to participate.

Our house teams accommodate the less skilled and still developing player who wants to continue baseball beyond Little League. House teams are selected with the goal of creating competitive balance, with no cuts. House teams play in local leagues against other house teams, and are coached by parent volunteers, with additional periodic training from our AB coaches. There is no additional team fee.

The AB program provides a variety of options to transition every 13 & 14 year old player up to the full-size baseball diamond.  Field dimensions include 50'/70', 54'/80', and 60'/90' depending upon the age and division.

Feel free to contact our Division VP with questions.



BAT Info

  • All barrel sizes MUST BE 2 5/8 inch in diameter (there are no 2 1/4 and no 2 3/4 bats allowed).
  • All bats MUST HAVE the USSSA 1.15 stamp on them OR be BBCOR.
  • Weight differentials
    • House Players 14u or 13u may use a -5
    • 14u Gold = must be -3
    • 13u Gold = must be - 5 

Spring Advanced Baseball

The AB Spring Baseball program is for local 13 and 14 year olds (players born May 1, 2006 through August 31, 2008), and offers options for different levels of ability through both Gold and House teams. All players living in the Lafayette Little League boundaries (includes the entire cities of LafayetteMoraga, and Orinda) are eligible.

The most competitive teams are the 13 U Gold and 14 U Gold teams, designed for the all-star caliber player with advanced skills. Players must try out and be selected for these teams, and a greater time commitment will be required of the players than for a house team. Gold teams will play in the Diablo 680 league against other Gold level teams as well as possible tournaments for a schedule of approximately 25-35 games. Gold teams are coached by Jon Zuber and Scott Tully. An additional Gold team fee of $595 will be required. For each team there will be 3 practice players selected, these players will practice with the Gold Teams each week. They will play for House teams and based on attendance they will be eligible to play with the Gold team for games and tournaments.  There will be an additional fee of $300 for these players.

 

IMPORTANT: To be considered for an AB Gold Team, players must be registered by November, 2nd and attend an Evaluation on November 3rd ( a makeup evaluation will be available at a later date TBD). Players will not be eligible for Gold Team participation if they have not registered by November 2nd and attended the evaluations. Details on the time and place of evaluations will follow.  After the try-out no refunds of registration fees will be issued, but Players that don't make the Gold teams will have their fees applied to the House team registration. 

House teams also require an evaluation and teams will be selected with the goal of creating competitive balance, with no cuts. Evaluations will be held near the end of January. House teams will play in local league against other house teams for a schedule of approximately 20 to 25 games. House teams are coached by parent volunteers, with additional periodic training from our AB coaches. There is no additional team fee. 

Registration is open until January 18, 2020; however, a $100 late fee applies after January 1st, 2020.  The spring season runs from approximately February to June.

Please contact us at lafayettelittleleagueca@gmail.com with any questions regarding the upcoming season.


Residency Map

Confirm your residence is within the "Advanced Baseball" boundaries here

Mark Cusumano

VP Advanced Baseball

Joshua Greenfield

Assistant VP

AB Spring Calendar

Team Practices Games Distance
14 Gold 2x/week ~ 25-35 60/90
13 Gold 2x/week ~ 25-35 54/80
13/14 House 2x/week 13-20 54/80

Meet Our Coaches


Jon Zuber

Jon is not only a former big leaguer and one of the greatest players in Cal baseball history, but is also one of the top youth coaches in Northern California. Since 2012, Jon has been head coach of Zoots Baseball. Forty-four of his Zoots have gone on to play college ball; thirteen have been selected in the MLB draft. During five years as an assistant coach at Cal, Jon helped develop 7 All-Americans, 10 players who made it the major leagues, 3 first-round draft picks, another 6 drafted in the top five rounds, and another 8 drafted in the top ten rounds. In the 2007-08 seasons, Jon helped coach the Bears to consecutive .300+ team batting averages for the first time since 1991-92. Jon has also been head coach at Acalanes High School and lead instructor for Lamorinda Baseball Academy.

Jon played high school ball at Campolindo High School before moving on to the University of California. At Cal, Jon led the Bears to the 1991 NCAA Midwest Regional finals and the 1992 College World Series, and was named a three-time 1st Team All-Pac-10 selection, 1992 Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year, and 1992 NCAA East Regional MVP. He is Cal’s all-time career leader in hits (292), doubles (61), and putouts (1,299), and ranks third in runs scored (187), fourth in walks (137), and sixth in both batting average (.364) and RBI (148). Jon was an outstanding pitcher, too, ranking seventh in career saves at Cal (13). In 2003, he was inducted in the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame.

In 1992, Jon was drafted in the 12th round by the Philadelphia Phillies, and between 1996 and 1999 played first base and outfield for the major league club. As a minor leaguer, Jon was selected to six Minor League All-Star Games, set the single season record for doubles (37) while playing for Clearwater, and was the 1996 Scranton Wilkes-Barre Player of the Year. Jon’s professional career also included stints with the NY Yankees, Yokahama Baysters in Japan, and Milwaukee Brewers.

Scott Tully

Before he entered the coaching world, Coach Scott had a successful athletic career.  At CSUMB, Scott was a starting pitcher on the baseball team.  As a senior he was the Friday starter (ace) of the staff and helped his team rebuild into one of the top teams in the highly competitive California Collegiate Athletic Association.  He was named the CCAA Pitcher of Week for his complete game performance versus UC San Diego (the #1 team in the country at the time).  Before CSUMB, Scott played at Sierra College, which is regarded as one of the best junior college baseball programs in the state of California. 

He played for coach Rob Willson and was a member of the 2008 California State Championship team.  Scott's unplanned collegiate athletic career started at the University of Nevada, Reno where he signed a national letter of intent to play football for the Wolf Pack.  Scott grew up playing Alameda Little League, Alameda Babe Ruth, Alameda Youth Basketball, and Alameda Youth Soccer before being a three sport (Baseball, Basketball, Football) student-athlete at Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley.