By: Chad Waller, Director of Athletics Communications and Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the 13th-straight time, Oklahoma City holds the No. 1 position in the final regular-season edition of the 2017 NAIA Softball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, announced Wednesday by the national office. The 13-consecutive top rankings by the Stars is the longest for an NAIA program since former member Concordia (Calif.) went 18-consecutive weeks at No. 1 that spanned the 2013-14 seasons.
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team's ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• Frequency of polls occur bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) for the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.
• For the complete calendar of 2017 Top 25 Polls, click here.
2017 NAIA Softball Coaches' Top 25 Poll – May 10 (Final)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2017 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma City (19)||61-1||529|
|6||6||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||39-11||435|
|7||7||William Carey (Miss.)||42-9||426|
|9||11||St. Francis (Ill.)||41-5||371|
|17||18||Rio Grande (Ohio)||45-8||237|
|21||21||Grand View (Iowa)||41-13||173|
|24||24||Williams Baptist (Ark.)||34-11||142|
|25||22||Science & Arts (Okla.)||38-16||137|
Dropped from rankings: none
Others Receiving Votes: Oregon Tech 73; Taylor (Ind.) 58; Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 45; Clarke (Iowa) 42; Jamestown (N.D.) 34; Georgetown (Ky.) 29; Thomas (Ga.) 27; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 14; Indiana Wesleyan 12; Ottawa (Kan.) 12; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 7.
^ Ranking from 2017 Coaches Top 25 Poll (May 2)