Kenai Little League will host the Alaska District 1 South Pool All-Star Tournament Saturday through Wednesday.
Five teams of 11- and 12-year-olds from Homer, Kenai, Kodiak, Seward and Soldotna will participate in the action.
In the past this tournament has been held in Anchorage and involved 20 to 24 teams. For convenience, this year the region has been divided into four pools. Each pool will hold separate tournaments and send the winners on to play in Knik.
Kodiak and the four teams from the peninsula form the south pool.
Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kenai Little League Fields. Two games will be played each day. Saturday's and Sunday's games are at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., while games Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The champion of the tournament will be determined in the new pool format. Each team plays four games, then the team with the best win-loss record after all 10 games becomes the south pool champion.
If two or more teams finish with the same record, tiebreaker criteria will be applied. Head-to-head records of the tied teams are examined first. If they still tie, the average runs allowed per defensive inning from their games are looked at. Then the average runs allowed per defensive inning played in head-to-head games are considered.
The winning team goes on to compete against the four other pool champions in the District 1 Finals Tournament in Knik on July 21. This tournament's champion advances to the State Tournament in Fairbanks on July 29. After State is Regionals, held in San Bernardino, Calif., on Aug. 8, then the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
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