All Star Team Process
When it comes to All-Star teams, it is the intent of Fargo Little League to field a team that will best represent our league in competition and character. All of the baseball players need to have an opportunity to make the team regardless of popularity, school affiliations, or parental influence. For those that are not selected for the team, the details regarding their candidacy shall be held in the strictest of confidence and remain private.
All Selection decisions regarding All-Star teams need to be made with these Board and District approved ideals in mind. Several characteristics permeate our selection process for players and managers for the All-Star teams.
- Skill-level and ability to compete
- Attitude, hustle, team spirit, team leadership,
- Overall character, integrity, and sportsmanship
Winning is fun, but it is very important that we remember that Little League is a child development program and that we are about teaching life lessons, building and demonstrating the positive ideals and characteristics that we hope for all our children.
The All-Star team selection process will begin no sooner than two weeks prior to the first tournament game or on the 15th of June, whichever is first. The all-Star team CANNOT be announced at any earlier date than is prescribed by Little League Rules each year. The all-Star practices typically begin around the third week in June. Practices begin immediately upon team selection and usually run 2 to 3 hours per day and can be up to 6 days a week up the time of the All-Star tournaments. The All-Star tournaments typically begin the second or third weekend in July. If a team were to win the State tournament they would move onto the regional tournament and the Little League World Series that take place in early August to late August.
All Star Player Selection Process:
The All-Star team selection processes will consist of a committee selected by the Board of Directors. The committee will consist of board members and league coaches. At the start of the process coaches will nominate players that they feel meet the needs of Fargo Little League that will best represent the league. If a player is not nominated by a coach, this does not exclude him from the All-Star process. A list of players per age group is put into a pool amongst their peers. The committee throughout the season will keep notes of each player per age group. These notes are strictly confidential. When deemed necessary, the Board of Directors can call for Tryouts to manage issues surrounding fielding the most competitive team. The committee will then choose a roster of 12-13 players per age group that best fit the qualifications assigned by the League and will be finalized by the Board of Directors.
Manager & Coach Selection Process:
All-Star Managers shall be a Manager or a coach during the regular season for the level they wish to manage. A manager or coach that has participated in another youth baseball league may be eliminated from the All-Star participation if their participation in the other league is deemed “detrimental” to league operations.
After the Manager vote and other input are received, the Fargo Little League board shall hold a meeting to discuss the manager candidates and discuss the President’s findings and act upon the President’s recommendation to the board. The President shall seek proxies from all board members not able to attend and those with direct conflicts in the decision shall be excused. Should the board not be able to reach consensus, the league President shall seek counsel from the district administrator and make the final determination on the manager for each team. The Fargo Little League Board of Directors will choose two coaches to help coach the All-Star team. The Board will seek input from the chosen manager. The coaches chosen have to be a rostered manager or coach during the regular season for the selected level and meet all other eligibility requirements.