Ontario Provincial Tournament Milestones

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

YEARMILESTONE
1957Ontario's leagues are divided into two districts, with District 1 encompassing the Toronto/Hamilton area and District 2 covering Ottawa and surrounding areas. The two district champions meet to determine Ontario's champion, which then competes against Upstate New York leagues as the International Tournament progresses.
1958Little League Baseball expands the World Series to an eight-team field. As part of the expansion, the Ontario and Quebec champions face each other in a one-game playoff that determines the Canadian Region representative in the World Series. Western Canada leagues continue to compete in the Western and Northern Region tournament structures, and Maritime Province leagues do not advance past the divisional tournament level until 1963.
1959District 3 (Lakehead region - Thunder Bay area) is is formed as Little League Baseball spreads to Northwestern Ontario.
1965The Canadian Region tournament encompasses all leagues in Canada for the first time. As in years past, Eastern and Western Canada both crown champions, but for the first time, these two champions meet for the Canadian Region title. The Stoney Creek Optimist (ON) LL defeats East Trail (BC) 4-0 at Dundas, Ontario to become the first all-Canada champion. Stoney Creek advances to the championship game of the Little League World Series before falling to Windsor Locks (CT). Stoney Creek's World Series performance represents the best finish ever by a Canadian league at the World Series. .
1966District 4 (Northern Ontario and the Rouyn/Noranda area in Quebec) is spun off from District 3.
1967District 5 (Windsor/London area) is spun off from District 1 (Toronto/Hamilton area).
1969The Ontario Provincial Tournament uses a double-knockout format for the first time. Galt National rebounds from a loss in the winner's bracket finals to win the tournament with three consecutive wins.
1976For the first time, two leagues from the host district compete at the Ontario Provincial tournament, as both the District 4 champions and a host entry compete in the provincial tournament at Rouyn/Noranda.
1987District 6 (Ottawa Area - East) and District 7 (Seaway area) are spun off from District 2 (Ottawa Area - West).
2001Ontario officials use a round-robin format at the provincial tournament for the first time. The top two teams following round-robin competition advance to a winner-take-all championship game. The tournament encompasses only six teams due to the absence of a host league representative and District 5's role as host of the region tournament. The next year, the eight-team tournament again uses a double-knockout schedule.
2002District 8 (Ottawa River Valley - West) is formed as a spin-off from Districts 2 and 7.

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