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Spring Meeting of Little League International Board of Directors Results in New Directors, New Division of Play

Spring Meeting of Little League International Board of Directors Results in New Directors, New Division of Play

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Little League International Board of Directors and Senior Staff.

As a result of voting conducted online by volunteer District Administrators around the world, the Little League International Board of Directors on Saturday approved a measure to create a new division of Little League Baseball. The vote took place at the annual Spring Meeting, held at the Little League Western Region Headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif.

A complete list of the voting by District Administrators, and the action taken by the International Board of Directors and the International Tournament Committee on several other agenda items, is here: Round Table Voting Results.

Featuring a pitching distance of 50 feet and base paths of 70 feet, the new baseball division for players who are league-age 11-13 will be offered for the 2013 regular season. It will include postseason tournament opportunities, including a World Series.

The new baseball division will serve as a bridge between the current “Little League” size field (46-foot pitching distance, 60-foot base paths) and a standard baseball diamond with 60.5-foot pitching and 90-foot base paths.

It is the first new division of play in Little League since 1999, when Junior League Softball was added to the list of 12 current programs that are part of the Little League International Tournament. Little League Baseball and Softball games are played by more than 2.5 million boys and girls ages 4 to 18 in 80 countries.

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The Little League West Region staff hosted the International Board of Directors for its annual spring meeting. Pictured above (left to right) are: Dave Bonham, Assistant West Region Director; Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer; Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, Chairman-Elect; Dennis Lewin, Chairman of the Board; Dr. Creighton J. Hale, former President and Chief Executive Officer; and Jim Gerstenslager, West Region Director.

Little League International is now preparing rules and regulations for regular season and tournament play. More information on this new division, including the site for its first World Series in August 2013, will be released in coming months.

“We want to thank all of the volunteers in our leagues and districts who participated in the 50-70 Pilot Program over the past two seasons,” Patrick Wilson, Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development, said. “The input and opinions we received from them was invaluable in crafting the new division of play. We are pleased to be able to offer this new option to our local leagues around the world.”

The creation of the new division, and the ages that would be involved in it, was among several items on the agenda for a series of Round Table meetings held in recent months at various locations around the world. The agenda was provided to local leagues before the Round Tables, so volunteers could have input with their District Administrator on crafting the wording of the changes. Those District Administrators then voted online in April whether or not to send each individual measure to the International Board of Directors, or the Little League International Tournament Committee.

A total of 231 District Administrators voted for the measure to create the new division, or 67.54 percent of those casting votes. There were 111 District Administrators (32.46 percent) who voted against the measure.

In the case of a Rule or Regulation, a measure must receive at least 66.7 percent of the vote for it to be automatically acted upon by the International Board of Directors. That Board ratified the measure unanimously on Saturday in San Bernardino, as it did with all other measures receiving the minimum votes by District Administrators.

In the case of an International Tournament Rule, a measure requires at least 50 percent of the vote by District Administrators for it to be automatically considered by the International Tournament Committee.

“This is just one of the ways Little League gets its local volunteers involved in the decision-making process,” Mr. Wilson said. “Although our organization is very large, and Little League is played on six continents around the world by millions of children, we recognize the importance of receiving input from the local level.”

Also at that meeting, three new members of the International Board of Directors were formally elected: Darlene McLaughlin, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Linda North, of Peachtree City, Ga.; and Kristian Palvia, of Skovde, Sweden. Each was nominated by their peers in the Canada Region, Southeast Region, and the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, respectively, for a three-year term beginning this fall.

Stories regarding the nominations of Ms. McLaughlin, Ms. North, and Mr. Palvia, can be found at the links below.

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The Little League International Board of Directors and several Little League International staff members met this past weekend at the Little League Western Region Headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif. Those pictured above (left to right) are: Dan Kirby, Vice President of Risk Management; Joseph W. Losch, Corporate Secretary; Michael J. Serino, Board Member from Moscow, Pa.; Douglas MacKenzie, Board Member from Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada; Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer; Marty Hoy, Board Member, West Region Representative, and California District 25 Administrator from Torrance, Calif.; Dennis Lewin, Chairman of the Board from Wellington, Fla.; José M. Berrios, Board Member, Latin America Region Representative, and Puerto Rico District 4 from Bayamon, Puerto Rico; Tim Hughes, Board Member from Williamsport, Pa.; Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, Chairman-Elect from Williamsport, Pa.; Paul Flanagan, Board Member, Southeast Region Representative and West Virginia District 4 Administrator from Sophia, W.Va.; Dr. Darrell Burnett, Board Member from Laguna Niguel, Calif.; Dr. Creighton J. Hale, Board Member from Williamsport, Pa.; Giuseppe Guilizzoni, Board Member, Europe, Africa and Middle East Representative, and Italy District 1 Administrator from Navora, Italy; Camilla Serrano, Board Member, Southwest Region Representative and New Mexico District 5 Administrator from Albuquerque, N.M.; Hugh E. Tanner, Board Member from Houston, Texas; Linda Sanfilippo, Board Member, Central Region Representative and Illinois District 11 Administrator from Romeoville, Ill.; Liz DiLullo Brown, Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships; Sally John, Board Member from Charlotte, N.C.; Patrick W. Wilson, Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development; Lance Van Auken, Vice President of Communications; Melissa Singer, Vice President and Treasurer; David Houseknecht, Senior Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer; and Thomas Marshall, General Counsel.