Little League World Series in Latin America
The Latin America Region has competed in the Little League World Series since its creation in 1958. Until 2001, the Latin America Region included Mexico and the Caribbean. In 2001 – when the Little League World Series expanded to sixteen teams – Mexico and the Caribbean were given their own regions. The region is open to all Latin American teams, but is typically contested by the teams from Panama and Venezuela. Other than those two nations, only Colombia, Ecuador (in 2004 and 2011), and Brazil (in 2006 and 2011) have sent representatives to the tournament from South America. Since the 2001 split, the region has been represented by either Venezuela (ten appearances) or Panama (six appearances) at the Little League World Series.
Teams from Latin America have won the LLWS title five times, but only four were as the Latin America Region champion. The Industrial Little League of Monterrey, Mexico, won back-to-back titles in 1957 and 1958, but the first title was as the champion of the South Region. The other three LLWS championships were won by Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico, in 1997, and Maracaibo, Venezuela, in 1994 and 2000.
|1959||San Juan||San Juan||Quarterfinals|
|1962||Del Norte||Monterrey||4th Place|
|1969||Jorge Rosas||Mayagüez||6th Place|
|1971||Caguas Gillette||Caguas||5th Place|
|1972||Admiral Gallery||San Juan||4th Place|
|1975||International teams were banned by Little League|
|1976||Puerto Nuevo||San Juan||3rd Place|
|1978||La Javilla||Santo Domingo||4th Place|
|1979||Luis Llorens Torres||Santurce||5th Place|
|1981||Unidad Modelo||Monterrey||7th Place|
|1984||Willys R. Cook||Bethania||5th Place|
|1987||Rolando Paulino||Moca||3rd Place|
|1991||Luis Montas||San Cristobal||3rd Place|
|1992||Epy Guerrero||Santo Domingo||T-3rd Place|
|1993||David Doleguita||David||Runner Up|
|1995||Eduardo Sosa||Santo Domingo||T-3rd Place|
|1996||Matías Ramón Mella||San Isidro Air Base||T-3rd Place|
|1998||Bayamón||Linda Vista||Guadalupe||Group Stage|
|1999||Monterrey||Juan A. Bibiloni||Yabucoa||T-3rd Place|
|2001||Panama City||Santiago de Veraguas||Santiago de Veraguas||Group Stage|
|2004||Panama City||Curundú||Panama City||Quarterfinals|
|2005||Maracaibo||Los Leones||Valencia||Group Stage|
|2007||Panama City||La Victoria||Maracaibo||Quarterfinals|
|2010||Guatemala City||Chitré||Chitré||Group Stage|
|2011||San José||Gran Maracay||Maracay||Int'l Semifinal|
|2016||Panama City||Aguadulce||Aguadulce||3rd place|
|2017||Barranquilla||Luz Maracaibo||Maracaibo||Round 3|
As of the 2017 Little League World Series
|Country||Championships||Best Result in LLWS|
|Venezuela||19||Champions (1994, 2000)|
|Mexico||15||Champions (1957, 1958, 1997)|
|Puerto Rico||7||3rd Place|
|Dominican Republic||7||Runner up|
- In 1957, the Industrial Little League of Monterrey, Mexico, was the first team from outside the U.S. and Canada to compete in the LLWS. It competed in an area tournament in McAllen, Texas, won the South Region tournament, and defeated the West Region in the championship game. (The only other two regions in the LLWS were the East and North regions.) As a result, the next year (1958), three new regions were created: Latin America, Canada, and Pacific. Two years later, in 1960, a fourth international region was created: Europe. Two years after that, in 1962, the Pacific Region was replaced by the newly created Far East Region.
- "Latin America Regional Tournament". LLWS. 31 July 2004. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
- "Latin America Regional Tournament". LLWS. 31 July 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2010.