2011

EVENTS

The 50/70 Pilot program was expanded to include a second option for 11- and 12-year-olds.

A moratorium was placed on composite bats in all four divisions of play for baseball.

ESPN 3D will air Little League Baseball World Series games for the first time.

The Little League Urban Initiative expands its Jamboree program, holding seven regional events across the country to give opportunities to more of the program’s players to participate in a tournament setting.

A five-year study on the use of the curve ball and arm injuries for youth baseball players by the University of North Carolina concludes the primary cause of arm injuries is overuse and they could find no proof the curve ball is any more dangerous than any other pitch. A grant from the Yawkey Foundations made the study possible.

The Little League Foundation, established in 1955, is dissolved after playing a major role in keeping Little League financially solvent while assisting with the growth of the youth baseball organization since its inception.

The Challenger Exhibition Game that has been a part of the Little League Baseball World Series schedule since 2001, is televised for the first time by WVIA, the Central Pennsylvania public television station.

A renovation of the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum was announced in December with the complete transformation of the interior of the building to begin Sept. 4, 2012 with the “new” museum to be unveiled June 6, 2013, which will kick off a 14-month celebration of Little League’s 75th anniversary.

The ESPN family of networks televises all four World Championship games in Little League Softball, along with the semifinals of the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore.

2011 - LL Softball