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MLB-PitchHitRunLogo_152pxLocal Little League® Programs Can Host 2014 MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Competitions

Local Little League® programs wishing to provide players with a skills assessment program are encouraged to host a Major League Baseball’s 2014 Pitch, Hit and Run competition.
congress152Little League® Celebrates its 75th Anniversary and Honors Significant Contributions to the Program at the Closing of the 26th Little League International Congress

The 26th Little League® International Congress came to a close in Minneapolis, Minn., on Monday, April 7. With ESPN’s Chris McKendry serving as the event’s emcee, Little League celebrated its 75th Anniversary with more than 1,500 volunteers, and honored significant contributions to help make Little League into the world’s largest and most prestigious youth sports organizations.
JinRoyRyu152Former Little League® Foundation Trustee, Philanthropist, Jin Roy Ryu to Receive Peter O’Malley Distinguished Little League Ambassador Award

Jin Roy Ryu, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Poongsan Group and a longtime trustee of the Little League® Foundation, was honored with the Peter O’Malley Distinguished Little League Ambassador Award. Mr. Ryu received the award at the 26th Little League International Congress in Minneapolis, Minn.
congress152Four Members Elected to the Little League® International Board of Directors Following the Retirement of Board Member and Former Little League President and CEO, Dr. Creighton J. Hale

It was announced at the 26th Little League® International Congress the retirement of Little League International Board of Directors Member and former Little League President and CEO, Dr. Creighton J. Hale. The Board elected Steven P. Johnson, Williamsport, Pa., Susquehanna Health President and CEO, to assume the seat vacated by Dr. Hale’s retirement. In addition to Mr. Johnson, joining the Board are three Field Representative: Jolly Gomez, Tony Richardson, and Bob Toigo.
CCLNeptune, N.J., Volunteer, Tony Richardson, Elected as Eastern Region Representative to the Little League® International Board of Directors

At the spring meeting of the Little League® International Board of Directors, Tony Richardson, New Jersey District 11 Administrator, was nominated to the Board. Mr. Richardson, of Neptune, N.J., will succeed Michael Serino, Pennsylvania District 17 Administrator, as the Eastern Region Representative. The announcement was made at the 26th Little League International Congress in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 7, 2014.
bob-toigo152Sammamish, Wash., Volunteer, Bob Toigo, Elected as Western Region Representative to the Little League® International Board of Directors

At the spring meeting of the Little League® International Board of Directors, Bob Toigo, Washington District 9 Administrator, was elected to the Board. Mr. Toigo, of Sammamish Wash., succeeds Marty Hoy, California District 25 Administrator, as the Western Region Representative. The announcement was made at the 26th Little League International Congress in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 7, 2014.
jolly-gomez152Manila, Philippines, Volunteer, Jolly Gomez, Elected as Asia-Pacific Region Representative to the Little League® International Board of Directors

At the spring meeting of the Little League® International Board of Directors, Jolly Gomez, Philippines District 1 Administrator, was elected to the Board. Mr. Gomez, of Manila, Philippines, succeeds Stephen Guerrero, Guam Administrator, as the Asia-Pacific Region Representative. The announcement was made at the 26th Little League International Congress in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 7, 2014.
steven-johnson152Susquehanna Health President and CEO, Steven P. Johnson, Elected to the Little League International Board of Directors


PIFBAward152Little League Partner, Pitch In For Baseball, Receives Little League® President’s Award at the 26th Little League International Congress

Since 2005, Little League® and Pitch In For Baseball have been partners in helping children around the world get new and gently used baseball and softball equipment. Honoring this nearly 10-year friendship, Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO, presented Pitch In For Baseball with the President’s Award at the 26th Little League International Congress in Minneapolis, Minn. On hand to accept the recognition were Roy Smalley, former Minneapolis Twins player and Pitch In For Baseball Board of Directors President, and David Rhode, Pitch In For Baseball Executive Director.
WomenofCongress152Longtime Connecticut Volunteer, Maryellen Holden, Receives Little League Peter J. McGovern Distinguished Service Award

