Unlike in the United States, where baseball fields seem to be on every street corner and in every park, they are few and far between in the African country of Uganda.
And the ones that are there aren't really baseball fields at all, usually coming in the form of a soccer field with rough, unkept grass that never was meant to be touched by bare skin.
"We have grass, but it's not good. This grass (at the Little League complex) is too good," Uganda manager Henry Odong said with a smile. "Here, every kid wants to dive and fall down. In Uganda, they don't want to fall down because the grass is rough. This grass is too good - it's soft."
Members of the Little League team from Lugazi, Uganda, ride in the Little League Grand Slam Parade as it makes its way through downtown Williamsport on Wednesday.
For most players, the facilities in South Williamsport simply are nicer than they're used to. For Uganda, this year's Middle East-Africa Region champion, the facilities are a completely new world that it's only dreamed of.
For Uganda, the chance to play on the fields in South Williamsport isn't just about being able to play on beautiful, finely groomed fields with manicured infields. It's about being able to play on a baseball field, period.
"In Uganda we don't have very good facilities," Odong said. "We play on football fields and have to share with the footballers. We used to be able to play on a certain piece of land, but now it's turned into a football field."
For many players here, the trip will be one of many highlights in their lives. For the Ugandan team, the trip very well could be the only highlight.
Over the next two weeks the team won't have to search for an open football field to practice on. The players aren't going to wonder where they will find their next bat, ball or glove.
For the next two weeks the best facilities in the world - and the best competition, too - will be at the team's fingertips.
"In the Middle East, when we finished playing those teams - like Kuwait, who we beat, 5-2, in the finals - I saw those kids from Kuwait were crying," Odong said. "I told our kids to tell them sorry, and not to cry because they are our friends. It is OK to lose the game.
"When we got here we saw those kids were missing the uniforms, the bats and all the good things that were here. I knew why they were crying."
This year's team was lucky enough to acquire U.S. visas - something that was denied last year's team and kept it from coming to South Williamsport.
In 2011, another team from Africa, Rev. John Foundation Little League in Kampala, Uganda, defeated the Arabian-American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to earn the right to come to the Little League World Series and be the first African team ever to make it to the tournament.
That team never made it, though, as the U.S. Department of State denied the team the U.S. visas needed to travel after finding inconsistencies and discrepancies in its documentations.
Instead, in an effort to keep the 16-team format, the invitation was extended to runner-up Arabian-American Little League and a crushing blow was dealt to Rev. John Foundation Little League, Uganda and all of Africa.
Now, the U.S. visas Uganda acquired bring much more than just the right to travel. The visas have helped open the door to Little League Baseball in Africa and have placed the weight of a continent on the shoulders of 11 12-year-old players.
"I'm very excited. It's like a dream," said Ugandan shortstop Felix Enzama after taking infield practice with the New England Region champions from Fairfield, Conn. "It feels good and I'm looking forward to doing my best. This means a lot because we are the first ones to come here and we can show that what they (last year's team) didn't do, we can."
And the weight the Ugandan team carries, unfortunately, will be done so without any loved ones present. For this team, the seats reserved for family will be filled with different, unfamiliar faces.
Unlike most teams, Uganda will not have the luxury of playing in front of family members as they are back in Uganda, continuing to work in sugar factories.
"There are no parents coming because these children don't come from good families. They come from poor families," Odong said. "No parents could afford to come here. Even the shoes the kids are wearing, I bought those with my own money."
While the rest of the tournament field is getting new, upgraded gear to wear for the tournament, Uganda is getting its only gear. Baseball cleats, much like real baseball fields, are scarce in Uganda.
Bats are improvised and balls are often made of paper, while most legitimate equipment is donated from mission groups and other sources around the world. For now, Uganda gets to live the high life, but the harsh reality of poor fields and equipment awaits them back home.
"The equipment is still as big a problem as the playing fields," Odong said. "Right now, the resources we have at home explain why the kids don't want to leave. They want to play right now and have been saying, 'Let's get the game on. It's time to dive and slide.' "
More than anything so far, the Ugandan team has shown it will do its best and compete despite massive disadvantages in experience, as the most experienced player on Uganda has been playing baseball for about two years - if that.
Uganda is going to compete to the best of its ability, of which there is much. That was clear when the team practiced next to Fairfield.
Uganda made all the plays, all the throws, and did so without hesitation. The two teams practiced, if only for 30 minutes, side by side, making play after play. The kids from Uganda showed they can, and will, compete with the best in the world.
"We are going to try our best and see how much baseball we know and learn from these kids," Odong said. "The other kids here have been playing since T-ball, and the kids we have played, at most, two years and the other kids around six months."
The team, even before stepping on the field in a real game, has made history. It has jumped through hurdle after hurdle and overcome every obstacle in its way. It has defeated all odds, when the deck was stacked against it, without even recording an out.
"It's a really great achievement to Uganda and to all of Africa to make it," Odong said. "It's history in the making."
And while Uganda already has made history by just being here, it's not going to be easy playing against bigger, stronger and more experienced teams from all corners of the globe. No one ever has said winning - or even making it to - the Little League World Series was easy, for a reason.
But then again, nothing for the team from Uganda ever has been easy.