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District of Columbia Little League Tournament Milestones

The structure of Little League Baseball's international tournament in the District of Columbia has evolved over time. Key events include the following:

1972The Washington D.C. champion advances to the Maryland state tournament, where they compete alongside Maryland's district champions for the right to advance to the Eastern Region tournament. The D.C. champion advances to the Maryland state tournament in every year through 1982 with the exception of 1975 and 1976, when the District's champion advances directly to the Mid-Atlantic Divisional tournament and competes alongside champions from Delaware, and Maryland, and New Jersey.

The District's active leagues all eventually fold, and by the early 1980s, there is no Little League baseball presence in Washington D.C.

1986Little League Baseball returns to the nation's capital when the Capitol City Little League is chartered in Washington D.C.'s Northwest quadrant. As more leagues are formed within the District in subsequent years, D.C. leagues compete in the District 3 tournament, and multiple D.C. leagues then advance to the Maryland Section 3 tournament to compete alongside the top finishers in Maryland's District 7 tournament for the right to advance to the Maryland state tournament. District tournament losses carry over under this hybrid district/section format, which is used through the 1993 international tournament.
1994Maryland begins advancing all district champions directly to the state tournament. The District of Columbia champion advances to Maryland's state tournament as the champion of District 3, and competes alongside all other Maryland district champions for a berth in the Eastern Region tournament.
1996Capitol City Little League, which wins the District 3 tournament championship, also captures the Maryland state title and becomes the first District of Columbia league in the history of the international tournament to advance to region tournament competition.
1998While D.C. champions in other baseball/softball divisions continue to compete through the Maryland tournament structure, The District of Columbia is granted an automatic berth in the Eastern Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut for the major baseball division. The District's leagues meet in a double-elimination tournament that determines which league will represent the District at the region tournament.
2001The District of Columbia is assigned to the Mid-Atlantic Region as Little League Baseball expands the Little League World Series from eight to sixteen participants.

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