Thursday, January 25, 2018

Looking Back at 27th Little League® International Congress in New Orleans


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Little League recognizes dedicated volunteers for service around the world.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Nearly 1,500 representatives of Little League® Baseball and Softball from around the world gathered together in New Orleans for the 27thLittle League International Congress on January 19-22.

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Congress officially got kicked off in style on Friday, January 19, with the Opening Convocation at the New Orleans Convention Center as attendees were provided with a taste of the New Orleans culture, including a performance by a local gospel choir group, a visit from a local Little League team, and a parade back to the hotel led by local New Orleans performers. The Convocation was highlighted with the official enshrinement of Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred into the Little League Hall of Excellence.

Throughout the course of the weekend, Little League District Administrators (D.A.s) and Assistant District Administrators (A.D.A.s) gathered together for discussions on future rule changes, outline standards for exceptional leadership and volunteer service, and the selection of two regional representatives to the Little League International Board of Directors.

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On the final day, Little League proudly honored a handful of select D.A.s and A.D.A.s at the District Volunteer Recognition Breakfast for their dedicated service to the program and joined with ESPN’s Kyle Peterson and Jessica Mendoza for a discussion on their experience and insight.

Congress was officially concluded on Monday evening at the Chairman’s Banquet as Little League honored the winners of the President’s Award, Chairman’s Award, and Peter J. McGovern Distinguished Service Award before capping the night with a performance by America’s Got Talent’s The Passing Zone.

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About Little League® International Congress
First launched in 1956, the purpose of the Little League® International Congress is to chart the course of the world’s largest organized youth baseball and softball program. More than a thousand Little League volunteers from around the globe attend the Little League International Congress, held once every four years.

Nearly 450 of those attending are volunteer District Administrators, or delegates, who serve as liaisons between the local leagues and Little League International. District Administrators are elected by their constituent leagues to provide support, and to represent their interests as delegates to the International Congress. The primary purpose of the Congress is to amend rules and regulations.

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The delegates, and their assistant district administrators, meet in round table discussions, making any necessary changes in the proposed amendments, then vote on the changes on the final day of the Congress. A two-thirds vote is required for passage. Those amendments receiving the necessary vote are then presented to the International Board of Directors for final approval.

About Little League®
Founded in 1939, Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries. During its nearly 80 years of existence, Little League has seen more than 40 million honored graduates, including political leaders, professional athletes, award-winning artists, and a variety of other influential members of society. Each year, millions of people follow the hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship that Little Leaguers® display at our seven baseball and softball World Series events, the premier tournaments in youth sports. For more information, visit LittleLeague.org, and follow Little League on Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeague), Twitter (twitter.com/LittleLeague), and Instagram (Instagram.com/LittleLeague).