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All-Stars

We're making plans for our 2024 All-Star season! If you're interested in playing on or managing a Peninsula Breakers team this summer, please look over ALL the information and dates on this page before filling out a player or manager interest forms (links below). 

Manager forms are due April 10, 2024. 

Player forms are due April 15, 2024

Key Dates: 2024 All-Star Selections

April 1 Player and Manager Interest Period Begins (Interest Form Available)
April 10 Manager Interest Period Ends (Form Due)
April 15 Player Interest Period Ends (Form Due)
April 24 Manager Interviews Begin
April 30 Manager Selections Made
May 1 Sandlot Assessment Games for Interested Players
May 4 Player Selection Meetings (All Spring Managers Attend)
May 5 All-Star Player Announcements / Practices Can Begin
May 10 First Tournament Games (see full tournament schedule below)

 


About the Peninsula Breakers All-Star Program

Peninsula Youth Softball Association has a highly successful and competitive All-Star program. We are proud of our highly dedicated and skilled players and coaches who compete at the highest level with our Peninsula Breakers All-Star teams.

Schedule: The All-Star season starts immediately after the spring recreational season ends. Teams start practicing in early May, and play in tournaments hosted by other local USA Softball leagues every weekend between mid-May and late June. The All-Star season culminates with USA Softball's South San Diego District finals in late June. Teams may or may not qualify from the District finals to go on to the USA Softball state tournament in Lancaster, which is usually the weekend before (for C-level teams) or after (for B-level teams) the July 4 holiday.  Occasionally, teams qualify for a regional/national tournament in late July / early August. Girls must commit to the full practice and tournament season to be considered. The anticipated 2024 tournament schedule is posted below.

Teams: We usually field Gold and Silver teams in the 8U, 10U and 12U divisions and a Gold team in the 14U division. 14U Silver teams and Bronze or Copper teams in other divisions are possible when we have the talent, coaching and pitching available in a division.

Selection process: We encourage all eligible players from our spring recreational season to apply. In early April, the league makes an intent form available to anyone who would like to be considered for All-Stars. Division coaches and All Star managers vote on the teams, which are usually announced at the end of the spring season.

Cost: There is a separate cost for All-Stars, which covers tournament entry fees, uniforms, helmets and bags (for new All-Star players only), and more. The 2024 cost is $550 per player. This does not include the cost of lodging for travel tournaments. Payment plans and/or financial assistance is available upon request.

Volunteer commitment: All-Star families are expected to volunteer at PYSA's Cool Breeze tournament in early June.

The All-Star experience: The experience is different than our recreational spring season. While our spring season is about instruction, development and inclusion, All-Stars is about developing advanced skills and a winning attitude in a highly competitive environment. Some players thrive in this environment, while other players (and their parents) do not. It is important as parents to make this distinction for yourselves as well as your daughters. PYSA is committed to forming the best teams possible that will have the greatest opportunity for success. Our league attempts to keep the teams small to increase playing time. There is no guarantee of playing time or playing a specific position.

2024 All-Star Tournament Calendar

Date B Teams (8U/10U/12U Gold and 10U/12U Silver) C Teams (8U Silver and 10U/12U Bronze) 14U
May 10-12 Local Tournament Local Tournament Local Tournament
May 17-19 Local Tournament Local Tournament Local Tournament
May 24-27 Local Tournament Local Tournament Local Tournament
May 31 - June 2 Peninsula Cool Breeze Peninsula Cool Breeze Peninsula Cool Breeze
June 7-9 Local Tournament Local Tournament Local Tournament
June 14-16 BYE C District Tournament (Santee) C District Tournament (Santee) *
June 21-23 B District tournament (Santee) BYE B District Tournament (Santee) *
June 27-30 BYE C States in Lancaster, CA (if team qualifies) C States in Lancaster, CA (if team qualifies as C)*
July 5-7 B States in Lancaster, CA (if team qualifies) B States in Lancaster, CA (if team qualifies as B)*
July 17-21 8U only: C Regional Cal State Games (if team qualifies) C Regional Cal State Games (if team qualifies)
July 29 - Aug. 4 10U/12U: B Western Nationals, Oregon (if team qualifies) 14U Western Nationals, Oregon (if team qualifies)

* 14U teams will play in either the B or C Districts tournament. (They will not play in both.) Results at the District tournament will determine whether teams go to C State or B State. (They will not play in both.)

