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All Stars Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: How many All Star teams are there?

A1: Each spring, SDLL competes in the North Carolina Little League® All Star Tournament. The makeup of each team is tied to the player’s league age. SDLL enters the following teams made-up of players from generally the following SDLL divisions into the tournament:

7-8 Team: Players league age 8 or 7 from SDLL Rookie, A, and AA teams

9U Team: Players league age 9 or 8 from SDLL AA or AAA teams

10U Team: Players league age 10, 9 or 8 from SDLL AAA and Majors teams

11U Team: Players league age 11, 10 or 9 from the SDLL AAA and Majors teams

Little League Team: players league age 12, 11 or 10 from SDLL Majors teams

Juniors/Seniors: players league age 13 and up from the SDLL division Juniors/Seniors

The number of teams sponsored by SDLL may vary per age division based upon on the tournaments offered by Little League, coach availability, and number of players.

Q2: Is there a number of regular season games that a player must participate in to be eligible for All Star team consideration?

A2: Yes. Though it is to a player’s advantage to attend all of the games (so a full evaluation / assessment of a player’s ability can be determined by the coaches within the division participating in the selection of each All Star team) Little League mandates that players play in a minimum of 8 of all regular season games. Only players with an approved medical waiver may be exempted from this requirement.

Q3: My child got a waiver to play in SDLL in the regular season. Are they eligible to be an All Star?

A3: Per Little League® International, only boys and girls who reside or go to school within SDLL’s boundary (or have an approved II[d] waiver) may play on SDLL's All Star teams. The boundary map may be seen here on Little League® International’s website.

Q4: How are All Star players and coaches determined?

A4: Each All Star team has a minimum of twelve players. For all teams except Little League, each SDLL manager for the A thru Majors division attends a meeting with the SDLL Player Agent to present statistics and discuss potential, age-appropriate All Star candidates from their division. All coaches nominate, and vote for the top nine players. The remaining players are chosen by the All Star Team Manager utilizing recommendations from coaches, statistics, and knowledge of players.

For the Majors’ division only, six players are chosen based on a vote by ALL players in the Majors’ division, three players are chosen based on a vote of the Majors’ Team Managers, and the remaining players are selected by the All Star Team Manager (see paragraph above).

Once All Star candidates are determined, the candidates' families receive an interest survey from the SDLL Player Agent. The interest survey details All Star requirements, including time involved, cost, travel and more. Families must respond within the time period indicated and are asked to accept, indicating their candidate would be interested in playing on the All Star team and would like to be further considered, or reject, declining any and all invitations to play on the All Star team. While many families do wish to have their player further considered in the All Star process, others decline indicating they do not wish to be further considered as the candidate's family may have other interests, plans or time constraints.

Each All Star Team Manager must be a uniformed SDLL coach for the present season. The Little League (Majors) All Star Team Manager must coach in the Majors division.

Uniformed SDLL coaches submit an interest in managing an All Star team to the SDLL President.  The team manager candidates are presented to the SDLL board by the President, and all team managers are nominated and approved by the SDLL board after the initial first nine (9) players for each team are selected.

Q5: Is a player league age 9 and playing in the baseball A division eligible for an All Star team?

A5: Yes. However, players league age 9 are too old for the 7-8 All Star team, and have a difficult candidacy for the other All Star teams due to not playing SDLL kid pitch baseball.

Q6: How much time is required for All Stars, and is there a cost?

A6: Practice is a minimum of six (6) to seven (7) days a week for approximately two (2) hours each day. Practices begin during the EOST; the duration is dependent upon each team’s tournament success (the one exception is the Little League Division team, whose All Star season could continue through the end of August). The 7-8 All Star team will play four games in one weekend (double headers each day) and possibly the Monday after the weekend pool play. The remaining All Star teams will have two games or more, with most tournaments starting on a Thursday or Friday night. All Star players are required to attend all practices and tournaments unless excused by the All Star Team Manager.

All Star player fees include uniform, practice and tournament fees.  Fees are no less than $125, and are collected by SDLL the first week of June. Additional cost includes travel cost to and from all District, State, Regional and National tournaments, including food and possible daily lodging cost.  

Q7: What documentation is required for All Star play?

A7: The League Player Agent prepares an affidavit to be signed by the President of the League confirming each All Star player’s eligibility to represent SDLL in the District, State, Regional or National tournament.  As required by this process, all parents or legal guardians of an All Star player candidate must present an original birth certificate, a copy of utility bill (dated from February of the current year or earlier, up to and including March of the previous year), a copy of a telecommunications bill (dated February of the current year or earlier, up to and including March of the previous year) and driver’s license (preferably matching the utility and telecommunications bill).

If playing in the league due to a school exception, parents of the All Star player candidate must present official school enrollment documentation for the current school year and an original birth certificate only.  Given All Stars occurs at the end of school year, parents are advised to ensure they have this required documentation prior to the school closing for summer.

All original birth certificates will be returned to the applicable All Star player at the end of the All Star tournament play.

All Star required documentation is collected the first week of June at a place, date and time determined by the Player Agent.  All questions and concerns regarding documentation requirements is to be addressed to the SDLL player agent at [email protected].

Q8: When and where is District 6 North Carolina Little League Tournament? State Tournament? Regional Tournament?

A8: For all teams except Little League®, the last weekend in June is generally scheduled for the District 6 Little League tournament play.  For Little League®, tournament play generally begins the first weekend in July. Recently, tournament games have been played in Wilson, North Carolina, at Gillette Athletic Field.

North Carolina State Tournaments (for all District Champions) rotate around the State with each district receiving opportunity to host. The 7/8 year old and 8/9 year old tournament is generally played in Wilson, North Carolina as well, but all the other tournaments vary location from the Mountains to the Coast.  

Recently, Regional Tournament for 8/9/10 and 9/10/11 have been played in Greenville, North Carolina, at Elm Street Park in late July.  However, as of 2020 Greenville will be hosting the Little League® Softball World Series in August and Wilson, North Carolina will now be hosting the Regional Tournament for 8/9/10 and 9/10/11 in July.   The Little League® Southeast Baseball and Softball Regional Tournament is always played in Warner Robins, Georgia, in early August and the Little League® World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania is mid to late August.  

Q9: Any other questions and concerns?  

A9: Additional questions and concerns may be addressed to the league at [email protected] or SDLL player agent at [email protected].

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