The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNHS recruit rankings.
That being said, the state’s returning First Team All-State selections are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …
2010-11 IOWA CLASS 4A FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE SELECTIONS
2010-11 IOWA CLASS 3A FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE SELECTIONS
2010-11 IOWA CLASS 2A FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE SELECTIONS
2010-11 IOWA CLASS 1A FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE SELECTIONS
A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf.