District Tournament ("All-Star") Team
Delta Little League is a member of Indiana Little League District 6. As such, our teams are eligible to compete in district tournaments for several age groups.
Little League Majors Division (culminates in the Little League World Series)
9-10-11 Division (culminates in Indiana state tournament)
8-9-10 Division (culminates in Indiana state tournament)
District 6 holds its own Coach Pitch tournament that is not sanctioned by Little League International.
Little League All-Star Tournaments are no typical tournament. Little League holds the highest standard for verification of coaches, assistants, and players in youth baseball. Preparing a team for the district tournament is more than just picking your favorite player and coach.
Coaches representing Delta Little League must possess the proper temperament to compete with class and bring players from different league teams together to play as a team.
Players are selected based on their skill level, ability to help the team wherever needed, and often their ability to compete under pressure with good composure.
A Little League District Team consists of:
1 manager (the head coach)
2 coaches (assistant coaches)
How does Delta Little League select the "all-star" team?
The manager is ultimately selected by the DLL board of directors
In previous seasons, the all-star manager role was awarded to the DLL tournament winner. There were several issues with this method:
Little League requirements for minimum number of games (12) and Indiana weather delay the end of the season, not allowing announcement of the manager until almost too late
The winning coach may not have a child participating on the all-star team
The coach that wins the tournament may not be considered an appropriate choice to represent Delta Little League in the district tournament
District tournaments for majors, 9-10-11, and 8-9-10 teams allow 2 coaches in addition to the manager for a maximum of 3 adult coaches in the dugout (1 manager, 2 coaches). The 2 coaches are selected by the manager, but must meet Little League eligibility criteria (must have head- or assistant coached during the regular season, passed a background check, and must complete all necessary paperwork).
The all-star selection process is simultaneously one of the most rewarding and most painful experiences for coaches and players alike. There will always be players left out. There will always be parents that feel their child should be an all-star.
As of the 2023 season, the following was the all-star selection process:
Head coaches of the appropriate division were given a list of all players eligible based on league age. Coaches were asked to selected 20 choices for nomination. The nomination list was compiled and coaches were asked to rank the players on the list. Ranks were averaged and the 12 highest-ranked players were invited to participate on the all-star team.