Q: I’ve noticed various all-star teams that have done well in tournaments over the past few weeks. What exactly are the guidelines that go into picking all-stars for these summer tournaments? Also, what is the progression of tournaments throughout the summer?
A: So for this one I had to get some help from The Lufkin Daily News sports editor, Josh Havard. He explained that the all-star teams are put together with 12-13 boys from the Little League organization in Lufkin who did exceptionally well in the regular season.
“In order to make an all-star team, players are required to play in a set number of league games throughout the season,” he said. “Eligible players are then voted on by the league coaches and organizers in order to put together an all-star team.”
Younger players compete in a district tournament in June before being done. But for older players like the Majors and Juniors, there is more to it. They start with the District 10 tournament, then a Section I Tournament, then the Texas East tournament, the regional tournament (with several other states) and then the world series. So the older kids will play several tournaments before they get anywhere near the world series.
Alternates are selected or will play with smaller teams in case someone on the all-star team is unable to play.
Lufkin’s Little League program has been extremely successful, especially in recent years. In 2017, the Majors 12U All-Stars took the national title in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and in 2018, the Juniors 14U All-Stars won the title in Taylor, Michigan.
Havard also said that cities in the area like Diboll, Hudson, Central and Huntington participate in Dixie Youth Baseball, which has a similar process to Little League for picking out all-star teams. He said Hudson had plenty of success in the past with the Dixie league, even making it to the world series in previous years.