Friday, August 21, 2009

Get to know your Little League World Series teams

We know the kids playing this week at the Little League World Series are beyond excited. One gauge of how stoked the adults in these communities are getting is the leagues' web sites. The emotional temperature that comes through on these sites varies greatly. Some maintain an impassive "Oh yeah, the 12-year-olds are going to Williamsport" tone. Others, well, secure earplugs before opening.

Here are six worth a look.

Hastings Community Little League, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Excellent coverage of earlier tournament games. Handy link to WS schedule. Parents seeking help so they can travel to the series. Send checks to "Help Send Us to the Championships" fund.

McAllister Park American Little League, San Antonio

No boasting, just the facts. "No San Antonio team in the history of the Little League has ever made it to the little league World Series in Williamsport PA. Well that has all changed. McAllister Park Little League Texas West Champions beat Bridge City Little League Texas East Champions 6-4 August 13 and now are the SOUTHWEST REGION CHAMPIONS...ON TO WILLIAMSPORT!"

Parents here also are seeking financial support for the trip "While the team’s costs are covered by the Little League organization, the families’ expenses are not. It is estimated that a family of four will need roughly $6000 to make the trip."

Park View Little League, Chula Vista

Rappin' to Williamsport.

Urbandale Little League, Iowa

Understated, restrained. My new favorite team.

Warner Robins Little League, Georgia

They've won so many championships - notably, the 2007 Little League title - this year's squad seems to have been overlooked.

Mercer Island Little League, Washington

Multiple opportunities here:

Purchase official Mercer Island Little League fan gear. (Adult striped pullover hoodie, $32).

Listen to one proud parent emote as the team wins the Washington state championship.

Good luck to the parents. Kids, too.

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