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Wednesday, June 24
Pieces of Our Past: Little League Pledge

"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"

The “Little League Pledge,” written in 1954 by Peter J. McGovern, a late president of Little League, was introduced to players everywhere in February 1955 when it was included in the Little Leaguer Magazine.

The text has remained unchanged in the 54 years since then. It appears on the backs of Little League Rule Books and is prominently displayed in the Hall of Excellence in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in Williamsport, Pa.

The pledge was drafted after Mr. McGovern became aware that local Little League programs were reciting the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance before games. Mr. McGovern wanted to give all leagues (not just those in the United States) a pledge reflecting some of the sentiments of the Pledge of Allegiance, minus the references to the United States, while adding the elements of sportsmanship and the desire to excel.

The text of the Little League Pledge was sent on Feb. 22, 1955, to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

President Eisenhower, a strong supporter of Little League, responded, “Thank you for … sending me the inspiring and fine pledge that, I understand, will now be repeated at the start of the Little League Baseball games. I am always glad to hear the plans and activities of Little League.”

Mr. McGovern, who was intensely patriotic, often exhorted volunteers to vote, have faith in the American system and to support the U.S. Armed Forces. Therefore, it was no surprise that the Little League Board of Directors settled on Flag Day, June 14, 1957, as Little League National Foundation Day. Since then, National Little League Week has been observed during the week of Flag Day.

On Foundation Day, regular season Little League games were to include ceremonies celebrating Little League. Mid-game collections – “passing the hat” were a tradition by then – would result in that day’s donations being forwarded to Little League’s headquarters.

In recent years, National Little League Week is observed with an Open House at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum.

Little League programs sometimes choose to recite the Little League Pledge at the start of the season, and some recite it before every game. Some local leagues may choose to play or sing the National Anthem of the country in which the game is played. Others may add a prayer to their ceremonies.

Whether to recite the Little League Pledge, play or sing the National Anthem, or say a prayer, is entirely up to the local league’s board of directors. While many local leagues and districts include a recitation of the Little League Pledge in ceremonies, it is not, and has never been, required to be recited by any person involved with Little League Baseball or Softball.



Thursday, July 23
2015 South Sub-Division Junior Tournament

District 31 and Section 6 Juniors All-Star Champion, Encinitas Little League, is representing D31 in the South Sub-Division Juniors All-Star Tournament administered by District 22.

Thursday, July 23rd, 7:30PM, Game 5, Brawley Varsity Field, Encinitas (D31/Section 6) (2-0) defeated Winner Game 3 4-3.

Saturday, July 25th,7:30PM, Game 8, Brawley Varsity Field, Encinitas (D31/Section 6) (2-0) versus Winner Game 7. 

District 22's Brawley and Holtville Little Leagues are hosting the South Sub-Division tournament.

Holtville Ralph Samaha Field 
698 Holt Road
Corner of Holt Road and Seventh St
Holtville, CA 92250

Map: Ralph Samaha (Recreation) Field

Directions to Ralph Samaha (Recreation) Field (check google maps for various routes)
  • Take nearest road to Interstate 8 East
  • Take Exit 125, CA-7 North or Holtville Orchard Road (S32)
  • In Holtville,Turn right (East) on 5th St (115)
  • Go two blocks and turn left (North) on Holt Ave
  • In two blocks field will be on right, corner of 7th St 
 
Brawley Desert Valley HS Field
299 Magnolia St
Brawley, CA 92227

Map: Brawley Varsity Field 

Directions to Brawley Varsity Field (check google maps for various routes)

  • Take nearest road to Interstate 8 East
  • Take Exit 111, Forrester Road North (near El Centro)
  • Turn right (East) on West Keystone Road (S27)
  • Turn left on Austin Road (North)
  • Austin Road runs into Imperial Ave (86); continue North
  • Continue on road which becomes Brawley Ave and 1st St to Magnolia St (block North of A St) and turn right
  • Go two blocks and field is on the left on corner of 3rd St
Please click on the header above for Bracket and more info about the Junior South Sub-Divisional tournament.

Tuesday, July 21st, 7:30PM, Game 2, Holtville Ralph Samaha Field, Encinitas (D31/Section6) (1-0) defeated Section 9 Champion 4-0.



