West Seattle set to host state Little League at Bar-S
By Tim Clinton
West Seattle Little League has announced its All-Star baseball tournament schedule, including the state Majors age 11-12 tournament it will host at its own Bar-S complex above Alki Point from July 12-19.
"As volunteers, we will be busy," said West Seattle financial advisor Jon Gearhardt.
At the end of the regular baseball season this spring, a handful of players ages 9, 10, 11 and 12 are picked for tryouts for the WSLL Majors All-Star teams for ages 9-10, 10-11, Majors age 11-12 and Juniors age 13-14. From this select pool, teams of 12-14 players will be picked the managers of the respective All-Star teams.
Many of the players who are selected for the All-Star team have been pitchers, catchers, outfielders and infielders on their respective teams. Many are also leaders. From the selections, the coaches will put together the team they best feel will meet their needs and give the West Seattle All-Stars the most competitive edge. All-Star players may need to adjust to new roles compared to the regular season.
Tournament rules are different than regular season. Unlike Minors, there is no continuous batting order. Also, minimum play requirements are different than the regular season. In some cases, a player may only get a single at-bat and no time in the field during All-Star games.
Players and managers nominations for All-Stars will be made In early May, with letters and applications for tryouts sent to nominated players.
All-Star tryouts and practices begin June 14 at the Bar-S complex.
District 7 all-star tournaments will be held June 28-July 5 at Pac West in Highline for ages 9-10 and 10-11 and at Highline American for ages 11-12.
In other state tournament action, Richland hosts the age 9-10 tournament the same dates and Southwest Washington the age 10-11 tournament July 19-26. The intermediate tournament will be July 5-12 at District 1 (Lynnwood north to the Arlington/Stanwood area).
For more information, read the All-Star section of the WSLL Bylaws posted on the league website at http://westseattlelittleleague.com/