INAUGURAL INTERMEDIATE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES COMING TO LIVERMORE
Series Runs July 30 through August 5; With the Championship Game Broadcast Live on ESPN
LIVERMORE, Calif., March 25th, 2013 — Livermore, California and California District 57 Little League have been selected as the hosts for the inaugural Intermediate Little League World Series, held July 30 through August 5, 2013 in Livermore, California.
Ten (10) teams from around the world — one local Host team, five more U.S teams and four international teams — as well as families, fans and friends will travel to the San Francisco Bay Area for 19 games culminating with the Championship game Monday, August 5, which will be broadcast live on ESPN.
“We’re excited to bring this event to the Tri-Valley,” said Dave Wetmore, World Series Tournament Director. “We’re expecting close to 10,000 people to attend the 7-day event, those that will shop, dine, and stay in our community.”
Livermore and Northern California District 57 Little League, were selected over thousands of other districts, cities and states that were all vying to host this global event.
“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.”
The Intermediate Division began as a two-year pilot program, before becoming an official division in 2012.
Players ages 11-13 are eligible to play in this Intermediate baseball league, which features a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot bases, also known as “50/70”.
“People see it as a great way to make the transition from the Little League field to the standard baseball diamond,” Wetmore said. “For us, it has kept more players in our programs into their teenage years.”
Little League Baseball was founded in 1939 in Williamsport PA. Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program has assisted millions of children on every continent 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.
Little League Baseball, Incorporated is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball and Softball.”
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