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What Parents Need to Know About All-Stars

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The Little League® International Tournament is a unique time of the season, a fresh beginning in some respect, with new teams forming and the opportunity to create even more memories. While Tournament rules often mirror those in the regular season, there are some key differences parents need to be aware of. Here’s a look at some Little League Tournament Play rules and regulations:

The Basics

The Little League International Tournament is the most widely known youth sports tournament in the world. There are six levels of tournament play in Little League Baseball® and five within Little League Softball®, with opportunities for players ages 8 to 16. The tournaments start at the District level, and teams must win their way to advance through the International Tournament. The 8- to 10-Year-Old and 9- to 11-Year-Old Tournaments culminate at the State Level, while the Little League, Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball, Junior League, and Senior League divisions all conclude at a World Series Tournament. Leagues pay a one-time fee to enter each team into the Little League International Tournament, with 100 percent of that fee returning to local Little League teams that advance through the International Tournament to help offset costs.

Player Eligibility

Players are eligible for Tournament Play provided they meet the criteria established by Little League’s “Residency and School Attendance Player Eligibility Requirement.” In all divisions, any eligible player who has participated in 60 percent of the regular season games by the start of Tournament Play in their respective district is eligible to play. At the teenage divisions, local leagues have the flexibility to structure their regular season teams to ensure the best experience for their players, while still forming tournament teams in the same or different divisions, as long those teams are comprised of players who meet all residency/school, age, and participation eligibility requirements.

The local league Board of Directors may waive the requirement for Little League players to participate in a percentage of their teams’ Little League regular season games for illness or injury.

Player Commitment Requirements

  • Players must be able to attend 90% of all practices and all games during a limited time (i.e. no vacations/sleep-away camps during this time)
  • Players must attend practices and games ready to participate actively, and thus should consider whether other activities may inhibit that commitment.  Consider that for every player selected, there are usually those who are not who would eagerly welcome the opportunity to play.
  • Selected players must commit to 3 - 4+ weeks of intensive practice/game schedules (see schedules below)
  • Practices several times a week or possibly daily (non-game days)
  • Multiple games played; locations can vary throughout the metropolitan area
  • Absences due to conflicts (i.e. other sports/vacations), unless approved by the All-Star Manager, could lead to suspension or dismissal from team
  • Players unable to meet practice and tournament schedule should re-evaluate his/her All-Star consideration and eligibility

Selecting a Tournament Team

The method of selecting a Tournament Team is to be determined by the local league Board of Directors. While methods vary, Little League recommends multiple groups within a local league participate in a fair selection. These groups may include players, league officers, team managers, team coaches, and volunteer umpires. Little League believes players should have a say in who makes a Tournament Team. It is the organization’s experience that players are often objective in the selection process, have an intuitive respect for fellow players, and appreciate the opportunity for their opinions to be heard.

Selection Process

The League All-Star Selection Committee and Team 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 League Player Agent will communicate the All-Star selection process to Managers prior to and at the start of the All-Star selection meeting.
  • Each Manager will nominate players that should be considered for All-Star selection. Managers may nominate players on their own or other teams.
  • Each Manager/Team Representative will cast one ballot consisting of 12-14 players for the tournament team for which they are eligible to vote.
  • The league Player Agent and President 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.
  • 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 President 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 2 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.

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.  The President will make a nomination for Team Manager which must be approved by the board.  Once a Manager is selected he may then select his 2 assistant coaches.

Player Notification & Roster Announcement

  • Once an eligible player is selected to an All-Star team, Throop Little League Player Agent or Team Manager will notify the player’s parents to determine if the player is able to commit to the applicable team.
  • If a selected player is unable to participate, then the applicable Manager, in consultation with the All-Star Committee, will choose a replacement player.
  • Final Rosters will be announced on or after June 1.

Number of Players and Coaches on a Team

For most divisions, Tournament teams include a maximum of fourteen players, one manager, and two coaches.  ALL encourages taking more players so as to maximize the All-Star experience. Team size can be affected by qualified player availability and various external factors. Decisions on team size will be made by the Manager in consultation with the All-Star Committee and subject to Board approval.

Mandatory Play

If a tournament team has thirteen or more eligible players in uniform at a game, then every player will participate in each game for a minimum of one at-bat. If a tournament team has twelve or fewer players in uniform at a game, then every player will participate in each game for a minimum of six consecutive defensive outs and bat at least one time. Beginning with the 2018 season, Little League has provided more structure for how managers must ensure all their players are meeting their mandatory play requirements. A manager’s failure/refusal to insert players into the line-up as outlined in the rule shall result in immediate ejection of the manager and removal for the remainder of the International Tournament. There are no mandatory play requirements at the Senior League levels.

It’s important for parents to be reminded that participating in Tournament Play is a choice, and that while it is a privilege to play, it is also a commitment with added practices and games. If you realize that your son or daughter has several conflicts, it may be a wise decision to pass on a tournament selection, and allow another Little Leaguer® to share in the experience. For those parents who decide to skip Tournament Play or those who have a Little Leaguer who did not make All-Stars, there is plenty of other opportunities to play in the summer through Little League’s Special Game Program.



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