All-Star Nomination Policy for AAA and Majors – Westborough Little League Softball
Each year, the Westborough Softball League will field an All-Star team for both 10U and 12U age groups to participate in a Summer League (mid June – July). This team will also play in up to 2 tournaments per summer (Board’s discretion). The team will be comprised of 12 girls and 5 alternates selected by the League Commissioner based on nominations/rankings compiled by the regular season coaches. The roster will include the 2 top rated pitchers and catchers along with 1 alternate pitcher and 1 alternate catcher (if not already included). A player must have played in either the previous Spring (WLL&S OR Gibbons Middle School) or Fall to be eligible to participate. There’s no requirement that a player be selected from every team.
NOMINATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
All managers/coaches are eligible to nominate players to the All-Star team. The process begins with a thorough evaluation of each player (ref. Individual Skills Assessment). Managers/coaches will take into consideration each girl’s previous softball experience, softball clinics, and current season play when nominating a player as well.
The league Commissioner will meet with the coaches after receiving all the player evaluations and tally the nominations. They will identify in rank order the top 20 girls of their age group who are eligible to participate in the summer league. In the event that girls are ranked similarly, the Commissioner will work closely with the regular season coaches to determine final roster invitations. Parents/Players will then be contacted on the decision.
Coaches are to send a message in mid-May to their team asking if a player would like to be considered to play on the All-Star team. All players will be evaluated, but only those interested in playing in the summer will be contacted. Nominations and rankings are to be completed before season’s end (3rd week in May). This will allow the Commissioner ample time to gather nominations, select and contact players and choose a coach. It will also provide the opportunity to practice prior to the start of the summer league which begins mid June. Coaches can call practices at their discretion so there may be some overlap with the regular season. Every attempt will be made to have the team selected and commitments gathered by June 1 (Twin Valley League deadline).
Once the team is formed, the league commissioner will select a manager from the list of parents of the top 12 players who were nominated to the team. The manager must be committed to support the team through the summer. The manager will select up to three assistant coaches from the remaining list of parents (assuming they are available).
If any of the 12 players and 5 alternates selected for the team know in advance that they cannot make one or more of the tournament games, the manager and commissioner together shall select the additional player(s) to fill the roster. In some cases, they may not be someone who has played during the summer league, but possesses the skills and talent to play at the competitive level.
Please note, we ask that players commit to being available for 2/3 of season (4 of the 6 weeks or 8 of 12 games). Alternates need to commit to 1/3 of the season.