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nobel152Looking Back at a Pair of Nobel Laureates and Noted Economists Who Were Little League® Graduates

Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded 579 times to 911 people and organizations while The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel has been awarded 48 times to 78 Laureates dating back to 1969.
reid-nolan152Astros President Reid Ryan Recalls His Little League® Playing Days and How His Legendary Father, Nolan, Made a Little League Fundraiser Really Sweet

Reid Ryan is the oldest son of legendary Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, Hall of Famer, and Little League® Hall of Excellence member (1990), Nolan Ryan. For most of his youth, Reid’s friends viewed his father as just a guy who played baseball.
tony-tulino152Little League® International Mourns the Passing of Ohio District 1 Administrator, Tony Tulino

Little League® International mourns the passing of Tony Tulino, Ohio District 1 Administrator and former member of the International Advisory Board. He was 75.
teeball152Little League® Launches “Tee Ball Tuesdays”

Beginning on December 6, Little League® Baseball and Softball will launch a new digital campaign, “Tee Ball Tuesdays,” to highlight the Little League Tee Ball Program and educate coaches, parents, and volunteers.
canon152Canon U.S.A. Announces Three-Year Extension as the Exclusive Printer and Camera Sponsor of Little League®

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced a three-year extension of its partnership with Little League® International.
mcginnis15210-Years Later: Remembering Little League® Hall of Excellence Enshrinee Ross McGinnis

On the afternoon of December 4, 2006, Private First Class Ross McGinnis, a graduate of Knox (Pa.) Little League and 2011 Little League® Hall of Excellence enshrinee, sacrificed his own life to save the lives of four fellow soldiers while in combat in Iraq. His heroic act earned him the Medal of Honor in 2008, making him the first known Little League graduate to earn the award. On the 10-year anniversary of Pfc. McGinnis’ death, Little League looks back on the impact that Pfc. McGinnis had on those around him, all the way from his roots in Little League to his final moments in Iraq.
CCLThings to Know From Little League®: December 2016

Each month, Little League® International is providing a quick look at important information and events for the month ahead. We invite you to review and share with your colleagues and friends. Another great resource for keeping up to date on Little League’s latest training and educational efforts is Little League University. Designed for volunteers, league and district administrators, coaches, and parents, this free website is a wonderful portal for experiencing and learning about the Little League.
pulitzer152Little League® Celebrates Pulitzer Centennial With A Look Back At Little League® Hall of Excellence Enshrinees George Will and Dave Barry


bofa152Bank of America and Angels Baseball Foundation Hosts Little League® Challenger Classic

On Oct. 29, approximately 700 boys and girls in Southern California were given an unforgettable opportunity as Bank of America and the Angels Baseball Foundation hosted the 11th annual Bank of America “Challenger Classic” at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. As part of the event, members of 40 different Little League Challenger Division® teams, comprised of Southern California youngsters and young adults with physical and mental challenges, participated in two-inning, one-hour games on designated diamonds throughout the outfield in the home stadium of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
bat-gift-guide152Little League® Offers Holiday Gift Giving Tips

With the holiday season quickly approaching, Little League® Baseball and Softball wants to help your family and friends with some gift giving ideas to help make this a special time for your Little Leaguer®.
CCLImportant Chartering and Insurance Enrollment Information for the 2017 Little League® Season

As volunteers, families, and players gear up for the 2017 Little League® Season, Little League International has an important message about the chartering and insurance enrollment process for this year.
jensen152Little League® Coach Joel Jensen Honored At The Musial Awards

On November 19, Joel Jensen, coach of the Northwest Region Champion Bend North Little League (Bend, Ore.), was honored at The Musial Awards, hosted by the St. Louis Sports Commission, for the memorable moment he had with his son on the mound during the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series.
hudgins152Little League International Remembers Senior League Baseball World Series Umpire Michael Hudgins

Little League® International mourns the passing of Michael Hudgins, former Senior League Baseball World Series umpire and Texas District 28 Umpire Coordinator. He was 59.
kidsday152Service Organizations Celebrate Kids’ Day at World of Little League® Museum


george-kinneyLittle League® International Remembers Washington District 13 Administrator George Kinney

