Mission: Our mission is simple:
We strive to POSITIVELY DEVELOP OUR YOUTH.
League Comparison - You could spend hours reading about the differences in different leagues at the macro level comparing Little League to Pony League to Select Travel. Google will give you a gazillion opinions. Does any of that macro level comparison really matter? We tend to think not. After all, we are all playing baseball. What really matters is what we do locally. To that end, here is what Green Little League provides and what we do to serve our children.
Interface - It starts with your interaction with GLL, our coaches, and our support staff. We are a new bunch running GLL. We are young and we embrace technology. Well, not all of us are young…a certain individual is old, but he is still picking up the new technology like the rest of us. Our baseball management platform is based on Sports Illustrated technology. Yes, that Sports Illustrated! Register online via a mobile phone friendly interface or from your computer. Download our app to your smartphone. Get text notifications for time sensitive information and email or app notices for non-time sensitive information. You choose what type of notices you want to receive. Reach out to your team or coach directly in the app. Follow along with your child’s game live via our electronic scoring while at the game and/or live web casting of games if you can’t make it or have relatives that are not local that want to follow along. Engage with us on Facebook. We have 3 Facebook moderators that are pretty darn responsive. As a parent, you will be electronically surveyed twice during each season. How are we doing and what can we do to improve? We need your feedback and we will ask for your endorsement. What do we need to do to earn it?
Safety – Is anything really more important than the safety of our kids as they develop? To start out, all of our coaches, yes, both head coaches and assistant coaches, are background checked. Our background check system is administered by Kidsafe Plus. Background checks are performed online at time of registration. We don’t spend time chasing down coaches with paper forms that might get lost or never really get completed. All background checks come back to the GLL board for approval before anyone can coach. All of our coaches are basic first aid certified and concussion certified by the Ohio Athletic Association. Our children wear face guards on their helmets. We don’t permit big barreled bats. We are intentional about safety and yes, we talk about jock straps, compression shorts, and cups and there are plenty of snickers from our parents and kids. Most of us even have good senses of humor.
Competition – GLL’s core is based on a large recreation league development program where we don’t turn anyone away. Our recreation league plays other in-house City of Green teams as well as surrounding area Little League program recreation leagues. All recreation league players are eligible for all star representation in our Memorial Day tournament and all recreation league players are eligible for district representation in the Little League World Series tournament playoff system. All star and district representation is either coach selected and/or tryout based.
Coaching – GLL coaches are parents in our community. None of us are perfect, and we all care deeply about our kids. To support our coaches, we provide multiple coaching clinics before the season starts. We provide practice schedule templates and continuing coaching education services. If you are on the fence about joining our volunteer coaching staff, please reach out and talk to us. You won’t be alone and we want to make sure you are comfortable taking on the coaching position. Coaching these kids is one heck of a rewarding experience and provides an opportunity to bond with your child that you and your child will remember forever.
What else would you like to know about GLL that we didn’t answer here? Call us, email us, or connect with us at facebook.com/greenlittleleaguebaseball. We are not shy and are happy to field your questions.
WHO WE ARE
Little League® is an international pastime that has been a fabric of societies throughout the world for 75 years. Since its founding in 1939 by Carl Stotz, Little League has instilled leadership, character, courage and loyalty in all that participate, including the nearly 1.5 million adult volunteers. Little League can be found in more than 80 countries worldwide with more than 2.4 million children participating each year. Little League has celebrated many milestones due to the dedication of its players, parents and volunteers. Below are just a few examples …
- The Legacy Begins: First Little League Game is played on June 6, 1939
- Another First: First Little League Baseball® World Series is played in August 1947
- International Expansion: Canada becomes the first international team to charter in 1951
- Outgrowing Original Field: Howard J. Lamade Stadium was built in 1959 to support the growing popularity of Little League
- Federal Charter: Little League receives its Federal Charter in 1964
- Expansion Outside of Baseball: Little League Softball is founded in 1974
- Dugout: Walt Disney Co. creates Dugout the Mascot in 1985
- Challenger: The Little League Challenger Division is established in 1989
- Urban Initiative: The Urban Initiative Program is established in 1999
- The World Series Expands Again: Volunteer Stadium is built in 2001 to allow for a 16 team tournament
Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division: The Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division is created in 2012 creating nine divisions of play
WHY WE ARE RELEVANT
Pride, Identity, Belonging
Little League Binds Neighborhoods Together
For 75 years, Little League® has established a proud, rich history in the hearts and minds of generations of Little Leaguers. Since its founding in 1939, Little League has nurtured the human spirit, and that is why it has been universally successful in cities and towns throughout the world.
Little League promotes a healthy balance of community-based activities through regular-season play among local teams and access to the world’s largest youth baseball and softball tournament for more advanced players – the Little League International Tournament. The organization offers programs and divisions of play that serve boys and girls, ages 4 to 18.
Whether physically or developmentally disabled (Challenger Division®) or living in an area where green space is sparse (Little League Urban Initiative), children and their families involved in Little League can craft a program to fit the needs of their neighborhood or community. What’s important is having an understanding of the needs and wants of your area. The Little League program is “your” program and the people where you live decide what to make of it.
Little League Baseball, Incorporated is a non-profit organization with the mission to “promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball and Softball.” Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the Little League Baseball® and Softball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than stellar athletes.
On the world stage, recognition comes to its pinnacle every August, as more than 130 Little League Baseball and Softball games are televised worldwide on ABC and the ESPN family of networks. However, reaching a World Series is only the end of a long and exciting journey that showers timeless accolades on your league, community, region, state, territory, province and country. For the millions of children who play in the regular season and for those who choose to play “all-stars” but don’t reach a World Series, the moments and memories of Little League are equally influential because of the people they meet along the way.
When a town or neighborhood looks to join Little League it can take comfort in knowing the “Little League” name is the most recognized and respected name in youth sports. To be “Little League” offers the assurance that the league’s children and adult volunteers are the highest priority.
The outcome of a game will never outlive the pride of belonging, the experience of playing, the friends and the fun. The essence of Little League is the people, their communities, and the everlasting bond between them.