eLivermore.com - By Bill Nale

2024 Little League® Intermediate World Series
July 28 - August 4
lliws.info - Photos and Information - Past and Present

This is an Unofficial, but very informative website.  The Official LLIWS site can be found here

 



2013


2014


2015


2016



2017

 

2018



2019

2020
(cancelled)



 2022

 

2023

2024

2021
(cancelled)

Additional Pages Covering All Years

LLIWS Statistics
and Info per Year

Player Stat Leaders
for All Years Page

Home Run lists
 for all years

Game Brackets
for all years

Chronological Game
Schedule
for all years

Teams and their schedules
 / results
for all years

States / Countries
Represented

Umpires for all years

All Division World Series
Results since 2013

Photo Site
(separate site)


News and Updates:

11/10/2023

There was no LL press release this year for World Series dates. 
Normally this press release happens around Nov 10.  2024 and 2025 dates have been announced in previous years.
2026 dates are likely still TBD.  (updated now two items below)

   
11/22/2023

This 2024 web page was added to the site.  Information will be added as available.

   
1/3/2024

Little League International announces the dates for all 7 of the World Series for 2024 through 2026.
The 2024 and 2025 dates remained unchanged EXCEPT for the Jr Baseball World Series, which has been moved earlier by one week.  It is now the same time as the Softball 12 year old World Series.
Press Release is here.  Dates of all the World Series are on the LL website here, or lower on this webpage here.

   
2/23/2024

Umpires Announced for all 2024 LL World Series.  See below for the 50/70 umpire list.  LL Press Release is here

   
2/28/2024

Umpires Announced for all LL World Series US Regional Tournaments.  Includes dates for those tournaments.  LL Press Releases Here

   
3/4/2024

LL 2024 World Series web pages are now live.  Intermediate Site link

   

 

Contents:


On Other Pages

Go to the World Series Photo site
Full Res Game photos available for download for free

Other Livermore and Tri-Valley photos
can be found here (same site, top page)
.

Pages with All Years (2013-2024) Information:
LLIWS Statistics and Info per Year
Player Stat Leaders for All Years Page
Home Run lists for all years


Game Brackets for all years
Chronological Game Schedule for all years
Teams and their schedules/results for all years

States / Countries Represented
Umpires for all years
All Division World Series Results since 2013

Little League® Links:
Little League® Home
World Series Page (covers all 7)

Past World Series Results

Intermediate WS Specific Links
(links added when available)

Regional Playoff Result
Official LLIWS website
LLIWS Facebook page (run locally)
LLIWS Photos Facebook Page

Photo Slideshows
Dick Jones as created some photo slideshows
with music from our photos
2023 Slideshow #1   -   2023 Slideshow #2

Retrospective 10 year Slideshow

 

Introduction

World Series Introduction
What is the LLIWS?

Schedule
and
Results


Teams and their schedules


Chronological Game Schedule


Game Bracket Chart

Home Runs

Umpires for 2023

Intermediate Division
& World Series
 Info

Intermediate Division Basics

Max Baer 1 Field Information

World Series Details and Stats

Fan Guide

Maps
&
Park layout


Park Layout


Map to Field

Photos

About World Series Photos - Download for Free

Go directly to the LLIWS Photo Site

About This Web Page

Links

LLIWS Regional Tournaments Previous Years Links

The Seven Little League World Series®

Other Links

 

 



 


Introduction

This site contains information about the current LLIWS and the history of all previous years, including statistics.
The companion photo site contains over 100,000 photos across all years.

The Little League® Intermediate World Series is the most exciting of the 7 Little League World Series® to watch.
It will be held at Max Baer Park in Livermore California from July 28 to August 4, 2024.
This will be the tenth year of the Intermediate World Series (not counting 2020 and 2021, as they were cancelled).
In 2024 the Intermediate World Series features 6 US teams (one CA District 57 and 5 regional champions) and 6 International regional champion teams.  The 6 International Regions are:  Asia-Pacific, Australia, Canada, Europe-Africa, Latin America and either Puerto Rico or Mexico.  Starting in 2018, Puerto Rico and Mexico alternate years in having a direct spot in the World Series, with the other country playing in the Latin America pool.  2024 has Puerto Rico with a direct spot.
There will be 23 total games played 2024, including the 2 consolation games.
Similar to the Williamsport World Series, US and International teams play in separate brackets, with the US Champions playing the International Champions in the final game.

What is the LLIWS?

"Little League World Series®" means one thing to most people:  The Williamsport World Series, which is on TV in late August.
But there are actually 7 Little League® World Series.  4 age groups for baseball, and 3 age groups for Girls Softball
The Williamsport World series is the oldest one, and receives the most press by far.  It is for youth up through 12 years of age.
The other 3 baseball world series are for up though 13, up through 14, and up through 16 year olds.
Girls 3 Softball World Series is up through 12, up through 14, and up through 16 year old girls.
The LLIWS, here in Livermore, is the baseball World Series for youth up through 13 years of age.  I.E. one year older than Williamsport
It is also the newest World Series, started in 2013.  It has always been here in Livermore.



Note: This page is provided by eLivermore.com.  See About This Page below.
This is NOT the official website for the World Series.  Click here for the official website.

This IS the official website of the LLIWS photographer.

Regional Playoff Results

The Intermediate Division consists of ages 11 to 13, but will mostly be 13 year olds.
NO player will have turned 14 by the time of the World Series games.
The division is also knows as "50/70" as the distance from the pitching rubber to the plate is 50 feet, and the distance between the bases is 70 feet (see field diagram).
Rules are very similar to the Jr. Division in that playing off and stealing bases are allowed.

For details and statistics of all years of the LLIWS, See the Statistics page

This is one of 4 Little League® Baseball World Series and 3 Little League® Girl's Softball World Series.  Note that the more well known Little League® World Series is the "Majors" (up through 12 year olds) World Series held in Williamsport, PA in late August.

Temperature and wind speed from the
Max Baer Park Weather Station
Housed above the field's press box.

