2002 Little League World Series
|2002 Little League World Series|
|Dates||August 16–August 25|
|Champion||Valley Sports American Little League|
|Runner-up||Sendai Higashi Little League|
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
The 2002 Little League World Series took place between August 16 and August 25 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Valley Sports American Little League of Pleasure Ridge Park, a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky, defeated Sendai Higashi Little League of Sendai, Japan, in the championship game of the 56th Little League World Series.
Notable players included 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Austin Dillon, a member of the Clemmons, North Carolina, Little League representing the Southeast region.
Between five and twelve teams take part in 16 regional qualification tournaments, which vary in format depending on region. In the United States, the qualification tournaments are in the same format as the Little League World Series itself: a round-robin tournament followed by an elimination round to determine the regional champion.
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C||Pool D|
| Fort Worth, TX
| Valencia, Venezuela
| Sendai, Miyagi|
| Worcester, MA
| Louisville, KY
Valley Sports American
| Regina, Saskatchewan
| Willemstad, Curaçao|
| Webb City, MO
| Aptos, CA
Country de Monterrey
| Waipio, HI
| Clemmons, NC
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
The top two teams in each pool move on to their respective semifinals. The winners of each met on August 25 to play for the Little League world championship.
|2002 Little League World Series Champions|
Valley Sports American Little League
- † Game ended by "mercy rule" (at least a 10-run difference through 5 innings)
|Kentucky State Tournament|
|Group Stage||Clay County LL||7-1|
|Group Stage||Morehead LL||1-0|
|Group Stage||Owensboro Southern LL||6-4 (14 inn)|
|Semifinals||Richmond LL||11-0 (4 inn)|
|Championship||Owensboro Southern LL||3-0|
|Great Lakes Regional|
|Group Stage||Hamilton West Side American LL||5-0|
|Group Stage||Bradley-Bourbonnais LL||2-1|
|Group Stage||Merrill LL||4-1|
|Group Stage||Grosse Pointe Farms-City LL||3-1|
|Semifinals||Hamilton West Side American LL||2-1|
|Great Lakes Region Championship||Brownsburg LL||8-1|
- Pockrass, Bob (August 16, 2013). "Austin Dillon used to pressure after playing in Little League World Series". Sporting News. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
- "Great Lakes Region Tournament Historical Results". Unpage.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
- "Great Lakes Region Tournament". Unpage.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010.