Little League® International mourns the passing of George Kinney, Washington District 13 Administrator.
11Payson Little League Fields Renovated Thanks To Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Public Service

For Little League® programs around the world, the challenge of maintaining local fields in order to create a safe and enjoyable playing environment for their players can often times be a very tedious and difficult task, but for Payson Little League in Payson, Ariz., that hard work has finally paid off.
obama152Little League® Hall of Excellence Enshrinees Named Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, United States President Barack Obama named the 21 recipients of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, which is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Among the 21 recipients were Little League® Hall of Excellence Enshrinees, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bruce Springsteen, as well as legendary baseball commentator, Vin Scully.
pederson152Stu Pederson, Father of Dodger’s Centerfielder, Joc, Says All Little League® Coaches Should Never Say This One Word

Stu Pederson, father of Los Angeles Dodger’s standout centerfielder, Joc Pederson, has coached baseball at many levels, from Little League® to high school to a college summer baseball team in Alaska. In all of that experience, there’s one word he has never said to any of his players (it starts with a “W”).
CCLLittle League® International Board of Directors Welcomes Four New Members

On Friday, November 11, the Little League® International Board of Directors welcomed its four newest members at their annual fall meeting in South Williamsport, Pa. Taking their seat on the Board in 2016 are John Boyd (Europe and Africa Region – London, England), Antonio J. Gonzalez (Latin America Region – Cayey, Puerto Rico), Shannon Walker (Central Region – Newark, Ohio), and Travis L. Young, Sr. (Southwestern Region – Warren, Ark.).
CCLDates Announced for the 2017 Little League® World Series Tournaments

The official dates for the 2017 Little League® World Series Tournaments were approved on Friday, Nov. 11, at the annual fall meeting of the Little League International Board of Directors.
nov-confessions2-152I Regret Telling My Daughter She Couldn’t Play Softball

It was around this time last year when I made a decision I still regret. I chose not to sign my daughter up again for Little League Softball®. I told Katie in the car on the way to a playdate with one of her friends. “Why?” was all she asked. I struggled to find an answer because most, no ALL, of my reasons had to do with me. So, all I came up with was, “Maybe we should try dance or cheerleading.” Katie just looked out the window.
coach152Your Voice: Board of Directors, Volunteering, New Bat Standards

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.
philippines152Little League® Philippines Making a Difference with Baseball and Softball Clinics

Across the Philippines, Little League® volunteers are helping to grow the game through baseball and softball clinics across their country. In many cases, these volunteers are finding unique ways to teach the game using everyday objects to help show children easy ways to have fun through baseball and softball.
april152April Meehleder Named Assistant Director of Little League® Western Region

Little League® International is excited to announce that April Meehleder has officially been named the new Assistant Director of the Little League Western Region. Beginning in December, Ms. Meehleder will join West Region Director Dave Bonham and Assistant Director Brian Pickering at the Western Region Headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif.
comms-department152Little League® International Bolsters Marketing and Communications Departments

Continuing its expanding efforts in marketing, communications, and digital media, Little League International has recently added five new members to its Marketing and Communications staff in South Williamsport, Pa. Embracing a variety of roles and responsibilities, these new team members play an integral role in connecting with Little League parents, volunteers, players, and fans to provide important resources to ensure millions of children have a meaningful Little League experience in communities around the world.
CCLThings to Know From Little League®: November 2016

Each month, Little League® International is providing a quick look at important information and events for the month ahead. We invite you to review and share with your colleagues and friends. Another great resource for keeping up to date on Little League’s latest training and educational efforts is Little League University. Designed for volunteers, league and district administrators, coaches, and parents, this free website is a wonderful portal for experiencing and learning about the Little League.
152EOCLL Establishes New Challenger Division Thanks to Little League® Grow the Game Grant

For the last year and a half, a pair of Little League® volunteers have been looking for a way to help children with special needs play baseball in the Orange County area of Virginia, and with the help of a $20,000 grant as part of the Little League Grow the Game initiative, those dreams will soon come true.
maine-endwell152Little League Baseball® World Series Champions Recognized at Game Four of 2016 MLB World Series


CCLLittle League® International Announces New Technology Partnership With DICK’S Team Sports HQ

