As it gets closer to the end of the regular season, the stands start to buzz with the questions from parents and player alike. I wonder who's going to be on the All-Star team this season? How do they pick these players anyways? It's probably just the manager picking his favorites! As this seems to be a somewhat secretive and confidential process, let me try to explain it so that everyone can understand. It is not at all a secret process. It is not a random selection, but a vote. The procedure can be found in the league Ground Rules section titled All-Stars. Depending on the age group there are two different processes.
Let's start first with the 9/10 year old, and 10/11 year old teams. Typically these teams are made up of players in the older age group for each team. It is rare to find 9 year olds on the 9/10 teams, and 10 year olds on the 10/11 team. Both of these teams are selected the same way. Each Major division team has 3 votes. One for the manager, and one for each of the main rostered coaches. At this time, the 4th coach does not recieve a ballot to vote unless one of the other coaches is unavailable at voting time. Each Manager and Coach receives a ballot listing all of the players eligible for that age division, 9 & 10 year olds on the 9/10 ballots, and 10 & 11 year olds on the 10/11 ballots. All voters select who they believe are the best 8 players on each of these team ballots. Once voting is complete. The votes are totaled and the top 12 players to receive votes are placed on their respective teams. Once Managers are selected, the Manager of the team has the ability to add a 13th and/or 14th player to the roster to make sure the team has the best makeup and all of the necessary position players in place.
The 11/12 year old team runs a similar process, and like the two younger teams is most often made up of only 12 year olds. The main different for this team is that it has a nomination ballot before the actual voting ballot. When the managers and coaches receive the ballots for nomination, these ballots include all eligible 11 and 12 year olds, except those from their own teams. This is to attempt to remove any special favoritism to their own players and create a ballot with only those players that the entire group of managers and coaches think are the best to represent the league. They must select 8 players from this nomination list. The top 24 nominees are then reviewed by the Board of Directors to make sure no players have been excluded that might have a special contribution to make. Once approved, the final ballot then goes back to the manager and coaches. At this time they can then vote for any player, even from their own team, that deserves to be placed on our 11/12 tournament team. The players who receive enough votes to be the top 12 voted players in the voting are then placed on the team. As with the 9/10's, and 10/11's, once managers are selected, the manager of the team has the ability to add a 13th and/or 14th player to the roster to make sure the team has the best makeup and all of the necessary position players in place.