Friday, July 24
2015 South Sub-Division 10-11 Year Old Tournament

District 31 and Section 6 10-11 Year Old Champion, Encinitas Little League, is representing D31 in the South Sub-Division 10-11 Year Old All-Star Tournament administered by District 43.

Friday, July 24th, 8:00PM, Game 4, Newmark Field 1, Encinitas (D31/Section 6) (1-1) defeated Loser Game 2 14-8.

Saturday, July 25th, 5:30pm, Game 6, Newmark Field 1, Encinitas (D31/Section 6) (2-1) versus Aliso Viejo (Section 10) (1-1)

District 43's Newmark Little League is hosting the South Sub-Division 10-11 Year Old tournament.

 Newmark Little League
3900 Severance Ave
intersection of 39th Street and Severance Ave
San Bernardino, CA 92405

Map: Harper Field

Directions to Newmark Little League Harper Field (check google maps for various routes)

Take nearest road to Interstate 15 North

Merge onto Interstate 215 North

Exit to Hwy 259 North

Take Exit 1B toward North E Street

Turn left (north) on E Street

Turn right on West 34th Street

Turn left on Mountain View Ave

Turn left on West 39th Street

Go to Severance Ave and turn left into parking lot

Please click on the handouts for Bracket and more info about the 10-11 Year Old South Sub-Divisional tournament.

Thursday, July 23rd, 5:30PM, Game 1, Newmark Field 1, Encinitas (D31/Section6) (0-1) was defeated by Aliso Viejo (Section 10) (1-0) 5-3.  


Handout: South Sub-Divisional handouts

Saturday, July 25
2015 South Sub-Division Majors Tournament

District 31 and Section 6 Majors Champion, Encinitas Little League, is representing D31 in the South Sub-Division Majors All-Star Tournament administered by District 68.

Saturday, July 25th, 2:00PM, Game 1, Cox Park Field 4, Encinitas (D31/Section 6) (1-0) defeated Fontana (D41/Section 8) (0-1) 12-8.

Sunday, July 26th, 3:00PM, Game 3, Cox Park Field 4, Encinitas (D31/Section 6) (1-0) versus Oceanview (D62/Section 10).

District 68's Ladera Ranch Little League is hosting the South Sub-Division Majors tournament.

Cox Sports Park
27623 Crown Valley Parkway
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

Map: Cox Sports Park

Directions to Cox Sports Park (check google maps for various routes)

 

  • Take Interstate 5 North about 44 miles
  • Take Exit 86 (Mission Viejo), Crown Vallley Parkway and head East (right)
  • Travel approximately 2 miles into Ladera Ranch Cecil Pasture Road and turn left.
  • Follow road to parking lot

 

Please click on the header above for live Bracket and manager's info about the Majors South Sub-Divisional tournament. 



Saturday, July 25
2015 South Sub-Division 9-10 Year Old Tournament

District 31 and Section 6 9-10 Year Old Champion, Encinitas National Little League, is representing D31 in the South Sub-Division 9-10 Year Old All-Star Tournament administered by District 72.

Saturday, July 25th, 12:00PM, Game 10, El Cerrito Field 1, Encinitas National (D31/Section 6) (0-2) was defeated by Section 7 Champion (1-1) 5-0. Encinitas National's season has come to an end. 

District 72's Corona National Little League is hosting the South Sub-Division 9-10 Year Old tournament.

El Cerrito Sports Park
7500 El Cerrito Road
Corona, CA 92881

Map: El Cerrito Sports Park

Directions to El Cerrito Sports Park (check google maps for various routes)

 

  • Take nearest road to Interstate 15 North
  • Take Exit 92, El Cerrito Road and head East (right)
  • Take first left and head to parking lot

 

Please click on the header above for Bracket and more info about the 9-10 Year Old South Sub-Divisional tournament.

Friday, July 24th, 7:00PM, Game 6, El Cerrito Field 1, Encinitas National (D31/Section6) (0-1) was defeated by Section 10 Champion 1-0.  



