Easton Little League provides the opportunity for participation in Little League sanctioned All-Star Tournaments following the end of the regular season. These tournaments are comprised of All Star teams from the individual leagues throughout Little League Baseball and Softball worldwide. This tournament begins with over 16,000 teams. This is a highly competitive tournament and very intense competition that provides an extraordinary learning experience for each of its participants. It is considered an honor to represent your league as an All Star. While many players desire to make the All-Star Team – not all players make the team. For the players and parents that do make the team, it is very important to understand expectations, requirements, and the commitment required to be on AND remain on the team.
To be considered as a qualified nominee, players must have exemplary skill level, attitude, commitment, and be recognized by peers, managers, and coaches for their playing ability during the regular season:
Skill Level – In the opinion of the individual team manager and coaches, each nominee must demonstrate baseball or softball skills in the top 50%+- of the players within their age group.
Attitude – The player must demonstrate respect for other players, coaches, umpires and league officials.
Commitment – Each player must be willing to commit him/herself completely to the All-Star team and the schedule as set forth by the manager and tournament officials. With the exception of illness, players are expected to attend all team practices, events and games. Vacations are usually not accepted as a reason for non-attendance. Any potential conflicts should be clearly indicated and communicated to the manager of the team prior to committing. Unexcused absences, as determined by the manager, may be penalized up to and including removal from the All Star team. The manager of the All Star team will make the final determination.
Regular Season Performance and Playing Ability – High levels of regular season performance and playing ability will be recognized by peers, managers, and coaches via manager nominations and player/manager voting on said nominees.
In order to be eligible to participate on an All-Star Tournament team, players must meet the following conditions:
Date of birth as required by Little League International
Player must have played in a minimum of 60% of the scheduled regular season games or per Little League International rulebook while registered with Easton Little League.
Player must meet the criteria established by Little League for residence with the Easton Little League boundaries or have an approved Residency Waiver form II (d) or School Enrollment Form on file with the league.
Letter of Commitment signed by player and parent/guardian.
Players are observed during the regular season for their skill level, attitude, commitment and playing ability by division managers and coaches. On or about the ¾ season mark, the managers will meet along with the Division Vice-President and Player Agent present to discuss his or her team members at length and have an open dialog with other managers concerning players. The Managers and Division Vice-President will discuss possible All Star Managers at this time. A list of managerial candidates is submitted to the League President. NO SELECTIONS OF PLAYERS OR MANAGERS ARE MADE AT THIS MEETING. For the remainder of the season, players are closely monitored by all Managers and Coaches.
On or about the last week of the regular season, all-star voting ballots will be distributed to all players within the Division. The ballots will ask each player to select 9 players from each ballot whom they feel would best represent Easton Little League for the All-Star team. There is a separate ballot for the 8/9/10, 10/11 and 11 /12 division. After all players on each team have made their selections, the Division Vice-President and/or Player Agent will tabulate the results.
An All-Star selection meeting will be called by the Division Vice-President. The Division Vice-President, Division Managers and Player Agent will be present. This group will collectively decide before any votes are cast the number of players to be selected to each team based on the talent pool presented. The All-Star Teams will consist of between 13 and 14 players unless otherwise dictated by Little League International. Each Manager briefly discusses players and answers any question that may arise. Each Manager will be presented with two separate ballots, an 8/9/10 ballot and an 11/12 ballot, and will vote for 9 players on each ballot. Each Division Manager has one vote with an additional vote cast per players’ collective vote. The Division Vice-President and Player Agent are charged with tabulating the votes. Any tie votes for the last positions agreed upon will be brought back to the managers and a re-vote for the last positions may occur. The All-Star Manager of each team, beginning with the 11/12 Manager, will then recommend to those present any additional players (from 3 to 5 players) that he would like to add to the team. These selections will be made from those players who were on the ballots but did not receive the top 9 votes from players and managers. This is done to ensure that the All-Star teams that represents our league will have the best mix of position depth, offense and skill to be competitive and successful. A majority of those present must approve the recommendation of additional players to be added to the All-Star team.
All-Star selections are confidential until they are announced to all league members. Selection of teams cannot be before the date set forth by Little League International Guidelines, which is June 1st. All details of the selection process, such as, but not limited to, whether a player was selected by Managers and how many votes a player got, are also confidential. All those involved in counting the votes or at an All-Star selection meeting shall afterwards refrain from discussing any information from the meeting. Failure to observe this rule will result in disciplinary action by the Board of Directors. The All-Star players are announced alphabetically and position of players selected are not to be released.
It is the responsibility of the League President to appoint the managers. Once approved, All-Star Team managers shall have the responsibility of selecting their own coaching staff. The League President must approve coaches.
It is critical that upon selection, parents and child make themselves available to sign relevant paperwork, submit all-star registration fees ($100.00), give and receive important information. Spirit wear will be available for purchase and customizable.
All-Star tournaments begin at the Maryland District 6 level (Talbot, Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne, and Dorchester counties) and progress through several levels of play, depending upon the age group. The District 6 tournament may consist of round robin “pool play” / semi-finals / finals or “double elimination” format based on the number of teams participating in the division and age bracket. The type of format is decided at the District level in May. For dates, locations, and tournament schedules and brackets, please visit www.eastonll.com and select the “All-Star” tab.
The 8/10-year-old All-Star Team can progress to the Regional Invitational Tournament; 10/11-year-old All-Star team can progress to the Maryland State level. The 11/12 (Major), Junior, Senior and Big League teams culminate at a World Series Level. The Major Boys’ All Star Tournament is the tournament that leads to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania shown yearly on ESPN. Each team entered is committed to participate throughout each level until eliminated. While Easton Little League pays entry fees in such tournaments, travel expenses for the players, should they occur, are the responsibility of the parent(s). It is the intent of Easton Little League to enter the best-qualified, most competitive teams possible to represent the League in this prestigious post-season event.
MINIMUM PLAYING TIME
All-Star tournaments operate under Little League Tournament Rules. These rules differ from those used during the regular season. Given that the objective of the All Star tournament is to field the best teams with the best players at any one time, be aware that the All Star Manager is only required to play a player for SIX (6) consecutive defensive outs and at least ONE (1) at bat in the entire game if there are twelve or fewer players on the team. For teams with thirteen or more players, each player must have at least one at bat. It is further required that a Starter and his or her Substitute maintain their position in the batting order. This means that players (typically those that are not starters) on the roster may only get a minimum amount of playing time during tournament games.
ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The acknowledgement of the above outlined commitment is required to be considered for and/or participate on the All-Star team. Failure to sign this form may automatically remove the player from the nominee’s list or from the All-Star team if so selected. The team will be chosen from the list of nominees by Easton Little League All-Star Selection Committee comprised of the individual regular season Managers and a collective vote from the division players. The All-Star selections will be facilitated by the Division Vice-President and the Player Agent. As with any such process, there will be those that do not agree with the committee’s decisions. However, the decision of the committee will be final. If in the event an All-Star player must be replaced after having been chosen for the team, the replacement player will be chosen from the original nominees’ list in the sequence established by the committee at the time of team selection.
** 2019 Tournament Dates & Locations will be posted soon! **