Junior League World Series
|No. of teams||10|
|Most recent champion(s)||Taichung, Taiwan|
|Most titles||Florida (5)|
The Junior League World Series is a baseball tournament for children aged 13, 14, and 15 years old. 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.
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- to 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. 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 World Series Championship. 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. Mexico now 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).
The five United States regions are:
The five International regions are:
List of champions=
Championships won by country/state
- Junior League Baseball. Little League. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
- 2010 Junior League Regional Tournaments and World Series Results. Little League Baseball Incorporated. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
- After Runner-up Years, Belmont Heights Dominated the World, and that's a Fact. . St. Petersburg Times
- Little League homepage. Little League official website
- Junior League World Series Photographs. Official photographers of the Junior League World Series.
|Little League Baseball|
|Notable figures: Carl Stotz
Honors: Little League Baseball awards • Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum
In popular culture:
Video games: Little League World Series Baseball
Well-known players: Danny Almonte • Mo'ne Davis • Aaron Durley • Carolyn King • Maria Pepe
Miscellaneous: Little League elbow • White House Tee Ball Initiative