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sanbern152aLittle League® Recognized San Bernardino Attack Victims, First Responders at Special Ceremony During Western Regional Tournament Championship

To pay homage to the victims of the December 2, 2015, terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., and recognize the first responders, Little League® International held a special on-field ceremony at the Little League Baseball® Western Regional Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 13 at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino. The ceremony took place prior to the Little League Baseball West Region Championship Game. Game collections from the day were donated to the Arrowhead United Way’s San Bernardino United Relief Fund.
surface-products152Little League® and Surface Products Announce New Retail Licensing Partnership


honda152Little League® to Recognize American Honda’s 20-Year Corporate Partnership with Presentation of 2016 Hartman Friendship Award

As Little League International celebrates American Honda’s 20th anniversary as a national partner, it too salutes the company’s loyalty and dedication to the moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and all of the program’s volunteers with the presentation of the 2016 W. Howard Hartman Little League Friendship Award.
saunders152Little League® International Mourns the Passing of ESPN’s John Saunders

Little League® International remembers ESPN’s John Saunders. He was 61. Mr. Saunders, was a member of the ESPN stable of on-air talent for more than 30 years. He covered college football, basketball and the National Hockey League for the ESPN family of networks, and also was a regular anchor on the network’s flagship news program, SportsCenter .
bradley-bourbonnais152Tragic Accident Inspires Noble Gesture from Illinois Little League Team

When something tragic happens to a community, it can serve as a reminder that there are far more important things than the outcome of a sporting event.
brazil152Little League® on the Rise in Brazil

The eyes of the world will be focused on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. While these Olympics may not be featuring baseball or softball, that doesn’t mean the sport doesn’t have a presence in the country. Little League has been on the rise in Brazil.
tokyo152Baseball, Softball Officially Set To Return To The Olympics In 2020

After a 2005 vote removed it from the 2012 Olympics in London, baseball and softball will officially be reinstated as an Olympic sport for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
replay152Little League® Expands Video Replay To All U.S. Little League Baseball Regional Tournament Games In 2016


hoe152Little League® to Enshrine Three into the Hall of Excellence

Three outstanding individuals, all making their mark in the world of sports, will be enshrined into the Little League® Hall of Excellence. Two-time Super Bowl Champion, Tom Coughlin; five-time Major League Baseball All-Star, Torii Hunter; and two-time Olympic medalist in softball, Cat Osterman will all be honored at individual ceremonies during the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series.
mlbam152Little League® to Work with MLBAM to Provide Digital Infrastructure for Thousands of Regional and World Series Highlights

Little League® fans around the world again will be able to relive their favorite tournament moments on any device as Little League International has partnered with MLBAM to provide great content during Little League International Tournament games throughout the month of August.
LLtoteLittle League® Announces New Retail Licensing Partnership with TeamMarketing

Little League® Baseball and Softball, in conjunction with its licensing agency Fermata Partners, has signed a new retail licensing agreement with TeamMarketing, a division of WaxWorks, based in Owensboro, Ky.
rawlingsLittle League® Names Tom Rawlings Director of Umpire Development

Tom Rawlings, a longtime, dedicated Little League volunteer, has assumed the duties of Director of Umpire Development, and joined the Operations Department at Little League International in South Williamsport, Pa.
confiar152Little League® International Remembers Dick Confair, Former Carl Stotz Scholarship Committee Member

Little League® International mourns the passing of Richard H. “Dick” Confair, an original member of the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball® Scholarship Committee. He was 84.
kampff152Little League® International Remembers Former New York District 4 Administrator Ken Kampff

Little League® International mourns the passing of Ken Kampff, former New District 4 Administrator and one-time President of Eastside Little League in Rochester, N.Y. He was 89.
CCL2016 Little League® Award Honorees Spotlight the Best of Little League

For more than 75 years, people in big cities and small towns alike have chosen to volunteer in Little League®. Season after season, volunteers by the millions come together to make Little League Baseball and Softball the world’s largest and most respected youth sports organization in the world.
CCLTwo New Assistant Regional Directors Join Little League® International

Recently, two Assistant Regional Directors joined the Little League staff to continue the important and vital work supporting local districts and leagues within each region.
thunderbug152Little League Softball® Team’s Vintage Photo Goes Viral

What started as a fun idea for a team picture has become something of an internet sensation for a Little League Softball® team from Michigan.
gushow152An Open Letter From Mom After Her Son's Final Little League® Game

Well, there it is—the last game of Little League®. We came up just a few runs short in the District Championship. Fortunately, there will be more baseball. There's still travel ball and Junior League next year, but nothing is quite like Little League®, is it?
sager152Little League® Alum Craig Sager to Receive Jimmy V Award at the 2016 ESPYS

