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thunderbug152Little League Softball® Team’s Vintage Photo Goes Viral

What started as a fun idea for a team picture has become something of an internet sensation for a Little League Softball® team from Michigan.
gushow152An Open Letter From Mom After Her Son's Final Little League® Game

Well, there it is—the last game of Little League®. We came up just a few runs short in the District Championship. Fortunately, there will be more baseball. There's still travel ball and Junior League next year, but nothing is quite like Little League®, is it?
sager152Little League® Alum Craig Sager to Receive Jimmy V Award at the 2016 ESPYS

At the 2016 ESPYS, Little League® alum Craig Sager will be presented with the Jimmy V Award, an honor that acknowledges someone in sports who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination. Mr. Sager, a popular Turner Sports reporter, has been fighting acute myeloid leukemia for more than two years. The award was named after the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator.
softball-ea152Little League Softball® Making Strides Overseas

For more than 40 years, Little League Softball® has provided girls around the world an opportunity to grow as young athletes and young adults.
parents-after-ll-152Parents Should Stay Involved Even When the Playing Days of Their Little Leaguers® Are Over

At the end of every Little League® season, parents who recently had their child graduate from the program face an emotional time. The family will likely reminisce about the fun you have had at the baseball and softball fields throughout the years.
as-youth152Two Teams from the Little League® Urban Initiative Program Participate in MLB All-Star Youth Classic in San Diego

With the calendar turning to July, baseball fans turn their attention to the MLB All-Star festivities. San Diego, Calif., will host to the 87th MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 12. In addition to the dozens of big league stars who will be making the trip west, so too will a pair of Little League® teams who are part of the Little League Urban Initiative Program.
korea152East Seoul Little League Advances to Little League Baseball® World Series as 2016 Asia-Pacific Region Champions

For the second time in three years, Seoul, South Korea, will represent the Asia-Pacific Region at the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series in Williamsport, Pa., this summer. It will be the fourth time a team from South Korea has made an appearance at the World Series.
buczek152New York City’s Police Officer Michael J. Buczek Little League Honored with 2016 Carl E. Stotz Little League® Community Award

There’s an old saying in sports that you play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back. But in the Police Officer Michael J. Buczek Little League in New York City, it’s just the opposite, as the names on the back are that of fallen New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers.
tuck152Little League® International Remembers 1939 Little Leaguer® Thomas “Tuck” Frazier

Little League® International mourns the passing of Thomas “Tuck” Frazier, who was a player on the Lycoming Dairy team during the first Little League season in 1939, and a long-time benevolent supporter of the Little League program. He was 88.
tee-ball-april152My First Year as a Little League® Tee Ball Coach

As a coach of a Little League® team filled with young players, you quickly find out what your role is. For me, it meant being seen as the ‘fun coach’. They even gave me a nickname: The Disney Coach.
gw-head152Former Little League Baseball® World Series Teammates Face Off at 2016 College World Series

When Garrett Williams was playing in the Western Little League in Lubbock, Texas, the coaches, and the community felt the league had the talent to make it to Williamsport. Mr. Williams believed them. “We were all friends, we had a great group of guys, the best coaches, and we worked really hard,” said Mr. Williams. “Our number-one goal was to make it to Williamsport.”
donations152Little League Baseball® World Series Donations to be Contributed to First Community Partnership of Pennsylvania for Creation of a Youth Sports Fund

At communities around the world, donations are collected at Little League® fields to provide financial support for local programs. At the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series, these fan contributions will be benefiting youth sporting organizations in all of Lycoming County. In recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP), the “pass the can” donations collected at this year’s tournament will be used to create the Little League Fund for Youth Sports.
aussie152Hills Little League from New South Wales Wins the Little League Baseball® Australia Region Championship

For the second year in a row, the province of New South Wales will be representing the Australia Region at the Little League Baseball® World Series in Williamsport this August.
2016-llbws-logo2016 Little League Baseball® World Series Schedule Announced

Little League® International celebrates National Little League Week (the second full week of June) with the annual Little League Baseball® World Series luncheon.
2016-llbws-logo2016 Little League Baseball® World Series Team Hosts Paired with Region Champions

All 16 teams have two dedicated team hosts that are responsible for ensuring their team has everything they need during the World Series.
2016challenger152Teams from Camp Hill, Pa., and Grand Junction, Colo., to Participate in the Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game at the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series

One of the highlights of the Little League Baseball® World Series, the Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game kicks off Championship Weekend on Saturday, Aug. 27, with a fun game at Volunteer Stadium. This year the two Little League Challenger Division teams participating will be from Camp Hill (Pa.) Little League and Colorado District 1 from Grand Junction.
springers2-152Meet the Springers

