The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and USA Softball, the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States, is excited to announce the launch of the ASA/USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Player of the Week award, presented by Worth Fastpitch and StudentSports.com. Recipients of the award, which will honor JO players under the age of 18 for their performance in ASA/USA play, will receive a brand new Worth bat along with a certificate from ASA/USA Softball. Nominations will be submitted through StudentSports.com by clicking here.
"We are proud to be launching this program in 2014 to recognize the accomplishments of our youth athletes," said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress. "The dedication, talents, and hard work of these athletes at all levels deserves to be recognized and we hope to do that with this honor."
Established to recognize JO players 18 years or younger for outstanding play in an ASA/USA sanctioned event, the ASA/USA Softball JO Player of the Week will begin its inaugural campaign in the 2014 season. Fourteen athletes, male or female, will be honored from May 9 - August 8 following the conclusion of the ASA/USA JO National Championships. Nominations will be taken on a week-by-week basis (see below schedule) and will be submitted and accepted through http://www.studentsports.com/softball/2014/02/12/asa-player-week-form/ until noon ET every Tuesday. In order to be eligible for the award, athletes must be registered with their local ASA/USA association and must have participated in ASA/USA Softball sanctioned events or tournaments during the week nominated.
"We at Student Sports are very excited to be part of the 'ASA/USA JO Player of the Week' program to honor those players who work hard and achieve success on the field," said Brentt Eads, Executive Editor for Student Sports Softball. "This is a great opportunity for athletes to be recognized and for the softball community to celebrate the sport. With the broad reach of ASA/USA, the players at the upcoming events will have to do some pretty special things to rise above their peers, but that's what makes softball so great! These super-achievers always rise to the challenge!"
2014 ASA/USA Softball JO Player of the Week award schedule
Week 1 (April 30 - May 6): Winner announced May 9
Week 2 (May 7 - 13): Winner announced May 16
Week 3 (May 14 - 20): Winner announced May 23
Week 4 (May 21 - 27): Winner announced May 30
Week 5 (May 28 - June 3): Winner announced June 6
Week 6 (June 4 - 10): Winner announced June 13
Week 7 (June 11 - 17): Winner announced June 20
Week 8 (June 18 - 24): Winner announced June 27
Week 9 (June 25 - July 1): Winner announced July 4
Week 10 (July 2 - 8): Winner announced July 11
Week 11 (July 9 - 15): Winner announced July 18
Week 12 (July 16 - 22): Winner announced July 25
Week 13 (July 23 - 29): Winner announced August 1
Week 14 (July 30 - August 5): Winner announced August 8
“Big stats and star athletes are not common feats, and these players should be recognized," said Worth Fastpitch Brand Marketing Manager Chelsea Wilson. "We are excited to partner with ASA/USA in giving the credit to the players for their performance.”
Below is a list of criteria for the ASA/USA Softball JO Player of the Week award:
Recipients of the award will be assessed by the statistics provided and will be decided by an internal committee of StudentSports.com and ASA/USA Softball staff. Nominations will be assessed by the information provided on the nomination form.