Little League® International is excited to announce that it has partnered with DICK’S Sporting Goods to utilize DICK’S Team Sports HQ to become the official and exclusive partner in providing technology services for its local leagues and districts. DICK’S Team Sports HQ, powered by Blue Sombrero, is an innovative youth sports platform that provides websites, online registration, and league management tools at no cost.
conforto152How Little League® Grad Michael Conforto Made Baseball History

In all of sports, there are few clubs that are as exclusive as the “World Series Slam” - players who have competed in the Little League Baseball®, College, and Major League Baseball World Series.
jan152World of Little League® Museum’s Janice Ogurcak Elected as Secretary for ISHA Board of Directors

Janice Ogurcak, Director of Public Programming and Outreach of the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store, was recently elected as the secretary for the International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) Board of Directors during the annual conference held at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary. Mrs. Ogurcak has been serving as a member of the board since 2012 when she was elected as a director.
eagle-scout152Harrison Township Little League® Grad Gives Back Through Eagle Scout Project

For many Little League® graduates, giving back to their local teams usually takes the form of coaching or serving as a league administrator, but for one Mullica Hill Boy Scout, giving back to his Little League program meant something a little different.
152Fenway Cape Cod Makes Dreams A Reality For Tee Ballers

Children throughout Cape Cod will soon get to live one of their biggest baseball dreams thanks to Barnstable Little League and The Boston Red Sox. May 6, when the new Little League® Tee Ball season opens, it will do so on a brand new field. But this isn’t just any new field. It’s a little slice of history and dreams right in Horace Mann Public Charter School’s backyard. Fenway Cape Cod, as it will be officially named, will be a built-to-size version of Boston’s Fenway Park. Construction has already started with the opening slated to come in time for the 2017 season.
152Little League® Representatives from Europe and Africa Gather for Regional Meeting

On October 8, more than 25 volunteers, including District Administrators from 20 countries across Europe and Africa, gathered together for the 2016 Europe and Africa Regional Meeting in Warsaw, Poland, supported by the Copernicus Society of America. Along with Little League® Europe and Africa Regional Staff members, members of Major League Baseball, Confederation of European Baseball, and European Softball Federation participated in the meetings to provide insight on the various topics.
advisory-board152Little League® Welcomes Six New Members to the International Advisory Board

Little League® International announced the addition of six new members to the International Advisory Board who visited the Little League International Complex in South Williamsport, Pa., on October 14 and 15 for the annual fall meeting. Joining the Advisory Board in 2016 are Kelly Campbell (Southwestern Region), Carmine Conti (Eastern Region), Martin Hoover (Western Region), Michael Marler (Southwestern Region), Eric Pearson (Southeastern Region), and Steve Parris (Latin America Region), who all serve as volunteer District Administrators (D.A.s).
1522016 Little League® Challenger Award Winner Continues to Grow with Support from Mattingly Charities and Honda Little League Grant Program

At the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series, Matt Pokorney, Highland Baseball Little League Challenger Division President of Evansville, Ind., was recognized with the Little League® Challenger Award, and he left Williamsport eager to continue to work with his fellow volunteers to bolster their program with the help of the Honda Little League Grant Program and continuous support from Mattingly Charities.
team152Little League® Brings the Child Out In Local Coach, Parent

For volunteers like Sean Cenawood, who has coached his 10-year-old son, James, for the past six years in Great Neck (N.Y.) Little League on Long Island, the Little League® experience has been one that has made just as much of an impact on him as it has on his players.
152A Look Inside Little League® New District Administrator Training

Little League® District Administrators (D.A.s) are some of the most trusted, highest level volunteers in the organization. Those new to the job got a chance to meet their peers, learn all aspects of Little League operations, and experience the Little League International Complex in South Williamsport, Pa., at the annual first-year District Administrator Training Seminar held Oct. 7 and 8.
bingo-card152Little League® MLB Postseason Bingo

The Major League Baseball (MLB) Postseason is in full swing, and this is a perfect opportunity to sit with your Little Leaguer® to watch the game they love, and have some fun at that same time with a creative game of MLB Postseason Bingo!
central152Little League® International to Begin Process to Relocate Central Region Headquarters

