Thank-you for visiting! This site provides coverage and results for every Minnesota State Little League Baseball Tournament held for the major baseball (11-12 years old) division since 1962.
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Minnesota's first Little League programs were chartered in the 1950s, and Ely Little League became the state's first entrant in the international tournament when they competed alongside leagues from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Western Ontario, and Wisconsin in area tournament play during the middle part of that decade. Several other Minnesota leagues were soon created, including charters in St. Cloud and in the Twin Cities area, but Minnesota leagues often opted to compete in local post-season tournaments rather than the international tournament during this era.
Seven leagues were chartered in the Duluth area in 1961, and after the one-year waiting period that was required before entering tournament play during this timespan, the first state tournament was held in 1962. West Duluth Little League won this inaugural tournament, and the following year, Duluth Central Little League won the state tournament en route to Minnesota's first berth in the Little League World Series.
Throughout the 1960s, although Minnesota had several thriving charters in the Twin Cities area, only Northern Minnesota-based leagues opted to enter the international tournament. By 1975, though, there was sufficient interest in the tournament among Twin Cities-area leagues that the state was organized into two districts, with a Northern and Southern Minnesota league meeting in a single game playoff to determine the state champion.
With the exception of one year, Minnesota's champion between 1968 and 1981 advanced to a sectional tournament where they faced three bi-district winners from Wisconsin in a sectional tournament competition. (The champion of District 10 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula also competed in this tournament until 1974.) The winner of this tournamaent then advanced to face other Midwestern leagues for the right to advance to the Central Region Division 1 tournament. Beginning in 1990, however, Minnesota's state champion began advancing directly to region tournament competition.
Today, Minnesota has four districts, and the champions of these districts meet in a state tournament that determines Minnesota's representative in the Midwest Region tournament, which is held each year in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Midwest Region winner advances to the Little League World Series. Six Minnesota leagues have qualified for the Little League World Series, including the state's most recent qualifier, Plymouth/New Hope Little League in 2010.
Click to view a timeline showing the evolution of the Minnesota Little League tournament structure.
|Australian Region||Mid-Atlantic Region||Southeast Region|
|Canadian Region||Midwest Region||Southwest Region|
|Great Lakes Region||New England Region||Western Region|
|Japanese Region||Northwest Region|
|Connecticut||Maryland||Texas (East and West)|
|District of Columbia||Michigan||Wisconsin|
|Central Region||Southern Region||Western Region|
|Region 1||Region 4||Region 7|
|Region 2||Region 5||Region 8|
|Region 3||Region 6|