The highest award presented to a collegiate player for their performance, the national All-America teams are selected by two separate groups.
Varsity athletes are recognized by the American Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association, while club athletes from the CWPA and the Big 10 Conference are recognized through the Collegiate Water Polo Association.
Recipients of both ACWPC and CWPA All-America honors are named to the team based upon votes tallied from coaches nationwide.
Nominees for the club All-America team are nominated by their coaches/club contacts near the end of the season and voted upon by all the collegiate club coaches in the nation. Recipients receive commemorative certificates to mark their accomplishment.