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Volleyball award wasn’t chosen fairly

Published 8:50pm Saturday, October 13, 2012

Dear editor:

I am one of the parents of a player on the Isabella volleyball team. Isabella, along with Jemison, Thorsby, Maplesville and Chilton County High School, played in the Chilton County Volleyball Tournament on Sept. 29 in Jemison.

At the end of the tournament, a Most Valuable Player award was given. The award was given to a player from Jemison. I have been involved in athletics for a long time. I played ball in high school and coached many years with Clanton Dixie Youth Baseball. I have played in many tournaments and even had the privilege of coaching in the Dixie Youth World Series. I have never seen a player on the losing team receive the Most Valuable Player award. I am not taking anything away from the Jemison player. Had Jemison won the tournament, she certainly should have been the MVP.

From my understanding, the tournament MVP was voted on by the coaches. Well, the only problem with that is that the only coaches I saw at the championship game were Isabella’s, Jemison’s and Chilton County’s. That would be like you voting for Jordan Jefferson to be the MVP of the national championship game between Alabama and LSU, and you didn’t even watch the game.

There just seems to be something fundamentally wrong with the method in which this award was given.

My daughter was not in the running for this award. I am just a little upset with the way this was handled. Again, please understand that I am not in any way saying that the player from Jemison was not a good player. She not only is a good player, I am sure she is an equally good young lady. However, when did we start awarding MVP awards to the second-place team?

George Ramsey, Clanton

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  • jctigers

    Well Phil why don’t you name one? World Series? No. Super Bowl? No. BCS National Championship? No. College World Series? No. I could go on and on. You are right about one thing Phil. It is supposed to be about who played the best through out the tournament not just one game. So how could this have been a fair vote if the vote took place before the last game was played. It couldn’t have been. I agree with you George. Also I have found out that the same thing happened to the Isabella JV team and that the winner of that MVP was a player on Jemison’s team. Makes you wounder how it is that in both situation the host teams player was the one who got MVP. We may never know the rest of the story.

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  • Phil Burnette

    George, for all your participation you missed out on learning one thing at least. MVP awards do NOT automatically go a player on the winning team. If voted on fairly they go to the player who was most valuable to their team irregardless of final standings. In other words, MVP awards are supposed to be based on the body of work not one game. This happens frequently in many different sports at many different levels.

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