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Vanderberg152Little League® Remembers Bud Vanderberg, International Board of Directors Member and Former Michigan 2 District Administrator

Little League® International mourns the passing of Harold “Bud” Vanderberg, member of the Little League International Board of Directors, retired Michigan 2 District Administrator, and former Tournament Director of the Little League, Senior League, and Big League Softball World Series. He was 93.
congress-logo152One Year To Congress: Little League® International Looks Ahead at 2018 Congress in New Orleans

With one year to go until the Opening Ceremonies of the 27th Little League® International Congress at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, La., Little League is looking forward to bringing volunteers from around the world together from January 19-22, 2018.
MattRhule-152Philadelphia to Waco: Matt Rhule Continues to Share Little League® Experience

Matt Rhule, who grew up playing Little League baseball in New York City with his father as the coach, has had the opportunity to share that same experience with his son, Bryant, after coaching his Little League team in Philadelphia this past year.
CCL2017 Little League® World Series Umpires Announced

Little League® Baseball and Softball has announced the selection of 92 volunteer umpires for the seven Little League World Series tournaments in 2017. The events begin on July 30 with four of the seven tournaments kicking off and concludes with the Little League Baseball® World Series championship game in South Williamsport, Pa., on Aug. 27.
ernie-lewis152Little League® International Mourns the Passing of Ernie Lewis, Former California District 4 Administrator, Past-Member of International Board of Directors

Little League® International mourns the passing of Ernie Lewis, former California District 4 Administrator, who also served as a member of Little League International Board of Directors and International Advisory Board. He was 95.
parent-confessions-january152The Mistake of Making Everything About Baseball

It’s pretty fair to say that I’m a baseball junkie. I have been one for as long as I can remember. My Mancave is an MLB shrine with everything from autographed baseballs to pennants to rugs to cardboard cutouts of players. When I sit in my New York Yankees chair watching a game, I keep a scorebook, noting every pitch, hit, error – you name it. Lots of times my son watches the games with me. It’s a good opportunity for me to bond with him. Problem was, my obsession with baseball went far beyond my Mancave, and it ended with my son losing interest in the sport he once loved.
CCLThings to Know From Little League®: January 2017

Each month, Little League® International is providing a quick look at important information and events for the month ahead. We invite you to review and share with your colleagues and friends. Another great resource for keeping up to date on Little League’s latest training and educational efforts is Little League University. Designed for volunteers, league and District Administrators, coaches, and parents, this free website is a wonderful portal for experiencing and learning about the Little League.
mlb-awards152Little League® Graduates Receive Numerous MLB Postseason Awards

With 2016 coming to an end, here are 10 Little League graduates who took home major MLB awards this season, including those highlighting the season’s top stars and best moments that were voted on by baseball’s legends, media, front-office personnel, and fans.
CCLLittle League® Rule and Regulation Changes Announced for 2017 Season

This winter, the Little League® International Board of Directors has approved new rule and regulation changes that will take effect starting in the 2017 season.
Mohamed152Little League® Provides Unification of Culture and Faith through Sport

Each summer, the Little League® World Series Tournaments provide opportunities for athletes of various ages from across the globe to come together and share in the universal games of baseball and softball.
CCLThe Most Memorable Moments from the 2016 Little League® Season

With the final days of 2016 counting down, Little League® takes a look back at a year that was filled with historic championship performances, memorable moments, and exciting new changes to help improve baseball and softball for nearly 2.4 million players around the world.
llu-bluebg152Little League® University Offers Immediate Access to Educational Content

Following the one-year anniversary of the launch of Little League® University, Little League Baseball and Softball has announced the removal of the sign-in portal of the website to help provide immediate access to thousands of pieces of educational content.
craig-sager152Little League® International Mourns the Passing of Craig Sager

Little League® International mourns the passing of legendary sideline reporter, longtime Turner Sports broadcaster, and notable Little League graduate, Craig Sager. He was 65.
visionworksVisionworks Teams Up with Little League® as Official Eyewear and Eye Care Retailer

