Division All-Star teams are chosen for the Minor, Major, Intermediate and Junior divisions each season to compete in Little League tournaments after the regular spring season.
The Minor, Major and Junior All-Star teams will be eligible to play in district, provincial and national championship tournaments as follows:
Minor Division All-Stars - Minor AAA Provincial Championship Tournament, Minor All-Star Invitational Tournament and Little League Alberta Minor Prairie Championship tournament. If we have enough interest and coaches for Minor All-Star Teams, there will be interlock games in preparation for tournament play. There is no Little League Minor Canadian Championships.
Major Division All-Stars -Major AAA Provincial Championship Tournament, Prairie Regionals. If MHLL wins, they will represent Alberta at the Canadian Little League Championship tournament. The Canadian Champion advances to the Little League World Series.
Junior Division All-Stars - Junior All-Star tournament. If MHLL qualifies, they will play in the Prairies Championships if there enough teams, with a chance to get to the Canadian Junior Championship tournament. The Canadian Champion advances to the Junior World Series.
The All-Star teams may also play in various tournaments throughout June and July.
In addition, MHLL offers the opportunity to form AA teams that will compete in AA Interlock league play in June and July. All AA teams have the opportunity to attend the Little League Alberta Prairie Championship normally held during the August long weekend to end the All-Star season.
Communication and Timing of All-Star Team Selections
All-Star assessment weekend will be May 25th, 26th, and 27th for all levels in 2018
A notice will be issued by either the League or one of the divisional coordinators regarding the tryout times and locations for All-Star teams in each division. District All-Star teams will be selected on or after the date specified by Little League International each year. All-Star teams will be disbanded after their District, Provincial, National or International play has ended. AA teams will be disbanded after Inter-lock league and tournament play is completed.
The parents will be informed of the number of games, tournaments, practice commitments, additional team fees, and any volunteering that is required, the Coach/Manager. Any player chosen for an All-Star AAA or AA team will be assessed additional fees.
Managers and Coaches
Managers/Coaches of the All-Star and Select teams are chosen by the MHLL Board of Directors' and Executive. Applications by interested Coaches are submitted for their review prior to April 15th of each year. The appointed Coaches will each be partially responsible for the selections for their respective teams. The Coach will also select his/her assistant coaches which will be approved by the MHLL Board of Directors. Any coach wishing to be considered for an All-Star team must have coached during the regular season at least 60% of the games played in a division.
Any player may try out for an All-Star team for which they are eligible to play based on their age and residence eligibility requirements. For All-Star picks, you must play on a league team and be of legal age for your division. For All-Star teams these ages are KP8 and KP9, Minors, 11 and 12 for Major, 13 for Intermediate, 13 and 14 for Junior.
All players must play at least 60% of their league scheduled games.
It is mandatory that players play within their designated division and age group for All-Star.
KP8 and KP9 and Minor age (10-year-old) players who played up a division in Major during the regular season are eligible to play on the Minor All-Star team but not the Major All-Star team.
Selection Process and Criteria
Players will be rated in an unbiased manner during the selection process where individual skills and abilities will be noted and rated by impartial assessors.
Selection criteria are eligibility, availability, ability, skills, desire and specific team needs. They will be considering in addition to baseball skills, a players’ behavior throughout the entire baseball season and its consistency with the Players Code of Conduct including a positive attitude, sportsmanship, teamwork and regular participation.
The players are expected to make a commitment to try and attend all practices and games. If a player is notified about being selected to an All-Star or Select team, the parents should let the head coach know if vacations and other conflicts will prevent the player from participating. Player availability may affect team selection.
The fees for each team will be determined by that team’s coaches based on expected team expenses. Typically, fees range from $250 - $450 per player. Additionally, parents are expected to purchase a hat, pants, belt and socks for their player to coordinate with the MHLL uniform, which is theirs to keep. Jerseys are provided by MHLL and are returned at the end of the summer. Parents are also responsible for the travel costs to and from out-of-town games as well as accommodations.
For more information regarding our All-Star program please contact Kevin Suhai.