Basics of Youth Baseball Video Created for China
Highlights of the video can be found on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/DugoutTheMascot
“Basics of Youth Baseball – Presented by Little League International” is a 55-minute introduction to the sport. The entire film is voiced over in Chinese, with titles also in Chinese. It is aimed primarily at Chinese-speaking coaches who might not otherwise have very much knowledge of baseball.
Little League has had local Little Leagues in China for nearly 20 years, and currently has eight leagues in the country. The free video, produced by Little League International’s in-house film production facility, is available on DVD from:
Little League Asia-Pacific Regional Headquarters
c/o Hong Kong Little League
Room 1005, Spring House
1 Stadium Path – Causeway Bay
“With the Beijing Olympics approaching, and with more interest in youth baseball in China, it is important to introduce the essentials of the game,” Patrick Wilson, Little League International Vice President of Operations, said. “This video presents an otherwise complicated game in an easy-to-follow way.”
Even though the voiceover and titles on the video are in Chinese, the film itself was shot at Little League’s European Leadership Training Center in Kutno, Poland. A Polish version of the film was been distributed throughout that country in 2006.
The costs for producing the Polish version were underwritten by the Copernicus Society of America. The film, available only in PAL format, was shot over three days in Kutno.
“We are grateful to the Copernicus Society of America for making this possible,” Mr. Wilson said. “As always, it is Little League’s goal to provide the program to as many children as possible. The Polish version of the film has been well received there, and we hope the Chinese version will be even more popular.”