Little League District Administrators are some of the most dedicated, tireless volunteers in the Little League program. At the 26th Little League International Congress, Little League recognized Maryellen Holden, Connecticut District 5 Administrator, with its highest honor, the Peter J. McGovern Distinguished Service Award. This award has been presented at the past 24 Little League International Congresses, and Mrs. Holden is first woman to receive the honor for her dedicated service.
congress152Little League® International Congress Delegates Approve New Regulations to Improve the Future of Little League Baseball and Softball

At the spring meeting, the Little League® International Board of Directors, approved the voting results of the 2014 Little League International Congress Delegates. The results will bring 14 changes to the Little League Baseball®, Little League Softball®, and Little League Challenger Division® programs.
Weatherbug152Little League® and WeatherBug Launch iOS and Android App to Promote Lightning and Weather Safety

Little League® Baseball and Softball and WeatherBug, the brand millions trust to Know Before™ severe weather strikes, are launching Little League WeatherBug, a new mobile weather app providing coaches, managers, parents, family and friends of Little League with real-time weather, severe weather alerts, and personalized lightning detection to help stay safer during practice and ballgames this season.
DrHaleRetirement152Dr. Creighton J. Hale, Former Little League® President and CEO, Retires from Little League International Board of Directors After 60 Years of Service

Since January 1, 1955, Little League® International has benefited from the wisdom and leadership of Dr. Creighton J. Hale. On April 7, 2014, he announced his retirement from the Little League International Board of Directors, after nearly 60 years with the organization. The announcement came at the 26th Little League International Congress in Minneapolis, Minn.
award-winners152Little League Honors 18 Volunteers From Around the World at the 26th Little League® International Congress


Oakley152Little League® Partners with Oakley to become the Official Eyewear Sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball

Little League® International, has partnered with, Oakley, Inc., a leader in the eyewear industry, making the company the Official Eyewear Sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball.
dr-dunston152Little League International Mourns the Passing Dr. Walter Dunston, a Member of the First Little League Baseball® World Series Championship Team

Dr. Walter Thurston Dunston, a member of the Maynard Midgets Little League team from Williamsport, Pa., that won the first Little League Baseball® World Series Championship in 1947, passed away on March 9. He was 78.
Stanford Softball Day 152Stanford University Welcomes Little Leaguers® for Little League Softball® Day Celebration

The Stanford University Cardinal Softball team is loaded with Little League®-groomed talent, and they got to share their experiences with a group of current Little Leaguers at the Stanford University Little League Softball Day on March 9.
Hooton Foundation Logo 152Little League® and Taylor Hooton Foundation Team Up to Educate Parents About the Dangers of Steroids and Other APEDs

The Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF), widely acknowledged leader in the advocacy against Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs) abuse by the youth of North America, is teaming up with Little League® Baseball and Softball (LL®) to educate the more than 1 million LL parents, coaches and other adult volunteers as part of the 75th Anniversary of Little League and its steadfast commitment to the health and safety of young people playing baseball and softball.
BLP 152Little League® Celebrates its 75th Anniversary with Little League Big Legacy Project in Support of Pitch In For Baseball

Digital mosaic will raise funds for non-profit organization that helps provide equipment to local baseball and softball programs in need.
Fazzino Visit 152Official Artist of the 75th Anniversary of Little League®, Charles Fazzino, Comes to Williamsport, Pa., for Educational Workshops

From February 25 to 27, through the support of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP), Mr. Fazzino held a series of educational workshops for students and teachers from Lycoming and Sullivan County school districts in Pennsylvania to work on the official artwork for the 75th Anniversary of Little League.
Grafton Savin 152Grafton Little League Rallying to Support the Family of Boston Marathon Bombing Victim, and Little Leaguer®, Martin Richard

The 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing claimed the life of Savin Hill Little Leaguer, Martin Richard. This year, Grafton (Mass.) Little League is honoring Martin's memory and supporting his family.
Jeter 152Little League® Graduate, Derek Jeter, Announces His Retirement

The former Westwood Little Leaguer from Kalamzoo, Mich., Derek Jeter announced his retirement on his Facebook page yesterday, February 12. This year, 2014, will be his last in pinstripes.
LLSWS 152Little League Softball® Celebrates its 40th Anniversary and National Girls and Women in Sports Day with New Initiatives

In recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 5 and the 40th Anniversary of Little League Softball, Little League is announcing a year’s worth of initiatives. This year, Little League honors the past, present and future of Little League Softball, which currently has 360,000 athletes participating on more than 24,000 softball teams in over 20 countries, with four divisions culminating at a Softball World Series.
Challenger 25th Anniversary Logo 152Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series to Feature teams from Detroit, Mich., and Vancouver, British Columbia

For the first time in the game’s 14-year history, the Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game at the Little League Baseball® World Series will feature an international competition. Teams from Clinton Valley Little League from Clinton Township, Mich., just north of Detroit, and Little Mountain Little League from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will take the field for the 2014 game.
75th 152Internationally Renowned 3D Pop Artist Charles Fazzino to Create Official Little League® 75th Anniversary Artwork and Lead Educational Workshops for Lycoming and Sullivan County, Pa., Students

Nationally-celebrated pop artist Charles Fazzino, will be working with fifth grade students from Pennsylvania schools in Lycoming and Sullivan Counties to create the official artwork for the 75th Anniversary of Little League®.
Little League Softball Excellence 152Little League Softball® Partners with Softball Excellence for Coaching Resources

To continue to provide resources for these volunteers, Little League® has partnered with the coaches educational resource, Softball Excellence (LittleLeague.org/SoftballExcellence), which will provide Little League-specific materials for softball coaches.
Softball 40 152Puerto Rico National Softball Team Members Credit Little League® for Building Dreams and Teaching Teamwork, Respect

Sport has the ability to break down barriers and elevate the human spirit. At times, life-altering moments occur during competition that becomes more poignant than the stats on a page or outcome on a scoreboard.
Softball 40 152Little League Softball® Coaches Clinics to be Held at Six Locations Throughout the United States

Little League Softball® coaches will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best softball instructors in the nation at Little League Softball Coaches Clinics with Michele Smith, Jen Schroeder and USA Elite Training. The clinics will occur at six locations throughout the United States starting on January 25.
CCLMaddux to Glavine to Thomas: Trio of Little League Graduates Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame


75th 152Little League Baseball® Celebrates 75th Anniversary With Year Of Exciting Initiatives

Little League Baseball®, the world’s largest youth sports organization, has officially launched its Diamond Anniversary year, announcing an exciting slate of programming that celebrates the fundamental values of the program – community, family, friendly competition and relationships that last a lifetime. Little League was founded in 1939, when the first Little League game was played in Williamsport, Pa., on June 6 of that year.
ws13-lamade-152Enter the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series Ticket Lottery to Watch the Championship Game Live in South Williamsport, Pa.

The Little League Baseball® World Series (LLBWS) Ticket Lottery provides Little League® fans with an opportunity to receive tickets to the 2014 Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game on Sunday, August 24 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa.
HOF Managers 152Joe Torre and Bobby Cox: Former Little Leaguers Make the Baseball Hall of Fame

Getting the call of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox got their start in baseball with Little League.
Sergio 152Little League® Names Sergio Guzman as New Southwestern Region Director

Sergio Guzman has been named Southwestern Region Director, Stephen D. Keener, Little League® Baseball and Softball President and CEO, announced today. The Southwestern Region Headquarters are located at the George W. Bush Little League Center in Waco, Texas.
CCLImportant Rule Changes for the 2014 Little League® Season

As we enter into the 75th year of Little League, we want to advise you of several important changes to the rules and regulations that you’ll see in the 2014 Little League® Rulebooks. We hope that these changes help make your entire season a successful one, and we look forward to celebrating our Diamond Anniversary with you throughout the year.
Wilkins 152The Wilkins Family's Little League® Delaware Dynasty

In 1981, Guy Wilkins was part of the Senior League Baseball World Series Champions from Delaware. Twenty-two years later, he was coaching his daughter, Shelby, to win the family's second banner.
CCLLittle League® Names New Director of Umpire Development

