Little League International Congress in 2014 will be held in Minneapolis
(Please note, the story below reflects a change to the orginally published date of the 2014 Little League International Congress)
The 26th Little League International Congress, which will be part of the youth baseball organization’s year-long 75th Anniversary celebration, will be held April 4-7, 2014, in Minneapolis, Minn., Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, announced.
The primary purpose of the International Congress is to give Little League volunteers a voice in proposing, amending and adopting rules and regulations.
“The Little League International Congress provides a democratic process for hundreds of thousands of our dedicated volunteers from around the world to have input in the operation of the Little League program,” Mr. Keener said. “Since the first Congress in 1956, this event has provided us with an excellent opportunity to meet and listen to the volunteers, who are so vital to the success of Little League.”
In the time leading up to the Congress, Little League volunteers from dozens of nations submit their ideas for rules and regulations changes, and an agenda is prepared. Attending delegates, who are elected by their constituent leagues to provide support and represent their interests, meet in round table discussions, making any necessary changes in the proposed amendments. On the final day of the Congress the delegates vote, with two-thirds of the delegates needed for passage. Those amendments receiving the necessary vote are then presented to the Little League International Board of Directors for final approval.
Nearly 1,400 people representing every U.S. state and dozens of countries around the globe attended the 2010 Little League International Congress in Lexington, Ky. More than one-third of those attending were Little League district administrators who serve as liaisons between the local leagues and Little League International.
The four-day International Congress in Minneapolis is the first in a new four-year rotation of the event. The Congress began in 1956 and was held every year through 1961. The 1963 International Congress in New York, N.Y., was the first to be held in a two-year cycle. Since 1978, except for the 1989 Congress, the event for Little League volunteers was held in a three-year rotation.
With the move of the International Congress to a four-year rotation, this spring Little League is holding the first Regional Round Table events to bridge the gap. The Regional Round Tables will be held in the year between the International Congress in each U.S. Little League region. Like Congress, the Round Tables provide Little League volunteers a voice in the rules and regulations process as well as the operation of the organization.
“To have such a prestigious international event like the Little League International Congress choose Minneapolis as their 2014 destination, in their 75th year of existence no less, is a tremendous honor,” said Melvin Tennant, President and Chief Executive Officer of Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association. “We look forward to making this their most memorable event yet.”
The Congress in Minneapolis will be the first in Minnesota. Dr. Jerry Sandler, Minnesota District 1 Administrator, will serve as the Congress Chairman.
“The 2014 Congress is an anniversary event and we are honored and humbled to have it in Minneapolis,” Dr. Sandler said. “During my 12 years as a District Administrator, I have worked hard to make Little League prominent in the community. Hosting the Congress will help to solidify Little League’s presence in the community and throughout the state. I expect all of our leagues to step up to make it the best Congress ever.
The Little League International Congress will be held in the state of Minnesota for the first time in 2014 where the Little League volunteers in attendance will be able to enjoy the Minneapolis skyline. (all photos courtesy of Meet Minneapolis)
“We plan to showcase Minneapolis and welcome the world,” Dr. Sandler, who attended his first Little League International Congress in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in 2001, said. “Hosting a Congress is a big task, and expectations are high, but Minnesota’s Little League volunteers are up to the challenge. I am anxious and excited to get started …. We’re going to put on a great event.”
The Hilton Minneapolis will serve as the main hotel for Congress. Hilton HHonors is the official hotel partner of Little League Baseball and Softball and is pleased to host Little League volunteers from around the world.
Another function of the International Congress is providing training seminars and informational sessions for the delegates in attendance. Little League provides transportation to and from the Congress for all U.S. delegates, as well as half of each delegate’s room rate and a per diem. Delegates attending from outside the United States make their own travel arrangements and are responsible for all travel-related expenses. They do receive a travel reimbursement stipend in addition to an expense reimbursement stipend.
Another item on the agenda at each Congress is the nomination for election of field representatives to the International Board of Directors. Delegates from three of the Little League regions vote on their respective nominee. Once elected, the three field representatives serve a three-year term.
More information on the Little League International Congress in Minneapolis will be available in the coming months on the Little League website.
Little League International Congress Sites
- 1956 - Morrison Hotel, Chicago, Ill.
- 1957 - Morrison Hotel, Chicago, Ill.
- 1958 - Morrison Hotel, Chicago, Ill.
- 1959 - Four Regional Meetings
- 1960 - Morrison Hotel, Chicago, Ill.
- 1961 - Statler Hilton, Los Angeles, Calif.
- 1963 - Waldorf Astoria, New York, N.Y.
- 1965 - Hilton, Washington, D.C.
- 1967 - Shamrock Hilton, Houston, Texas
- 1969 - Sheraton-Cadillac, Detroit, Mich.
- 1971 - Portland Hilton, Portland, Ore.
- 1973 - Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Fla.
- 1975 - Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago, Ill.
- 1978 - Sheraton Harbor Island, San Diego, Calif.
- 1981 - Charlotte Civic Center, Charlotte, N.C.
- 1984 - Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Fla.
- 1987 - Anaheim Hilton & Towers, Anaheim, Calif.
- 1989 - Various Facilities, Williamsport, Pa.
- 1992 - Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Mass.
- 1995 - Reno Hilton, Reno, Nev.
- 1998 - Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas
- 2001 - Ottawa Congress Center, Ottawa, Ontario
- 2004 - Pavilion Convention Center, Virginia Beach, Va.
- 2007 - Hilton Americas, Houston, Texas
- 2010 - Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, Ky.