Senior League World Series
|No. of teams||10|
|Most titles||Taiwan (17)|
The Senior League World Series is a baseball tournament for children aged 13 to 16 years old that began in 1961. Since 2002, the tournament has been held annually in Bangor, Maine. It is patterned after the Little League World Series, which was named for the World Series in Major League Baseball since 2002.
The Senior League World Series is one of nine 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 Senior League World Series has been held at four different sites.
- Des Moines, Iowa 1961–1967
- Gary, Indiana 1968–1985
- Kissimmee, Florida 1986–2001
- Bangor, Maine 2002–present
Unlike the Little League World Series — which has sixteen regions (eight in the U.S. and eight international) — the Senior League World Series has only ten regions.
The Senior League World Series is the only Little League division that places its nine regional champions (plus the host team) into two mixed pools that combine U.S. and international regions. A host team was re-introduced in 1990 in an effort to boost attendance. Because of the mixed pools, it does not have international and United States champions.
The six United States regions are:
The four International regions are:
The two best teams from each pool advance to the semi-finals. The semi-final winners play for the championship, televised on a network of ESPN. All semi-final and championship matches are single-elimination games.
From 2002 to 2014, a pool-play format was used. Beginning in 2015, each pool plays a modified double-elimination format until only 2 teams remain in each pool. The two remaining teams in their respective pools then play in a single-elimination, semi-final match, with the two winning teams playing in the championship. Prior to 2002 the tournament was straight double-elimination. From 1990 to 2001, a placement bracket was used to determine third place.
Championships won by country/state
- Senior League Baseball. Little League Baseball Incorporated. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
- Osceola Wins Bid for Baseball Tourney. . Orlando Sentinel.
- Thinks Father is Happy Now. . Kentucky New Era.
- Norwich Senior LL Bows 4-0. . The Day.
- Wins Little League. . Gadsden Times.
- Amateur Baseball. . The Milwaukee Journal.
- Win or lose, they're champions. . Taiwan Today.
- Giant killers of baseball. . Taiwan Today.
- No more diamonds to polish. . Taiwan Today.
- For the record. . St. Petersburg Times.
- Taiwan Wins World Series. . The Milwaukee Sentinel.
- Culture, science, and education. . Taiwan Today.
- Taiwan Wins Titles. . Evening Independent.
- Senior Little League. . The Spokesman-Review.
- Little League Baseball official website