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Play Ball! Little League Shouldn’t Inspire Fear

June 25, 2014

I read  a Times Herald column by Jeff Edelstein, “When it comes to 5-year-old Little League baseball, I was 100 percent wrong,” and it summoned memories of steamy summer days at more»

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Michigan District 13 Administrator Brett Wyatt

June 18, 2014
Little League International mourns the passing of Michigan District 13 Administrator Brett Wyatt. He was 54.

Little League Challenger Division® Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Exciting Year of New Initiatives

June 17, 2014
As Little League expanded in the 1980s, some local programs were finding ways to incorporate the children with special needs in their communities. And, on June 13, 1989, the Little League Challenger Division® was officially launched at the Little League International Congress, as the organization was celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

Little League® Grants $150,000 to Susquehanna Health in Support of New Little League Kids Zone at the Hospitality Inn at Williamsport Hospital

June 13, 2014
Since Carl E. Stotz organized the first Little League season 75 years ago, the Williamsport community has been vital to the success of the organization. To celebrate the importance of the community, Little League President and CEO, Stephen D.

Little League Book Celebrates 75 Years of History

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Lance Van Auken is the author of 'Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball.' Photo by John Green: http://www.littleleaguenow.org

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- This year, Little League Baseball® observes its diamond anniversary, and fans are celebrating with an updated book, “Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball®” and a one-hour, original documentary film, “Little League®: A History.” more»

Schedule Set For the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series

July 11, 2014
As Little League® celebrates its 75th Anniversary, it is now known how the final celebration, the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, will begin. On Wednesday, June 11, at Little League Headquarter, Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO, announced the pairings and schedule of this year’s Little League Baseball World Series, taking place Aug. 14-24 at Howard J.

Honoring the Legacy of Its Founder, Little League® to Recognize South Little League in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Inaugural Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award

June 11, 2014
When Carl E. Stotz organized the first Little League® season in 1938, he leaned on the Williamsport community for support. On June 6, 1939, the first Little League game was played, and the local businesses and residents played a significant role in the success of that first year. Today, 75 years later, Little League is the hallmark of more than 7,000 communities around the world.

2014 Little League Baseball® World Series Teams Paired with Team Hosts

June 11, 2014
Every year, the focus of the Little League Baseball® World Series is placed squarely on the players from the 16 teams that come to South Williamsport, and it is up to the 32 team hosts to make sure those players have a Little League® experience that lasts a lifetime. The 68th Little League Baseball World Series will be played Aug. 14-24.

2014 Umpires Selected for Nine Little League® World Series Tournaments

June 30, 2014
Little League® announced today the 115 umpires who will be working the nine Little League World Series this summer. The premier youth baseball and softball tournament, the Little League World Series schedule kicks off with the Big League Baseball World Series in Easley, S.C.

Perth Metro Northern Crowned Little League Baseball® Australia Region Champions

June 25, 2014
Perth Metro Northern Little League from Western Australia has beaten 20 teams to be crowned the Little League Baseball® Australia Region Champion at the 2014 Australian Little League National Championships. The six-day event held at Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast, rounded up Sunday, June 8, with Perth Metro Northern LL defeating Manly 3-2 in a thrilling championship game.

The World's Largest Organized Youth Sports Program Partners with the World's Most Iconic Building to Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Little League®

June 24, 2014
Former MLB All-Star and New York Yankees centerfielder, Bernie Williams, and Little Leaguers® from Harlem, New York, today lit the Empire State Building in red, white and blue in a special ceremony to honor the 75th Anniversary of Little League®. Joining Williams and the Little Leaguers was Stephen D. Kenner, Little League President and CEO.

‘Little League: A History’: WVIA Original Documentary Film

June 3, 2014

Little League: A History

By WVIA-FM on YouTube

The WVIA Original Documentary Film, “Little League: A History” (premiere June 9, 2014 on WVIA-TV) chronicles and celebrates Little League’s 75-year contribution to American culture and to the quality of life for millions more around the world today. more»

‘Little League: A History’: WVIA Original Documentary Film

June 3, 2014

Little League: A History

By WVIA-FM on YouTube

The WVIA Original Documentary Film, “Little League: A History” (premiere June 9, 2014 on WVIA-TV) chronicles and celebrates Little League’s 75-year contribution to American culture and to the quality of life for millions more around the world today. more»

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Edward “Buzz” Ungard, a Member of the First Little League Baseball® World Series Championship Team

May 27, 2014
Edward “Buzz” Ungard, a member of the Maynard Midgets Little League team from Williamsport, Pa., that won the first Little League Baseball® World Series Championship in 1947, passed away on May 3. He was 79.

