2024 IMPORTANT DATES

DateTimeWhat
May 1--Player opt-in forms emailed to families
May 6
8-8:30PM
Virtual information session

Meeting link: https://meet.google.com/uwh-sdyb-sis
Or dial: (US) +1 405-673-6839 PIN: 657 055 995#
May 8 --All-Stars managers announced 
May 10
8:00PM
Player opt-in forms due
May 22 Team announcements
June 17-June 23
 --District 7 Tournament - 12s Softball
June 23-June 25 --District 7 Tournament - Juniors Softball
June 29-July 3
 --District 7 Tournament - 10s Softball
July 1-8
 --State Tournament - 11s Softball
July 1-8
 --State Tournament - 12s Softball
July 8-13
 --State Tournament - Juniors Softball
July 13-20
 --State Tournament - 10s Softball

WHAT IS ALL STARS?

Each year, West Seattle Little League selects players to form All-Star teams that play in competitive tournaments against other Little Leagues during the summer. The tournaments progress from the district level (local), to state level, and for some, to regional and national levels. 

All-Stars is not merely an extension of the regular season nor is it a “sandlot’ style summer softball opportunity- this is a high level of play and WSLL is tasked to field the most competitive team it can at various age levels. 

The All-Star players serve as representatives of West Seattle Little League. They are selected by league managers, coaches, and peers based upon their demonstration of skill, sportsmanship, hard work, and character. 

TEAMS


Team

Regular Season Play

Age

10s team
(also known as 8-9-10 team )

AAA Minors/Majors

Primarily 10 year olds who have played in AAA Minors or Majors during the regular season.

Some players who are age 9, and in rare circumstances league age 8, may also be selected. 8 year olds in AA Rookies are not eligible for All Stars.

11s team
(also known as 9-10-11 team)

Majors

Primarily for league age 11-year-olds who have played in the Majors division during the regular season.

Some players who are league age 9 or 10 may also be selected.

12s/Majors team
(also known as 10-11-12 team)

Majors

Primarily for league age 12-year-olds who have played in the Majors division during the regular season.

Some players who are league age 10 or 11 may also be selected.

Juniors team
Majors & Juniors

Primarily for league age 13 and 14-year-olds who have played in the Majors or Juniors division during the regular season.

Some players who are league age 12 may also be selected.


*Players can be considered for an older age group team by designating they are willing to “play up” on the opt-in form. More information in our FAQs.

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

Opt-In
Opt-in form will be emailed to Minors and Majors families. Players who do not opt-in by the deadline will not be considered for All-Stars.

Meet the minimum game requirements
Per Little League International rules, players must have played a minimum of 8 regular season games prior to All-Star selection.  If a player missed games due to injury or illness, they will need a doctor's note. 

Reside or attend school within league boundaries
Players must meet the criteria established by Little League’s “Residency and School Attendance Player Eligibility Requirement".
AND
Meet the age and division requirements for the All-Star team.

TIME COMMITMENT & TRAVEL

The All-Star season length varies depending upon the team’s age and success.  Families should ensure that they are available for daily weekday practice and weekend games starting immediately following the regular season and through the end of July.  The 12s All-Star Team may play into August if they advance beyond the State Tournament.

100% attendance to all activities is expected:
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Team events (Practices/team building/tournaments) generally occur 5 days per week, but can go 6-7 days per week for games and/or tournaments.
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Practices are generally held in the afternoon/evening for 2+ hours.
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Unless there is a compelling reason for an absence (ex: a wedding, a funeral, an urgent medical appointment), players are expected to attend all scheduled activities, including practices, team events, and tournaments.
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Other sports commitments (including travel ball or other league play) and family vacations are not considered a valid reason to miss All-Star practice or activities.

Travel Considerations:
  - Tournament play is not limited to weekends and may require travel/overnight stays during the week.
  - Additional travel expenses may be required.  Hotel stays, meals, and other transportation costs are the responsibility of the player’s family.
  - However, it is West Seattle Little League’s policy that the cost of travel should not prohibit any player from having this opportunity. Consequently, the league may provide financial assistance, as necessary. Contact scholarships@westseattlelittleleague if you have additional questions.

PLAYER SELECTION

The All Stars Managers and Coaches are responsible for fielding a competitive team to play against other Little Leagues.  All Stars are selected through a voting process that includes peers, managers and coaches.  

Please see our FAQs below and our bylaws for a detailed outline of the All-Stars selection process.

Player selections are based on:
- Character 
– consistently demonstrating a spirit of fair play, integrity, adaptiveness, humility, confidence and perseverance (whether winning or losing).
- Leadership – consistently demonstrating a positive attitude, hustle, cooperation, care for teammates on the field and in the dugout, and an overall commitment to the team.
- Skills & knowledge – consistently demonstrating strong regular season on-field performance, ability to compete, experience at various positions, and skill with batting, fielding, baserunning and situational awareness.
 
Players who do not opt-in will NOT appear on any All-Stars ballots

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 you would be comfortable with your player being considered to play up for an All-Stars team above their league age. For example, if you elect for your league age 11 year old to “play up” that means we will include your child’s name on the ballot for managers/coaches to vote for the 12s 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.

How much play time will my child get on the All-Stars team? 
Families and players should recognize that All-Stars Tournament play time is different from the regular season in West Seattle Little League. Every player on the roster bats in a continuous batting order. However, some players may see limited time in the field, as there are no minimum requirements for field time. With that said, everyone who makes the All-Star roster is on the team for a reason, and will be expected to fill a role and contribute in meaningful ways. 


How many players are selected for each team?
This will vary depending on the manager based on tournament playing rules. Typically, most managers field a team of 12-13 players.

Do the Jamboree games count towards the 8-game minimum for player eligibility?
No, the Jamboree games do not count towards the 8-game minimum. Only regular season regulation games count.

How are players selected for a team?
Players are selected through several different mechanisms:
(1) Player vote: all players in the AA Minors and Majors divisions will have an opportunity to vote for 3 players for selection to the All Star teams. The 3 players at each age level with the most votes are selected for that All-Star Team.
Players in the AA Minors division will vote for the 10s All-Star Team. Players in the Majors division will vote for the 11s and 12s All Star Teams. 

(2) Managers/coaches vote:  The manager and one primary coach for each team in the Minors and Majors divisions will vote, choosing from the remaining eligible players. Six players will be selected for the team through this process.

(3) All-Star Manager remaining players selection: The All-Star Manager will then select from the remaining eligible players to complete the team roster.

If my family already has a vacation planned during June/July, how would that affect All-Stars eligibility?
If your child would like to be considered for an All-Star Team, please ensure that they will be available for practices, team-building activities, and games from June through the end of July. If you have planned trips and vacations during this timeframe, please do not opt-in for All-Stars. (The 12s All-Star Team may also compete into August if they advance beyond the State Tournament). 

What will happen if there aren't sufficient player opt-ins?
If we don’t have enough players to field a team at various levels, then we won't field a team.

FORMS & VERIFICATION PROCESS

Players who are selected for an All-Star team will be required to re-submit the following forms in order to determine their eligibility to participate in All-Stars:

(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

All-Star committee

Amy Vattuone, Ashley Clingan, Jacque St. Romain, Sarah Harkins, Vanessa Dunnigan

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

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