The Cincinnati Enquirer will again hold its popular High School Athlete of the Week poll in the 2021-2022 sporting year.
Voters can choose their favorite athletes, fall teams and soccer teams of the week from any sport during each season.
The first ballot will take place on Monday 23 August. A nomination week runs from Monday to Sunday, with nominations due the next morning. However, the Enquirer will consider all regular season performances through Sunday 22nd August for the first round of voting.
Anyone can nominate an Athlete of the Week or Team of the Week in a number of ways – via Twitter using the sport’s hashtags or tagging @mlaughman, via the Enquirer’s Facebook group, Enquirer Preps Plus, or by emailing mlaughman @ enquirer .com.
Fall Twitter hashtags: Soccer, #cincyfb; Soccer, #cincysoccer; Volleyball #cincyvb; Golf #cincygolf; Cross-country skiing, #cincyxc; Field hockey #cincyfh; Girls tennis, #Cincytennis and water polo #Cincypolo.
Other sources for ballot nominations: League websites and information reported to the Enquirer at [email protected] for the cincinnati.com high school nightly results file.
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Here are the basic rules:
- Deadlines: Send nominations for all autumn sports by Monday morning at the latest for the ballot box on late Monday.
- the University level athlete should have done significant impact for a game within the nomination period, i.e. the week before the voting period (Monday to Sunday). It’s performance based, not character based.
- Submit statistics to aid nomination for these performance-based ballots. Photos and videos are welcome.
- As soon as the athletes win during the regular season, they are not eligible to vote again until the postseason. If athletes have not won in the regular season, they can be nominated more than once.
- Nominations do not guarantee placement on the ballot. The number of times that athletes on a particular team can be nominated is at the editor’s discretion. Since a season only has a certain number of weeks, it is important to ensure that a variety of schools are represented.
- The vote is one vote per device per hour. Devices include tablets, phones, and desktop computers. The Enquirer’s software only counts one vote per hour over each WiFi connection. So, briefly remove your phones from the WiFi to make sure your voice counts. The voting file does not count towards cincinnati.com free articles that non-subscribers have each month. In short, it’s a free article so people can vote as many times as they want.
- Nominations and voting are two different things. You nominate someone who is on the ballot. You vote for them once they are there using the ballot papers at the bottom of each voting file. Nominations can be submitted by email up to the Monday of the previous week. You CANNOT send votes by email. They don’t count.
- When voting, think of the values of sportiness and fair play.The editorial team reserves the right to remove athletes with voting irregularities from the voting slip at any time up to and after the voting has been completed. Please note: When voting with the lot, it is not necessarily an irregularity. We can tell what is what. Once the athlete has been removed for valid reason, he may not be on the ballot again for the remainder of the season.
- Have fun with it. Participation in the ballot box alone ensures that the achievements of athletes from all disciplines and schools are recognized by a large number of viewers. It’s about the fans showing their support and school spirit.Our all-stars at the end of the season honor the best of the best. Our Athletes of the Week show individuals at their best over a period of time.
The winners will receive a certificate and inclusion in a story about this week’s winners. The inquirer sends these certificates to the sporting directors once a month.
Families and schools can send a photo of the winners with their certificates to the Enquirer at [email protected] or tag them on Twitter @mlaughman.
Do You Have Questions? Email Melanie Laughman at [email protected]