Mark your calendar now in ink for the Little League softball and baseball tournaments so that there is no excuse to miss either of them. Whether your state team is playing or not, the games are a worthwhile and inspiring experience of teamwork, individual accomplishment and some very good Little League ball being played by youngsters ranging in age from 10-12. The games are free to the public while offering plenty of parking, bleacher seating and a concession stand on the property to enjoy a summer day at the ball field with your family.
State champions will soon arrive with their families, coaches and a fleet of umpires to determine which Southern state will represent the Southeast in the journey to the Little League World Championship at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in August. All the games will be played at the Little League Southeast Park, 439 Snellgrove Drive, Warner Robins, directly across the street from the Southeast Little League Headquarters building.
The Little League softball tournament begins July 27. The championship game is July 31 at 10 a.m. and will determine which girls team moves on to Williamsport.
The Little League baseball tournament begins Aug. 4. The championship game is Aug 9 at 3 p.m., with the winner headed to Williamsport.
As an extra bonus this year, Kids Day will be celebrated for children 4-12 from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 6. Some of the activities for the kids being considered are announcing players as they come to bat, saying “play ball” before the games and running the bases at the end of each tournament game that day,
But sitting in the bleachers and watching a game is only part of the fun of enjoying Little League ball games. Volunteer opportunities abound for individuals, community groups, area businesses, families, school groups, local Little leagues and area churches. The volunteer opportunities are at the concession stand, gift shop, grounds crew, press box, traffic, ushering, preparing teams meals and event logistics such as emptying trash, maintaining coolers and other facility maintenance duties. To learn more and to start the volunteer process visit www.LittleLeague.org/South.
Marsha Priest Buzzell is the executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be contacted at 478-922-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.