Little League Europe and Africa Region: Welcome

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WELCOME

TO EUROPE AND AFRICA REGION 

Address: Al. Malej Ligi 1, 99-300 Kutno, Poland, Tel. +48(24) 254 4569, Fax +48(24) 254 4571, europe@littleleague.org

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2014 EUROPE AND AFRICA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT UMPIRE ASSIGNMENTS

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Umpires interested in applying for any of the Europe and Africa Regional Tournaments are requested to follow the following application procedure:

1. Fill out a
Tournament Umpire Request Form and submit it to your District Administrator by October 31, 2013. Also, please e-mail a copy of your application form to europe@littleleague.org
 
  
2. Your District Administratator will forward your application to Regional Director for consideration.


3. Your Regional Director will review and forward your form to Williamsport with appropriate recommendation (this step applies to umpires coming from other than Europe and Africa Region).

4. All approved applications will be forwarded to the Europe and Africa Regional Director for final selections.

Please note that each umpire will be required to fill out the form every year for consideration.



2014 EUROPE AND AFRICA REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS

 Winners of all Regional Tournaments advance to represent Europe & Africa in 2014 World Series.

Click on each division for tournament details. 

DIVISION AGES  DATES  LOCATION 
Little League Baseball (11-12 year olds) 14-21 July Kutno, Poland
Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball (11-13 year olds) 6-12 July Prague, Czech Republic 
Junior League Baseball (12-14 year olds) 29 June -6 July Kutno, Poland
Senior League Baseball (13-16 year olds) 6-12 July Novara, Italy 
Big League Baseball (15-18 year olds) 7-10 July Ronchi dei Legionari, Italy
Little League Softball (11-12 year olds) 24-28 July Kutno, Poland
Junior League Softball (12-14 year olds) 16-20 July Brzeg, Poland
Senior League Softball (13-16 year olds) 16-20 July Brzeg, Poland
Big League Softball (14-18 year olds) 7-10 July Ronchi dei Legionari, Italy
       
       
2014 WORLD SERIES

 

Little League Baseball

 

(11-12 year olds)

 

14-24 August 

 

Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA

Little League Intermediate Baseball  (11-13 year olds) 29 July-4 August Livermore, California, USA

Junior League Baseball

(12-14 year olds) 10-16 August Taylor, Michigan, USA
Senior League Baseball (13-16 year olds) 10-16 August Bangor, Maine, USA
Big league Baseball (15-18 year olds) 23-30 July Easley, South Carolina, USA
Little League Softball (11-12 year olds) 7-13 August Portland, Oregon, USA
Junior League Softball (12-14 year olds) 10-16 August Kirkland, Washington, USA
Senior League Softball (13-16 year olds) 3-9 August Lower Sussex, Delaware, USA
Big League Softball (14-18 year olds) 3-9 August Lower Sussex, Delaware, USA


2013 TOURNAMENT RESOURCES (FORMS, RULES, DATES...)


Monday, January 21
LITTLE LEAGUE MOURNS THE PASSING OF STAN MUSIAL AND EARL WEAVER

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Little League mourns the passing of two greats of the game: Stan Musial and Earl Weaver.

Mr. Musial was one of Little League's greatest friends, and one of the greatest baseball players in history.

He was a driving force, along with his late friend Ed Piszek, behind Little League establishing a regional center in Kutno, Poland -- part of a lifelong passion for supporting Polish-American causes. The two stadiums at the Little League European Region Training Center in Kutno are named for Mr. Piszek, who founded Mrs. Paul's Kitchens, and Mr. Musial.

"More than just a great baseball player, Stan Musial was a great humanitarian," Steve Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. "We are all fortunate that he was a friend of Little League for so many years."

Starting out as a pitcher, Stan Musial transitioned to the outfield, and the rest was history. He ended his career with a .331 batting average and as the National League's career best in RBI, games played, runs scored, hits and doubles. He played his last game nearly a half-century ago, yet currently ranks fourth in total hits, behind only Pete Rose, Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron.

Despite the fact that he was devastating to National League pitchers (1,815 hits at home, and exactly the same number of hits on the road), Mr. Musial was universally respected. He spent his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mr. Musial might have reached the 500 home run plateau as well, had he not volunteered in the U.S. Navy during World War II at the height of his career. In 1969, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot.

Mr. Musial was always willling to help the causes of Little League. He made appearances at the Little League Baseball World Series, at the Little League International Congress, and at events in Poland, to help raise awareness for the efforts to build the regional center in Kutno. During these events, he entertained and amused crowds with his trademark harmonica.

Mr. Weaver, also a Baseball Hall of Famer, managed the Baltimore Orioles for 17 years and had a record of 1,480 wins and 1,060 losses. The Orioles won four pennants under his leadership, and a World Series in 1970.

Mr. Weaver was in the broadcast booth for the Little League Baseball World Series at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in 1983-'84 as an announcer for ABC's Wide World of Sports.



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NEW INTERMEDIATE (50/70) BASEBALL DIVISION - HOW TO CONVERT LITTLE LEAGUE FIELD TO INTERMEDIATE (50/70) FIELD


REGIONS REALIGNED FOR 2013

Australia will have an entry in the Little League Baseball World Series, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

Three of the existing 16 regions will be realigned, it was decided in last week’s meeting of the Little League International Board of Directors. The new alignment gives Australia’s national champion in the Little League Baseball Division an automatic berth in the World Series (along with Canada, Mexico, and Japan).

“The 16 regions that send teams to the Little League Baseball World Series are based on participation numbers at the local league level,” Mr. Keener said. “In the last few years, we have seen tremendous growth in Australia – so much so that Australia is now our fourth-largest country in terms of total participation. We expect and hope to see additional growth in Australia, particularly in softball and teenage baseball.”

The U.S. has the most local Little Leagues of any country, with more than 6,000. There are about 500 local Little League programs in Canada, followed by Mexico with about 450, and Japan with about 375. Australia had about 400 chartered leagues in 2012.

The realignment also means some countries will compete in a different region in the Little League Baseball (Majors) International Tournament. 

The countries of the Middle East (with the exception of Israel and Turkey, as in the International Baseball Federation alignment) will now compete as part of the Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region. 

The countries of Africa will now compete as part of the Europe and Africa Region.

The current list of countries in the regions of Latin America, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, and Japan remain the same. There also are no changes for the eight U.S. regions in 2013.

2012 Regions  2013 Regions
Latin America Latin America
Canada Canada
Caribbean Caribbean
Mexico Mexico
Japan    Japan
Middle East and Africa Europe and Africa
Europe Asia-Pacific and Middle East
Asia-Pacific Australia


KRISTIAN PALVIA NOMINATED TO REPRESENT EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA ON LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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The Little League Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region has nominated one of its experienced volunteer leaders for election to the Little League International Board of Directors, it was announced by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

Kristian Palvia, of Skovde, Sweden, is nominated to replace Giuseppe Guilizzoni, from Novara, Italy. Mr. Palvia is expected to assume his seat on the Little League International Board of Directors at its November 2012 annual meeting.

Each of the nine Field Directors on the board, one from each of the nine Little League Baseball and Softball regions, serves a three-year term.

“Kristian will provide an interesting perspective for our board representing one of our international regions,” Mr. Keener said. “He has been a committed Little League volunteer leader for many years, successfully building new, and overseeing existing programs in Sweden, as the District Administrator.  His experience with the national federation in Sweden also will provide a look at the baseball landscape as we continue to try to grow Little League in that country.”

Mr. Palvia, 41, has been involved with baseball and softball on the federation level since 1996 in different volunteer positions.  In 2004, Mr. Palvia accepted the position of Secretary General of the Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation, a position he still holds.

Mr. Palvia has been the Little League District Administrator (DA) in Sweden since 2005 and attended Little League International Congress in Houston (2007) and Lexington (2010).

Prior to serving in his present position, Mr. Palvia was the club administrator for IFK Skovde, an elite handball club, overseeing all aspects of the club, including the management of a large youth handball tournament that featured more than 300 teams and 3,000 participants.

