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Little League Baseball International Congress Agenda Announced Live Via Internet For First Time

On Tuesday, January 9, 2001, at the Little League Baseball International Headquarters building in Williamsport, Little League announced the agenda for the 2001 International Congress live on the Internet. It was the first time Little League has conducted a live web cast for any event other than the Little League Baseball World Series.

The webcast was provided by myteam.com, the Official Internet Service Provider of Little League Baseball. Several weeks of preparation by myteam.com went into making the event a success. Little League and myteam.com are already making plans to provide video web casts of other Little League events and announcements.

Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball, was on hand to welcome those logged in. Presenting the agenda was Joseph W. Losch, Vice President of Operations and Corporate Secretary for Little League Baseball.

"It's a powerful medium and a tool we hope to utilize more often," Mr.Keener said. "Although we understand there were a few people who had difficulty in logging in, overall it was a very positive experience. We certainly appreciate all the feedback we have been receiving. None of this would be possible without myteam.com, which has become an integral part of Little League's ability to communicate electronically at all levels of the organization, and has provided a safe, secure network for our participants"

The host was Ken Sawyer, a Williamsport-area radio personality since 1970 and radio voice of the Little League Baseball World Series for three decades. Mr. Sawyer can be heard on radio stations WRAK-AM, WRKK-AM, WMYL-FM and WKSB-FM, each week.

The International Congress is held once every three years. The agenda is developed in the years leading up to the Congress, at which delegates (volunteer District Administrators or their appointed surrogates) vote on the agenda items. This year, there are 19 items on the agenda, each of which will be addressed at the Congress, April 20-23, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Each item, if ratified by two-thirds of the delegates in attendance and approved by the International Board of Directors or the International Tournament Committee, becomes a change in the rule or regulations of Little League for a specific division or divisions.

More than 100 computers in 35 U.S. states, Canada, Argentina and Brazil were logged on to the web cast, which was limited to about 660 district administrators worldwide. Those who logged on were provided with a synopsis of each agenda item.

District Administrators and District Information Officers who were not able to log in can download a replay of the event at any time by accessing myteam.com. Local Little League presidents and League Information Officers will be able to access the event starting on Tuesday, January16, at myteam.com. 

Following the success of the web cast, myteam.com plans to web cast portions of the Congress activities in April.

For more information contact: 
Lance Van Auken, Director of Media Relations and Communications
Little League Baseball International Headquarters 
(570) 326-1921 
Media E-mail: media@littleleague.org
WEB Site: http://www.littleleague.org