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Monday, April 26, 2004

This just in: Virginia has annexed Mars. At least, for the purposes of Little League Baseball districting:
Of course, the expansion to Mars raises several logistical issues for Little League, particularly with the always sticky question of age. Children must be age 12 or under to participate in Little League's core program, and Little League officials have struggled to enforce that requirement in some recent scandals at its World Series.

The Martian expansion muddles the issue, because a Martian year lasts 687 earth days. So a 12-year-old in Martian years would actually be 22 in Earth years.

Also, Martian gravity is a third of that on Earth, so a 200-foot home-run fence would have to be extended to 600 feet on Mars.
It's quite a coup for the northern Virginia district of Little League Baseball. But other districts shouldn't get down about this potentially long-term unfair advantage; last time I checked, Venus and the Moon are still up for grabs!