Little League International does away with Big League division
The Pyle Center in Roxana has hosted its last Big League World Series.
After seeing local Big League teams from Millsboro and Laurel make it to the title game and appear on national television throughout the years, and Little League legends including Regan Green take the circle, this year’s team from Millsboro-Georgetown will be the last to represent District 3 in the division, after Little League International recently announced that it will discontinue the age division for players ages 17 to 18 for both baseball and softball.
Instead, the restructuring will cap all Little League play at the age of 16, beginning as soon as the 2017 season. The Big League Softball World series had previously been held since 1982.
“Little League strives to continue to find new ways to support communities around the world and provide a healthy, fun sporting experience for children around the world,” explained Stephen D. Keener, Little League president and CEO, on the Little League website.
“Over the past few years, our Little League parents, volunteers, and local league and district administrators have expressed that Little League can best serve their communities through efforts focusing on the youngest levels of the games, providing the structure and support, so that boys and girls can develop their on-field skills while learning valuable life lessons.”
The decision was voted on by district administrators.
The league also announced this week that the Senior League Baseball World Series will be moved from Bangor, Maine, to Easley, S.C., which had previously been the home of the Big League Baseball World Series.
While Roxana will, of course, lose the Big League Softball World Series, which it has hosted since 2013, Lower Sussex will continue to host the Senior League Softball World Series, just as it has since 2004.
This year’s Big League team from Millsboro-Georgetown, representing Delaware District 3, went 2-2, falling to USA Southwest 8-4 in the quarterfinals.
Delaware District 3 will still receive an automatic bid the Senior League World Series, after local Little Leagues compete in regional play.