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How are the All-Conference teams selected?
Representatives from each team rank their own players in order of ability and send their names to the CWPA office by the deadline noted on the Coaches’ Calendar. The CWPA office compiles the rankings by division and releases the information to every team to serve as a guide when voting. Teams then vote for the top 12 field players, two goalies, a Most Valuable Player, and a Coach of the Year, using the ballot available on the web site. The office compiles the votes and publishes the results at the conclusion of each season.

Who selects the Player of the Week?
The Director of Communications selects a Varsity Player of the Week in each division based on nominations received in the office by Monday at 5:00 PM. For collegiate club teams, the Director of Communications selects the individual based on nominations submitted. If more than one nomination is received, he may convene a panel when necessary. Nominations should include the player’s name, year at school, and relevant statistical information.

How are the All-America teams selected?
The highest award presented to a collegiate player for their performance, the national All-America teams are selected by two separate groups. Varsity athletes are recognized by the American Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association, while club athletes from the CWPA and the Big 10 Conference are recognized through the Collegiate Water Polo Association. Recipients of both ACWPC and CWPA All-America honors are named to the team based upon votes tallied from coaches nationwide. Nominees for the club All-America team are nominated by their coaches/club contacts near the end of the season and voted upon by all the collegiate club coaches in the nation. Recipients receive commemorative certificates to mark their accomplishment.

How are the Sports Information Directors of the Year selected?
Recipients in each varsity division during the men’s (Northern & Southern Divisions) and women’s (Northern, Southern, Western Divisions) are named by the CWPA Director of Communications based upon their notable excellence in the field of water polo communications during the past academic year.

How are the National Collegiate Club, Division II/III Eastern, Eastern and Division III National Collegiate Club All-Tournament and Most Valuable Players selected?
Each participating head coach at the championship nominates five field athletes and a goalie for inclusion on the All-Tournament ballot.  Coaches vote for the top 12 players in the championship (excluding their own nominees) and submit the ballots prior to halftime of the championship game to the Director of Communications at the scorer’s table.

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