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Devon Strafford Little League
DSLL Baseball Tournament Program

Devon Strafford Little League organizes and supports a number of post-season tournament baseball teams to participate in both Little League International and District 27 tournament play. 

As mandated by Little League rules, team announcements are not allowed to be made until June 1.

It is the intent of Devon Strafford Little League to field competitive teams, and provide them the best chance to advance through the tournament.

Selection Process

The selection criteria used will include:

  1. Evaluation based on 1 or 2 tryout sessions.
  2. Input by regular season DSLL managers and coaches.
  3. Input by players via All Star game participant selections (voted by players).
  4. Regular season performance including attitude, commitment, and teamwork.
  5. Player availability and commitment to attend all practices and games.
  6. Player must have played in 60% of their regular season DSLL games. 

Players can be selected for one tournament team only.  For example , a player who is league age 9 can play for either the 9 year old team or the 9-10 year old team, but not both.

All selected players and team rosters will be approved by VP Baseball and President.

Uniforms

Uniforms include a game jersey with name and number, practice shirt, pants, hat, and belt. 
 
Mandatory Play

Tournament team play is Little League Baseball at its highest level.  Little League Baseball Tournament Rules mandates playing time based on roster size.  For rosters with 12 or less players, minimum playing time is six consecutive defensive outts and one at bat.  For rosters with 13 or 14 players (Little League recommended), minimum playing time is one at bat.   Playing time in addition to the mandated minimum will be determined by the manager.  The decision of the manager regarding playing time is final.

Hosting Responsibilities

As part of the DSLL tournament program, DSLL will be hosting multiple games in multiple tournaments.  All tournament players, coaches, and parents will be required to support the program by performing specific hosting duties for tournament games. Please note that parents will not be asked to perform these duties at games in which their children are involved.
 
Hosting Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
                              Field Preparations
                              Game Directors
                              PA  Announcers
                              Scorebook
                              Scoreboard
                              Concessions

Manager & Coach Selection

Tournament Team Managers will be selected based on a nomination (can be self-nomination) to the VP Baseball with approval of the DSLL Board.  Selection criteria will include managing and coaching experience, knowledge of tournament play and rules, recommendation by DSLL membership, commitment and availability, and history of enthusiastic leadership.  In addition, those selected need to meet the requirement of having managed or coached at their respective level during the DSLL regular season.

Additional Information

All players selected for tournament team play and their parents will be asked to review and sign a 'Letter of Commitment'.  This letter will confirm the time commitment, the competitive nature of tournament baseball, minimum playing time requirements, and volunteer needs.

There will be additional costs associated with participation in the program that include tournament fees and uniforms and other fees.