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The Texas State Tournament began in the 1950s as a four-team, single-elimination competition that encompassed all Texas leagues. It was held in various locations across the state for several years, until state officials sought to create a permanent home for the tournament.
Beginning in 1971, the state tournament was held annually in the Waco area. Originally, it was held at the Lake Air Little League complex, but in 1978, construction was complete on new facilities near the Baylor University campus. Using Baylor dormitories to billet players, Texas staged a sixteen team tournament that was the largest state tournament in the U.S. The tournament field was reduced to eight teams in 1992 when the state tournament schedule was switched to a double-elimination format.
In 1998, the tournament moved temporarily to the Robinson Little League complex near Waco while state officials built new facilities that eventually became Little League Baseball's Southwestern Region headquarters. Since this time, the state's districts have been divided into two separate divisions, each of which holds a four-team, double-elimination tournament that produces a qualifier for the region tournament.
Twenty-four Texas teams have reached the Little League World Series, including Lufkin Little League, which won the United States championship in 2017. Texas has produced two Little League World Series champions in the major baseball division: Houston National Little League in 1950 and Westbury American Little League from Houston in 1966.
Click to view a timeline showing the evolution of the Texas Little League tournament structure.
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