Note: B and C are USA Softball categories. PYSA is a "B" league, so our Gold teams compete as B teams. Because of our league's size and strength, we anticipate that our 10U Silver and 12U Silver teams will also complete as B teams. If Bronze teams compete in District tournaments, they are C teams. USA Softball makes final classifications during the All-Star season.

All-Stars FAQ

What are the qualities of a Peninsula Breakers All-Star?

A Peninsula All-Star is a player who exhibits exemplary qualities throughout the recreational softball season. She has a high skill level, outstanding ability and knows the game of softball for  her age group. A Peninsula All-Star is respectful of her coaches and teammates, sets the standard for good sportsmanship and leads by example. She understands the importance of accepting the role that the coach gives her while maintaining a positive attitude. Peninsula All-Stars represent our league with pride and dignity. 

How can my daughter sign up for All-Star consideration?

Families can make their daughter eligible for All-Star consideration in April by completing, agreeing to and signing the All-Star player interest form, which includes a commitment to our parent expectations and for your player to attend all practices and games. This opportunity is available to any player who has participated on one of our spring recreational season teams. Completing this form means your daughter will be considered but is not guaranteed a spot on a team.

Can any player become an All Star?

Any player meeting eligibility requirements may apply to become an All Star.  USA softball holds strict eligibility requirements including, but not limited to the following (excerpts from 2023 USA Softball Yellow Book):

2.3.1 A player must play a minimum 75 percent of the current season’s league games. NOTE: A player may appeal the 75 percent minimum rule to their respective District Commissioner in cases of documented injury.
2.3.2 A player who played in a higher Age Classification during the current season is eligible to play in their proper Age Classification in Championship Play.
2.3.3 A player who played on a High School team or other recreation league team after March 31 of the current season is eligible to play if all other eligibility rules are met.
2.3.4 A player playing in more than one USA Softball recreation league must declare in writing by 31 March to both the League Player Agent and the All-Star Administrator in which league they wish to be eligible for All-Star selection. The league is required to provide a copy of the player’s declaration to their respective District Commissioner.
2.3.5 A player who participated on a team other than a team in their recreation league after March 31st of the current season is NOT eligible. For example, a player shall not participate on any non-USA Softball team, All-Star Team, or travel type team after March 31st.

Who selects the teams?

The managers in each division observe the players during league play and assessments, and then vote to determine the top 15 players. The top 6 players are placed on the team, and the All-Star manager selects the next 5 or 6 players from the other players in top 15. This process is then repeated for Silver and (if applicable) Bronze or Copper teams.

What kind of time commitment is involved?

Teams practice significantly more than regular season teams. Expect daily practices in the weeks leading up to the first tournament and then 3 or more practices per week. Once tournaments start, games could begin as early as Thursday evenings and extend to Sunday, depending on whether the team advances to semifinals and finals. Often you won't know the schedule for each day very far in advance, and occasionally, a game may conflict with school. Tournaments could be anywhere in San Diego County, and 1-2 travel tournaments are possible. Teams who advance to the state championships will travel to Lancaster in early July.

How is All-Star play different from the regular spring season?

All-Stars is a much more intense level of play. We will be playing teams from all over Southern California with very talented players. Each game is challenging, with excellent pitching and fielding as the norm. While all girls are guaranteed play time during the regular season, the same promise does not extend to All-Stars. The managers and coaches will play the best player at each position most of the time, so some girls might not get the same playing time as they were accustomed to during regular season.

What are tournaments like?

All of our All-Star games take place within tournaments, either hosted by other local USA Softball leagues or (for district and state competitions) by USA Softball itself. Most tournaments have either a three-game or four-game guarantee, meaning your team will play at least that number of games over the weekend, but possibly more. In a typical tournament with a three-game guarantee, your team will get the schedule a few days prior for two "pool" games on Saturday. Your team's record in these games will determine the seeding and schedule for bracket play on Sunday. If your team loses its first bracket game, it would be eliminated. But if your team keeps winning on Sunday, you could keep playing all day, into the final rounds.

