Why play Little League Baseball?
1. History. Little League Baseball pioneered the concept of youth sports when it was started by Carl Stotz in 1939 - NOTHING like it existed before. His idea and work created an organized way for kids to play adult sports.
2. International Adoption and Exposure. 2.6 MILLION players around the world are committed to playing baseball under the Little League Baseball system. When you join Four County Little League, you become part of a system that has players on SIX of the seven continents in the world. Sadly, the penguins in Antarctica don't play much baseball...yet. Greatest part? You get to watch the best teams from around the world compete on ESPN in the annual Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA and know you're a part of it all!
3. Safety First. Pitch counts. Mandatory safety equipment use and management. Volunteer background checks. Mandatory concussion training. Little League Baseball has led the charge in youth sports with its ASAP Safety Program. This program ensures its youth players stay as protected as possible when they are playing the game.
4. Positive Coaching Alliance. The Little League/Positive Coaching Alliance partnership helps players learn how to win on and off the field. PCA promotes a fun, competitive environment to teach kids life lessons in teamwork, discipline, compassion and handling adversity. Players can then apply those lessons in school, jobs and their family lives.
One of the most compelling reasons to be a part of Four County Little League is the friendships our players make. By drawing kids from the four counties that comprise Mount Airy, we have kids playing together who would have never met each other any other way - we are a melting pot through Little League baseball.
Click here to learn more about Four County Little League players who have graduated and moved on. In some cases they continued with baseball, but in most cases, they have become productive citizens in their respective communities. Our hope is that all players who come through our ranks take away qualities of sportsmanship, leadership, and loyalty, among other characteristics, to become superior citizens.
What is the 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
FCLL feels strongly about the words of the Little League Pledge - it's the glue that binds us together as a community. We ask that our coaches to encourage it be recited before every game; regardless if the other team decides to or not. It is meant to reinforce the commitment to our team, our opponents, our coaches, and others that we believe in the values of good sportsmanship and dedication to something bigger than ourselves.
History of the 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.
The Little League 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 U.S., while adding the elements of sportsmanship and the desire to excel.
The text of the Little League Pledge was sent to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Feb. 22, 1955. President Eisenhower (and every president since then) was a strong supporter of Little League.
In a response by letter to Mr. McGovern a few days later, President Eisenhower said: “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.”
How can I help?
Anyone can apply to become a volunteer at FCLL. Whatever talents or skills you have, we can use them! Within our league, volunteers are grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, retirees, community leaders, former Little Leaguers, friends, neighbors, and more. Any community member who wishes to become a volunteer may apply.
All parents of children involved in Little League Baseball and Softball are strongly encouraged to volunteer. As a parent-volunteer, you have the opportunity to spend quality time with your child in a safe, fun-filled environment. Oftentimes, parent and child social lives parallel each other. Volunteering allows your life and your child's life to intersect on common ground, with shared interests and goals.
On rare occasions, Little League, through District Administrators and your local Board of Directors, may deny individuals the privilege of volunteering for reasons, past or present, that may be detrimental to the positive development of young people, other volunteers, and/or Little League International. When you apply to become a volunteer, you give FCLL the right to conduct necessary background checks.
Please email email@example.com to get started with the necessary background check. This step is only required if you are a new volunteer this year.
We look forward to you pitching in - thanks again!
What Volunteer Opportunities are Out There?
- Being a Team Manager or Coach
- Being an Umpire
- Helping with Field Maintenance
- Joining the League's Board of Directors
- Driving Player Registrations
- Volunteer Committee
- Capital Improvements Committee
- Sponsorship Committee
- Concessions Committee
- Uniforms/Spiritwear Committee