About Little League
Little League was first chartered in Canada in 1951 and was the first International Little League charter ever granted. Little League Baseball involves more than three million youth worldwide in over 75 countries. It is the largest amateur volunteer sport organization in the world. Volunteers give their time to provide a healthy and wholesome, family oriented activity for the children of their community. Little League Baseball Canada has only two full time employees. The managers, coaches, umpires, league administrators, etc. are all volunteers from within the Canadian Community. There are more than 35,000 youth in Canada who are part of Little League Baseball Canada and who play the grand old games of baseball and softball during the spring and summer. They are supported by more than 100,000 parents, relatives and folks of their communities, big and small. Imagine! Almost 150,000 or more Canadians involved each year in sports that brings out the best in all of us.
Little League Baseball is a non-profit organization to help and voluntarily assist young boys and girls in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being through the medium of baseball and softball with guidance and exemplary leadership. By espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the Little League program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.
Top 16 Reasons why Little League is Best
- Each chartered league receives a free updated supply of rulebooks, catalogs, manager/coach education books, sample schedules, and operating manuals (president’s handbook) every year.
- Little league provides every league with free sample materials for establishing an efficient constitution, conducting meetings and operating a democratic organization.
- Little League has a playing rules interpretation service with full-time offices in North America. We offer experienced counsel and advice on problems answered promptly.
- Training seminars and clinics for league officers, managers/coaches, umpires and other volunteers are held at regional Headquarters in Williamsport, San Bernardino and 4 other locations.
- One week umpire schools are held at various Headquarters sites, with intense, expert instruction for this important aspect of any program. Little League umpire schools far exceed any other similar training programs resulting in well-trained umpires that are able to see that games are conducted according to rules in an efficient and beneficial manner.
- Chartered Little Leagues receive regular mailings of pertinent materials (newsletters, advice on changes to rules, safety advisories, current events, promotions etc.)
- Assistance and visitation by trained local field personnel are available to all leagues, allowing local clinics and seminars to be staged.
- All chartered Little Leagues have a voice via democratic procedure in regard to changes in the rules and regulations.
- Boundaries of each chartered league are protected. “Raiding” by other Little Leagues is not allowed.
- Chartered Little Leagues receive the lowest rates and maximum coverage for insurance (Accident, General Liability, Association Directors and Officer’s Liability, and Crime. This insurance is included in the registration cost of each player and is NOT an added expense that must be borne by individual families.
- Chartered Little Leagues play under time-tested safety rules and regulations. Mandatory use of the safest equipment possible – much of it developed through Little League (batting helmet, full-sized chest protector, catcher’s helmet, non-wood bats, etc.)
- Chartered Little Leagues can receive tax exemption assistance and lottery funding from Federal and Provincial taxes.
- Chartered Little Leagues have an option to take part in the International Tournament, with traveling expenses defrayed beyond the local level. There is major network television coverage and coverage in all other types of media. No other program does as much for its membership, and the international recognition of Little League is unmatched by any other youth sports organization.
- Little League has initiatives to make life better for everyone. We offer a Manager/Coach Education Program, Safety Program (ASAP), Emergency Management training Program, Challenger Division for mentally and physically disabled youth and an Anti-Spit Tobacco Program.
- Little League also educates the parents in the best way to make the Little League experience a good one for the entire family through books and videos.
- A chartered Little League is a semi-autonomous organization, operated by volunteers from within the community, with the betterment of the community as the goal. As such, it can be operated at a far lower cost to taxpayers.