CONFERENCE CAROLINAS AWARDS

Team Awards

Messick Sportsmanship Award

Conference coaches from all institutions rank each institution based on the overall sportsmanship of the institutions, players and coaches.  These rankings will be established based on the average score for each sport then tallied together to give an overall point total for the institution. The school with the highest point ranking wins the overall Messick Sportsmanship Award, the men's award winner & the women's award winner (3 awards) (10/6/16).

Hawn All-Sports Cup

Based on the finish of each conference sport, points are given ranking the teams from first place to last.  The points are then totaled from all the sports for each institution and the institution with the highest total is awarded the overall Hawn Cup, the men's Hawn Cup winner & the women's Hawn Cup winner (3 awards).

Sharp Award

The Allan Sharp award honors former Conference Faculty Athletics Representative Allan Sharp that shall be presented annually to the league member institution having the highest graduation rate of athletes as determined by the Faculty Athletics Representatives.


Individual Awards

Murphy Osborne Scholar-Athlete Award

This is Conference Carolinas Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete Award. Student-Athletes are nominated by their institutions based on their academic, athletic, and service accomplishments. The Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs) from all Conference Carolinas institutions submit institutional nominations, and votes are cast by the FARs. To be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be a December or May graduating senior or a first-year graduate student completing athletic eligibility at the same institution as undergraduate matriculation. The student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25, a full-time student at the time of nomination and for at least two years at the member school, and must be a starter or important substitute in a conference sport.

To be eligible for the award the student-athlete:

  1. Must be a senior, graduating in the current academic year (December or May) with the exception of a first-year graduate student who is completing his/her final year of eligibility at the same institution as undergraduate matriculation.
  2. Must have a minimum of four-semesters of residence at the nominating institution
  3. Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25
  4. Must have a full-time student at the time of nomination and for at least two years at the member school
  5. must be a starter or important substitute in a conference sport.

Athlete of the Year

The Athlete of the Year Award (1 Male & 1 Female each year) is based on the most outstanding Athlete for the year in the league.  Per ADs vote, nominations will be accepted from member institutions all and all nomination information, statistics, and accomplishments should be for the current year, should solely be based on athletically related criteria, and to only include conference sponsored sports.   

All-Conference Academic Team Award Criteria (cumulative)

The All-Conference Academic Team Awards are awarded after the completion of the sports season and to student-athletes who meet the following criteria: 

  1. Junior or Senior academic status as determined by the Registrar’s Office; not based on athletic status.
  2. Fifth year students (only) have the opportunity for a third year of recognition (effective Jan.1, 2017).
  3. Competed in a conference sport 
  4. Cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) on all work completed at the member institution.
    • GPAs for student-athletes who play a winter or spring sport need to include the previous fall semester’s grades
  5. Must have completed at least two full-time semesters at the member institution (currently in their third semester or beyond).  

Presidential Honor Roll (individual semester)

The Presidential Honor Roll, compiled at the end of the Fall & Spring semesters, recognizes student-athletes who have earned a 3.20 grade-point average on a 4.00 scale for that semester for ALL sports (can include non-conference sports).  All student-athletes are eligible for inclusion on the Honor Roll . (9/16/10) - No gift included

NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees

 Award sponsored through the NCAA Woman of the Year program which recognizes graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

Comeback Athlete of the Year

A conference award nominated by each institution's head athletic trainer that will be given to recognize a student-athlete who participates in a Conference-sponsored sport, has suffered a significant injury, and come back to make significant contributions to their team after recovering. 

SAAC Make-A-Wish Awards

A continuation of the conference's award system that recognizes outstanding institutional fundraising efforts for the national Make-A-Wish campaign for individual schools Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC). The MVP Award is given to the institution that collected the most funds during the academic year. The Comeback Award is granted to the most improved institution when comparing funds collected from the previous academic year. Finally, the Top Play Award is presented to the institution bringing in the most money across all institutions for a single campus event.

All Conference Student Support Team (New for 2017-18)

A conference award that will recognize students who support athletics teams through service including or similar to team managers, statistical support, video service and contest support.  Nominees will meet the following criteria:

1.     Junior or Senior academic status as determined by the Registrar’s Office.

2.     Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) on all work completed at the member institution.

3.     GPAs for students will be based on the previous fall semester’s grades

4.     Must have completed at least two full-time semesters at the member institution (currently in their third semester or beyond). 

5.     A student-athlete in their 5th year could be eligible for recognition.

Each school would have one recipient placed on this annual team, and each school would be responsible for determining how to select their recipient.  The award can be presented to a student-athlete (but not from working for the team in which they participate), but the preference is for the award to go to a non-student-athlete. Selections would be requested from the league office and coordinated by each institution’s AD for submission of their institution’s awardee to the conference office by April 1.  The conference office would provide a plaque for each awardee by April 15th of each year (so schools can recognize at their individual sports banquets). The conference office will then announce the complete 'Team' after May 15th.

All Sportsmanship Award (Starts 2018-19)

A conference award to recognize sportsmanship that will be presented on an annual basis to an individual for their outstanding sportsmanship.  The award will mirror the NCAA’s annual sportsmanship award and will be administered through the leagues SWA committee (Note, the SWAs could elect not to present the award in years in which they did not feel there was a worthy candidate).

