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Structure of Little League Baseball and Softball:

 All league: Personnel, including the officers, managers, coaches, umpires, auxiliary, field workers, etc., should be volunteers interested in providing the benefits of a Little League program to the youth of their community. Each league is guided by a Board of Directors, usually five to 25 adult volunteers from the community. There are now more than 7,400 Little League programs in more than 100 countries around the globe.

World Series History:

Throughout World War II, Little League’s growth was hampered by the fact that many fathers in the U.S. were in the military. By 1946, there were only 12 leagues patterned after the Little League model originally devised by Carl Stotz in 1938 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with its first season in 1939.

In 1947, the board of directors for the original Little League decided to organize a tournament for all known Little League programs (there were 17) and called it the National Little League Tournament. It was later renamed the Little League Baseball World Series.

The 11 teams that participated in the first series in 1947 were: Williamsport (Original) Little League; Williamsport Sunday School League; Maynard Midget League (Williamsport); Lincoln League Stars (Williamsport); Brandon Boys League (Williamsport); Milton (Pa.) Midget League; Montour Little League (Montoursville, Pa.); Montgomery (Pa.) Little League; Jersey Shore (PA) All Stars; Lock Haven (PA) All Stars; and Hammonton (NJ) All Stars. The champion was the Maynard Midget League of Williamsport, which defeated the Lock Haven All Stars in the final game, 16-7.

More than 2,500 spectators witnessed the championship game, and the results were printed in newspapers around the country. The publicity helped spread Little League nationwide, and within a few years, Little League programs were in every state. When Little League added other programs (Senior League Baseball, Big League Baseball, softball divisions, etc.), it added tournament play and World Series tournaments in those divisions. There are now 11 World Series tournaments played every year in the various divisions of Little League.

About Little League Organization

Better than any other youth sport activity, baseball and softball have become the thread that has sewn together a patchwork of nations and cultures around the world. Children in diverse nations such as Israel, Jordan, Russia, Germany, Japan, Canada, Australia, Poland, Mexico, China, Venezuela, South Africa and the U.S. have discovered baseball and softball -- Little League Baseball and Softball - are ways to bring their people a sport that mirrors life itself.

Little League Pledge

The Little League Pledge was written by Peter J. McGovern, the late president of Little League Baseball, in 1954. It made its first appearance in the February 1955 “Little Leaguer” magazine. Its text has remained unchanged in the half-century since then.


I trust in God
I love my country
And will respect its laws
I will play fair
And strive to win
But win or lose
I will always do my best

Child Protection Program

Steve Keener on CNNAll local Little Leagues are required to conduct background checks on managers, coaches, board of directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams. Individuals are also required to complete and submit a Little League Volunteer Application to their local league. Select from the links below to learn more about this vital aspect of Little League’s mission.

Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League, appears on CNN Headline News to explain the newest phase of the Little League Child Protection Program.

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