To provide an opportunity for our communitys children to learn the game of baseball in a safe and friendly environment.

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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 since then. Mr. McGovern drafted the pledge after becoming 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 U.S., while adding the elements of sportsmanship and the desire to excel. Mr. McGovern intended the line “I trust in God” to reflect the statement “In God We Trust” found on U.S. coinage and currency, as well as the statement including a reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Before every NSLL Minor and Major League game, the Little League Pledge is recited. It is printed on the backs of all Little League rulebooks. Reciting the pledge by any person involved with Little League Baseball is not required.