Little League World Series Players Get a Ton of Free Stuff
The Little League World Series brings together some of the best young talents in baseball from all around the world to Williamsport, Pa. Aside from its universal audience, it's hard to root against any of these kids. They are kids, after all, despite their insane athletic ability. And for the kids who are lucky enough to make it to Williamsport, there's plenty of giveaways and gifts aside from the awards at the end.
PennLive detailed the amount of freebies and gifts that players, coaches and managers received, which prompted some managers to bring extra bags to carry it all.
As far as the on-field stuff goes, Little League's official sponsors provide every single player with necessary equipment except for shoes, and they can keep it all after the tournament is over. In the dugout, managers and coaches get to keep all of the apparel they receive to wear during the games.
— Little League Catalonia Baseball & Softball (@LittleCatalonia) August 11, 2018
"Without [the sponsors'] help, Little League Baseball and Softball would not be able to provide the type of experience offered to each and every player and coach at our world series tournaments," Liz DiLullo Brown, vice president of marketing and communications for Little League, told PennLive.
The uniforms, which are manufactured by Russell Athletic, are different every year, too, so players aren't left with last year's model. Each region gets a different design, too, for added individuality.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 7, 2016
In addition to the uniforms, players receive gloves, bats, batting gloves, helmets, sunglasses, and a warm-up jacket and T-shirt. Catchers get full protective gear, too.
The most commemorative item is perhaps the trading pin, which is different every year. Players will hold onto those pins whether they continue their baseball careers to the big leagues or just fondly remember a highlight in their youth sports days.