California District 37 Little League: CAD37 News

Saturday, August 27
LITTLE LEAGUE ABANDONS BIG LEAGUE BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL



 In an email sent out yesterday, Little League Baseball announced that beginning with the 2017 season there will no longer be a Big League division ineither baseball or softball. LLB said that they were doing so in order to focus more on the 4-16 year old age groups.

  “Historically, the Big League divisions, and specifically participation of children 17 and 18 years old, has made up less than one percent of the entire Little League program, and has not seen any significant growth or decline over the past 15 years,” said Mr. Keener. “When thoroughly reviewing all our offerings, the Little League International Board of Directors felt that this restructuring was the best way to focus our efforts where the Little League program came make its most positive impact at the younger levels of the game.”

 As part of this restructuring, Little League International will also relocate the Senior League Baseball World Series from Bangor, Maine, to Easley, S.C., which had previously served as the home of the Big League Baseball World Series. The Senior League Softball World Series will remain in Lower Sussex, Del., which also hosted the Big League Softball World Series since 2013.