The formal player selection process should not begin prior to the All Stars coaches meeting, which will typically be held in the fourth week of the House season. Player selection is ultimately the decision of the selected All Stars coaches and the appropriate division Commissioner, subject to the following guidelines and consistent with demonstrating consideration of the feelings and best interests of the children.
It is to be understood that children demonstrating superior talent and skill, combined with traits of sportsmanship, fair play, honesty, leadership, dedication and coachability are the primary candidates for selection. Sportsmanship is a major part of any game and should be emphasized. All Stars teams represent the entire VYS organization when participating in any endeavor, especially regional events such as All Stars tournaments. Therefore, it is especially important that all VYS participants distinguish themselves by consistently displaying sportsmanship at all times -- during the VYS season as well as during the tournament.
The selected All Stars coaches and the appropriate division Commissioner should determine the composition of the All Stars teams based upon observation during House league play and the evaluations and assessments of various individuals as follows:
- During at least the first four weeks of the House season, the Commissioners should obtain evaluations of opposing coaches as to those players that exhibited the highest levels of talent, skill and those traits set forth above.
- Commissioners should observe the players during House games in an effort to identify primary candidates for selection as All Stars.
- All Stars coaches should observe the players during the course of regular season games.
- House coaches should nominate their own players that they believe merit consideration for selection as an All Stars.
- Division Commissioners should endeavor to have one knowledgeable observer from outside the division evaluate the players and provide input.
Through this process, the All Stars coaches and the division Commissioners should have data on All Stars candidates from numerous sources.
Before the end of the seventh week of the House season, the All Stars coaches and their division Commissioner should meet to select and form their All Stars teams. Keeping in mind that the focus should be on selecting those players that exhibit outstanding game skills, leadership and sportsmanship, All Stars coaches should try to include at least one player from each team if at all possible, and this should be a factor in making close calls.
If there is more than one All Stars team in a division, the Commissioner and All Stars coaches should form their teams based on an equity system -- whether by a draft or otherwise -- to ensure equal talent across teams. In other words, there should be no “A” team and “B” team unless the VP of House Soccer specifically approves such a set-up.
Sons and daughters of All Stars coaches should be automatically included on the All Stars roster unless the coach specifically turns this down.
Once the All Stars players are selected, the division Commissioner or the All Stars coaches should notify the parents of their child’s selection. A roster of All Stars players should be provided to the other coaches in the division so they know who was or was not selected as an All Stars from their teams.
All Stars coaches are required to play every player at least one-half of each tournament game. The players selected as All Stars should be those players that are not only the most advanced players, but also dedicated to the game. VYS does not want to frustrate those players chosen as All Stars by selecting them for a team and then having them play less than one-half of each game. This factor should be kept in mind when determining the size of the All Stars roster.