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2018 Opening Day

Don’t miss out on one of Palo Alto Little League’s best traditions. Each year, the entire league gathers in uniform at Middlefield Ballpark to celebrate a new season of baseball, friends, and community. It is a terrific experience for kids of all ages to see and feel that they are a part of something big.


Opening Day 2018 – Saturday, March 17

8:30am Assembly, Procession at 9am

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Assembly Time: 8:30am
Assembly location: Teams assemble at Mitchell Park Download the map.
Procession Time: 9:00am
Procession and Ceremony Location: Middlefield Ballpark


Food and Drink to keep you warm and well-fed:

  • Hot dogs, burgers, the world-famous Tri-Tip Sandwich and other food and drink options from the Middlefield Ballpark Snack Shack
  • Coffee and meat pies from coffee cart



There will be no parking at Middlefield Ballpark for this event – please share a ride, walk or bike. Limited parking will be available in the Mitchell Park parking lot or in the Challenger School parking lot (3880 Middlefield Road at the corner of Charleston); leave ample time to park if you will be driving.

Opening Day Schedule:

8:30Teams assemble at Mitchell Park
9:00Team procession into Middlefield Ballpark
9:15National Anthem
9:20Welcome: Chip Hall, PALL President
9:252017 Champions and MVP Award Ceremony
9:40Guest Speaker: David Esquer, Head Coach Stanford Baseball
9:45Ceremonial First Pitch: Challenger Team
9:50Closing remarks
9:55Autograph signing
10:00King of Swat Home Run Derby Finals
10:30Exhibition Tee-ball games

2018 Guest Speaker: David Esquer, Stanford Baseball Head Coach

After 18 years coaching at Cal, Stanford Alum David Esquer returns to his home field. Esquer, who played shortstop on Stanford’s 1987 national championship team, is starting his first season as head coach on the Sunken Diamond.