But I do remember playing in an All-Star game when I was a kid. I was one of the better players in the league, but my dad was the coach and on the selection committee. Did I make the team because of my dad or because of my ability?
The coach who posted the comment below shared how the Dixie Youth Ozone League picks their all-stars. The league put rules in place to mitigate the politics or so they thought. I think that the process they they follow seems fair but not full proof. How does your league determine the all-star team?
My reader shared this story
I am a coach of 11-12 year old Dixie Youth Ozone league. I am about to embark on coaching Allstars because my team won the league. My league has tried to put bylaws that would prevent politics from taking place. For example, the first round of all star slection each coach will submit 15 players from teams in the league NOT on his team. The kids who receive the most votes move on to the top 15 in the 2nd round. in the 2nd round you can then vote on your kids, and then the top 9 from the 2nd round automatically are on the all star team. The third round was my decision on who the next three pics would be, however if you did not receive a single vote during the first round you are unable to be selected for all stars. This year we went 18-2 and won the league by 5 games.
My son is on my team, so lets keep in mind last year at a rules meeting I submitted a proposal to change the all star selection to a statistical based selection, so that there would be no politics at all. This proposal was shot down by over 60 votes. So fast forward to a few days ago. through the 2nd round, I had only one kid from my championship team in that top 9, so when I went to ask about my son, i find out that the other coaches did not give him a single vote. He hit .635 14 home runs, and had an on base percentage of over .700. For the other coaches not to give him at least one vote was beyond me. So my next three picks i chose kids off of my team, who deserved to be all stars, and should have been in the top 9 already based on their stats on the year. When I left out of the room, I was about to resign my post as All star coach over the politics that took place to exclude my son from the team.
Oh, and yeah, even coaches sons are victims to Politics.
Read the rest of the comment and how this coach and his son handled the situation on my post called Youth Baseball: Cutting Players about the ugly politics of youth sports.
The Main Point
There are two sides to every story and I cannot know if the coach's son was worthy of an all-star selection or not, but I do know that politics, personal bias and collusion exist in youth sports. The only way to avoid the situation above would be to have an unbiased professional scorekeeper at each game and lets the numbers decide. And that even has flaws because how do you value a pitcher vs a hitter. Or a speed kid vs a power kid. Or a kid who can hit but can't field well. So scratch that idea, I have concluded that there is no good way to choose an all-star team in youth sports.
How does your league (Baseball, or other sports) choose an all star team? Share your stories.