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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.



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2015 Section 6 9-10 Year Old Champs
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Monday, August 3
District 31 and Section 6 9-10 Year Old All-Star Champions
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2015 District 31 9-10 Year Old Champs
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District 31 and Section 6 9-10 Year Old All-Star Champions, Encinitas National Little League.

Congratulations to Encinitas National for a great season!



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2015 Section 6 10-11 Year Old Champs
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Monday, August 3
District 31 and Section 6 10-11 Year Old All-Star Champions
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2015 District 31 10-11 Year Old Champs
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District 31 and Section 6 10-11 Year Old All-Star Champion, Encinitas Little League.

Congratulation to Encinitas Little League for a great season! 

 



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2015 Section 6 Majors Champs
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Monday, August 3
District 31 and Section 6 Majors All-star Champions
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2015 District 31 Majors Champs
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District 31 and Section 6 Majors All-Star Champions, Encinitas Little League.

Congratulations to Encinitas Little League for a great season!

 



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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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2015 Section 6 Juniors Champion
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Monday, August 3
District 31 and Section 6 Juniors All-Star Champions
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2015 District 31 Juniors Champs
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District 31 and Section 6 Juniors All-Star Champions, Encinitas Little League.

Congratulations to Encinitas Little League for a great season! 

 



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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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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