The Iowa state tournament series structure has changed several times since the first state tournament was held in the 1950s. Key events in the evolution of this structure include the following:
|1957||Iowa's leagues are divided into two districts. The two district champions meet to determine the state's representative in the North Region Division 1 Tournament. The Iowa champions compete against winners of three tournaments encompassing other Midwestern states and provinces at the divisional, and the winner advances to the North Region tournament.|
|1959||District 3 (Des Moines area) is formed as a spin-off from District 1, and District 4 (South Central and Southeastern Iowa) is spun off from District 2 (Mississippi River counties).|
|1972||The North Region is renamed the Central Region. The Iowa champion continues to advance to the Division 1 tournament.|
|1973||In a one year experiment, all Central Region state champions advance directly to the Region Tournament. Beginning in 1974, the Iowa champions again advance to the Division 1 tournament.|
|1979||District 5 (Des Moines area - South) is spun off from District 3 (Des Moines area - North).|
|1981||For the first time, Iowa officials use a double-elimination format at the state tournament. The tournament format reverts back to a single-elimination schedule in 1982, and permanently changes to a double-elimination schedule in 1983. Only the 1985 state tournament, which was reduced from its original double-elimination schedule due to a series of rainouts, uses a single elimination format following this switch.|
|1990||The Iowa state champions begin advancing directly to the Central Region tournament rather than first competing in the Division 1 tournament.|
|1992||District 6 (Western Iowa - Sioux City area) is formed as a spin-off from District 1 (Northern and West Central Iowa).|
|2001||Iowa officials use a round-robin format at the state tournament for the first time. The top two teams following round-robin competition advance to a winner-take-all championship game.
Additionally, Iowa is assigned to the Midwest Region as part of Little League Baseball's expansion of the World Series from eight to sixteen participants.
|2011||District 7 (Southeastern Iowa) is formed as a spin-off from District 4 (East Central Iowa).|
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