Weekly Feature

2018-06-13 / Sports

All-Bee Softball Teams named; selection process explained

The Bee’s sports staff decided to once again honor some of the area’s best softball players with the seventh annual installment of the All-Bee Softball Team.

Being selected for the team 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.

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 a list of his or her top two starting infielders, top catcher, top two starting outfielders and top starting pitcher from which the nominated players list was created. Coaches were then sent a ballot and the list of nominated players from which to choose.

Each coach was asked to vote for three outfielders, two infielders, a catcher, a pitcher and a player of the year from the list of nominees whom they felt were most deserving of all-star status. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

Each vote was worth one point. The total points were compiled, determining the order of the All-Bee Teams. The players with the most points at their respective positions were named the First Team all-stars, with the players receiving the next-most votes being named the Second Team all-stars. The players receiving the next range of votes were named Honorable Mention all-stars.

The Bee also recognized a Pitcher of the Year, Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. Pitchers were not eligible to also be the Player of the Year. The Pitcher of the Year was determined in the same fashion as the rest of the First Team. The vote for Player of the Year could have included someone voted for at infield or outfield, or someone else completely different from those two categories.

Of the 23 coaches sent a ballot and list of nominees, only Cardinal O’Hara did not submit a completed ballot.

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