Club Awards

Hookin2Hockey, Under 10’s (half field competitions) – No awards are given at this age group, all players receive a medal.
All other age groups are awarded per team:

  • Best and Fairest
  • Coaches award
  • Team award

In addition the Junior Committee will select one junior player to receive a Junior Club Person Award.

Best & Fairest award

At the end of the season, a player will be awarded the ‘best and fairest’. This will be determined at year end by the team manager, accumulating a 3, 2, 1 voting system awarded by the team coach, team players and/or other team official after each match.
Specifically in relation to each junior level:

  • U12 teams – the coach and a parent on a rotating basis to vote after each match
  • U14 & U16 teams – the coach and players, will vote after each match.

Voting – Three votes for the best & fairest player on the ground, two votes for second best & fairest player and one vote for the third best & fairest player.
Criteria- Best and fairest is based on the following criteria:
Best: based on how important their playing performance was to the team and outcome of the game. Following should be considered:

  • Instigating good team play
  • Passing to advantage
  • Passing to a team mate who is in a better position
  • What the player does with the ball when in procession
  • Running off the ball into space or to draw opposition players

Fairest: based on ‘fair play’ and not being suspended during the season. Suspension renders a player ineligible for the award. Note that a player filling in for a match should not be eligible for votes for that particular match. Votes should only be awarded to regular team players.

Coaches award

At the end of the season each coach will select one player from their team to receive a Coaches Award. The coach’s award is also the encouragement award taking into account capability improvement factors (ie skill, leadership and team improvement factors).
Criteria – Greatest improvement over the season, taking into account the following factors:

  • Improvement in playing performance over the season (in terms of skill and ‘for the team’ factors)
  • Commitment and effort at training and games
  • Willingness to listen and learn at training and games
  • General team behaviour and improvement (ie relating to others in the team, coach and officials)
  • Any other factors taking into account improvement in skill, leadership and team
Team Award

At the end of the season each coach will select one player from their team to receive a Team award,
Criteria – Best team player over the season, taking into account the following factors:

  • Regular attendance at training and games
  • Behaviour to coach, team mates and officials (ie be disciplined and polite)
  • Playing contribution to the team (ie a ‘for the team’ and not an individual playing contributor to the team)
  • Commitment and effort to the team
  • Social contributor to the team (ie a good team person)
Junior Club Person Award – Ian Lawrence Perpetual Trophy

At the end of the season Junior Committee will select one junior player to receive a Junior Club Person Award.
Criteria – To be awarded to a junior player who contributes the most to the Waverley Hockey Club, through activities such as:

  • Umpiring
  • Coaching
  • Putting away gear
  • Working in the canteen
  • Helping at Hook in2 Hockey
  • Maintaining equipment etc

Any junior player can be nominated for this award and it is to be discussed and voted on by the Junior Committee.

To ensure an unbiased voting process

This applies to:

  • ‘Best and Fairest’ voting for the U12 teams
  • Most improved award
  • Team award

It is important to ensure that the voting process is seen to be unbiased. If the team official in charge of voting (i.e., coach) has a sibling, child or grandchild in the team it is recommended (where possible) that a panel of voters (including the coach) be convened to vote at each match and from this process the best three players be determined. At season end, the same panel also vote on most improved and team award. This system should preserve the integrity of the award.

Voting during finals

Votes will not continue during the finals.