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Florida Hosts Little League Urban Initiative Baseball and Softball Jamborees

Florida Hosts Little League Urban Initiative Baseball and Softball Jamborees

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Since the Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree concept transitioned from one national tournament to numerous state/regional tournaments in 2010, the initiative for boys and girls in urban neighborhoods has prospered. This year is no different with the addition of one jamboree and new venues.

The next jamborees will be a baseball and softball event held at the same complex. Both the Florida State Jamboree, for Major Division (9-12-year-olds) baseball players, and the Florida State Softball Jamboree, for Major Division (9-12-year-olds) softball players, will take place in Clearwater, Fla. on May 4-6.  It is the first time one venue has hosted both a baseball and softball Urban Initiative Jamboree at the same time.

The Little League Urban Initiative was established in 1999 to provide opportunities for communities in metropolitan areas to reap the benefits of having Little League in their neighborhoods.

“These events are beneficial to the leagues involved, because the jamborees better serve the Urban Initiative leagues on a state-wide basis. Each year the games give local league members, coaches and players a great opportunity to interact with leagues similar to theirs,” Demiko Ervin, Director of the Little League Urban Initiative, said.

The Little League Urban Initiative Florida State Jamboree will feature teams from nine leagues and more than 200 players (the participating leagues are listed at the end of the release). Games will be played on four fields at the Sid Lickton Complex in Clearwater.

Jamboree games on Friday (May 4) will begin at 6 p.m. with all 16 teams playing once on the first day. The following day the schedule begins at 9 a.m. with each team completing the round-robin portion of play in its pool with a pair of games. The semifinal games will be played at 11 a.m. on Sunday, with the championship game scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

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The Little League Urban Initiative Florida State Softball Jamboree will feature teams from five leagues and more than 60 players (the participating leagues are listed at the end of the release). Games will be played on two fields at the Sid Lickton Complex in Clearwater.

Jamboree games on Friday (May 4) will begin at 6 p.m. with all five teams playing at last once on the first day. The following day the schedule begins at 9 a.m. with each team completing the pool-play portion of the jamboree. The semifinal game will be played at 10 a.m. on Sunday, with the championship game scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

The eight jamborees this summer take the place of the annual Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree hosted by Little League International each Memorial Day weekend. During the six years (2004-09) the Jamboree was played at the Little League International complex in South Williamsport, Pa., teams from 66 different Urban Initiative leagues and more than 800 players participated.

In the last two years, 134 teams and more than 1,700 players have had the opportunity to participate in an Urban Initiative Jamboree.

The Little League Urban Initiative is now operating with more than 220 leagues in nearly 90 cities in the United States. The Urban Initiative also has participated in more than 30 field renovation/development projects, including its most recent project in Richmond, Va. The Urban Initiative has stimulated the participation of 4,000 teams and approximately 52,000 players since its inception.

For more information on Little League’s Urban Initiative, contact Mr. Ervin at: dervin@LittleLeague.org; or (570) 326-1921. More information on the Little League Urban Initiative is also available on the Little League web site, at: www.LittleLeague.org; or on Facebook, at: www.facebook.com/LittleLeagueUrbanInitiative.

Leagues Participating in the Little League Urban Initiative Florida State Jamboree

  • Bartow Little League (Bartow, Fla.)
  • Belmont Heights Little League (Tampa, Fla.) (2 teams)
  • La Belle Little League (La Belle, Fla.)
  • North Seminole Little League (Tampa, Fla.) (2 teams)
  • Northside Little League (Tampa, Fla.) (2 teams)
  • Northwest Little League (Tampa, Fla.)
  • Northwest Area Little League (Orlando, Fla.) (2 teams)
  • Progress Village Little League (Tampa, Fla.) (3 teams)
  • West Tampa Little League (Tampa, Fla.) (2 teams)

Leagues Participating in the Little League Urban Initiative Florida State Softball Jamboree

  • Bartow Little League (Bartow, Fla.)
  • North Seminole Little League (Tampa, Fla.)
  • Northside Little League (Tampa, Fla.)
  • Progress Village Little League (Tampa, Fla.)
  • West Tampa Little League (Tampa, Fla.)

2012 Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree Schedule

  • April 27-29 – Southern California Jamboree (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Major Division (9-12-year-olds) Baseball
  • May 4-6 – Florida State Jamboree (Clearwater, Fla.) – Major Division (9-12-year-olds) Baseball
  • May 4-6 – Florida State Softball Jamboree (Clearwater, Fla.) – Major Division (9-12-year-olds) Softball
  • May 18-20 – Texas State Jamboree (Houston, Texas) - Major Division (9-12-year-olds) Baseball
  • May 18-20 – Northern California Jamboree (Stockton, Calif.) - Major Division (9-12-year-olds) Softball
  • May 25-27 – Georgia State Jamboree (Marietta, Ga.) - Major Division (9-12-year-olds) Baseball
  • June 1-3 – Northwest Jamboree (Portland, Ore.) - Major Division (9-12-year-olds) Softball
  • June 22-24 – Illinois State Jamboree (Chicago, Ill.) - Major Division (9-12-year-olds) Baseball