West Raleigh All Star Program

All Star Commissioners:

  • Damian Rower and Jason Boyer

Teams:

  • Blue Team at 7U
  • Blue and Red Team for 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U
  • White Team at 8U – 12U (based on interest, determined in April/May)

All Star Program Fee:

12U - $550
11U - $550
10U - $475
9U - $475

All Star Program Fee includes:

  • Field Rentals (West Raleigh and off-site as needed) for Spring/Summer
  • Insurance 
  • Sanctioning Fees 
  • Tournament Entry Fees for Spring/Summer 
  • Professional Coaching (practices) for 11U and 12U

All Star Fee does not include additional expenses, including but not limited to:

  • Uniforms, Equipment and Apparel
  • Tournament Gate Fees (Spectator Fees)
  • Travel and Hotel Accommodations  

Expected total expenses per player is $700 - $1,000 plus travel accommodation expenses (varies based on number of ‘local’ vs. ‘out-of-town’ events)

 

Coach Selection:

  • All Star Coaches will be submitted by All Star Commissioners for Board approval, with consideration to previous year(s) evaluations (both AS and rec) and recommendations from the Spring Commissioners

12U Blue - Jonathan Martin

11U Blue - Ryan Harris

10U Blue - Carey Pate

9U Blue - James Team

8U Blue - Kevin Ennis

 

Player Participation Notes:

  • Players must play in the WR Spring Regular Season for consideration to the All Star Program
  • If committed to play on a West Raleigh All Star Team, play on another (i.e., non-WR) travel or all star team is strictly prohibited. Players knowingly playing on another (non-WR) travel team will be subject to dismissal from the West Raleigh All Star Program. Should Coaches be aware that players on their team are playing for a non-WR travel team, they should communicate this knowledge with the All Star Commissioner(s)
  • Participation in a Scholastic Sport (e.g., Middle School) is allowed.
  • Previous participation on a West Raleigh All Star team does not guarantee future placement 

 

Additional Notes

  • Extreme concern must be given to player safety and arm care. To allow each team (9U – 12U) to form earlier, we must not sacrifice the safety and well-being of our players
  • Pitch Count should be documented for each game and event, and communicated to the regular season coach(es)
  • Communication between Coaches (e.g., Blue & Red; All Star and Regular Season) will be vitally important to ensure the process goes smoothly and is a good experience for all players and families
  • Uniform designs and color schemes must be consistent between teams (Blue, Red and White) and across age groups (7U – 12U)
  • Players on each group (Blue and Red) will choose unique jersey numbers to allow for play across each team throughout the Spring

 

Major League (11-12s)

Team Selection

  • Previous participation on a West Raleigh All Star team does not guarantee future placement 
  • As part of the registration process, families were able to select if their child was interested in consideration for the West Raleigh All Star Program
  • West Raleigh Spring Tryouts are February 12 and teams will be drafted on February 13. Each Player drafted into the league is eligible for All Star play
  • On Sunday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 22, there will be an All Star Workout for all players interested in consideration for the West Raleigh All Star program. The Workout will be administered by PRO5 Baseball Academy, and the fee will be $10.
    • **Interested players should attend one (1) of the two (2) workouts**
  • Within three (3) days of this workout, the Major League head coaches and PRO5 will collaborate to vote to select 24-26 players per age group to continue in the All Star Program. (No designation will be given to Blue or Red teams at this time) 
  • PRO5 will provide their evaluation metrics and rankings for all coaches to review as part of the selection process.
  • The total number of players selected will be determined by the coaches, and dictated by the number of total roster spots available for each age group.
  • Players will rotate tournament rosters in the scheduled Spring tournaments (as outlined below) to allow for equal evaluation 
  • Following play in scheduled Spring tournaments (estimated week of May 2 or 9), the Major League head coaches and PRO5 coaches (who will have an equal vote) involved with the age group will reconvene to vote on selection to Blue and Red All Star teams.  