Weather in 2024: 
TBD.  Expect mid 80s to high 90s for highs, occasionally over 100.  No rain.
Hottest ever during an LLIWS was 102.
Evening games can get cool enough for a jacket, especially if there is some wind.
 

Most of the small photos on this webpage can be found here in the "short slideshow" from the 2023 album.

 


 

Teams
See Teams for ALL years on one page
"photos" links go to my photos of the game.  "gc" links go to the Gamechanger scoring for the game.
Team schedules are dependent on each game's results.  A team's next game is not known until the current game completes.  See the Bracket below.
Regions will be picked randomly for the bracket in the spring of 2024.
The table below will be filled in with the teams as they qualify.  Australia is generally first, with their regional completing in May.  The rest will follow in June and July.

United States
Region Team
links to go team photos
Time
Zone
Record

Total

Home
Runs
Team
Size
Day 1
Sun 7/28
Day 2
Mon 7/29
Day 3
Tues 7/30
Day 4
Wed 7/31
Day 5
Thurs 8/1
  Day 7
Sat 8/3
Day 8
Sun 8/4

R

H

E

Central                            
CA 57
(host)
  PDT
-7
(0)
                       
East   EDT
-4
(+3)
                       
Southeast EDT
-4
(+3)
   
Southwest                            
West                            


International

Region Team

Time
Zone

Record

Total

Home
Runs
Team
Size
Day 1
Sun 7/28
Day 2
Mon 7/29
Day 3
Tues 7/30
Day 4
Wed 7/31
Day 5
Thurs 8/1
  Day 7
Sat 8/3
Day 8
Sun 8/4

R

H

E

Asia-
Pacific
                               
Australia                            
Canada                            
Europe-
Africa
                           
Latin
America
                           
Puerto Rico   AST
-4
(+3)
                       

Time Zone:  Links to go Wikipedia page.  First number is vs. UTC.  2nd number is vs. PDT (Livermore).  In both cases, it is as of the time of the games (Daylight Saving wise)
Example: Brisbane, Australia is 17 hours ahead of Livermore.  A 3pm game in Livermore is 8am the following day in Brisbane.
"photos" links go to my photos of the game.

Blank cells means the team did not play that day, or game is unknown if in the future. 
Light grey cells are consolation games (team is already eliminated) or non-game days leading up to it. 
Darker grey cells indicate the team has played its last game.

All teams play a minimum of 3 games.  In some cases the 3rd game is a "Goodwill" (consolation) game.
It is possible for a team to play all 7 days, but it has not happened yet.  Through 2023, 8 teams have played 6 of the 7 days.
No team is scheduled to play more than one game per day.
 


These photos can be found on the photos website under Teams.  Click Here.
Will be updated for 2024 during the World Series.  These photos are taken at each team's first or second game.

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Chronological Game Schedule
Preliminary
See Game Schedules for ALL years on one page
Regions will be picked randomly for the bracket in Spring 2024.
The Home Team is determined by a coin toss prior to the game.
Gamechanger Box Scores (link added when available)

Game
#

R

H

E

PA Teams
(winner in bold)
Photo
Link
ESPN+
Link
Game
Cngr
Link
Date/Time First
Pitch
Time
Last
Play
Time
Game
Length
h:mm
Actual
Innings
*
Game Type
         

Opening Ceremonies

     

Sat, July 27, 16:00

       

TBD

1         Int 1 vs. Int 2      

 Sun, July 28, 09:00 am

       

International Opening Round

2         US 1 vs. US 2      

 Sun, July 28, 12:00 pm

       

US Opening Round

3         Int 3 vs. Int 4      

 Sun, July 28, 15:00 (3pm)

       

International Opening Round

4         US3 vs. US 4      

 Sun, July 28, 19:00 (7pm)

       

US Opening Round

 
5         W1 vs. Int 5      

 Mon, July 29, 09:00 am

       

International Winners Bracket Game

6         W2 vs. US 5      

 Mon, July 29, 12:00 pm

       

US Winners Bracket Game

7         W3 vs. Int 6      

 Mon, July 29, 15:00 (3pm)

       

International Winners Bracket Game

8         W4 vs. US 6      

 Mon, July 29, 19:00 (7pm)

       

US Winners Bracket Game

 
9         L1 vs. L7      

 Tues, July 30, 09:00 am

       

International Elimination Game

10         L2 vs. L8      

 Tues, July 30, 12:00 pm

       

US Elimination Game

11         L3 vs. L5      

 Tues, July 30, 15:00 (3pm)

       

International Elimination Game

12         L4 vs. L6      

 Tues, July 30, 19:00 (7pm)

       

US Elimination Game

 
13         W9 vs. W11      

 Wed, July 31, 09:00 am

       

International Elimination Game

14         W10 vs. W12      

 Wed, July 31, 12:00 pm

       

US Elimination Game

15         W5 vs. W7      

 Wed, July 31, 15:00 (3pm)

       

International Winners Bracket Game

16         W6 vs. W8      

 Wed, July 31, 19:00 (7pm)

       

US Winners Bracket Game

 
A         L11 vs. L10      

 Thurs, Aug 1, 09:00 am

       

Goodwill Game (both teams are already eliminated)

B         L12 vs. L9      

 Thurs, Aug 1, 12:00 pm

       

Goodwill Game (both teams are already eliminated)

17         L15 vs. W13      

 Thurs, Aug 1, 15:00 (3pm)

       

International Elimination Game

18         L16 vs. W14      

 Thurs, Aug 1, 18:00 (6pm)

       

US Elimination Game

 
No Games on Friday, Aug 4.
 
19         W15 vs. W17      

 Sat, Aug 3, 13:00 (1pm)

       

International Final.  Single Elimination.  On ESPN+

20         W16 vs. W18      

 Sat, Aug 3, 17:00 (5pm)

       

US Final.  Single Elimination.  On ESPN+

 
21         W19 vs. W20        Sun, Aug 4, 18:00 (6pm)         World Championship.  Single Game.
Broadcast Live on ESPN+


Color Key:

International Bracket Game

US Bracket Game

Goodwill or Exhibition Game

World Championship Game

PA = Plate Appearances.  I.E. total batters sent to the plate by the team.

