Introducing the NCAA D1 Softball Rawlings’ Gold Glove Award

Athletes will compete to earn the award this season and beyond.

For the first time in the award’s illustrious 65-year history, collegiate student athletes from each of the 9 fielding positions will vie to win one of the most coveted awards in sports! These athletes will be selected by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) annually, and will truly represent the Finest in the Field®. With such exciting things on the horizon, this season is sure to be one ‘for the books.'

Recipients of the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, presented by the NFCA, will be selected by the NFCA Division I All-American Committee during the All-American selection meeting held May 29-30, 2022. The selection committee will use advanced fielding analytics, fielding statistics, strength of schedule and compilations of video to closely examine finalists and select the winners at every defensive position. Any student-athlete competing in the current championship year who has been nominated for All-Region status and whose head coach is a member in good standing with the NFCA is eligible for consideration for this prestigious accolade. 

 “Having the NFCA be associated with the distinguished Rawlings Gold Glove Award is one of our highest achievements. Defense should be rewarded. The most talented defensive student-athletes each year will now earn the nation's most recognized and coveted defensive award,” said Carol Bruggeman, Executive Director for the NFCA. “We would like to thank Mark Kraemer and the Rawlings team for trusting the NFCA with this prestigious award.” 

Although in the inaugural year of the award, it will be presented to Division I student-athletes only, Rawlings and the NFCA are discussing the best way to recognize and honor defensive achievement for student-athletes in all divisions for future years.

Previous Rawlings’ Softball Gold Glove Award Winners

The Rawlings Gold Glove Award for softball was given annually to one player in the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) from 2016-2019. Similar to the award selection process in baseball, coaches and managers within the NPF organization voted for the winner, excluding any players from their respective teams.

Winners

2019 - Jesse Warren (USSSA Pride)

2018 - Jade Rhodes (Cleveland Comets)

2017 - Chelsea Goodacre (USSSA Pride)

2016 - A.J. Andrews (Akron Racers)