Mr. Palvia has been involved with youth baseball since 1989, when the baseball program in Skovde was founded, and presently is the treasurer for the Skovde Saints baseball and softball program.  He also is the coach of a Tee Ball team in the Saints program.

“It is a great honor and joy to be nominated by my fellow District Administrators in the EMEA region,” Mr. Palvia said.  “I will do my best to continue the work done over the last three years by Giuseppe Guilizzoni.  I look forward to working together with the Board so we can extend the joy and passion of playing baseball and softball to children of all ages in the EMEA region.”

The Europe, Middle East and Asia region office is located in Kutno, Poland, serving 38 countries playing Little League Baseball and Softball.  There were more than 155,000 players and 10,000 teams participating in baseball and softball in the EMEA region in 2011.  In Sweden, there were more than 550 players and 37 teams in the Little League program last year.

The Little League International Board of Directors, a volunteer board, is responsible for the management of the property and affairs of Little League Baseball, Incorporated.



CHECK OUT OUR 2011 EMEA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT PHOTO ALBUM

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NEW EMEA REGION UMPIRE WEBSITE

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NEW WATER PARK OPENS IN KUTNO IN MAY

We are happy to report that the new Water Park is getting its final touches before opening in May 2012. The facility has a 25 meter swimming pool, recreational pools and slides, fitness center, and bowling alleys. It is located right next to the Little League Complex. We trust that this facility will offer great time to baseball and softball teams visiting our Complex! 

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

 


EDWARD PISZEK MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

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For the 9th year, Kutno will host the International Baseball/Softball Tournament – Edward Piszek Memorial, on April 28 - May 2, 2012.  It is expected that 17 teams from Belarus, Lithuania, and Poland will participate. The Tournament schedule will provide friendly games for divisions of T-Ball, Little League, Junior League and also entertainment for teams and fans. It is the first tournament at the Little League EMEA Center this season.   The Tournament is organized by Kutno Baseball and Softball Club, Copernicus Society of America, City of Kutno, County of Kutno, Lodz Region, and Little Legaue Baseball and Softball.



BARTLOMIEJ SOCHACKI NAMED ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF LITTLE LEAGUE'S EMEA REGION


KUWAIT LITTLE LEAGUE CHARTERS FIRST CHALLENGER DIVISION IN MIDDLE EAST

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NEW LITTLE LEAGUE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM IN KUTNO

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Hosting Little League EMEA regional tournaments involves work of many volunteers. They are the real individuals who make the difference behind the scenes. Little League umpires are one large group of volunteers that you can see daily on the fields during tournaments. They come from different parts of the world at their own expense and receive no compensation for their hard work. Another large group of volunteers is our team guides. Young people from the Kutno area dedicate their time and efforts to welcome teams from around the world. They assist Little League teams during EMEA regional tournaments in Kutno with translations and daily matters. In large part, they influence how the teams feel in Kutno and in Poland.  This year, in cooperation with two leading high schools in Kutno – Gen. J.H Dabrowski School and Jan Kasprowicz School, we created a new training program for this group of volunteers.  75 volunteers, who apply and qualify for the program, will participate in three workshops in May and June that will be offered by the two Schools and Little League regional office. The workshops will provide training on volunteer work, cultural differences among countries, safety procedures and tournament goals.  The Kutno Town Administration also supports the program.  If you would like to support the program or would like more information, please contact our Little League office in Kutno at europe@littleleague.org



2011 WORLD SERIES DATES AND SITES ANNOUNCED

Thursday, October 21
2011 ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Online chartering for the 2011 Little League season is now open and available through the Little League Data Center. Leagues are encourages to electronically complete and submit the 2011 charter application. Payment of all charter fees will be completed and accounted for in a separate transaction.

To begin, retrieve and complete the charter application, click here



2011 RULE CHANGES

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Little League International, the world’s largest and most-respected youth sports organization, has made the significant changes to the 2011 Policies, Rules and Regulations available in a PowerPoint presentation.

The presentation – which contains a summary of each change, and the exact wording of the changes as they will appear in the 2011 Rule Books – is available at this URL:
http://www.littleleague.org/Assets/forms_pubs/2011-BBSB-RuleChanges-ppt.ppt

A PDF version of the changes can be found here:
http://www.littleleague.org/Assets/forms_pubs/2011-BBSB-RuleChanges.pdf

Districts and local leagues are encouraged to use the PowerPoint presentation at meetings and seminars in the coming weeks, so that volunteers are “up to speed” on the changes.

For Facebook and Twitter users, you can also click “Share” on the buttons to the right of the headline in this story to inform your friends that this information is now available.

The 2011 Rule Books themselves are expected to be available in mid-December.

Every Little League, upon chartering for 2011, will receive one free Rule Book for each team chartered.


Sunday, April 11
LITTLE LEAGUE MOURNS THE LOSS OF POLAND'S LEADERS

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Little League mourns the loss of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and many of Poland's leaders in a plane crash in Russia. 96 people died.

The Polish people, and their political leaders, have embraced Little League in the years since the fall of the Iron Curtain. Little League's Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters (The Little League European Leadership Training Center) is located in Kutno, Poland.

President Kaczynski and his wife Maria died after their plane crashed on approach to Smolensk airport in western Russia on Saturday, April 10, 2010. They were on their way to Katyn, Russia to attend a World War II memorial service.

President Kaczynski was a key part of the anti-Communist movement in Poland, and was interned for a time in 1981 because of his activities. He became an advisor for the Solidarity movement headed by lech Walesa.

When Democracy came to Poland, it was the late Ed Piszek - a trustee of the Little League Foundation - and Baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial, who led the efforts to establish a permanent Little League center in Poland. Both gentlemen were strong supporters of Solidarity and Polish-American causes.



Tuesday, March 23
CHANGES APPROVED AT INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS

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NEW PITCHING RULE FOR 2010 REGULAR SEASON AND TOURNAMENT PLAY
Recent rule changes adopted by the Little League International ...

LITTLE LEAGUE ONLINE STORE

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Thursday, September 24
2010 LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS INFORMATION

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Saturday, July 18
2009 WORLD SERIES RESULTS

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Tuesday, July 7
2009 LITTLE LEAGUE EMEA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT RESULTS

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Friday, February 27
LITTLE LEAGUE TIME CAPSULE PROJECT 2059

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Monday, November 24
BASEBALL BRINGS ENTUSIASM TO ORPHANS' LIVES IN UKRAINE
American baseball enthusiast brings the joy of home runs and throwing ...

Monday, November 17
LITTLE LEAGUE ANNOUNCES DATES, SITES FOR 2009 WORLD SERIES TOURNAMENTS

The ...



AFFILIATION INFORMATION REQUEST - click here


NEED EQUIPMENT?

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Since 2005, Little League Baseball and Softball has partnered with a non profit youth baseball and softball charity called Pitch In For Baseball® to coordinate our response to members of the Little League family needing assistance. 

Pitch In For Baseball (PIFB) is the central organization for the collection and redistribution of new and gently used youth baseball and softball equipment. In the last years, PIFB has provided much-needed donations of equipment and uniforms to programs and communities all around the world.

Questions about the program or your equipment requests can be directed to Pitch In For Baseball’s Executive Director, David Rhode. Mr. Rhode can be reached via email at: drhode@pitchinforbaseball.org



FREE ON-LINE RESOURCE CENTER WEBSITE FOR COACHES AND MANAGERS

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PRESIDENT BUSH TO DELIVER BASEBALL EQUIPMENT TO LITTLE LEAGUE IN GHANA

WILLIAMSPORT , Pa. (Feb. 18, 2008) – U.S. President George W. Bush, on ...


