Here are the dates for the Ukraine Little League Championships for 2014
15 th Ukraine Little League Baseball Championships for boys / girls ages 11 and 12 as of April 30. 2014
Place: Nove Celo. Kirovograd Oblast
Dates: Arrival Monday morning June 2. games that afternoon
Final: Thursday June 5, 2014
Ukraine LL will pay for all the meals for maximum 12 players and maximum 2 coaches starting with dinner on June 2 and ending with lunch on June 5.
Ukraine Little League will pay for travel to Kirovograd, that is one half of your travel cost. I WILL COLLECT ORIGINAL TRAIN OR BUS TICKETS. NO COPIES. IF YOU ARE USING A PRIVATE BUS, I WILL ONLY PAY FOR THE GASOLINE TO KIROVOGRAD. I WILL COLLECT ORIGINAL RECEIPTS. NO COPIES.
Each team must arrange and pay for housing and local transportation. Each team must pay for transportation back to their city.
Ukraine LL will donate a portion of the transportation costs for the winning team for their travel to Kutno. Poland in July of 2015..
More information will follow.
The 7th Annual Ukraine Little League Championship for children from internats (orphanages) will be held in Kremenets, Ternopil Oblast for boys and girls ages 10 - 12.
The dates are Monday September 15, day of arrival and end on Friday September 19. Games will begin the afternoon of the 15th after the Technical meeting. Each Internat must bring their uniforms, catchers equipment and helmets.
Ukraine LL will pay for the housing, meals, and cultural program for the internats invited. Internats are responsible for travel costs to Kremenets, Ukraine LL will pay for bedding for those traveling on trains. Local transportation will be picked up by the sponsors.
More information will follow.
Basil P. Tarasko
District Administrator of the Little League Program in Ukraine
Ukraine Little League Baseball Championships News for 2012
As the umpire yells out “Play Ball” it is that time of year that boys and girls in the US put on their baseball uniforms, grab their gloves and bats and go out to the local baseball diamond. The same scene occurs in many towns, villages and cities across Ukraine. Yes, the Little League program in Ukraine is alive and growing in popularity. So it is indeed time to “Play Ball” in Ukraine.
The 13th Ukraine Little league (LL) Baseball Championships will be held for 10 - 12 years of age in the town of Nove Celo near Kirovograd May 29 - June 3. Usually the LL finals are held in June of each year. This summer Ukraine / Poland are hosting the Euro 2012 soccer championships during June. To minimize any distractions, this years LL Championship will be coupled with the Ukraine Federation Baseball. I will use the Federation rules as they relate to age.
All youth baseball programs may participate in this years LL Championships. Some of these programs are in the Eastern part of Ukraine, Donetsk LL, in the West, Lviv LL, in the South , Symferopil LL. And in the North we have the the Sumy LL. Any all star team can participate whether they register with LL or not. BY rule, the highest ranking LL program will represent Ukraine in Kutno, Poland in late July.
The hope is that our Ukrainian Champion will also capture the European Championship in Kutno Poland and then proceed to Williamsport, Pennsylvania in late August for the World Series. This has never happened in the past, perhaps this year.
During all Championships various skill competitions will be held, a cultural program will be arranged so the children will learn some of the history of the local area and the ever popular Lottery, so that each child receives at least one gift.
There are also plans being made to send a Junior team, ages 13 - 14, to represent Ukraine at the European Regionals in early July of 2012.
In late September, the fifth Ukraine LL Championship for children from internats (orphanages) will descend upon Kremenets, Ternopil oblast and play for that coveted title. Only children who meet the criteria as an orphan will be allowed to play.
Dates are September 18 - September 23 on the grounds of an orphanage. As of this date, the Directors of six internates. have been notified of the dates and and requirements for participation. The children will come come Donetsk, Lutuhene, Mizoch, Tulchin, Ostroh and from Kremenets. Program will include baseball games, daily cultural program, a clinic on improving basic skills, and that wonderful lottery of gifts from the US.
On September 20 - 21 a Ukraine Little League meeting will once again take place in Kremenets to review the entire LL program for 2012 and to help plan the activities for 2013.
A mere 5 years ago I held a Championship with a mere 3 internat teams playing, Now in 2012 we have 6 all - star teams form internats. This is the only Baseball Championship of this type in the world. Thanks to the many contributors for allowing these almost forgotten children an opportunity to play baseball.
Once again Peace Corps Volunteers will serve as umpires and scorers at all the Championships. The children do admire the dedication that each volunteer exhibits. One time many years ago two ukrainian players remarked that did not know who was going to win the game. I asked why, well they replied, that if a Kirovograd umpire was behind that plate and Kirovograd was playing then Kirovograd would always win. Or, if an umpire from Rivne was behind the plate, then the Rivne team would win, But today its an American umpire, so no one knows who will win.
Special thanks to the Self Reliance (NY) Federal Credit Union in New York CIty for being the lead sponsor for the previous Little League Championships. Also gratitude to the California Association of Aid to Ukraine (CAAU) for being the lead sponsor of the last two Championships for orphan children.
Anyone wishing to learn more about this program, become a sponsor, donate goods or services for these children may contact me firstname.lastname@example.org 718 - 415 7821.
If you know of a community in Ukraine, a school or an orphanage which would like to add a new sport to their school program, please contact me.