Monday, July 29, 2013

Little League® Announces 2013 Security Updates for the Little League Baseball® World Series in South Williamsport, Pa

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 29, 2013) – Little League® Baseball and Softball President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen D. Keener, announced today security enhancements and updates in preparation for the 2013 Little League Baseball® World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

“The safety of our players, staff and visitors at the Little League Baseball World Series is something we take very seriously,” said Mr. Keener. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our security to ensure that everyone who comes to the Little League International Complex has a safe, enjoyable experience. We greatly appreciate the support of Pennsylvania State Senator Gene Yaw and Congressman Tom Marino in helping us prepare for this year’s World Series.”

Earlier this summer, working with Senator Yaw, the Pennsylvania State Police completed a heightened assessment of the Little League International complex. From that assessment, some of the new updates for the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series will be an increased participation in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Homeland Security’s “See Something Send Something” campaign. Learn more about this campaign and download the mobile app. In addition, there will be extra security cameras placed throughout the complex and parking areas and heightened restrictions to the Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove, which houses the 16 teams participating in the World Series.

“We’ve worked with the appropriate authorities to put in place a set of proactive measures designed to keep people safe, and allow them to experience all the excitement and fun the Little League World Series has to offer,” said Mr. Keener. “In light of recent events like the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, it is more important than ever that we are all doing everything that we can to ensure that everyone can fully enjoy the most exciting, international sporting event: The Little League Baseball World Series.”

The Little League International Complex has undergone similar assessments since 2001. The new measures will have minimal impact to those planning on attending the World Series, but Little League does urge all those making the trip to the International Complex to plan accordingly to accommodate for any additional security at the entrances to the International Complex. For more information on the screening procedures and prohibited items, visit

“We ask all visitors to this year’s Series that if they see anything suspicious or out of place to bring it to the attention of a uniformed police officer or Little League staffer,” said Mr. Keener. “With everyone’s help, we can ensure that the 67th Little League Baseball World Series is one of our most exciting Series ever.”

The 67th Little League Baseball World Series begins on Thursday, Aug. 15 in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Championship Game scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25. For more information on the Series, visit