Loudoun County, VA (2016) — The following is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the selections:
Q: Who does this and why?
A: For the past 6 years, Viva Loudoun has selected All-Loudoun All-Star teams as a way to honor the top athletes across Loudoun County’s 15 public schools in each sport.
Q: How are the selections made?
A: We are very thorough in our evaluations. We rely on first-hand account reporting, in-season accolades and post season honors; we compare stats, times and scores from events, as well as how athletes performed in head-to-head competition, at big moments at big games, and in playoff caliber matches.
Q: Why don’t you talk to the coaches for input in picking All-Loudoun?
A: Although we are confident in our data sources, we not only reach out to coaches, but also the competitors themselves. The coaches also go through a, sometimes contentious, process to pick All-Conference, All-Region and All-State athletes. By putting value on those all-star teams, we are also using the coaches input in that way.
Q: Some of these picks are subjective!
A: Yes! It is impossible to choose any sort of all-star team debate. We try our best, but there is always room for argument and if you had a dozen different people select All-Loudoun teams … all 12 would be different! We are fortunate to have so many great athletes in Loudoun and in many cases, the difference of inclusion or not was razor thin.
Q: My son/daughter was their team MVP but didn’t make All-Loudoun and one of their teammates did … how can this be?
A: For All-Loudoun we are looking almost exclusively at which athletes are best at their positions or sports. An MVP for a team can be comprised of many different qualities, that we wouldn’t necessarily see from the sidelines.
Q: My son/daughter made All-Loudoun last year but not this year … how can this be?
A: We did not look at returning All-Loudoun athletes and start our lists from scratch each season. In some cases, we saw an influx of younger athletes and talented transfers that bumped some really good athletes off the All-Loudoun team through no fault of the returning All-Loudoun athletes. Loudoun truly has a plethora of talented athletes.
Q: Do you only pick junior and seniors for All-Loudoun?
A: No, in fact, we don’t look at the year in school of the athletes until after we have selected the teams.
Q: Who is the photographer for the photo shoots? (If there is a photoshoot)
A: The photographer is Aaron Wyche, email@example.com
Q: What are your plans with pictures captured at the photo shoot? (If there is a photoshoot)
A: The pictures will be used in editorials to highlight the selected athletes in featured stories and college commitment articles. They will also be posted online for purchase. If you wish to highlight your favorite athletes college commitment contact Aaron Wyche at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep in mind that we are doing All-Loudoun to honor the hard-working student athletes. If your favorite athlete was not selected, it in no way reflects negatively on them or takes away anything from their effort and accomplishments. Rest assured that we agonized over the selections and we will continue to give it our best effort. Thank you for your continued support!