The Federal Incorporation of Little League

April 20, 2009
By FLD6-DA Greg Sinadinos

Founded in 1939; Little League was 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 and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson as Public Law 88-378, 88th Congress H.R. 9234, and amended December 26, 1974, Public Law 93-551, 93rd Congress, H.R. 8864. Little League is tax exempt.

Little League is a Federal Incorporation granted under a Bill signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 17, 1964, and amended December 24, 1974, to admit girls.

The legislation, which received unanimous approval of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, is Public Law 88-378. It is the highest recognition that the Federal Government can accord. It provides for incorporation of Little League in all 50 states and endows the program with protective integrity by the U.S. Government.

Action of the President and Congress places Little League in the same category as Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Boys Clubs of America and a select group of other agencies similarly chartered.

"LITTLE LEAGUE," "LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL," "LITTLE LEAGUER," "LL," "DUGOUT," "CHALLENGER DIVISION" and the OFFICIAL LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL EMBLEM are the principal registered trademarks and service marks of Little League Baseball, Incorporated. These marks are protected both by a special Act of Congress and registrations with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. All rights in and to any and all marks of Little League Baseball, Incorporated are reserved.

Note: Little League is listed in the current issue of the "Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual." The words "Little League," "Little Leaguer," etc., should only be used in conjunction with programs associated with Little League Baseball, Incorporated.


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