CJL All-Star Information
2005 New ALL-Star Programs
We at the CJL are always looking for ways to improve player development. This year the Player Development Committee recommended a change to the existing All-Star program. These changes were excepted by the CJL Board on March 28, 2005.
Starting in 2005 there will be two All-Star programs. One Tournament All-Star program (The Cheyenne All-Stars) that will play tournaments and One City Based All-Star program (The CJL Classic All-Stars) that will play one single mid season tournament.
Cheyenne Traveling All-Star program:
The teams consist of 12 players (boys and girls) and will be playing in tournaments only. The CJL will pay for two tournaments (Dunbar and one other). The players must be committed to this higher level of play and must be willing to travel. All-Star teams could win tournaments and could get offers to play in national games representing Cheyenne and Wyoming.
These boys and girls are considered the best of the best. Many very good ball players do not “try out” for the all-Stars. This is unfortunate for those players, with the All-Stars those Players get to play at a level very few players reach. They also get to meet new friends, be coached by some of the best coaches and travel with their family to events where they are one of the stars.
They also get very high grade uniforms and get to play as the big leagues play. They get to have fun, learn new rules and develop in a few days what many kids will not see for years.
Some kids only make the Traveling All-Stars once in a life time so we want to make sure they have the time of their lives with the All-Star baseball program.
The Coaches and Managers must raise their own money for uniforms, equipment (other than CJL equipment), travel and tournament fees (Other than the two CJL tournaments). This is a big undertaking, uniforms can cost from $75.00 – $300.00/ player. Team pictures, travel and other costs can also run in the hundreds. Many player parents will have to absorb some of those costs. A good goal is to raise $200.00 per player. All-Star teams can be very creative with sponsor banners, business picture placards, logos on jerseys/coats, etc. etc. Coaches will find the Cheyenne community very interested in helping these All-Stars, it’s a big plus for business to be represented by the best of the best.
Classic All-Star Program
The CJL has reinstated the “Classic” All-star program. Four Players are selected from every team based on an area of town or conference. Example: east, west, north, south, central areas. Alternate players would also be selected. This would make sure many team players are involved with play. This would be the CJL controlled ALL-Star program.
It would develop younger players with less skill, it will get the community involved and the cost will be a weekend tournament and a preview to the end of season play.
Coaches learn tournament play and players learn, new friends, new drills, etc. etc.
Some of the tournament play differences are:
There are many myths about the All-star program. Some coaches/parents think the players might not be able to play their regular CJL games….. this is NOT the case. The CJL makes it clear that the regular season practices and games come first. Even though the All-Star players will develop to a higher level of play at the All-Star practices they must not conflict with the regular practices. The All-Star coaches schedule practices around the regular practice work week. Many All-Star teams practice during the day on Fridays and Sundays to avoid any conflict.
All-Star coaches are selected by the Cheyenne Junior League they are selected from coaches that throw their hat into the ring. Many coaches are solicited by winning “Coach of the year” the previous year or are coaches that player families have raved about. We look for the best of the best in coaches as well.
As one previous All-Star Coach stated
“It is the hardest, fastest paced job you will ever do and love for FREE”.
Good Luck All-Stars! Remember you are representing Cheyenne, your family and the entire Cheyenne Junior League.
We at the CJL would like to congratulate the Players that tried out for the Cheyenne All-Star teams. The CJL All-Star program consist of bracketed age group players (12 & under, 11 & under, and one 10 & under teams). These players must “try out” for the All-Star teams on the scheduled tryout date. Players are then scored and the information is passed to a committee that makes the selections. The All-Star coach is also allowed to select two players that did or did not make the selection.
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