Little League® Honors Area Lycoming County High School Seniors with the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball® Scholarship

May 21, 2014
When Carl E. Stotz founded Little League® in 1939, he created a community-based organization to provide a competitive, healthy outlet for children to learn the values of teamwork, dedication, and sportsmanship. As Little League celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2014, Little League is again honoring the achievement of 10 students from the greater Williamsport area with the Carl E.

Little League® Urban Initiative Celebrates its 15th Anniversary at Jamborees Around the United States

May 29, 2014
Every child deserves the opportunity to have a Little League® experience. Character. Courage. Loyalty. Teamwork. Dedication. Fair Play. These are the morals that are instilled on Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® fields around the world.

A Walk-Off: Little League Softball® Grads Show Extreme Sportsmanship at Florida Southern College

May 29, 2014
Softball has been a part of Chelsea Oglevie’s life for a long time. As a 12-year-old, she helped Citrus Park Little League win their Tournament of Champions. In 2008, she helped lead the same league to the Big League Softball World Series, where they finished fifth. As the star pitcher for Florida Southern College, she has made national headlines for her act of sportsmanship during her final game.

Top Quarterback Draft Pick Blake Bortles Holds the Little League Challenger Division® Close to His Heart

May 29, 2014
Legendary coach John Wooden once said, “The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching.” Blake Bortles of Oviedo, Fla., seems destined to be watched by millions of fans as the face of a National Football League (NFL) franchise, but it is his heart that belongs to the Oviedo Little League’s Challenger Division.

Lycoming County Visitors Bureau Announces “Bases Loaded” Project to Commemorate LL 75th

29 weeks 13 hours ago
One of the Statues coming to downtown Williamsport!

The Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, a department of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, will be conducting a press announcement this Wednesday May 7 at 2:00PM at the northeast corner of Market and Third Streets in downtown Williamsport (JSSB corner). more»

Little League® Partners with the Positive Coaching Alliance to Create Free, Quick-Courses for Parents and Coaches

May 6, 2014
One of the most important on-field relationships in Little League® is between coaches and their players. One of the most important relationships off the field is between coaches and parents.

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Former Indiana District 13 Administrator Delmar Hyde

April 29, 2014
Little League International mourns the passing of former Indiana District 13 Administrator Delmar Hyde. He was 80.

Little League® Recognizes Volunteer, Bernie Kozen, For His Heroic Actions During the 2013 Ross Township, Pa., Shooting

April 28, 2014
Little League’s motto of Character, Courage and Loyalty reflect the heart of the organization, and can be found in the millions of Little League® alumni, players, and volunteers.

Longtime California Volunteer, Bill Carter, Receives Little League® Chairman’s Award at the 26th Little League International Congress

April 24, 2014
Little League® District Administrators are some of the most dedicated, tireless volunteers in the Little League program. At the 26th Little League International Congress, Little League recognized Bill Carter, former California District 11 Administrator and long-time volunteer umpire, with the Chairman’s Award.

Little League® Partners with Oakley to become the Official Eyewear Sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball

April 28, 2014
Little League® International, has partnered with, Oakley, Inc., a leader in the eyewear industry, making the company the Official Eyewear Sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball.

Neptune, N.J., Volunteer, Tony Richardson, Elected as Eastern Region Representative to the Little League® International Board of Directors

April 22, 2014
At the spring meeting of the Little League® International Board of Directors, Tony Richardson, New Jersey District 11 Administrator, was nominated to the Board. Mr. Richardson, of Neptune, N.J., will succeed Michael Serino, Pennsylvania District 17 Administrator, as the Eastern Region Representative.

