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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2013 > January-April > Dr. Noel Corrales of Guatemala Nominated to Represent Latin America Region on Little League International Board of Directors

Dr. Noel Corrales of Guatemala Nominated to Represent Latin America Region on Little League International Board of Directors

Dr. Noel Corrales of Guatemala Nominated to Represent Latin America Region on Little League International Board of Directors

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Little League’s Latin America Region has nominated one of its members for election to the Little League International Board of Directors, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball. The election took place recently in a vote of the region’s District Administrators.

Dr. Noel Corrales, of Guatemala City, Guatemala, will replace Jose Berrios, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, on the board when his term expires in November 2013. His nomination will be presented for approval at the Little League International Board of Directors spring meeting in April 2013.

Nine field directors, one from each of the Little League Baseball and Softball regions, hold seats on the board.

“Noel’s energy and passion for Little League is matched by his insight and expertise,” Mr. Keener said. “For children and families in Guatemala, the Little League experience under his guidance has been positive and prosperous. He has been a valuable asset during his time on the Little League International Advisory Committee, and we look forward to his contributions as a member of the board of directors.”

Dr. Corrales is currently the District Administrator in Guatemala where there are more than 400 children participating in the Little League program. Dr. Corrales, a former member of the Guatemalan National Basketball Team, has coordinated many Latin American Little League tournaments on several different levels along with serving as a team delegate for many Little League regional tournaments. He has been the President of Liga Juvenil de Guatemala since 2002. Last year, Juvenil de Guatemala Little League completed an impressive run through the 52nd Senior League Baseball World Series in Bangor, Maine, capturing the country’s first World Series championship.

At the district level, Dr. Corrales was elected in 2004, and is the acting President of the Guatemalan Baseball Federation. During his tenure, Dr. Corrales has attended six Regional and Little League International Congresses, and currently serves on Little League International’s Advisory Committee.

Professionally, Dr. Corrales, a vascular surgeon, has served as the President of Vascular Surgery and Phlebology Society of Guatemala, and has received accommodation as an International Award recipient from the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Corrales has two children, daughter, Maria Valeria 20; and son, José Ernesto, 18. For the past 12 years, José has played through the various divisions of Little League Baseball, and been a member of seven consecutive region tournament teams.

“Being from a Central American country that has a limited baseball tradition, just being considered for a position on the Little League International Board of Directors is a big honor for me and our modest baseball program,” Dr. Corrales said. “I look forward to the opportunity to work with the organization and people from around the world to better the capabilities of our children and our leagues.”

In 2012, there were 59,370 Little League (baseball and softball) players on 3,958 teams in the Latin America Region. Guatemala had 405 baseball players on 27 teams during the 2012 season.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with more than 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries. The Little League International Board of Directors, a volunteer board, is responsible for the management of the property and affairs of Little League.