Thanks to koala fan for sending this to me.
Check out the first and second teams for the East Region HERE
A truly outstanding honor for the young lady from Pearl River. However, one must be reminded that only paid NFCA members can nominate players for both the NFCA and Gatorade Regional and National Players of the Year. Notice that no players from the Class A State Champs were listed. Yes, it is a Regional Listing (not just NYS), but in my opinion, the All State Listing carries more weight than the NFCA Honors which is much more political. (PS – This is NOT to take anything away from this honor bestowed to the Pearl River, Bay Shore, Horseheads, etc Players. This is a wonderful honor and my heart felt congrats go out to all of them)
A great honor for Taylor Pirone who in only her second seasonat Ursuline. There will be a lot more honors, we are sure. Congrats Taylor and her coach and dad JP.
I wanted to show everyone the link that reflects the Official NFCA “All American Listings” (Above reflects the NFCA All Eastern Regional Team, but this is the Final NFCA All American Team Report) – http://www.nfca.org/pagebank/?id=1406
Pearl River’s Krystina Poloni and Afton’s (From Section 4) Jessica Winans made the 2nd Team NFCA All American Honors
Congrats to both young ladies. To make an All American Team is an extremely high honor and both players should be very very proud (as well as their Parent and Coaches)
(It is very interesting to see that the “National Gatorade Player of the Year for New York State”, Olivia Galati St. John the Baptist, ONLY made “Honorable Mention All American” To me, something is not right with these picks. How can Gatorade pick Galati (who also was the NYSSWA Class AA Player of the Year) as bein the “BEST HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL PLAYER IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK (Overall, regardless of Enrollment Class), when the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association only selects her as being “Honorable Mention” All American Selection (a very high honor, indeed, but the math just doesn’t simply add up)
Here are my thoughts.
Two different awards with two different committees and qualifying criteria. NFCA has nothing to do with Gatorade POY awards. The Gatorade award is by ESPN, and others and the criteria is based on academics, community service, and stats supplied by whomever does the nominating. Any one can nominate a player including travel coach, family member etc….
NFCA Louisville Slugger process is that the nominations come from member coaches (must be HS to nominate a HS player travel is different), the fact that some coaches register and some don’t speaks volumes for the coaches who are into it enough to do the extra work required to give a nomination. Secondly the criteria for a nomination is specific, they ask for everything from hits, to hbp, batters faced (for pitchers etc….) If you don’t have the numbers they won’t even consider you. Which then brings you to who are they? It starts at the region level, I believe I read on the page that the East Region consists of 8 committee people who consider the qualified nominees and decide if they can be a regional 1st or second team selection. Once the region teams are done the national committe votes on the final all american first, second team and honorable mention..
Yes there are very good players nationwide who do not get considered who should be, but that falls on the HS coach for not registering to do the most they can for their players.
Hope the info. helps. It is all available on the website for both Gatorade and NFCA.
Also, it seems the teams are by positions and clearly pitcher is the toughest position with a lot more qualified players. For instance, the Fico girl from Ct. is going to LSU in the fall as opposed to Galati who is going to Hofstra. Maybe the other two New York players arent as good as Galati but being non pitchers probably gives them less top notch players to be selected against. A great honor for all 4 New York players selected though, two second team and two honorable mention.
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