The Rhode Island Baseball Experience

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As many of you (painfully) remember, there was no national or international summer tournaments for Little League® Baseball and Softball in 2020. The state, regional, and international youth baseball tournament schedule in 2020 was cancelled unilaterally due to the safety concerns stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic. Like most organizations, Little League® was hopeful for 2021 and that tournament play would return, much to the delight of millions of baseball players, fans, families, coaches, and organizations worldwide. Yesterday afternoon, I received notifications by Little League® Baseball and Softball’s official Facebook page regarding an update on their 2021 Tournament season.

According to a recent press release statement on Facebook, which can be found on the official website of Little League® Baseball and Softball, “The Little League® Baseball and Softball World Series events will be held, as scheduled, this August in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Greenville, North Carolina (respectively), featuring teams solely from the United States.” This means no international competition from previous powerhouse regions like Japan, South Korea, The Caribbean Islands, or Latin America. There will be no International teams that fly in from countries as far away as Australia and Africa and the Asian Pacific Region. This summer, a United States team will most definitely take home the title. Here are more details about what leagues, players, and families can expect this summer.

So, who will be participating in the Little League® World Series in Williamsport, PA? Well, there are now 8 regions that teams will be competing in, shown on the map below, courtesy of Little League®. If you are keeping score here in Rhode Island, we are in the “New England” region. And new this summer, the top 2 teams from each region will advance. In years passed, only the Regional Tournament champion has advanced to Williamsport to take on the other United States and International Champions. That could be an interesting situation for this summer!

So, if my math is correct, 16 teams will compete for the title of 2021 Little League® World Series Champions. Here are some additional key points that the press release updated everyone on:

Bristol, Connecticut will once again be the host location for the New England Regional Tournament scheduled to begin in July, 2021. The Little League® World Series will take place in Williamsport, PA from August 19-29. For more information on the Little League® World Series, go to their official website at www.littleleague.org. With Rhode Island Little League seasons just beginning, the anticipation and excitement to get to Bristol, CT is already building!!! As always, if there are any further updates, I will post them here and on social media.

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