ABOUT ALL-STARS BASEBALL

The Little League All-Star tournament is a competitive postseason competition where All-Star teams from each league compete for a District Championship. It is an opportunity for a higher level of play and competition within the regional Little League system. 

If a team wins the District 7 Tournament, then the journey continues to the State Tournament. For Majors, there is the potential to go all the way to the Little League World Series.

Being selected as an All-Star means that you have been nominated by your peers, managers, and coaches for a chance to represent West Seattle Little League in tournament play. This honor means that you have shown skill, sportsmanship, and dedication this season and will best represent the league in competition and character. Before a player can be nominated, the interested family has to "opt-in".

WSLL will yield 3 baseball teams

Regular season division

All-Stars Team

Age

Tournament Season
Limited To

Minors baseball
Can include 10 year olds in Majors playing up

8-9-10 (10s)

Primarily
10 year olds

State

Majors baseball
Can include 9/10 year olds in Minors

9-10-11 (11s)

Primarily
11 year olds

State

Majors baseball

10-11-12 (12s)

Primarily
12 year olds

World Series


For questions on All-Stars, contact [email protected].

2022 ALL-STAR BASEBALL TEAMS

 
8/9/10 (10s)
 
9/10/11 (11s)

10/11/12 (12s) 
Players: TBDPlayers: TBDPlayers: TBD
   
Manager: Nick DatzManager: Chris KraynekManager: Knathan Ryan


OPT-IN PROCESS

Opt-in form closed at 8pm on May 16, 2022

IMPORTANT FAMILY DECISIONS TO CONSIDER

  • Considering the required level of commitment, All-Star play is not for every player or family.
  • 100% attendance to all activities (practice, team events, tournaments) is expected, which may affect work and vacation schedules.
  • There will be practices/events/tournaments 6-7 days per week.
  • Practices happen after school and can last up to 2-4 hours.
  • The season length is variable, depending on the age of the team and depending on how far the team advances. Families should ensure they are available through July and in some cases August.
  • Commitments to other sports/teams are secondary to All-Stars (All-Stars team always holds priority over other teams)
  • Significant travel and expenses may be required. We never want the cost to prohibit this opportunity for a chosen player. Contact [email protected] for scholarships information.
  • Tournament Play rules and expectations are different from regular season play. Not all players will receive equal playing time, many times a player will get only one at-bat and no field playing time in a game.
  • All-Star Managers are voted in by their peers; the selected manager and coaches have a due diligence to field the best competitive team from our league.

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

  • Players must opt-in by 8pm on May 16, 2022. Opt-in form will be emailed to Minors and Majors families on May 8, 2022.
  • Players must meet current Little League International rules for All-Star eligibility (for example, a player must have played in a minimum of 8 of regular season games).
  • Players must commit to being available for all practices and tournament games, unless due to injury, illness, or other circumstances, with prior approval by the All-Star Manager.
  • To be eligible for the 9-10-11 or the 10-11-12 All-Star Teams, a player must be the appropriate age and be able to play current Majors rules (but is not required to be in Majors).
  • To be eligible for the 8-9-10 All-Star Team, a player must be the appropriate age and be able to play current Minors rules (but can be in either Minors or Majors Division). 

PLAYER SELECTION PROCESS

All WSLL Minors and Majors regular season team players and Managers/Coaches along with the selected All-Star Manager will have an opportunity to vote on the players who opted-in. Please see our bylaws for a detailed outline of the All-Star process and how players at various ages are selected.
 
For players who did not opt-in, their name will NOT appear on any ballots. (there are always questions from parents on this asking why their player was not on the ballot).

IMPORTANT DATES

  • May 8: All-Star player selection process email sent to Minors and Majors baseball families
    • May 15: All-Star Managers are selected (All-Star managers will be voted on by managers within each division of play).
  • May 16 by 8pm: All-Star player declaration of intent due
  • May 21-23: Player agents conduct player voting at the Minors and Majors games.
  • June 3: Player selection finalized and announced after 8pm

District tournaments
  • June 25 (tentative): 11s and 12s All-Star tournament begins
  • July 9 (tentative): 10s All-Star tournament begins
    State tournaments
  • July 16 (tentative): 11s and 12s All-Star tournament begins
  • July 23 (tentative): 10s All-Star tournament begins

ALL-STARS REQUIRED FORMS

Immediately upon a player being selected for an All-Star team, the player agents will begin the player verification process and the following forms will need to be provided. Be prepared to provide the following or the player will have to forfeit eligibility.

1.  Player's Original Birth Certificate
2.  LLI Tournament Player Verification Form
3.  Medical Release Form
4.  School Enrollment Form, D II Waiver Form or 3 Proofs of Residency

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does it mean to “play up” for All-Stars?
If you elect during the opt-in process for your child to be considered to “play up” that means that if you would like your child to be considered to play up for an All Star team above your league age. For example, if you elect for your league age 10 year old to “play up” that means we will include your child’s name on the ballot for coaches to vote for the 10, 11, and 12u team. 

If my child is selected for the All-Stars team, what can we expect (practices and games)?

All-Star teams practice at least 5 nights a week with practice length times varying. There may also be some pre-tournament scrimmages in and outside of West Seattle

What are the eligibility requirements for a player to be considered for an All-Star team?
Players must meet current Little League International rules for All-Star eligibility:
- Must have played in a minimum of 8 regular season games. If a player missed games due to injury or Covid-19, they will need a doctor's note. 
- Meets the criteria established by Little League’s “Residency and School Attendance Player Eligibility Requirement".
- Meets the age requirements for the All-Star team: 8-10 year-olds for 10s team, 9-11 year-olds for 11s team, 10-12 year-olds for 12s team

Do the Jamboree games count towards the 8-game minimum for player eligibility?
Only regular season regulation games count towards the 8-game minimum. The Jamboree games do not quality.

How many players are selected for each team?
This will vary depending on the manager based on tournament playing rules. Typically, most managers form a team of 13 players.

How are players selected for a team?
(1) Player vote (top 3 for age) - the All-Star committee will conduct player voting after Minors and Majors games.
(2) Managers vote (top 6 for each team)
(3) All-Star Manager rounds out the team

If my family already has a vacation planned during June/July, how would that affect All-Stars eligibility?
If you already have vacation planned during this time, we recommend you do not submit your child’s name for consideration. The All-Star team is a huge time commitment and players are expected to be at all practices and games. Families should ensure they are available through July and in some cases August.

How much play time will my child get on the All-Stars team? 
Tournament Play rules and expectations are different from regular season play. Not all players will receive equal playing time, many times a player will get only one at-bat and no field playing time in a game.

All-Star committee

  • Ali Scheff
  • Amanda Datz
  • Amy Barrysmith 
  • Amy Vattuone
  • Ashley Clingan
  • Jenny Ignacio
  • Kristin Widman


    For questions on All-Stars, contact [email protected].

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