Little League World Series Begins Today!
Catch all 32 games on ESPN, ESPN 2 and the championship games on ABC!
Were you ever in Little League Baseball? Did you ever dream of becoming the Little League Baseball World Series Champion? This dream will soon be a reality for one team, but first that team has to face the best of the best from around the world.
The Little League Baseball World Series (LLBWS) begins today (Friday, August 21) in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. You can tune in to see all the action! If you’re like me, you will be watching every game. In fact, there will be 32 games that will determine the winner and all of them will be broadcast live on TV. You can see them on ESPN and ESPN2.
The LLBWS tournament is decided by games played by teams around the world. Then, the winning teams travel to Williamsport to represent their nation or region. Teams are split into four pools, or groups.
The A and B pools each have four teams from the United States, representing each region of the nation: Mid-Atlantic, Northwest, Southeast, Midwest, New England, West, Southwest, and Great Lakes.
The C and D pools each have four teams from different regions around the world. These regions are: Caribbean, Japan, Middle East-Africa, Latin America, Europe, Mexico, Canada, and Asia-Pacific. All of the regions will compete against each other for the title of being Little League World Champions.
The first 24 games will be played from Friday to Tuesday. All of the teams will play twice during this period. The US teams will play each other, and the international teams will play each other. Once a team has lost twice, they will be disqualified.
The teams that place first and second in their pool will advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals, four games are played to determine the top four teams. The US teams will again play each other in pools A and B, and the international teams will play each other in pools C and D.
The winners from those games go on to the international and US championships on Saturday, August 29. A consolation game will be played on Sunday, August 30 between the US runner up and the international runner up.
The winners from the two championship games be compete in the Little League Baseball World Series that evening. You can watch the international and US championships on ABC starting at 12:00 p.m. ET on August 29. The consolation game will be aired on ESPN at 12:00 p.m. ET on August 30. The game that decides the World Champion will be broadcast on ABC at 3:30 PM ET. You can also watch the games live online at ESPN360.com. To find the complete schedule of games, go to littleleague.org. Have fun watching and check back here for periodic updates as the action continues.