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2015 Section 6 9-10 Year Old Champs
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Monday, July 20
Section 6 9-10 Year Old Tournament

District 31 9-10 Year Old All-Star Champion, Encinitas National Little League, is representing D31 in the Section 6 9-10 Year Old All-Star Tournament administered by District 70.

Monday, July 20th, 6:30PM, Game 6, OALL North, Encinitas National (D31) (3-0) defeated Rancho Buena Vista (D70) (2-2) 10-8. Rancho Buena Vista is eliminated.

Encinitas National Little League (D31) is the Section 6 9-10 Year Old Champion! 

District 70's Oceanside American Little League is hosting the Sectional tournament. 

Ron Ortega Recreation Park
Brooks and Maxson Street
Oceanside, CA 92054

 Map: OALL - North Field

Bracket: Section 6 9-10 Bracket

Please click on the header above for more info about the Section tournament.

Wednesday, July 15th, 6:30PM, Game 2, OALL North, Encinitas National (D31) (1-0) defeated Mission Trails (D33) (0-1) 9-4.

Thursday, July 16th, 6:30PM, Game 3, OALL North, Encinitas National (D31) (2-0) defeated Rancho Buena Vista (D70) (1-1) 10-4. 


Handout: Sectional handouts

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2015 Section 6 10-11 Year Old Champs
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Monday, July 20
Section 6 10-11 Year Old Tournament

District 31 10-11 Year Old All-Star Champion, Encinitas Little League, is representing D31 in the Section 6 10-11 Year Old All-Star Tournament administered by District 31.

Monday, July 20th, 6:30PM, Game 5 IF Championship game, E60, Encintias (D31) (2-1) defeated San Carlos (D33) (2-2) 16-5. San Carlos is eliminated.

Encinitas Little League (D31) is the Section 6 10-11 Year Old Champion! 

District 31's Encinitas Little League is hosting the Sectional tournament.

Encinitas Little League
Ecke Sports Park
200 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024
 
Google Map: Ecke Sports Park
 
Directions to Ecke Sports Park:
  • From Interstate 5 heading North, exit Encinitas Blvd head East,
  • Turn left (North) on Saxony Road,
  • Fields are on the left just past the YMCA.
  • Alternate route from the East and South is Hwy 56 West to Interstate 5 North. 
Sunday, July 19th, 1:00PM, Game 4 Championship, E60, San Carlos (D33) (2-1) defeated Encinitas (D31) (1-1) 6-3
  • Alternate route from Escondido area is head West on Del Dios Hwy and turn right at third stop sign in Rancho Santa Fe (La Granada),
  • Follow this road past golf course and it will eventually turn into Rancho Santa Fe Road which turns into Encinitas Blvd.
  • Go almost to Interstate 5 and turn right on Saxony Road 
Tuesday, July 14th, 6:30PM, Game 1, E60, San Carlos (D33) (1-0) defeated Vista American (D70) (0-1) 11-10.
 
Thursday, July 16th, 6:30PM, Game 2, E60, Encinitas (D31) (1-0) defeated San Carlos (D33) (1-1) 16-11.
 
Friday, July 17th, 6:30PM, Game 3, E60, San Carlos (D33) (1-1) defeated Vista American (D70) (0-2) 11-0. Vista American is eliminated.
 
Sunday, July 19th, 1:00PM, Game 4 Championship, E60, San Carlos (D33) (2-1) defeated Encinitas (D31) (1-1) 6-3 

Handout: Sectional handouts

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2015 Section 6 Majors Champs
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Monday, July 20
Section 6 Majors All-star Tournament

District 31 Majors All-Star Champion, Encinitas Little League, is representing D31 in the Section 6 Majors All-Star Tournament administered by District 31.

Monday, July 20th, 6:30PM, Game 4 Championship, MV1, Encinitas (D31) (2-0) defeated Rancho Buena Vista (D70) (1-2) 3-1.  Rancho Buena Vista is eliminated.

Encinitas Little League (D31) is the Section 6 Majors Champion!

District 31's Escondido National Little League is hosting the Sectional tournament.

Mountain View Park Baseball Facility
1160 South Citrus Ave
Escondido, California 92027

Google Map: Mountain View Park Field 1

Click on the header above to link to the locations webpage of Escondido National.

