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All-Star Selection

ALL-STAR SELECTION PROCESS 

In the interest of fairness and selecting the highest quality tournament teams, Rutland Little League has modeled its all-star selection process after Little League International’s recommendations for a democratic process to avoid accusations of favoritism or dishonesty that often come when such a selection is left to the sole devices of the Board of Directors and/or team managers.

Our philosophy is that we believe that we should be providing the best opportunity for our All Star players to improve their play while engaging in the most competitive baseball games available.

 To that end, Rutland Little League will adhere to the following all-star-selection process, which was duly reviewed and voted in by the Board of Directors for the 2019 season:

1.      It is the intention of Rutland Little League to enter three teams into District-level play:

  • 10, 11, and 12-year old team
  • 9, 10, and 11 year old team
  •  8, 9, and 10 year old team

2.      After being informed of the all-star selection criteria and process by a league officer at a special team meeting, all players and team managers in each division (AAA and Little League) are given a ballot that lists each player in that division.

3.      Each player may select up to 18 players with a minimum of 10 across all teams in his division, who he/she feels is worthy of all-star honors after considering the criteria.

4.      Managers must select the 24 players they believe should make up the all star teams.  The votes of the Manager shall count as two votes.  Managers are encouraged (but not required) to seek input from their assistant coaches when making their selections.

5.      Players and Managers are asked to select players who excel in a variety of areas including: 
a) Fundamental skills (hitting, pitching, fielding, base running, stealing, sliding, etc. 
b) Consistency and precision in overall performance (Did the player consistently make contact when at bat and get on base? Is the player’s head in the game? Does he often make smart decisions, good plays and few errors defensively?) 
c) Adaptability, versatility and flexibility (Often players who make an all-star team don’t get to play the position that he played all season. Can the player quickly adapt to a different position and is he willing to do so? Can he take on an outfield position, just as well as an infield position?)
d) Positive attitude, leadership and SPORTSMANSHIP are other qualities considered.

6.      Once all the ballots have been collected, several members of the Board of Directors who DO NOT have a child being considered in said division, are appointed to count the votes together. The top-30 vote-getters become the ALL STAR SELECTION POOL. After the pool has been determined, the Board of Directors has the right to expand the ALL STAR SELECTION POOL as necessary to ensure that there are enough players in the pool to complete each team.  If the board decides to take such action, no player voted into the top-30 by managers and peers will be removed from the pool to make room. In should be noted that selection to the ALL STAR SELECTION POOL does not guarantee a player a spot on an All-Star team.

7.      After the player pool has been created, the coaches at each division are given additional ballots (2 in Little League, 1 in AAA).  These ballots will have the names of all player pool players eligible for each District-Level team.  Each coach will be asked to vote for the top 10 players on each ballot.  Once the ballots have been collected, a Board Committee will tally votes.  The top 8 players, as ranked by vote counts, shall be guaranteed a spot on the designated team.  In the event of a tie for the 8th spot, only the players who rank higher than the tie that exceeds 8 will be guaranteed spots.  For example, in the case of a 2-way (or more) tie for 8th place, then only the top 7 shall be guaranteed spots.  If there is a three-way tie for 7th, then only the top 6 shall be guaranteed spots.  This is done to ensure that the coach has the most flexibility in determining the team.

NOTE: Any player who receives a unanimous vote from the coaches at their division shall automatically be placed on the all-star team.  Regardless if that puts more than 8 players on the team.

8.      To round out each all-star team once the top eight (+/-) are selected, a committee shall meet to complete the roster of each team.  That committee shall be comprised of all the managers at a given level plus the All Star team coach, the President of the League and the Player Agent.  In the event that the President is a manager or All Star Manager, the VP of Baseball shall fill that seat.  In the event of a tie, the All Star Manager shall have the final voice.

NOTE: The board reserves the right to add coaches to the committee and/or seek input from coaches who represent another division as necessary.

9.      Players chosen to represent an All Star team do not have the ability to stipulate which team to play for.  For example, if a player is chosen for the 10, 11 and 12 year old team, they cannot decline that slot to instead play for one of the other all-star teams that they may be eligible for.

10.   And finally, players selected to an All-Star team must be 100 percent committed to making all scheduled games and practices. In response to the increased costs associated with tournament play, there is a $75 fee for each player to play on an All-Star team. In addition, at least one parent from each all-star player is expected to volunteer to work the All-Star Concessions during Rutland’s Fourth of July festivities, which usually take place July 2-4. This is part of the 100 percent All-Star commitment.

There are also criteria for selection that Little League International says we must adhere to: Eligibility, Availability, and Ability.


Eligibility refers to:

1.      Age

2.      Participation in 60% of the player's regular season (not including as a pool player; as of the date the Tournament Teams are announced) in that division. 

a.      The RLLB Board of Directors may waive the requirement for registered to participate in 60 percent of their teams regular season games for illness or injury. However, for such a waiver to be granted, a physician’s note must be obtained that documents the time-frame from which the player was prohibited from participation in games/practice, and the note must also state that the player has been released for full participation as a player.

3.      Residence, as defined in the Operating Manual and Rulebooks (or a letter from Regional Headquarters specifically noting the eligibility of that player for that division in that league and in that year)

Availability refers to whether the candidate will be able to practice and play with the team. Will the player be away on vacation during some or all practices/games? If so, the league may wish to disqualify the player from consideration.

Ability is solely in the opinion of those making the selections.

 

ALL STAR MANAGERS

In accordance with Little League regulations, the selection of the manager and coaches for all-star tournament teams is up to the Board of Directors. A Tournament Team manager or coach must have been an eligible manager or coach in that division of the league during the regular season.

All interested candidates are invited to submit a written letter of interest to the Board of Directors, citing their coaching philosophies, experience and any other criteria that they would like the Board to consider before making the all-star manager selection.

Managers for each team are selected by the Board from all eligible coaches, regardless of where the child for that coach falls in the balloting.  It is the goal of the League to place the best available person as the managers of the all-star teams.

 

Holden Summer League

It is the intention of the Board to submit at least 1 team per Major and Minor division to the Holden Summer League subject to individual player registration.  More teams could be added based on demand.  These teams would not be considered All Star Teams and are not subject to the All Star Selection Policy, fees or Fundraising shift requirement.

 

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