All tournaments are slightly different; some may start pool play on Friday evenings or start bracket play on Saturday evenings. Some are "double elimination," meaning that you can lose twice in bracket play before being eliminated. Almost all conclude by presenting championship and runner-up awards for each division late on Sunday. Making it all the way to the championship game and earning some "hardware" (trophy, medal or ring) with your All-Star team is the best!   

What are the benefits of All-Star play for my daughter?

First, your daughter will experience a high-intensity season with the same group of girls. The camaraderie and team spirit this fosters is second to none. Second, your daughter’s skills will greatly improve. The amount of time she will spend practicing and playing will quickly yield results in her overall softball abilities. With high-level coaching and a higher caliber of playing, each girl can expect to see major improvements in her abilities.


2023 All-Stars Summary

Congratulations to our 2023 All-Star teams on their amazing season. Our teams took home a record 12 championships in invitational tournaments, won 2 district championships, and advanced 7 teams to state tournaments and 1 team to regional tournaments.

We're especially proud of our 8U Gold team, which took 3rd place at B State, advanced to the Western Regional tournaments, and ended their season as Western Regional Finalists!

Western Regionals

8U Gold: Finalists

Southern California State

8U Gold: Third place, B State, advanced to 8U Regional tournament

South San Diego B District

12U Gold: Champions, advanced to B State tournament
10U Gold: Finalists, advanced to B State tournament
10U Silver: Advanced to B State tournament
8U Gold: Advanced to B State tournament

South San Diego C District / 14U Open

12U Silver: Champions, advanced to C State tournament
14U: Third Place, advanced to B State tournament
10U Bronze: Advanced to C State tournament

Navajo Summer Sizzle

12U Gold: Champions

Poway Summer Heat Classic

14U Gold: Champions
8U Gold: Finalists

Peninsula Cool Breeze Tournament

14U Gold: Champions
12U Gold: Champions
10U Gold: Champions
8U Silver: Champions
10U Silver: Finalists

San Dieguito Memorial Day Tournament

14U Gold: Champions
12U Silver: Champions
10U Silver: Champions
8U Silver: Finalists

Corky Russell Classic (East County)

12U Gold: Champions
14U Gold: Finalists
10U Gold: Finalists

North Shore Coastal Classic

12U Silver: Champions
10U Silver: Champions


8U Gold, Western Regional Finalists


12U Silver, South San Diego C District Champions


12U Gold, South San Diego B District Champions

Congratulations, 2022 Peninsula Breakers!

Our nine All-Star teams shone bright at this year's tournaments. Congrats, teams, on your great successes!

Four PYSA teams qualified to compete at the state tournaments in July. Congratulations to 14U, 10U Gold, 8U Gold and 8U Silver. Our 14U team brought home the state title!

Two PYSA teams qualified to compete at Western Nationals. Congratulations 14U and 10U Gold!

Southern California C State
 
  • 14U Gold: State Champions
South San Diego B District
 
  • 10U Gold: Champions
South San Diego C District
 
  • 8U Silver: Finalists
Poway Summer Heat Classic
 
  • 12U Silver: Champions
  • 10U Bronze: Finalists
Santee Bring on the Heat Tournament
 
  • 10U Gold: Champions
Peninsula Cool Breeze Tournament
 
  • 10U Gold: Champions
  • 10U Silver: Finalists
San Dieguito Memorial Day Tournament
 
  • 8U Gold: Champions
  • 8U Silver: Finalists
  • 10U Gold: Champions
  • 10U Silver: Champions
  • 14U: Finalists
East County Corky Russell Tournament
 
  • 10U Gold: Finalists
  • 10U Silver: Finalists
  • 14U: Champions
UC Tournament del Sol
 
  • 10U Silver: Finalists

GO BREAKERS!


14U Gold, State Champions


10U Gold, South San Diego District Champions


8U Silver, South San Diego C District Finalist

Way to Go, 2021 Peninsula Breakers!

The 2021 Peninsula Breakers had a record year and sent 6 All-Star teams to the state championships in Lancaster!

Congratulations 10U Gold - 5th place at State!

The Breakers also had an amazing finish at B & C Districts! 

8U Silver: Third Place, C District

8U Gold: Third Place, B District

10U Bronze: Finalist, C District

10U Gold: Third Place, B District

12U Gold: Finalist, B District

14U Peninsula/Santee: Semifinalist, B District