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"Jumpin' jamboree!A parade of 1,000 players and parents showed the growth of Little League baseball."

"Bainbridge Island Little League's annual parade and jamboree Saturday brought out nearly 1,000 players and countless parents, coaches and volunteers.Ceremonies began at the high school stadium at 9:30 a.m. with each team being announced individually and parading around the track. This year's turnout included 22 T-ball teams (264 players), 13 softball teams (156 players), and 43 baseball teams (516 players). Baseball is divided into 33 minor league teams in A, AA and AAA classifications and a 10-team major league.The total numbers are 11 percent higher than before, said Ken Guy, president of Bainbridge Island Little League. Part of that is due to the introduction of five-year-olds into T-ball. But even if you take that away, we're still up about 5 percent.T-ball is the fastest-growing part of Little League, softball is holding steady, and baseball is steadily growing though not as fast as T-ball.With introductions complete, everyone marched from the stadium to Rotary Field, with live entertainment offered until mid-afternoon. A Texas-style catered barbecue and a variety of games, including an inflatable obstacle course, dunk tank, pitching area and cushion jumping created a carnival atmosphere. Parents had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items as a fundraiser for BI Little League.The dunk tank was the most popular, Guy said. There was some competition going on as teams had the chance to dunk players from rival teams.For information on Bainbridge Island Little League, see www.myteam.com/go/bill. "

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