MAX Field Hockey is excited to announce the 2017 High School All-Region First and Second Teams. Selections were the most difficult they have ever been this year because we are so much more knowledgeable of all the talent across the country! We spent almost two months doing extensive research into state and conference performance and postseason honors, reaching out to coaches and individuals connected to the different areas to get to our final lists. We are very excited to have for the first time ever a first AND second team for these. We have gone from recognizing 135 athletes to now 274 athletes! With all the talent out there and the great amount of nominations we received, we even had a hard time narrowing it down to that number, which is also why it took a little longer for us to put these together, so thank you for your patience.
A couple of notes about our selections– Nominations were accepted and considered, but not required for a player to be selected. Our All-Region awards are directly related to High School performance. While we may factor in some of our knowledge of club, USA Field Hockey participation and our Player Rankings, we really try our best to make these about performance for this 2017 High School season. Some of our final decisions left out some very strong players who have been a part of high up USA Field Hockey camps, amongst our top player rankings, and who are committed to Top 20 schools. In combing through our lists, we had to make some tough decisions and pick out the players who stood out the most this Fall season and unfortunately, we had to leave out some very deserving players.
New this Fall, we attempted to stick to the percentage of programs per state for these awards. So if 50% of the programs in a region were from state A, we tried to award close to 50% of the All-Region spots to players from state A. We also increased the number of PA/NJ spots this Fall to 35 as we saw that region had almost double the number of programs as some of the other regions. In a couple of situations we also took the liberty of adding an extra player to the list when we felt like we just couldn’t leave a player out.
Check back throughout the week as we release the All-American Teams, and State, Regional and National Players and Coaches of the Year!
Congratulations to the selected athletes!
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