Little League Announces Sites for World Series Tournaments in 2003
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Nov. 8, 2002) – The sites and dates for the eight World Series tournaments in Little League Baseball and Softball were announced today by Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball.
The Little League Baseball World Series will be played in Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 15-24. Williamsport has been the home of Little League since it was founded there in 1939.
“Each year, Little League is blessed with these high-profile events that allow us to bring the benefits of Little League to thousands of people locally, and to millions of people worldwide on television,” Mr. Keener said. “We are looking forward to another outstanding tournament season in 2003, and we are hopeful that the television coverage will continue to expand.”
The other seven sites of the various Little League Baseball and Girls Softball World Series tournaments will remain the same as in 2002: Junior League Baseball World Series (13-14-year-olds), Aug. 10-16, Taylor, Mich.; Senior League Baseball World Series (14-16-year-olds), Aug. 10-16, Bangor, Maine; Big League Baseball World Series (16-18-year-olds), Aug. 2-9, Easley, S.C.; Girls Little League Softball World Series (11-12-year-olds), Aug. 10-16, Portland, Ore.; Girls Junior League Softball World Series (13-14-year-olds), Aug. 11-16, Kirkland, Wash.; Girls Senior League Softball World Series (14-16-year-olds), Jeffersontown, Ky., Aug. 11-16; Girls Big League Softball World Series (16-18-year-olds), Aug. 11-16, Kalamazoo, Mich.. The dates and sites for the Boys Little League, Senior League and Big League Softball World Series will be determined at a later date, if enough teams are entered in tournament play.
Last year, 20 games of the Little League Baseball World Series were televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC, with eight regional U.S. finals televised on ESPN2. Additionally, three games of the Girls Little League Softball World Series, the final game of the Girls Big League Softball World Series, and the final game of the Junior League Baseball World Series were televised on ESPN2.
Little League Baseball is Little League is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with approximately 2.8 million baseball and softball players ages 5-18 in the U.S. and 104 other countries.