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Post Season Overview

After the regular season ends there are several post season tournaments.

Division Playoffs

At the end of the regular season the AA, AAA and Majors Divisions each participate in double-elimination playoffs. For the purposes of playoffs, the final four divisional games of the season will determine Playoff seeding. Standings are calculated by: 1.) Winning Percentage 2.) Head to Head and 3.) Runs Against 

You can expect the division playoffs to last 1-2 weeks after the end of the regular season.


District Tournament of Champions (TOC)

Winners of the AAA and Majors Division playoffs represent SCLL in the District 39 Tournament of Champions. These teams play in a double-elimination tournament against the winners of other local leagues in District 39 such as Scotts Valley, Live Oak and Watsonville. Since every team in AAA and Majors makes the playoffs, every team has a chance to go to the TOC. The TOCs are hosted by different leagues in our District each year. Your TOC team may be playing in Santa Cruz or at another league's fields for the duration of the tournament. 

You can expect the TOCs to last until mid-June, depending on how well a team does.  


District All Stars/Tournament Teams

The All Star Season is separate from the regular season. Beyond regular season play, the All Star season offers an opportunity for selected players to gain valuable practice and game experience, facilitates unique skill development opportunities, and provides higher level competition. Players are selected to teams based on ability, attitude, sportsmanship, coachability, commitment, and availability for the duration of the tournaments and practices. You can read more about the selection process in the SCLL Local Rules.

All Star teams from SCLL play against All Star teams from other leagues in District 39, such as Capitola-Soquel, Aptos, San Lorenzo Valley and Pajaro Valley. Leagues take turns hosting the All Star tournaments. An All Star team might play in Santa Cruz or at another league's fields for the duration of the tournament. 

There are two types of post season tournaments for the top players of the 7-12 year-old age groups held in the District. 

     1.) Tournaments for the 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 year-old age players sanctioned by Little League are referred to as All Star Tournaments and All Star teams.  

     2.) In our District (District 39), there are two non-sanctioned tournaments for 7-8 and 8-9 year-old players. These are referred to as tournaments, not All Star tournaments, with the teams referred to as tournament teams. 

The SCLL Board has implemented an age pure philosophy for post season teams. Players on a post season team for SCLL will be the higher age in all brackets. For example, the 11–12 All Stars will be made up of players who are League Age 12, and the 10-11 All Stars will be made up of players who are League Age 11.  However, in the rare circumstance when a younger player could make a significant impact on an 'older' team, an exception can be made.

Practices for All Stars typically start soon after the regular season ends. Games typically start in mid to late June and can continue into mid or late July depending on how well a team does.  If a team keeps winning they will progress to tournaments at the Sectional, State, Regional, and World Series levels (hello Williamsport!). 
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