Saturday, April 8, 2017

I Pushed My Son to Play Like His Brother and Pushed Them Both Too Hard

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Three years separate my sons. My oldest, Drew, graduated from the Little League® program last year. Our league doesn't have a division beyond Majors, so he's playing for a few other teams in the area. He's doing great there, just like he did during his Little League days. As a Little Leaguer®, he played up in Majors as a 9-year-old, made the All-Star team each year, and was the best player in the league his final year. Drew did not get his talents from any family gene. His success came from hard work.

Things to Know From Little League®: April 2017

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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.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Barry Grove Announces Retirement From Little League®; Andrew Frederick Named Director of Information Services

Barry Grove (left) and Andrew Frederick.
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After nearly 19 seasons at Little League® International, Barry Grove has officially announced his retirement as the Little League Director of Information Services. With Mr. Grove’s last day set for April 7, Little League’s current Assistant Director of Information Services, Andrew Frederick, has officially been announced as the new Director.

Mr. Grove has helped lead and develop the Little League Information Systems department since 1999.

“Barry’s service and dedication to Little League throughout his career has been a testament to the success of the Little League program as a whole,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “We are truly thankful for the commitment, servitude, and compassion that Barry has shown over the last 18 years, and we are excited for the future of the Little League Information Services department under the leadership of Andy in his new role.”

Monday, April 3, 2017

Professional Baseball Month Set at World of Little League® Museum

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Baseball and softball fans visiting the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store during the month of April will have the opportunity to represent their favorite teams and earn free admission to the historic Museum.

Visitors wearing professional baseball team apparel receive free admission to the museum.

Anyone wearing professional baseball team apparel will receive free admission and the opportunity to explore a world-class museum.

Rated as the No. 1 family attraction in Pennsylvania by FlipKey (a TripAdvisor company), the World of Little League Museum is filled with interactive fun, videos, and unusual artifacts to educate and entertain people of all ages. From testing your speed from home to first base and working on your reaction time as a shortstop, to playing virtual catch with Mike Mussina, the Museum offers a variety of interactive exhibits as well as the opportunity to take in the history of how the Little League®Baseball and Softball programs around the world were shaped.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Flashback - Uganda Africa comes to the World Series and enjoys the Penn College sponsored picnic

Europe-Africa team from Uganda enjoys the annual team picnic at Penn College
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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 24, 2015) – A Little League team from Uganda has won the Europe and Africa Region Championship, earning a right to compete in the 69th Little League Baseball® World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. AVRS Little League defeated Catalunya Little League from Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday, July 23, 16-0, winning its way to Williamsport. Fourteen teams took part in the eight-day event held at the Little League Baseball European Leadership Training Center in Kutno, Poland.
In 2012, the Ugandan team from Lugazi Little League won the then-Middle East and Africa Region Championship

Friday, March 10, 2017

Pirates, Cardinals to Play “mlb Little League Classic” at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field

Williamsport, PA - The Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals will play a special regular season game to celebrate youth baseball during the 2017 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on Sunday, August 20th, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) jointly announced today. The game will air nationally on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” and ESPN Radio at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

MLB and the MLBPA will host the “MLB Little League Classic,” in which the Pirates will be the home team, at a renovated BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, the home of the Class-A Williamsport Crosscutters of the NY-Penn League. To start the day, Major Leaguers will attend Little League World Series games as a unified demonstration of their passion and commitment to helping grow the game at the youth level. This day-long baseball celebration culminates later that night, when the Pirates and Cardinals host Little Leaguers and their families at the MLB Little League Classic.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Flashback Friday - Czech Republic Wins Its Way to the Country’s First-Ever Little League Baseball® World Series Appearance

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 22, 2013) – The South Moravia Little League from the Czech Republic won the European and Africa Region Championship, besting the Italy team from Emilia Little League, 3-0, at Edward Piszek Stadium at the Little League® European Headquarters in Kutno, Poland, on Saturday, July 20. This will be the initial appearance for the Czech Republic in the 67-year history of the Little League Baseball® World Series. Thanks to its strong relationship with the Confederation of European Baseball, Little League has seen solid growth in Europe in recent years.

For the first time since 2001, there will be two countries making their World Series debut this August in South Williamsport. Czech Republic joins Perth Metro Central Little League team from Perth, Australia as the second Little League team to represent its country. Perth Metro Central won the championship for the newly formed Australia Region on June 5. Australia and the Czech Republic will be the 27th and 28th countries to make it to the Little League Baseball World Series.