Selection Process Explained
By Dinah Pearson
July 19, 2006
Thank you, Dave for reminding people to get involved! There's
always more than enough work to go around.
All-Star selection currently follows, with little deviation,
the method Dave explained.
In Ketchikan Little League, for as many years as I have been
involved, the process has been much the same. First, ballots
are passed out to all the eligible players. On the ballot are
the regular season players. The kids vote for the top 7. This
year, in junior league, it was the top 12....essentially the
Next, the top picks of the
players BY ORDER OF MOST VOTES RECEIVED... goes to the selection
committee. This committee is made up of managers from the league.
Not board members, not parents .not big, scary, shady political
monsters .just the managers that have played with these kids
all season long. Yes, some managers are fathers that is the nature
of youth sports.
Let me add, that despite what
people like to think there are actually some managers and coaches
whose kid(s) do NOT make the team. I know that ruins the conspiracy
theory of how kids make the team but that's how it works.
To the players' selections, the managers discuss openly which
next 2 or 3 players to add. Managers recommend and discuss who
they believe will be an asset to the team. These are voted on...not
secretly...but in an open forum. Finally, the all- star manager
is allowed to add the final 2, if he wants to.
Using this process, the majority of the team is selected by the
players. Managers are allowed to evaluate who is selected and
which areas may be lacking, in order to make decisions about
team dynamics. (Is there another pitcher that didn't get picked?
Does the team need another catcher? How does our outfield look?
Etc.) This method, the method recommended by Little League International,
gives very, very little opportunity for the alleged "political
favoritism" that parents squawk about when their kid doesn't
make the cut.
It's a great method and I think it works. We've sent State Champions
south to Regionals using this method. Regrettably, whenever someone
needs to place blame...the conspiracy theory is easier to swallow
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: " Ketchikan Baseball
Fan, advocate of the fair selection process, attendant of many
drafts, active board member, and mother of a son who DIDN'T make
all-stars (...but I'm not cryin' about it)."
League: Get Involved in the Process By Dave Timmerman - Ketchikan,
AK - USA
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