The summer ball / all stars is the most competitive season for Baseball in Carleton Russel. Players are separated into age and in some cases skill delineated divisions.
During the summer season, we offer various levels of developmental, competitive league play, and we strive to roster an Expos all-star team at each division of play. What we roster depends on registration. The Expos all-star teams are formed via tryouts and allow our strongest players to compete against the best players of other Little Leagues across Ottawa, as well as represent CRLL at district, and, if successfull, at provincial and national Little League tournaments. When blessed with sufficient players, we strive to offer ongoing developmental play at each division by rostering additional CRLL Expos teams at the lower-level tiers of the Ottawa Interlock League. These teams compete against other Little League teams from the Ottawa area at a level of play consistent with each other's abilities, allowing everyone to focus on player development. For more information, please visit our Summer Program page.
If we have more interested players than available spots in CRLL, we will refer players to other leagues with open positions. We make every effort to place all players who want to participate in summer ball on a team. However, there may be instances where we have to release players, usually due to numbers, such as having 17 registrants, which is too many for one team but not enough for two.
During the summer season, CRLL teams compete in the Ottawa Summer Interlock League. This league includes teams from other Ottawa area Little Leagues in District 6 (South Ottawa, Orleans, Glebe) and District 2 (Ottawa West, East Nepean, Kanata). Some summers, we also welcome teams from neighboring districts like Brockville, Williamsburg, Mississippi, Perth, and Kemptville.
For each age division, we aim to create one, two, or possibly more summer teams based on registration numbers. While there are no set nights for summer games, they are typically scheduled during the week (Sunday through Thursday), with occasional Friday or weekend games when necessary due to field availability.
Interesteed in joining the summer ball or all-star program? Please read the following carefully:
There are three (3) divisions within the Ottawa Summer Interlock League for the minor and major levels. Usually CRLL rosters teams at the All Star level in both divisions and any other additional teams formed will be within the Interlock League at an appropriate level of play; however All Star participation is dependent upon the commitment of sufficient coaches and players.
CRLL will roster summer Junior teams if there are sufficient players registered. A Junior All-Star Expos team will only compete in the Annual International Little League Tournament if sufficient players and coaches are available with the required level of commitment. The All Star team will compete at the Canadians level within the interlock when not engaged with Tournament play. Additional teams will be formed at the Canadian and/or National Division level if sufficient players are available.
CRLL will roster summer Senior teams if there are sufficient players registered. A Senior All-Star Expos team will only compete in the Annual International Little League Tournament if sufficient players and coaches are available with the required level of commitment. The All Star team will compete in the Canadians level within the interlock when not engaged with Tournament play. Additional teams will be formed at the Canadian and/or National Division level if sufficient players are available.
All-Star teams are selected after a tryout process in June. These teams represent our league in the World Wide Little League Tournament which starts with the District 6 playdowns and continue on to Provincial, Canadian and World Series Championships for the successful teams (Minors are capped at the Provincial Level).
All-Star Team Participation and Eligibility
Participation Commitment: Players selected for our All-Star teams must be available for tournament playdowns, including districts, provincial, national, and international events. We kindly request that players and their families plan their vacations around these crucial tournament dates, which can be found in the Tournament Dates section below. If any unavoidable absences arise, please promptly disclose and discuss them with the team manager and league representatives. Parents and players will be requested to sign a commitment letter to ensure a clear understanding of the expectations. It's essential to note that this commitment includes financial responsibilities for travel and accommodation. While some player-specific subsidies may be available, they are not guaranteed.
Passport Requirement: With the exception of the Minor Expos, All-Star players should have a valid passport to facilitate potential travel to the United States for participation in the World Series.
Summer Interlock League: Additionally, All-Star teams will have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Interlock league alongside other All-Star teams in the Ottawa Area. This league typically involves two games per week, one at home and one away. Teams also have the option to plan and participate in additional tournaments, though these would be at the team's expense. The scheduling of these additional events will be flexible, taking into consideration the availability of families and the team's schedule.
Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for selection to an All-Star team, players must meet the following criteria: