Summer Travel All-Stars give players a chance to play at a high level and represent Dorchester against teams from other cities and towns in tournament and league play. Players league aged 11-12 are eligible for the 12u team(s) and league aged 9-10 are eligible for 10U team(s). Exceptions allowing younger players to play in a higher division will only happen if no teams are offered at that player’s actual age level.
This season typically begins in late June and runs through the first week of August. We ask that players who try out make sure they can commit to the schedule and attend the vast majority of games and practices with very few exceptions.
Players will be evaluated on a COMPREHENSIVE BODY OF WORK consisting of Spring tryouts, spring season performance (including comportment, attitude, and coachability), and summer try-out sessions. (Tryouts are very important, but only one component in the overall body of work that will be taken into consideration when forming teams.)
Players who tryout for the 10u and 12u year old teams must play a minimum of 8 games during the Spring regular season (excluding playoffs) to be eligible. The Board may make exceptions on a case by case basis ONLY for players who sustained injuries or illness (for which there is documentation) over the course of the season.
At the completion of the summer evaluation sessions, eligible coaches will be given a ballot consisting of all of the names of players who registered for a summer all-star travel team and attended the required number of summer evaluation sessions. The Board may make exceptions to this rule on a limited case-by-case basis if the Board is notified in advance of the first tryout via email that a player cannot make tryouts.
Coaches are eligible to vote as follows: All registered Majors coaches who are officially assigned to spring teams and who attended at least one summer evaluation session for the 12u teams will be eligible to cast a ballot for that age. All registered Majors and AAA coaches who are officially assigned to spring teams and who attended at least one summer evaluation session for the 10u teams will be eligible to cast a ballot for that age. All registered AAA and AA coaches who are officially placed on spring teams and who attended the summer evaluation session for the 8u team will be able to cast a ballot for that age.
Each eligible coach will rank all players on the ballot from #1 on down to the last player at the given age level. These scores will take into account the overall body of work of each player as referenced above. These ratings will be submitted to the DLL Player Agent via email and kept anonymous. The Player Agent shall scan the ballots for any anomalies (reserving the right to discard any ballot if any improprieties are found). The Player Agent will then compile the individual rankings into a composite list of players at each age group ranked in order, highest to lowest.
A meeting of eligible coaches will take place. The top 9 ranked players at each age level will be AUTOMATICALLY placed on the "A" team. The coaches will then collectively decide the remaining three players to be placed on the team, taking into consideration positional needs as well as areas of strength and weakness for the team. If there are enough players to form a B team, after the "A" team has been selected, the 9 next highest ranked players will AUTOMATICALLY be placed on the "B" team, with step 6 being repeated to round out this team as well. If there is enough for additional teams, this will be repeated until there are no more teams to be filled.
Making a team in previous years DOES NOT guarantee that the player will be selected to the team the current year.
Players may be subject to removal from the team at the coaches discretion due to excessive absences as well as conduct detrimental to the team.
If at any point, a player quits, gets injured, or has to be removed and cannot complete the season, the coach may select a player from the lower team to permanently join the team according to the following: If the injured or quitting player was ranked in the Top 9 during the selection process, the top ranked player on the lower team automatically will be asked to join the team. If the injured or quitting player was one of the three coaches’ selections, than the coach will have discretion to choose any player they wish from the team. The player in question can continue to participate on the other team as his availability allows.