The American Baseball Coaches Association has brought back the Team Academic Excellence Award to honor high school and college teams coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the 2016-17 academic year. The 2015-16 academic year was the inaugural year for the award.
"We couldn't be more proud to have had over 150 programs participate and be recognized for their academic acheivements last year," said ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. "It goes to show just how committed our member coaches are to developing their players into successful, well-rounded people. The ABCA is thrilled to have the opportunity to honor coaches and their teams with the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award again this year."
Coaches may nominate their teams following the conclusion of their spring semesters prior to the nomination deadline of July 7. The ABCA Team Academic Excellence Awards will be announced in mid-July on the ABCA website and certificates will be mailed to the head coach.
Criteria for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award include:
- Must be a high school or college team.
- Head coach must be a current ABCA member.
- Team must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale during the 2016-17 academic year. GPA may not be rounded up.
The American Baseball Coaches Association has a long tradition of recognizing the achievements of baseball coaches and student-athletes. The ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams are the nation's oldest, founded in 1949, and the ABCA's awards program also includes the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Awards, the ABCA/Diamond Regional & National Coaches of the Year and several other major awards such as the ABCA Hall of Fame and the Ethics in Coaching Award.
2016-17 NOMINATION FORMS (Deadline July 7 -- Late nominations will be recognized on the ABCA website but will not be awarded a certificate)