George Springer Jr. and his friends grew up playing ball in the empty sandlots of Bristol, Conn., in the early 1970s. He had never heard of Williamsport. He didn’t know much about Little League®. But, a police officer and long-time Forestville (Conn.) Little League volunteer, Bob Watson, convinced a group of 7-year-olds to have their parents sign them up for Little League, and perhaps the one of the most storied family in Little League history started its first chapter.
teeball-canada152Tee Ball on the Hill Kicks Off National Little League Week in Canada

The 46th National Little League Week kicked off Sunday, June 12, with the first-ever Tee Ball on the Hill event. Ontario District’s 2 and 6, Ottawa West and East, gathered some of their own Tee Ball players for a demonstration right on the northeast corner of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
5-things-summer1525 Things to Do With Your Little Leaguer® This Summer

School is out, summer is here, and leagues are wrapping-up what was hopefully a fun, successful season. While your Little Leaguer® may have handed in his or her jersey, there’s still plenty of baseball and softball activities left. As you put together your summer to-do list, consider some of these off-season ideas that are sure to provide some extra fun.
parent-confessions150I Called Out an Umpire and Ended Up Being Thrown Out

My son’s team won their pool in District play, and moved on to face the winner of another pool. The team we were going up against was from a neighboring town, a team we knew well. Even though all the kids from both teams belonged to the same school district and were friends, when it came to Little League®, they were our main District rivals. The kids enjoyed playing against each other – the parents, not so much. We always got too intense, but, for the most part, we kept things in check. This one time, though, I took things too far.
coon-rapids152Little League® Safety Training, Volunteer’s Heroism Save a Life

How a person responds to an emergency is unique to each situation. In the instant when Coon Rapids Cardinal Little League volunteer Ryan McCann watched his friend slump to the ground from a heart attack, he responded by performing a life-saving act.
parents-survival152Parents’ Survival Guide to the Little League® International Tournament

As players practice and leagues prepare for the Little League® International Tournament, parents and guardians also need to be ready to join their Little Leaguer® on this all-star journey.
food-drive152Little League® Programs in Michigan District 2 Deliver the Goods with Food Drive

bure152Fuller House Star & The View Co-Host Candace Cameron Bure Is Ready To Play Ball with Canon PIXMA Printers at The Little League® World Series

Canon is Offering Three Lucky Fans a Chance to Win a Trip to the Little League World Series and to Meet Candace Cameron Bure
tripadvisor152World of Little League® Museum Earns 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

The World of Little League® Museum today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries, and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.
klug152Little League® International Remembers El Segundo Little League Coach William Klug

Little League® International mourns the death of William Klug, a coach in El Segundo (Calif.) Little League. He was 39.
charlie-brush152Little League® International Remembers Florida District 5 Volunteer Charlie Brush

Little League® International mourns the passing of Charlie Brush, former District 5 Administrator from Pinellas Park, Fla. He was 99.
painting152World of Little League® Museum to Debut Original Saturday Evening Post Cover Art on Father’s Day

Ten years before the first Little League® game was played, the cover of the Saturday Evening Post featured a father and son playing ball.
onll152Local League® Honors, Remembers Military Veterans with Special Flag Ceremony

As the 12-year-old players in Ottawa National Little League (ONLL) unfurled, and firmed their grips on an enormous American Flag, a respectful hush came over the crowd. And, as those gathered collectively turned toward the flag, the colors of the United States where honored with solemn remembrance, reflection, and recognition for those who have passed.
fundays152Little League® Western Region Challenger Fun Days come to San Bernardino, Calif.

tournament152All 2016 Little League® International Tournament Affidavits, Supplies Move Exclusively Online

The fun and excitement of tournament season will soon be here, and by moving the annual enrollment process and tournament resources online, Little League® Baseball and Softball has made it even easier for local leagues to enter teams in the world’s largest elimination tournament.
cuba152Baseball Games Become Olive Branches for Little Leaguers, Cuban Children

On any given day in the United States, you could see the American flag displayed as the national anthem plays before the start of a Little League® game. For more than 50 years, such a display was unheard of on the island nation of Cuba. That was until a collection of Little Leaguers® from Vermont became envoys of goodwill during a seven-day visit to the Cuban capital of Havana.
TouchTable152Upload Your Little League Photos to the World of Little League® Museum’s Global Connections Touch Table

