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Oregon State Tournament Milestones

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The Oregon state tournament series structure has changed several times since the first state tournament was held in 1959. Key events in the evolution of this structure include the following:

1959The first Oregon state tournament is held when four district champions meet at Blaesing Park in Portland. In prior years, some Oregon leagues competed alongside leagues from neighboring Vancouver, Washington in district tournament competition. The initial state tournament is held one year after Portland's Rose City Little League becomes the first Oregon league to reach the Little League World Series.
1961State officials create two new districts. District 5 (Northeastern Oregon) and District 6 (Southwestern Oregon) are spun off from District 4.
1971The Western Region tournament expands to include the champions of all Western Region states, and Oregon's state champion begins to advance directly to the region tournament, rather than first competing in a divisional tournament.
1976Oregon officials re-draw the boundaries of the state's districts. Most districts are affected, and a new District 7 is formed in the Salem area as a spin-off from District 4 (Portland area - West of the Willamette River). Most leagues previously competing in District 3 are moved into District 4, and the void in District 3 is filled by a split of District 5 leagues into two districts. District 3 now covers Northeast Oregon, and District 5 encompasses the high desert area in Central Oregon.
1981District 8 (Southwestern Oregon including Medford National Little League) is created as a spin-off from District 6 (South Central Oregon including Medford American Little League).

Additionally, state officials convert the state tournament to a double-elimination format.

2001Oregon is assigned to the Northwest Region as part of Little League Baseball's expansion of the World Series from eight to sixteen participants.
2003A pool play format is used for the first time at the state tournament.
2004The state tournament again uses a double-elimination format.

District 9 (Coos, Douglas, and Lane Counties, and portions of Linn County) is created as a spin-off from Districts 7 (Salem area) and 8 (Southwestern Oregon).

2015District 9 is dissolved, and is folded back into District 7.

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