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Trademark Protection

Little League Baseball is a Federal Incorporation granted a bill signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 17, 1964, and amended September 24, 1974, to reflect the admission of girls. The legislation, which received unanimous approval from 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 Baseball in all 50 states as an educational institution, endowing the program with protective integrity by the U.S. Government. 

Action of the President and Congress places Little League Baseball in the same category as Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Boys Clubs of America and a select group of other agencies similarly chartered. However, Little League is the only youth sports organization so honored. The Federal Charter of Incorporation requires Little League to submit its annual report directly to the U.S. Congress each year. 

“LITTLE LEAGUE,” “LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL,” “LITTLE LEAGUER,” “LL,” “DUGOUT,” “CHALLENGER DIVISION,” the OFFICIAL LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL EMBLEMS, etc., 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 Baseball 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 baseball and softball programs associated with Little League Baseball, Incorporated.