Livermore, California (EastBayDaily) — The Oakland Athletics, and the California District 57 Little League have reached a sponsorship agreement for the 2013 Inaugural Intermediate Little League World Series, it was announced today. Held in Liverrmore, California from July 30 through August 5, ten teams from around the world will compete to be the World Champion in the Intermediate Division. This new division features players aged 11-13 to play an Intermediate format which includes 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot bases, also known as “50/70”.
“The Oakland A’s have been a long time supporter of programs that help to improve the quality of life for people throughout the Bay Area,” said Dave Wetmore, World Series Tournament Director. “The A’s and their “Green Collar” style of baseball fits in perfectly with our program. We’re excited to have them on board.”
“The Little League World Series is a time honored tradition with many ties to the Bay Area,” stated Steve Fanelli, Executive Director of Ticket Sales & Operations at the Oakland Athletics. “We hope that our support of the Intermediate Little League World Series can help to create the same tradition, all while supporting today’s youth and the Tri-Valley as a community.”
The Intermediate Division began as a two-year pilot program, before becoming an official division in 2012. Players ages 11-13 are eligible to play in this Intermediate baseball league, which features a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot bases, also known as “50/70”.
Little League Baseball was founded in 1939 in Williamsport PA. Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program has assisted millions of children on every continent 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 and Softball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.
Little League Baseball, Incorporated is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball and Softball."
For media, please contact Derek Perez at press(at)intermediateworldseries(dot)org. For general information, contact info(at)intermediateworldseries(dot)org.