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lynn152St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher, Little League® Alum Lance Lynn Joins Little Leaguers® for Appearance on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown

CCLLittle League® International Mourns the Passing of Kentucky Assistant District 3 Administrator Jimmy Coomer

AprilTPC152Exclusive Interview with New MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred, and more! The Parent Connection: April!

The April edition of The Parent Connection hit in-boxes on April 14. Check out all the great stories, including an interview with Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, the 2015 Concession Stand Contest, making Little League more fun for parents and players, and more!
UILogo_152pxLittle League® Urban Initiative Jamborees Bring the Tournament Experience to Local Communities

Every Little Leaguer deserves to have a tournament experience. And this year, Little League Urban Initiative Jamborees will provide the opportunity for more than 1,000 boys and girls to compete, make new friends, and forge lifelong memories at weekend-long events in eight cities across the United States.
LLBLicenseLogo_152pxLittle League® Leads the Way in the New Pitch Smart Compliance Program

The established pitch count regulations of Little League Baseball® receive Full Compliance designation from Major League Baseball and USA Baseball
Challenger Division LogoLittle League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game at the 2015 Little League Baseball® World Series to Feature teams from State College, Pa., and Sugar Land, Texas

Each year, during the Little League Baseball® World Series, two Little League Challenger Division® teams are showcased in an exhibition game. This year, State College (Pa.) Little League and First Colony Little League from Sugar Land, Texas will be representing more than 30,000 Challenger players and more than 900 leagues worldwide.
selke152Little League® International Remembers Coles Little League Volunteers Yvonne and Emily Selke

Connaughton152Exclusive Interview - Notre Dame’s Captain, Pat Connaughton: From Little League® to the Major Leagues to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

A graduate of Arlington (Mass.) Little League, Pat Connaughton has been “captain clutch” leading his team to one of the best seasons in school history. And the senior guard knows that no matter what happens during the NCAA tournament, his playing days aren’t over. A pitching prospect in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization, Connaughton is a rising star on the mound and pulled double-duty with the Fighting Irish, playing both basketball and baseball. He spoke with Little League® about his Little League days growing up outside of Boston, the benefits of being a multi-sport athlete, and how he stays so cool under the bright lights of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Pitch In For Baseball LogoPitch In For Baseball® helps spread the passion of baseball from Philadelphia to Little Leaguers® in the Philippines

Global youth baseball and softball not-for-profit donates nearly $55,000 in equipment and uniforms to help expand Little League programs in the Philippines
wagner152Little League International Remembers Former Vermont District 1 Administrator and International Board Member Frank Wagner

GameChanger152Little League® Names GameChanger Approved Provider of Digital Scorekeeping And Live Game Updates for a Third Season

GameChanger to Provide Little League® Teams with Live Scores, Stats, Pitch-by-Pitch Game Updates, Recap Stories and Game Alerts via App and Website. Little League® International Tournament Season Scorekeepers to Use GameChanger Live Scoring to Record all the Action.
carl-johnson152Little League® International Remembers Cannon Street YMCA Little Leaguer Carl Johnson

Little League® International mourns the passing of Carl Johnson, a member of the 1955 Cannon Street YMCA Little League all-stars from Charleston, S.C. He was 72.
BelisleFamily152Little League® Remembers Little League Mom Nancy Belisle

Little League® International mourns the passing of Nancy Belisle, wife of Dave Belisle, manager of the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series New England Region Champion, Cumberland American Little League. She was 50.
CCLLittle League® International Finds Jackie Robinson West Little League Violated Rules and Regulations

CCLLittle League® Mourns the Passing of Georgia District 8 Administrator Bernard Ashley

CCLLittle League® Mourns the Passing of Former Far East Region Director Mamoru Itoh

Manfred152Little League® International Congratulates New Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred

Little League® International congratulates Rob Manfred on assuming his new role of Baseball Commissioner. Mr. Manfred, the first Little League graduate to hold the position, succeeds Allan H. (Bud) Selig, who retired after 22 seasons as Commissioner.
PIFBWrigley152Wrigley Little League Receives $10,000 Equipment Donation Through Little League® Big Legacy Project

Pitch In For Baseball, a not-for-profit that collects and redistributes new and gently-used youth baseball/softball equipment to communities in need all across the world, in partnership with the Little League® Big Legacy Project and American Honda Motor Corp. is donating $10,000 worth of baseball and softball equipment to Wrigley Little League of Los Angeles.
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greg-handley152Little League® International Mourns the Passing of Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series Umpire Greg Handley

Little League® International mourns the passing of Oregon District 2 staff member and 2014 Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series umpire Greg Handley. He was 51.
randy-johnson152Little League® Grad Randy Johnson Tops 2015 Hall of Fame Class

From his playing days in Northern California’s Livermore National Little League through a 22-year Major League career, the baseball journey enjoyed by Randy Johnson has seen him crisscross the United States and land in Cooperstown, N.Y., with his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
ABCA 2015 152American Baseball Coaches Association Honors Grand Junction, Colo. Little League Challenger Division® and Little League® Graduate, Baseball Commissioner-Elect, Rob Manfred

MoneTeam152Taney Little League's Mo'ne Davis named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year

2014PhotoContest1522014 Little League® Baseball and Softball Photo Contest - Update: Winners Announced!

