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Spring: Ceremonies

Ceremonies should be brief and meaningful, and the media should be invited. Opening Day, for instance, often is the biggest day of the year for the local Little League, and a perfect opportunity to gain new members and volunteers.

News releases to the media place the emphasis on the people in the league, and the fact that there are so many local people involved. (Operating Manual - Public Relations.)

These ceremonies also are a great time to recognize the team sponsors. Invite the employees of the sponsor to stand with their team and be recognized for their commitment to the community.

Also, there are many religions represented in communities where Little League is played. Little League International recommends that the local Little League keep this fact in mind when considering religious elements in ceremonies. Ultimately, however, this choice is solely in the hands of the local Little League board of directors.

A database of all of these Operations Tips can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/leagueofficers/Tips_Successful_League

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