New York Times - 08/20/1977
"...There is apparently no stopping, or even slowing down, that team of pint-sized California baseball players....As American as Budweiser beer..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Bad News Bears: Breaking Training is the comic and poignant second in the series of adventures with the pint-sized sandlot ballplayers initiated with the smash success, The Bad News Bears. The picture picks up the Bears' career a year after their infamous second-place finish in the North Valley League. Faced with a chance to play the Houston Toros for a shot at the Japanese champs, they devise a way to get Texas to play at the famed Astrodome. On their pilgrimage to Houston, the Bears gain a new coach; dump that coach; add a new pitcher who can't get his fastball over the plate; find another coach who shows him how it's done; and go on to a come-back victory with all eyes on Japan.
Scripted by Paul Brickman (RISKY BUSINESS), this sequel to Michael Ritchie's 1976 hit begins with the Bears reigning supreme as the little league champions of California. Kelly Leak (Jackie Earle Haley, BREAKING AWAY), the Bears' star player, travels with the team to the Houston Astrodome along with his estranged father (William Devane), who is now the team's coach. There, they must play a between-inning game against the local champs, the Houston Toros, for the chance to go to Japan and play the best that the East has to offer. The Bears returned to the screen once more in THE BAD NEWS BEARS GO TO JAPAN.