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Little League Baseball

13-year-olds being phased out of Little League

Little League is getting younger.

The organization announced Thursday it is changing its age requirement, phasing 13-year-olds out of the division that plays in the annual Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

They are doing that by changing the league's "age determination date" to Aug. 31. That will prevent anyone who turns 13 during the baseball season from playing in the major division of Little League baseball.

The change, which affects all divisions from tee-ball up, fully takes effect beginning in 2018. The current birthdate cutoff of April 30 will remain in effect in 2016 and 2017 for players born on or before Aug. 31,...