At the 2016 ESPYS, Little League® alum Craig Sager will be presented with the Jimmy V Award, an honor that acknowledges someone in sports who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination. Mr. Sager, a popular Turner Sports reporter, has been fighting acute myeloid leukemia for more than two years. The award was named after the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator.
softball-ea152Little League Softball® Making Strides Overseas

For more than 40 years, Little League Softball® has provided girls around the world an opportunity to grow as young athletes and young adults.
parents-after-ll-152Parents Should Stay Involved Even When the Playing Days of Their Little Leaguers® Are Over

At the end of every Little League® season, parents who recently had their child graduate from the program face an emotional time. The family will likely reminisce about the fun you have had at the baseball and softball fields throughout the years.
as-youth152Two Teams from the Little League® Urban Initiative Program Participate in MLB All-Star Youth Classic in San Diego

With the calendar turning to July, baseball fans turn their attention to the MLB All-Star festivities. San Diego, Calif., will host to the 87th MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 12. In addition to the dozens of big league stars who will be making the trip west, so too will a pair of Little League® teams who are part of the Little League Urban Initiative Program.
korea152East Seoul Little League Advances to Little League Baseball® World Series as 2016 Asia-Pacific Region Champions

For the second time in three years, Seoul, South Korea, will represent the Asia-Pacific Region at the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series in Williamsport, Pa., this summer. It will be the fourth time a team from South Korea has made an appearance at the World Series.
buczek152New York City’s Police Officer Michael J. Buczek Little League Honored with 2016 Carl E. Stotz Little League® Community Award

There’s an old saying in sports that you play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back. But in the Police Officer Michael J. Buczek Little League in New York City, it’s just the opposite, as the names on the back are that of fallen New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers.
tuck152Little League® International Remembers 1939 Little Leaguer® Thomas “Tuck” Frazier

Little League® International mourns the passing of Thomas “Tuck” Frazier, who was a player on the Lycoming Dairy team during the first Little League season in 1939, and a long-time benevolent supporter of the Little League program. He was 88.
tee-ball-april152My First Year as a Little League® Tee Ball Coach

As a coach of a Little League® team filled with young players, you quickly find out what your role is. For me, it meant being seen as the ‘fun coach’. They even gave me a nickname: The Disney Coach.
gw-head152Former Little League Baseball® World Series Teammates Face Off at 2016 College World Series

When Garrett Williams was playing in the Western Little League in Lubbock, Texas, the coaches, and the community felt the league had the talent to make it to Williamsport. Mr. Williams believed them. “We were all friends, we had a great group of guys, the best coaches, and we worked really hard,” said Mr. Williams. “Our number-one goal was to make it to Williamsport.”
donations152Little League Baseball® World Series Donations to be Contributed to First Community Partnership of Pennsylvania for Creation of a Youth Sports Fund

At communities around the world, donations are collected at Little League® fields to provide financial support for local programs. At the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series, these fan contributions will be benefiting youth sporting organizations in all of Lycoming County. In recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP), the “pass the can” donations collected at this year’s tournament will be used to create the Little League Fund for Youth Sports.
aussie152Hills Little League from New South Wales Wins the Little League Baseball® Australia Region Championship

For the second year in a row, the province of New South Wales will be representing the Australia Region at the Little League Baseball® World Series in Williamsport this August.
2016-llbws-logo2016 Little League Baseball® World Series Schedule Announced

Little League® International celebrates National Little League Week (the second full week of June) with the annual Little League Baseball® World Series luncheon.
2016-llbws-logo2016 Little League Baseball® World Series Team Hosts Paired with Region Champions

All 16 teams have two dedicated team hosts that are responsible for ensuring their team has everything they need during the World Series.
2016challenger152Teams from Camp Hill, Pa., and Grand Junction, Colo., to Participate in the Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game at the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series

One of the highlights of the Little League Baseball® World Series, the Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game kicks off Championship Weekend on Saturday, Aug. 27, with a fun game at Volunteer Stadium. This year the two Little League Challenger Division teams participating will be from Camp Hill (Pa.) Little League and Colorado District 1 from Grand Junction.
springers2-152Meet the Springers

George Springer Jr. and his friends grew up playing ball in the empty sandlots of Bristol, Conn., in the early 1970s. He had never heard of Williamsport. He didn’t know much about Little League®. But, a police officer and long-time Forestville (Conn.) Little League volunteer, Bob Watson, convinced a group of 7-year-olds to have their parents sign them up for Little League, and perhaps the one of the most storied family in Little League history started its first chapter.
teeball-canada152Tee Ball on the Hill Kicks Off National Little League Week in Canada

