MSC Awards

Academic All-Conference Team: Student-Athletes will be recognized in all sports. They are to be selected and released at the same time as the All-Conference Teams. Criterion for selection will be as follows:

1. Must be a sophomore, junior or senior;

2. Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 (based on a 4.0 scale) based on all completed academic terms at all institutions attended;

3.The following information should be supplied for all nominees: a. Name b. Grade point average c. Major field of study d. Year in school e. Hometown f. Position;

4. There is no limit to the number of student-athletes selected to the Academic AllConference Team. All student-athletes nominated and meeting the criteria for selection will be recognized;

5. Any eligible student-athlete listed on an official varsity or junior varsity roster may receive Academic All-Conference recognition. 


 

All-Conference Team: Coaches may nominate players for All-Conference recognition from their respective varsity teams, but may not vote for their own players. The number of All-Conference players and positions are to be determined by specific sport policy. Final process for All Conference selection may be accomplished by coaches' meetings, conference calls, and/or ballots distributed and tabulated by the MSC office. 


 

Player of the Year: Coaches may nominate one player from their team for Player of the Year from their respective varsity teams, but may not vote for their own player. Each conference coach will vote from the nominated candidates in their respective sports.


 

Freshman of the Year: Coaches may nominate one freshman player from their team for Freshman of the Year from their respective varsity teams, but may not vote for their own player. Each conference coach will vote from the nominated candidates in their respective sports.


 

Coach of the Year: All coaches are nominated for the award and each conference coach will vote for one of their peers in their respective sport, but they may not vote for themselves.


 

Champions of Character: A male and female "Champions of Character" recipient will be named in all sports and released at the same time as the All-Conference Teams.

1. Nominees must be an eligible student-athlete at a MSC member institution.

2. Nominee must be at least a sophomore in good academic standing at the institution and must have been enrolled there for a minimum of one (1) academic year.

3. Nominees will be considered based on:

  • Campus leadership
  • Community service
  • Demonstration of the Champions of Character five core values in word and deed
  • Future plans and ambitions 

 

Players of the Week: Each in season week, Sports Infortmation Directors will nominate one student-athlete from each team competeing that week and the award is voted upon by the other SIDs within the conference. SIDs may not vote for their own player.


 

The Presidents Cup: A point system will be applied for each sport to determine the Presidents Cup (All Sports Championship). Only an institution's top six finishes in each gender will be used to determine its point total towards the President's Cup. Coed sports will be counted for the gender that has the highest percentage of members on the team. In sports that contain divisions, the final divisional record will be used to determine the points assigned for the President's Cup. Points are counted for full members only.

Past winners can be viewed here

1. The regular season champion in a sport will receive 10 points, second place shall receive nine (9) points, third place shall receive eight (8) points, etc. When there is a tie, the average of the places of the teams occupy will be awarded to the teams that tie. (e.g. if two teams tie for second place, they will each receive 8.5 points). Below is the formula for a 10-team sport:

  • First - 10 points
  • Second - Nine points
  • Third - Eight points
  • Fourth - Seven points
  • Fifth - Six points
  • Sixth - Five points
  • Seventh - Four points
  • Eighth - Three points
  • Ninth - Two points
  • Tenth - One point
 

2. Should there be fewer teams competing, the first place team will receive 10 points, second place shall receive nine (9) points, third place shall receive eight (8) points, etc. until points are awarded based on the number of teams in the sport. Below is the formula for a 6-team sport:

  • a. First - 10 points
  • b. Second - Nine points
  • c. Third - Eight points
  • d. Fourth - Seven points
  • e. Fifth - Six points
  • f. Sixth - Five points
 

3. If two teams tie for first place in the final standings, the determination to break the tie is the number of conference championships won. The second tiebreaker is the most number of second place finishes. Thus, if two teams have the same number of points, the team that wins the most conference championships will win the President's Cup.

4. In sports where divisions are implemented, President's Cup points will be awarded on a 10-point scale within each division.


 

Student-Athlete of the Year: This award shall be determined by conference Faculty Athletic Representatives, and awarded by the commissioner or his designate at the Honor's Convocation on the winner's campus. Only students who are graduating seniors (graduation can be either in the spring or summer semesters) are eligible for this award. Each member institution may nominate a male and female candidate for consideration. The award will be presented to one (1) male and one (1) female recipient in the conference.

Past winners can be view here.


 

Athletic Director of the Year: All athletic directors are nominated for the award and each conference athletic director will vote for one of their peers, but they may not vote for themselves. 

Past winners can be viewed here.


 

Sports Information Director of the Year: All SIDs are nominated for the award and each conference SID will vote for one of their peers, but they may not vote for themselves.

Past winners can be viewed here.


 

Athletic Training Staff of the Year: All athletic training staffs are nominated for the award. The award is voted on by the Medical Aspects Committee -- made up of the head athletic trainers from each full-member institution. 

Past winners can be viewed here.


 

Above and Beyond Athletic Trainer Award: This is presented to an athletic trainer for exceptional care and performance in their field. The Above & Beyond Award is also voted on by the Medical Aspects Committee.

Past winners can be viewed here.


 

Character First Award: Throughout each season, conference athletic directors vote on Champions of Character award recipients throughout each 22 conference sports. At the end of the athletic year, one male and one female is voted on as the recipient of the Character First Award.

Past winners can be viewed here.


Coaching for Significance: This award is given to one coach each year and is presented to a coach who is an outstanding teacher, an exemplary role model, and a dynamic leader. The award is voted on by the Mid-South Conference Athletic Directors.

Past winners can be viewed here.