Rhode Island State Tournament Milestones

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The Rhode Island 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
1957Rhode Island is organized into two districts. District 1 is the greater Providence area, while District 2 is the rest of Rhode Island. The champions of these two districts meet in a one-game playoff to determine the Rhode Island champion. The Rhode Island champion then competes in the New England Divisional Tournament.
1958The state tournament expands from two to three teams when District 2 is split into two districts. The new District 3 encompasses Kent and Washington Counties, along with Providence County north and west of Providence. The new District 2 is Bristol and Newport Counties, along with Providence County east of Providence.
1966The state tournament expands from three to four teams when District 4 (Providence County north and west of Providence) is created as a spin-off of District 3 (Kent and Washington Counties).
1970The Rhode Island state champions advance directly to the Eastern Region Tournament for the first time as Little League expands the region tournament field from four to twelve teams. With the exception of two years in the mid-1970s, the Rhode Island champion has always advanced directly to the region tournament since this point in time.
1985State officials switch the state tournament format from single- to double-elimination.
1987The practice of rotating the state tournament among the state's four districts is established.
2001Rhode Island is assigned to the New England Region as part of Little League Baseball's expansion of the World Series from eight to sixteen participants.

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