The future of baseball will soon be taking the field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as the brightest young stars from the United States, and around the world, are set to face off in the 2014 Little League World Series.
A bevy of talent will be on display in this year's tournament. In fact, sometimes it's difficult to fathom the young ages of these athletes due to the intensity, desire to compete and immense skill sets showcased throughout the month of August.
Before these players begin their quest to be known as the best in the world, let's take a look at the full schedule for the tournament. After all, the Little League World Series is one of the most impressive sporting events each and every year—you won't want to miss a moment of the action.
With eight teams from the United States and eight international teams set to face off in this prestigious event, keeping a keen eye on the bracket is a must to ensure you're completely up to date on all of the action.
Here's a look at the big bracket, via Little League's official Twitter account:
The full bracket is also available courtesy of LittleLeague.org.
So, which regions are in the mix this year? After a grueling road through regional play, eight teams from across the United States remain. They're accompanied by eight very talented international teams to comprise the 16 squads set to compete for this year's title.
This year marks a rare feat for the tournament, as two very talented girls are set to take the field with the boys, via ESPN Stats & Info:
Emma March & Mo'ne Davis are 17th & 18th girls to play in LLWS; only 3rd time 2 girls in same year pic.twitter.com/YUQjD2gC59— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 11, 2014
Here's a glimpse of each team involved in this year's Little League World Series.
|Asia-Pacific||Seoul LL||Seoul, South Korea|
|Australia||Perth Metro North LL||Perth, Australia|
|Canada||South Vancouver LL||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Caribbean||Miguel Luzunaris LL||Humacao, Puerto Rico|
|Europe-Africa||South Moravia LL||Brno, Czech Republic|
|Japan||Tokyo Kitasuna LL||Tokyo, Japan|
|Latin America||Coquivacoa LL||Maracaibo, Venezuela|
|Mexico||Guadalupe Linda Vista LL||Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon|
|Great Lakes||Jackie Robinson West LL||Chicago, Illinois|
|Mid-Atlantic||Taney Youth Baseball Assoc. LL||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Midwest||Canyon Lake LL||Rapid City, South Dakota|
|New England||Cumberland American LL||Cumberland, Rhode Island|
|Northwest||Lynnwood Pacific LL||Lynnwood, Washington|
|Southeast||South Nashville LL||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Southwest||Pearland East LL||Pearland, Texas|
|West||Mountain Ridge LL||Las Vegas, Nevada|
The tournament features a double-elimination format over the course of four rounds leading up to the championship game. Along the way, teams from the United States will face off, and international teams will go head-to-head until the best squad from each side of the bracket remains.
Needless to say, this is what all of our calendars should look like:
A total of 32 games will take place from Aug. 14 to 24, and teams will continue to be eliminated until only one remains. Here's a look at the complete tournament schedule and viewing information to ensure you don't miss a moment of the action:
|Date||Time (ET)||Game||Matchup||TV Info|
|Thu., Aug. 14||1 p.m.||1||Asia-Pacific vs. Europe-Africa||ESPN|
|3 pm.||2||Great Lakes vs. Northwest||ESPN|
|5 p.m.||3||Caribbean vs. Australia||ESPN2|
|7 p.m.||4||Midwest vs. West||ESPN2|
|Fri., Aug. 15||1 p.m.||5||Mexico vs. Canada||ESPN|
|3 p.m.||6||Mid-Atlantic vs. Southeast||ESPN|
|5 p.m.||7||Latin America vs. Japan||ESPN2|
|8 p.m.||8||Southwest vs. New England||ESPN|
|Sat., Aug. 16||12 p.m.||9||Game 1 Loser vs. Game 3 Loser||ESPN|
|2 p.m.||10||Game 2 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser||ABC|
|5 p.m.||11||Game 5 Loser vs. Game 7 Loser||ESPN2|
|7 p.m.||12||Game 6 Loser vs. Game 8 Loser||ESPN|
|Sun., Aug. 17||12 p.m.||13||Game 1 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner||ESPN|
|2 p.m.||14||Game 2 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner||ABC|
|5 p.m.||15||Game 5 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner||ESPN|
|7 p.m.||16||Game 6 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner||ESPN2|
|Mon., Aug. 18||11 a.m.||Cons. A||Game 9 Loser vs. Game 10 Loser||ESPN2|
|1 p.m.||17||Game 15 Loser vs. Game 9 Winner||ESPN|
|3 p.m.||18||Game 16 Loser vs. Game 10 Winner||ESPN|
|6 p.m.||19||Game 13 Loser vs. Game 11 Winner||ESPN2|
|8 p.m.||20||Game 14 Loser vs. Game 12 Winner||ESPN2|
|Tue., Aug. 19||12 p.m.||Cons. B||Game 11 Loser vs. Game 12 Loser||ESPN|
|3 p.m.||21||Game 17 Winner vs. Game 19 Winner||ESPN|
|7:30 p.m.||22||Game 18 Winner vs. Game 20 Winner||ESPN|
|Wed., Aug. 20||3 p.m.||23||Game 13 Winner vs. Game 15 Winner||ESPN|
|7:30 p.m.||24||Game 14 Winner vs. Game 16 Winner||ESPN|
|Thu., Aug. 21||3 p.m.||25||Game 21 Winner vs. Game 23 Loser||ESPN|
|7:30 p.m.||26||Game 22 Winner vs. Game 24 Loser||ESPN|
|Sat., Aug. 23||12:30 p.m.||27||International Championship||ABC|
|3:30 p.m.||28||United States Championship||ABC|
|Sun., Aug. 24||10 a.m.||29||Third-Place Game||ESPN|
|3 p.m.||30||World Series Championship||ABC|