Following a vote by the Little League International Board of Directors during the 2006 Little League Baseball World Series, the pitch count became a part of Little League Baseball for the 2007 regular season and tournament play.
For the first time, Japan’s national champion receives an automatic berth to the Little League Baseball World Series. The countries formerly competing with Japan in the Asia Region Tournament merged with the countries competing in the Pacific Region Tournament, to determine the Asia-Pacific Region champion, which qualifies for the World Series.
Little League International and ESPN sign an eight-year television contract, which provides for continued coverage of the Little League Baseball World Series on ESPN’s family of networks, and expands the coverage of Little League’s seven other World Series tournaments.
This contract also allows Little League International to lower charter fees and provide the first 80 volunteer background checks free of charge for each of its chartered leagues.
The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, opened in 1982, celebrates its 25th anniversary.