Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Two Little League® World Series Coaches Win Positive Coach Alliance Double-Goal Coach Awards


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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (March 19, 2019) – Two iconic coaches from the 2018 Little League® World Series were recently recognized for their dedication to youth sports as winners of the 2019 National Double-Goal Coach® Award by the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

Gerald Oda, manager of the 2018 Little League Baseball World Series Champion Honolulu (Hawaii) Little League team, and Antonio Roman, coach for the 2018 Junior League Softball World Series Keystone/West Tampa/Bayshore (Fla.) Little League team, were selected as two of 50 recipients among a pool of nearly 1,000 nominees to earn the prestigious honor.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Thousands of Little Leaguers® to Enjoy Unique Experiences at 2019 Little League® Urban Initiative Jamborees


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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (March 12, 2019) – Over the next few months, more than a thousand Little Leaguers in metropolitan areas and underserved communities across the United States will have the unique opportunity to participate in a Little League® Urban Initiative Jamboree.

Little League® Urban Initiative Jamborees provide tournament atmosphere and memorable experiences to children in metropolitan areas and underserved communities across the United States.

Established in 2004, the Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree offers boys and girls across the nation participating in Little League Urban Initiative programs the opportunity to compete, make new friends, and forge lifelong memories.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Jessie Lahr Named Administrative Assistant for the Little League® Risk Management Department

Jessie Lahr - Administrative Assistant Risk Management
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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.  – Little League® International has officially announced the hiring of Jessie Lahr as the Administrative Assistant for the Risk Management Department.

“We are honored to welcome Jessie to our team here in Williamsport and are looking forward to her support in providing our local leagues all around the world with a meaningful and memorable experience,” said Karl Eckweiler, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. “Jessie’s background as a Youth Outreach Coordinator, combined with her dedicated work ethic and previous experience, will help us to continue to provide our local leagues with the resources and tools necessary to operate effectively and efficiently.”

Prior to joining Little League International, Ms. Lahr served as an Assistant General Manager and Event Coordinator for The Liberty Arena in Williamsport, Pa., as well as a freelance writer and editor. In addition to her time in Williamsport, Ms. Lahr served as an Office Coordinator for the Bucknell Office of Civic Engagement and as a Youth Outreach Coordinator for CORE Susquehanna AmeriCorps in Lewisburg, Pa., where she coordinated after-school programs for low-income children and provided ESL support in two school districts.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Cuban Baseball Federation Aligns with Little League® International to Develop Youth Baseball Throughout Cuba


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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -  Little League® International announced today that the Cuban Baseball Federation (CBF) has aligned its youth baseball program for children 4 to 12 years old with Little League Baseball®. The partnership will bring Little League to the CBF’s approximately 170 local baseball programs with continued efforts to develop opportunities for youth throughout Cuba, where children can learn valuable life lessons through Little League.

Partnership will affiliate 170 Cuban youth programs for children 4 to 12 years old with Little League Baseball and include Little League International Tournament participation for 2019

(L-R) Little League President and CEO, Stephen D. Keener and Cuban Baseball Federation President, Higinio Velez.

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Beginning with the 2019 season, Cuba will be eligible to enter the Little League International Tournament, with the winner of its country tournament advancing to the Caribbean Region Tournament for the Little League Baseball division. The 2019 Caribbean Region Tournament will be played in Willemstad, Curacao from July 12-21.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Little League News: Send-off Celebration for the PA Delegation of Spec...

17 PA Athletes, Coaches and Staff to Represent USA at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019
On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the World of Little League® Museum and Official Store in South Williamsport, Pa., will host 17 Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes, coaches and staff for a send-off celebration prior to their departure for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Send-off activities, taking place from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., will feature a brief program with special guests, a group museum and stadium tour, lunch, and police escort for the delegation heading to the Newark Liberty International Airport.

The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will be held from March 14-21, 2019 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where more than 7,000 athletes from over 170 countries will compete in 24 different individual and team sports. Special Olympics USA will send a 313-member delegation to represent the United States, comprised of 216 athletes, 63 coaches and approximately 34 delegation members who support team operations. Team members will compete in 18 of the 24 sports offered: athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, football (soccer), golf, gymnastics – artistic, gymnastics—rhythmic, open water swimming, powerlifting, sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, and volleyball.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Little League News: Little League® and New Era Cap Agree to Four-Year ...

