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aussie-umps152Attendees from Australia Highlight Reach of Little League® Umpire School

Seven of the Little League’s nine regions were represented during this year’s umpire school at Little League® International, including volunteers from the Virgin Islands, Canada, and Australia. Proud to call themselves “ambassadors from down under,” Australians Geordie McRae and Matt Wagner traveled the furthest, but their desire to learn and return home with game-speed experience was shared by everyone in this year’s class.
dont152Don’t Let This Happen: Two People Give Face to the Worst in Youth Sports

The recent cellphone video of two men brawling during a youth baseball game has gone viral.
redsox152Massachusetts Little League Partners with Boston Red Sox Foundation

walker152Newark, Ohio Volunteer Shannon Walker Elected to Little League® International Board of Directors

Gonzalez152Cayey, Puerto Rico Volunteer Antonio Gonzalez Elected to Little League® International Board of Directors

ncll152It Takes Volunteers to Support an Organization as Important as Little League®

I have been an active volunteer with North Central Little League in Milwaukee, Wis., since my two boys were old enough to play tee ball in 2005. I was their coach for the next 11 years. I thought it would be the most rewarding thing I could do for my baseball-loving boys.
LLMatters152Why Little League® Matters

In a time when competition for our children’s time is intense – school-related activities, a rich variety of sports options, and even a variety of choices for youth baseball and softball – it’s fair to ask why Little League matters in today’s world. The answer speaks less to how children find ways to exercise, and more to the challenges that will face them as they grow up in an increasingly complex world.
volweek152Being a Little League Volunteer: In Their Own Words

Since the first Little League® game was played in 1939, millions of adults have embraced the ideals and values of Little League by welcoming the program into their communities, enrolling their children to play, and volunteering in support of their efforts on and off the field.
mlb152Former Little Leaguers in Major League Baseball Share Advice and Memories

With Baseball leagues from little to big starting up around the country, we caught up with several former Little Leaguers who are now in the Majors.
parents-smiles152Parents Help Provide the Smiles, Support, and Spirit

Kids should play Little League® for three reasons. Ranked in level of importance, they are 1) To have fun, 2) To make friends, 3) To play baseball or softball. The Little League experience is so much more than what happens on the field, and parents play an incredibly important role in making sure their Little Leaguer® and his or her fellow teammates enjoy themselves as much as possible.
bleachers150Don’t Be a Bleacher Coach

Go to any youth game, no matter the sport, and it’s all but guaranteed to see parents trying to coach their child from the stands. Some are more subtle with the way they try to get their kid’s attention; maybe with a short whistle or a quick hand wave.
parent-confessions150My Facebook Posts Almost Ruined the Season

It started with a slight dig toward the manager. After a win where my son played the minimum requirement, I posted on my Facebook page: Nice victory! Hats off to the regular players! Go team! The post included a photo of the scoreboard, which read Sharks 12 – Stripes 6. Within a minute of the post, my wife texted me: Stop!
garretson152NBA Referee, Little League® Baseball World Series Coach Darell Garretson Elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

Little League® International honors and congratulates National Basketball Association (NBA) luminary and Little League coach Darell Garretson, and his family, on his posthumous induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
dont152Don’t Let This Happen: Opening Day Disaster

At Little League® International in Williamsport, Pa., and at our Regional Offices, calls and emails come in all year long about situations that are happening at one of our 7,000 local leagues. Many of these calls and emails inform us of some very positive initiatives spearheaded by our millions of volunteers. However, there are also negative situations.
garagiola152Little League® International Mourns the Passing of Joe Garagiola

Little League® International remembers former Major Leaguer, television personality, and friend of the organization, Joe Garagiola. He was 90.
152Photo Gallery: Celebrating Local Little League Opening Days in 2016

No matter where you are, Little League® Opening Day is a renewal and celebration of special memories past, and unique moments yet to come. Throughout more than 80 countries, in communities large and small, communities come together to celebrate the start of Little League season.
umpires152Umpires Selected for Nine Little League® World Series Tournaments in 2016

