Mission: A program of service to youth that establishes the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play. Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the little league program assists millions of children in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork, and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage, and loyalty, the little league baseball and softball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.
Programs: League operations - approximately 2. 4 million children ages 5-16 played little league baseball and softball last year. Supporting these players were more than one million volunteers. The players and volunteers comprise over 6,500 leagues and approximately 140,000 teams. Little league baseball and softball is played in more than 80 countries around the world. Every little league program is supported by a regional center providing administrative support and training for volunteers, local leagues, districts, tournaments, and other activities. The experienced helpful staff at the regional centers is available by telephone, e-mail, or fax during normal business hours and on weekends and evenings during the international tournament. The regional offices are supported by little league international which is the administrative and service core of the organization. The little league international facility and regional centers are designed for and used extensively for conducting leadership development, umpire, coach and manager training, and a variety of other training and development activities. Little league staff members also travel throughout the united states and other countries providing training at a local level. Last year thousands of district administrators, local league officers, and other league volunteers participated in these activities. In addition, publications ranging from rule books to pamphlets on player safety, tips on coaching, how to be a supportive little league parent, sponsor programs, and fundraising activities were provided to local leagues last year. Little league international makes these resources available online also. Players who would like to enhance their training in baseball skills while enjoying a well-rounded fun and educational experience can take advantage of the one-week summer camps operated by little league international. Staffed by qualified instructors and counselors, the little league summer camps offer a rewarding experience for youngsters age 8 - 15. Little league international offers a wide range of services to local leagues including insurance coverages to local leagues at very affordable rates. Little league international employs professional staff members to assist leagues with enrollment and filing claims if insurance coverage is purchased through little league international.
little league world series, divisional tournaments, and special activities - the 2017 little league international tournament was conducted in 11 divisions of play for baseball and softball with a champion determined in each division by a world series (9/10-year-old and 10/11-year-old division tournaments were conducted in baseball and softball with winners advancing to a state level only). The official start date of the tournament was july 1. In less than sixty days, over 30,000 games were played with all aspects of play coordinated and managed by little league international. Little league international was also responsible for coordinating travel reimbursements to teams participating in the international tournament at a local, sectional, state, and regional level as well as all aspects of travel for those teams that participated in the seven different world series events. This involved coordinating the travel of thousands of players, coaches, and managers on airline flights and buses around the world, hotel and lodging at the respective world series locations for all the participants, and food services to those who participated while at the event. Throughout the past year, special activities were also conducted in support of local leagues and volunteers throughout the little league program and included such activities as special games and visitations at little league international and the regional facilities, recognition programs honoring local little league volunteers, and coordinating the opening ceremonies and special events as part of the international tournament.
world of little league peter j. Mcgovern museum approximately 25,000 people visited the world of little league peter j. Mcgovern museum this past year. August, the month of the little league baseball world series, continues to be the museum's most popular month. The museum remains a popular destination for travelers, primary school classes seeking an educational and fun way to learn about the program, as well as tour agencies, senior citizen groups, and minor league baseball booster clubs. The museum has also begun to host other civic and professional events for such groups as the local chamber of commerce, local colleges, businesses, and professional organizations. The museum has won a number of awards in the past year recognizing its educational and historic value as well as being a destination of excellence.