Sports: Little League World Series teams, ages, pitch count & more to know for 2022 tournament

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The Little League World Series is once again placing emphasis on "world" in its 2022 tournament.

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A year after featuring an all-U.S. field for the first time since 1975, the 75th Little League World Series will once again feature the best competition from around the globe, including two new expansion teams for both the United States and international competition.

Last year's field saw Taylor North Little League (Taylor, Mich.) beat West Side Little League (Hamilton, Ohio) in the final. Of course, there will be no such final this year with the re-introduction of teams from outside the United States.

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The Sporting News has everything you need to know about this year's tournament:

Little League World Series teams 2022

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Also of note: The Little League World Series' expansion teams begin a three-year rotation in 2022 among Panama, Puerto Rico and Cuba, with the former two taking the first rotation of automatic bids this year. The rotation of auto bids will move to Panama and Cuba in 2023 and Cuba and Puerto Rico in 2024. The third country each year will still have a chance to qualify through its regional tournament (Cuba did not make it out of the Caribbean region this year).

Here's a look at the teams set to challenge for the 2022 Little League World Series title:

United States teams

Region Team Location
New England Middleborough Little League Middleborough, Mass.
Metro Massapequa Coast Little League Massapequa, N.Y.
Mid-Atlantic Hollidaysburg Area Summer Baseball Little League Hollidaysburg, Pa.
Southeast Nolensville Little League Nolensville, Tenn.
Great Lakes Hagerstown Little League Hagerstown, Ind.
Midwest Davenport Southeast Little League Davenport, Iowa
Mountain Snow Canyon Little League Santa Clara, Utah
Southwest Pearland Little League Pearland, Texas
Northwest Bonney Lake/Sumner Little League Bonney Lake, Wash.
West Honolulu Little League Honolulu, Hawaii

International teams

Region Team Location
Latin America 14 de Septiembre Little League Managua, Nicaragua
Caribbean Pabao Little League Willemstad, Curcaco
Australia Brisbane North Little League Queensland, Australia
Canada Little Mountain Little League Vancouver, British Columbia
Europe-Africa Emilia Romagna Little League Bologna, Italy
Asia-Pacific Fu Lin Little League Taipei City, Chinese Taipei
Panama Aguadulce Cabezera Little League Aguadulce, Panama
Japan Takaruzaka Little League Takaruzaka, Japan
Puerto Rico Guaynabo Little League Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Mexico Matamoros Little League Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

2022 Little League World Series bracket

You can download a PDF of the full of the full 2022 Little League World Series bracket here.

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Little League World Series location

The Little League World Series returns to Williamsport, Pa., which has hosted the event since its inception in 1947.

How old are Little League World Series players?

This year, the eligible age range for participants is 10 to 12. The prior two tournaments accepted only 11- and 12-year-olds. Before then, the age group allowed children as old as 13 years old to play.

What is the LLWS pitch count limit?

The 2022 Little League World Series has differing pitch count rules for its participants this year, considering 10-year-olds are now allowed to compete (unlike the two previous tournaments, which allowed only 11-to-12-year-olds).

Per Little League Baseball regulations, 10-year-olds have a 75-pitch count. Participants who are 11 or 12 can throw as many as 85 pitches in a game. The designated rest period per pitch count is the same for all participants aged 10-12, and remains the same as in previous years:

Pitches Days of rest
66-85 4
51-65 3
36-50 2
21-35 1
1-20 0

Little League World Series field size

  • 46 feet: Pitching rubber to home plate
  • 60 feet: Length of basepaths
  • 225 feet: Home plate to outfield fence

The Little League World Series' return to Williamsport, Pa., means the series will continue to be played at Howard J. Lamade and Little League Volunteer stadiums, both of which have the same dimensions.

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Who won the LLWS in 2021?

Taylor North Little League of Taylor, Mich., won the 2021 Little League World Series. It was the first such title for a team from Michigan since 1959. The team beat West Side Little League of Hamilton, Ohio, by a score of 5-2 in the LLWS final (previously beating the team 9-1 in the Great Lakes Regional final).

Taylor North went 7-0 to reach the Little League World Series, going 3-0 in the Michigan state championship tournament and 4-0 in the Great Lakes Regional tournament. The team went 4-1 in the Hank Aaron championship bracket, losing only to Hawaii 2-0 in the third round of the bracket. Michigan avenged the loss in the bracket final, winning 2-1.

List of past Little League World Series champions

Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) claims the most Little League World Series titles, with 17 (with the last win coming in 1996). Next on the list is Japan, which has nine (last won in 2017) and California, last won in 2011.

Each of the last three Little League World Series have produced new champions in Hawaii (2018), Louisiana (2019) and Michigan (2021).

Year Winner
1947 Williamsport, Pa.
1948 Lock Haven, Pa.
1949 Hammonton, N.J.
1951 Stamford, Conn.
1952 Norwalk, Conn.
1953 Birmingham, Ala.
1954 Schenectady, N.Y.
1955 Morrisville, Pa.
1956 Roswell, N.M.
1957 Monterrey, Mexico
1958 Monterrey, Mexico
1959 Hamtramck, Mich.
1960 Levittown, Pa.
1961 El Cajon, Calif.
1962 San Jose, Calif.
1963 Granada Hills, Calif.
1964 Staten Island, N.Y.
1965 Windsor Locks, Conn.
1966 Houston
1967 West Tokyo, Japan
1968 Wakayama, Osaka, Japan
1969 Taichung, Chinese Taipei
1970 Wayne, N.J.
1971 Tainan, Chinese Taipei
1972 Taipei, Chinese Taipei
1973 Tainan, Chinese Taipei
1974 Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei
1975 Lakewood, N.J.
1976 Chofu, Tokyo, Japan
1977 Kahosiung, Chinese Taipei
1978 Pingtung, Chinese Taipei
1979 Chiayi County, Chinese Taipei
1980 Hua-Lien, Chinese Taipei
1981 Taichung, Chinese Taipei
1982 Kirkland, Wash.
1983 Marietta, Ga.
1984 Seoul, South Korea
1985 Seoul, South Korea
1986 Tainan, Chinese Taipei
1987 Hua-Lien, Chinese Taipei
1988 Taichung, Chinese Taipei
1989 Trumbull, Conn.
1990 Tainan County, Chinese Taipei
1991 Taichung, Chinese Taipei
1992 Long Beach, Calif.
1993 Long Beach, Calif.
1994 Maracaibo, Venezuela
1995 Tainan, Chinese Taipei
1996 Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei
1997 Guadalupe, Mexico
1998 Toms River, N.J.
1999 Hirakata, Osaka, Japan
2001 Maracaibo, Venezuela
2002 Valley Station, Ky.
2003 Musashi-Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan
2004 Willemstad, Curacao
2005 Ewa Beach, Hawaii
2006 Columbus, Ga.
2007 Warner-Robins, Ga.
2008 Waipahu, Hawaii
2009 Chula Vista, Calif.
2010 Edogawa Minami, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Huntington Beach, Calif.
2012 Tokyo Kitasuna, Tokyo, Japan
2013 Musashi Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan
2014 Seoul, South Korea
2015 Tokyo Kitasuna, Tokyo, Japan
2016 Maine-Endwell, N.Y.
2017 Tokyo Kitasuna, Tokyo, Japan
2018 Honolulu
2019 River Ridge, La.
2020 Canceled due to COVID-19
2021 Taylor, Mich.

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