Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to be Enshrined into the Little League® Hall of Excellence

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to be Enshrined into the Little League® Hall of Excellence. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Little League® Baseball and Softball.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (December 6, 2017) – In honor of his dedication to the growth of youth baseball and softball, his commitment to pursuing excellence, and his positive influence as a role model to aspiring Little Leaguers®, Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. will be enshrined into the Little League® Hall of Excellence, the highest honor that Little League can bestow. The enshrinement ceremony will take place at the 27th Little League International Congress in New Orleans, La., on Friday, January 19.

In 2015, Mr. Manfred became the first alumnus of Little League® to be elected as Commissioner of Major League Baseball

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

ESPN Talent to Serve as Special Guests at Little League® International Congress in New Orleans January 19-22, 2018

Karl Ravech, Jessica Mendoza, and Kyle Peterson will join Little League’s highest-level volunteers during the quadrennial event.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (November 29, 2017) – Following another exciting year covering the Little League Baseball® World Series, ESPN hosts Karl Ravech, Jessica Mendoza, and Kyle Peterson will join volunteers from around the world at the 27th Little League® International Congress in New Orleans on January 19-22, 2018.

“The Little League International Congress is an exciting time for the entire Little League program and having the opportunity to welcome these three individuals to our most important event will be a great experience for all the volunteers who attend,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “The dedication that Karl, Jessica, and Kyle have shown to the Little League program, both during the Little League Baseball World Series and throughout the year, has been truly remarkable, and it is an honor to invite them to our event in New Orleans this January.”

During their time at Congress, each of the ESPN hosts will have the opportunity to interact with Little League’s top volunteers to talk about the future of the organization, share their experiences during smaller group sessions, and spotlight signature ceremonies on the closing day of the event.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Little League® Announces Kimber Nelson as New Senior League Baseball World Series Director

Courtesy of Little League®
Baseball and Softball
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.  – Little League® International has officially announced that Kimber Nelson has accepted the appointment to become the new Senior League Baseball World Series Tournament Director in Easley, S.C. The current director, Jon Humphrey, has made the decision to step down from his current role and will serve as an advisor under Ms. Nelson’s new leadership.

Former director Jon Humphrey will continue to serve as an advisor for the Senior League Baseball World Series Tournament Committee.

“Kimber has been an excellent volunteer for the Senior League Baseball World Series and this year has done a tremendous job after stepping into a leadership role on the tournament committee,” said Mr. Humphrey. “I truly appreciate that Little League has entrusted me and my staff with this tournament for the last 11 years and I am confident that Kimber will be able to continue to serve as a great leader here for our team here in Easley.”

Monday, November 27, 2017

Little League® International Announces Rule and Regulation Changes for 2018 Season

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (November 22, 2017) – During their annual November meeting, the Little League® International Board of Directors approved new rule and regulation changes to go into effect for the 2018 season.

Highlighting some of the changes in 2018 are: the establishment of a waiver for Regulation I(d) and III(c) to provide leagues flexibility to structure their Little League Baseball® Major Division to allow teams to have more than eight league age 12-year-olds as well as accommodate more than 10 teams within the division; permission for leagues to stream/web-cast games through their league-owned website, official social media account, or other digital platforms granted they follow all Little League policies regarding commercialization and trademarks; and an update to the bat rule for all Baseball and Challenger divisions to comply with the USABat Standard.

To assist with understanding all of the newly approved changes, Little League has also created a full breakdown of all of the rule and regulation changes, including clarification on each. This page, found at LittleLeague.org/Rules, will be updated frequently with any new rule and regulation changes.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Holiday Activities Set For the World of Little League® Museum

Photo Courtesy of Little League® Baseball and Softball
Free admission, Santa Claus visit, Toys for Tots donations, and holiday souvenirs highlight holiday specials
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (November 14, 2017) – Holiday activities are in the air at the World of Little League® Museum and Official Store, 525 U.S. 15 (Montgomery Pike). Over the course of the next month, Santa Claus will be making a visit, new toys are being collected for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, and unique gifts will be available.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Little League® International Announces Zionsville, Indiana, as New Home for Central Region Headquarters

Courtesy of Little League® International
Following a 14-month selection process, Little League® International has officially announced Zionsville, Ind., as the new permanent home for the Central Region Headquarters. The decision was made during the Little League International Board of Directors meeting on November 10 following a thorough evaluation of communities who responded to a Request for Proposal (RFP) last fall.