If You Are Interested In All Stars
To be considered for one of the three Yarmouth Little League All Star Baseball teams, each player must submit YLL’s online All Star Baseball registration form by May 25th, 2018.
If you have difficulty accessing this online form for any reason, please contact Matt McGrath, who will assist you in completing the form. Again, all baseball registrations are due May 25th, 2018.
To understand how the team selection process works, read the YLL All-Star principles document.
If you have ever watched the Little League World Series, you have seen All-Stars competing. Local Little Leagues from around the United States — and the world — select All-Star teams that are made up of players from their league, and who will compete in the various tournaments that ultimately lead to the Little League World Series held in August in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Here in Yarmouth, at the conclusion of the Little League regular season and playoffs, we will select a group of All-Stars for various age groups, which have traditionally been 11-12 year olds, 10-11 year olds, and 9-10 year olds. It is the 11-12 year olds that are ultimately seen at the Little League World Series.
Each tournament is a double elimination tournament. Because the commitment can be extensive in time and effort, it is necessary to obtain the agreement of players and parents to this commitment prior to selection of the baseball teams. Please read the information on this page and submit the online registration form if you wish to be considered for selection to an All Star tournament team.
Any Yarmouth Little League baseball player in Major or Minor Leagues may submit this form for consideration, but submission of this form does not guarantee that a player will be selected for one of the All-Star tournament baseball teams.
It is a fairly big commitment, but also a great honor to be chosen. If you agree to participate on an All-Star team, you must commit to the entire tournament run. We are not allowed to change rosters once we enter the tournament.
11-12 Year Old Baseball Team
Open to players who are league age 10, 11 or 12. Teams will be announced after June 1st and practices will start after that. The tournament will begin on June 22nd, 2018 and run through July 18th, 2018.
10-11 Year Old Baseball Team
Open to players who are league age 9, 10 or 11. Teams will be announced after June 1st and practices will start after that. The tournament will begin on June 22nd, 2018 and run through July 18th, 2018.
9-10 Year Old Baseball Team
Open to players who are league age 8, 9 or 10. Teams will be announced after June 1st and practices will start after that. The tournament will begin on June 22nd, 2018 and run through July 18th, 2018.
Attendance at all practices and games is essential. The goal of Yarmouth Little League during regular season play is the development of the skills, sportsmanship and attitude of our players. The goal of District 6 Tournament is competition (playing time will not be equal) and sportsmanship. A commitment to this goal is necessary.
If you want to be considered for selection to a tournament baseball team, please complete and submit the online form by May 25th, 2018. By completing this online registration form, the player and his family agree to the following conditions of participation on the tournament teams, if selected:
- Player will make every effort to attend all practices and games. (In the event that you are unsure about registering for consideration for all-stars due to conflicts in schedule or family vacation, we encourage you to register and make note of the specific dates of the conflicts using the on-line form. The respective coach of each team will determine whether the schedule conflict can be accommodated.)
- Practices will start after teams are announced on June 10th and may be held on weekdays and weekends.
- There is a $40.00 fee to participate which off-sets uniform expenses, but the costs of travel are the responsibility of each player’s family.
- District 6 tournament players must each provide three proofs of residency (i.e. parent driver’s license, utility bills, etc.) and an original birth certificate or certified copy (specific details will be provided to selected players). These items will be collected at a location and date to be announced.
If you have questions regarding the All Star process or tournaments, please contact Matt McGrath,
The Games All-Stars Play
The Yarmouth All-Star teams will continue to play until they are eliminated. The progression of the All-Star season begins with the District 6 Tournament, then moves to the Maine State Championship, then to the New England Regional, and finally to the Little League World Series.
District 6 Tournament
The state of Maine is organized into six different regional districts that cover the entire state, and Yarmouth is a member of Maine Little League District 6.
The first stop for the Yarmouth All-Stars is the District 6 Tournament, which is a double elimination competition held against other Little League All-Star teams from District 6, which covers mostly Cumberland County. Here they will play against teams from Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland-North Yarmouth, Falmouth, Freeport, Gray-New Gloucester, Portland American, Portland National, Scarborough, South Portland American, South Portland National, Standish, Westbrook, and Windham.
Yarmouth has a tradition of excellence in the District 6 Tournament, being crowned District Champions in 1988, 1989, 2006, and 2011.
If Yarmouth wins the District 6 Tournament, they will move on to the Maine State Little League Championship.
Maine State Little League Championship
The State Championship is a double elimination tournament between the six respective District Champions from around the state of Maine. The tournament is held at different host locations every year. The winner of the tournament is then crowned the Maine State Champion, and will move on to the New England Regional tournament.
Yarmouth has claimed the title of Maine State Champions on two occasions, in both 2006 and 2011. Yarmouth lost in the semi-finals in 1989, and was the state runner up in 1988.
A team from District 6 has won the Maine State Championship eight times since 2000, making it the most successful district in the state.
New England Regional
If Yarmouth wins the State Championship, they will move on to the New England Regional Tournament, which has existed since 2001, and is held in Bristol, Connecticut each year. It is the last stop before moving on to the Little League World Series. Here the Maine State Champion will compete against state champion teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
In 2006, Yarmouth went 1-3 in the Regional and was eliminated from further competition. In 2011, Yarmouth once again went 1-3 and was eliminated from play.
A team from Maine has won the New England Regional only once, in 2005, when the Westbrook Little League won the regional and went on to Williamsport. Two other teams from Maine — Portland Suburban (1951) and Augusta East (1971) have advanced to the Little League World Series. Portland Suburban won the Region 1 title, while Augusta East made it into the World Series by winning what was the previous East Region, which was much larger and encompassed what is today the Mid-Atlantic Region as well.
Little League World Series
Three Maine teams have made it into the Little League World Series over the years — Westbrook (2005), Augusta East (1971) and Portland Suburban (1951). Westbrook went 1-2, beating the Owensboro, Kentucky team that represented the Great Lakes Region, and lost its two other games. Augusta beat Kentucky 1-0 and also lost its other two games. Portland played only one game (the 1951 tournament was single elimination), losing to Texas 3-1.
We are determined to put the fourth team from Maine in the World Series, and we will hopefully have more success.
The Little League World Series is held each year in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and is broadcast on ESPN. If Yarmouth can win the New England Regional, we will go to Williamsport and will compete against other regional winners from the United States. If all goes well, we will win the United States bracket, and compete for the ultimate championship against the winner of the International bracket. If we emerge from that contest victorious, Yarmouth will be crowned the Little League World Series Champion!