Team Hosts a Key Component in the Little League Baseball World Series Experience
One of the key components in the Little League experience enjoyed by the 16 teams who earn their way to the Little League Baseball World Series is the role played by the team hosts or “uncles” and “aunts.”
Each team is assigned two team hosts who take on various responsibilities, from arranging uniform fittings, to getting teams to practice sites, to helping with the coordination of the many media activities. These volunteers spend every day of the World Series with their assigned team from breakfast until well into the night, providing guidance and assistance to the players, coaches and managers.
Many of the team hosts become friends with those they assist during the Series maintaining communication for many years after returning home.
The result of the random draw for their team assignment was completed today as part of the Annual Little League Baseball World Series Luncheon. The pairings are listed below.
The 65th Little League Baseball World Series will be played Aug. 18-28.
2011 Little League Baseball World Series Team Host Assignments
() – number of years as a host at World Series
Caribbean - Mick Cioffi (35), Denny Logan (9)
Mexico - Bruce Sechrist (8), Peter Lupacchino (19)
Great Lakes - Doug Alexander (7), Carol Zysset (11)
Latin America - Joe Girio (14), Lee Miller (11)
Northwest – Willy Weber (5), Dick Reitz (28)
Southwest – Dennis Loner (13), Lynn Datres (11)
Asia-Pacific – Scott Metzger (3), William Castle (23)
Mid-Atlantic – Hess Wertz (13), Charles Snyder (13)
Midwest – Gary Weaver (14), Frank Missigman (7)
Japan – John Eastlake (13), Ron Wagner (11)
New England – Mike Knight (6), Paul Weaver (42)
Canada – Marlin Cromley (13), Stan Helt, Sr. (7)
Middle East & Africa – Ron Frick (9), Van Ransom (7)
Southeast – Larry Missigman (20), George Girio (24)
West – Jim Kriner (9), Bob Massetti (25)
Europe – Edward Weinhoffer (26), Thomas Rachael (13)
Utility Hosts - Paul Fullmer (36), Carol Weinhoffer (6), Mike Lundy (3), Dan Ayers (11), Richard Smith (2), Jeff Tompkins (1).
By drawing one of 16 baseballs, specially-labeled with the names of the regions to be represented in the 65th Little League Baseball World Series, the team hosts found out today at the annual Little League Baseball World Series Luncheon held at Little League International which teams they will be chaperoning during Aug. 18-28 World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Team “uncles” and “aunts” volunteering at the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series are: Mick Cioffi, Denny Logan, Willy Weber, Dick Reitz, Dennis Loner, Lynn Datres, Scott Metzger, William Castle, Bruce Sechrist, Peter Lupacchino, Hess Wertz, Charles Snyder, Gary Weaver, Frank Missigman, John Eastlake, Ron Wagner, Doug Alexander, Carol Zysset, Paul Weaver, Mike Knight, Marlin Cromley, Stan Helt, Sr., Ron Frick, Van Ransom, Joe Girio, Lee Miller, Larry Missigman, George Girio, Jim Kriner, Bob Massetti, Edward Weinhoffer, Thomas Rachael. The Utility Hosts are: Paul Fullmer, Carol Weinhoffer, Mike Lundy, Dan Ayers, Richard Smith and Jeff Tompkins.