* Actual Innings column:   Integer Inning (Fractional inning if not the same)
For Fractional inning:
N (no decimal): Inning ended with final out in the bottom of the inning (Visiting team wins)
N.5: Inning ended with final out in the top of the inning (Home team wins)
N.6: No outs in the bottom of the inning when the winning run scored (Home team wins)
N.7: 1 out in the bottom of the inning when the winning run scored (Home team wins)
N.9:  2 out in the bottom of the inning when the winning run scored (Home team wins)
"winning run" could be home team going up by 1 or more runs in the bottom of the 7th or later inning, or run which causes the 10 run rule (5th or 6th inning) or 15 run rule (4th inning) to take effect.
Following the "winning run", any run that scores in the play does not count unless the ball was hit over the fence as a home run (in which case all runs count assuming they come around and score).
Consolation Games may have a 2 hour limit.

All times are PDT (Pacific Daylight time) which is UTC-7.
ESPN+ is a subscription streaming service.  Note that ESPN+ games are archived only for a short time, but some are available on Youtube.
First Pitch Time and Last Play Time are taken from the timestamp on my photographs, and are not official.  They are extremely accurate, however.
Game length is measured from the first pitch to the last out.

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2024 Intermediate World Series Game Chart
Preliminary
See Game Brackets for ALL years on one page



Note:  The US and International Championship games are single elimination, even though one of the teams enters with 1 loss and other with 0 losses.
There is NOT an "if necessary" game if the team from the elimination bracket wins.  The winner of the Championship games goes on to the finals.

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2024 Home Runs
See Home Runs for ALL years on one page

There were 11 home runs in 2023.
Links on the player name will take you to a photo gallery for this home run.

HR # (all years) HR# (2024) Game Player w/Photo link Total Hit
(on Last one)
Uniform # Team Comments
126              
               
               


These photos are from the 2023 Home Run section of the photo site.  Click Here.

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Umpires for 2024
See Umpires for ALL years on one page

Thank You Umpires!!
The umpires for all 7 World Series were announced on February 23, 2024
See LL Press Release here
Umpire section on the Photos Site
(For completed 2023 Umpire photo section, click here)

 

 

Keith O’Brien – Holbrook, Mass. (East Region)

Richard Ladnier – Sugar Land, Texas (Southwest Region)

Michael Amotorio Natividad – Tarlac City, Philippines (Asia-Pacific Region)

Darren Zlasney – Flanders, N.J. (East Region)

John Marshall – Missouri City, Texas (Southwest Region)

Denis Labonte – St-Basile-le-Grand, Quebec (Canada Region)

Harold Brannen – Marietta, Ga. (Southeast Region)

Bill Kosmas – Anacortes, Wash. (West Region)

Giovanni Martina – Willemstad, Curaçao (Latin America Region)

Matthew Glunt – Fredericksburg, Va. (Southeast Region)

Brian Riley – Davis, Calif. (West Region)

Stefan Rohrbeck – March, Germany (Europe and Africa Region)

Mark Harvey – Lexington, Ky. (Central Region)

 

 

Mike Kilroy – Macedonia, Ohio (Central Region)

 

 


These photos are from the 2023 Umpire section.  First three games.  Click here.

See this page on the Little League® website for the Umpire selection process.  Umpires are volunteers.

There is an Umpire section on the Photos site for the World Series.  It is organized per game.  I take photos of umpires making calls throughout the World Series.  These will be posted in the normal photo galleries for each game, then just the photos showing umpires will be copied to the Umpire section.  This might occur slightly later, as there are only so many hours in the day.

See below for more information on the LLIWS umpires.

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Intermediate Division Basics
Note that everything written here is my understanding of the rules, and should be considered unofficial.

 
Intermediate Division Basics

The information provided here is unofficial.  It has been gathered from multiple sources, including the Little League® Rule Book.

 

Distance between bases 70 feet.  Home to first:  Measured from back of the plate (3rd base line) to the far end of the base (see diagram below).
              Second base:  Measured from the foul lines to the MIDDLE of the base. 
              Home to third:  Measured from back of plate (1st base line) to the far end of the base.
Distance, Pitchers rubber to the plate 50 feet.  Measured from the front of the pitching rubber to the back (point) of the plate (see diagram below).
Distance to outfield fence. 200 feet or greater is "recommended" by the rule book, but it is almost always much further than that unless being played by younger age groups.  13 year olds would hit far too many home runs at 200 feet.
Max Baer park is 259 feet with a 10 foot high fence.
Team sizes Typically 12 to 14 players, but can be fewer.  The maximum is 14 players, one manager, and up to 2 coaches (The rule of only one manager and one coach if 11 or fewer players has been eliminated starting 2023).  Some international teams will also have an interpreter.
The LLIWS champions in 2019 had only 10 players.  One team has had only 9 players due to injuries.
The average team size for all years at the LLIWS has been 12.75 players.  12.33 for US teams, 13.24 players for International teams.
Innings played 7.  Can be as few as 4 (15 run rule) or 5 (10 run rule).  Each game in the LLIWS must have a winner, so extra innings are possible.
The longest LLIWS game was 12 innings.  This was  in 2023.
Extra Inning Rule Starting in the 9th inning (8th inning for Majors and below), each half inning will start with the last player scheduled to bat that half inning placed on 2nd base.  An eligible substitute or special pinch runner may be inserted for the runner (crossed out portion is no longer applicable starting in 2023 due to continuous batting order).  The extra inning rule was a new tournament rule starting in 2019. No games in the 2019 LLIWS went to the 9th inning, but 2022 saw a 9 inning and a 10 inning game.  In the 10 inning game in the bottom of the 10th, the runner on 2nd stole third on the first pitch with the throw going into left field, which allowed the runner to score, ending the game with one pitch.
Age Group 11-13 year olds.  With the change in the league age cutoff dates starting in 2018 no player will be over 13 during the World Series. 
In the 2024 LLIWS no player will have been born before September 1, 2010.
It is open to both boys and girls.  While the LLIWS has mostly boys playing, there are often 1 or 2 girls.
One team in 2022 had three 11 year olds.  All three played in Williamsport the next year.
Max runs per inning No limit.
Leading off, stealing Leading off and stealing are permitted.
On Deck Batter On-deck batters are allowed.  A recent rule change requires them to be in the on-deck circle closest to their dugout.  Previously they had been positioned behind the batter (3rd base side for a right handed batter).
Substitution &
Minimum Play
New for 2023:
Continuous batting is used, so there are no offensive substitutions and no Special Pinch Runners.
There is unlimited substation for fielders.  A pitcher removed from the mound may return as long as he/she has remained in the game on defense since being removed.  He/she can return only once in a game.
There is no minimum play requirement for defense.
Note that this applies to Tournament Play and not the regular season.  Rules for Senior Division are different.
Special Pinch Runner This has been eliminated for 2023 due to the continuous batting order.
Courtesy Runner New for 2023.  A team may permit a “courtesy runner” for the catcher and/or pitcher of record when there are two (2) outs. Utilizing continuous batting order, the courtesy runner may be in the team’s batting order and must be the player in the batting order who made the last out.
Pitch count limits