Stephen D. Keener, Little League® Baseball and Softball President and CEO, announced today the addition of Thomas Haines, Jr., Director of Umpire Development, to the Operations Department at Little League International in South Williamsport, Pa.
LaPorta 152Little League® International Mourns the Passing of Long-Time Board of Directors Member and Dedicated Volunteer, Dr. Luke LaPorta

A 40-year member and past Chairman of the Little League® International Board of Directors, and the founder of Little League in central New York, Luke LaPorta, Ph.D., passed away on Tuesday, November 19, in Geddes, N.Y., at the age of 89.
CCL2014 Dates Set for the Nine Little League® World Series Tournaments

Next year marks the 75th Anniversary of Little League®, and the celebration will culminate at Little League’s nine World Series Tournaments. Stephen D. Keener, Little League Baseball and Softball President and CEO, announced today the dates and sites of the nine 2014 Little League World Series tournaments, which the Little League International Board of Directors has approved.
World of Little League LogoWorld of Little League® Is Collection Center for Toys for Tots

Anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy with a value of at least $10 to the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store in South Williamsport, Pa., can experience the joy of giving as well as receiving this holiday season.
Museum Logo 152pxThe World of Little League® and Dugout the Mascot Welcome Curious George and WVIA Clubhouse Members to the Museum on Saturday, November 16, in South Williamsport, Pa.

Little League® mascot, Dugout, and popular children’s book character, Curious George, from PBS Kids, will be on hand to great WVIA Clubhouse Members and their families at the newly reopened World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store in South Williamsport, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 16.
CCLThree New Members Join Little League® International Board of Directors

At the annual meeting of the Little League® International Board of Directors today in South Williamsport, Pa., three new volunteers took their seats on the 26-member board.
advisoryboard152Little League® Advisory Board Concludes Fall Meeting

The Little League® International Advisory Board, which provides counsel and recommendations to Little League Senior Management, has concluded its annual fall meeting.
Puig 152Dodgers Standout Rookie, Yasiel Puig, Surprises Northeast Los Angeles Little Leaguers

Little Leaguers® from Northeast Los Angeles Little League got a surprise of a lifetime when L.A. Dodgers rookie outfielder, Yasiel Puig, came by Elysian Park, to pitch some batting practice.
Facebook 152Little League Updates its Facebook URL to Facebook.com/LittleLeague

This year has seen historic growth for Little League’s Facebook page, as we have nearly doubled our number of page likes. As we continue to grow our Facebook presence, we have decided to change our Facebook URL to Facebook.com/LittleLeague.
CCLIndiana High School Student Completes Volunteer Project to Benefit Local League

Being an inspiration to many at a young age doesn’t happen often, but 18-year-old James Kemp has pulled it off. James, a high school senior at Yorktown High School in Yorktown, Ind., is setting an example for everyone in his community with his recent volunteer project to benefit the Yorktown Junior Athletic Association (JAA) Little League. James created shelters for six dugouts in his community, which will benefit countless Little Leaguers® now, and in the future. For many, a project of this capacity would seem too large of an undertaking, but for James it was just the right challenge to combine his love of Little League® and his motivation to become an Eagle Scout.
CCLLittle League International Welcomes New Volunteer District Administrators to Annual Training Series

Communication, transparency and support were consistent themes throughout the third annual New District Administrator (DA) Training seminar held over two days at Little League® International in South Williamsport, Pa.
mlb-ws-2013Little League® International Congratulates Little League World Series Alums Lance Lynn and Xander Bogaerts for Reaching the MLB World Series


Danny McFaddinLittle League International Mourns the Passing of South Carolina District 5 Administrator Danny McFaddin

Little League International mourns the passing of South Carolina District 5 Administrator Danny McFaddin. He was 52. Mr. McFaddin served as a Little League volunteer for several years before his election as District Administrator in 2004, the same year that District 5 was created.
CCLLittle League® Launches New Communications Vehicle for Families: The Parent Connection Newsletter

Little League® Baseball and Softball has established a direct line of communications with the parents, guardians and caretakers of the 2.4 million boys and girls who play Little League around the world.
2013 Photo Contest 1522013 Little League® Baseball and Softball Photo Contest

Share your 2013 Little League Photos! To enter the 2013 Photo Contest follow these three simple steps. All entries are due by October 28, 2013.