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Tuesday, April 24
DELEGATES TO LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS VOTE TO RECOMMEND SIX CHANGES TO RULES AND REGULATIONS


Thursday, January 17
NEW EMEA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT STRUCTURE STARTING IN 2008

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New tournament format in the Little League Baseball division was approved by Little League International Board of Directors. The new realignment for the Little League Baseball division (only) includes:

- European Regional Tournament - teams comprised of players that currently reside in European countries. This includes expatriates residing in Europe.

- Middle East and Africa Regional Tournament - teams comprised of players that currently reside in Middle East and African countries. This includes expatriates residing in Middle East and Africa.

Winners of both tournaments will advance to Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, PA, 15-24 August 2008.



Tuesday, April 24
EMEA AT 2007 LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS

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The 24th Little League International Congress convened in Houston, Texas, April 13-16, and for four days more than 460 delegates from 50 states and more than 70 countries debated and decided the direction of the Little League Baseball and Softball program for the next three years. More...
The EMEA Region (photo) was represented by District Administrators and Assistant District Administrators from 16 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Uganda, and Ukraine.
In addition to Congress activities, the EMEA delegates had an opportunity to discuss issues concerning their specific areas with the Little League International Staff. During the EMEA Regional meeting, Mr. David Rhode, Executive Director for Pitch In For Baseball presented opportunities for used equipment donations in the Region.


Tuesday, April 24
NINE FIELD DIRECTORS NOMINATED FOR ELECTION TO LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
At the 24th Little League International Congress in Houston, Texas, nine field directors were nominated by their ...

Tuesday, April 24
LITTLE LEAGUE MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARDS

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At the 24th Little League International Congress in Houston, Texas, April 13-16, Little League Meritorious Service Awards were presented to district administrators:
Giuseppe Guilizzoni (Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, Italy District 1); Denis Wren (Canada District 3); Antonio Vazquez (Latin America Region, Puerto Rico District 1); Katoh Kiyoshi (Asia-Pacific Region); Dave Wetmore (Western Region, Calif. District 57); Robert Newnam (Eastern Region, Del. District 1); Linda North (Southern Region, Ga. District 4); Gary Kespohl (Central Region, Mo. District 4); Camilla Serrano (Southwestern Region, New Mexico District 5).

Photo: Meritorious Award presentation, from left: Dennis Lewin, Chairman-Elect; Giuseppe Guilizzoni, District Administrator Italy; Tim Hughes, Chairman; Stephen Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer.


Tuesday, February 27
LITTLE LEAGUE PROGRAM FOR ORPHANAGES IN UKRAINE
On June 1-3, 2007, the first Little League Tournament for orphanages will take place in Kiev, Ukraine. Thanks ...

Tuesday, January 16
LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS

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Little League has pioneered a unique forum of field leaders to give voice and authoritative sanction to representation. This forum is the Little League International Congress, first launched in 1956.
Every three years, approximately 500 District Administrators represent constituent leagues in roundtable discussion and assemble in convention to provide comprehensive review of the Little League program including rules and regulations. These discussions provide the basis for effective administration of the program at all levels.

In accordance with policy, the membership of the Congress nominates eight District Administrators for election as members of the Board of Directors of Little League Baseball, Incorporated. This democratic process ensures equal geographic representation in formulating the future direction of the Little League Baseball and Softball program.

The next International Congress will convene April 13 - 16, 2007, in Houston, Texas.

More information about the Congress and registration can be found HERE


Tuesday, October 3
LITTLE LEAGUE IMPLEMENTS NEW RULE TO PROTECT PITCHERS' ARMS


Friday, October 6
MAZOWSZE LITTLE LEAGUE HONORING THEIR HOMETOWN HEROES
For the first time in Poland, on October 2, 2006, Mazowsze Little League honored their Hometown Heroes. The League ...

LITTLE LEAGUE PITCH COUNT PILOT PROGRAM OFFERED FOR 2006 SEASON


SPECIAL THANKS TO EDWARD AND BILL PISZEK

for the PITCH IN A GLOVE FOR LITTLE LEAGUE program. Read more about it here

LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS ADOPTS CHANGE IN LEAGUE AGE DETERMINATION DATE
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (May 9, 2005) – The Little League International Board of Directors, governing body for ...