Attention All SMP Players and Parents:
It is time for the 2013 All Star Season…………
I wanted to share a few things on one of the most exciting times for player at SMP league ages 7 – 14…Metro Baseball All Stars. This is an opportunity to play against and with some of the best baseball players in the Birmingham area.
Every year in May and June we have the opportunity as a park to participate in All Stars with other parks in Metro Baseball including Homewood, Vestavia, Mt Brook, Hoover East, Trussville and Pell City. Specific Dates to commit to for practice and games are on the All Star Commitment Form.
Any player age 7-14 wanting to be considered for an All Star team representing SMP must first complete a 2013 All Star Commitment / Consideration Form to begin the selection process.
Please read the form and understand, in order to be considered for the selection process you must agree and commit to all the terms on the form including the financial and time commitments. If you can not commit to BOTH…PLEASE DO NOT turn in a form. There will be No exceptions made for players for vacations and traveling during this time period including coaches wanting to be considered for coaching. If you have a vacation planned and can not change or cancel it; then please do not sign up for All Stars this year and plan accordingly next year and sign up next year.
This is nothing new except for those new to All Stars and it is the only fair way for all involved. Why should one child/ family be allowed to go on vacation while another does not because of their commitment to All Stars? If you look at some of the Metro rules (www.metrosportsbaseball.com) you will have a better understanding on this position.
A portion of the All Star cost (stated on the Commitment Form) will be due at the 1st practice and the other cost will be paid through donations, sponsorships and fund raising. Many All Star teams purchase additional items like new and matching bat bags and helmets, T-shirts, goodie bags, trophies ect., which are additional cost on top of the fee due at the first practice. A team mom will be in charge of coordinating this and keeping up with the monies.
After committing and submitting the form, the head coaches will have an All Star Draft where they vote on teams from the players who submitted forms. This meeting will be head coaches only and only head coaches vote. Commissioners and Assistant Coaches do not vote in the draft.
From the number of players available the coaches will vote on how many teams to have represent SMP. If we have 40 players from the 7-year-old league submit forms and the coaches vote for 1 National and 2 American All Star teams then 4 players will not make a team. By rule we have to have exactly 12 players on a roster, therefore if you submit a form you are not guaranteed to make a team or be selected.
Once the number of teams and players on each team are voted on practice will begin as early as May 14th and the last game is “scheduled” for Sunday June 16th. Play may extend past this date due to rain but is unlikely so please do not plan anything until June 19th just in case.
The above message definitely does not include all of the details but hopefully gives more insight on All Stars and I hope you and your child have a great All Star experience and one which will last a lifetime.
The Commitment Form must be turned into your coach no later than Friday, May 3rd.
Thanks for playing at SMP,