Practice Schedule

  • Practices will begin 1-2 weeks following the completion of the player selection process (Sunday, March 27)
  • There will be no more than one (1) All Star practice per week per age group during the West Raleigh Spring Season
  • An effort will be made to avoid conflicts if possible. Should a conflict arise, West Raleigh Major League practices and games take precedence over All Star practices and events
  • Proposed Practice Schedule:
    • 12 Year Olds - Sundays from 12pm - 2 pm (WR or off-site per availability) *subject to change
    • 11 Year Olds - Sundays from 2pm - 4pm (WR or off-site per availability) *subject to change
  • West Raleigh will hire PRO5, as available, to provide professional coaching (e.g., 1-2 paid coaches per practice) for the first 3 - 4 practices. 
  • Approved Blue head coach should plan to attend each combined practice to assist professional coaches 
  • Approved Red head coach should plan to attend each combined practice to assist professional coaches 
  • Other Major League coaches may attend practices for additional player evaluation or consideration as an assistant coach for either team (Blue or Red) 
    • Note: Coach participation does not guarantee selection as an assistant coach
    • Note: Other WR coaches (e.g., Rookie league) may also attend to develop their personal coaching skills from the PRO5 professional coaches 
  • The full Summer practice schedule may begin at the completion of the West Raleigh Spring end-of-season tournament (estimated week of May 23 or 31 following Memorial Day)

 

Tournament Schedule

  • Both teams per age group will play additional  live games for evaluation on approved weekends during the West Raleigh Spring Season:
    • April 16 - 17
      • Teams are encouraged to participate in the USSSA event hosted at WR on April 16 
    • April 30 - May 1

(Note: There will be no WR league games scheduled these weekends)

  • Tournament rosters and line-up will be decided by the PRO5 professional coaches, and will rotate from the first tournament to the second  
  • Teams may schedule Summer tournaments that occur following the completion of the West Raleigh Spring end-of-season tournament (estimated week of May 23 or 30 following Memorial Day) 
  • Blue Team – as decided by the Head Coach - has the option to play the Cal Ripken Trail. If they defer, the Red Team must represent WR in the Cal Ripken Trail 
  • If Blue Team accepts the option, the Red Team may play appropriate local and regional tournaments (e.g., Perfect Game, USSSA, Top Gun, etc.)
  • All teams should expect to play 6 - 8 Tournaments in the Spring/Summer (April – July) 

 

Rookie League (9-10s)

Team Selection

  • Previous participation on a West Raleigh All Star team does not guarantee future placement 
  • As part of the registration process, families were able to select if their child was interested in consideration for the West Raleigh All Star Program
  • West Raleigh Spring Tryouts are February 12 and teams will be drafted on February 13. Each Player drafted into the league is eligible for All Star play
  • On Sunday, March 20, there will be an All Star Workout for all players interested in consideration for the West Raleigh All Star program. The Workout will be administered by PRO5 Baseball Academy, and the fee will be $10.
  • Within three (3) days of this workout, the Rookie League head coaches and PRO5 will collaborate to vote to select 24-26 players per age group to continue in the All Star Program. (No designation will be given to Blue or Red teams at this time) 
  • PRO5 will provide their evaluation metrics and rankings for all coaches to review as part of the selection process.
  • The total number of players selected will be determined by the coaches, and dictated by the number of total roster spots available for each age group.
  • Players will rotate tournament rosters in the scheduled Spring tournaments (as outlined below) to allow for equal evaluation 
  • Following play in scheduled Spring tournaments (estimated week of May 2 or 9), the Rookie League head coaches with the age group will reconvene to vote on selection to Blue and Red All Star teams.  

