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Alabama State Tournament Milestones

The structure of Little League Baseball's international tournament in Alabama has changed several times since the first state tournament was held in 1950. Key events in the evolution of this structure include the following:

1950The first Alabama Little League programs are chartered when leagues are established in Auburn and Demopolis. The two meet in the international tournament, and Auburn defeats Demopolis in a best two-of-three to claim the inaugural Alabama state championship. Little League continues to grow in Alabama in subsequent years during the 1950s, as the state expands to the point where its leagues are divided into eight districts.
1953Birmingham Southside Little League wins the seventh annual Little League World Series by defeating New York's Schenectady National Little League, 1-0, in the championship game at Memorial Park in Williamsport.
1957Alabama leagues are reorganized into four districts in a structure that is the basis for the state's current district structure. The four district winners advance to a single-elimination state tournament that determines Alabama's representative in the Southern Region Division 2 tournament.
1958District 5 is formed as new leagues are chartered in Southern Alabama and Little League expands into the Mobile area.
1962District 6 is formed in the Shoals and Huntsville areas of Northwestern Alabama as a split from District 1.
1964District 2 is dissolved, and its remaining leagues are placed in District 3. District 3 now encompasses all of the Birmingham area.
1965District 7 (Mobile area) is formed as a split from District 5.
1970District 8 (Huntsville area) is formed as a split from District 6.
1971The Alabama championr begins advancing directly to the Southern Region tournament rather than first competing in a divisional tournament. With the exception of 1975, when the divisional format was again used, Alabama's champion has continued to advance directly to regional tournament competition in every year since this time.
1979District 3 is dissolved.
1981Alabama officials use a double-elimination format at the state tournament for the first time.
1994District 3 (Southern Alabama excluding the Mobile area) is formed as a split from District 5.
2000District 1 (Gadsden area) is dissolved, and its remaining leagues are placed in District 4.
2001Alabama is assigned to the Gulf States Region as Little League Baseball expands the Little League World Series from eight to sixteen participants.
2002As the Gulf States Region is replaced by the Southwestern Region, Alabama is reassigned to the Southeastern Region.
2011District 5 is dissolved.
2012District 6 is dissolved.
2013District 7 is dissolved, and the three remaining Alabama districts begin advancing two leagues to the state tournament.

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