Little League® Baseball and Softball has announced the selection of 113 volunteer umpires for the nine Little League World Series tournaments in 2016. The events begin with the Big League Baseball World Series in Easley, S.C., on July 26 and concludes with the Little League Baseball® World Series championship game in Williamsport, Pa. on Aug. 28.
sm152Santa Monica Little League Welcomes Players, Families to Annual Fun Day

fcfcp100-152First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania celebrates heritage and chance for VIP experience

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) will host its third in a series of twelve monthly “Centennial Surprise” gifts to the community on Saturday, March 19, 2016. FCFP is offering a free day to “celebrate your heritage” at local museums and historical societies.
springers152Little League® Family Legacy: Astros George Springer and His Sisters Nicole and Lena Follow Parents Path to Success on the Diamond

George Springer III is a standout young talent who has people buzzing in Houston and beyond, after he helped the Astros advance to the 2015 MLB Playoffs for the first time in 10 years. But he might not even be the most accomplished Springer in the sport.
victor-fitzgerald152Little League® International Remembers Canada’s New Brunswick District 1 Administrator Victor Fitzgerald

Little League® International mourns the passing of Victor Fitzgerald, District 1 Administrator from New Brunswick, Canada. He was 70.
parents-traits152Parents Can Help Build a Coach-Player Relationship

There is a special bond between player and coach, a bond that can last a lifetime. Even those players who have made it all the way up to the Major League Baseball or collegiate level will often reminisce about not only the friends they played Little League® with, but their coaches as well.
bb-australia152Baseball Australia Expands Little League® Offerings with Expansion of Junior League Baseball Division

field1526 Scenarios to Consider Before Signing a Local Sponsorship Agreement

ASAPLogo-152pxASAP Plans Can Now Be Submitted Online

The Little League® Safety Program has gone digital. For the first time since the creation Little League Baseball and Softball’s A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP), local leagues and districts will be able to submit their plans online and have them reviewed electronically.
brookville152The American Honda Motor Co., Grant Program Provides Lifeboat to Brookville Little League

When the storm clouds roll in on game day, local league officials and managers begin to worry. A rain delay impacts the games to follow, and postponed contests produce make up scheduling headaches. Most leagues can handle some rain, but when your parking lot is on higher ground than where you play, the water run-off has no place to settle but the field. That was the case with Brookville Little League in Pennsylvania when just a 20-minute shower could shut everything down.
CCLThe 2016 Little League® Awards Program Nominations Now Open

If the heartbeat of Little League® is its nearly 2.4 million players worldwide, then the backbone is the 1 million volunteers who support them. To honor all who choose to be a part our program, Little League International invites each of its leagues to consider recognizing their own by submitting nominees for the annual awards program.
museum-152World of Little League® Museum Named Top Family Attraction in Pennsylvania

In its list of each U.S. state’s top sites for families, the World of Little League® Museum is listed among the most well-known sites in the country.
opening-day152Let’s See What Your League’s Opening Day Looks Like

Celebrate your Little League’s Opening Day, and let everyone share in the excitement.
nielsen152A Discussion with Little Leaguer® and Pitch, Hit and Run National Finalist Josh Nielsen

yourvoice152Your Voice: Little League® Tryouts, Late Registrations, and the Draft

For parents, grandparents, and guardians of Little Leaguers®, The Parent Connection is your newsletter and we encourage everyone to let us know what’s on your minds. Your Voice is a way for readers to share questions with us, and an opportunity for Little League® to provide some important information and guidance. We are excited about our continued conversations, and, as always, we invite you to share your thoughts, suggestions, and questions.
confession152Parent Confessions: I Sat In My Car Instead of the Dugout

Last year was my son’s first time playing baseball. I knew very little about the sport. One of his friends played Little League® the previous year, told my son it was fun, and the next thing I knew I was handing in a copy of his birth certificate, and some proof of residency. He was signed up.
CCL2016 Little League® Rulebooks Now Available in Print and as eBooks

The 2016 Little League Baseball®, Little League Softball®, and Little League Challenger Division® Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies are now available for purchase in hardcopy or as an electronic book, and there are some new things to look out for this year.
easton-152Little League® Extends Exclusive Partnership with EASTON® Through 2022

Easton Baseball/Softball, a leading manufacturer of baseball and softball equipment, and Little League® announced today an expanded exclusive partnership through the 2022 season.
sbaward152Little League® International Establishes New Little League Softball® Volunteer of the Year Award

mendoza-finch152Little League® Q&A with Softball Stars Jessica Mendoza and Jennie Finch

