Team Hosts a Key Component in the Experience of World Series Teams
One of the key components in the Little League experience enjoyed by the 16 teams who earn their way to the Little League Baseball World Series is the role played by the team hosts or “uncles” and “aunts.”
Each team is assigned two team hosts who take on various responsibilities, from arranging uniform fittings, to getting teams to practice sites, to helping with the coordination of the many media activities. These volunteers spend every day of the World Series with their assigned team from breakfast until well into the night, providing guidance and assistance to the players, coaches and managers.
Many of the team hosts become friends with those they assist during the Series maintaining communication for many years after returning home.
The result of the random draw for their team assignment was completed today as part of the Annual Little League Baseball World Series Luncheon. The pairings are listed below.
The 64th Little League Baseball World Series will be played Aug. 20-29.
2010 Little League Baseball World Series Team Host Assignments
(xx) – number of years as a host at World Series
- Northwest – Mick Cioffi (34), Denny Logan (8)
- Southwest - Willy Weber (4), Dick Reitz (27)
- Europe - Dennis Loner (12), Lynn Datres (10)
- Middle East and Africa - Scott Metzger (2), William Castle (22)
- Caribbean - Bruce Sechrist (7), Peter Lupacchino (18)
- West - Hess Wertz (12), Charles Snyder (12)
- Latin America - Gary Weaver (13), Frank Missigman (6)
- Canada - John Eastlake (12), Ron Wagner (10)
- Mexico - Doug Alexander (6), Carol Zysset (10)
- Asia-Pacific - Fred Plankenhorn (45), Paul Weaver (41)
- Mid-Atlantic - Marlin Cromley (12), Stan Helt, Sr. (6)
- Midwest - Ron Frick (8), Van Ransom (6)
- Great Lakes - Joe Girio (13), Lee Miller (10)
- Southeast - Larry Missigman (19), George Girio (23)
- Japan - Jim Kriner (8), Bob Massetti (24)
- New England - Edward Weinhoffer (25), Thomas Rachael (12)
- Utility Hosts - Paul Fullmer (35), Craig Weaver (12), Carol Weinhoffer (5), Mike Knight (5), Mike Lundy (2), Dan Ayers (10).
By drawing one of 16 baseballs, specially-labeled with the names of the regions to be represented in the 64th Little League Baseball World Series, the team hosts found out today at the annual Little League Baseball World Series Luncheon held at Little League International which teams they will be chaperoning during Aug. 20-29 World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Team “uncles” and “aunts” volunteering at the 2010 Little League Baseball World Series are: Mick Cioffi, Denny Logan, Willy Weber, Dick Reitz, Dennis Loner, Lynn Datres, Scott Metzger, William Castle, Bruce Sechrist, Peter Lupacchino, Hess Wertz, Charles Snyder, Gary Weaver, Frank Missigman, John Eastlake, Ron Wagner, Doug Alexander, Carol Zysset, Fred Plankenhorn, Paul Weaver, Marlin Cromley, Stan Helt, Sr., Ron Frick, Van Ransom, Joe Girio, Lee Miller, Larry Missigman, George Girio, Jim Kriner, Bob Massetti, Edward Weinhoffer, Thomas Rachael. The Utility Hosts are: Paul Fullmer, Craig Weaver, Carol Weinhoffer, Mike Knight, Mike Lundy, Dan Ayers.
Willy Weber shows the baseball he drew during the 2010 Little League Baseball World Series Luncheon held today at Little League International in South Williamsport, Pa. Mr. Weber and his partner, Dick Reitz, will be hosts for the team that wins the Little League Baseball Southwest Region championship and advances to the 64th World Series as the Southwest Region champion. Each of the 16 Region Champions will have two team hosts who will aid the teams in coordinating their schedules throughout the World Series. A total of 37 volunteers participate in the World Series as team “uncles” or “aunts.”