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Little League World Series – Helping Future Stars to Blossom

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Little League World Series – Helping Future Stars to Blossom

Little League of Canada has a very particular history. Below you can read more about this amazing non-profit organization.

A Bit of History

Since 1951,The Little League of Baseballhas been held in Canada. The first leagues in the United States were Nova Scotia and Vancouver, British Columbia, and Cape Breton. Canada is the second most important country in Little League with more than 500 active leagues.

By 1952, Montreal, Quebec became the first foreign entry into the Little League World Series.

It was not until 1953 that the Vancouver Little League Mountain became the Western Region’s representative for the World Series.

Canada achieved an automatic berth on the LLWS in 1958 and continues to participate in every tournament to this day. The only exception was in 1975.

In 1965, Canada began playing as a full region. Before this year, the western provinces were part of the tournaments with U.S. teams and the Maritime Provinces were excluded.

Although Canada has never won this Series, it has come very close. In 1965, the Stoney Creek Little League of Ontario was in the final.

The League with the most championships, for a total of 8, belongs to the Valleyfield Little League. Whalley LL of Surrey closely follows it, while British Columbia with 6 championships and Glace Bay LL and Trail are in third place with five championships.

Little League

Currently, Little League is made up of more than three million young people around the world, being part of 84 countries. It has amateur volunteers from around the world and is the largest sports organization that has this.

Volunteers help promote healthy living in communities. Only two employees are working full time in Little League Baseball Canada. The league’s managers, administrators, and coaches are volunteers.

More than 10,000 parents, family members, and communities support Major and Minor League Baseball in Canada. 35,000 young people play softball and baseball during the spring and summer.

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Canada is characterized by being a country that promotes healthy living among its inhabitants. This is why Little League has been so successful over the years. With the support of the communities, the children have been able to develop their skills completely.

Through sport, they not only learn how to maintain a healthy life but they also learn to lose, to work as a team, to respect others, and to believe in themselves. In a way, this also encourages them to be better citizens and to be part of positive change for a better world.

Sports and COVID-19 – How to Handle the Situation?

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Sports and COVID-19 – How to Handle the Situation?

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought change to all people around the world. At the same time, it has brought serious economic consequences. Sports were not exempt from these complications.

Thorough Consideration

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After an extended period of strict confinement, some activities are now possible. Sports such as tennis, soccer, cross-country, field hockey, and swimming are some sports that can now resume their practices and tournaments.

These sports, which are considered low risk, can be conducted as long as they follow the guidelines of the Department of Health.

On the other hand, sports that are high-risk because of their physical contacts such as soccer, wrestling, rugby, and ice hockey can continue their practices but without starting official games.

High school sports have been postponed until 2021. A plan is currently being devised so that tournaments can be held under strict security measures.

Everything has Changed

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When youth sports resume, whether at the interscholastic level or in small private leagues, everything will be different. Teams will need to keep a safe distance from each other and wear a mask. They should wash their hands more often and some plays will have to be modified.

Each player should check his or her temperature and COVID-19 tests will be done every week. Just like the Major Leagues do.

Despite the new measures, the sports industry will also change completely. Some parents will not feel safe letting their children play. Others will no longer be able to pay league fees and uniforms due to the economic downturn. According to the Wall Street Journal, 40% of youth sports clubs are likely to close.

While it all seems bad, there is a silver lining. Maybe this will allow us to reinvent ourselves and try something new. Young people can start riding bikes and rollerblades more often.

Some boys and girls will be able to take advantage of outings after school and, since they will not be going to training sessions, enjoy more meals with their families.

Despite these current circumstances, parents should continue to encourage their children to be active and exercise. In this way, they contribute to their physical and mental health.

All that remains is to wait for what the future holds.

10 Biggest AAU Basketball Tournaments in Canada and the USA

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10 Biggest AAU Basketball Tournaments in Canada and the USA

Florida hosts eight of AAU’s 10boys’ basketball tournaments. They are held at the Disney Wide World Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista. The AAU and Disney formed a 30-year partnership in 1994 to support and be a part of these games.

Disney Wide World of Sports Complex is without a doubt, the best place to hold these tournaments. It has huge courts and tourist attractions for people of all ages. There are 28 tournaments of the AAU that are played throughout the year here.

Below you can read about some of the tournaments that have the most teams in Canada and the USA.

Jr Boys Division – National Championship – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

This event is held over a week and includes three games of pool before the start of the classic tournament. It’s the UCA’s largest national championship and has 164 teams competing for first place.

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17U Super Showcase. Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

This tournament is held every year and has 164 teams. A perfect opportunity for college candidates to showcase their best performance to Division I coaches.

16U/10th Grade Division I – 147 teams – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

During July, the Disney Complex is gearing up to host 147 teams from 16U. It overlaps with the Jr. Boys tournaments.

14U/8th Grade Division I -126 teams – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The Wide World of Sports Complex opens its doors in mid-July to host the 126-team tournament. At the same time, ESPN Rise games are held.

13U/7th Grade National Championship – Memphis, Tenn.

This tournament is held at different locations in Memphis. It invites 112 teams and a curious fact is that it is one of the first national championships of the year for the AAU boys. A perfect tournament to discover the brightest talents in basketball.

14U/8th Grade Division II – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

This tournament, although held simultaneously with the 1aU Division I tournament, has 104 more teams, giving more opportunities.

12U/6th Grade Division I National Championship – Hampton, Va.

The 12U National Championship is held at the Boo Williams SportsPlex that features eight impressive basketball courts. 100 teams compete against each other to take first place at the Boo Williams, better known around the country as the ambassador of youth basketball.

16U Super Showcase – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

This four-day event features 100 teams demonstrating their skills to college coaches.

17U/JR Boys’ Division II – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

This Division II of the National Junior Championship is held during the last days of July and over 240 17U teams compete for the two national titles.

11U/5th Grade Division I – Cocoa Beach, Fla.

This 72-team tournament closes a wonderful summer season in Cocoa Beach. It’s without a doubt one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year.

If you want to support your favourite team, get ready to travel to the city of the sun and experience incredible days between tournaments and tourist attractions. There’s no doubt that these tournaments, being well received by the Disney Complex, are full of adventures and good times that will be remembered forever.