Gov’t supports baseball league for sports development

In its commitment to sports development for young Filipinos, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Little League Baseball Philippines (LLP) inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will boost the development of baseball programs for elementary students in the country.

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The agreement aims to provide baseball trainings and rulebooks to DepEd coaches and technical officials, and opens opportunity for elementary Palarong Pambansa champions to participate in international competitions.

Based on the agreement, DepEd will be responsible for appointing representatives to the Palaro Baseball Technical Committee who shall cooperate with LLP baseball officials regarding the conduct of nationwide tournaments. The department will also: assist in the dissemination of information to all regional sports coordinators regarding the rules of the game; assist the winners of the elementary Palarong Pambansa champion (baseball division) in travel arrangements and school clearances for their participation in the Asia-Pacific Regional Baseball championship and World Series; assist LLP in coordinating with concerned national sports associations as far as the technical management of the games is concerned; and oversee the conduct of technical officials training/seminars and technical management of the tournament.

The LLP will assist in the registration with Little League International of all DepEd players who participate in the school, district, regional and national (Palaro) sporting tournaments. They shall also provide coaches with rulebooks, training materials and resources of Little League International in order to be able to conduct a solid development program and an efficient and safe tournament. LLP is solely responsible for the funds arising from providing coaches with rulebooks and training materials. They will also provide an opportunity for the champion of the elementary Palarong Pambansa to represent the Philippines in the Asia-Pacific Regional Baseball championship (at the athlete’s expense). If they win this tournament, they will be sent to compete in the World Series in California, USA at the expense of Little League International.

From the Department of Education