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Player Selection Process

Majors Level

1. All returning players who were on a Majors team the prior year have the option to return to that team as long as they meet the Little League age requirements. 

2. All players who were not on a SSLL Majors team the prior year, but who are now eligible for the Majors level shall participate in the Skills Assessment as conducted by the SSLL Competition Committee.  Players new to Majors will, based on their Skills Assessment score, be placed in either Group One (in accordance with rule 7) or Group Two for draft purposes.

3. A manager and no more than two (2) coaches approved by the League will automatically get their child on their team.  These players shall be given a player grade determined by rule 4 below or via the Skills Assessment as either a “Group One” or a “Group Two” player.  These players, if new to Majors, will then be placed in the round appropriate with their Skills Assessment score.  (ie a score placing them in the top 8 available players, would deem them a first round pick).

4. The Majors teams will draft from the player pool selecting the number of players needed to bring their teams up to a minimum of 11 or 12 players using a variation of Little League Player Selection System Plan A as set forth in the Little League Operating Manual. 

5. Initially, the continuing Majors teams from the prior year shall list all their returning SSLL Majors level players from the prior year and such players shall be grouped into two categories:

6. All Majors teams first determine their number of “Group One” players as determined in rules 3 and 5 above. (No. 3 above is included so that any new managers or coaches with a child or children who score well in the Skills Assessment are properly reflected in order to minimize “stacking” of a team).  The Majors team with the most “Group One” players shall be deemed the “Group One Baseline” of players that EACH Majors team must roster.  Once this “Group One Baseline” number is determined, then the total number of Group One players, as determined by the Competition Committee after reviewing Skills Evaluation results shall be designated.

FOR EXAMPLE PURPOSES ONLY:       Assume that there are eight (8) returning Majors teams from the prior year and under Nos. 3 and 5 above, their “Group One” players are designated as follows:

Team 1:  4 “Group One”

Team 2:  3 “Group One”

Team 3:  2 “Group One”

Team 4:  2 “Group One”

Team 5:  2 “Group One”

Team 6:  1 “Group One”

Team 7:  No “Group One”

Team 8:  No “Group One”

Total       14 “Group One”

 

  1. Since 4 players per team is the “Group One Baseline” (based upon Team 1’s number of “Group One” players), the total number of “Group One” Players is 32 (8 teams x 4 “Group One” Players).  Since there are 14 “Group One” Players already on Majors teams, that means that the Competition Committee shall designate the top 18 players from the Skills Evaluation as “Group One” players.


7. All Majors teams shall equalize the number of “Group One” players in the early rounds of the draft.  Those teams not eligible to draft “Group One” players in the early rounds of the draft may draft any eligible “Group Two” player.  Once the “Group One Baseline” as designated above is equalized amongst the Majors teams, any team may select any eligible player subject to No. 12 below.

8.
Draft order shall be in the reverse order of finish the previous year during the regular season.  In accordance with Little League Player Selection System Plan A, the draft will continue in this manner for every round of the draft. 

9. In accordance with Little League philosophy, the following shall apply to placing siblings:

    1. When requested by a parent that a player be placed on the same team as a sibling who was on a Majors level roster the previous year and such player is graded by the Competition Committee to be eligible for Majors level play, such player will be placed on their older sibling’s Majors level team and placed in the following manner in accordance with the player being a “Group One” or “Group Two” as determined by the Competition Committee. 
    2. When requested by a parent that they be placed on the same team and both siblings, neither of whom played at the Majors level the previous year, are graded by the Competition Committee to be eligible for Majors level play, the siblings shall be chosen as consecutive draft round selections.    A sibling not graded to be eligible for Majors level play shall be drafted or placed on a Minors level team.


    10.  Special Considerations:

    1. A Majors team roster may not have more than eight (8) players in any given age group.
    2. In accordance with Little League Rule V(a) requiring all 12 year olds to be drafted to a Majors level team (with certain exceptions as set forth in such rule), all eligible 12 year old players must be drafted in accordance with standards to be developed by the Player Agent considering results of the skills evaluations and safety concerns.  The Player Agent shall monitor the draft process and shall inform the managers as to which round they shall be required to draft a 12 year old player.
    3. If a Majors team needs 10 or more picks, they will get two extra picks in the 4th round and in the 5th round.  If a Majors team needs 8 or more picks they will get an extra pick in the 4th round.  If there are more than 2 teams meeting such requirements, these teams will pick in alternating order until completion of the round.  Such affected team(s) with such extra picks shall slot the selected player(s) in the last round they need a player.

 

AAA Level

1. All players shall participate in the annual Skills Assessment to establish their eligibility for Majors, but also to establish a scoring system to be used to create equitable AAA team. This information may be used by the Player Agent when finalizing teams.

2. A manager and no more than two (2) coaches approved by the League will automatically get their child on their team.

3. All players are placed by requests from managers or parents with agreement from the Player Agent as to the following:  

    1. AAA is the proper playing level for this player (as determined by the Skills Assessment).
    2. No AAA manager shall attempt to aggregate the top AA players from the prior season into a single team.  This is generally considered to be aggregating players from more than 2 (two) AA teams in the prior year. 
    3. Siblings shall be placed on the same team unless otherwise requested by the parents.

 AA Level

1. A manager and no more than two (2) coaches approved by the League will automatically get their child on their team.

2. All players are placed by requests from managers or parents as long as the Player Agent agrees this is the proper level for this player.

3. With no other requests, the Player Agent, along with input from the AA managers, will balance out the teams to make them as fair and competitive as possible.

4. Siblings shall be placed on the same team unless otherwise requested by the parents.

 

A and TBall Divisions

1. A manager and no more than two (2) coaches approved by the League will automatically get their child on their team.

2. All players are placed by requests from managers or parents.

3. With no other requests the Player Agent along with input from the A managers, will balance out the teams with players from the same area or schools.

4. Siblings shall be placed on the same team unless otherwise requested by the parents.