Dates and Sites for 2011 Little League World Series Tournaments Announced
The dates and sites for the eight Little League World Series tournaments in 2011 were approved today by the Little League International Board of Directors, it was announced by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.
The Little League International Board of Directors wrapped up two days of meetings this afternoon with the approval of the dates for the 2011 Little League World Series tournaments in both baseball and softball part of the agenda.
The sites for the eight championship tournaments remained the same for the 10th consecutive year.
The Big League Baseball World Series will kick off the month of championship tournaments to determine the top teams in the world in each division. Easley, S.C., will serve as the home for the Big League tournament for the 11th year as the oldest age division in baseball conducts its 44th championship July 27 to Aug. 3.
The four softball World Series tournaments then take center stage beginning with the Big League tournament in Kalamazoo, Mich., Aug. 4-10. The Senior League (Lower Sussex, Del.) plays its championship Aug. 7-13, and is followed by the Little League (Portland, Ore.) division on Aug. 11-17, and the Junior League (Kirkland, Wash.) will play its tournament Aug. 14-20.
Junior League (Taylor, Mich.) and Senior League (Bangor, Maine) Baseball tournaments will be contested on Aug. 14-20. The Little League Baseball World Series begins its 11-day run on Thursday, Aug. 18 in South Williamsport, Pa.
The Little League Baseball World Series is the only Series making any changes to its schedule adding one day to its schedule. Since 2001, when the World Series went to a 16-team format, the tournament has been conducted over a 10-day period beginning on a Friday and concluding on the Sunday prior to Labor Day with one off day that is used as a rain day. This year, the tournament will begin on Thursday instead of Friday.
“Each year we look at what we can do to improve the World Series and we felt adding a day would give us additional schedule flexibility,” Mr. Keener, who is in his 16th year as President of the Little League organization, said. “In previous years, the schedule included multiple days in which five games were scheduled. By adding a day, we will not have any days with five games and it will help to equalize the amount of time between games for the teams in the tournament.”
The annual showcase of the top 11- and 12-year-old teams in the world will play the U.S. and International championship games on Saturday, Aug. 27, with the title game scheduled for the following day. The Edogawa Minami Little League squad from Tokyo, Japan, broke the streak of five-straight U.S. championships with a 4-1 victory over the West representative, Waipio Little League from Waipahu, Hawaii, in the 2010 tournament.
The Little League International Board of Directors conducted its annual meeting on Friday at Little League International in South Williamsport, Pa. During the meeting, the Board approved the dates for all eight of the 2011 Little League World Series tournaments. This was the first meeting for new board members Camilla Serrano, third from left, and José Berrios, third from right, and Linda Sanfilippo, second from right, who are District Administrators who were elected this past March by their respective region’s constituents during the 25th Little League International Congress, convened in Lexington, Ky. Also pictured are Stephen D. Keener, left, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, Dr. Davie Jane Gilmore, second from left, Chairman-Elect of the Little League International Board of Directors and Dennis Lewin, far right, Chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors.
2011 Little League World Series Schedule
Big League Baseball (16-18-year-olds)
July 27 to Aug. 3 – Easley, S.C. (Easley Recreation Complex) – 11th season in Easley; 44th season overall
2010 Champion: District 1 (Puerto Rico)
Big League Softball (14-18-year-old girls)
Aug. 4 to Aug. 10 – Kalamazoo, Mich. (Vanderberg Park) - 18th season in Kalamazoo; 30th season overall
2010 Champion: Michigan District 9 (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Senior League Softball (13-16-year-old girls)
Aug. 7 to Aug. 13 – Lower Sussex, Del. (Pyle Center) – 11th season in Lower Sussex; 36th season overall
2010 Champion: Northside Suburban Little League (San Antonio, Texas)
Little League Softball (11-12-year-old girls)
Aug. 11 to Aug. 17 – Portland, Ore. (Alpenrose Stadium) - 18th season on Portland; 38th season overall
2010 Champion: Warner Robins American Little League (Warner Robins, Ga.)
Junior League Softball (13-14-year-old girls)
Aug. 14 to Aug. 20 – Kirkland, Wash. (Everest Park) – 13th season in Kirkland; 13th season overall
2010 Champion: ASOFEM Little League (Maunabo, Puerto Rico)
Junior League Baseball (13-14-year-olds)
Aug. 14 to Aug. 20 – Taylor, Mich. (Heritage Park) – 31st season in Taylor; 31st season overall
2010 Champion: Chung-Ching Junior Little League (Taipei City, Chinese Taipei)
Senior League Baseball (14-16-year-olds)
Aug. 14 to Aug. 20 – Bangor, Maine (Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium) – 10th season in Bangor; 51st season overall
2010 Champion: Aruba South Little League (San Nicolas, Aruba)
Little League Baseball (11-12-year-olds)
Aug. 18 to Aug. 28 – South Williamsport, Pa. (Lamade/Volunteer Stadiums) – 53rd season in South Williamsport; 65th season overall
2010 Champion: Edogawa Little League (Tokyo, Japan)