Nevada State Tournament Milestones

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

YEARMILESTONE
1957All Nevada leagues -- there are approximately twelve -- compete in a single district. The Nevada state champion competes in a divisional tournament against champions from other sparsely populated Western states for the right to advance to the West Region tournament. In some years Nevada competes in a Northwest Divisional tournament, and in other years in a Southwest Divisional tournament.
1968Little League baseball comes to Las Vegas as four leagues are formed. Las Vegas' Central, Optimist, and Paradise Valley LL programs join Nellis Air Force Base in a newly-created District 2. The state tournament format is modified to incorporate a one-game playoff between the champions from District 1 (the entire state excluding Las Vegas) and District 2.
1971The Nevada state champions advance directly to the West Region Tournament for the first time as Little League expands the region tournament field from four to thirteen (later fourteen) teams. Since this time, the Nevada state champion has always advanced directly to the region tournament.
1981The state tournament expands from two to three teams when District 3 (rural Nevada) is created as a spin-off of District 1 (the Reno/Carson City area). Additionally, state officials switch the state tournament format from single- to double-elimination.
1999The state tournament field grows to four teams as District 2 is split in half. Most leagues east of Interstate 15 remain in District 2, while leagues west of Interstate 15 are moved into the newly created District 4.
2001Nevada is assigned to the West Region as part of Little League Baseball's expansion of the World Series from eight to sixteen participants.

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