FAQs

Untitled-4What is Senior League?

Is it OK to refer to Senior League as Senior Little League?

Can girls play Senior League baseball?

How are the teams chosen?

Do major league scouts attend the games?

Are there any former Senior League World Series players in the majors?

How are the umpires chosen?

What are the rule differences between Senior League Baseball and professional baseball?

Will I be able to buy any souvenirs?

Will I be able to buy souvenirs online?

Untitled-3Will any of this year’s games be televised?

Will any of this year’s games be broadcast on the radio?

Will I be able to watch online scoring of the games?

Will I be able to buy action photos of the games?

What kind of seating is available at Mansfield Stadium?

Will there be free parking?

Can I bring my dog to the stadium?

Is smoking allowed at the stadium?

Can I bring a backpack or other container into the stadium?

Untitled-5Can I bring food and drinks into the stadium?

Will there be a concession stand?

What kind of rest rooms will be available?

Can I keep foul balls?

Will there be a souvenir program?

Can I bring a camera to the games?

Are noise makers allowed?

Why can’t I go into the media tent during a game if nobody is in there? I’m hot.

Untitled-2Are night games going to be cold?

What do I need to make my visit to Maine as comfortable as possible?

Does Stephen King go to any of the games?

Where is Stephen King’s house?

Where can I go shopping?

I’m bringing some younger kids. What is there for them to do during our stay?

Do you have statistics or box scores for World Series played before 2002?

What is Senior League?
Senior League is one of seven divisions of Little League Baseball and is for players ages 13 through 16. The other divisions are Tee Ball (for ages 5-6, and 7-8), Minor League (commonly known as “farm league” in many places and for ages 7-12), Major League (commonly known simply as “Little League” and for ages 9-12), Intermediate (for ages 11-13), Junior League (for ages 13-14), and Big League (for ages 16-18). There is also a Challenger Division, for players with some disabilities.

Is it OK to refer to Senior League as Senior Little League?
No. Senior League or Senior League Little League Baseball are the proper names for the division of baseball, with the registered mark as Senior League Little League Baseball.

Can girls play Senior League baseball?
Yes.

How are the teams chosen?
The Little League season is divided into two parts: the regular season and tournament season. The regular season begins in the spring and ends in June, when the tournament season begins. Players for a league’s tournament team are chosen according to each league’s selection criteria, which must follow Little League guidelines. Tournament play begins at the district level. District champions advance to sectional tournaments in heavily populated or large geographic areas. Sectional champions advance to either the state or regional tournament, depending on the size of the state. For example, because of their size, California and Texas do not have state champions. California has North and South sectionals, the winners of which advance to the regional tournament.

Winners of the state tournament advance to a divisional or a regional tournament. For example, prior to 2001 the U.S. East regional, in New Jersey, did not take all eastern state champs. In 1999 and 2000, most of the New England states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut) had to win a divisional tournament here in Bangor to advance to regional competition.

Regional champs advance to the World Series.

Do major league scouts attend the games?
Scouts have been known to attend past World Series.

Are there any former Senior League World Series players in the majors?
Yes. Alumni currently playing in the majors are Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen (2003, Pabao L.L., Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles), Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis (2006, Paraguana L.L., Falcon, Venezuela), St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (2007, Hilo L.L., Hilo, Hawaii), Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2009, Aruba South L.L., San Nicolas, Aruba), and Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop (2008, Pabao). Other Bangor Senior League Baseball World Series alumni who have played in the majors include Darren Ford (2002, South Vineland L.L., Vineland, N.J.), Jair Jurrjens (2002, Pabao L.L., Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles), Shairon Martis (2002, Pabao), Domonic Brown (2004, Dade City L.L., Dade City, Florida), and Ruben Tejada (2005, Activo 20-30 L.L., Santiago Veraguas, Panama)

How are the umpires chosen?
Each fall, Little League umpires interested in doing a regional or World Series submit their name to Little League Baseball. All umpires must be endorsed by their district administrator. Only umpires who have worked a regional are eligible to work in a World Series. At the regional, the umpires are evaluated for fitness to advance to a World Series.

What are the rule differences between Senior League Baseball and professional baseball?
Aside from the finite aspects of the game involving “obscure” rules and rules adopted for safety, the major differences are: Senior League players can use aluminum and composite bats, Senior League games are seven innings, a manager can make two trips in an inning to a pitcher (but on the third trip in an inning or fourth trip in the game the pitcher must be removed from the mound), pitchers are restricted to 95 pitches in a game, Senior League starting players can leave a game and return, Senior League allows for a “special pinch-runner.”

Will I be able to buy any souvenirs?
Yes. Souvenirs will be sold under the big tent.

Will I be able to buy souvenirs online?
Unfortunately, no. This is because demand for souvenirs varies year to year, storage constraints, and all World Series staffers are strictly volunteers.

