Unfortunately many parents find themselves unprepared for the confusion and scheduling issues that can accompany Centennial Little League Baseball postseason (All-Stars) play. It's the intention of this article to help guide parents through the process to ensure everybody has a great all-star baseball experience.
While the Centennial Little League season begins to take shape, wheels are already turning as the Executive Board plans the full season, including all-star teams and postseason play. Most parents and players are fixated on things like: when and how do I register; what does (league age as of April 30 mean÷ (age of your child as of April 30 for the upcoming season); in what Little League boundary do I live (which determines the Little League in which you must sign up); in what division will my child play; who's going to be on my team; what team am I going to be on; who's the manager; when do practices start; how do I volunteer to coach or manage; when do games begin; when will the schedule be posted; on what days will practices be held; on what days will games be played and at what fields?
Then, after questions begin to get answered, other questions pop up, like what color pants will our team select, what equipment should I buy or when's picture day? All are valid questions as the excitement builds for the start of the upcoming season and eager Centennial Little League families scramble for answers. At this point no one is thinking about the end of the season or what might be in store should their child happen to be selected for an all-star team.
Throughout the season, players start defining themselves through their performance, attitude and leadership qualities as potential all-star candidates. Players are selected to all-star teams by a tryout session at the completion of the regular season. All players are invited to try out for the Centennial All-Star team in the division they played in the regular season. All-Stars is additional to the Centennial Little League Regular Season and is completely optional.
Before families know it, options for postseason play, including all-stars are being presented to them. At this point many families are caught off-guard and are saying to themselves, (Oh no. I've already given work my vacation schedule and we didn't know Johnny would make all-stars, so how are we going to tell our in-laws that we have to bail on the plans we've been making for the past six months...."
Is your child one of the 12-14 players in his or her age group that's all-star material? If so, be prepared. It's an awesome experience and one that you and your child will remember forever. Once teams and coaches are selected, All-Stars tournament play begins. Tournament play begins by playing other team at the District level. The winner of the District moves on to Prairies tournament. From here the winner moves on the Nationals tournament. The winner of the National tournament represents Canada at the Little League World Series.
And more thing. Be prepared to turn over your original birth certificate along with three approved documents showing proof of residence within Centennial Little League boundary.
I hope this clears up some of the confusion on how the Centennial Little League All-Stars process works.