Saturday, January 27, 2007

Little League Softball World Series Tournament Sites

With the recent news of ESPN expanding its coverage of Little League World Series tournaments to include other divisions outside of the major league level (typically 11-12 year olds), you might be interested to know where the tournaments are located. Here is a quick breakdown of the towns who will enjoy the presence of ESPN and exposure for the girls who make it to these great tournaments:

Little League Softball World Series
playing age: 11-12 years old
location: Portland, Oregon

Junior League Softball World Series
playing age: 13-14 years old
location: Kirkland, Washington (outside Seattle)

Senior League Softball World Series
playing age: 15-16 years old
location: Sussex County, Deleware

Tournaments begin in August 2007 and of course, we will be following them here at :)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Michele Smith Clinic in San Bernardino, CA

If any of you are lucky enough to live in the Inland Empire area of Southern California, Olympic Gold Medalist Michele Smith will be putting on a clinic at the Little League Western Region headquarters on Sunday, February 11.

Details can be found on this flyer.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

ESPN Coverage: 8 More Years + Additional Games

Little League Inc. announced this month an extension to the agreement with cable sports giant ESPN for broadcasting of LL World Series games for the next eight years.

In addition, more division championships within the Little League structure will be telecast to ESPN's worldwide audiences. This is great news for the LL Softball World Series in Portland, where the semifinals and championship games will again be televised. But also check your listings for the championship games of the following tournaments to be televised on ESPN or ESPN2:

Junior League Softball (13-14-year-old girls), at Kirkland, Wash., Aug. 12-18

Senior League Softball (14-16-year-old girls), at Lower Sussex, Del., Aug. 5-11
Big League Softball (16-18-year-old girls), at Kalamazoo, Mich., Aug. 13-18

Junior League Baseball (13-14-year-olds), at Taylor, Mich., Aug. 12-18
Senior League Baseball (14-16-year-olds), at Bangor, Maine, Aug. 12-18
Big League Baseball (16-18-year-olds), at Easley, S.C., July 28-Aug. 4

Congratulations to Little Leaguers and the volunteers who spend the summer preparing for a great tournament atmosphere, that is obviously popular with television audiences!