2021 All Stars
ALL-STAR AGE STRUCTURE
THE ALL-STAR EXPERIENCE
All-Stars is an extracurricular activity offered by the EPGSL. It's an entirely different experience and season than the regular season is.
The All Stars experience is a unique opportunity for softball players and their families to build new friendships in the context of a competitive softball experience. There's also some difference in Age Eligibility and Structure from how the IN-HOUSE league is run. We encourage every parent to read the entire summary so they understand the entire All-Star process. Don't hesitate to Contact Us if you have any questions about All-Stars.
If your not sure what your daughter's league age is the chart is ABOVE.
What A 2019 All Star Season!
All Stars have come to a close, but not before a tremendous amount of success. Every one of our girls fought hard to show the City, the Suburbs, the State and even the Midwest what EPGSL softball is all about.
The most success came from our 10U Green and our 16U teams. The 10U Green team lost their first game in the state tournament to River Forest putting them in "losers bracket". They had to fight back with seven, yes seven straight wins including beating the River Forest team twice by slaughter in the Championship games winning the Little League 8-10 year old Illinois State Championship.
Our 16U team, which was actually a mix of 14U and 16U players finished pool play at State in 2nd place and forced a rematch of the only loss they had in the tourney for the State Championship game. The girls put their loss the day before behind them and took charge, beating a very tough Tri-County team to win the Little League Senior Illinois State Championship. As State Champions, they went on to represent Illinois in the Little League Central Regionals in Byron Center, MI. Going 3-2 in the regionals, EPGSL was eventually eliminated from the tourney by the team from Iowa, finishing in 3rd place overall for the Central Region. The only two teams EPGSL lost to were the teams that finished #1 and #2 in the region. The champion of that tournament, the home team from Byron, MI, is currently 3-0 in pool play of the Little League Senior World Series in Delaware.
The 8U Green team won the EPGSL tournament and finished 2nd in Homewood with a strong showing in the Orland tournament as well.
The 10U Black team, The Killer B's, did not let being considered a B-team phase them as they had strong showings in each of their tournaments including a Championship in the Niles All Star Tourney. This is the first championship for an EPGSL B-team.
Our 8U Black and 12U teams gave it their all, but did not end up with any tournament championships. The girls all locked in some great all star experience which is sure to help them out in the future.
CONGRATS TO ALL OUR ALL STARS!
PLAYER SELECTION: ALL-STARS ARE OPEN TO ALL-GIRLS!
Cost is $150 and the fee must be paid immeditaley to the manager when accepting being on the team. The league does except post dated checks up to July 7.
A tryout will take place for ANY interested girl by LEAGUE AGE sometime during the first two weeks of June. The league will post the tryout dates on the website and make announcements during the season.
Some players, depending on their league age (see Structure below), are eligible to tryout for two teams during a given season. However, a player may practice with and participate on only ONE tournament team during a given season. The exception to that would be if there were multiple teams, and for some reason one of the other teams needed players to complete a game because of injury or for whatever reason.
Evaluation and selection of the players for the tournament team(s) in each age group shall be the sole decision of the tournament manager. Note: Rosters are subject to final approval of the board. The board doesn’t want to get into the business of micro-managing ANY of the league's All-Star team’s selection, and should not be looked to fix what are judgment calls. The board understands that not everybody will agree with the All-Star selections, but will not step in unless we feel the issue is egregious.
All girls must have played in at least 60% of their eligible IN-HOUSE league games. Note: There is an injury, illness or school season exception.
Players participating in Travel Ball at the time of All-Stars shall not be considered for tournament teams.
All players MUST show up for at least (1) of the tryouts to be put on a roster for the official team. Note: There is an injury, illness or school season exception.
ALL-STAR ROSTERS POSTED ON WEBSITE: TBD
Rosters will be posted on the league’s website. Because a player makes an all-star roster, that does not guarantee the player of making the team. All players and their parents must make a commitment to the all-star manager for the time that the tournaments will be taking place before officially making the team. Each tournament team is different and each manager will make those decisions individually. For the most part if you participate on an all-star team it will cover the end of June and most of July or mid-July. Managers may or may not be able to work around your vacation plans. If teams parcipate in the State or International Tournaments managers would probably want a full committment for those tournaments.
THE UNIQUENESS OF ALL-STARS
All stars is often a series of “firsts.” All-Stars is the first experience of truly competitive athletics for many girls. It is the first time to play before large crowds (several hundred at the district level, as many as ten thousand at the regional finals). It is the first time many children feel the pressure to perform and win. All-Stars is also the first time many players are not the best player on the team. They must learn to sit on the bench, contribute when given a limited opportunity, and share the success the team achieves. These “firsts” are challenging for every player, and their parents. This can create a significant learning experience.
PUTTING TOGETHER AN ALL-STAR TEAM
We want to remind everyone that making an all-star team is a privilege and not a right for any player! Just because a player was on an all-star team or flex team during this or previous season(s) does not mean she will make the team this year. And just because a player played a certain role on a team in past season(s) doesn’t mean that role will be the same from year-to-year. Parents and players must understand that you need different kinds of players to put together a good all-star team. That means pitching, speed, power and other intangibles. You can’t have three left fielders or four shortstops. This sometimes means some players in the regular season who may have higher averages or better statistics may not be picked over someone with a particular skill.
