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Livermore to Host 2013 Little League World Series

City of Livermore and Granada Little League will host in August 2013 a World Series baseball tournament.

Here's information provided by Little League Baseball:

The Little League International Board of Directors has named the site of a new World Series baseball tournament of Little League.

Livermore, Calif., and Granada Little League, will host in August 2013 the first World Series in the newest division of play. The new division, which will have a pitching distance of 50 feet, and base paths of 70 feet, is to be named later this year.

Several cities were considered over the past few months for the new baseball division’s World Series, including Vancouver, Wash., and Chicago.

“It was a difficult choice, since all the cities are so close in terms of what they have to offer,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Any of them, we are confident, would do a terrific job of hosting such a high-profile event. Ultimately, the Board of Directors settled on Northern California, the greater San Francisco area, Livermore, and Granada Little League, as its top choice.”

Operated as the 50/70 Pilot Program, local leagues worldwide have chartered teams in the experimental division since 2010. After each season since then, Little League International has gathered information from local leagues and districts on best practices, allowing it to refine the guidelines in preparation for establishing the new division of play, and the ninth World Series tournament of Little League.

As with all of its World Series tournaments in baseball and softball, all of the travel expenses for the players, manager, and coaches, will be provided by Little League International. 

The World Series Tournament Director will be California District 57 Administrator Dave Wetmore, who has been an advocate of such a program for years, and has successfully implemented several levels of the 50-70 Pilot Program throughout his district. He also annually leads the committee that operates the California Challenger Division Jamboree.

“The 50/70 Pilot Program has been welcomed with open arms here,” Mr. Wetmore, who operated a similar 80-foot program in his district starting in 2000, said. “People see it as a great way to make the transition from the Little League field to the standard baseball diamond. For us, it has kept more players in our programs into their teenage years.”

Mr. Wetmore, from San Ramon, Calif., has been a Little League volunteer for 26 years. He began his association with Little League in 1987 as the Player Agent and Vice President for the San Ramon (Calif.) Little League. The following year, Mr. Wetmore served as President of the league for one year before joining the district staff. He has been the District Administrator for California District 57 for the last 11 years. Mr. Wetmore is the Director of Purchasing and Contracts at the Contra Costa Community College District.

The next step is for Little League International’s Operations Division to finalize the rules for the new division of play. 

“We expect to be able to let our leagues know the rules of this new division before the end of September,” Patrick W. Wilson, Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development, said. “We realize thousands of local leagues will want to be a part of this program, and we want to get the information they will need to them as soon as possible.”

Trevor Tooze August 27, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Way to go Livermore!
Sandy August 27, 2012 at 04:10 PM
The snack bar will get 'em every time!! : )) Good job Granada Little League! We truly do have great fields and an awesome board, making it such a pleasure to be out there year after year. Just make sure that Braden Sweeney will be there to sing the National Anthem!! How exciting!!!!
william August 27, 2012 at 04:16 PM
seems lik e there people in the city of Livermore that are hard at work to spread the things that the city has avalible to make things pleasant fot the kids that will show promise for the future, stars that could set examples for the next generations of athletes!
anon August 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
This is exciting!
Mr. Pickles August 27, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Where in Livermore are there enough Little League baseball fields to accomodate this World Series event? I sure the Board of Directors must know what they are doing. But still this a huge undertaking for Livermore. I better check my supplier and make sure I have good source of peanuts before it becomes to late. And I don't care if ESPN broadcast the games live. I can see them in person.
Stac August 27, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Way to go!!! Nothing better, more fun to watch and more American than baseball. And while we're at it, we need more baseball fields in Livermore. In fact, there's that vacant land over by the rodeo grounds that had been previously looked at for a school. Would be a great location for for some multi-use fields, especially baseball. Hopefully this will help bring in more interest and money to get that done. Hopefully they'll use the fields at Robert Livermore for this as well as Granada...better facilities, eaiser parking.
Cin August 27, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Nice job, I don't know how they pulled it off, but really nice. Maybe we can actually get some decent fields for our kids now that we will have some national exposure. Come on businesses, step up, the city can't afford it, but how about a nice naming rights for a sports complex!
Trader Lu August 27, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Congratulations, Livermore! We are surely an All-American town hosting a great sport that was birthed in our great country.
Sandy August 27, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I will say....... Granada has a much better facility than Robert Livermore. For one, they have six fields, not counting the new tee ball field and the Smith field. The parking can always be worked out. The golf courses hosting PGA events manage to do it. A lot of hard work has been put into the GLL fields in the last three years. Good people doing an amazing job, with their own funds ..... as well as countless hours and days of their free time. They deserve this very special event to come to them. A lot of businesses will come out and help too...... Believe me. Including mine.
Aunt Bea August 27, 2012 at 11:57 PM
This will be an exciting time for Livermore. I enjoyed watching the 2012 LL World Series this past weekend and to think it will be in my own backyard next year! Kudos to those that made it happen and to those that will make it a great success in 2013.
Nathan21 August 28, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Awesome! I can remember playing in GLL as a kid, now my boy plays in GLL! Those Fields have come a long way since when I was a kid. Great job GLL!!
Roger V. Tranfaglia August 28, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Build it ...and they will come!!!
Doug Higby August 28, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I agree, my son plays and umpires in LALL , he has guest umpired at GLL, they have better fields, better restrooms, better snack bar and pay umps better, the only negative is the parking and thats not a big deal. Keep up the good work, the kids deserve it and it will be a great time for all of Livermore. Doug
baseball fan August 30, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Does anyone know what field they'll be playing on? I agree Granada has nice fields. But they're in a residential area parking would be a nightmare.
Sandy September 02, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Every year we hold Opening Day ceremonies. And every child from tee ball to the majors comes out..... WITH their families. That's a lot of people, believe me. And the parking is not that bad. I've attended five of them, and can not remember a single time that I felt irritated because I couldn't find a place to park. The furthest I've ever had to go was maybe a block. We could have twice as many people, and it would still be easily achieved. We park out in the back 40 and walk many blocks to a Giants game. It's so much fun, who cares? I'm sure they will arrange drop off stations and shuttle buses too. The Max Baer fields are perfect for this. There is TONS of room to bring in the bleachers. I've seen PGA tournaments come to a golf club and completely transform it into a golf lovers amusement park. So exciting!!!! Can't wait! Thanks for all your efforts, Mr. Wetmore..... Good job!!
Rich Buckley September 02, 2012 at 03:29 PM
"Okay, settle down and go to bed" may be the biggest help Moms and Dads can give their kids the night before a game. http://patch.com/E-kPK2
anthonyvaldez April 02, 2013 at 06:48 AM
is it for the international team california,livermore

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