In 2017, Visionworks is teaming up with Little League® to become the Official Eyewear and Eye Care Retailer of Little League Baseball and Softball.
eric-hiltonLittle League® International Remembers Eric Hilton, Former Vice Chairman of Hilton Hotels Corporation, Past Trustee of the Little League Foundation

Little League® International mourns the passing of Eric Hilton, retired Vice Chairman of the Hilton Hotels Corporation, trustee of the Little League Foundation for more than 35 years until the Foundation was dissolved in 2011, and long-time supporter of the Little League Urban Initiative program. He was 83.
reid-nolan152Astros President Reid Ryan Recalls His Little League® Playing Days and How His Legendary Father, Nolan, Made a Little League Fundraiser Really Sweet

Reid Ryan is the oldest son of legendary Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, Hall of Famer, and Little League® Hall of Excellence member (1990), Nolan Ryan. For most of his youth, Reid’s friends viewed his father as just a guy who played baseball.
nobel152Looking Back at a Pair of Nobel Laureates and Noted Economists Who Were Little League® Graduates

Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded 579 times to 911 people and organizations while The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel has been awarded 48 times to 78 Laureates dating back to 1969.
tony-tulino152Little League® International Mourns the Passing of Ohio District 1 Administrator, Tony Tulino

Little League® International mourns the passing of Tony Tulino, Ohio District 1 Administrator and former member of the International Advisory Board. He was 75.
teeball152Little League® Launches “Tee Ball Tuesdays”

Beginning on December 6, Little League® Baseball and Softball will launch a new digital campaign, “Tee Ball Tuesdays,” to highlight the Little League Tee Ball Program and educate coaches, parents, and volunteers.
canon152Canon U.S.A. Announces Three-Year Extension as the Exclusive Printer and Camera Sponsor of Little League®

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced a three-year extension of its partnership with Little League® International.
mcginnis15210-Years Later: Remembering Little League® Hall of Excellence Enshrinee Ross McGinnis

On the afternoon of December 4, 2006, Private First Class Ross McGinnis, a graduate of Knox (Pa.) Little League and 2011 Little League® Hall of Excellence enshrinee, sacrificed his own life to save the lives of four fellow soldiers while in combat in Iraq. His heroic act earned him the Medal of Honor in 2008, making him the first known Little League graduate to earn the award. On the 10-year anniversary of Pfc. McGinnis’ death, Little League looks back on the impact that Pfc. McGinnis had on those around him, all the way from his roots in Little League to his final moments in Iraq.
CCLThings to Know From Little League®: December 2016

Each month, Little League® International is providing a quick look at important information and events for the month ahead. We invite you to review and share with your colleagues and friends. Another great resource for keeping up to date on Little League’s latest training and educational efforts is Little League University. Designed for volunteers, league and district administrators, coaches, and parents, this free website is a wonderful portal for experiencing and learning about the Little League.
pulitzer152Little League® Celebrates Pulitzer Centennial With A Look Back At Little League® Hall of Excellence Enshrinees George Will and Dave Barry


bofa152Bank of America and Angels Baseball Foundation Hosts Little League® Challenger Classic

On Oct. 29, approximately 700 boys and girls in Southern California were given an unforgettable opportunity as Bank of America and the Angels Baseball Foundation hosted the 11th annual Bank of America “Challenger Classic” at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. As part of the event, members of 40 different Little League Challenger Division® teams, comprised of Southern California youngsters and young adults with physical and mental challenges, participated in two-inning, one-hour games on designated diamonds throughout the outfield in the home stadium of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
bat-gift-guide152Little League® Offers Holiday Gift Giving Tips

With the holiday season quickly approaching, Little League® Baseball and Softball wants to help your family and friends with some gift giving ideas to help make this a special time for your Little Leaguer®.
jensen152Little League® Coach Joel Jensen Honored At The Musial Awards