13 year olds (league age) are limited to 95 pitches.  11-12 year olds (league age) are limited to 85 pitches.  If they reach the limit during a batter, they may finish the batter.
Pitchers must also observe days of rest until they may pitch again based on the following table:
   1-20 pitches thrown:  0 days rest (may pitch the next day)
   21-35 pitches thrown:  1 days rest
   36-50 pitches thrown:  2 days rest
   51-65 pitches thrown:  3 days rest
   66 or more pitches thrown:  4 days rest
If a pitcher reaches a specific limit while facing a batter, he/she may finish the batter and still be considered to be within the range.
A pitcher removed from the mound may return provided that he/she has played a different defensive position since pitching (was not removed from the game).  He/she can return only once.
A player who has played as catcher for 4 or more innings may not pitch that day.
A pitcher may not pitch in 2 games on the same day.
A pitcher may not pitch on three consecutive days under any circumstances. (This was new in 2019)

10 Run Rule
and
15 Run Rule
If a team is behind by 10 or more runs after they have batted in the 5th inning the game is over.
If a team achieves a 10 run lead in the bottom of the 5th or 6th inning, the game is over without finishing the inning.
If a team achieves a 10 run lead in the top of the 5th, 6th, or 7th inning, the bottom of that inning is played and the game will end at the end of that inning if the lead is still 10 or more runs.

New starting 2018: 15 run rule (same as 10 run rule, but for a 15 run lead one inning earlier).  Note that this rule was used in 2018, but was not in the printed rule book until 2019.  The rule was used twice during the 2018 LLIWS and once in the 2019 LLIWS.
If a team is behind by 15 or more runs after they have batted in the 4th inning the game is over.
If a team achieves a 15 run lead in the bottom of the 4th inning, the game is over without finishing the inning (in innings after the 4th, the 10 run rule takes affect).
If a team achieves a 15 run lead in the top of the 4th inning, the bottom of that inning is played and the game will end at the end of that inning if the lead is still 15 or more runs (in innings after the 4th, the 10 run rule takes affect).

Note that the "8 run rule" that is new for 2023 does NOT apply to tournament play.
Note that in over-the-fence home run is treated the same way for the 10 and 15 run rule as it is for a normal "walkoff".  All runs count if they legally score (I.E. they must run the bases).

Video Replay Video Replay was added in 2022.  Each team may challenge specific calls until they have two unsuccessful challenges.  In extra innings they get one unsuccessful challenge (none carried over from before extra innings).
In 2022 this was used on average about twice per game.
 

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  Max Baer 1 Specifics

Yes, 2nd base is positioned correctly in the diagram above.
It is defined this way (to the CENTER of the bag) for all
leagues of baseball, including MLB.  The distance is 60, 70,
80, or 90 feet depending on division of play.
Distance from the plate to the outfield fence About 259 feet.  The signs on the outfield fence say 255, but is is actually a little farther.
It is very consistent to all areas in fair territory.
Outfield Fence Height About 10 feet.
Fence The field is completely surrounded by a chain link fence about 10 feet high.  It is much higher behind the plate (see photo below).
Home/Away Dugouts The home dugout is on the 3rd base side.  This is the way all fields are used at Granada Little League®, and how the scoreboards are set up.  The scoreboards on the majors/minors fields look backwards because of this, with the home team on the left side of the scoreboard.  The dugouts are not ALWAYS used that way, however.
Both the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics have their home dugouts on the 3rd base side.  It is more common for MLB teams to have the home dugout on the 1st base side (18 of 30 teams).
Bull Pens Bull pens are down the 1st and 3rd base lines.
About the field The field is in Max Baer Park, and is part of the Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District (LARPD).  It is used by Granada Little League® during the regular season.  All of Granada Little League®'s fields are at this location.  Fields 1-4, used for minors and majors, are adjacent, and are on the school district property.  Max Baer 1 and Max Baer 2 (90s field SW of MB1) are part of LARPD (Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District).
Name of the Park Max Baer Park is named for the boxer Max Baer.  Born in 1909, his family moved to Livermore when he was 15.  He became the Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1934.  His son, Max Baer Jr. is an actor, director, and producer known mainly for playing Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies.  Max Baer Sr. also did some acting.  While in Livermore, he lived in a house that is within the current park, near where the pre-school building is now, by Max Baer 2 field, on Murdell Lane.
Dogs Dogs are NOT permitted.  However, there is a dog park 60 feet beyond the Left Field fence with a view of the games.
Weather Station Visit the Max Baer Park Weather Station, which is on top of the press box.

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  Intermediate World Series Details
   The information provided here is unofficial.  Some of it is based on past year's details.

