Schedule Set For the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series
As Little League® celebrates its 75th Anniversary, it is now known how the final celebration, the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, will begin. On Wednesday, June 11, at Little League Headquarter, Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO, announced the pairings and schedule of this year’s Little League Baseball World Series, taking place Aug. 14-24 at Howard J. Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums.
And, for the second year in a row, one of those teams has already won their way to the World Series. Perth Metro Northern Little League will represent the Australia Region, winning their championship game on Sunday, June 8 (click here for the official release). Seven other teams from around the world and eight teams from the United States will compete for a chance to represent their region over the next eight weeks. Learn more about the Region Tournament dates and locations.
“This year’s Little League Baseball World Series is really the exclamation point on the end of a year of celebrations for our 75th Anniversary” said Mr. Keener. “We are looking forward to not only the Little League Baseball World Series, but all nine of our World Series events, with some of the best youth baseball and softball competition in the world.”
The Little League International Tournament is the premier baseball and softball tournament in all of youth sports. Boys and girls from ages 11 to 18 will compete for championship banners in nine divisions: Little League Baseball (11-12-year-olds), Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball (11-13-year-olds), Junior League Baseball (12-14-year-olds), Senior League Baseball (13-16-year-olds), Little League Softball® (11-12-year-old girls), Junior League Softball (12-14-year-old girls), Senior League Softball (13-16-year-old girls), and Big League Softball (14-18-year-old girls). The Little League World Series schedule kicks off with the Big League Baseball World Series in Easley, S.C. on July 23 and ends with the Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game in South Williamsport, Pa., on August 24.
Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO, addresses the attendees at the 2014 Little League World Series Luncheon.
The 68th Little League Baseball World Series will follow the same modified format from the past three years. Four teams will be eliminated from advancing in the tournament by virtue of losing their first two games. Those four teams, two on each side of the bracket, will play “crossover” games – U.S. team vs. International team. This is the only time in the tournament, except the World Championship and consolation games, U.S and International teams oppose each other. All teams will play at least three games at the World Series, and all 32 games will be televised by the ESPN family of networks or ABC.
ESPN will also televise the Little League Baseball World Series “Webgems” show at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, followed by a pre-game show. The Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game is scheduled to start following these programs at 3 p.m. on ABC.
In addition to the 32 Little League Baseball World Series games, 85 Little League games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ESPNU and WATCH ESPN, including all the championship games from the eight other Little League Baseball and Little League Softball World Series. The Longhorn Network will also televise 13 games from the Little League Baseball Southwest Region Championship, and NESN will broadcast six games from the Little League Baseball New England Region Championship. With 141 games airing, it is the most International Tournament competitions ever broadcast in the history of Little League. All coverage is subject to change. Learn more about the schedules of all the Little League Baseball and Softball World Series.
The 2014 Little League Baseball World Series Challenger Exhibition Game, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, will air live on Northeastern Pennsylvania’s and the Central Susquehanna Valley’s PBS Station, WVIA, thanks to the generous support of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.
“Our World Series tournaments are a wonderful example of the sportsmanship and competition that occurs on thousands of Little League fields every spring and summer,” said Mr. Keener. “We are excited that our fans from around the world will be able to see more Little League International Tournament games than ever thanks to our broadcast partnership with ESPN.”
The Little League Baseball World Series Luncheon included the pairing of team hosts with their Region Champions for this year’s World Series (click here for the official release). Little League also announced the creation of the Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award (click here for the official release).