On November 19, Joel Jensen, coach of the Northwest Region Champion Bend North Little League (Bend, Ore.), was honored at The Musial Awards, hosted by the St. Louis Sports Commission, for the memorable moment he had with his son on the mound during the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series.
CCLImportant Chartering and Insurance Enrollment Information for the 2017 Little League® Season

As volunteers, families, and players gear up for the 2017 Little League® Season, Little League International has an important message about the chartering and insurance enrollment process for this year.
hudgins152Little League International Remembers Senior League Baseball World Series Umpire Michael Hudgins

Little League® International mourns the passing of Michael Hudgins, former Senior League Baseball World Series umpire and Texas District 28 Umpire Coordinator. He was 59.
kidsday152Service Organizations Celebrate Kids’ Day at World of Little League® Museum


george-kinneyLittle League® International Remembers Washington District 13 Administrator George Kinney

Little League® International mourns the passing of George Kinney, Washington District 13 Administrator.
11Payson Little League Fields Renovated Thanks To Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Public Service

For Little League® programs around the world, the challenge of maintaining local fields in order to create a safe and enjoyable playing environment for their players can often times be a very tedious and difficult task, but for Payson Little League in Payson, Ariz., that hard work has finally paid off.
obama152Little League® Hall of Excellence Enshrinees Named Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, United States President Barack Obama named the 21 recipients of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, which is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Among the 21 recipients were Little League® Hall of Excellence Enshrinees, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bruce Springsteen, as well as legendary baseball commentator, Vin Scully.
pederson152Stu Pederson, Father of Dodger’s Centerfielder, Joc, Says All Little League® Coaches Should Never Say This One Word

Stu Pederson, father of Los Angeles Dodger’s standout centerfielder, Joc Pederson, has coached baseball at many levels, from Little League® to high school to a college summer baseball team in Alaska. In all of that experience, there’s one word he has never said to any of his players (it starts with a “W”).
CCLLittle League® International Board of Directors Welcomes Four New Members

On Friday, November 11, the Little League® International Board of Directors welcomed its four newest members at their annual fall meeting in South Williamsport, Pa. Taking their seat on the Board in 2016 are John Boyd (Europe and Africa Region – London, England), Antonio J. Gonzalez (Latin America Region – Cayey, Puerto Rico), Shannon Walker (Central Region – Newark, Ohio), and Travis L. Young, Sr. (Southwestern Region – Warren, Ark.).
CCLDates Announced for the 2017 Little League® World Series Tournaments

The official dates for the 2017 Little League® World Series Tournaments were approved on Friday, Nov. 11, at the annual fall meeting of the Little League International Board of Directors.
nov-confessions2-152I Regret Telling My Daughter She Couldn’t Play Softball

It was around this time last year when I made a decision I still regret. I chose not to sign my daughter up again for Little League Softball®. I told Katie in the car on the way to a playdate with one of her friends. “Why?” was all she asked. I struggled to find an answer because most, no ALL, of my reasons had to do with me. So, all I came up with was, “Maybe we should try dance or cheerleading.” Katie just looked out the window.
philippines152Little League® Philippines Making a Difference with Baseball and Softball Clinics

Across the Philippines, Little League® volunteers are helping to grow the game through baseball and softball clinics across their country. In many cases, these volunteers are finding unique ways to teach the game using everyday objects to help show children easy ways to have fun through baseball and softball.
coach152Your Voice: Board of Directors, Volunteering, New Bat Standards

For parents, grandparents, and guardians of Little Leaguers®, The Parent Connection is your newsletter and we encourage everyone to let us know what’s on your minds. Your Voice is a way for readers to share questions with us, and an opportunity for Little League® to provide some important information and guidance.
april152April Meehleder Named Assistant Director of Little League® Western Region

Little League® International is excited to announce that April Meehleder has officially been named the new Assistant Director of the Little League Western Region. Beginning in December, Ms. Meehleder will join West Region Director Dave Bonham and Assistant Director Brian Pickering at the Western Region Headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif.
comms-department152Little League® International Bolsters Marketing and Communications Departments

