About Little League

Little League Baseball is the world's largest organized youth sports program, and Joplin Little League operates under the rules and regulations of Little League International.

Little League is structured into 4 levels:

Level #1 — The Local Little League

Each Little League program is organized within a community. As part of a league's charter it establishes its own boundaries with certain restrictions. It is only from within this boundary that the league may register its players. Click Here to see if your address falls within our boundary! If it doesn't, have no fear... As long as your child goes to a school that is located within our boundary then they will still be eligible to play with us!

Level #2 — The District

For administrative and tournament purposes, roughly 10 to 20 leagues in a given area usually comprise a district. The District Administrator is an experienced volunteer elected by the local league Presidents to counsel, direct, and provide leadership in the policies and rules of the Little League program and to serve as liaison between the leagues and the Regional Director.

Level #3 — The Region

The District Administrators report to the Regional Director, of which there are five in the United States. As part of the staff of Little League Baseball, Incorporated, the Regional Directors work out of Regional Centers at Warner Robins, Georgia; San Bernardino, California; Indianapolis, Indiana, Bristol, Connecticut, and Waco, Texas. Representatives for the International regions of Little League maintain offices in Puerto Rico, Canada, Japan and Poland.

Level #4 — International Headquarters

Little League operations are led by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball. Mr. Keener responds to the Little League Board of Directors, which includes nine field District Administrators elected to rotating terms by fellow District Administrators at the Congresses.The full-time staff members of Little League Baseball, Incorporated, work with District Administrators, their assistants, and local league officials in developing new leagues, coordinating tournaments, and assisting in the overall operation of a local league program. Worldwide, there are about 110 full-time Little League employees (about one for every 40,000 children and adult volunteers).

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