This summer, the Little League® Baseball and Softball Southeast Region is celebrating its 10th year in Warner Robins, Ga., a community that has served not only as the home to the regional headquarters and tournament site location, but has fully embraced what the Little League experience is all about.
The process to select Warner Robins began in early 2008 with 18 cities in six states interested in becoming Little League’s new administrative center for the eight-state region. After reviewing each of the 18 cities’ proposals, the relocation committee reduced that list to three and visited each city and ultimately selected Warner Robins as the site on Dec. 9, 2008. Prior to its current site in Warner Robins, the Southeast Region Headquarters was located in Gulfport, Fla., a suburb of St. Petersburg, since 1967.
Over the last 10 years, the entire Warner Robins community has embraced the culture of Little League Baseball and Softball and has continued to show tremendous support for not only the regional tournaments each summer, but for all the efforts provided by the regional staff to local leagues throughout the region.
Since its opening in 2009, Little League Southeast Park, the home of the Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® Southeast Region Tournaments each summer, has seen a multitude of tremendous athletes, dedicated volunteers, and encouraging families fill the stadium to support of the game of baseball and softball and continues to bring smiles to families from all over the region year after year.
Along with the excitement the game brings, the location has also seen a lot of success on the field since its opening as the hometown Warner Robins American Little League went on from the regional tournament to win back-to-back Little League Softball World Series (LLSWS) Championships in 2009 and 2010 and most recently saw Rowan Little League out of Salisbury, N.C., go on from the 2015 Regional Championship to win the LLSWS title as well.
On the baseball side, the Southeast Region has seen three of its teams make it deep into the Little League Baseball World Series tournaments as well, with three teams making it to the U.S. Semifinals game in the last decade, including the most recent run by Peachtree City (Ga.) American Little League last year.
During that time, Little League Baseball and Softball has also increased its visibility of the Southeast Region Tournaments as now every game on both the Little League Baseball and Little League Softball divisions is available to watch on the ESPN Family of Networks.
“The past 10 years in Warner Robins has undoubtedly been an exciting time for all the players, coaches, leagues, and families who have competed here at the Southeast Regional Tournament, and we cannot thank the dedicated volunteers enough for making it as truly special as it has been,” said Ms. Colvin. “We look forward to continuing our celebration of this year’s anniversary and excited for the future of the Southeast Region here in Warner Robins!”
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