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6 things you might not know about Little League baseball


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We checked out the Canadian Little League Championships and asked some kids what it takes to be a Little League champion. Here's what they told us.



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  1. If you're a boy or a girl between the ages of 4-18, then there's a Little League baseball or softball program you can join.
  2. There are over 100 countries that participate in Little League.
  3. If you count the Canadian Little League, there are more than 18,000 leagues around the world.
  4. Even though Little League started in the 1940s, the teams were made up only of boys. In 1974 girls were finally allowed to play on the all-boy teams.
  5. Little League baseball is played on a scaled-down version of a Major League Baseball (MLB) diamond: the bases are 18.3 metres apart (27.4 metres for MLB), the pitching distance is 14 metres (18.4 metres for MLB) and the outfield fence is 61 metres (91.4 metres for MLB) from home plate.
  6. Know who else played Little League? You might be surprised to find out that basketball Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, comedian and actor Adam Sandler, pro skateboarder Tony Hawk, actor Brad Pitt, singer Bruce Springsteen and actress Elizabeth Banks were all Little League players.

How can you join Little League?

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Whalleys players celebrate as their teammate comes into home plate after hitting a two-run homer in Surrey, BC. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)

In Canada, there are Little League divisions in every southern province that not only get to play their local teams but also compete in the Canadian Little League Championships. The champions from this competition get the chance to go to the Little League World Series! So, how can you join your local Little League?

  • Check with your local Little League division to find out when their summer tryouts are
  • You have to be between 5-18 in League Age (it's complicated math so check with your local league) and there are different programs depending on your age
  • You need your guardians' written permission and your doctor's OK
  • You don't have to be Canadian, but you do have to be a legal resident of Canada