Bracket and tournament information is in the handouts below.

Directions to Mountain View Park baseball fields:

  • Off of Interstate 15 exit Via Rancho Parkway Go East.
  • Via Rancho turns into Bear Valley Parkway, the North County Fair mall will be on your left
  • Follow Bear Valley Parkway for 4-5 miles.
  • Turn right onto Glenridge Road near Orange Glen High School.
  • Turn right on Citrus and make first left into the parking lot entrance, bear right up the hill to the parking lot.

Tuesday, July 14th, 6:30PM, Game 1, MV1, San Carlos (D33) (1-0) defeated Rancho Buena Vista (D70) (0-1) 14-5.

Thursday, July 16th, 6:30PM, Game 2, MV1, Encinitas (D31) (1-0) defeated San Carlos (D33) (1-1) 8-6.

Friday, July 17th, 6:30PM, Game 3, MV1, Rancho Buena Vista (D70) (1-1) defeated San Carlos (D33) (1-2) 1-0. San Carlos is eliminated.


Handout: Sectional handouts

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2015 Section 6 Juniors Champion
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Wednesday, July 15
Section 6 Juniors All-Star Tournament

District 31 Juniors All-Star Champion, Encinitas Little League, is representing D31 in the Section 6 Juniors All-Star Tournament administered by District 33.

Wednesday, July 15th, 5:00PM, Game 7 IF game Championship, Shira Field, Encinitas (D31) (3-1) defeated Tierrasanta (D33) (3-2) 5-4.  

Congratulations to Encinitas Little League, Section 6 Junior Champions! 

District 33's Patriot League is hosting the Sectional tournament.

Patriot League Shira Field 
7001 Murray Park Dr
San Diego, CA 92119

Map:  Shira Field 

Bracket: Section 6 Juniors Bracket

Please click on the header above for more info about the Section tournament.

Saturday, July 11th, 11:00AM, Game 1, Shira Field, Encinitas (D31) (1-0) defeated Vista American (D70) (0-1) 4-3 in nine innings!

Sunday, July 12th, 1:00PM, Game 3, Shira Field, Encinitas (D31) (2-0) defeated Clairemont Hilltoppers (D32) (1-1) 14-3.

Tuesday, July 14th, 5:00PM, Game 6 Championship, Shira Field, Tierrasanta (D33) (3-1) defeated Encinitas (D31) (2-1) 3-0. 


Handout: Sectional handouts

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2015 D31 9-10 Year Old Champs
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Saturday, July 11
2015 District 31 9-10 Year Old All-Star Tournament

Updated brackets can be found in the handouts below.

Thu Jul 09 5:30 PM 9-10 G26 Championship Parkdale School Field 1 Encinitas National (5-0) defeated Del Mar American (4-2) 9-1.  Del Mar American is eliminated.

Congratulations are in order for Encinitas National, District 31 9/10 Year Old Champions!

 


Handout: All Star Schedules and Scores

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2015 D31 10-11 Year Old Champs
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Saturday, July 11
2015 District 31 10-11 Year Old All-Star Tournament

Updated brackets can be found in the handouts below.

Sat Jul 11 10:00 AM 10-11 G25 Ecke Sports Park Field 1 Encinitas (5-1) defeated Encinitas National (4-2) 13-7. Encintias National is eliminated.

Congratulations are in order for Encinitas Little League, 2015 District 31 10-11 Year Old Champions!  

 


Handout: All Star Schedules and Scores

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2015 D31 Majors Champs
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Friday, July 10
2015 District 31 Majors All-star Tournament

Updated brackets can be found in the handouts below.

Wed Jul 08 6:30 PM Majors G26 Championship Mountain View Park Field 1 Encinitas (5-0) defeated Del Mar American (4-2) 14-5.  Del Mar American is eliminated.

Congratulations are in order for Encinitas Little League, District 31 Majors Champions!

 


Handout: All Star Schedules and Scores

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D31 Juniors Champions
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Friday, July 3
2015 District 31 Juniors All-star Tournament

Updated brackets can be found in the handouts below.

Wed Jul 01 6:30 PM Juniors G8 Championship Ecke Sports Park 90ft Encinitas (3-0) defedated 4S Ranch (2-2) 8-7. 4S Ranch is eliminated.  