 

Why the most exciting? The Intermediate World Series is the most exciting of the 7 Little League® World Series to watch.  It is the first year that the runners can lead off the bases before the pitch, requiring the pitchers to hold them on.  At 70 feet between bases, it is far easier to steal than in the Junior or Senior World Series which have 90 feet between bases.  Stealing is FAR from automatic, however, at this level of play.  Expect to see runners picked off at 1st, and to be thrown out stealing.
The oldest players are 13, so the kids are still kids.  One year can make quite a difference from the 12 year olds in the Major's World Series, however.  They can hit the ball much further.
History The Intermediate World Series started in 2013, and has always been played at Max Baer 1 field in Livermore.  See "World Series stats and Information by year" for additional information.
Team Accommodations The teams stay at a hotel, and are bussed to and from the field.  This includes the host team, even though in some years many of them live closer to the field than the hotel is.  This provides them with the full experience.  Teams may remain for the entire time, even after being eliminated.  Teams are encouraged to be at the fields for other's games.
Opening Ceremonies In 2022 the Opening consisted of a banquet held at the hotel.  In 2023 the opening took place at Stockman's park in downtown Livermore.
Games All games are played on Max Baer 1 field.  Four games per day from Sunday through Thursday.  Friday is an off day.  Teams often do an activity on Friday.
Saturday has the US and International Championship games, with the finals on Sunday.
Tournament Format The tournament is set up very much like the Williamsport Tournament but with 6 teams in each bracket rather than 10 (Williamsport increased from 8 to 10 in 2022).
   All 4 Little League® Baseball World Series and the 12 yr old Softball World Series follow this format.  The Jr and Sr. Little League® Softball World Series follow a Pool Play format.
Descriptions below this point apply only to the baseball World Series with some info specific to the LLIWS.  The 12 yr old Softball World Series mixes the brackets between US and International due to an unequal number of teams.

The tournament is a Modified Double Elimination format.
There are separate US and International brackets in all baseball world series with the same number of teams in each.
Within the brackets, the tournament is double elimination up to the US and International Championship games.
   Those championship games will feature one team that is undefeated, and one team with one loss.
   A single game decides who goes on to the championship game, so it is possible for a team to be eliminated after only one loss.  In the US bracket this has happened 4 of the 9 years.  In 2019 it happened for the first time in the International Bracket, and happened again in 2023.
The final game is the World Championship between the US and International champions, and is a single game.
  This is the only game in competition in which US and International teams play each other.
There are two consolation games which have US vs. International teams in the LLIWS, but both teams are already eliminated prior to those games.
The Bye Because there is a non-binary number of teams (not 2, 4, 8, 16....) a bracket format necessitates that some teams receive a bye at some point, which is best placed at the beginning of the tournament to provide the least amount of advantage.
With 6 US and 6 International teams, two from each will have a bye.  The other 8 teams will play the four games on the first day, with the winners playing the teams with byes on the second day.
The initial placement of regions on the bracket, including which teams receive a bye, is done via a random drawing held in the spring.
A bye is not necessarily an advantage.  It can sometimes work as a pitching availability disadvantage.
No "If Necessary" game,
and why it makes sense
Like the Williamsport World Series, there is no "If Necessary" game at the end of the US and International Brackets in the LLIWS.
In each of those Championship games, there is one undefeated team, and one team with one loss.
It often happens that this is a repeat of a prior game, where the undefeated team had beaten the team with one loss.
If the team with one loss beats the undefeated team, even though both teams are 1-1, and also 1-1 against each other after the game, the team winning the bracket Championship game moves on to the World Championship game.
In some tournaments, there is an "If Necessary" game if the team with one loss wins.
   This is done in some, but not all of the Regional Tournaments.  Most do not.
There are a number of very good reasons to not have an "if necessary" game in the World Series, which include extending the length of the series, uncertain game scheduling (for TV, etc.), and the fact that one of the two brackets may have to play an extra game right before the World Championship game, giving the team in the other bracket an advantage that they have not really earned.
The team with one loss will have to play more games late in the tournament, which greatly affects their pitching staff availability and giving them a distinct disadvantage.
   When the team with one loss beats the undefeated team, it is often because they have a deeper pitching staff.
In the 9 years through 2023 (18 bracket championship games):
   The undefeated team has won 12 times.  Pitcher availability often played an important rule.
   The team with one loss has won 6 times.  4 of those times beating the team that they had lost to earlier.  In all cases they played an additional game than the undefeated team, always the day before.  They were often able to win due to sufficient pitching depth.
Minimum # of games per team All teams will play a minimum of 3 games. Some team's 3rd game may be a consolation game, having already been eliminated.
Any team losing their first two games will play a consolation game.  Some teams in the consolation games may have already played 3 games (winning Sunday, losing Monday and Tuesday).
The four teams that lose on Tuesday (the first day of the elimination portion of the bracket) are the teams that play in the consolation games.
