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All Stars

LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STARS

The Little League All-Star tournament is a competitive post-season competition where All-Star teams from each league compete for a District Championship. Majors baseball and softball All-Star teams advance to the State tournament and, if they continue winning, Regionals and finally the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA (for baseball – softball World Series are in a different city each year). This is what Eastlake Little League (our Sammamish neighbor to the north) did in 2013 when their baseball All-Stars made it all the way to the quarter-finals of the Little League World Series (link to story HERE). It was an amazing experience for the families involved and exciting for the community to cheer them along.

The All-Star experience is Little League’s most competetive program and quite different from the normal Spring program because the goal is to WIN and advance to the next level.

GOVERNING RULES

The Little League All-Star program is goverened by the official Little League Baseball Tournament Rules and Guidelines found here (baseball) and here (softball). Sammamish Little League uses “All-Star” and “All-Star team” to refer to the tournament team defined by these rules and guidelines. For ease of navigation, we’ve provided the ”ALL-STAR AND POST-SEASON GAME PLAY” section of Sammamish Little League’s Operating Guidelines below.

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ALL-STAR COMMITTEE and SELECTION PROCESS

For the purpose of managing the selection of players, managers, and coaches participating in all-star teams at each division level. This committee shall consist of the Vice-President of Baseball/Softball, the respective League VP, the Player Agent, the VP All-Stars and the League President.

BASEBALL / MAJORS DIVISION

Candidate Eligibility Eligible all-star team candidates are: 1. Selected from 10/11/12 year old players on a Major’s team roster who have played in at least 60% of their team’s regular season games through June 15, AND; 2. Required to submit a commitment letter to their respective All-Star team Manager, signed by the candidate and his parents/guardians, prior to the start of All-Star practices.

Player Selection

To form the most highly skilled and competitive team possible, players will be nominated and selected by division managers based upon the following criteria:

  • Skills as evidenced by the players’ performance during the season;
  • Sportsmanship, conduct, personality and attitude as evidenced by the players’ performance during the season;
  • Availability of the players and his/her families to meet commitments required of All-Stars;
  • Factors that may reflect upon a candidate’s fitness and ability to play on an all-star team.

Roster Size

Teams will consist of 12 players unless a smaller/larger number is authorized by the League.

Selection Process

The League All-Star Selection Committee and Division Managers will meet at the end of the regular season to identify All-Star candidates and select the League All-Star tournament team utilizing the following nomination and voting process. All teams must be represented in the All-Star Selection process by one representative Manager or Assistant Coach.

  • The Division VP will communicate the All-Star selection process to Managers prior to and at the start of the All-Star selection meeting.
  • Each Manager/Team Representative will nominate players that should be considered for All-Star selection. Managers may nominate players on their own or other teams. Managers may provide a one minute overview of each nominee’s skills and sportsmanship characteristics. Nominees’ names will be recorded and displayed during the selection process.
  • Each Manager/Team Representative will cast one ballot consisting of 12 players for the tournament team for which they are eligible to vote.
  • The league Player Agent and Division VP will tally votes and communicate the players receiving the highest vote totals. These players will be considered tournament team selections.  A player must get a majority of votes to be cast to a team (example:  8 majors teams – player must get 5 votes to be nominated)
  • Managers/Team Representatives will have the opportunity to discuss the skills and sportsmanship characteristics of the remaining nominees.
  • Each Manager/Team Representative will cast one ballot consisting of the remaining players for the tournament team for which they are eligible to vote.
  • The league Player Agent and Division VP will tally votes and communicate the next set of players receiving a majority of votes. These players will be considered tournament team selections.
  • The league Player Agent and Division VP will communicate the 3 players receiving the next highest vote totals. These players will be considered tournament team alternates. Alternates will be utilized in the event selected players are not able to fulfill their commitments.

BASEBALL / 11-YEAR-OLD DIVISION

Candidate Eligibility Eligible all-star team candidates are: 1. 9/10/11 year-olds selected from players on a Major’s or Coast team roster who have played in at least 60% of their team’s regular season games through June 15, AND; 2. Required to submit a commitment letter to their respective All-Star team Manager, signed by the candidate and his parents/guardians, prior to the start of All-Star practices.

Player Selection

The same process and policies described for Baseball Majors Division apply to the 11-Year-Old Division.

BASEBALL / 10-YEAR-OLD DIVISION

Candidate Eligibility Eligible all-star team candidates are: 1. 8/9/10 year-olds selected from players on a Majors, Coast or AAA team roster who have played in at least 60% of their team’s regular season games through June 15, AND; 2. Required to submit a commitment letter to their respective All-Star team Manager, signed by the candidate and his parents/guardians, prior to the start of All-Star practices.

Player Selection

The same process and policies described for 11-Year-Old Division apply to the 10 Year-Old Division.

MANAGER /COACH SELECTION

Any regular-season Manager or Coach may submit his name for consideration as an All-Star Team Manager. The individual must be named on the regular season roster as team Manager or assistant Coach and that service must have been performed at the level of play from which the desired All-Star team will draw the majority of its players.  The President can approve an exemption to the level-of-play requirement.

Applicants will be interviewed by the Division VP and VP All-Stars. Following the selection of the All-Star teams, the President, after consultation with the All-Star Committee and with approval of the Board of Directors, will select the All-Star team manager for respective level. Managers will be notified and asked to select two assistant coaches who were named on regular season rosters as team Manager or assistant Coach. The President, after consultation with the All-Star Committee and with the approval of the Board of Directors, will select the All-Star assistant Coaches for each tournament team.

PLAYER NOTIFICATION

Players will be notified by their Tournament Team Manager on the date indicated in the Little League Green Book.