2017 KNLL Baseball All-Star FAQ

Every year, Little League International concludes each Spring season (Baseball and Softball) with a series of post-season tournaments often referred to as All-Stars. This FAQ covers the most common questions regarding Kirkland National's involvement and process surrounding All-Stars.

What is All-Stars?

All-Stars is the colloquial term for Little League International's (LLI) series of post-season tournaments. The Little League World Series, which you may have seen televised on ESPN is one piece of the entire post-season tournament structure.

What is the post-season tournament structure?

Little League International supports many levels of post-season tournament play, each with its own age restrictions and often with different sets of playing rules. The following chart shows which All-Star levels KNLL is eligible to submit tournament teams and their respective tournaments supported by LLI:

Baseball

District 9

States

West Region

World Series

9/10

Yes

Yes

No

No

10/11

Yes

Yes

No

No

Majors

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

*The winner of the District 9 (D9) Junior Softball Tournament receives an automatic berth as the host team in the Junior Softball World Series, held in Kirkland, WA. The first runner-up proceeds to States and beyond. In theory, there could be two D9 teams in the Junior Softball World Series.

What is District 9?

District 9 or D9 is the Little League district into which the KNLL Charter reports. There are 14 total Charters in D9 (i.e Bellevue West, Mercer Island, etc.) and each will field their own All-Star Teams to compete within the district tournament.

Does KNLL Participate in all All-Star levels every year?

KNLL must register and pay tournament fees for each team at each level. In March, KNLL reviews its player registration numbers to determine for which All-Star levels there are a sufficient number of players. The Baseball Division historically registers for all three All-Star levels each year.

How does my child participate in All-Stars?

Each eligible player must submit an All-Star commitment form signed by them and their parent or legal guardian. Eligible players must be within the age range of an All-Star level for which KNLL is registering a tournament team AND must have played at least 60% of their team's games during the regular season. Once they have signed the form, turned it in, and it is confirmed by the Player Agents that they are eligible for All-Stars, they will be put into the selection pool.

Where do I get a commitment form?

Commitment forms will be e-mailed to parents of players who meet the age eligibility requirements. Forms are also available from your child's team manager or here on our website.

2017 Baseball All Star Commitment Form

When are commitment forms due?

The commitment form must be completed and signed by the player and their parents or legal guardian. The form is due to the Player Agent of your Division by May 27th. We request that all players fill out and return the commitment form, even if they are declining selection to an All-Star team. That way KNLL can be sure that every player was provided the opportunity.

What is the commitment to All-Stars?

If a player is selected for All-Stars, they must commit to attend all practices (often held 5-7 days a week starting right after roster announcements) and all tournament games throughout the entire tournament season for that All-Star level. Players are excused for illness, injury with a doctor's note, or funeral.

KNLL also has the opportunity to enter a float in the Kirkland 4th of July Parade each year for its All-Stars. We encourage players selected to the various All-Star teams to make themselves available for this fun event!

What does All-Stars cost?

KNLL does not charge an additional fee if your child is selected onto an All-Star team. However, while KNLL provides an All-Star jersey and hat for each All-Star team player, parents are responsible for acquiring the proper colored pants, socks, and belts such that all players have matching uniforms. In some cases, a player's regular season pants, socks, and belt may already be the proper color and no additional purchase is necessary.

State, Regional, and World Series tournaments are most often held in locations outside of our County. In such cases, parents are expected to pay for travel, food, and lodging for the player and family members that wish to attend the tournament.

Why doesn't KNLL hold try outs?

KNLL believes that the entire season is a try out and we assess a player's performance in real games against other top players across a season of games. We believe this to be a more accurate assessment than a 1 hour test in an artificial game setting where a child could have one off day remove them from consideration.

Who votes for All Stars?

The managers and coaches of the appropriate aged League vote on the top players within that League based on a set of criteria. The process and criteria for selection are stated in detail within the KNLL Local Rules found on this website.

Why do managers' and coaches' children make All-Stars so frequently?

The All-Star selection process is moderated by the Player Agents who ensure that all eligible players are assessed against the selection criteria and are represented fairly during the selection process.

Due to the time commitments required for their positions, managers and coaches tend to be parent volunteers who are the most actively dedicated to teach players the proper techniques for playing baseball and softball. Additionally, KNLL spends a fair amount of resources training those managers and coaches so that they can improve their skills to train young players. The reality is that sons and daughters of managers and coaches often benefit more from this training than other players. A player who has an excellent hitting coach as a dad or an experienced pitching coach as a mom and can work with that "personal coach" every day of the week outside of team practices, is more likely to master certain fundamentals faster than players who do not.

How are the All-Star team Manager and Coach selected?

Like players, eligible managers and coaches fill out a Manager and Coach Commitment form, sign it, and turn the form into their Division VP whether they plan to coach or not. Eligible managers and coaches are those who were entered into the KNLL league management system as one of the three coaches of record for a regular season team AND who have worked in their team's dugout for at least 60% of the regular season games.

When are All-Star player announcements?

KNLL announces rosters of their All-Star teams on the night of the City of Kirkland Championships, usually held within the first two weeks of June.

Where do I find more information on the Player and Manager Selection process?

You will find all the details on our current selection process for Players, Manager and Coaches in the Kirkland National Little League Local Rules.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to send your questions to parentliaison@kirklandnational.com