Australian Little League was first launched in the year 2007 with Australia becoming one of over 75 countries that are involved in Little League. In Australia there are 477-chartered teams and over 4,500 participants between the ages of eleven and twelve across all States and Territories making it one of the fastest growing grassroots sports in Australia. Australia is the fourth largest Little League country in terms of participation, and have 20 teams from Australia participate in the National Little League Championships each year.
The mission of Little League is to promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball. Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists children in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the Little League Baseball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.
Little League is one of the most recognisable sporting brands in the world and represents the largest participation sport, played by over 2.6 million people across 75 countries.
It began as a three-team league in 1939 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The first Little League World Series was held in 1947 and during this series all teams except one were from Pennsylvania, USA. Within a few years of the first series Little League was being played in all states as well as internationally. Today little league is the largest participation sport in the world and they follow the same goal as was set in 1939: “To give children of the world a game that provides fundamental principles they can use later in life to become good citizens”.
- Barry Foat
- Little League Umpire in Chief