League is not based on club
membership, like our weekend
competitions. Players who register
for Holiday Little League will be placed
into a pool. Depending on how many
players register, Hills will appoint
the appropriate number of team
managers for rosters of up to 12 players per team.
Based on last season's
experience, we expect to have four teams of 12 players
this season in the Major League, and
about four teams of 12 in the Minor
- The Major League is for
players aged 11 & 12, and
- The Minor League is for
players aged 10 or younger.
Only Major League players aged 11
or 12 on 30/4/13 are
eligible for selection in a
Choosing a roster of 12 or less is to
ensure that there are at least nine
available on any given game day.
Again, drawing on previous experience, this number seemed to
work well. Not all players were
available for every single game day,
and a large roster meant that nobody
was under pressure to attend if it
The draft process itself works
much like the same thing in the US
for college & high-school players.
Managers are put into a room with
a list of players, and some
independent experts such as the
Hills Competition Secretary (John
Yard), the rep team coaches (led by
Nigel Hern and Jeff Catt), and
anyone else with first-hand
knowledge of the kids.
Random lots are drawn to decide
the order of picking each player.
The Manager with first pick then
chooses his first player. S/he can
seek advice from the independent
experts if s/he chooses. The
information available to each
- The player's name.
- His or her home club
- Current weekend team and
grade (if applicable)
- Preferred playing position
- A second playing position
- Whether s/he bats and throws
left or right handed.
The Manager with second pick then
chooses his/her first player. The
Manager with third pick chooses
his/her first player, and so on
until it becomes the turn of the 1st
Manager again, at which time s/he
chooses his/her second player. This
process continues until all players
have been selected in a team.
The end result ought to be that
the available talent has been
equally allocated to all teams. Note:- it is probable that
players will find themselves in
teams which bear no resemblance to
their weekend club teams. The nature
of the draft process seeks to
equalise talent, not concentrate it
in one team.
Teams will play in Hills uniforms
under independent (ie:- not
club-based) management staff.
The draft itself will not be
published. Players will never know
whether they were selected as an
early or late pick in the draft.