Junior League World Series

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Junior League World Series
Sport Baseball
Founded 1981
No. of teams 10
Country International
Venue(s) Heritage Park
Most recent champion(s) Taiwan Taichung, Taiwan
Most titles

Puerto Rico Puerto Rico

Florida Florida (5)
Official website LittleLeague.org
For the softball world series, see Junior League World Series (softball).

The Junior League World Series is a baseball tournament for children aged 13, 14, and 15 years old.[1] The tournament is held annually at Heritage Park in Taylor, Michigan. It is patterned after the Little League World Series, which was named for the World Series in Major League Baseball.

The Junior League World Series is one of eleven tournaments sponsored by Little League International. Each of them brings baseball or softball teams from around the world together in one of four age divisions. The tournament structure for each division's World Series is similar to that used for the Little League Baseball World Series.

Tournament format[edit]

The tournament started in 1981, and was originally created for 13 year old players competing in Little League's Senior League division (which at the time included 13-15 year olds). In 1999, Little league spun a separate Junior League division off from the Senior League division, which included 13 and 14 year old players (currently, 15 year olds are also eligible if their date of birth is after May 1st of the current season). Unlike the Little League World Series — which has sixteen regions (eight in the U.S. and eight international) — the Junior League World Series has only ten regions.[2] The ten regional champions are divided into two pools (USA and International). The two best teams from each pool advance to the semi-finals, to determine the US champion and the International champion. The semi-final winners play for the championship. All matches are double elimination games. The losing teams face off in classification games.

Originally only US teams played in the tournament. But as time progressed, international teams began to participate. Mexico first played in 1986, Canada in 1988, the first European team in 1990, and youth baseball powerhouse Taiwan in 2010. Prior to 2001 Mexico and Puerto Rico received automatic berths into the tournament. But as competition increased, a Latin America regional tournament was formed in 2001. Now Mexico receives an automatic berth to the tournament in even numbered years, and Puerto Rico in odd numbered years, (each team can still represent Latin America, when they do not have an automatic bid).[3]

The United States Pool consists of the regional champions from the Central, East, Southeast, Southwest, and West regions. The International Pool consists of the regional champions from five regions: Puerto Rico or Mexico, Latin America, Canada, Asia-Pacific, and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).

List of champions[edit]

See footnotes[4][5]
Year Winner Region Score Runner-Up Region
1981 Ohio Boardman, Ohio Central
1982 [6] Florida Tampa, Florida South 6–1 Illinois Illinois Central
1983 Puerto Rico Manati, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
1984 Hawaii Pearl City, Hawaii West
1985 Florida Tampa, Florida South
1986 Maryland Waldorf, Maryland East
1987 California Rowland Heights, California West
1988 Mexico Mexicali, Mexico Mexico 11–6 Hawaii Hilo, Hawaii West
1989 Puerto Rico Manati, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
1990 Puerto Rico Yabuoca, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
1991 Texas Spring, Texas South
1992 Arizona Tucson, Arizona West
1993 Puerto Rico Cayey, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Mexico Mexico Mexico
1994 California Thousand Oaks, California West
1995 Louisiana Lake Charles, Louisiana South
1996 Texas Spring, Texas South
1997 New Hampshire Salem, New Hampshire East
1998 California Mission Viejo, California West
1999 Puerto Rico Arroyo, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 1–0 Mexico Sonora, Mexico Mexico
2000 Hawaii Aiea, Hawaii West Canada Langley, Canada Canada
2001 Hawaii Aiea, Hawaii West 6–5 Venezuela San Francisco, Venezuela Latin America
2002 Flag of the State of Georgia (2001-2003).svg Cartersville, Georgia South 3–2 Panama David, Panama Latin America
2003 California La Mirada, California West 8–7 Panama Santiago, Panama Latin America
2004 Florida Tampa, Florida South 5–2 Venezuela Punto Fijo, Venezuela Latin America
2005 Panama Panama City, Panama Latin America 3–0 Florida Tarpon Springs, Florida South
2006 Texas El Campo, Texas Southwest 2–1 Mexico Guaymas, Mexico Mexico
2007 Hawaii Pearl City, Hawaii West 6–2 Philippines Makati City, Philippines Asia-Pacific
2008 Curaçao Willemstad, Curaçao Latin America 5–2 Hawaii Hilo, Hawaii West
2009 Arizona Scottsdale, Arizona West 9–1 Aruba Oranjestad, Aruba Latin America
2010 Taiwan Taipei City, Taiwan Asia-Pacific 9–1 Texas Tyler, Texas Southwest
2011 Florida Tampa, Florida Southeast 2–1 Taiwan Taoyuan, Taiwan Asia-Pacific
2012 Florida Rockledge, Florida Southeast 12–10 Aruba Oranjestad, Aruba Latin America
2013 Taiwan Taoyuan, Taiwan Asia-Pacific 11–2 Arizona Rio Rico, Arizona West
2014 Taiwan Taichung, Taiwan Asia-Pacific 9–1 Texas Corpus Christi, Texas Southwest

Championships won by country/state[edit]

Team Championships Last
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 5 1999
Florida Florida 2012
California California 4 2003
Hawaii Hawaii 2007
Texas Texas 3 2006
Taiwan Taiwan 2014
Arizona Arizona 2 2009
Ohio Ohio 1 1981
Maryland Maryland 1986
Mexico Mexico 1988
Louisiana Louisiana 1995
New Hampshire New Hampshire 1997
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 2002
Panama Panama 2005
Curaçao Curaçao 2008

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Junior League Baseball. Little League. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  2. ^ 2010 Junior League Regional Tournaments and World Series Results. Little League Baseball Incorporated. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  3. ^ http://www.cityoftaylor.com/node/482
  4. ^ Junior League Baseball World Series Champions. Little League Baseball Incorporated. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  5. ^ [1] (Little, Junior, Senior, Big) (2001-2014). Little League Baseball Incorporated. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  6. ^ After Runner-up Years, Belmont Heights Dominated the World, and that's a Fact. [2]. St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved August 6, 2014

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