A resident of Royal St. George, Diane Harris saw the community around her growing fast. The children in the communities of Carmel Mountain Ranch and Sabre Springs were playing Little League in Poway National and Rancho Bernardo. With the completion of our first local park in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Diane felt it was time to form our own league. District 31 officials stepped in to help Diane form a Board of Directors consisting of five members who set the foundation for the league.
The first Opening Day Ceremony was held on Saturday, April 8, 1989 at 8:00 a.m. 1 Major, 4 Minor and 4 Tee Ball teams lined the field that day. We sold snacks out of a wagon and played our games with a bright orange temporary fence in the outfield.
In twenty years we've come a long way! We now register approximately 400 youth in our league for each Spring season, with about 30 teams in the Junior, Major, Minor, Rookie, and Tee Ball Divisions. We play games on our home fields in four different locations - Carmel Mountain Ranch Community Park, Sabre Springs Community Park, Morning Creek School, and Highland Ranch Community Park, and we run two snack bars. We have 20 members on our Board of Directors, and train many youth and adult umpires each season.
Things have certainly changed since those early days , but the spirit of sportsmanship exemplified by the first players that set foot on our fields still lives today, and we play by the Little League pledge:
I trust in God,
I love my Country
and will respect its Laws
I will play fair,
and strive to win.
But win or lose,
I will always do my best.
This League History was originally contributed by Terri Westfall, former CMRLL President, in 1999 and was updated during the 2009 season