In the softball world, Jennie Finch and Jessica Mendoza are about as big-time as they come. The pitcher and outfielder starred for Team USA in the mid-2000s, and both own a gold and a silver medal from the 2004 and ’08 Olympic Games, respectively. Since then, they’ve taken their skills into the broadcast booth for ESPN, covering baseball and softball. The pair reunited to talk sports with Little League.
russell152Little League® and Russell Athletic® Announce 5-Year Partnership Extension

Little League® and Russell Athletic® announced today a 5-year partnership extension to remain the official uniform provider to the Little League World Series, supplying all on-field apparel and licensed souvenirs. The contract runs through 2020 and is applicable for all nine Little League Baseball and Softball World Series Tournament events.
taxes152Don’t Let This Happen: Loss of Federal Tax Exempt Status

At Little League® International in Williamsport, Pa., and at our Regional Offices, calls and emails come in all year long about situations that are happening at one of our 7,000 local leagues. Many of these calls and emails inform us of some very positive initiatives spearheaded by our millions of volunteers. However, there are also negative situations.
helmets152Update! The latest information on Concussions, Child Abuse Reporting, and State Background Checks

Twice a year, in January and June, Little League® provides updates to the state statutes affecting player safety throughout the program.
travis-young152Warren, Ark., Volunteer, Travis Young, Sr., Elected as Southwestern Region Representative to the Little League® International Board of Directors

At the 2016 Little League® Southwest Regional Roundtable in San Antonio, Texas, Travis Young, Sr., Arkansas District 3 Administrator, was nominated for election to the Little League International Board of Directors.
league-age152How to Check a Little Leaguer’s League Age

Children from four years old to 18 can be Little Leaguers®. With several age-specific divisions, there are fun, competitive baseball and softball opportunities for boys and girls around the world.
brown152Liz DiLullo Brown Promoted to Little League® Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Little League® Baseball and Softball announced today the promotion of Liz DiLullo Brown from Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships to Vice President of Marketing and Communications.
velte152Little League® Baseball and Softball Promotes Dan Velte to Senior Director of League Development and Regional Operations

Little League® Baseball and Softball announced today the promotion of Dan Velte from Director of League Development and Affiliation to Senior Director of League Development and Regional Operations.
new-sb-coach152Basic Steps When Preparing to Coach for the First Time

The decision to coach is a big one, but also a rewarding one. As a coach, you are responsible for much more than simply supervising your players, teaching the game, and striving to win. You are responsible for providing a fun, physically and emotionally safe environment that develops your Little Leaguers® as players and as people.
mattingly152Mattingly Charities Step Up to the Plate for Indiana Challenger Program

Each year, Highland Baseball Club Little League Challenger Division relied on the $2,000 grant it received from the city for operational support. The Evansville, Ind., league used the money to help sustain operations, providing its Challenger players a chance to enjoy the game they love. However, the program was dealt a blow when the grant was cut, but it wasn't strike three, they're out! The local news media reported on the cut, and that caught the attention of Lori Mattingly, and her six-time Major League Baseball All-Star husband, Don.
garcia152Little League® International Remembers California District 18 Assistant District Administrator Jaime Garcia

boundaries152Local League Boundaries – What Parents Need to Know

Since its inception, a primary focus of Little League® has been to provide a healthy activity for kids to enjoy alongside their friends. It was clear back in 1939 that parents preferred that family-and-friend style of activity, where those within the community could gather and interact with each other while watching their children have fun. That close-knit preference has not diminished in over seven decades.
registration1525 Things to Get You Ready for Little League® Registration

To enjoy all of the fun and excitement of being a Little Leaguer® and a Little League® parent, all you have to do is sign up. Here are five things to get you ready for Little League Registration.
nyr152Little Leaguer® New Year’s Resolutions

In the December issue of The Parent Connection, Little League® asked for parents to share their sons and daughters’ Little League resolutions. Here are our favorite resolutions.
nbhof-thumb21 Little Leaguers® in the Baseball Hall of Fame

With the recent addition of Phoenixville (Pa.) Little League’s Mike Piazza to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, there are now 21 former Little Leaguers to achieve the game’s highest honor.