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                   Introduction

 

International All-Star Teams

The Little League International All-Star tournament includes teams from around the world. It is a highly competitive tournament that provides an extraordinary experience for each of its participants. It is considered an honor to represent your league as an All-Star. International All-Stars is the tournament that leads to the Little League World Series televised each August on ESPN and ABC.

The first step is the District 4 Tournament. Teams that advance out of the District tournament will play in Sectionals. Sectional winners advance to Divisional play. Division winners will represent Northern California in the Regionals in San Bernardino. From there, each Region Champion advances to Williamsport, PA for the Little League World Series.

Teams eliminated early from District play, will continue to play in local tournaments. These tournaments are competitive and include teams from various districts.  

Summer Select Teams

In addition to the District All-Star teams, Walnut Creek and Continental Little League hope to create additional teams for each age group (12, 11, 10 and 9) that will play exclusively in local tournaments. These highly competitive teams will be comprised of players who could not commit to the earlier All Star games or who did not meet the criteria for a team

Player Eligibility

To be eligible for International All-Star Teams or Summer Select Teams, a player must have participated in at least 60% of the regular season scheduled games for which the player was eligible to play. Prior to the cutoff date, a parent or guardian must submit an International All-Star Team or Summer Select Team commitment form via WCLL’s website authorizing their child to participate. 

All players must live within the established boundaries of Walnut Creek Little League, or the league must have on record, approved waivers from Little League International Headquarters in Williamsport, PA. Birth certificates and 3 forms proving residency will be required.

Manager Eligibility

International All-Star Teams: These teams require the manager to have been a regular season team manager or a coach from the Juniors, Intermediate, Majors, AAA, AA or A-ball divisions during the regular season.

Summer Select Teams: Manager candidates must have been regular season team managers and/or coaches from the Juniors, Intermediate, Majors, AAA, AA or A-ball divisions within the last three years. Other qualified candidates may be considered at the discretion of the WCLL Board.

Selection Process: All Stars and Summer Select manager applications must be completed online. Manager applications will be evaluated by the League President. The President will present the candidate selections to the Executive Board for final approval. The manager application can be accessed from the top of the page by clicking manager registration or by clicking HERE

Coaching Staff Eligibility

International All-Star and Summer Select Managers may request his/her coach(s) from any of the regular season managers or coaches approved by the board for All-Stars. Final coach selections must be appointed by the League President and finalized with approval by the Executive Board.

Selection as a coach does not guarantee a spot on a specific team for a coach's child.

Team Statistics

International All-Star Teams: There will be one district team for each of the age groups listed below. Each team will comprise of 12-14 players.

  • Juniors (Baseball and Softball)

  • Intermediate (Baseball)

  • 10-12 (Baseball and Softball)

  • 9-11 (Baseball and Softball) 

  • 8-10 (Baseball and Softball)

Summer Select Teams: Walnut Creek & Continental Little Leagues hope to field tournament teams for the following age groups. Each team will carry a minimum of 12 players with the possibility of more players depending on the number of registrants.

  • Juniors (Baseball and Softball)

  • Intermediate (Baseball)

  • 10-12 (Baseball and Softball)

  • 9-11 (Baseball and Softball)

  • 8-10 (Baseball and Softball)

Player Selections

Selection to either an International All-Star or Summer Select team is accomplished via rankings of the All-Star player pool (players specifically registered to play All Stars). Managers from Majors, AAA and AA observe players from their divisions throughout the regular season, as is reasonably possible. These observations occur from actual games played and games otherwise viewed by this group. The managers from each division will be asked to rank the TOP 15 players from the player pool by age group.  From these rankings, the TOP 8 players will be automatically placed on the International All-Star team(s). The remaining players will be selected to the International All-Star teams from the eligible player pool based on a recommendation by the All-Star manager with approval by the selection committee for each age group.  Manager rankings and other recommendations will be considered in selecting the final District All-Star roster.

No member of the selection committee can have a child of their own in that particular age group (unless they have opted out of having their child in the pool of candidates).  The President will be on each committee unless the above player conflict occurs, in which case, the Director of Coaching would fill the selection committee position and so on.  The function of the committee is to ensure that the final team selection is fair and that the most competitive teams are built for the post season. The role of the committee is to make sure all positions and skill-sets are considered and the final team is approved by more than a single person taking into consideration all aspects of player contribution and team building.

Once International All-Star team rosters are filled, the remaining player pool will be used to make up the Summer Select Teams. The next ten (10) highest ranked players from each age group not selected to an International All-Star team will be placed on a Summer Select Team. Additional players are then selected from the remaining eligible player pool by the tournament team's manager selected for each age group.

Note: In the event there are not enough players for a specific age group to fill a Summer Select team roster, that age group may not be represented. 

Time Commitment

International All-Star Teams: International All-Star Team players are expected to attend 90% of practices and 100% of games. Weekday practices and games will be in the evening and will generally start around 5:00 PM. Weekends are normally tournament game days with game times anywhere from early morning to late afternoon. Often, there will be two games scheduled on Saturdays. The level of competition to be faced by our International All-Star teams will require that players be committed to practicing and playing at the highest level. The team's manager will make the final decision on the team's practice schedule but players should expect to practice any day on which there is no game scheduled.

Summer Select Teams: Summer Select teams will have more flexibility in scheduling. Summer Select teams will compete in slightly less competitive brackets and may offer expanded rosters to allow for families to take vacation time in the early summer. Families who are planning vacations in June and July should consider applying for a Tournament Team rather than the International All-Star team.

Rankings / Confidentiality

Player Rankings: The Player Agent will tally the All-Star rankings supplied by the managers. The final player selection will be presented to the League’s Board of Directors for approval. The Board of Directors will ensure that there are no conflicts of interest during the process. No other person(s) shall be involved or know the order or tally of rankings each player received. This information will remain confidential.

Interfering / Campaigning in the Ranking Process: Walnut Creek & Continental Little League have ZERO tolerance for this type of activity. Any manager, coach, player, parent or guardian interfering with the All-Star process in any way, including campaigning for a specific player(s) will be disqualified from tournament play.

Timeline for Selections

May 13 -  Applications for player and manager participation due.

May 15 - Managers submit completed ballots for player selection.

May 17 - Votes for players and managers tallied.

May 19 - Board certifies manager selections and extends invitations.

May 21 - All Star & Summer Select Managers announced Closing Weekend

May 25 - Manager-pick players finalized

May 29 - Team rosters finalized

June 1 - Teams announced via wclittleleague.org at 12:01 am 

June 6 - Earliest practices begin

June 20 - All Star Tournaments and Summer Select  games begin

August 17-28 International All-Star Tournament Williamsport, PA