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Junior League World Series

The Junior League World Series is a baseball tournament for children aged 12, 13, and 14 years old.[1] The tournament is held annually at Heritage Park in Taylor, Michigan. It is patterned after the Little League World Series, which was named for the World Series in Major League Baseball.

Junior League World Series
Most recent season or competition:
2019 Junior League World Series
No. of teams12
Venue(s)Heritage Park
Most recent
California Fullerton, Southern California
Most titles Taiwan (7)

The Junior League World Series is one of eleven tournaments sponsored by Little League International. Each of them brings baseball or softball teams from around the world together in one of four age divisions. The tournament structure for each division's World Series is similar to that used for the Little League Baseball World Series.

Tournament historyEdit

The tournament started in 1981, and was originally created for 13-year-old players competing in Little League's Senior League division (which at the time included 13- to 15-year-olds). In 1999, Little league spun a separate Junior League division off from the Senior League division, which included 13- and 14-year-old players (currently, 15-year-olds are also eligible if their date of birth is after May 1 of the current season). Unlike the Little League World Series — which has sixteen regions (eight in the U.S. and eight international) — the Junior League World Series has only twelve regions.[2] The twelve regional champions are divided into two pools (USA and International). The two best teams from each pool advance to the semi-finals, to determine the US champion and the International champion. The semi-final winners play for the World Series Championship. The losing teams face off in classification games.

Originally only US teams played in the tournament. As time progressed, however, international teams began to participate. The Puerto Rico Region was established as the first international region, in 1982. The Mexico Region followed in 1986, the Canada Region in 1988, the first European team in 1990, and the Australia Region in 2016. Prior to 2000, the Mexico and Puerto Rico regions each received automatic berths into the tournament. In 2000, a Latin America Region was formed and included the former Mexico and Puerto Rico regions. Starting in 2004, the Mexico Region now receives an automatic berth to the tournament in even-numbered years, while the Puerto Rico Region receives an automatic berth in odd-numbered years. (Each year, the teams from the region without an automatic berth instead participate in the Latin America Region tournament.)[3] From 1985–89 the Michigan state champion received a slot as the Host Team. In 2018, the Host Team was brought back to the tournament as the sixth United States region.

The six United States regions are:

The six International regions are:

List of championsEdit

Year Winner Region Score Runner–Up Region
1981   Boardman, Ohio Central 4–0   Richmond, Virginia South
1982   Tampa, Florida South 6–1   Libertyville, Illinois Central
1983   Manatí, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 3–0   Altamonte Springs, Florida South
1984   Pearl City, Hawaii West 7–5   Yabucoa, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
1985   Tampa, Florida South 10–3   Salisbury, Maryland East
1986   Waldorf, Maryland East 4–3   Athens County, Ohio Central
1987   Rowland Heights, Southern California West 16–4 & 14–3   Wappinger, New York East
1988   Mexicali, Mexico Mexico 11–6   Hilo, Hawaii West
1989   Manatí, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 2–9 & 9–2   Toccoa, Georgia South
1990   Yabucoa, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 6–4   San Antonio, Texas South
1991   Spring, Texas South 2–7 & 7–1   Henderson, Nevada West
1992   Tucson, Arizona West 8–1 & 5–4   Lake Charles, Louisiana South
1993   Cayey, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 9–1   Reynosa, Mexico Mexico
1994   Thousand Oaks, Southern California West 20–3   Hamilton, Ohio Central
1995   Lake Charles, Louisiana South 3–4 & 8–2   Northridge, Southern California West
1996   Spring, Texas South 7–5   Aiea, Hawaii West
1997   Salem, New Hampshire East 4–1   Mission Viejo, Southern California West
1998   Mission Viejo, Southern California West 6–2 & 9–6   Waco, Texas South
1999   Arroyo, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 1–0   Hermosillo, Mexico Mexico
2000   Aiea, Hawaii West 2–1   Langley, Canada Canada
2001   Aiea, Hawaii West 6–5   San Francisco, Venezuela Latin America
2002   Cartersville, Georgia South 3–2   David, Panama Latin America
2003   La Mirada, Southern California West 8–7   Santiago, Panama Latin America
2004   Tampa, Florida South 5–2   Punto Fijo, Venezuela Latin America
2005   Panama City, Panama Latin America 3–0   Tarpon Springs, Florida South
2006   El Campo, East Texas Southwest 2–1   Guaymas, Mexico Mexico
2007   Pearl City, Hawaii West 6–2   Makati, Philippines Asia–Pacific
2008   Willemstad, Curaçao Latin America 5–2   Hilo, Hawaii West
2009   Scottsdale, Arizona West 9–1   Oranjestad, Aruba Latin America
2010   Taipei, Taiwan Asia–Pacific 9–1   Tyler, East Texas Southwest
2011   Tampa, Florida Southeast 2–1   Taoyuan, Taiwan Asia–Pacific
2012   Rockledge, Florida Southeast 12–10   Oranjestad, Aruba Latin America
2013   Taoyuan, Taiwan Asia–Pacific 11–2   Rio Rico, Arizona West
2014   Taichung, Taiwan Asia–Pacific 9–1   Corpus Christi, West Texas Southwest
2015   Taichung, Taiwan Asia–Pacific 12–0   Stephens City, Virginia Southeast
2016   Taoyuan, Taiwan Asia–Pacific 9–1   Kapaa, Hawaii West
2017   Taoyuan, Taiwan Asia–Pacific 12–1(F/5)   Kennett Square, Pennsylvania East
2018   Taoyuan, Taiwan Asia–Pacific 2–0   Lufkin, East Texas Southwest
2019   Fullerton, Southern California West 8–3   Guayama, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Year Winner Region Score Runner–Up Region

Championships won by country/stateEdit

Team Championships Last
  Taiwan 7 2018
  Puerto Rico 5 1999
  Florida 2012
  Southern California 2019
  Hawaii 4 2007
  Texas 3 2006
  Arizona 2 2009
  Ohio 1 1981
  Maryland 1986
  Mexico 1988
  Louisiana 1995
  New Hampshire 1997
  Georgia 2002
  Panama 2005
  Curaçao 2008

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Junior League Baseball. Little League. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  2. ^ 2010 Junior League Regional Tournaments and World Series Results. Little League Baseball Incorporated. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-28. Retrieved 2014-03-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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