Weekly Feature

2017-11-08 / Sports

All-Bee Soccer squads’ selection process explained

Given the tremendous success of last year’s squad, The Bee’s sports staff is once again proud to recognize some of the area’s top talent with the 2017 installment of the All-Bee Soccer teams.

Being selected for any of the All-Bee teams is an honor that the recipients are proud to receive, not just because it looks good, but also because opposing coaches see how valuable a player each recipient is to his or her team — and there’s no reason why the soccer honorees shouldn’t feel the same way.

The voting process for the All-Bee Team is completely in the hands of the coaches of teams in The Bee’s coverage area. At the end of the season, each coach was contacted and asked to submit the names of his or her top two starters, by position, from which the nominated players list was created. Upon receiving each team’s starting lineup, coaches were then mailed a ballot and the list of nominated players from which to choose.

Each coach was asked to vote for the top two players at each position — forward, midfield and defense — they felt were most deserving of all-star status. There was an error on the initial ballot sent out where the top three players were asked at each position, but all selections were still honored.

One goalie was also voted for, as was a Coach of the Year. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players, or for themselves.

Each vote was worth one point. The total points were compiled, which determined the order of the All-Bee teams. The two players with the most points at each position were named the First Team All-Stars, with the player receiving the second-most votes being named the Second Team All-Stars. The player receiving the third-most votes was named an Honorable Mention All-Star. Just one goalie was named per level.

Of the 23 boys soccer coaches sent a ballot and list of nominees, only Christian Central Academy declined to submit a completed ballot. Of the 25 girls soccer coaches sent a ballot and list of nominees, only Cardinal O’Hara did not submit a completed ballot.

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