Due to the diminished opportunities for teams to play in the midst of a global pandemic and because the Class of 2021 has experienced extreme disruptions to two consecutive Scholastic Bowl seasons, the IHSSBCA will be spotlighting seniors in lieu of All-Sectional and All-State awards this year. See the home page for details.
All-Sectional and All-State awards are recognition for the most skilled and enthusiastic players in each IHSA Sectional division. Think of them as the “All-Tournament” teams for the year. You do not need to be an IHSSBCA member to nominate or vote for All-Sectionals. All-Sectional players must be nominated by a current or former coach or administrator, or by the head coach at their Sectional host school. Voting is open to all current Illinois high school coaches, who submit a ranking of the top twelve players in their IHSA Sectional. Once the votes have been tallied, the top twelve players in each Sectional are named to their Sectional’s All-Sectional team. The top six All-Sectional players from each Sectional are advanced automatically to All-State consideration. All-State players are honored at the annual awards banquet.
All-Sectional nominations consist of two parts: statistics and a letter of recommendation. These two parts work together to help the other coaches who will vote on your player understand how s/he does in and out of games. Statistics help other coaches quantify your player’s in-game performance and compare it to that of other players. Your letter of recommendation helps other coaches understand the depths of your player’s character and drive. Read more about what you need to prepare for All-Sectional nominations or view the policies page for All-Sectional and All-State Awards.
All-Sectional voting is open to all current Illinois high school coaches. You do not need to be an IHSSBCA member to participate in All-Sectional voting. To vote for All-Sectionals, download a Sectional Nominations packet (posted after the nomination period has ended) and read through the nominations for each nominated player in your IHSA Sectional. Then, rank the players who you believe to be the twelve best in your Sectional, from the best at #1 down to #12. A first-place vote is tallied as 12 points, and a twelfth-place vote is tallied as one point for a player. If there are fewer than 12 nominees in your Sectional, all players will automatically be All-Sectional players; however, your vote is still important to help us determine how to advance players to All-State consideration. After voting has ended, the points will be tallied, and the top twelve players in each Sectional will be named to their All-Sectional team. The top six players in each Sectional will advance automatically to All-State consideration.