The Little League World Series (LLWS) has taken place in Williamsport, Pennsylvania since 1947, and little leagues all over the world are gearing up to see if they've got what it takes to bring home the crown.
Little leagues in the BCS include Harvey Little League, Bryan United, Bryan National, College Station Little League; and many towns in surrounding areas have leagues of their own. Several teams in the Brazos Valley have made deep runs in post-season throughout the years, including District Championships, Sectionals Championships, State Championships, two Runner Ups to make the LLWS from Harvey Softball teams, and a Senior League team from Bryan West competed in the 2008 Little League World Series.
The Official Little League Organization takes great strides to teach young baseball and softball players what it means to win and lose with grace, the importance of teamwork, about the camaraderie of America's Pastime, and enables players to make life long friends while making memories. To instill these qualities in young athletes, the Little League Pledge was created by a Little League Official in the mid 1950s:
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
Baseball and Softball brings communities together, and in the case of West, TX, they are revamping the game through strength, resilience, and unity after the tragedy that took place in their town last year. To take a look into West, TX little leagues for this season, click here.
If you have ever been a part of the little league atmosphere, you have an understanding of how riveting being at the ballpark all summer can be. Some argue, and I can't deny, that baseball is God's favorite sport. After all the first three words of the Bible say, "In the beginning..." which also sounds like, "In the big inning..." From diving catches, bang-bang plays at the plate, walk-off hits, famous handshakes, the "perfect game" achievement or even the no-hitter, and so much more; baseball does not discriminate but forces the full nine of each team to be better than the other nine for the W.
Learning baseball and softball as a kid is vital to being successful at the sport as an adolescent, teen, and adult. The skills that are learned are not considered to be natural motions in some sense (throwing overhand versus throwing underhand), and not everyone has eye-hand coordination. It takes countless hours as any sport does to be the best, but without a kid-like spirit on the field, it's not near as enjoyable. As Roy Campanella puts it, "You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too." Likewise, Bob Lemon said, "Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up."
If you haven't enjoyed the game of baseball or softball at a little league park near you lately, check it out! You might be surprised how relaxing and rejuvenating it is to watch the joy on kids' faces when they play this game that generations before us have enjoyed. You never know, those kids could make it to Williamsport and you could know a local celebrity!
Submit pics from your loved one's little league games this season and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and they could make the Sports Page at kbtx.com!