The Player of the Week Award was established in the Spring 2006 Season to reward the player who had the most outstanding performance that week. The winner is presented a Wiffleball Keychain. The keychain is no longer produced.
The award has always been voted on by the league after three players were nominated. (There were four nominess for Week 7 of the Spring 2009 season due to a special circumstance.)
The votes were originally cast by emailing the Commissioner. Voting was limited to players in the league. In Week 6 of the 2007 Spring Season, the voting was moved to the website and all players, fans, media, and players families could vote.
From it’s inception until the Summer 2008 season, a formula was used to determine the nominees. It was slugging percentage, minus opponents’ batting average, plus fielding . (SLG – OBA + F) Beginning in the Summer of 2008, not every player was required to pitch, so the formula no longer worked.
The Commissioner now makes
three nominations based on various criteria, though largely hitting stats. Pitchers who throw a perfect game are guaranteed a nomination, and all but one pitcher who threw a no-hitter have received nominations.
The award has not been given out for various reasons on several different weeks. Voting for Weeks 6 & 7 of Summer 2008 were combined, because the schedules were combined. No award was given Weeks 4-7 of the Spring 2008 Season, Weeks 6-7 of the Summer 2006 Season, and Weeks 5-7 of the Spring 2006 Season.
Mindie Reule was the
only female player ever nominated for Player of the Week. She was nominated Week 2 of the Spring 2007 Season, but she didn’t win.