Little League Softball Is Here05 Sep 2013, Posted by Little League in
In the Northern Suburbs of Perth, WA Softball WA is pleased to announce to all stakeholders that agreement has been reached with Softball Australia and Little League International to bring Little League Softball to Western Australia.
Little League is the biggest youth sports organisation in the world with over 2,000,000 players in 80 countries participating in five baseball and four softball divisions, all nine of which culminate in regional champions playing in a World Series in the USA. Softball Australia has sanctioned Western Australia, to pilot the Under 13 Little League age group for female players in summer 2013-14. The winner of the WA State Championship will automatically qualify to be Australia’s representative in the 2014 Asia-Pacific regional tournament, the winner of which goes on to play in the World Series which is televised world-wide on ESPN.
Australia has participated in the Little League baseball program since 2007 and from 2007 to 2012, the national champion has progressed to the Asia-Pacific regional tournament. Given the growth of Under 13 baseball since adopting the Little League model, Australia is now the fourth biggest Little League baseball country in the world and has been granted direct qualification as its own region to the 2013 World Series commencing on August 15. Even more exciting is that a team from Perth made up of players from Willetton, Gosnells and South Perth Little League teams won the national tournament in June and will therefore be the first Australian team ever to reach the World Series. All of their games will be shown live on ESPN.
In 2013-14, Little League Softball in Perth will be broken into four ‘charters’. Existing SWA clubs will be asked to form teams of girls aged eight through twelve (cut-off date 31 December 2013) and the committee of each ‘charter’ shall then create a playing schedule for the summer season. Playing by-laws shall be created based on Little League regulations and advised prior to the commencement of the season. In addition to metro competition, regional associations that run a competition of at least four teams shall also be able to apply for a license to run a Little League charter.
During the season, each charter shall identify its best talent and will form a team of 11 & 12 year olds to represent the charter at the inaugural Little League softball state championship to be held at Mirrabooka on the Easter weekend 2014. The winner of this tournament will then be jetting away to the Asia Pacific tournament in July to play off for a fully paid for trip to the USA to play in the World Series. There has been no greater time to be a girl just starting out on a career in softball in WA and there can be no more exciting way of getting girls into our great sport than by embracing Little League and all its opportunities.