Little League Expands Use of Instant Replay for This Month's World Series

The Little League World Series expanded its use of video instant replay to make force-outs, tags on the base paths, missed bases and hit batters eligible for review.

Team managers will now be able to call for video reviews; only umpires were allowed to ask for them in past seasons, Little League said in a news release posted on its website.

The Little League World Series, which is broadcast by Walt Disney Co.’s ABC and ESPN networks, began using instant replay in 2008 to examine plays near the outfield fence such as home runs, ground-rule doubles and fan interference.

Last season, replay was expanded to include whether fair balls should have been called foul.

Managers will be limited to one unsuccessful challenge in the first six innings of games, and another unsuccessful challenge in extra innings.

The tournament of 11-12-year-olds, which is held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is entering its 64th year. It runs from Aug. 20-29.

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