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College Teams Make Little League Softball® Days into Special Events for Families, Players and Communities

Volume 3 | Issue 3 | March 2015 | Archive
College Teams Make Little League Softball® Days into Special Events for Families, Players and Communities
Since 2006, several prominent collegiate softball programs throughout the United States have welcomed Little League Softball® players and their local Little League® programs to a special day in their honor.

Little League Softball Days provide an opportunity for a complete softball experience and highlight the benefits of participating in Little League Softball, while also showcasing the collegiate softball experience.

These events, coordinated by local league volunteers, Little League International in Williamsport, Pa., and college athletic departments, provide a chance for Little Leaguers® to attend college softball games and meet collegiate players through special activities and promotions conducted throughout the games.

"We are always trying to grow the sport, both in popularity and participation," said Craig Nicholson, Arizona State University's Head Softball Coach. "Accessibility and experience create interest and talent, so this group offer is a great chance to become involved with the sport we love so much."

These unique opportunities offer the Little Leaguers an “inside look” at what potentially their participation in Little League Softball could lead to while providing a generous amount of exposure for the collegiate program and university hosting the event.

“At colleges and universities around the United States, Little League Softball players and volunteers are welcomed to watch top-notch softball competition, while joining the collegiate players for a special day at the ballpark,” said Sara Thompson, Little League’s Director of Softball Development. “The Little Leaguers look up to the college players, who share in this wonderful experience. Whether taking part in on-field instructions, or getting autographs in the dugout, the day is a lot of fun for everyone.”

The Little League Softball Day program has been so successful since its inception that some collegiate programs such as California State University-Berkeley, the University of Tennessee and the University of Arizona, have expanded their invitation to Little Leaguers from one day to an entire weekend.

As part of each event, Little Leaguers, their parents and local league volunteers may attend a Little League Softball Day at a reduced charge, or in some instances, at no cost.

These events also provide an opportunity to create an on-going relationship between the collegiate program and the surrounding local Little Leagues while the Little Leaguers get a chance to experience the game of softball at one of its highest levels.

Contact Sara Thompson for additional information regarding the Little League Softball program.

There are more than 310,000 Little League Softball players worldwide. Each summer, Little League International conducts four World Series Tournaments for softball, crowning world champions in the divisions of Little League (ages 11-12), Junior League (ages 12-14), Senior League (ages 13-16) and Big League (ages 14-18). In 2015, each of these four tournament championship games is expected to be televised live on the ESPN family of networks.
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The Parent Connection - March 2015 - Archive