Little League playoffs heat up this weekend

Youth baseball and softball teams from across Europe, including several affiliated with the U.S. military, will spend the next few weeks battling for coveted spots in their age group world series. For some, that effort begins this weekend.

The postseason tees off Friday with district baseball tournaments in Ramstein and Stuttgart, Germany; another round of district tournaments follows at the same sites the weekend of June 28.

Next week will also see the summer’s first regional tournament as baseball’s eldest youth division takes the diamond in Stuttgart starting Wednesday, June 26. 

As always, the road through the progressive playoff rounds is treacherous. Teams will need to win the district tournament, if their age group has one, to reach the regional tournament. They’ll then have to win the regional tournament to advance to their age group’s world series. The most famous of these championship tournaments is the Little League World Series held each August in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Here are the scheduled district, regional and World Series tournaments for each age group:

Little League Baseball (11-12 years)
District: June 21-23; Stuttgart, Germany
Regional: July 13-21; Kutno, Poland
World Series: August 15-25; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Junior League Baseball (13-15 years)
District: June 21-23; Ramstein, Germany
Regional: July 2-9; Kutno, Poland
World Series: August 11-17; Taylor, Michigan

Senior League Baseball (14-16 years)
Regional: July 8-14; Novara, Italy
World Series: August 11-17; Bangor, Maine

Big League Baseball (15-18 years)
Regional: June 26-29; Stuttgart, Germany
World Series: July 24-31; Easley, South Carolina

Little League Softball (11-12 years)
District: June 28-30; Ramstein, Germany
Regional: July 10-14; Bollate and Caronno, Italy
World Series: August 8-14; Portland, Oregon

Junior League Softball (13-14 years)
District: June 28-30; Ramstein, Germany
Regional's: July 10-13; Bollate and Caronno, Italy
World series: August 11-17; Kirkland, Washington

Senior League Softball (14-16 years)
Regional: July 10-13; Bollate and Caronno, Italy
World Series: August 4-10; Lower Sussex, Delaware

Big League Softball (15-18 years)
Regional: July 15-18; Staranzano, Italy
World Series: August 4-10 Lower Sussex, Delaware

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Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.

He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.



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