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How Tee Ball Teams are Selected  for Play on the White House South Lawn

Little League Baseball is proud that President George W. Bush has chosen Little League Baseball International Headquarters to administer the Tee Ball on the South Lawn games -- the President's initiative to increase the awareness of baseball, particularly among children.

President Bush is the first Little League graduate to attain the highest office in the United States. He played Little League Baseball in Midland, Texas, for several years in the 1950s, and has remarked several times that his Little League memories are among the fondest of his childhood.

Little League Baseball is the world's largest organized youth sports program. With nearly 3 million Little Leaguers and more than a million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and 103 other countries, no other youth sports organization comes close. It is estimated that there are about 1 million Tee Ball players nationwide in the Little League program.

Little League is also the only sports organization of ANY kind that holds a federal charter of incorporation, cloaking the program with the protection of the United States Congress.

 Other U.S. Presidents have honored Little League in the past. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy both proclaimed National Little League Week as the week in which Flag Day occurs in June each year. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation giving Little League its federal charter. President Ronald Reagan invited Little Leaguers to a celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in 1984. President George Bush held a celebration of Little League's 50th Anniversary at the White House in 1989, and personally delivered the first Little League charter to Poland later that year.

So, it was natural that President George W. Bush asked Little League to help out. Little League Baseball International Headquarters has worked closely with the White House in ensuring that the field is properly laid out according to Little League standards, and that all the equipment used in the game meets Little League requirements. Little League has always been at the forefront of safety, setting the standard for the sport for more than a half-century. The staff at Little League Baseball International Headquarters, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, will choose the leagues, and the local league leadership will choose the individual team from within that league.

President Bush plans to invite Tee Ball teams to the White House South Lawn periodically during his administration. Information on the dates will be made available at this web site as soon as they are announced.

 If your league would like to submit an application to have one of your Tee Ball teams be considered, please click on the link below. Please understand that the answers you give will not necessarily qualify or disqualify your league from consideration. Also please note that the application must come from the local league president, not individual teams, managers, or coaches.

Please understand that Little League International Headquarters has already received more than 100 inquiries from leagues and individuals, asking that their league or team be considered. While we would like for everyone to have this opportunity, unfortunately, not everyone can.

After the application and all documents are received, Little League Headquarters may contact the local league president and others in the community to get a better understanding of the service the league provides to the people it serves. Those leagues that are accepted will be informed of the selection, and the selections will be posted on this web site.