Big Rapids, Mich. - Little League Baseball and Softball, along with the Ferris State University softball program, will team up on Saturday, April 27, to welcome Little League Softball players to "Little League Softball Day."
Little League Softball Day will be held in Big Rapids at the FSU Varsity Softball Field as the Bulldogs host the Hillsdale Chargers in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action. Game one begins at 1 p.m. (ET) with the second game to follow at approximately 3 p.m. (ET).
Little Leaguers, their parents and local league volunteers are encouraged to attend the games. The players will come dressed in their Little League uniform jerseys, and following the games will be permitted on to the field to meet the collegiate players and coaches. Admission is FREE.
"As a way of recognizing Little League Softball, and in appreciation of the college softball experience, Little League International is reaching out to communities by having Little League Softball Days," Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. "For the seventh straight year, this initiative will afford young athletes of all ages the chance to enjoy the game of softball at its finest. They will have the complete game experience from the warm-ups to game's end."
Colleges and universities throughout the United States, including the University of Washington; UCLA; the University of Arizona; the University of Tennessee; and the University of Michigan, have hosted similar events in recent years.
Little League Softball has over 360,000 players worldwide and is played in nearly all U.S. states. Each summer, Little League International operates four World Series tournaments for softball, in which world champions in the divisions of Little League (ages 11-12), Junior League (12-14), Senior League (13-16) and Big League Softball (14-18) are crowned. Each of the championship games in those tournaments are televised on ESPN or ESPN2.
Little League Baseball and Softball is the world's largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.7 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.