Share your 2014 Little League® Photos! To enter the 2014 Photo Contest follow these three simple steps. All entries are due by November 30, 2014.
ws13-lamade-152Enter the 2015 Little League Baseball® World Series Ticket Lottery to Watch the Championship Game Live in South Williamsport, Pa.

The Little League Baseball® World Series (LLBWS) Ticket Lottery provides Little League® fans with an opportunity to receive tickets to the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game on Sunday, August 30 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa.
mussina152Little League® Grad and International Board Member Mike Mussina Honored with NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award

Cash152Kevin Cash, 1989 Little League Baseball® World Series Alum, Named Managers of the Tampa Bay Rays

MoneDavisWhiteHouse152Taney Little League's Mo'ne Davis Attends the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree with President Obama and the First Family

OriginalField152Original Field, “The Birthplace of Little League Baseball®” Recognized With Listing in the National Register of Historic Places

Since the second season of Little League® opened on June 3, 1940, Carl E. Stotz Field has affectionately been known to Williamsporters as Original Field. It is a place of joy and civic pride for the townspeople, a shrine to youth baseball for rest of the world, and recently it received the distinction of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
UILogo_152pxHelp the Little League® Urban Initiative Win $50,000!

The Little League® Urban Initiative has a chance to win a $50,000 donation from Honda, and all you have to do is watch this video to help! Honda, the Official Vehicle of Little League Baseball and Softball, has been a generous supporter of the Little League Urban Initiative over the years. This year, through their Happy Honda Days, the Urban Initiative has been selected as one of their charities to receive a $25,000 donation, and whichever organization’s video receives the most views will receive an additional $25,000!
KiaRiley152Kia Riley Named New Assistant Director of the Little League® Western Regional Headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif.

Stephen D. Keener, Little League® President and CEO, announced today the addition of Kia Riley as Assistant Director for the Little League Western Regional Headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif.
MoneDavisSIKidsCover152Taney Little League's Mo'ne Davis named SI Kids' 2014 Sportskid of the Year

dick-miller152Little League® International Mourns the Passing of Dick Miller, Former Maryland District 4 Administrator and Little League International Board Member

Richard “Dick” Miller, former Maryland District 4 Administrator and past Eastern Region Field Director on the Little League® International Board of Directors, passed away on November 24. He was 82.
MusialAwards152The Sportsmanship of Little Leaguers® Honored At the 2014 Musial Awards

Stan “The Man” Musial was a long-time friend of Little League®, and at the 2014 Musial Awards in St. Louis, Mo., the sportsmanship of Little League graduates, players, and coaches was front and center.
PitchSmart152Little League® Congratulates Major League Baseball and USA Baseball on the Launch of the Pitch Smart Program

For 75 years, Little League® has strived to provide children with healthy and safe baseball and softball opportunities. Little League would like to congratulate Major League Baseball and USA Baseball for the launch of their new Pitch Smart campaign, as we continue to work together to make baseball a safe, fun sport for all children
CCLLittle League® International Board of Directors Welcomes Three New Members and Approves 2015 World Series Tournament Dates

At the annual fall meeting of the Little League® International Board of Directors, three new Field Representatives joined the 25-member volunteer Board. Tony Richardson (Neptune, N.J.; New Jersey District 11 Administrator), Bob Toigo (Sammamish, Wash.; Washington District 9 Administrator), and Jolly Gomez (Manila, Philippines; Philippines District 1 Administrator), assumed their seats on Friday, November 14, at the meeting in South Williamsport, Pa., where the Board also approved the 2015 dates for the nine Little League World Series events.
Belisle152Coach David Belisle Nominated As 2014 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year

Cumberland National Little League from Cumberland, Rhode Island, has been to the Little League Baseball® World Series twice in the past four years. Both of those teams have been led by manager David Belisle, whose inspirational post-game speeches at the 2014 Little League Baseball World Series have gone viral and prompted a nomination as the 2014 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.
Schoop152Little League® Grads Look To Make History at the 2014 Major League Baseball World Series

Each year, Little Leaguers® around the world dream of playing Major League Baseball and winning a World Series. Many of the players on the rosters of the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants got their starts on Little League fields, and one of those teams will be claim the Commissioner’s Trophy.
jeter152Little League® Honors One of its Finest Graduates -- Derek Jeter

