The standards for athletic awards must capture each recipient's performance for the year. Once you figure out the standards you can then present the award to the most deserving player.
This is the most coveted award a team member can earn. The Most Valuable Player trophy usually goes to the person who is the best player on the team.
This award should go to the best first-year player. He can be a great offensive producer or a stalwart defender. He's seen to have loads of potential.
A Most Improved Player starts out with less skills and confidence than the rest of his teammates. He goes on to prove that he can not only master the skills, but on occasion even outperform the best players on the team.
This award goes to the player who is the most gentlemanly. He plays with respect for the game and others.
This is given to the player who is the best teammate, and often the hardest-working. This person's positive attitude and outlook inspire everyone to perform better.
It can be given to the coach who leads his team to the most victories and possibly a championship title.