Northern Kentucky Baseball All Stars
For age groups 8U and above, NKB offers players the opportunity to participate in the NKB All Stars program, part of our national charter with Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth Baseball. Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth All Star teams have the potential to advance through the official tournament trail leading up to the nationally-televised Cal Ripken World Series.
In addition to competing within the Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth tournament trail, many of our NKB All Star teams also compete throughout the summer at various All Star and open travel tournaments.
The NKB All Stars Program is targeted towards players who have both the desire to continue playing baseball following the conclusion of the regular season and the ability to compete at a highly competitive level. Selected players will have an opportunity to represent NKB in Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth and other all star tournaments, play with other players from the league and form new friendships. The additional practices and games will help the players further develop and refine their baseball skills.
The NKB All Star players will be selected by a committee based on the results of tryouts and coaches’ recommendations. The teams will play following the end of the NKB regular season and end-of-the season tournament (typically mid-to-late June) through the end of July/early August. The NKB All Star teams may participate in the Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth tournament trail, which consists of tournaments at the district, state, regional and national levels, as well as other all star tournaments.
NKB All Star teams will be formed based on one of the following East Kentucky State/District 1 Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth charters, which are based on geography:
• District 1 (North) – All players with a physical home address in Boone, Campbell or Kenton counties.
• District 1 (West) – All players with a physical home address in Carroll, Gallatin, Grant or Owen counties.
• District 1 (East) – All players with a physical home address in Bracken, Mason, Pendleton or Robertson counties.
Depending upon the level of player and coach interest, more than one NKB All Star team may be formed for a given age group and for a given charter.
Presented below is a list of frequently asked questions about the NKB All Stars Program. For additional information, please contact Mike Flynn (Vice President – Elite, Select and All Stars).
Frequently Asked Questions
• I’m not sure if my son/daughter is “all star” caliber. Should I still have him/her tryout? Yes! For anyone desiring to play more baseball following the regular season, they are highly encouraged to tryout. While not every player trying out will be guaranteed to make an all star team, NKB will do its best to provide an opportunity for as many players as possible to participate in the all star process.
• What is the format of the all star tryout? The format of the tryout will typically include drills to assess different aspects of the players’ abilities, including base running; hitting; fielding; catching; and throwing. As such, each player will need to come to the tryout prepared to bat, catch fly balls, field grounders and run bases. In addition, those interested in the catcher position (all ages) or pitching (9U and above) will need to demonstrate those skills. Separate tryouts will be held for each of the age groups.
• Why are there potentially three different teams formed for each age division? I thought that we were all part of the same league? NKB resides within District 1 of the East Kentucky Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth organization. District 1 is comprised of multiple counties and, accordingly, there are currently three separate charters based on geography. NKB All Star teams will be formed based on the following charter structure:
o District 1 (North) – All players with a physical home address in Boone, Campbell or Kenton counties.
o District 1 (West) – All players with a physical home address in Carroll, Gallatin, Grant or Owen counties.
o District 1 (East) – All players with a physical home address in Bracken, Mason, Pendleton or Robertson counties.
• How many players are on a roster? The typical number of players is 12. Teams may, however, elect to have up to two alternates as well.
• How long does the all star season last? Practices may occur during the regular season after the rosters have been finalized to the extent practical. All star games will typically start the week after the end of the regular season (i.e., mid-to- late June) and possibly continue through the end of July/early August depending upon the number and timing of any additionally scheduled games/tournaments.
• How many games will be played? This will vary based on a number of factors. At a minimum, it is anticipated that the all star teams will compete in the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth district tournament (to the extent necessary) and in the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth state tournament (for qualifying teams). Teams are encouraged to participate in other tournaments as well. This will be based on the coaches and parents preferences.
• How much does it cost? The initial cost for those players selected to one of the all star teams will be $50, which will be utilized for uniforms and other required expenses. NKB will be providing some funding related to all stars. Any travel-related expenses, non-Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth tournament trail entry fees, etc. will be the responsibility of the all star players’ families.
• If a player “played up” during the regular season, can he/she play with his/her own age for all stars? Yes. Player age requirements are based on a player’s age as of April 30th, but a player may elect to tryout for an age group that is one year higher. For example, a 10 year old player who participated in the NKB’s 11U division may tryout for the 11U or 10U all star team. Players are, however, required to indicate which age group that they are trying out for as part of the all star registration process and are only allowed to play on one all star team.