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LEAGUE HISTORY

WE ARE EASTERN!!! OUR LEAGUE FORMED IN THE FALL 2011, WHEN TWO OF ABILENE'S LITTLE LEAGUES MERGED, CEDAR CREEK AND KEY CITY. THE NAME EASTERN LITTLE LEAGUE ACTUALLY IS A NAME OF ONE OF THE ORIGINAL LITTLE LEAGUES IN ABILENE UNTIL THE LATE 90'S. SO IN A WAY HISTORY IS REINVENTING ITSELF IN EASTERN ABILENE. EASTERN LITTLE LEAGUE IS READY TO EMBARK AND MAKE ITS NEW MARK ON TEXAS DISTRICT 5 AND LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL IN ABILENE!

BOTH CEDAR CREEK AND KEY CITY COME FROM STONG TRADITIONS IN THE HISTORY OF LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL IN ABILENE, TX. WE HAVE THE TRADITION OF THOSE TWO LITTLE LEAGUES TO GIVE US THE FOUNDATION FOR ABILENE EASTERN YOUTH BASEBALL OF THE FUTURE!

IN ADDITION TO A LITTLE LEAGUE, IN THE FALL OF 2011 EASTERN EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE JUNIOR LEAGUE LEVEL OF PLAY AS WELL.

EASTERN LITTLE LEAGUE JOINS ABILENE'S OTHER LITTLE LEAGUES WHICH ARE DIXIE, NORTHERN, SOUTHERN, AND WYLIE AS MEMBERS OF TEXAS DISTRICT V WHICH INCLUDES MEMBERS FROM CLYDE, MERKEL, SWEETWATER, SNYDER, CISCO, COLEMAN, AND JIM NED.

EASTERN JUNIOR LEAGUE JOINS ABILENE'S OTHER JUNIOR LEAGUES WHICH ARE ABILENE NORTH, ABILENE SOUTH, AND WYLIE AS MEMBERS OF TEXAS DISTRICT V WHICH INCLUDES MEMBERS FROM JIM NED, CISCO, CLYDE, SWEETWATER, SNYDER, AND COLEMAN


ABILENE EASTERN FAST FACTS:

  • LEAGUE COLORS: ORANGE AND DARK GREEN
  • ESTABLISHED IN THE FALL OF 2011 TO START PLAY IN THE SPRING OF 2012
  • FORMERLY CEDAR CREEK AND KEY CITY LITTLE LEAGUES.
  • EASTERN JUNIOR LEAGUE WAS EST. IN 2011 AND STARTED PLAY AS WELL IN THE SPRING 2012 SEASON.
  • LITTLE LEAGUE PLAY GAMES AT WILL HAIR COMPLEX (FORMER CEDAR CREEK COMPLEX) AND CAL YOUNG COMPLEX (FORMER KEY CITY COMPLEX)
  • JUNIOR LEAGUE, AFTER NOT HAVING A HOME FIELD FOR THE INAGUARAL 2012 SEASON, WILL PLAY GAMES AT ROSE PARK COMPLEX (FORMER SOUTHWEST JR/SR) ON BARROW STREET.
  • WE HAVE 4 PLAYING FIELDS FOR LITTLE LEAGUE--TWO FOR MINOR/MAJOR LEAGUE GAMES AND TWO FOR FARM/COACH PITCH GAMES
  • WE HAVE THE CHALLENGER LEAGUE-- A CONTINUED AND BELOVED TRADITION AND LEAGUE ESTABLISHED AT KEY CITY LITTLE LEAGUE. ALL CHALLENGER GAMES ARE PLAYED AT CAL YOUNG COMPLEX ON SATURDAY MORNINGS! THROUGHOUT THE SPRING SEASON USUALLY AROUND 10 AM!
  • FEEDER SCHOOLS: BOWIE, JOHNSTON, LEE, TAYLOR, AND THOMAS ELEMENTARIES. WITH SOME PLAYERS ATTENDING SCHOOL AT ABILENE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS AND ALL FOUR OF OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS.
  • MEMBER OF TEXAS DISTRICT 5, SOUTHWESTERN REGION OF LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL.


LITTLE LEAGUE PLEDGE

THE STORY BEHIND THE LITTLE LEAGUE PLEDGE

The Little League Pledge was written by Peter J. McGovern, the late president of Little League Baseball, in 1954. It made its first apperance in February 1955 in "Little Leaguer" Magazine. Its text has remained unchanged in the more than half of a century since it was written. The Little League Pledge was drafted after Mr. McGovern became aware that local little leagues were reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before the start of their games. Mr. McGovern wanted to give all leagues (not just in the United States but Internationally) a pledge reflecting some of the sentiments of the United States' Pledge of Allegence, minus the references to the US itself, while adding the elements of sportsmanship and the desire to excel. The text of the Little League Pledge was sent to then U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower on February 22, 1955. President Eisenhower (and every president since then) was a strong supporter of Little League Baseball. In a response by letter to Mr. McGovern a few days later, President Eisenhower said: " Thank you for sending me the inspiring and fine pledge that, I understand, will now be repeated at the start of Little League games. I am always glad to hear the plans and activities of Little League." When George W. Bush became president, he always recited this pledge at the start of the tee ball games on the South Lawn at the White House. President Bush recited this pledge at little league games in Midland, Texas in 1955. Today local little leagues sometimes choose to recite the pledge at the beginning of each game, while others choose to play and sing the National Anthem. This is up to each individual organazation within Little League Baseball.

This story was adapted from a story "Pledge" found on www.littleleague.org



THE LITTLE LEAGUE PARENT/VOLUNTEER PLEDGE

I WILL TEACH ALL CHILDREN TO

PLAY FAIR AND DO THEIR BEST

I WILL POSITIVELY SUPPORT ALL MANAGERS,

COACHES AND PLAYERS.

I WILL RESPECT THE DECISION OF THE UMPIRES

I WILL PRAISE A GOOD EFFORT DESPITE

THE OUTCOME OF THE GAME

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