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Tournament FAQs

We've gotten a few questions from parents about the process and what it all means, so here's an FAQ to help guide you:

Q: Tournament Teams? Wait, is this the Williamsport tryout?

A: Yes.

Q: Why call it the Tournament Team then?

A: For years, we've colloquially referred to these teams the "Williamsport" teams. That created confusion for some softball parents, because the Little League Softball World Series culminates in Greenville, North Carolina, not Williamsport, Pennsylvania like the Little League Baseball World Series does. Little League International calls these teams "Tournament Teams," so that's what we'll be calling them now, too.

Q: So if my son/daughter make this team, it means I'm going to see him/her on television?

A: Not quite. The 10u and 11u divisions for baseball and softball culminates at the New York State tournament. The 12u divisions have a chance to advance to the national and international tournaments, but only after they advance past multiple stages of local play.

Q: What are those stages?

A: For all age levels, the tournament begins with the NY District 35 tournament. If that team advances, they'll move onto the Sectionals. Both the District and Sectional Tournaments are located at various fields (including Gaynor Park) on Long Island. If a team wins Sectionals, they advance to to the State Tournament. From there, the 12u divisions can advance past States to Regionals and then the National/International Tournament.

Q: Sounds cool! How much does it cost?

A: There is no additional fee for the players chosen to be a part of these teams.

Q: If my child makes one of these teams, what do they receive?

A: All Tournament players receive a jersey, a dri-fit warm up, uniform pants, socks, and a cap. Please make sure all sizes (especially jersey size) are accurate on your pre-registration form and that you list three uniform number choices.

Q: And when would they practice?

A: Practices will begin in the middle of May after the teams have been formed. Teams often practice multiple days a week leading up to the District Tournament, which begins in late June. Those practices schedules will vary by coach.

Q: When would we have an idea of the schedule for practices and games?

A: All coaches have a meeting with their respective team once the group is formed. Practice expectations will be outlined then. Coaches usually receive their game schedule within two weeks ahead of the beginning of Districts.

Q: Sounds good, we're interested. Where do we register for tryouts?

At this link. All players for 2023 must fill pre-register for the tryout by Sunday, May 14.

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St. James, New York 11780

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St. James, New York 11780

Email: [email protected]
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