Players are selected by a combination of a ballot system and tryouts, which is the recommended Little League method.
Tournament team candidates should be selected upon their playing ability and eligibility. The roster should include sufficient pitching strength to meet tournament schedules.
The playing rules for the LL Tournament are slightly different and when you are building each team you need to take into consideration many factors including your pitching and catching depth, speed, hitting capabilities (batting only 9 with substitutions, etc...) That said, the Manager needs to be able to balance out the roster to alleviate as many possible weaknesses as possible. This is the only time of the year that winning takes precedent, albeit in a sportsmanlike manner.
Rules also require that players can only be assigned to one tournament team, based on their league age, unless the team they are assigned is eliminated from play and they are eligible to play for another. If a player is selected to more than one team the player will determine which team the player plays on.
Players need to be available and eligible to play in the LL Tournament. Players must have played in 60% of their teams regular season games (or any other number designated by LLI) to be eligible to play in tournament games.
If there are sufficient quality players in Majors to field a team, then players in Majors get preference to players in the Minors since they have been exposed to a higher level of competition and thus should be in a better position to develop during the season. If there are not sufficient players at the Major's level to field a quality team then Minor's players will be considered.
The overall goal is for the process to be fair and as impartial as possible so that every player has an opportunity to be selected for the tournament team. The next goal is to build the best teams possible so that the league hopefully performs well in the tournaments.
The recommended process for building teams is the 10/11/12 team is constructed first, followed by the 8/9/10 team followed next by the the 9/10/11. This order is preferable since top 11's may be on the 10/11/12 team and the top 10's should stay at the lower age group when possible.
The tournament committee will adopt a process to build Intermediates, Juniors and Seniors teams (as applicable).
We recommend that all teams in Minors AAA and up use Game Changer (or another scoring app that MCLL may identify) so that statistics are available for consideration in the balloting process.
All Coaches at the Majors level (and if necessary minors level) and up should hold a meeting prior on a Division by Division basis prior to the coaches vote to discuss players and observations. This meeting is merely for exchanging information, it is not for the Commissioner or any other person to instruct coaches to vote for certain players.
The League Administrator/Information Officer and/or Player Agent will assemble the player registration data to determine which players are eligible for which tournament based on those that opted-in for consideration, age and sorted by division. Once completed, the data will be sent out to the Manger and all registered assistant coaches in that division for them to select the top 9 players for each age grouping.
The coaches should receive guidance to select the players that they feel are the best players in that age group regardless of what team that they play on. This process should be repeated for each age group presented for that division.
Since the Manager for each team is typically there more than Assistant Coaches, the Mangervote counts double. Therefore, each team has up to 4 votes at each age group.
Votes will be tallied by League Administrator/Information Officer and/or Player Agent. The top 9 players with at least 50% of the vote will be reviewed by the Tournament Committee to verify that it accurately represents the top players for each age group. Upon a majority vote of the Tournament Committee, those players will be selected to the Tournament Team for their age level.
If more than 9 players receive 50% of the vote, the 9 players with the highest percentage will be selected.
In the event of a tie for the 9th player spot the Tournament Committee will conduct a majority vote to decide who gets the final spot(s).
The Tournament Committee will also request the top players for each age group selected through the voting process to attend tryouts to help the Committee confirm their selection accurately reflects their ability.
The Manager of the Tournament team will then hold a tryout to select the remaining players for the team to balance out the capabilities of the team. A team will consist of at least 12 players. A team may have up to 15 players. The precise number of players on the team will vary from year to year depending on the skills of the individual players, needs of the team, and preference of the manager.
The Manager’s selections will then be provided to the Tournament Committee to make sure that the logic used in their selection makes sense and appears to be fair.
If the Committee feels that process has not been followed then they can reject some or all of the Manager’s choices. However, if the candidates are reasonable but there is a difference of opinion or a preference for one player over another then the Manager’s selections will stand.
If the Manager of that team is also a Tournament Committee member then that person will not vote on the fairness of his/her selections.
After the Committee has approved those selections, the Player Agent/Manager will contact the players to make sure that they are available for the LL tournament and gather all of the required paperwork. The Manager/Player Agent needs to be clear with the player's parents that the team has not been formed yet and that it is only a call to confirm a player's availability.
The Manager will not announce any Tournament selections until after the appropriate LL timeframe. If a player will not be available then the Manager needs to nominate an additional player through the Discretionary Players (4.10) process above.
Final vote tallies will not be disclosed to anyone outside the Board of Directors or members of the Tournament Committee unless otherwise authorized by the Board of Directors.