This past August, the Little League® International Board of Directors approved a plan to relocate the Central Region Headquarters facility and will now begin the process by accepting responses to a Request for Proposal (RFP) from communities wishing to be considered as the new site.
CCLThings to Know From Little League®: October 2016

Starting this month, Little League® International is providing a quick look at important information and events for the month ahead. We invite you to review and share with your colleagues and friends. Another great resource for keeping up to date on Little League’s latest training and educational efforts is Little League University. Designed for volunteers, league and district administrators, coaches, and parents, this free website is a wonderful portal for experiencing and learning about the Little League.
postseason2016-152Little League® Grads Competing in the 2016 MLB Postseason

Nearly every child who has stepped onto a Little League® field has dreamed of one-day playing Major League Baseball. For countless Little League grads, that dream has come true – from Allen “Sonny” Yearick, who played on one of the very first Little League teams in 1939 and went on to play professionally in the Boston Braves organization, to last year’s National League Rookie of the Year, Kris Bryant, who is on his way to his second-straight MLB postseason.
jen-garcia152Little League® Mourns the Passing of Jen Garcia, Mother of Johnston Little League’s JT Garcia

Little League® Baseball and Softball mourns the passing of Jen Garcia, mother of Johnston Little League’s JT Garcia.
mariners-fans-of-year152Seattle Mariners Names Washington State Little League as Fan of the Year

With the Major League Baseball regular season coming to a close, members of Washington State Little League had the unique opportunity to step onto Safeco Field one final time in 2016 as they were awarded the “Mariners Fan of the Year” on Friday, September 30.
kris-bryant152Once in a Lifetime: Superstars like Kris Bryant don’t come around often

The past year has been a whirlwind ride for Cubs superstar Kris Bryant. He’s just 24 years old, but since last April, he has made his Major League debut, played in an All-Star Game, carried Chicago to the NLCS and won the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Oh, and did we mention that after all this he got engaged to his high school sweetheart and went swimming with sharks?
concessions2-152I Went From a Complainer to Concession Stand Manager

Throughout last season, I was one of those parents who regularly complained. I wasn’t over-the-top at all, and tried to act as courteous and professional as I could. That said, I expressed my feelings whenever I thought it was necessary. And, I thought it was necessary quite often. I shared my thoughts on how I didn’t care for the younger kids using a pitching machine, how I didn’t think it was right to ask parents to fundraise on top of the registration fee, how the concession stand didn’t include more healthy options, how the grass needed to get cut more often, and how the older uniforms should be replaced.
teixera152Grand Junction (Colo.) Little League Challenger Division® Volunteer Buddy Ryan Teixeira Facing Battle Against Leukemia

Ryan Teixeira, a baseball player at Colorado Mesa University who served as a volunteer buddy for the Grand Junction (Colo.) Little League Challenger Division® team at the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series Challenger Exhibition Game, is currently facing a challenge of his own as he was recently diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia following his trip to South Williamsport this August. For Mr. Teixeira, a native of Pismo Beach, Calif., the diagnosis marks the second form of cancer he has had to battle in the last two years.
burnett152Outgoing Little League® International Board Member Dr. Darrell Burnett Reflects on His Service to the Little League Challenger Division®

The Little League Challenger Division® provides thousands of intellectually and physically disabled children with the opportunity to play Little League® in a fun, social environment. Over the last decade, one of the Challenger Division’s primary champions has been Dr. Darrell Burnett, whose tenure as a member of the Little League Board of Directors is coming to a close in November 2016.
scully152Little League® Congratulates Legendary Baseball Broadcaster Vin Scully On Illustrious Career

For the last 67 years, baseball fans of every age have had the opportunity to listen to a man who has helped cultivate the game through his iconic voice. Little League® International joins the entire sporting community in thanking Vin Scully for his dedication to the sport of baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and to Little League, and congratulates him on his retirement.
srvha152World of Little League® Congratulates Robert Long on Winning the 2016 Susquehanna River Valley Heritage Alliance Time Traveler’s Passport Program Grand Prize

The World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store congratulates seven-year-old Robert Long of Northumberland, Pa., for winning the grand prize in the 2016 Susquehanna River Valley Heritage Alliance Time Traveler’s Passport Program. For the first time in 2016, the World of Little League® was one of 12 participating locations in the passport program.