Player of the Week

Nominated by each institution to the conference and voted on by league sports information directors that is based on performance for that week.

 

Postseason Awards

Player of the Year

Nominated by institution, each institution then votes for the winner but is not allowed to vote for their own nominee.

Coach of the Year

Nominated by institution, each institution then votes for the winner but is not allowed to vote for their own nominee.

Freshman of the Year (2/9/17)

Nominated by institution, each institution then votes for the winner but is not allowed to vote for their own nominee. FOTY Note: The Awards & Championship Committee specifically wanted to keep this award as pure as possible within the below qualifications:

  1. Student-athlete should qualify only if it is the first collegiate institution they have attended
  2. It is the student-athletes first year using any eligibility (no red-shirts)
  3. The student-athlete is not applicable for any transfer exceptions
  4. Nominators have the responsibility to make sure all qualifications are met 

Scholar Athlete of the Year

Conference Carolinas will announce the Scholar Athletes of the Year following each sport season (fall, winter, spring) as voted on by the student-athlete affairs committee. It will be awarded to one student-athlete in each sport for recognition of their outstanding academic and athletic achievements. Each school will submit their best candidate from each sport that meet minimum qualifications that include all qualifications of the All-Conference Academic Team Award Criteria (above) and additionally the student-athlete must be a current member of the All-Conference Carolinas First, Second, or Third Team that were recently selected by head coaches from conference member institutions.

 

All Conference

Players are nominated by their institution and then voted on by all the institutions but each institution can not vote for their own player. The teams are then distributed the following way:

Sport 1st Team  2nd Team  3rd Team Offensive & Defensive Player of the Year Player of the Year
Men's & Women's Cross Country 5 5 5 No Yes
Men's & Women's Soccer 11 11 11 Yes No
Men's & Women's Volleyball 7 7 7 Yes No
Men's & Women's Basketball 5 5 5 Yes No
Men's & Women's Golf 5 5 5 No Yes
Men's & Women's Tennis 6 6 6 No Yes
Men's & Women's Lacrosse 15 15 0 Yes No
Men's & Women's Track & Field 28 28 0 No Yes
Baseball 16 16 0 Yes No
Softball 14 14 0 Yes No
           

 

All Tournament

The following charts present the breakdown of the all tournament teams. Each teams' respective coach selects their all tournament representative based on their postseason finish.

Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball:

Team's Finish in Tournament Number of All Tournament Team Selections
Tournament Champion MVP + 2 All Tournament Selections
Tournament Runner Up 2 All Tournament Selections
Third Place Finish 1 All Tournament Selection
Fourth Place Finish 1 All Tournament Selection

 

Baseball, Soccer:

Team's Finish in Tournament Number of All Tournament Team Selections
Tournament Champion MVP + 4 All Tournament Selections
Tournament Runner Up 3 All Tournament Selections
Third Place Finish 2 All Tournament Selections
Fourth Place Finish 2 All Tournament Selections

 

Softball:

Team's Finish in Tournament Number of All Tournament Team Selections
Tournament Champion MVP + 2 All Tournament Selections
Tournament Runner Up 3 All Tournament Selections
Third Place Finish 2 All Tournament Selections
Fourth Place Finish 2 All Tournament Selections
Fifth Place Finish 1 All Tournament Selection
Sixth Place Finish 1 All Tournament Selection

 

Golf:

Finish in Tournament  Number of All Tournament Team Selections
Individual Tournament Champion MVP
1st Place - 10th Place Finish Each Selected to All Tournament Team

 

Elite 21: Will honor student-athletes with the highest cumlative GPA at their respective championship site. The award is modeled after the NCAA's Elite 90 Award, allowing all student-athletes at the championship site to win the award.  For example in soccer, volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse this would be the "Final 4" and for softball and tennis it would be the "Final 8". For sports like cross country, T&F, swimming, and golf the entire roster would be eligible. (Note: ties are accepted and applicable and winners must come from the "Championsite Site -no matter if that is 2 teams or 12 teams).

Nominations would come from the compliance officers, similar to the scholar athlete of the year.

Selection criteria

1.            Student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically and athletically, and in at least his or her second year (in any sport) at his or her current institution.

2.            Student-athlete is an active member on the roster, eligible for the championship, and a member of the designated squad size at the championship site in sports with squad size limitations.

3.            Credits completed shall only consist of those credits accumulated at the current institution and shall not include any transfer or AP credits.

4.            Only undergraduate GPA is applicable.  If the student-athlete has graduated and is in graduate school, he or she is still eligible for the award but consideration will be based strictly on an undergraduate GPA. Graduate students must be in good academic standing with the university.

5.            Each student-athlete is only eligible to win the award once per academic year, even if he or she participates in more than one sport.

 

Swimming and indoor and outdoor track relays and divers:

1.            Swimming relay teams: A student-athlete must have qualified for the championship on his or her own merits. A student-athlete is not eligible to win if he or she is a relay alternate.

2.            Track relay teams: A student-athlete must have been on the relay team that achieved the qualifying mark to be eligible to win the award.

3.            Divers must qualify for the national championship portion of the meet to be eligible to win the award.

 

http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/events/awards/elite-90-academic-recognition-award-program

Will start in 2018-19 Academic Year