A Brilliant Column by Ron Chimelis of The Republican Regarding the Way the Little League Organization Operates - We’ve been saying for years that there is too much emphasis on the tournament that culminates in the Little League World Series. Years ago, the youth baseball season stretched out all summer. Now? Most leagues are over in early June to allow local leagues to select an all-star team which then starts the long tournament which takes two months. The other kids in the league? They go home and sit on their butts. Time for a change Little League.
Heres more from Ron’s column:
These were encouraging words to someone like myself, who questions whether Little League’s entire apparatus is a pyramid arranged to funnel all its players through a system that crowns world champions at age 12.
Within its system, however, come problems. Most town leagues end by mid-June or earlier, at which point the town all-star teams are chosen.
Those teams compete in a series of regional tournaments that lead up to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. This winnowing-out process means that in many locales, the vast majority of kids are through with baseball for the summer before summer has officially begun. Then people wonder why kids drop baseball for lacrosse or soccer.
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