Little League Baseball is unlike any other youth sport in the world. Known as “America’s Pastime,” the great game of baseball has become an international language.
Derby Little League is dedicated to teaching the principles of discipline and dedication through teamwork. By instilling leadership and creating good citizens, Derby Little League is committed to the concept of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play.
Derby Little League strives to adhere to the principles of sportsmanship set forth by Little League International.
In 1954, Peter J. McGovern, the late President of Little League Baseball, wrote the Little League Pledge. McGovern decided to draft the pledge when he became aware that Little League programs in the United States were reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before games. McGovern wanted all Little League programs worldwide to have a pledge that reflected some of the sentiments within the Pledge of Allegiance (minus the references to the United States), while adding elements of sportsmanship and the desire to excel.
The text of the Little League Pledge made its way to the desk of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower on February 22, 1955. As an avid supporter of Little League Baseball, President Eisenhower responded with a letter to McGovern. The letter 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.”
First published in Little Leaguer magazine in 1955, the text of the Little League Pledge has remained unchanged to this day. Derby Little League is proud to have our players recite this pledge during Opening Day ceremonies each year:
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 continued success of Derby Little League is determined by the leadership and atmosphere of wholesome community participation. In a lot of ways, the game of baseball mirrors life itself. Volunteerism will inspire and enrich today’s youth as they someday take their places in the world.