You can talk about the records that Derek Jeter holds. You can talk about his championships and the success of the teams he’s been a part of. You can talk about his textbook inside-out swing and his spectacular jump-throws to first. And while all those have contributed to Derek Jeter’s success and popularity, the continual youthful enthusiasm for the game of baseball may be his most impressive trait – a trait that has followed him from Westwood Little League in Kalamazoo, Mich., all the way to the New York Yankees. When Mr. Jeter announced his retirement on February 12, 2014, the sports world started paying homage to perhaps the most iconic baseball player of his generation.
Mikelsen152Little League® International Pays its Respects to Long-Time District Administrator Art Mikelsen

Art Mikelsen, the first Little League® volunteer to serve more than 50 years as a District Administrator, passed away on August 30. He was 90.
llbws152Asia-Pacific wins Little League Baseball® World Series

Dong Wan Sin went 2-3 and hit a home run, helping Asia-Pacific to an 8-4 victory on Sunday at Lamade. He singled in the third inning and homered in the fifth inning. Hae Chan Choi got the win in relief for Asia-Pacific. Choi pitched four innings and allowed three runs.
75th 152Little League® and its National Partners, Honda and Easton, to Provide Support for Pitch In For Baseball in Honor of the Little League Big Legacy Project

In recognition of Little League’s 75th Anniversary, baseball and softball equipment will be provided to eight local Little League programs thanks to the Big Legacy Project donations
slbbwsSouthwest wins Senior League Baseball World Series, defeats Latin America 7-4 in Championship

Southwest beat Latin America 7-4 in seven innings on Saturday at Bangor, Maine behind John Doxakis, who went 2-4. He doubled in the first inning and singled in the second inning. Joe Gobillot got the win for Southwest. He allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings. Gobillot struck out six, walked four and gave up four hits.
jlbbwsAsia-Pacific wins Junior League Baseball World Series, defeats Southwest 9-1 in Championship

Asia-Pacific beat Southwest on Saturday 9-1 at Taylor, MI in seven innings. Asia-Pacific scored three runs in the seventh on Asia-Pacific scored in the seventh on an RBI single by Pei-Fong Dai, an RBI single by Yen-An Lin, and an RBI single by Li-Heng Chen.
jlsbwsEast wins Junior League Softball World Series, defeats Latin America 6-2 in Championship

Jordan Bernard, an RBI single by Maddie Uschock, and a walk by Stacey Walling. Natalie Lopez was hot from the plate for Latin America. Lopez went 3-4 and scored one run. She singled in the second, third, and fifth innings.
75th 152Little League® International Congratulates Rob Manfred, Little League Graduate, on His Election to Become the 10th Baseball Commissioner

As Little League® celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2014, the organization is proud to congratulate Rob Manfred, a graduate of Rome (N.Y.) Little League, on his election as the 10th Commissioner of Baseball. Mr. Manfred will be the first Little League graduate to hold the position, which has been a long-time supporter of Little League Baseball and Softball. Little League found three of Mr. Manfred’s Little League rosters from 1968, 1969, and 1970, in our archives at the World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store.
llbws152South Vancouver Wins 2014 Canada Region Championship

As Little League® celebrates its 75th Anniversary at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, the league representing the Canada Region has won its way to compete in South Williamsport. In Valleyfield, Quebec, South Vancouver Little League from British Columbia, Canada, captured the banner as Canada Region Champions with the 4-1 win over Toronto High Park Little League from Toronto, representing Ontario, on Sunday, August 10. With their victory, South Vancouver Little League completes the field of International Region Champions competing in the 2014 Little League Baseball World Series.
llbws152Pennsylvania State Champions Taney Little League from Philadelphia Wins 2014 Mid-Atlantic Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

The spotlight has been on the girls playing in the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship, and Taney Little League's Mo'ne Davis embraced her moment to shine. Newark National LL wasn't able to score a run off of Mo'Ne during her six innings on the mound and Taney LL took home the win, 8-0, capturing the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship and the last spot in the Little League Baseball World Series field of 16 teams.
llbws152Cumberland American Little League wins the 2014 New England Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

Saturday was a rough outing for Nick Croteau, but Cumberland American LL still managed to pull out a 10-6 victory over Fairfield American in six innings at Breen Field. Croteau gave up five in 4 1/3, but the bullpen surrendered one run and the offense banged out 10 to pick up the slack and secure the win for Cumberland American LL.
llbws152Mountain Ridge Little League wins the 2014 West Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

Mountain Ridge LL jumped out to an early lead on Pacifica American LL and captured an 11-2 victory on Saturday at Houghton Stadium. With 10 runs in the first three innings, Mountain Ridge LL left no doubt about the eventual outcome.