Every season we recognize those in our circuit who have stood out in their roles and deserve national attention. The following season end award winners will be recognized during our World Series Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening at 5 P.M. on Wrigley Field.
The recipients will be honored on Friday evening during our WSXVI opening ceremony.
Manager of the Year: Ralph "Randy" Sampson, Maryland Outlaws
Randy has taken a team that finished 3rd in Gold in 2019 to becoming a top mid major team in 2 years. As long as Randy is at the helm the sky is the limit for his team. Randy is a manager that has not only influenced this team to want to play the best but he keeps the spirit of police softball alive.
Sponsor of the Year: Paul Chavez (many teams and Policesoftball.com)
Paul is a childhood friend of PS.COM co-founder Del Pickney and he is a staunch supporter of law enforcement. Paul decided his way to show his gratitude to those who pin the badge on daily to protect the good people of this country was to sponsor our sport in a variety of ways. His generous contributions have ranged from custom handguns, full uniform sponsorships, customized watches etc. This year alone for example, Majors, Mids, and Gold division winning teams will all win 15 Rockwell Blue Line watches courtesy of Paul. And he has a special gift for one recipient on Friday evening. More on that to follow. Simply put, this country needs more proud American’s like Paul.
Shevy Wright Sportsman of the Year: Neal Picillo, Maximum Elite/NJ
Neal is player/coach for Maximum Elite and is the Vice President of the New Jersey State Trooper Scott M. Gonzalez Memorial Fund since 2001(when he took over the softball tournament). The event in 1999 and 2000 had only a handful of teams but has grown to 16 teams. Neal hosts 2 events per year, softball and golf. As a result he has raised over 1 million dollars and all funds are given out annually through the scholarship for College, Hardships, Line of duty deaths, and anything to help police families in need.
Defensive Player of the Year: Jon Tibaudo, Great Lakes
Great Lakes has always been known for great hitting and great pitching. The reason they have only won one World Championship has always been attributed to concerns with the middle infield defensively. That all changed when Jon joined the team and he has developed into one of the most reliable infielders in our sport. As a result, Great Lakes is in prime position to win another World Championship.
Player of the Year: Dustin Laughlin, The Connection
Dustin is the quarterback in the Connection outfield. He plays the most innings out of any of the other outfielders because he is the ultimate competitor who never wants to be off the field. Has played through injuries all while hitting right at or above .800 for the season. He is the MVP on a team that is 37-1 on the season and won 5 tournaments in a row. He leads not only with his high level of play but also with his positive attitude. He is known as The Connection “Spark Plug.”
The Garrett Metal Detector OPOC Award and Del Pickney Award winners will be announced soon.