Practice Schedule

  • Practices will begin 1-2 weeks following the completion of the player selection process (March 27)
  • There will be no more than one (1) All Star practice per week per age group during the West Raleigh Spring Season
  • An effort will be made to avoid conflicts if possible. Should a conflict arise, West Raleigh Rookie League practices and games take precedence over All Star practices and events
  • Proposed Practice Schedule:
    • 10 Year Olds - Sundays from 12pm - 2 pm (WR or off-site per availability) *subject to change
    • 9 Year Olds - Sundays from 2pm - 4pm (WR or off-site per availability) *subject to change
  • Approved Blue head coach should plan to attend each combined practice
  • Approved Red head coach should plan to attend each combined practice 
  • Other Rookie League coaches may attend practices for additional player evaluation or consideration as an assistant coach for either team (Blue or Red) 
    • Note: Coach participation does not guarantee selection as an assistant coach
  • The full Summer practice schedule may begin at the completion of the West Raleigh Spring end-of-season tournament (estimated week of May 23 or 30 following Memorial Day)

 

Tournament Schedule

  • Both teams per age group will play additional  live games for evaluation on approved weekends during the West Raleigh Spring Season:
    • April 16 - 17
      • Teams are encouraged to participate in the USSSA event hosted at WR on April 16 
    • April 30 - May 1

(Note: There will be no WR league games scheduled these weekends)

  • Teams may schedule Summer tournaments that occur following the completion of the West Raleigh Spring end-of-season tournament (estimated week of May 23 or 30 following Memorial Day) 
  • Blue Team – as decided by the Head Coach - has the option to play the Cal Ripken Trail. If they defer, the Red Team must represent WR in the Cal Ripken Trail 
  • If Blue Team accepts the option, the Red Team may play appropriate local and regional tournaments (e.g., Perfect Game, USSSA, Top Gun, etc.)
  • All teams should expect to play 6 - 8 Tournaments in the Spring/Summer (April – July)

 

Minor League (7-8s)

Team Selection

  • Previous participation on a West Raleigh All Star team does not guarantee future placement 
  • As part of the registration process, families were able to select if their child was interested in consideration for the West Raleigh All Star Program
  • West Raleigh Spring Tryouts are February 12 and teams will be drafted on February 13. Each Player drafted into the league is eligible for All Star play.
  • On Sunday, March 13 there will be an All Star Workout for all players interested in consideration for the West Raleigh All Star program. The workout will be administered by Minor League head coaches and the Minor League commissioner(s), and there will be no fee. The purpose of this workout is to provide an additional touch point for coaches to evaluate players throughout the league:

8 Year Olds - 12pm - 2pm (Nowell Field) *subject to change

  • On Sunday, April 10 there will be a follow-up Workout for all players and families still  interested in consideration for the West Raleigh All Star program. The workout will be administered by Minor League head coaches and the Minor League commissioner(s), and there will be no fee. The purpose of this workout is to provide an additional touch point for coaches with more advanced development opportunities  to evaluate players throughout the league:
    • 7 & 8 Year Olds - 12pm - 2:30pm (Nowell Field) *subject to change
  • Following a majority of Minor League regular season games played (estimated week of April 25 or May 2), the Minor League head coaches will reconvene to vote on selection to 8U Blue and Red and 7U Blue All Star teams.

Practice Schedule

  • Following team selection (estimated week of May 9), teams may form for one (1) or two (2) practice and development sessions that do not conflict with scheduled Minor League games or practices
  • The full Summer practice schedule may begin at the completion of the West Raleigh Spring end-of-season tournament (estimated week of May 23 or 30 following Memorial Day)

Tournament Schedule

  • Teams may schedule Summer tournaments that occur following the completion of the West Raleigh Spring end-of-season tournament (estimated week of May 23 or 30 following Memorial Day) 
  • Blue Team – as decided by the Head Coach - has the option to play the Cal Ripken Trail. If they defer, the Red Team must represent WR in the Cal Ripken Trail 
    • Note: 7U Blue must represent West Raleigh in Cal Ripken 
  • If Blue Team accepts the option, the Red Team may play appropriate local and regional tournaments (e.g., Perfect Game, USSSA, Top Gun, etc.)
  • All teams should expect to play 6 - 8 Tournaments in the Spring/Summer (April – July)