The 69th annual Little League World Series begins this Thursday!
Over the course of 10 days, 16 little league teams from around the world will meet in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to compete for the title of LLWS champs. To get you ready for the action, we've compiled everything you need to know about the Little League World Series.
All athletes are between the ages of 11 and 13 and come from eight US teams and eight international teams.
West: Sweetwater Valley from California
Great Lakes: Bowling Green Eastern from Kentucky
Northwest: Wilshire-Riverside from Oregon (go WRLL!!!)
Midwest: Webb City from Missouri
Southwest: Pearland West from Texas
Southeast: Northwoods from South Carolina
Mid-Atlantic: Red Land from Pennsylvania
New England: Cranston Western from Rhode Island
Asia-Pacific / Middle East: Tung Yuan from Chinese Taipei
Australia: Cronulla from Sydney
Canada: White Rock South Surrey from British Columbia
Caribbean: Los Bravos de Pontezuela from Dominican Republic
Europe/Africa: AVRS Secondary School from Uganda
Japan: Tokyo Kitasuna
Latin America: Cardenales (Venezuela)
Mexico: Seguro Social (Mexicali, Baja California)
The Tournament Format
The tournament is double elimination.
US teams will play one another within their bracket until a champion is crowned. The same goes for the international teams. The two brackets will then meet in the final championship game, the third place game, and the two consolation games.
What You Need to Know
The reigning 2014 LLWS champions from Seoul, South Korea didn't make it this year so the field is wide open!
Over the years, Chinese Taipei has won an outstanding 17 titles!! Watch out for this historically solid team.
Japan is just behind them with nine LLWS titles. Their strong fundamentals will likely take them far in the tournament.
The last time a United States team won was in 2011.
Keep an eye on Portland's team, Wilshire-Riverside. They are on fire right now and the offensive force behind this team gives them a good shot at going far in the tournament.
Southern California's Sweetwater Valley team had an exciting ride to make it to the tournament by winning in dramatic fashion. They are the fifth team in 15 years from San Diego County to make it to the LLWS. Something in the water in SoCal!
Tournament Kicks off Thursday, 8/20
Championship game will be 8/30
Games will air on ESPN, ESPN 2, and Watch ESPN
For an in-depth look at the schedule, click here.
We'll be following all the action and posting to our Instagram so be sure to keep up and cheer these athletes on!