All Star Season
All Star Teams (AAA Tier) are formed in the Minor, Major, Intermediate, Junior and Senior Divisions, assuming there are enough interested players. Additional teams, called Select Teams (AA or A Tiers), may be formed where there are enough players to have two teams in one Division.
Players may try out for the All Star or Select Team in their Division if they meet the following requirements:
- Played on a North Regina Regular Season team.
- Live in or attend school within the NRLL boundaries (for Major Division and above).
- Are of legal age for your Division.
- Age 9 for 9U
- Ages 9 and 10 for Minor
- Ages 11 and 12 for Major
- Age 11-13 for Intermediate
- Ages 13 and 14 for Junior
It is mandatory that players play within their designated Division. Minor (10 year old) players who played Major during the Regular Season are eligible to play on the Minor All Star team but not the Major All Star team.
All players will attend evaluations for the All Star Season. Players will be evaluated on individual skills and abilities by impartial and Independent Evaluators. Selection criteria include:
- eligibility, availability, ability, skills, desire and specific team needs.
- player’s behaviour throughout the Regular Season was aligned with the Players Code of Conduct (i.e. a positive attitude, sportsmanship, teamwork and regular participation).
The All Star program provides an opportunity for players to continue playing highly competitive baseball throughout the summer. Players are selected to represent their clubs, and perhaps their province, at the highest level of Little League Baseball.
All Star and Select teams train throughout July and compete in Little League tournaments throughout July and August.
The All Star Season requires a larger time commitment than Regular Season and travel to tournaments is necessary (i.e. within Canada and perhaps the USA). Players are expected to attend all practices and games. Vacations or other commitments that prevent a player from being available must be discussed with the Head Coach immediately upon being offered a position on the team. Player availability may prevent a player from being selected for a team.
Players may be required to submit a performance bond to be determined by the team and All Star Committee. This is to ensure the commitment is fulfilled and another player doesn’t miss out on an opportunity to play.
The All Star and Select teams are eligible to play in District, Provincial and National Championships. Dates for 2020 are TBD and will be updated here as soon as they are available.
10U Division Selects – They are eligible to enter the 10U Invitational Tournament as well as other local 9U & 10U Little League, Cal Ripken & Babe Ruth or Minor Invitational Tournaments. They may also enter the Little League Alberta Minor Prairie Championship tournament. There is no Little League Minor Canadian Championships.
Minor Division All-Stars – They are eligible to enter the Minor Provincial Championship Tournament, Little League Alberta Minor Prairie Championship tournament as well as other potential tournaments. They may also participate in inter-league play in preparation for tournaments. There is no Little League Minor Canadian Championships.
Major Division All-Stars – They are eligible to play in the Major Provincial Championship Tournament. If they win, they will represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Little League Championship tournament. The Canadian Champion advances to the Little League World Series held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Intermediate Division All-Stars – They are eligible to play in the Intermediate All-Star tournament. Depending on the number of teams in Saskatchewan, they have an opportunity to represent Saskatchewan at the Intermediate Canadians. The winner of the Canadian Championship advances to the Little League Intermediate World Series held in Livermore, California.
Junior Division All-Stars – They are eligible to play in the Junior All-Star tournament. If they qualify, they will play in the Little League Saskatchewan Junior Provincial Championships (if there are enough teams) with a chance to get to the Canadian Junior Championship tournament. The Canadian champion advances to the Junior World Series held in Taylor, Michigan.
AA Teams – In addition, NRLL offers the opportunity to form AA teams that will compete in AA Interlock league play in June and July. All NRLL AA teams have the opportunity to attend the Little League Alberta Prairie Championship normally held during the August long weekend.
In 2019, the initial cost to play was $280, which included the team uniform, practice gear and registration. Travel is additional and can be extensive, so many teams participate in fundraising to help cover these travel costs.
For Major and Intermediate Divisions, some or all of the travel to the National Championships (and World Series events) is covered by Little League Canada.
Managers|Coaches of the All Star and Select teams are chosen by the All Star Selection Committee, made up of members of the Board of Directors and Executive.
Once the application process opens, Coaches|Managers will apply on-line. Coaches will then be short-listed and interviewed by the All Star Selection Committee. Short-listed coaches will be required to attend All Star evaluations to observe players in their Division. Players will be independently evaluated and All Star Coaches will then draft their teams, following a similar draft process used for Regular Season. The Coach will select Assistant Coaches which will also be approved by the All Star Selection Committee. Any Coach wishing to be considered for an All Star team must have coached during the Regular Season for at least 60% of the games played in that Division.