Congratulations are in order for Encinitas, District 31 Juniors Champion! 

 


Handout: All Star Schedules and Scores

Saturday, June 20
District 31 All-Star Saturday Skills Competition results

Results from today's skills competition:

9-10 Year Old Division

1) 4S Ranch

2) Encinitas National

3) CMR

 

10-11 Year Old Division

1) 4S Ranch

2) CMR

3) Rancho Bernardo

 

Majors Division

1) Escondido American

2) Solana Beach

3) 4S Ranch

 

50/70 Division

1) Escondido National

2) Escondido American

After a one minute tie breaker round! 

 

Thanks to all for a great job!



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2015 D31 Intermediate Champs
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Saturday, July 4
District 31 Intermediate (50/70) All-star Champions

District 31 Intermediate (50/70) Champions.

Congratulations to Carmel Mountain Ranch for a great season!

 



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Larry in the booth
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Saturday, July 4
District 31 is Celebrating the Retirement of our DA, Larry Burch
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Presentations from All-Star Saturday
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To view a video from Steve Keener, CEO of Little League International, to Larry Burch, click on this link:  Keener video 

California District 31 is celebrating the retirement of our longstanding District Administrator, Mr. Larry Burch.

Larry has been a Little League volunteer for over 40 years, serving as District Administrator for California District 31 for the past 20 years. He will be stepping down in his role as District Administrator in October 2015. Retired from his position as Regional Manager for a large shipping company, Mr. Burch served in the United States Army, proudly and admirably during tours in Vietnam.

Larry was recently honored with selection by Mr. Stephen Keener, CEO of Little Baseball and Softball, to the Little League International Advisory Board as one of two Western Region representatives. The Advisory Board consists of current and former Little League representatives whose many years of experience within the program are coveted by Little League International to help review and promote policy changes.

For many years, Mr. Burch volunteered at the Western Region Baseball Tournament in San Bernardino, California. As the “radio voice” of the Western Region, Larry announced numerous tournament games for radio stations throughout the Western Region bringing the games into the homes of many who could not travel to the tournament site. Larry also was the Committee Chairperson for Media Relations responsible for the partnership with ESPN as well as all print media seeking to cover the tournament. With his silky voice and great disposition Larry was also called upon to act as the Master of Ceremonies at many Western Regional events.

In his 40+ years as a Little League volunteer, Mr. Burch has served the communities and children that comprise District 31 admirably. His main objective was to make certain that every child had the opportunity to play the game safely and on a level playing field. He has had a positive affect on the lives of tens of thousands of children.

We thank Larry for his many years of service to Little League Baseball and Softball and also thank his wife, Ingrid, who for so many years has shared her husband with the communities within District 31. We will miss his leadership, his integrity, his balance and knowledge. He can be proud in knowing that he has made a huge difference in the lives of many and has left his mark on this wonderful program.



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Mayor Abed & Larry
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Thursday, June 18
Certificate of Recognition for Larry Burch by City of Escondido
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Larry & Little Leaguers at City Hall
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 Click on the header above to see a video of the presentation.

Certificate of Recognition

PRESENTED TO

Larry Burch

     WHEREAS, California District 31 Little League is celebrating the retirement of their longstanding District Administrator, Larry Burch, and

     WHEREAS, Larry was recently honored by being selected to the Little League International Advisory Board as one of two Western Region representative. The Advisory Board consists of current and former Little League representatives whose many years of experience within the program are coveted by Little League International to help review and promote policy changes, and

     WHEREAS, in his 40 plus years as a Little League volunteer, Larry Burch has served the communities and children that comprise District 31 admirable. His main objective was to make certain every child had the opportunity to play the game safely and on a level playing field, and

     WHEREAS, Larry has had a positive effect on the lives of tens of thousands of children.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, SAM ABED, Mayor of the City of Escondido, hereby thank Larry Burch for his many years of service to the youth of our community and wish him well in his new endeavors.

SIGNED and SEALED,

this Seventeenth Day of June,

Two Thousand and Fifteen.

SAM ABED, MAYOR



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Certificate of Recognition
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