Continuing its expanding efforts in marketing, communications, and digital media, Little League International has recently added five new members to its Marketing and Communications staff in South Williamsport, Pa. Embracing a variety of roles and responsibilities, these new team members play an integral role in connecting with Little League parents, volunteers, players, and fans to provide important resources to ensure millions of children have a meaningful Little League experience in communities around the world.
CCLThings to Know From Little League®: November 2016

Each month, Little League® International is providing a quick look at important information and events for the month ahead. We invite you to review and share with your colleagues and friends. Another great resource for keeping up to date on Little League’s latest training and educational efforts is Little League University. Designed for volunteers, league and district administrators, coaches, and parents, this free website is a wonderful portal for experiencing and learning about the Little League.
152EOCLL Establishes New Challenger Division Thanks to Little League® Grow the Game Grant

For the last year and a half, a pair of Little League® volunteers have been looking for a way to help children with special needs play baseball in the Orange County area of Virginia, and with the help of a $20,000 grant as part of the Little League Grow the Game initiative, those dreams will soon come true.
maine-endwell152Little League Baseball® World Series Champions Recognized at Game Four of 2016 MLB World Series


conforto152How Little League® Grad Michael Conforto Made Baseball History

In all of sports, there are few clubs that are as exclusive as the “World Series Slam” - players who have competed in the Little League Baseball®, College, and Major League Baseball World Series.
CCLLittle League® International Announces New Technology Partnership With DICK’S Team Sports HQ

Little League® International is excited to announce that it has partnered with DICK’S Sporting Goods to utilize DICK’S Team Sports HQ to become the official and exclusive partner in providing technology services for its local leagues and districts. DICK’S Team Sports HQ, powered by Blue Sombrero, is an innovative youth sports platform that provides websites, online registration, and league management tools at no cost.
jan152World of Little League® Museum’s Janice Ogurcak Elected as Secretary for ISHA Board of Directors

Janice Ogurcak, Director of Public Programming and Outreach of the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store, was recently elected as the secretary for the International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) Board of Directors during the annual conference held at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary. Mrs. Ogurcak has been serving as a member of the board since 2012 when she was elected as a director.
eagle-scout152Harrison Township Little League® Grad Gives Back Through Eagle Scout Project

For many Little League® graduates, giving back to their local teams usually takes the form of coaching or serving as a league administrator, but for one Mullica Hill Boy Scout, giving back to his Little League program meant something a little different.
152Little League® Representatives from Europe and Africa Gather for Regional Meeting

On October 8, more than 25 volunteers, including District Administrators from 20 countries across Europe and Africa, gathered together for the 2016 Europe and Africa Regional Meeting in Warsaw, Poland, supported by the Copernicus Society of America. Along with Little League® Europe and Africa Regional Staff members, members of Major League Baseball, Confederation of European Baseball, and European Softball Federation participated in the meetings to provide insight on the various topics.
152Fenway Cape Cod Makes Dreams A Reality For Tee Ballers

Children throughout Cape Cod will soon get to live one of their biggest baseball dreams thanks to Barnstable Little League and The Boston Red Sox. May 6, when the new Little League® Tee Ball season opens, it will do so on a brand new field. But this isn’t just any new field. It’s a little slice of history and dreams right in Horace Mann Public Charter School’s backyard. Fenway Cape Cod, as it will be officially named, will be a built-to-size version of Boston’s Fenway Park. Construction has already started with the opening slated to come in time for the 2017 season.
advisory-board152Little League® Welcomes Six New Members to the International Advisory Board

Little League® International announced the addition of six new members to the International Advisory Board who visited the Little League International Complex in South Williamsport, Pa., on October 14 and 15 for the annual fall meeting. Joining the Advisory Board in 2016 are Kelly Campbell (Southwestern Region), Carmine Conti (Eastern Region), Martin Hoover (Western Region), Michael Marler (Southwestern Region), Eric Pearson (Southeastern Region), and Steve Parris (Latin America Region), who all serve as volunteer District Administrators (D.A.s).