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All-Star Overview

The Basics

The Little League International Tournament is the most widely known youth sports tournament in the world. At DPLL, there are five levels of tournament play in Little League Baseball® and several within Little League Softball®, with opportunities for players ages 8 to 16. The tournaments start at the District level, and teams must win their way to advance through the International Tournament. The 8- to 10-Year-Old and 9- to 11-Year-Old Tournaments culminate at the State Level, while the Little League, and Junior League, divisions all conclude at a World Series Tournament.

Player Eligibility

Players are eligible for Tournament Play provided they meet the criteria established by Little League’s “Residency and School Attendance Player Eligibility Requirement.” In all divisions, any eligible player who has participated in eight (8) regular season games by the start of Tournament Play in their respective district is eligible to play.

Selecting a Tournament Team

The method of selecting a Tournament Team is to be determined by the local league Board of Directors. While methods vary, Little League recommends multiple groups within a local league participate in a fair selection. These groups may include players, league officers, team managers, team coaches, and volunteer umpires. Little League believes players should have a say in who makes a Tournament Team. It is the organization’s experience that players are often objective in the selection process, have an intuitive respect for fellow players, and appreciate the opportunity for their opinions to be heard.

Number of Players and Coaches on a Team

For most divisions, Tournament teams include a maximum of fourteen (14) players, one manager, and two coaches.

Mandatory Play

If a tournament team has thirteen (13) or more eligible players in uniform at a game, then every player will participate in each game for a minimum of one at-bat. If a tournament team has twelve (12) or fewer players in uniform at a game, then every player will participate in each game for a minimum of six consecutive defensive outs and bat at least one time. Beginning with the 2018 season, Little League provided more structure for how managers must ensure all their players are meeting their mandatory play requirements. A manager’s failure/refusal to insert players into the lineup as outlined in the rule shall result in immediate ejection of the manager and removal for the remainder of the International Tournament. There are no mandatory play requirements at the Senior League levels.

It’s important for parents to be reminded that participating in Tournament Play is a choice, and that while it is a privilege to play, it is also a commitment with added practices and games. If you realize that your son or daughter has several conflicts, it may be a wise decision to pass on a tournament selection, and allow another Little Leaguer® to share in the experience. For those parents who decide to skip Tournament Play or those who have a Little Leaguer who did not make All-Stars, there is plenty of other opportunities to play in the summer through Little League’s Special Game Program.

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