February 14, 2016
Preseason Selection Process
There were a lot of tough decisions and predictions to
make heading into the 2016 season. Determining the rankings and
making All-Illpolo Team selections is a difficult process,
especially when you consider that the last official high school game was
played in May 2015, close to ten months ago.
The All-Illpolo Teams were extremely difficult to
predict, so much so that a second list of 'Impact Players' had
to be created. And even with that, it still feels like there are
additional deserving players who will make a case for recognition as we
begin the first official competitions on March 9.
Here are some important things to consider as to how
the rankings and awards were determined:
1) The All-Illpolo Teams are strongly based on the
individual impact a player makes combined with their team's overall
lists are not an evaluation of a player's individual talents, which is much
different than something a college recruiter or a national team coach
2) The majority of the decisions are based on
recorded performances during the 2015 season.
3) While every effort is made to consider word done in
the offseason and the impact freshmen players will make on their respective
teams, this information can be difficult to determine and may not be
reflected in the preseason lists.
4) A great deal of the list is based on exposure,
especially during the previous season. I am well aware that there are
probably a handful of players whose performances have been overlooked to
this point and who will wonder why they have not been mentioned here.
Every effort will be made over the course of the season to recognize as
many players as possible.
5) In some instances, information may have gotten
crossed up and a returning player may have been mistaken as having
graduated and does not appear on the teams. I reserve the right to make
additional changes to the lists if this is the case. If you believe this
to be true, please send an e-mail to
6) In other instances, a graduated player may appear on
the list but appears on the teams because of some form of incorrect
information. The same may be true about a player that has moved,
transferred, or is not playing for a specific reason. If this is the case,
please e-mail corrections to
firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
7) As always, the opinions of this site are simply
opinions. They are meant to be a starting point to the upcoming season. I
fully expect a wave of e-mails regarding the lists and the rankings, but
the general answer I will always give is that they are MY opinions, which
I base solely on the information I have at my disposal.
Best of luck in 2016,