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Little League Baseball Incorporated

Self Description

February 2003: "...a non-profit organization whose mission is 'to promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball.'...Founded in 1939; granted Federal Charter July 16, 1964, by unanimous act of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States of America...Little League is tax exempt."

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2014: 'The flimsiness of arguments against women’s participation was on display in the desperate legal efforts of Little League to bar girls after a string of lawsuits in 1973. Officials claimed that baseball was “a contact sport”; that boys would quit if girls were allowed; that girls’ bones were weaker than boys’; that facial injuries could ruin a girl’s looks and therefore prospects in life; and, most outlandishly, that girls struck in the chest by a ball might later develop breast cancer. One Little League vice president expressed his concern that coaches would not be able to “pat girls on the rear end the way they naturally do to boys.”'


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Articles and Resources

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Jun 06, 2014 Is Softball Sexist?

QUOTE: women have been playing baseball since long before they had the right to vote. As the national pastime went professional, women were forced out of it — and into softball. Title IX, the 1972 federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, also protects equal access to and funding of sports for boys and girls at the school level, and girls have been fighting to play baseball — with lawsuits, if necessary — since the 1970s.

New York Times
Mar 11, 2003 10 Things Your Coach Won't Tell You

QUOTE: ...increasingly, coaches are getting reputations for doing more than mouthing off when looking to inspire their young players or intimidate referees...Be sure your kid's league has done background checks on all coaches and volunteers who come in contact with your children.

Smart Money
Aug 14, 2002 Little League in Spotlight Over Home Addresses

QUOTE: ...Little League Baseball found itself today investigating the eligibility of players headed for its signature event, the Little League World Series.

New York Times