Livermore, Calif., Chosen as Site of New World Series Tournament in 2013

 >  Little League Online  >  Media  >  Little League News Archive  >  2012  >  May-August  > Livermore, Calif., Chosen as Site of New World Series Tournament in 2013 Livermore, Calif., Chosen as Site of New World Series Tournament in 2013 Livermore, Calif., Chosen as Site of New World Series Tournament in 2013 By Communications Division SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. August 24, 2012 In today’s meeting of the Little League International Board of Directors, the site of a new World Series baseball tournament of Little League was named. Livermore, Calif., and Granada Little League, will host in August 2013 the first World Series in the newest division of play. The new division, which will have a pitching distance of 50 feet, and base paths of 70 feet, is to be named later this year. Several cities were considered over the past few months for the new baseball division’s World Series, including Vancouver, Wash., and Chicago. “It was a difficult choice, since all the cities are so close in terms of what they have to offer,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Any of them, we are confident, would do a terrific job of hosting such a high-profile event. Ultimately, the Board of Directors settled on Northern California, the greater San Francisco area, Livermore, and Granada Little League, as its top choice.” Operated as the 50/70 Pilot Program, local leagues worldwide have chartered teams in the experimental division since 2010. After each season since then, Little League International has gathered information from local leagues and districts on best practices, allowing it to refine the guidelines in preparation for establishing the new division of play, and the ninth World Series tournament of Little League. As with all of its World Series tournaments in baseball and softball, all of the travel expenses for the players, manager, and coaches, will be provided by Little League International.  The World Series Tournament Director will be California District 57 Administrator Dave Wetmore, who has been an advocate of such a program for years, and has successfully implemented several levels of the 50-70 Pilot Program throughout his district. He also annually leads the committee that operates the California Challenger Division Jamboree. “The 50/70 Pilot Program has been welcomed with open arms here,” Mr. Wetmore, who operated a similar 80-foot program in his district starting in 2000, said.
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