This is the scene from the opening ceremony of the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, PA (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
You'd probably think that after the Olympics were over, there would be a little break in terms of sports action. Well, you'd be wrong. Less than a week after the closing ceremony in London, we as sports fans happily welcome the opening ceremony of the Little League World Series. If you're not completely familiar with the LLWS, we've put together a little cheat sheet for you moving forward.
The LLWS has been around since 1947. Each year, 16 teams of young ballplayers descend upon Williamsport in hopes that their team will leave as champions. 8 teams are selected from the United States, and the remaining 8 teams each represent a different region of the world.
Each team has spent the last year tirelessly trying to prove that they deserve a spot in this tournament. They've put in time at practice, the regular season and post-season tournaments to make it. Without further ado, here are the 16 teams participating:
Representing the United States:
- Northern California (West)
- West Texas (Southwest)
- Oregon (Northwest)
- Nebraska (Midwest)
- New Jersey (East)
- Connecticut (New England)
- Tennessee (Southeast)
- Indiana (Great Lakes)
Representing International Regions:
- Japan (Japan)
- Curacao (Caribbean)
- Chinese Taipei (Asia-Pacific)
- Germany (Europe)
- Panama (Latin America)
- British Columbia (Canada)
- Uganda (Middle East-Africa)
- Mexico (Mexico)
With so many regions of the world represented, the LLWS is truly becoming a global tournament. The action this year is certain to be world class, so stay tuned to Weplay for dispatches from all the action!
Also, are you at the LLWS? We want to know about it!! Let us know in the comments section of this post.