2024 Little League® World Series Umpires Announced
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by Kevin Fountain
10h ago
More than 100 dedicated umpires have been selected to volunteer across the seven Little League® World Series events in 2024. “Being named an umpire at one of our seven World Series events is an honor that thousands of Little League umpires strive for each year and has long been known as an opportunity to showcase their hard work and give back by helping to provide a fun and memorable experience for the hundreds of participants from around the world,” said Stu Hartenstein, Little League Director of Umpire Development and Operations. “As we look ahead to yet another exciting summer and continue ..read more
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New Jersey and California Teams Set for 2024 Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game, Presented by Eggland’s Best
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by Lauren Rude
10h ago
Earning the trip to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to compete in the 2024 Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game are teams from Manalapan, New Jersey, and Mission Viejo, California.   “In its 22nd year, the Little League Challenger Division Exhibition Game continues to be one of the most memorable events as it brings together two outstanding local Little League programs for a morning of fun competition,” said Sam Ranck, Little League Senior Director of Strategy and Development. “We are incredibly grateful for the hours and hard work the volunteers in each league’s community have ..read more
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“Dear Girls with Game” – Chris Downs
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by Kevin Fountain
2d ago
Dear Girls With Game, For decades, I’ve not only served as an employee for Little League, but have also volunteered at both the local and district levels, just as millions of other adults have done over the years in an effort toward making the Little League experience uniquely special for all kids. One such period of time has stuck with me and is dear to my heart. Turning back the Little League scrapbook pages in my mind, I stop on the summer of 2010. The previous couple of seasons, I was managing in a minor, player-pitch baseball division. Among the four teams in that 2010 regular-season loo ..read more
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Little League® Diamond Leader Discussions: Krista Bordeleau
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by Lauren Rude
1w ago
Licensed Clinical Behaviorist Krista (Schermerhorn) Bordeleau grew up lacing up her softball cleats and stepping out onto her local league’s fields, so when her two daughters were old enough to play, it was a perfect opportunity for Mrs. Bordeleau to continue her love for the game and return to Little League® as a volunteer.   As a softball coach with Ledyard (Conn.) Little League, Mrs. Bordeleau reflects on her days as a Little Leaguer®, which she found to be both a challenging and fun opportunity. Mrs. Bordeleau strives to teach her players, including her daughters, all the import ..read more
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#GWG50 Staff Spotlight: Nina Johnson-Pitt, Senior Strategy Executive
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by Kevin Fountain
1w ago
Now in her 18th year with Little League®, Nina Johnson-Pitt has served in a variety of different ways for the organization, from the grassroots level to her current role spearheading the strategic efforts of the world’s largest youth baseball and softball organization. During the early part of her career as Central Region Assistant Director and Central Region Director, Ms. Johnson-Pitt had an impactful role in all the operational aspects of the program. Since December 2020, she has stepped up to the plate in her new role as Senior Strategy Executive, with the primary mission of leading the lo ..read more
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Little League® Receives 2023 Pitch In For Baseball and Softball MVP Award
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by Lauren Rude
2w ago
Thanks to its ongoing support and significant equipment donations to Pitch In For Baseball and Softball (PIFBS), Little League® has been named the recipient of the 2023 PIFBS Equipment Donor MVP Award.   Throughout the 2023 season, Little League International donated more than 4,000 pieces of equipment including helmets, baseballs and softballs, and training aids to PIFBS while also conducting outreach campaigns to its local leagues in an effort to encourage additional donations.  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Pitch In For Baseball&Softball (@pifbs ..read more
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“Dear Girls with Game” – Lauren Rude
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by Kevin Fountain
2w ago
Dear Girls with Game,  When you sit in the dugout, surrounded by your teammates, waiting to run out onto the field for the first pitch of the game – what’s running through your mind? Some people are thinking of all the recent advice they might have received from their coach, and others might be visualizing making that game-saving play. Well, before every game I had growing up, I had one coach who volunteered a player to stand in the middle of a huddle and lead a chant. It was just a short chant designed to pump us up and put into perspective the type of teammate we were meant to be on t ..read more
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Stu Hartenstein Named Little League® Director of Umpire Development and Operations
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by Kevin Fountain
2w ago
Little League® International has announced the transition of Stu Hartenstein from Central Region Director to Director of Umpire Development and Operations, effective as of February 24, 2024. “We are proud to provide Stu this new opportunity, as we continue to find ways to enhance our umpire development, education, and operations across all levels of our organization,” said Nick Caringi, Little League Senior Director of Operations and Education. “We look forward to bringing Stu’s own personal experience as an umpire together with the expertise and leadership we continue to receive from Gerry D ..read more
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Little League® Launches #GWG50 Grant Program
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by Kevin Fountain
2w ago
As part of our within our program, as well as another milestone with the Girls with Game 50 Celebration in 2024, we are pleased to announce the launch of its #GWG50 Grant Program with a commitment of grant-making and scholarship funding opportunities. Focused on providing local leagues and volunteers with financial resources needed to enhance the Little League experience at the grassroots level, this grant program will provide opportunities in two key areas – League Enhancements and Volunteer Development. “As we join together in celebration of 50 years of girls and women in our program, we ar ..read more
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AU Pro Games Returning to Greenville to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Little League Softball® World Series
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by Kevin Fountain
2w ago
After a successful first year that brought a historic event to the home of the Little League Softball® World Series, Athletes Unlimited Pro Softball is set to return to Greenville, North Carolina, for a second year of fun and excitement with the 2024 AU Pro Games, set to take place on August 6-7. In addition to serving as the presenting sponsor of the 50th Anniversary of the Little League Softball World Series, DICK’S Sporting Goods has also been named as the presenting sponsor of the 2024 AU Pro Games at the LLSWS, furthering their commitment to creating opportunities for girls and women in s ..read more
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