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The Official Shoulder Patch

Operating Policies and Position Statements

The Little League Official Shoulder Patch is the only recognized identification which sets a Little Leaguer apart from all other children who play baseball and softball. The patch symbolizes the affiliation with the Little League program and a reminder of the mission of promoting sportsmanship, discipline, teamwork, and physical well-being for the millions of Little Leaguers around the world. The Official Shoulder Patch affixed to the uniform prevents confusion in public identification, especially in news images that reference Little League programs.

Use of the Official Patch is mandatory for all divisions of Little League for both regular season and tournament play.

  • Important Notice: Rule 1.11 Use of the Official Patch will not apply for the 2021 regular season. Conventional uniforms, which do not match nor meet patch requirements, can be worn for the 2021 regular season. Patches will still be required for Little League International Tournament games.
Rulebook - Softball PatchPatches worn centered on the left shoulder sleeve. Rulebook - Baseball PatchPatches centered over left chest on sleeveless style.

Patches are worn centered on players’ left shoulder sleeves, or centered on the left chest of sleeveless jerseys. The Umpire patch is worn 4″ below the left shoulder seem on the left sleeve. The Umpire jacket patch is also placed on the left sleeve, 4″ below the shoulder seam.

The Tee Ball Baseball patch, Little League Baseball patch (Minor and Major Divisions), Intermediate (50-70) Division patch, Junior League Baseball patch, Senior Baseball League patch, Tee Ball Softball patch, Little League Softball patch (Minor and Major Divisions), Junior League Softball patch, Senior League Softball patch, Little League Challenger patch, Senior League Challenger patch, and Umpire patches can only be ordered through Little League International (ShopLittleLeague.org or call 800-874-2852). Patches are worn centered on players’ left shoulder sleeves, or centered on the left chest of sleeveless jerseys. The Umpire patch is worn 4″ below the left shoulder seem on the left sleeve. The Umpire jacket patch is also placed on the left sleeve, 4″ below the shoulder seam.

NOTE: Screen-printing, sublimation, or reproduction of the Patch in any form is not permitted and is a violation of trademark rights. Any abuses should be reported immediately to Little League International at Licensing@LittleLeague.org.