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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:

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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

Intermediate Team: players league age 13, 12, or 11 from Intermediate and Majors teams

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

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8U Team: Players league age 6, 7, and 8 from SDLL Rookie and/or Minors teams

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

11U Team: Players league age 11, 10, 9 from SDLL Minors and/or Majors Teams

12U (Little League) Team: Players league age 12, 11, 10 from SDLL Majors Team


The number of teams sponsored by SDLL, up to 2 per group listed above, may vary per age division based 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 regular season games. Only players with an approved medical waiver from Little League International 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 or received FULL ELIGIBILITY from Little League) 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 email from the SDLL Player Agent or the SDLL Softball Player Agent. The email 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 or reject, declining any and all invitations to play on the All Star team for the current Spring season. While many families do wish to have their player 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 for both baseball and softball must coach in the Majors division.

Uniformed SDLL coaches submit an interest in managing an All-Star team to the SDLL Coaching Coordinator.  The team manager candidates are presented to the SDLL board by the Coaching Coordinator, 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 $150, 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. 

If your child's current school is in Little League boundaries, 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 that 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.

If your child's school is not in the Little League boundary, 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).

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 immediately following All-Star selection 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] or SDLL softball player agent at [email protected].

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

A8: 

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For all teams except Little League®, middle of June is generally scheduled for the District 6 Little League tournament play.  For Little League®, tournament play generally begins the last weekend in June. 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 the opportunity to host. The 7/8 year old and 8/9 year old tournament is generally played in Wilson, North Carolina, but all the other tournaments vary location from the Mountains to the Coast. 

Wilson, North Carolina will now be hosting the Regional Tournament for 8/9/10 and 9/10/11 for baseball in July.

The Little League® Southeast Baseball Regional Tournament is always played in Warner Robins, Georgia, in late July.

Little League® World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania is mid to late August. 

SOFTBALL

For softball teams, the middle to third week of June is generally scheduled for all District 6 tournaments. The District 6 tournament location rotates among locations in District 6. For 2024, the District 6 tournaments will be held in Person County, NC starting the weekend of June 14th.

The Little League® Southeast Softball Regional Tournament is always played in Warner Robins, Georgia, in early August.

Since 2020, Greenville, NC has hosted the Little League® Softball World Series in 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]. Softball questions should be addressed to our SDLL softball player agent at [email protected]

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