Taylor approved as Junior League Baseball World Series site for 32nd straight year

For the 32nd consecutive year, the Junior League Baseball World Series will be held at Heritage Park in Taylor, Michigan.

The World Series for the best teams of 13- and 14-year-old baseball players from around the globe will take place August 12-18, 2012. Taylor is the only city ever to host the Junior League World Series, which debuted in 1981.

“Wow, it’s here already?” said Greg Bzura, founder and the only director the World Series has had. “We’re realizing that the kids that played her back in 1981 as 13-year-olds are now in their 40s. I find it exciting and amazing that the thrill never goes away and this upcoming year brings the same joyful nervousness as the first year.”

The eight sites for baseball and softball World Series were approved November 11 by the Little League International Board of Directors, according to Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

The sites for the eight championship tournaments remain the same for the 11th straight year. Only the famed Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, has been held in the same place longer than Taylor’s Heritage Park.

Two of the World Series are held in Michigan. The Big League Softball World Series – for 14- to 18-year-olds – is scheduled for August 2-8, 2012, in Kalamazoo.

The Palma Ceia/Bayshore Little League from Tampa, Florida, won the 2010 Junior League Baseball World Series in Taylor, defeating the Asia-Pacific and International champions from Chinese Taipei, 2-1, in the title game.

The Little League International Tournament is open to any chartered league in the United States and more than 80 other countries.  Tournament play in all eight Little League divisions begins in July.

More than 7,000 teams, approximately 6,500 of those teams in the U.S., begin the tournaments in the Little League Baseball division. About 6,500 are eliminated in the first three weeks of play. About 45,000 games are played in eight divisions leading up to the various World Series tournaments. More than 16,000 of those games are played in the Little League division, the equivalent of more than six Major League Baseball seasons.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with more than  2.4 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.