The 46th National Little League Week kicked off Sunday, June 12, with the first-ever Tee Ball on the Hill event. Ontario District’s 2 and 6, Ottawa West and East, gathered some of their own Tee Ball players for a demonstration right on the northeast corner of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
5-things-summer1525 Things to Do With Your Little Leaguer® This Summer

School is out, summer is here, and leagues are wrapping-up what was hopefully a fun, successful season. While your Little Leaguer® may have handed in his or her jersey, there’s still plenty of baseball and softball activities left. As you put together your summer to-do list, consider some of these off-season ideas that are sure to provide some extra fun.
parent-confessions150I Called Out an Umpire and Ended Up Being Thrown Out

My son’s team won their pool in District play, and moved on to face the winner of another pool. The team we were going up against was from a neighboring town, a team we knew well. Even though all the kids from both teams belonged to the same school district and were friends, when it came to Little League®, they were our main District rivals. The kids enjoyed playing against each other – the parents, not so much. We always got too intense, but, for the most part, we kept things in check. This one time, though, I took things too far.
coon-rapids152Little League® Safety Training, Volunteer’s Heroism Save a Life

How a person responds to an emergency is unique to each situation. In the instant when Coon Rapids Cardinal Little League volunteer Ryan McCann watched his friend slump to the ground from a heart attack, he responded by performing a life-saving act.
parents-survival152Parents’ Survival Guide to the Little League® International Tournament

As players practice and leagues prepare for the Little League® International Tournament, parents and guardians also need to be ready to join their Little Leaguer® on this all-star journey.
food-drive152Little League® Programs in Michigan District 2 Deliver the Goods with Food Drive


bure152Fuller House Star & The View Co-Host Candace Cameron Bure Is Ready To Play Ball with Canon PIXMA Printers at The Little League® World Series

Canon is Offering Three Lucky Fans a Chance to Win a Trip to the Little League World Series and to Meet Candace Cameron Bure
tripadvisor152World of Little League® Museum Earns 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

The World of Little League® Museum today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries, and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.
klug152Little League® International Remembers El Segundo Little League Coach William Klug

Little League® International mourns the death of William Klug, a coach in El Segundo (Calif.) Little League. He was 39.
charlie-brush152Little League® International Remembers Florida District 5 Volunteer Charlie Brush

Little League® International mourns the passing of Charlie Brush, former District 5 Administrator from Pinellas Park, Fla. He was 99.
painting152World of Little League® Museum to Debut Original Saturday Evening Post Cover Art on Father’s Day

Ten years before the first Little League® game was played, the cover of the Saturday Evening Post featured a father and son playing ball.
onll152Local League® Honors, Remembers Military Veterans with Special Flag Ceremony

As the 12-year-old players in Ottawa National Little League (ONLL) unfurled, and firmed their grips on an enormous American Flag, a respectful hush came over the crowd. And, as those gathered collectively turned toward the flag, the colors of the United States where honored with solemn remembrance, reflection, and recognition for those who have passed.
fundays152Little League® Western Region Challenger Fun Days come to San Bernardino, Calif.


tournament152All 2016 Little League® International Tournament Affidavits, Supplies Move Exclusively Online

The fun and excitement of tournament season will soon be here, and by moving the annual enrollment process and tournament resources online, Little League® Baseball and Softball has made it even easier for local leagues to enter teams in the world’s largest elimination tournament.
cuba152Baseball Games Become Olive Branches for Little Leaguers, Cuban Children

On any given day in the United States, you could see the American flag displayed as the national anthem plays before the start of a Little League® game. For more than 50 years, such a display was unheard of on the island nation of Cuba. That was until a collection of Little Leaguers® from Vermont became envoys of goodwill during a seven-day visit to the Cuban capital of Havana.
TouchTable152Upload Your Little League Photos to the World of Little League® Museum’s Global Connections Touch Table

At 16 feet long, with six stations for users, the Global Connections Touch Table is the only place on earth where the general public can access information about every single local Little League® program in the world. It’s a powerful machine featuring high-tech innovations that the museum’s visitors of all ages have embraced.
2016-stotz-scholarship15210 Lycoming County High School Seniors Recognized as the 2016 Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball® Scholarship Recipients

Since 1994, Little League® International has honored the memory of its founder through the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball® Scholarship. At its annual luncheon on Thursday, May 19, Little League recognized the achievement of 10 Lycoming County High School Seniors, awarding a total of $13,000 in scholarship funds. In 23 years, Little League has awarded nearly $165,000 to 182 students, including this year’s honorees.