Kansas State Tournament Milestones

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The Kansas state tournament series structure has changed several times since the first state tournament was held in the 1950s. Key events in the evolution of this structure include the following:

YEARMILESTONE
1957Kansas is organized into two districts. Each district is further organized into areas, and in early years of the Kansas state tournament, all area champions advance to the state tournament. The Kansas state champions compete along with other states for a berth in the region's Division 1 tournament, which is a precursor to the region tournament.
1976The Kansas State Tournament format changes sometime between 1966 and 1976. Each district sends two area champions to the state tournament, and pairings are arranged so that the state tournament championship game features a team from each district. The state champion joins the Dakotas champion and three district champions from Nebraska in a multi-state sectional tournament that determines one representative in the Central Region Division 1 tournament.
1981State officials implement a double-elimination format for the state tournament. Each district crowns a single champion, and those two leagues meet in a best 2-of-3 state championship series. This state tournament format remains in use today. Following the state tournament, the state's champion continues to compete in the Dakotas/Kansas/Nebraska sectional tournament, which remains a single-elimination event.
1982Kansas' state tournament format remains constant, but the multi-state sectional format that follows the state tournament is changed. Kansas' Baxter Springs LL becomes the host of a new eight-team, double-elimination Division 1 tournament that brings together champions from each Division 1 state. The Division 1 tournament is held in Baxter Springs each year until the region discontinues the divisional tournament structure in 1990.
1989The Kansas state champions advance directly to the Central Region tournament, which is expanded to a twelve-team tournament in its newly-constructed home at the Central Region headquarters complex in Indianapolis.
2001Kansas is assigned to the Midwest Region as part of Little League Baseball's expansion of the World Series from eight to sixteen participants.

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