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February 21, 2017

The 'Preseason Awards' Selection Process

By Aaron Brown

 

There were a lot of tough decisions to make heading into the 2017 season. Determining the rankings and attempting to recognize high school water polo players (All-Illpolo Teams, Impact Players, etc.) is a difficult process, especially when you consider that the last official high school game was played in May 2017, more than nine months ago.

 

I've spent the past six months trying to determine which players graduated, which players return, and which players are more than likely expected to produce for their respective teams. And even with that, it always feels like there are additional deserving players who will feel that they too should have earned some preseason recognition before the first official games begin on March 6.

 

Here are some important things to consider as to how the preseason awards were determined:

 

1) The All-Illpolo Teams are strongly based on the individual impact a player makes combined with their team's overall performance. The 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 would compile.

 

2) The majority of the decisions are based on recorded performances during the 2016 season.

 

3) While every effort is made to consider work 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 lists is based on exposure, especially during the previous season. I am well aware that there are likely a handful of players who may feel their performances have been overlooked to this point.

 

5) Every effort will be made over the course of the season to recognize as many players as possible.

 

6) In some instances, information may have gotten crossed up and a returning player may have been mistaken as having graduated. If you believe this to be true, send corrections to illpolostaff@gmail.com.

 

7) In other instances, a graduated player may appear on the lists because of incorrect information. The same may be true about a player that has moved, transferred or is not playing for a specific reason. In these cases, send all corrections to illpolostaff@gmail.com 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 2017,

Aaron Brown

illpolo.com

 

 

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