Sammamish, Wash., Volunteer, Bob Toigo, Elected as Western Region Representative to the Little League® International Board of Directors

April 23, 2014
At the spring meeting of the Little League® International Board of Directors, Bob Toigo, Washington District 9 Administrator, was elected to the Board. Mr. Toigo, of Sammamish Wash., succeeds Marty Hoy, California District 25 Administrator, as the Western Region Representative. The announcement was made at the 26th Little League International Congress in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 7, 2014.

Manila, Philippines, Volunteer, Jolly Gomez, Elected as Asia-Pacific Region Representative to the Little League® International Board of Directors

April 23, 2014
At the spring meeting of the Little League® International Board of Directors, Jolly Gomez, Philippines District 1 Administrator, was elected to the Board. Mr. Gomez, of Manila, Philippines, succeeds Stephen Guerrero, Guam Administrator, as the Asia-Pacific Region Representative. The announcement was made at the 26th Little League International Congress in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 7, 2014.

Local Little League® Programs Can Host 2014 MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Competitions

April 28, 2014
Local Little League® programs wishing to provide players with a skills assessment program are encouraged to host a Major League Baseball’s 2014 Pitch, Hit and Run competition.

Little League Partner, Pitch In For Baseball, Receives Little League® President’s Award at the 26th Little League International Congress

April 17, 2014
Since 2005, Little League® and Pitch In For Baseball have been partners in helping children around the world get new and gently used baseball and softball equipment. Honoring this nearly 10-year friendship, Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO, presented Pitch In For Baseball with the President’s Award at the 26th Little League International Congress in Minneapolis, Minn.

Longtime Connecticut Volunteer, Maryellen Holden, Receives Little League Peter J. McGovern Distinguished Service Award

April 17, 2014
Little League District Administrators are some of the most dedicated, tireless volunteers in the Little League program. At the 26th Little League International Congress, Little League recognized Maryellen Holden, Connecticut District 5 Administrator, with its highest honor, the Peter J. McGovern Distinguished Service Award.

Little League® Celebrates its 75th Anniversary and Honors Significant Contributions to the Program at the Closing of the 26th Little League International Congress

April 28, 2014
The 26th Little League® International Congress came to a close in Minneapolis, Minn., on Monday, April 7. With ESPN’s Chris McKendry serving as the event’s emcee, Little League celebrated its 75th Anniversary with more than 1,500 volunteers, and honored significant contributions to help make Little League into the world’s largest and most prestigious youth sports organizations.

Little League® and WeatherBug Launch iOS and Android App to Promote Lightning and Weather Safety

April 28, 2014
Little League® Baseball and Softball and WeatherBug, the brand millions trust to Know Before™ severe weather strikes, are launching Little League WeatherBug, a new mobile weather app providing coaches, managers, parents, family and friends of Little League with real-time weather, severe weather alerts, and personalized lightning detection to help stay safer during practice and ballgames this seaso

Former Little League® Foundation Trustee, Philanthropist, Jin Roy Ryu to Receive Peter O’Malley Distinguished Little League Ambassador Award

April 17, 2014
Jin Roy Ryu, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Poongsan Group and a longtime trustee of the Little League® Foundation, was honored with the Peter O’Malley Distinguished Little League Ambassador Award. Mr. Ryu received the award at the 26th Little League International Congress in Minneapolis, Minn.

Four Members Elected to the Little League® International Board of Directors Following the Retirement of Board Member and Former Little League President and CEO, Dr. Creighton J. Hale

April 23, 2014
It was announced at the 26th Little League® International Congress the retirement of Little League International Board of Directors Member and former Little League President and CEO, Dr. Creighton J. Hale. The Board elected Steven P. Johnson, Williamsport, Pa., Susquehanna Health President and CEO, to assume the seat vacated by Dr. Hale’s retirement. In addition to Mr.

Little League® International Congress Delegates Approve New Regulations to Improve the Future of Little League Baseball and Softball

May 22, 2014
At the spring meeting, the Little League® International Board of Directors, approved the voting results of the 2014 Little League International Congress Delegates. The results will bring 14 changes to the Little League Baseball®, Little League Softball®, and Little League Challenger Division® programs.

