Purpose of Program:
South Park’s (SPYA or the League) All Star baseball program is designed with the intention of providing the more highly skilled players within our Recreational baseball league the opportunity to enhance their baseball experience by participating in a more competitive level of play. The All Star program is intended as a supplement to SPYA’s primary focus of Recreational baseball, and is designed to not sacrifice, interfere, overshadow or diminish in any way the experience that families enjoy via the Recreational program.
As a member of DYB, SPYA fields an All Star Team in each of the age groups (ages 7 – 12) that participate in the coach pitch, minors and majors divisions of the Recreational baseball program. Each All Star Team consists of 12 players and participates in DYB sanctioned tournaments that are held in the Summer months after the completion of each Spring season.
The selection of the All Star Teams is a 9 month process that involves players who participate in the League’s Recreational baseball program and who are viewed as having the potential of being All Stars. The selection process involves the assimilation of Challenge Teams, which generally consist of approximately 15 players who have demonstrated the ability and desire to be considered for, and be a part of, the All Star Team. These Challenge Teams participate in two to three weekend tournaments each Fall and Spring, which provide the All Star coaches the opportunity to evaluate the players’ performance within a more competitive and intense environment.
The 12 players for the All Star Teams are ultimately selected based on their performance in the Challenge Team tournaments as well as their performance during the Recreational league seasons. Selection of the All Star Team participants occurs on or around May 15th.
All players who are part of SPYA’s Recreational leagues are eligible to be nominated to participate in the All Star program. Players participating in the All Star program must register and participate in SPYA’s Recreational baseball leagues during the Spring season. Participation in the Fall Recreational baseball leagues is not required in order to be a part of the All Star process and be a member of the Fall Challenge team, though participation in those instances is left to the discretion of the All Star head coach.
For multiple reasons, formal tryouts for the Challenge team / All Star process are generally not held. Instead, players are nominated by the Recreational league coaches during both the Fall and Spring seasons. Upon accepting the nomination, the head coach of the All Star team will invite the player to participate in practices and Challenge tournaments in order to evaluate their performance against that of their peers. If the number of players nominated in a certain age group exceeds that which can reasonably be expected to participate in a Challenge Team tournament, the All Star coach will hold a series of practices / intra-squad scrimmages in order to select the players to participate on the Challenge Team.
As noted previously, participation on the Challenge team does not guaranty a spot on the All Star roster. A certain number of player cuts have to be made each year in order to arrive at the final roster for the All Star team. Also, participation in the All Star process or on the All Star Team one year does not guaranty participation in future seasons or future years. Due to the fact that the ultimate goal is to field the best possible 12 players for the All Star team and the fact that players’ abilities change from season to season, some change in the make-up of the team is almost sure to occur year over year.
The head coach of the All Star team reserves the right to modify the roster of the All Star and Challenge Teams at any time during the process if circumstances warrant such a change. While such modifications are rare, examples of circumstances under which a player could be dismissed include consistent absences from practices, lack of participation in tournament games or disciplinary issues. Participation in the All Star process is viewed by the League as being a privilege, and players, coaches and parents are expected to exhibit a high level of personal conduct and excellent sportsmanship.
All Star baseball has very different “minimum play” requirements than Recreational baseball. For example, Recreational baseball rules require that no player can sit out two innings on defense until all players have sat out at least one inning. There is no such requirement in All Star baseball. As long as the All Star coach meets the minimum play requirements of DYB and Challenge tournaments, they have full discretion as to player time and positioning.
The All Star program involves a significant time commitment over and above that which is required for Recreational baseball. Players in the All Star program are expected to participate in additional practices (usually one per week during the baseball seasons) and occasional weekend Challenge tournaments in the Charlotte area. Parents should understand clearly that these practices and Challenge tournaments are not optional, and that the tournaments often consume the entire weekend.
If your son is selected for the actual All Star team, then in addition to the time commitments noted above, they will be expected to participate in the DYB district tournament in June / July and, if they are successful in the district tournament, continue their participation through the DYB state tournament held in late July and possibly the DYB World Series held in August. The district tournaments are held locally and involve games over a 5 – 7 day period. State tournaments and the DYB World Series are held at out of town locations, require travel and hotel stays and can last for up to a week. Teams generally practice several times a week leading up to these tournaments.
Players / families should only accept an invitation to join the All Star process, and thus participate on the Challenge and/or All Star Teams, if they are available to participate in the DYB Summer tournaments.
Participation in the All Star / Challenge process involves an incremental cost, all of which is borne by the parents of the team members. SPYA is not responsible for any costs associated with the All Star program. Costs include, but are not limited to, tournament registration fees, uniforms and equipment expense, umpire fees and additional travel costs.