LLWS officials happy with instant replay

Updated: August 29, 2010, 4:17 PM ET
Associated Press

Little League officials are pleased with how the expanded instant replay system worked at this year's World Series.

For the first time, managers were allowed one replay challenge per game, similar to how the NFL allows coaches replay challenges. Also, replays were expanded from just outfield fence or boundary calls to close calls on the base paths.

As of Sunday's consolation game, replay had been used 16 times during the 10-day tournament, with eight calls upheld and eight overturned, according to league vice president Lance Van Auken. The total delay for all 16 calls was about 52 seconds.

One of the concerns entering the tournament was how much replay would slow the game. League president Stephen Keener said the system would be evaluated after the series, though it would likely be kept in its current form next year.

ESPN provides the video that a replay team of a Little League umpires and officials reviews to determine whether a call should be upheld.

"At this point, I would assume we could continue to use it," Keener said. "We'll evaluate all aspects of it, and we'll try to make it even better."


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