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SYBSA – Williamsport Plan - 2019

SIGN UP TODAY! REGISTRATION CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY MAY 17!

Williamsport F.A.Q.’s

  1. Who should participate – Players who are experienced and skilled for their age.
  2. Why play – It’s competitive baseball, it’s exciting and challenging, it’s Williamsport!
  3. How long is the season – Season is tournament based (i.e. could last through end of July or August if you keep advancing).  Most likely based on our skill… Will last 2 ½ weeks starting the last weekend of June.
  4. Team Selection – See below for specific league age selection information.
  5. Why are there cuts – For Little League this is the most competitive level of baseball and towns are only allowed 1 team per age group, with typically about 13 players.
  6. Vacation & Camp – Players should not register if they envision missing any time more than 3 or 4 days.
  7. Can I sign up for both Williamsport and Summer baseball? YES! Most players will play both Williamsport and be on a summer travel team.  However, players can choose to play only Williamsport.

‚ÄčWilliamsport Tournament - General Info

The Little League World Series is an annual baseball tournament for children aged 8-16. (we typically have participated with ages 11 and/or 12) The tournament culminates in Williamsport, PA with the arrival of 8 International Region champions and 8 U.S. Regional Champions. The tournament begins in late June, with teams from some 8,000 Little League programs from across the globe begin competing in this tournament starting with District Level play.

The progression towards Williamsport looks like this:
a) District Championships
b) Sectional Championships
c) State Championships
d) Regional Championships
e) U.S. National Champion
f) World Champion

There are 16 Districts in Massachusetts. Sharon competes in District 11. District 11 is comprised of the following ten teams: Canton, Hopkinton, Medfield, Needham American, Norfolk, Norwood, Sharon, Walpole American, Walpole National, Westwood

Expressed Interest Requirement

All players in eligible Divisions will be notified by email regarding details of the Tournament per the rules of Little League International. Players interested in being considered for selection to a team participating in the Williamsport Tournament must indicate their interest by registering online at www.sybsa.org prior to midnight on Friday, May 17. They also must have played in at least 60% of the regular season games*.There is no player registration fee to play in this tournament. Full commitment to the practice and game schedule is mandatory.

Player/Coach selection: Week of May 27
Team announcements: Week of June 3

*Regular season games end approximately first week of June (weather dependent).

Player Selection Process for LL12YO
Interested players who complete the 2019 Williamsport Registration by the deadline (Fri May 17 at midnight) will be on the ballot of names to be considered.

The Player Agent shall generate a ballot from the names provided.

Each Major League Manager shall vote for no more than eleven (11) players on the ballot. It is hopeful that all Managers will meet and vote at once together. That way any questions on players can be answered with his/her respective Manager in attendance.

The Top Eleven vote getters will be asked to become members of the Williamsport Team. (The Player Agent may add an additional member of the team if they feel it is appropriate given the voting results.)

The remaining roster spots(s) shall be filled by the current year Williamsport Manager with approval of the Player Agent. Particular attention shall be paid to players receiving the majority of votes.

Managers and Coaching Staff Selection Process for LL12YO
After the Williamsport Team has been selected, the VP of Baseball, with approval of the Player Agent and President shall select the Williamsport Manager.

Manager criteria shall include:
· Team play during the regular season
· Team preparation before a game,
· Demonstration by the team of good fundamental baseball knowledge
· Team sportsmanship
· Knowledge of Little League International rules
· Major League coaching experience.

Once the Manager is selected, he/she shall select two assistant coaches with the approval of the Player Agent and VP of Baseball.

Player Selection Process for Williamsport, 11YO and 10YO
Player selection process for Williamsport 12YO must be completed prior to this player selection process.

Interested players who complete the 2019 Williamsport Registration by the deadline (Fri May 17 at midnight) will be on the ballot of names to be considered.

The Player Agent shall generate a ballot from the names provided.

Each Major and Minor League Manager shall vote for no more than eleven (11) players on the ballot. It is hopeful that all Managers will meet and vote at once together. That way any questions on players can be answered with his/her respective Manager in attendance.

The Top Eleven vote getters will be asked to become members of the Williamsport Team. (The Player Agent may add an additional member of the team if they feel it is appropriate given the voting results.)

The remaining roster spot(s) shall be filled by the current year Williamsport Manager with approval of the Player Agent. Particular attention shall be paid to players receiving the majority of votes.

Managers and Coaching Staff Selection Process, 11YO and 10YO
After the Williamsport Team has been selected, the VP of Baseball, with approval of the Player Agent and President shall select the Williamsport Manager.

Manager criteria shall include:
· Team play during the regular season
· Team preparation before a game,
· Demonstration by the team of good fundamental baseball knowledge
· Team sportsmanship
· Knowledge of Little League International rules
· Major League coaching experience.

Once the Manager is selected, he/she shall select two assistant coaches with the approval of the Player Agent and VP of Baseball.