At 16 feet long, with six stations for users, the Global Connections Touch Table is the only place on earth where the general public can access information about every single local Little League® program in the world. It’s a powerful machine featuring high-tech innovations that the museum’s visitors of all ages have embraced.
2016-stotz-scholarship15210 Lycoming County High School Seniors Recognized as the 2016 Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball® Scholarship Recipients

Since 1994, Little League® International has honored the memory of its founder through the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball® Scholarship. At its annual luncheon on Thursday, May 19, Little League recognized the achievement of 10 Lycoming County High School Seniors, awarding a total of $13,000 in scholarship funds. In 23 years, Little League has awarded nearly $165,000 to 182 students, including this year’s honorees.
pb152Little League® International Welcomes Hundreds of Children to PLAY BALL Weekend Event

Little League® is all about having a good time on the field with your friends, and, now Major League Baseball is joining in on the fun with its PLAY BALL initiative.
parents-guide152Little League® Parents’ Guide to the 2016 Tournament Rule and Regulation Changes

Little League® International provides structure and guidance for local volunteers to ensure that all children in their communities have a fun, meaningful Little League experience.
dearll152Dear Little League®: An Open Letter from a Parent of a Little Leaguer® and Travel Baller

My son has played Little League® for the last four years. My son also plays travel ball, and I know there is some level of discussion among parents out there about the pros and cons of both types of baseball and softball. I don’t want to get into the debate about what brand of play has more talent, or what program is better structured, and respected, but rather the most important difference to my family.
mattingly152aMLB Great, Don Mattingly, Reflects On His Little League® Experience

Miami Marlins manager, Don Mattingly, had an illustrious 14-year Major League Baseball playing career, all with the New York Yankees. Mr. Mattingly was an All-Star six times, won nine Gold Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards, the 1984 American League batting title, and was the 1985 American League Most Valuable Player.
aussie-umps152Attendees from Australia Highlight Reach of Little League® Umpire School

Seven of the Little League’s nine regions were represented during this year’s umpire school at Little League® International, including volunteers from the Virgin Islands, Canada, and Australia. Proud to call themselves “ambassadors from down under,” Australians Geordie McRae and Matt Wagner traveled the furthest, but their desire to learn and return home with game-speed experience was shared by everyone in this year’s class.
dont152Don’t Let This Happen: Two People Give Face to the Worst in Youth Sports

The recent cellphone video of two men brawling during a youth baseball game has gone viral.
redsox152Massachusetts Little League Partners with Boston Red Sox Foundation

walker152Newark, Ohio Volunteer Shannon Walker Elected to Little League® International Board of Directors

Gonzalez152Cayey, Puerto Rico Volunteer Antonio Gonzalez Elected to Little League® International Board of Directors

ncll152It Takes Volunteers to Support an Organization as Important as Little League®

I have been an active volunteer with North Central Little League in Milwaukee, Wis., since my two boys were old enough to play tee ball in 2005. I was their coach for the next 11 years. I thought it would be the most rewarding thing I could do for my baseball-loving boys.
LLMatters152Why Little League® Matters

In a time when competition for our children’s time is intense – school-related activities, a rich variety of sports options, and even a variety of choices for youth baseball and softball – it’s fair to ask why Little League matters in today’s world. The answer speaks less to how children find ways to exercise, and more to the challenges that will face them as they grow up in an increasingly complex world.
volweek152Being a Little League Volunteer: In Their Own Words

Since the first Little League® game was played in 1939, millions of adults have embraced the ideals and values of Little League by welcoming the program into their communities, enrolling their children to play, and volunteering in support of their efforts on and off the field.
mlb152Former Little Leaguers in Major League Baseball Share Advice and Memories

With Baseball leagues from little to big starting up around the country, we caught up with several former Little Leaguers who are now in the Majors.
parents-smiles152Parents Help Provide the Smiles, Support, and Spirit

Kids should play Little League® for three reasons. Ranked in level of importance, they are 1) To have fun, 2) To make friends, 3) To play baseball or softball. The Little League experience is so much more than what happens on the field, and parents play an incredibly important role in making sure their Little Leaguer® and his or her fellow teammates enjoy themselves as much as possible.
bleachers150Don’t Be a Bleacher Coach

Go to any youth game, no matter the sport, and it’s all but guaranteed to see parents trying to coach their child from the stands. Some are more subtle with the way they try to get their kid’s attention; maybe with a short whistle or a quick hand wave.
parent-confessions150My Facebook Posts Almost Ruined the Season

It started with a slight dig toward the manager. After a win where my son played the minimum requirement, I posted on my Facebook page: Nice victory! Hats off to the regular players! Go team! The post included a photo of the scoreboard, which read Sharks 12 – Stripes 6. Within a minute of the post, my wife texted me: Stop!