One Year to Congress: Little League® International Looks Ahead at 2018 Congress in New Orleans


With one year to go until the Opening Ceremonies of the 27th Little League® International Congress at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, La., Little League is looking forward to bringing volunteers from around the world together from January 19-22, 2018.

Held every four years, the Little League International Congress is the largest gathering of Little League volunteers, where delegates chart the course for the future of the organization. Volunteers gather to participate in large-scale discussions and voting on rules and regulations, take part in educational sessions, interact with exhibitors and fellow attendees, and experience local culture.

New to the 2018 Congress, Little League International will bring its annual new District Administrator (D.A.) training to New Orleans, providing its newly elected or appointed D.A.s with specific training sessions. Typically held in the fall in Williamsport, Pa., the training helps outline the roles of the D.A., and will be held in tandem with the International Congress in 2018.

Additional information regarding the 2018 Little League International Congress, including announcements on travel, hotel, and registration, will be directly communicated to District Administrators and other designated delegates as it becomes available, and all information about the 2018 Little League International Congress will be provided as it becomes available at

About Little League® International Congress

Little League® has pioneered a unique forum for field leaders to give voice and authoritative sanction to representation. This forum is the Little League International Congress, first launched in 1956. The purpose of the International Congress is to chart the course of the world’s largest organized youth baseball and softball program. More than a thousand Little League volunteers from around the globe attend the Little League International Congress, held once every four years.

Nearly 450 of those attending are volunteer District Administrators, or delegates, who serve as liaisons between the local leagues and Little League International. District Administrators are elected by their constituent leagues to provide support, and to represent their interests as delegates to the International Congress. The primary purpose of the Congress is to amend rules and regulations.

The delegates, and their assistant district administrators, meet in round table discussions, making any necessary changes in the proposed amendments, then vote on the changes on the final day of the Congress. A two-thirds vote is required for passage. Those amendments receiving the necessary vote are then presented to the International Board of Directors for final approval.

Little League® International Congress Sites

1956: Morrison Hotel, Chicago, Ill.
1957: Morrison Hotel, Chicago, Ill.
1958: Morrison Hotel, Chicago, Ill.
1959: Four Regional Meetings
1960: Morrison Hotel, Chicago, Ill.
1961: Statler Hilton, Los Angeles, Calif.
1963: Waldorf Astoria, New York, N.Y.
1965: Hilton, Washington, D.C.
1967: Shamrock Hilton, Houston, Texas
1969: Sheraton-Cadillac, Detroit, Mich.
1971: Portland Hilton, Portland, Ore.
1973: Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Fla.
1975: Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago, Ill.
1978: Sheraton Harbor Island, San Diego, Calif.
1981: Charlotte Civic Center, Charlotte, N.C.
1984: Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Fla.
1987: Anaheim Hilton & Towers, Anaheim, Calif.
1989: Various Facilities, Williamsport, Pa.
1992: Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Mass.
1995: Reno Hilton, Reno, Nev.
1998: Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas
2001: Ottawa Congress Center, Ottawa, Ontario
2004: Pavilion Convention Center, Virginia Beach, Va.
2007: Hilton Americas, Houston, Texas
2010: Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, Ky.
2014: Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minn.
2018: Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, La.