Little League® and New Era Cap Agree to Four-Year Extension

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (December 20, 2018) – Little League® International and New Era Cap Co Inc., the official on-field cap of the Little League World Series, have agreed to a four-year extension as an official sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball. The extension will be effective through 2022.


Long-standing partner, New Era Cap, will continue to provide support to Little League® Baseball and Softball as the Official On-Field Cap of the Little League World Series.


“For nearly three decades, New Era Cap has been a tremendous supporter of the Little League Baseball and Softball program and has gone above and beyond to make the Little League experience special for millions of kids around the world,” said Liz DiLullo Brown, Little League Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “From providing the official on-field caps and visors to our players at each of our World Series events, to all of the activations and efforts they provide to our millions of fans each year, New Era Cap has shown how important it is to support this program. We are truly grateful for their long-term support and dedication of the Little League program and are looking forward to continuing an exciting future together.”

Crosscutters News - Borders Returns to Williamsport for Fifth Season

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The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that Pat Borders will return for his fifth season as manager of the Williamsport Crosscutters.

In his four seasons in Williamsport, Borders has an overall record of 154-147 and holds the Cutters managerial career mark for games and wins. 

Borders appeared in a total of 1,099 Major League games over 17 seasons playing for nine different teams.  He spent the most time with the Toronto Blue Jays (1988-1994, 1999) who drafted him in the 6th round of the 1982 draft.

He was the starting catcher for the Blue Jays World Series championship clubs in 1992 and 1993 and was named the World Series MVP in ’92 when he hit .450 in the Fall Classic.  He also was a member of the USA Baseball team that earned a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics, making him one of just four players in history to have won both a World Series championship and an Olympic gold medal.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Little League News: 90+ Volunteer Umpires Earn Prestigious 2019 Little...

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (January 16, 2019) – Each year, the holiday season becomes just a bit more special for more than 90 dedicated Little League® volunteers who receive their official notifications with their official umpire assignments for the Little League World Series tournaments.

Volunteer umpires are one of the most important aspects in the success of Little League programs around the world and in the Little League International Tournament. As a way to continually develop these volunteer umpires throughout the year, Little League International offers a variety of digital training and educational resources available on LittleLeague.org/Umpires, a bi-monthly Fair Ball Newsletter, access to the Little League Umpire Registry, and formal training through Umpire Clinics and Schools around the nation.

Little League News: World of Little League® Museum and Official Store ...

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (February 13, 2019) – On Sunday, March 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., the World of Little League® Museum and Official Store will be hosting another memorable Art at the Museum Event, offering participants a chance to join local artist and owner of Wistart Studio in Hughesville, Amanda M. Emig, to paint an iconic piece of art.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming Amanda back to our Museum for this exciting event, and encourage anyone who is interested in this event, regardless of skill level, to sign up and take part of this memorable experience,” said Lance Van Auken, Little League® Vice President and Executive Director of the Museum. “Our previous Art at the Museum event provided our visitors with educational instruction and a memorable experience that they can share with their friends and family in a unique environment. We can’t wait to see everyone out at the Museum on March 10 for another exciting event.”

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Little League News: 2019 Little League Challenger Division® Jamborees ...

Little League News: 2019 Little League Challenger Division® Jamborees ...:

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (February 14, 2019) – This year, hundreds of Little Leaguers® with physical and intellectual challenges will receive a unique opportunity to participate in a Little League Challenger Division® Jamboree, a volunteer-hosted event that provides players the experience of a tournament atmosphere.

“Each year, our dedicated volunteers work hard to provide members of our Challenger Division with the unique opportunity to experience the thrill of a Little League tournament while joining together with other members of the community to host an event filled with fun, socialization, and unique memories,” said Sam Ranck, Little League Director of the Challenger Division. “Our Jamboree events provide lifelong memories to not only the participants, but to all of the volunteers who help make the event so special. We are thankful for all the dedication and support that goes into these Jamborees, and hope all of our participants enjoy their time on and off the field this year.”

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