The way the brackets are set up, it is POSSIBLE to have NO team lose both of their first two games, but that has never happened.
The minimum number of games to win the World Series is 4 or 5, depending on whether the team has a bye in the first round (2 US and 2 International teams have a first round bye)
Maximum # of games per team It is possible for a team to play all 7 days of play.  This would happen if a team wins on Sunday, loses their second game on Monday, then wins through to get to the Championship game.  Teams with a Sunday bye could play a maximum of 6 games by losing their first game and winning through to the Championship game.
So far the maximum a team has played is 6 games.  This has happened several times.
Prior to 2018, International teams could play a maximum of 6 games (5 in 2013) due to one less team in that group (2 less in 2013).
In 2015 one team played 6 games in a row, just barely losing the US championship game which would have had them play all 7 days.  The winning team in 2016 played 6 games, after having a bye the first day.  Depth of the pitching staff can become very important.  Livermore Baseball played 6 games in 2018, losing their first game, then winning 4 straight to get to the World Championship game.  In 2022 the West team played 6 games in a row, losing the US Championship game.
No team is scheduled to play more than one game per day.  Postponements or suspended games could alter this.  There have been no postponed or suspended games in the Intermediate World Series so far.  Rain in July/August is EXTREMELY rare, and minimal when it does happen.  One game had a small amount of rain following the final game of the day.  Not enough that it would have stopped the game.  In 2018 we had a power outage following the US Championship due to a transformer blowing out (NOT a transformer on the pole by the field).  It was still light out so most people did not notice it.  2023 saw a power outage during one of the day games.  Play continued.
Video Review Video Review was added in 2022.  Each team may challenge specific calls until they have two unsuccessful challenges.  In extra innings, each team gets one unsuccessful challenge.  Unused challenges are not carried over into extra innings.  2022 saw roughly 2 challenges per game, with about half resulting in the call being overturned.  The Championship game ended with a call being overturned, resulting in the 3rd out.
Practices, batting cages, and warm-ups The Saturday before the first games the teams practice on the Granada Little League® fields and MB2.  No practices take place on MB1 (the World Series field).  Teams were assigned warm-up times and fields, and also batting cage times.  There are 4 batting cages.
Before each game each team will have a time slot in the batting cages.  Each team is also permitted 10 minutes of warm-up time on the game field just prior to the game for infield and outfield practice.  In 2017, the Central team did the warm-ups before their 2nd game without using any baseballs (click to see photos).
Umpires 14 Little League® umpires from around the world will work the World Series in 2024). 2023 had 13 umpires.  2022 had 12 umpires.  2019 had 14 umpires.  2018 had 13 umpires.  All previous years there had been 12 umpires.
Starting in 2023, there are 4 umpires on the field for each game.  Prior to 2023 there were 6 on the field.
Consolation Games Two Consolation games are played.  These games assure that every team will play at least 3 games.  Both games pair a US team against an International team. 
These are the ONLY games other than the Championship game to have a US team play an International team.
The four teams that lose on Tuesday (the first day of the elimination portion of the bracket) will play in the consolation games.
These games are played under the same rules as the competition games, and have the full teams of 4 umpires participating.
Consolation games may have a time limit set to avoid delays in later games.
Stats in these games count in the LLIWS statistics.
They are photographed the same as the other games.  They are NOT broadcast on ESPN+, however.
Time between Games It normally takes 50 to 60 minutes between games (last play of game until the first pitch of the next game).  During this time the field is prepped, new baselines and batters boxes are chalked (by a dedicated volunteer field crew).  The next game's teams each get 10 minutes on the field for warm-ups.  Before the first pitch, the umpires and players are introduced, and the national anthems are played.  It adds up quickly.  Note that the first pitch and last play time for each game is recorded above.  It is available on the past year's pages back to 2014.  These times are taken from the time stamp on my photographs, so while "unofficial" they are EXTREMELY accurate.
It is VERY common that the 6:00pm game starts late.  Up to an hour and a half late.
TV Coverage This year all games in competition, including the World Championship game, will be broadcast on ESPN+, which is an online subscription service.  The two Consolation Games will likely not be broadcast.  The ESPN+ games are available for replay for a limited time (about 30 days).
Closing There are no closing ceremonies.  The World Champion team will celebrate on the field immediately following the game.  Teams leave the day after the championship game unless they have made other arrangements.
US States Represented so far See list by year here.  18 Total.  Central: Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa;   CA57: California:  East: Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey;  Southeast: North Carolina, West Virginia, Florida, Alabama;  Southwest: Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana;  West: Arizona, Hawaii, California.
International Countries Represented so far See list by year here.  13 Total.  Asia Pacific: Japan, South Korea;  Europe-Africa: Czech Republic, France, Netherlands;  Latin America: Ecuador, Curacao, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico.  Regions with only one country: Australia, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico.
Note, starting in 2018, Puerto Rico and Mexico alternate with their own region in the LLIWS.  The other team competes for the Latin America region.

