NASA Athlete of the Year Point System

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This is the Official Letter and Point System that ALL Selection Committee Members must use to determine their Nominee's for each Division in each Event and to decide their awarding of points. This system is used to Nominate lifters for their Divisions and to determine the Top 3 lifters in each Division. Once the Members vote for their Top 3 lifters in each division, each lifter is awarded points for 1st-3rd. If the lifter does not receive a vote from a member the lifter will receive a "0" from that voter. In each Division, the Total "Placing Points" are totaled and the highest Total wins that Division. In the over all voting in each division, a 1st place vote receives 3 points, 2nd is 2 points and 3rd is 1 point. A non-vote by each executive committee member receives a zero. All Division winners are forwarded to the Finals where the committee of Rich Peters, Tad Peters, Greg Van Hoose and 1-5 other selected NASA Members will make the final selections. These selections will be based largely on over-all voting by the entire Selection Committee and the lifter's over-all NASA background, drug testing information and NASA history collected by the Finals Committee. All NASA lifters are eligible for NASA's Over-All Athlete of the Year Award.

This process will test your ability to judge fairly and your ability to be totally unbiased. The worst thing you can do is to vote for a lifter simply because he/she is a friend or a favorite.


No lifter can be voted on in more than 1 Division by a member of the committee although they may be nominated in more than one. This is true for Men and Women.


No Committee member may vote in a division where a spouse, relative or teammate is a nominee. The Selection Committee Member MUST abstain from voting in that particular division.


The criteria that should be used for selecting Nominee's for each Division and for deciding Votes is the following. Please do your research because it will show the rest of the committee how much work you do on this all important award and also if you are knowledgeable and totally unbiased:


* Number of NASA National Meets that the lifter entered in the past year? (2 pt. per  National meet 6 maximum)

* Is the Lifter an Honest, Trustworthy, Open & Forthright Individual? (+/- 1-5 points)

* Lifting Ability, Quality of Lifting and Ranking in the Top 100 Lists? (1-5 pts based on ranking)

* Is he/she assist Meet Directors &/or lifters at the meets they attend? (2 points)

* Is he/she a NASA Referee? (2 points)

* Does the Lifter play an active part in NASA and NASA events in his/her area? (1- 5 points)

* Was the Nominee drug tested in the past year? (+/- 3 points)

* Was he/she on an Official NASA National Team (1 points each team)

* Does the lifter put NASA lifting above his/her own lifting (1-5 pts)

* Is the lifter a good representative of NASA Principles?  (+/-5 pts)

* Has the lifter been active in NASA for the past 3-5 years? (1-3 points)

* Has the lifter been active in NASA 5-10 years? (1-3 points)

* Does the lifter compete in NASA Meets Only, Loyal? (+5 or -5 points)

* Was the Nominee a finalist in the previous year? (2 points)

* Did the lifter compete in his /her respective National Age Group Championship? (+/- 2 points)

* Was the Nominee a Class Winner in the previous year? (2 points)

* Did the lifter miss his/her State or National Meet (within 150 miles) in order to compete in another Federations competition? (-15 points)

* Does the lifter regularly compete/support other Federations? (-5 points)


Good Luck and PLEASE make sure you use the criteria listed ONLY.


All present, past and future NASA Award Winners are subject to the following rules and guidelines:



NASA prides itself on its sportsmanship on & off the competition platform.  Beginning in January 1, 2007, NASA’s Executive committee will be allowed to vote on, revoke, and disqualify any individual of any and all past awards that he/she might have received due to the following conditions:

1.         Un-sportsmanship to any lifter while representing NASA at any event.   

2.         Bringing disrespect to NASA in any way.

3.         Conduct unbecoming of any NASA award including Athlete of the Year.

4.          Publicly disrespecting NASA on any forum, web site or by e-mail.



Reference Material can be found at:  National Referee List


2005 NASA Athlete of the Year Nominee's and Winners  List of State Record Chairmen.  List of State Websites, Chairmen  Results from all National Meets  2003 Athlete of the Year Nominee's and Winners


The Over-All Male, Female Athlete of the Year will be selected by a select group of Executive Committee Members after all of the voting is complete.  We need your Votes to assist us. Points and Voting Totals are available after the Banquet to Executive Members only.



What is "Athlete of the Year"?


    Start with 2000+ Lifters
    You have 130+ Nominees
    You then end up with about 60-70 Runners-up
    You then have about 45 Winners
    You then have a Male and a Female Athlete of the Year in PL, PS and BP Only (6 winners)
    You then have ONE (1) Over-All NASA Athlete of the Year.

    The thing that makes these award so good for the Lifter is that it doesn't take a World Champion lifter to win the Over-All Lifter Award, although at times have a winner that meets that criteria.

    The things that stick out when you look at the long list of NASA Athlete's of the Year
    * Skill as an Athlete, a Winner!

    * Loyalty to the Organization that is bestowing this award.

    * Dedication to an Organization that Promotes and Maintains a Truly drug tested organization.

    * An Athlete that consistently puts other's welfare ahead of their own.

    * A lifter that is a promoter of NASA's principles as a lifter or meet director or both.

    * A lifter that has the Respect and Admiration of NASA's Athlete's and Leadership.

    * A lifter that will put his fellow lifter's needs above his own.

    The easiest part of picking these Awards is finding the great lifters. Finding the lifters with all the other attributes starts years before the winner actually wins this award.

    NASA is full of great lifters and that can be easily documented on paper. When looking for the really "stand up" people, our Nominating committee must search their memory and do some research on each and every lifter that is nominated.

    As an example, I will use Mike Ewoldsen. He was a fantastic lifter, still is. But when it came to his other attributes he stuck out in everyone's mind. He was always there to help, he was loyal to NASA, he supported NASA's Leadership (while not always agreeing, he still supported our decisions), he was always there for the lifters and supported them in any way he could. He was/is a Referee, Meet Assistant, a leader, a friend. He also set an example for others to follow. He won easily!!! And he continues to win as does NASA and it's lifters.

    There have been many fine athlete's in NASA over the years. But many were satisfied with coming to the meets, doing their thing and leaving immediately afterwards. Mike was at the meet before the meet started, worked while there, lifted very well and was there after the meet was over. No-one ever asked him to do any of this. I can remember loading and unloading the meet trailer many, many times when it was only myself and Mike. That sticks in a person's mind. Especially when many lifters head to the door as soon as they get their awards. Sometimes it looks like a herd of those Sea Turtles heading out to sea...but not Mike. This went on for years. Mike had some very lean years also. I remember one year at the Natural Nationals mike actually bombed out. As soon as he did, he didn't throw a fit, put on a show or have a tantrum. He simply got on his sweats and started loading the bar for his fellow lifters and proceeded to make the meet the best he could for the other lifters. And he was there the next day to do the same and even stay and help load the trailer. Talk about Class!!! Talk about a leader! Talk about a Role Model! And he still helps tremendously with the meets, years after he won this Award. He doesn't expect special treatment, but he gives and his giving is Special to others.

    To be NASA's Over All Athlete of the Year is a great Honor. An Honor for the Organization and the Athlete!