Little League World Series to be held as scheduled, but with only United States teams

MALLORY MERDA
The (Carlisle) Sentinel (TNS)
In this Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, file photo, River Ridge, Louisiana, lines the third baseline and Curacao lines the first baseline during team introductions before the Little League World Series Championship game at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa.

The Little League Baseball and Softball World Series events will be held as scheduled this August in Williamsport and Greenville, North Carolina, respectively, featuring teams solely from the United States.

The Little League Baseball World Series will feature 16 teams with the top two teams advancing from each of its eight U.S. region tournaments, according to the LL website. The Little League Softball World Series will feature 10 teams with the top two teams from each of its five U.S. region tournaments advancing. There will be no North Carolina Region as the host team at the Little League Softball World Series. International teams may continue to play based on their country's guidelines and restrictions, according to Little League.

Intermediate (50/70) Baseball, Junior League Baseball, Junior League Softball, Senior League Baseball and Senior League Softball will conclude at the state level, with Region and World Series events canceled for a second year.

All players and coaches will undergo testing prior to and upon arrival at their tournament location, and all coaches and players are "strongly encouraged" to get vaccinated.

For the 2021 tournament, Little League formed the Little League International Pandemic Advisory Response Commission to make recommendations on safety measures and how to hold the tournaments safely.

There will be a limited number of spectators allowed to attend, but the number has not yet been determined and will be announced when finalized. LLWS staff will be required to show proof of vaccination.