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British Columbia Provincial Tournament Milestones

The structure of Little League Baseball's international tournament in British Columbia has changed several times since the first provincial tournament was held in 1957. Key events in the evolution of this structure include the following:

1957British Columbia leagues are organized into four districts, and the four district winners advance to a tournament that determines the British Columbia champion. The BC champion advances to the Western Region Division 1 tournament, where they compete alongside champions from states in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest for a berth in the Western Region tournament. District 1 includes leagues in Vancouver, while District 2 encompassed Vancouver Island, District 3 covered the Fraser River Valley, and District 4 covered interior British Columbia. Leagues in Western Canada competed through the Western Region tournament structure rather than as part of the Canadian Region through the 1964 international tournament.
1962District 5 (Vancouver Area - North Shore) and District 6 (Vancouver - East Side) are created as splits from District 1.
1964While competing in the Western Region tournament structure, East Trail Little League comes within one victory of winning the region championship and giving Canada two teams in the Little League World Series.
1965Western Canada leagues compete in the Canadian Region for the first time. East Trail again wins the BC provincial championship, then defeats the winner of the Prairie Provinces Divisional tournament to advance to a one-game playoff against Eastern Canada champion Stoney Creek Optimist (Ontario) Little League.
1966The British Columbia champion advances directly to the Canadian Region tournament for the first time, as the region tournament format is expanded to a four-team tournament.
1969District 7 (Vancouver Island - North) is formed as a split from District 2 (Vancouver Island - Victoria Area).

Also in 1969, the provincial tournament uses a double-elimination format for the first time.

1970District 8 (Kootenai Region) is formed as a split from District 4 (Northern British Columbia).

With the creation of the new district, BC officials institute a sectional tournament structure rather than advancing all district winners directly to the provincial tournament. In most years, Districts 1 and 6 comprise one section, while Districts 2 and 7, 3 and 5, and 4 and 8 are also paired together. Three sectionals are held in a given year, with the two district winners in the provincial tournament host district's section advancing directly to the provincial tournament. The sectional structure is used in all but one year from 1970 through 1977, and then intermittently through the early 1980s.

2004District 2 is dissolved, and its remaining leagues are placed in District 7.

Also in 2004, officials begin using a round-robin format at the provincial tournament.

2010District 8 is dissolved, and its remaining leagues are placed in District 6.

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