A HISTORY
OF HONORING 
THE FUTURE


The Gatorade Player of the Year award was established in 1985 to recognize the nation’s most elite high school student-athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.

In each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, one GATORADE STATE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE YEAR is chosen in each of the following sports:

FOOTBALL
VOLLEYBALL
BOYS & GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL
BOYS & GIRLS SOCCER
SOFTBALL & BASEBALL
BOYS & GIRLS TRACK & FIELD

SELECTION PROCESS


WHY OUR ATHLETES
MAKE HISTORY

The Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee administers the selection process for Gatorade State and National Player of the Year awards. All final selections result from a collaborative effort and are made by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee.

GATORADE STATE

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

ONE WINNER FROM EACH OF THE TWELVE SPORTS IS CHOSEN FROM EACH STATE AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.


The Gatorade State Player of the Year award winners are evaluated and selected on the basis of three criteria:

Athletic Excellence - Standout performance in their respective sport made at the high school, club, national or international levels of competition.

Academic Achievement - Review of GPA and class rank, as well as SAT and ACT scores, and academic honors distinctions.

Exemplary Character - Commitment to sportsmanship, character and community through membership and participation in positive activities.


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GATORADE NATIONAL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

ONE ATHLETE IN EACH OF THE TWELVE SPORTS IS CHOSEN OUT OF THE STATE WINNERS


After Gatorade State Player of the Year awards are announced, a Gatorade National Player of the Year is selected. Each sport’s pool of male and female state winners is evaluated further on the program’s three pillars – athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character. The twelve national winners selected represent the nation’s best all-around high school student-athletes. Of the national winners, one male and one female is recognized as the Gatorade Athlete of the Year.

GATORADE

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

OF THE TWELVE NATIONAL WINNERS, ONE MALE AND ONE FEMALE IS RECOGNIZED AS THE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR


Each year, a national voting panel consisting of sports journalists, coaches, prep-sports experts and analysts evaluate the twelve Gatorade National Player of the Year honorees. The male and female athletes receiving the highest rating from this panel are named Gatorade Athletes of the Year. The Athlete of the Year selections are based on athletics, academics and character. The Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards are presented in Los Angeles, California, at the Gatorade Athlete of the Year Awards prior to The ESPY Awards.

KEY DATES


SPORT

NOMINATION DEADLINE

STATE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOOTBALL

11-28-2016

12-12-2016

VOLLEYBALL

12-22-2016

01-17-2017

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

01-06-2017

01-23-2017

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

01-06-2017

01-30-2017

GIRLS BASKETBALL

02-24-2017

03-09-2017

BOYS BASKETBALL

02-24-2017

03-16-2017

BASEBALL

05-08-2017

05-30-2017

SOFTBALL

05-19-2017

06-05-2017

BOYS SOCCER

06-05-2017

06-12-2017

GIRLS SOCCER

06-12-2017

06-19-2017

BOYS TRACK & FIELD

06-09-2017

06-22-2017

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD

06-09-2017

06-22-2017

All Gatorade state soccer players of the year (Fall & Spring) will be announced in June.