Roll Call: Delegates to Gather at the 2014 Little League® International Congress in Minneapolis
The 26th Little League® International Congress is the forum for Little League District Administrators and Assistant District Administrators from around the world to provide their voice in charting the future of the Little League program. From April 4-7, in Minneapolis, Minn., these volunteers will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Little League, while discussing the rules and regulations that will shape the future of Little League for the next 75 years.
“The Congress provides a democratic process for hundreds of thousands of our dedicated volunteers from around the world to have input in the operation of the Little League program,” said Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball. “Since the first Congress in 1956, this event has provided us with an excellent opportunity to meet and listen to the volunteers, who are so vital to the success of Little League.”
Discussion of rules, training and educational seminars, and recognition of several Little League volunteers will highlight the Congress. Three new field representatives to the Little League International Board of Directors members will also be nominated at Congress . Once elected, the three field representatives serve a three-year term.
Some of the regulations being discussed are giving more opportunities for people with physical and developmental challenges to participate in a local Little League Challenger Division; expanding options for Little League Softball special games; providing more children the chance to participate in Minor League Coach Pitch or Minor League Machine Pitch leagues and more. More information about Congress is available on the 26th Little League International Congress website. More information about the Congress is available on the 26th Little League International Congress website.
Other notable happenings at the Congress will include a viewing of the WVIA original documentary film, Little League: A History; and Don Hooton, Founder and President of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, speaking on the dangers of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs. Several of Little League’s sponsors and licensees were also on hand to provide information to Congress delegates and guests.
Nearly 1,200 people representing every U.S. state and dozens of countries around the globe are expected to attend the four-day Congress. Minneapolis is the first in a new, four-year rotation of the event and the first held in Minnesota. Dr. Jerry Sandler, Minnesota District 1 Administrator, and his wife, Connie Sandler, are serving as Co-Congress Chairmen.
“The 2014 Congress is an anniversary event and we are honored and humbled to have it in Minneapolis,” said Dr. Sandler. “During my 14 years as a District Administrator, I have worked hard to make Little League prominent in the community. Hosting the Congress has help to solidify Little League’s presence in the community and throughout the state. All of our leagues have stepped up to make this the best Congress ever.”
More information on the Congress voting results and award honorees will be available on the Little League website following the conclusion of the Congress. The latest news on Little League’s 75th Anniversary can be found at LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com.