As most children start making ready for a return to high school, a number of choose 11- and 12-year-old baseball gamers delay their summer season and head to South Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the 2019 Little League World Sequence.
The 73rd Little League World Sequence lasts 10 days, starting Aug. 15, and contains a 16-team area consisting of eight U.S. and eight worldwide groups, dealing with off in a double-elimination match that culminates within the championship recreation Aug. 25.
Final 12 months, Hawaii defeated South Korea to win the the match, the second time within the final three years that an American staff has received.
Whereas not each participant competing within the World Sequence is destined for careers in Main League Baseball, a few of the recreation’s extra notable names resembling Cody Bellinger, Michael Conforto, Randal Grichuk and Todd Frazier all share roots of enjoying within the Little League World Sequence.
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2019 Little League World Sequence bracket
You possibly can obtain a PDF of the complete 2019 Little League World Sequence bracket right here.
Little League World Sequence groups, rosters
Two brackets of eight groups – one worldwide and one for the US – compete in a double-elimination fashion match. The winner of every bracket faces off in a winner-take-all championship recreation. Every of the 16 groups symbolize geographic areas that the groups needed to win a regional match with the intention to qualify for the World Sequence.
United States groups
|Nice Lakes||Bowling Inexperienced Jap LL||Bowling Inexperienced, Kentucky|
|Mid-Atlantic||Elmora Youth LL||Elizabeth, New Jersey|
|Midwest||Coon Rapids Andover American LL||Coon Rapids, Minnesota|
|New England||Barrington LL||Barrington, Rhode Island|
|Northwest||Sprague LL||Salem, Oregon|
|Southeast||Loudoun South American LL||South Using, Virginia|
|Southwest||Eastbank LL||River Ridge, Louisiana|
|West||Central East Maui LL||Wailuku, Hawaii|
|Asia-Pacific||Chung Nam LL||South Chungcheong, South Korea|
|Australia||Cronulla LL||Sydney, Australia|
|Canada||Coquitlam LL||Coquitlam, British Columbia|
|Caribbean||Pabao LL||Willemstad, Curacao|
|Europe-Africa||Emilia Romagna LL||Bologna, Italy|
|Japan||Chofu LL||Chofu Metropolis, Japan|
|Latin America||Cacique Mara LL||Maracaibo, Venezuela|
|Mexico||Epitacio “Mara” Torres LL||Guadalupe, Nuevo León|
Little League World Sequence location
Little League World Sequence video games are performed inside two stadiums in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Howard J. Lamade Stadium has hosted each LLWS since 1959. In 2001, Little League Volunteer Stadium was added to accommodate an expanded area and extra video games.
Ages for Little League World Sequence gamers
This 12 months’s World Sequence is not going to function any youngsters. A new rule, introduced in 2015 however not efficient till this season, modified the eligibility dates of gamers’ birthdays from Dec. 31 to Aug. 31, thus eliminating any 13-year-olds. Final 12 months, 85 of the 213 gamers have been 13 years outdated.
For the primary time ever, the match will as an alternative encompass solely gamers aged 11 and 12 years outdated.
What’s the LLWS pitch depend restrict?
One of many greatest elements in figuring out a staff’s means to win is whether or not or not they’ve an ace on the mound. In an effort to guard younger arms, Little League has a strict pitch depend rule, requiring managers to strategically use their gamers properly on the mound for the video games and conditions that matter most.
Any participant on a staff can pitch throughout a recreation, excluding somebody who has performed 4 or extra innings as a catcher. A pitcher faraway from the mound might stay within the recreation and play a distinct place.
Under is a chart of the completely different pitch-count thresholds and days of relaxation required. If a pitcher reaches a brand new threshold whereas dealing with a batter, the participant can proceed to pitch till the batter is retired.
|# of pitches||Days of relaxation|
Little League World Sequence area dimension
- 46 toes: Pitching rubber to residence plate
- 60 toes: Size of basepaths
- 225 toes: Dwelling plate to outfield fence
Each stadiums have twin fields about two-thirds the dimensions of typical MLB ballparks. The fences are 225 toes from residence plate in any respect factors of the outfield. Within the infield, the pitching rubber is 46 toes from residence plate with 60-foot basepaths.
The primary lady since Mo’ne Davis in 2014 is enjoying
Maddy Freking of Minnesota Coon Rapids Andover American Little League would be the first lady to play within the Little League World Sequence since Mo’ne Davis pitched her approach into the highlight in 2014. Freking performs second base. She would be the 19th lady to play within the now 73-year historical past of the LLWS and is the primary from Minnesota since Krissy Wendell in 1994.
Who received the LLWS in 2018?
Honolulu, Hawaii received the Little League World Sequence final 12 months, defeating South Korea 3-Zero within the championship recreation. Hawaii has despatched 4 groups to the World Sequence title recreation since 2005. The state will once more symbolize the West area with Central East Maui Little League incomes a visit to the match.
U.S. groups are in search of to win consecutive championships for the primary time since a stretch of 5 in a row from 2005-09. The U.S. is simply 17-35 all time in opposition to worldwide groups within the championship.
Listing of previous Little League World Sequence champions
Taiwan leads all nations and states with 17 LLWS titles. California leads all states with seven titles, trailing simply Taiwan’s 17 and Japan’s 11 for essentially the most all time.
|1948||Lock Haven, Pa.|
|1961||El Cajon, Calif.|
|1962||San Jose, Calif.|
|1963||Granada Hills, Calif.|
|1964||Staten Island, N.Y.|
|1965||Windsor Locks, Conn.|
|1967||West Tokyo, Japan|
|1968||Wakayama, Osaka, Japan|
|1976||Chofu, Tokyo, Japan|
|1979||Chiayi County, Taiwan|
|1984||Seoul, South Korea|
|1985||Seoul, South Korea|
|1990||Tainan County, Taiwan|
|1992||Lengthy Seashore, Calif.|
|1993||Lengthy Seashore, Calif.|
|1998||Toms River, N.J.|
|1999||Hirakata, Osaka, Japan|
|2002||Valley Station, KY|
|2003||Musashi-Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan|
|2005||Ewa Seashore, HI|
|2007||Warner Robins, GA|
|2009||Chula Vista, Calif.|
|2010||Edogawa Minami, Tokyo, Japan|
|2011||Huntington Seashore, Calif.|
|2012||Tokyo Kitasuna, Tokyo, Japan|
|2013||Musashi Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan|
|2014||Seoul, South Korea|
|2015||Tokyo Kitasuna, Tokyo, Japan|
|2017||Tokyo Kitasuna, Tokyo, Japan|