Dr. Creighton J. Hale, Former Little League® President and CEO, Retires from Little League International Board of Directors After 60 Years of Service

April 9, 2014
Since January 1, 1955, Little League® International has benefited from the wisdom and leadership of Dr. Creighton J. Hale. On April 7, 2014, he announced his retirement from the Little League International Board of Directors, after nearly 60 years with the organization. The announcement came at the 26th Little League International Congress in Minneapolis, Minn.

Little League International Mourns the Passing Dr. Walter Dunston, a Member of the First Little League Baseball® World Series Championship Team

March 24, 2014
Dr. Walter Thurston Dunston, a member of the Maynard Midgets Little League team from Williamsport, Pa., that won the first Little League Baseball® World Series Championship in 1947, passed away on March 9. He was 78.

Stanford University Welcomes Little Leaguers® for Little League Softball® Day Celebration

March 18, 2014
The Stanford University Cardinal Softball team is loaded with Little League®-groomed talent, and they got to share their experiences with a group of current Little Leaguers at the Stanford University Little League Softball Day on March 9.

Little League® Celebrates its 75th Anniversary with Little League Big Legacy Project in Support of Pitch In For Baseball

March 10, 2014
Digital mosaic will raise funds for non-profit organization that helps provide equipment to local baseball and softball programs in need.

Little League® and Taylor Hooton Foundation Team Up to Educate Parents About the Dangers of Steroids and Other APEDs

March 10, 2014
The Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF), widely acknowledged leader in the advocacy against Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs) abuse by the youth of North America, is teaming up with Little League® Baseball and Softball (LL®) to educate the more than 1 million LL parents, coaches and other adult volunteers as part of the 75th Anniversary of Little League and its steadfast commitment to

Official Artist of the 75th Anniversary of Little League®, Charles Fazzino, Comes to Williamsport, Pa., for Educational Workshops

March 5, 2014
From February 25 to 27, through the support of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP), Mr. Fazzino held a series of educational workshops for students and teachers from Lycoming and Sullivan County school districts in Pennsylvania to work on the official artwork for the 75th Anniversary of Little League.

Grafton Little League Rallying to Support the Family of Boston Marathon Bombing Victim, and Little Leaguer®, Martin Richard

February 27, 2014
The 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing claimed the life of Savin Hill Little Leaguer, Martin Richard. This year, Grafton (Mass.) Little League is honoring Martin's memory and supporting his family.

Little League® Graduate, Derek Jeter, Announces His Retirement

February 27, 2014
The former Westwood Little Leaguer from Kalamzoo, Mich., Derek Jeter announced his retirement on his Facebook page yesterday, February 12. This year, 2014, will be his last in pinstripes.

Little League Softball® Celebrates its 40th Anniversary and National Girls and Women in Sports Day with New Initiatives

February 27, 2014
In recognition of National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 5 and the 40th Anniversary of Little League Softball, Little League is announcing a year’s worth of initiatives.

Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series to Feature teams from Detroit, Mich., and Vancouver, British Columbia

February 27, 2014
For the first time in the game’s 14-year history, the Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game at the Little League Baseball® World Series will feature an international competition. Teams from Clinton Valley Little League from Clinton Township, Mich., just north of Detroit, and Little Mountain Little League from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will take the field for the 2014 game.

Internationally Renowned 3D Pop Artist Charles Fazzino to Create Official Little League® 75th Anniversary Artwork and Lead Educational Workshops for Lycoming and Sullivan County, Pa., Students

February 27, 2014
Nationally-celebrated pop artist Charles Fazzino, will be working with fifth grade students from Pennsylvania schools in Lycoming and Sullivan Counties to create the official artwork for the 75th Anniversary of Little League®.

Little League Baseball® Celebrates 75th Anniversary With Year Of Exciting Initiatives

January 23, 2014
Little League Baseball®, the world’s largest youth sports organization, has officially launched its Diamond Anniversary year, announcing an exciting slate of programming that celebrates the fundamental values of the program – community, family, friendly competition and relationships that last a lifetime.

Little League Softball® Partners with Softball Excellence for Coaching Resources

January 23, 2014
To continue to provide resources for these volunteers, Little League® has partnered with the coaches educational resource, Softball Excellence (LittleLeague.org/SoftballExcellence), which will provide Little League-specific materials for softball coaches.
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