Will any of this year’s games be televised?
Yes – the championship game, which will be broadcast live on ESPN.

Will any of this year’s games be broadcast on the radio?
Check with your team’s local stations. In the past, teams have had a hometown station broadcast games live.

Will I be able to watch online scoring of the games?
Yes.

Will I be able to buy action photos of the games?
Yes. Monty Rand Photography, the official photographer of the Senior League World Series, will have a booth set up at the stadium so anyone can view and buy photos. The studio will also have photos for sale online. In addition, worldseries.bangorinfo.com will offer its photos for sale about one week after the World Series ends. We encourage you to check out Monty’s photos first.

What kind of seating is available at Mansfield Stadium?
All seating at the stadium is general admission. Some seats will be set aside for World Series staffers. Spaces for wheelchairs are available directly behind the backstop.

Will there be free parking?
Yes.

Can I bring my dog to the stadium?
No. Pets are not allowed within the gates of the stadium. Of course, service dogs are permitted by law.

Is smoking allowed at the stadium?
No.

Can I bring a backpack or other container into the stadium?
Yes. The World Series staff, however, reserves the right to inspect such items to ensure that contraband and weapons are not brought inside.

Can I bring food and drinks into the stadium?
No, unless medically necessary.

Will there be a concession stand?
Of course. We sell hot dogs, hot sausages, popcorn, candy bars, Pepsi products, and Mansfield Stadium’s delectable “World Famous” hot fudge brownie sundae, among other confections. The Dugout Grill, on the rear concourse, offers fresh Maine seafood occasionally during the series, so don’t pass it up.

What kind of rest rooms will be available?
Contrary to what some may think, we here in Maine do have running water and indoor plumbing. Mansfield Stadium has roomy rest rooms under the grandstand for men and women. Each rest room has handicap-accessible stalls and sinks. Please clean up after yourself and do not put any foreign objects except toilet paper into the toilets. This means no paper towels and no hygiene products, etc.

Can I keep foul balls?
No. Remember that this is Little League baseball, not professional baseball!

Will there be a souvenir program?
Of course. The program, which is printed on durable, glossy paper, will sell for $5, which covers the cost of printing. It will have features on Bangor, the state of Maine, the history of Little League Baseball, Mansfield Stadium, World Series records for Mansfield Stadium, a wrap-up of last year’s series, and other articles. And, of course, each team will have its own page, which will include the team photo, roster, and tournament results leading up to the World Series.

Can I bring a camera to the games?
Yes. Still-cameras and video cameras are allowed. You may not, however, rebroadcast games.

Are noise makers allowed?
Yes. However, you may not use noise makers while play is in progress. The tournament director reserves the right to prohibit or restrict noise makers if, in his opinion, their use is interfering with the game.

Why can’t I go into the media tent during a game if nobody is in there? I’m hot.
The media tent is for the news media only. Important and valuable equipment is kept in the tent throughout the day. It is not for eating, nor for getting out of the sun, warming up under the lights at night, or for escaping rain. Please dress accordingly if you believe weather may affect your ability to enjoy the games.

Are night games going to be cold?
It depends on your definition of “cold.” A typical August evening in Maine sees temperatures in the 60s. You may want to wear pants and bring a light jacket just in case. But prepared for anything, because Maine weather can vary.

What do I need to make my visit to Maine as comfortable as possible?
A light jacket, a sweat shirt, pants, shorts, sunglasses, sun screen, a hat, insect repellent. Please don’t bring an umbrella, as umbrellas interfere with other fans’ views of the game.

Does Stephen King go to any of the games?
King has made only three appearances at the World Series here in Bangor: in 2002 for the opening ceremony, in 2004 when he stopped by for a few innings of an afternoon game, and in 2006 when he attended the opening ceremonies.

Where is Stephen King’s house?
Just beyond a mammoth Ted Williams home run to right field. That’s the only clue you’ll find here. Buy the souvenir program for another clue.

Where can I go shopping?
Bangor offers a variety of stores throughout the city. The primary retail center, though, is around the Bangor Mall, where you will find national stores such as Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Sears, Walmart, Target, The Home Depot, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy, etc.

I’m bringing some younger kids. What is there for them to do during our stay?
Too much to list here. The Beth Pancoe Aquatic Center is beyond the left-field fence at Mansfield, as well as a creative playground. The pool features a water slide. The Maine Discovery Museum on Main Street in downtown Bangor should keep the little ones entertained as well. Acadia National Park, in Bar Harbor, is another favorite stomping ground for kids and their families.

Do you have statistics or box scores for World Series played before 2002?
No, we do not. It is unlikely anyone involved with World Series played before 2002 has box scores or statistics for a series during that period. You may try checking with newspapers for Williamsport, Pennsylvania (1961-62); Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (1963); Louisville, Kentucky (1964); Des Moines, Iowa (1965-67); Gary, Indiana (1968-85); or Kissimmee, Florida (1986-2001).