EPGSL ALL-STARS HAVE FOUR ENIQUE GOALS:
The first is to provide an intensive clinic/camp type experience. Although only two or three coaches are officially named to the team, frequently four to six coaches work with the team in practice. Precise skills for each position are taught. Intensive work on the finer points of the game are covered. Players are able to develop much more rapidly in this environment, both because of the coaching and the quality of their peers in practice.
The second goal is to provide a great team/friend building experience. As one girl said, “All stars is not about softball. It’s about friends.” Well said! The game is simply the context in which players and their families bond in unique ways and develop significant friendships. The intensity of all stars, coupled with the competitive environment, deepens the bonds of those who share the experience.
The third goal is to build lifelong positive memories. Many people who play in Little League all stars remember it fondly, have memorabilia which they save into adulthood, and remember the experience as a focal point of family life during their childhood years.
Finally, while the EPGSL promotes equal play/participation throughout its regular season program, all stars is different. The fourth goal of All-Stars for EPGSL is to win tournaments. Note: One of the nice things about the Little League program is during its State or International Tournaments at the 14U and under levels there's still some sort of minimum participation rules, so every girl will still get a chance to contribute. In fact it's often how much the manager develops and uses those who would be considered the last few players picked on a team that determines a team's success.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN REGULAR SEASON AND ALL-STARS
All stars is a different experience from the regular season for players AND THEIR PARENTS. It is, as the Little League rulebook says, “a whole new ball game.” Failure to recognize this can create frustration and disappointment for the players AND THEIR PARENTS.
There are four major differences from the regular season parents should note and be prepared for:
First, All-Stars are played by different rules than the regular season. Free substitution and roster batting are not used in tournament play. Other rules restrict substitutions, pitching availability, and player utilization. The result of these rules is that some players will play very little and must learn to cooperate with the manager who makes the playing time decisions.
Second, your child will fail more during all stars. While they were a dominating player on the regular season team, she may not be in all stars. Be prepared for this.
Have realistic expectations and help your child adjust to his diminished results. There are still eighteen outs per team in an all-star game, and now some all star must make them!
Third, you will have less control/influence than during the regular season. The IN-HOUSE tournaments are controlled by local leagues and the State or International Tournament is controlled by the Little League Tournament Committee in Williamsport, Pa., through the local District Administrator. EPGSL has no control over tournament operations. While you were able to influence the decisions made in your league by talking with board members, this influence is not available during tournament play.
Finally, the most influential people in all stars are the parents of the players. By their attitude, effort, cooperation, and contributions, the team is able to succeed.
There will be 5 to 8 all-star teams for the 2019 season. Per EPGSL Bylaws, if the board feels there are enough girls to field two competitive teams at any age level, the board will vote on whether to field two teams. The board would love to give as many girls a chance to play postseason as it can, but doesn't want to put a second team together who can't compete, thus making it a miserable experience for players, coaches and parents.
10U DISTRICT TEAM
11U District Team
If the board feels there is enough girls league age 9, 10 and 11-years-old to put together a competitive team we will put together a 11U District Team. Note: The board will decide on the 11U team after the 1OU and 12U District teams have been selected.
The 11U District Team is comprised of players LEAGUE AGE 9, 10 and 11-years old who play in the Petite and Chic Divisions and have participated as an eligible player is 60 percent of the regular season games, with the exception of the school softball season.
If the league chooses the 11U District team can compete with teams from around Illinois for the 11U Little League State Championship.
The team will be comprised of 11U players on the 12U B Team and 9 and 10U Players on the 10U B Team.
12U Litlte League District Team
The 12U District Team is comprised of players LEAGUE AGE 11 and 12-years old who play in the Chic or Soph Division and have particpated as an eligible player is 60 percent of the regular season games, with the exception of the school softball season.
The 12U team generally plays in three tournaments. The league main tournament is the Litltle League Softball World Series International Tournament. The tournament featues teams from around the World. Every district winner advances to the state tournament. The difference in this tournament from the 9-10s and 10-11s is that the Illinois champion advances to the Little League Central Region in Indianapolis and the Regional winner advances to the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore., which can be seen on ESPN. All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.
14U Junior League District Team
The 14U District Team is comprised of players LEAGUE AGE 12, 13 and 14-years old who play in the Chic, Soph and Senior Divisons and have particpated as an eligible player in 60 percent of the regular season games, with the exception of the school softball season.
The 14U team generally plays in three tournaments. The main tournament is the Junior League International Tournament. The tournament featues teams from around the World. Every district winner advance to state. The Illinois champion advances to the Central Region Tournament in South Holland, Illinois hosted by Illinois Little League District 6. The Regional winner advances to the Junior League Softball World Series in Kickland, Washington, which can be seen on ESPN. All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.
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16U Senior League District Team
The Senior League Softball District Team is for girls league age 13-16 years old.
Since there won't be more than two teams at this Division the Senior Team(s) we will set up games and tournaments with other Senior or 16U teams after the high school season.
If there is more than one 16U team the league will choose one all-star team.
The league has an option to choose a Tournament Team (or "All Stars") of 13-16-year-olds from within this division (and/or from within the Girls Junior (Soph) League Softball. The main tournament is the Senior League International Tournament. The tournament featues teams from around the World. The tournament starts with State. The Illinois champion advances to the Central Region Tournament in South Bend, Ohio, hosted by Indiana District 11. The Regional winner advances to the Senior League Softball World Series in Lower Sussex, Delaware, which can be seen on ESPN. All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.