 

World Series stats and Information per year
This Section has be moved to a separate web page.  (Click Here)
With columns for each year, it became too wide, and made the entire web page difficult to view from a phone.

 

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  What to expect / Fan Guide

 

Seating There are bleachers for about 900 people.  Attendance varies based on the game, but the Championship game has about 6650 to 10,000 people attending.  Bring lawn chairs or blankets for viewing from the outfield.  Outfield viewing has a casual festive atmosphere.  It is where I took most of my photos from in 2013, and provides excellent viewing.  The outfield area in dead center field is blocked off so that the batter and catcher have a neutral background and are not distracted.
Activities Besides watching great baseball, there are other things to do.  The outfield area of Max Baer 2 often has a lot of people casually watching the game, playing Frisbee, etc.  There are also youth gathering on fields 1 and 2, hitting the ball around.  Often players from World Series teams are joining in.
Restrooms Restrooms are located in the Snack Shack building (green cinder block building with the mural painted on it).  Entrances are on the North side.
Water Fountains There are two water fountains in the park (marked on the Park Layout image below):
  One on the left side of the 1st base dugout of MB1, by the bleachers.  Near the pin booth.
  One by Max Baer 2 field, on the 3rd base side (by the preschool building).  This one is much further away.
Food There will be several food vendors plus the Granada Little League® Snack Shack serving a variety of food.
The selections vary each year.
Weather Rain is HIGHLY UNLIKELY.  Rain is very rare in Livermore in the summer.  The rainy season is in the winter.  It doesn't rain in California.  In the summer.
Temperature: Highs are generally in the mid 80s to high 90s, and sometimes over 100F.  Lows are generally in the high 50s to low 60s.
Weather in 2023 was in the mid 80s to low 90s.  Beautiful Baseball weather.
   For the evening games, it will cool off considerably by the end of the game.  A jacket is recommended for the later parts of the evening games.
   The umpires, especially those from colder climates, were laughing when I told them that in 2019.  It was the day before the LLIWS started and was 99 degrees at the time.  Several days later they were all wearing jackets at the start of the evening game.
Humidity: low.  It's great.  OK, the humidity was up near the end of the week in 2017.  Not Florida high, but higher than normal for here.
The hills that surround Livermore will be golden brown.  They get that way every year.  Hence the "Golden State".
Photography Photography can be done through the outfield fence with good results.  I took most of my photos from there in 2013 (see photos of the 2013 finals here).  There is a standard chain link fence all the way around the field, which can be a little challenging for photographing, but I had pretty good results in 2013.
Official Photography In 2024 I am once again the official photographer.
My photos of every game will be available for viewing and downloading on this website.  The full resolution photos may be downloaded at no charge.  Prints may be purchased at my cost (what is charged by the photo sharing service I use).  You may also have prints made from downloaded images at your favorite photo printing service.  I am a volunteer, like so many others at this event.  You are free to use my photos on social media, team websites, etc.
What you may bring
  • Lawn Chairs and Blankets to sit on.
  • Cameras.  However, you may NOT broadcast or webcast audio or video without proper consent of Little League® Baseball.
  • Sunscreen.  There are some shady areas for fans, but not all of the fan areas are in the shade.
NOT permitted:
  • Dogs are NOT permitted.  However, there is a dog park 60 feet beyond the Left Field fence with a view of the games.
  • Coolers are NOT permitted in the park.
  • Tobacco of any sort is NOT permitted at the World Series (or any Little League® games)
  • Alcohol is NOT permitted at the World Series (or any Little League® games)
  • Scooters and Bicycles may be used to get to the World Series, but may not be ridden inside the park for safety reasons.
Stealing With the 70 foot bases, stealing is easier than in 80s or 90s.  However, at the higher levels of play, while common, it does not happen as often as you would think.  This is the shortest base distance where stealing is permitted for baseball (technically you can steal at younger divisions, but you may not leave the base until the ball reaches the plate).
Home Runs Home runs have varied greatly.  2018 saw only 1 home run, mainly due to the new bat standard.  The bat standards changed again in 2019 and there were 16 home runs.  Prior to 2018 the minimum number of home runs was 5 in 2013, and the max was 22 in both 2015 and 2017.  There are two dents in the yellow plastic pipe on top of the outfield fence from "almost" home runs.  See photo here.
Foul Balls in the stands Foul balls will definitely go into the stands.  Be alert, as you would be at an MLB game.
Foul balls do NOT have to be returned to the field.  You may keep them.
Never grab the fence with your fingers through if you are anywhere near the batter including down the baselines.  Foul tips and foul balls travel at a very high rate at this level.

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Park Layout

The World Series games take place on MB1 (Max Baer Park Field 1)


Image from Google Earth

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Map to Fields

 

Opening Ceremonies, Downtown Livermore
This is based on 2023 info.  To be updated for 2024. 
Saturday, July 27, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
(Google Earth Image)

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World Series Photos

Bill Nale of eLivermore.com is the official photographer of the 2024 Little League® Intermediate World Series.
I am one of the many volunteers at the World Series.
As a volunteer, my photos are provided at no cost.  You may download the full resolution photos from the photo site for free.
Prints and other items may be purchased from the site, at my cost.  I use a site called Zenfolio.  Their rates are reasonable.
It is likely cheaper and faster to download the photos and have them printed at your favorite location, however.

Photos of all games are displayed in albums on eLivermore.com's photo gallery site.
Photos from all previous years are still on the site.

You may use the photos for your own personal use, including on social media.  Teams may use the photos on their team websites, etc.

I take photos at all of the games, and of events around the fields.
I generally will provide photos of every at bat of every game, although I do miss a few.  I take about 1500 photos per game, and choose about 600 to put on the photo site.
I will also get photos of each team under the scoreboard.

To download an individual photo or an entire gallery:
   Go to an individual photo (the "download" selection does not appear within a gallery of thumbnails)
   Click on the "Download" selection above the photo.
   Chose to download just this photo or all photos within the gallery.
      If you choose to download the entire gallery, it will be provided in a ZIP file.  A Gallery can be quite a large file.  The Zenfolio site will process the gallery, then send you an email to download the ZIP file.

To Purchase photos on the Photo Gallery site (http://elivermore.zenfolio.com/lliws):
   Go to a Gallery of photos or an individual photo.
   Click on "Buy" on the upper right side of the page.
   Follow the instructions on purchasing.

   Feel free to have prints made elsewhere by downloading the photos.
   This may be quicker and cheaper.

 

   Go to the Photo Gallery

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About this Page

This web page is produced by Bill Nale, the game photographer for the Little League® Intermediate World Series, as part of my eLivermore.com website.
This web site is NOT part of Little League® International.
Information on this site should be considered unofficial, but I attempt to maintain a high degree of accuracy.

The purpose of this page is to provide detailed information about the LLIWS, much of which is not provided elsewhere.
My philosophy for the page is "If I were attending the World Series as a parent of a player or as someone living locally, what information would I want to know."
As a Silicon Valley engineer, I am interested in the details.
I have been told numerous times by people that they look for this kind of information at tournaments, and that this is the only tournament, on this page, where they have found it.

The information provided here is unofficial, but it is gathered from multiple sources such as the Little League® Rule Book and multiple Little League® online sites.  Some information, such as the start and end times of games are taken from my photos, photo time stamps, and other personal observations.

 


2024 Intermediate Regional Tournaments
LL Web page for Regional Tournaments is Here

Region

Playoff Dates
(2024)

2024 Tournament Location

Links to Tournament

2024 Winner

2024 Winner City/State/Country

Miles (km)
from MB1

CA57 (Host)

June 15-25

TBD

CA57 Website

     

Central

July 13-19

Ankeny, Iowa

Website

     

East

July 20-25

Dover Del

 

     

Southeast

July 19-22

Kernersville, NC

 

     

Southwest

July 19-25

Sugarland, TX

 

     

West

July 17-25

Nogales, AZ

Facebook
Website

     
             

Asia-Pacific

June 15-23

Narita, Japan

 

     

Australia

TBD

Mildura, Victoria

Website

     

Canada

July 14-24

Langley, BC

Website

     

Europe-Africa

June 24-29

Jablonec, Nisou, Czech Republic

 

     

Latin America

TBD

Dominican Republic

 

     

Puerto Rico

TBD

TBD

 

     

In 2024, Puerto Rico gets direct entry into the LLIWS.  Mexico will compete in the Latin American Region

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The Seven 2024 Little League® World Series
See 7 (or 9) World Series for ALL years on one page
There are now 7 World Series associated with Little League® Baseball.
Note that the Big League Baseball and Softball World Series have been discontinued as of 2017.

Name (link to 2023 site)

2024 Dates

2024 Winners

World Series Location

Tournament Format

Description

Little League® Baseball

August 14-25

 

South Williamsport, PA

Modified Double Elimination, 10US, 10Int

"Majors".  10-12 year olds.  60 foot bases, 225 foot outfield fence (GLL Majors fence is at 200 feet).  No playing off (cannot leave base until ball gets to plate)

Intermediate (50/70) Baseball

July 28 to Aug 4

 

Livermore, CA

Modified Double Elimination, 6US, 6Int

70 foot bases, 11-13 year olds.  Max Baer fence is at 260 feet.  Playing off is permitted.

Junior League Baseball

Aug 4-11

 

Taylor Mich.

Modified Double Elimination, 6US, 6Int

90 foot bases (like MLB) 13 to 14 year olds.  Playing off is permitted.

Senior League Baseball

July 27 to Aug 3

 

Easley SC.

Modified Double Elimination, 6US, 6Int

90 foot bases (like MLB) 13 to 16 year olds.  Playing off is permitted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little League® Softball

August 4-11

 

Greenville, NC

Modified Double Elimination, 8US, 4Int

10-12 year old girls.  60 foot bases. 200 foot outfield fence.

Junior League Softball

July 28 to Aug 3

 

Kirkland, Wash

Pool Play, 8 teams go to single Elim.  6US, 4Int

12-14 year old girls.  60 foot bases. 200 foot outfield fence.

Senior League Softball

July 29 to Aug 4

 

Lower Sussex, Del

Pool Play, 8 teams go to single Elim.  6US, 4Int

13-16 year old girls.  60 foot bases. 200 foot outfield fence.

Baseball Formats:  Separate double elimination brackets for US and International.  US and International Championships are a single game, with the winners in the World championship game (always US vs. International).
   The Little League® Baseball World Series went to 20 teams in 2022.  10 US, 10 International.
Softball Formats:  The LL Softball World Series (12 year olds) used a modified Double Elimination format, like baseball, except that US and International teams were mixed throughout.
   For the Junior and Senior SB: There are two pools of 5 teams each.  3 US and 2 International.  Each team in a pool plays all other teams.  The top 4 teams of each pool are seeded and play in a single elimination tournament.  Final game is not necessarily US vs. International.
   The Little League® Softball World Series will go from 10 to 12 teams, adding 2 US teams for 8 US and 4 International teams.

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Dates for 2024 through 2026

Name (link to 2023 site)

2024 Dates

2025 Dates

2026 Dates Location

Little League® Baseball

August 14-25

August 13-24

August 19-30

South Williamsport, PA

Intermediate (50/70) Baseball

July 28 to Aug 4

July 27 to Aug 3

August 2-9

Livermore, CA

Junior League Baseball

Aug 4-11

Aug 3-10

August 9-16

Taylor Mich.

Senior League Baseball

July 27 to Aug 3

July 26 to Aug 2

August 1-8

Easley SC.

 

 

 

 

 

Little League® Softball

August 4-11

August 3-10

Aug 9-16

Greenville, NC

Junior League Softball

July 28 to Aug 3

July 27 to Aug 2

Aug 2-8

Kirkland Wash

Senior League Softball

July 29 to Aug 4

July 28 to Aug 3

Aug 3-9

Lower Sussex, Del

World Series dates can be found on the LL website here.
The latest announcement from LL International occurred on 1/3/2024, which added the 2026 dates, and moved the Jr. Baseball WS earlier by one week for 2024 and 2025.

As of 2019, the official websites for all of the World Series are provided by Little League® International in South Williamsport.
Note: You are NOT on the official LLIWS website.  This site is provided by eLivermore.com.

Results of past World Series

 

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Previous Years LLIWS Links

A table of information and statistics of all years of the LLIWS can be found HERE.

Year

This Website Page
(LLIWS.info)

Official LL Page

# Teams

# Games

Winner

2013

2013

Unavailable

6 US, 4 International

19

Asia-Pacific (Japan)

2014

2014

Unavailable

6 US, 5 International

21

West (Nogales, AZ)

2015

2015

Unavailable

6 US, 5 International

21

Asia-Pacific (South Korea)

2016

2016

Unavailable

6 US, 5 International

21

West (Maui, HI)

2017

2017

2017

6 US, 5 International

21

Puerto Rico

2018

2018

2018

6 US, 6 International

21

Asia-Pacific (South Korea)

2019

2019

2019

6 US, 6 International

23

Southeast (Alabama)

2020

2020

2020

Cancelled

 

Cancelled

2021

2021

2021

Cancelled

 

Cancelled

2022

2022

2022

6 US, 6 International

23

Host (Danville, CA)

2023

2023

2023

6 US, 6 International

23

Asia-Pacific (South Korea)

Note that links to this site's pages for all years is accessible at the top of this page also.

Other pages that cover all years of the LLIWS (Part of this website):

LLIWS Statistics and Info per Year
Player Statistics for All Years Page
Home Run lists for all years


Game Brackets for all years
Chronological Game Schedule for all years
Teams and their schedules/results for all years

States / Countries Represented
Umpires for all years
All Division World Series Results since 2013

 

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Links

Intermediate World Series Official Page (link to be added when available)
Little League® International
CA District 57

Regional Playoff Results for the Intermediate World Series

Photos Page


First game on the upgraded field in 2013.  Granada has the bases loaded.

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