The BSF Executive is issuing a call for:
- Nominations for Annual Awards for 2021.
- Nominations for the BSF Hall of Fame.
- Nominations for positions on the BSF Executive to be elected at the AGM in February 2022.
- Motions to the 2022 BSF AGM.
The 2022 BSF AGM will be held as a remote videoconference meeting from 2.00-4.00 pm on Saturday 26 February 2022.
An AGM Pack with full information and a link to the meeting will be available to download on the BSF website at the end of January.
BSF Annual Awards
The BSF is asking the softball community for nominations for Annual Awards that will be presented at the 2022 AGM.
BSF annual awards, most of which will be based on the 2021 season, are given in the following categories provided that nominations are received:
- The Glover Cup for outstanding long-term service to softball by an administrator or organiser.
- The President’s Club Award for outstanding performance or development by an affiliated club or team.
- The League Glover Cup for outstanding development achievement by an affiliated league.
- The Umpire of the Year Award.
- The Tournament of the Year Award.
- The Youth Team of the Year Award for outstanding performance or development achievement by a youth team.
- The Betsy Holden Award for outstanding achievement by a young person in developing or promoting the sport.
All nominations for BSF Annual Awards should be sent to BSF Administrator Bob Fromer and should be accompanied by information supporting the nomination.
The deadline for nominations is 5.00 pm on Friday 17 December 2021.
BSF Hall of Fame nominations
New members are inducted into the BSF Hall of Fame every three years. Inductions were meant to happen at the AGM in February 2021 but were postponed due to the pandemic and the AGM being held online.
However, despite the 2022 AGM also being online, the BSF plans to go ahead with inducting new members. Those who are accepted for the Hall of Fame will be announced at the AGM, and their Hall of Fames plaques will be presented, where possible, at appropriate tournaments during the 2022 season.
The categories under which people can be nominated, assessed and accepted (or rejected) for the BSF Hall of Fame are:
- Coaches (adult and youth).
- Managers (of clubs or national teams).
- Organisers/Administrators (of leagues, tournaments, BSF, BASU etc).
- Development work.
- Media work.
Criteria are as follows:
- To be nominated, people must have been active in the category in which they are being nominated for at least two years. This applies across all categories.
- People can only be nominated for the Hall of Fame after they have been “retired” for one year from being active in the category for which they are nominated – unless they have been active in that category for 10 years or more. In that case, they can be nominated even if still active.
- People can be nominated in a category in which they are no longer active even if still active in other categories.
- People can be nominated and elected in more than one category, but nominations for different categories need to be made and will be voted on separately.
- Non-British nationals can be nominated and elected to the BSF Hall of Fame provided they meet the criteria.
- In considering nominations, the BSF is not necessarily looking only for the “best of the best” in each category but can also elect candidates for superior and/or inspirational performance.
- Now that the BSF has a number of inductees in the Hall of Fame in various categories (see: https://www.britishsoftball.org/resources/hall), it is assumed to some degree that they have set the standard against which others will be judged.
All nominations for BSF Hall of Fame should be sent to BSF Administrator Bob Fromer and should be accompanied by information supporting the nomination.
The deadline for nominations is 5.00 pm on Friday 17 December 2021.
Nominations for the BSF Executive
All current elected members of the BSF Executive listed below except President Ieuan Gale and Communications and Marketing Officer Simon Mortimer are coming to the end of a two-year term and intend to seek re-election. However, other candidates can stand for any of these positions.
The one vacant position on the Executive is that of National Teams Officer, as the current holder, Alexis Markham-Hill, is standing down from the position due to health reasons.
The positions and current holders are:
President: Ieuan Gale
Treasurer: Laura Burkhardt
Competitions and Membership Officer: Liz Graham
National Teams Officer: Position vacant
Coaching Officer: Mike Lott
Technical Officer: Pete Saunders
Communications and Marketing Officer: Simon Mortimer
General Officer (Finance): Mike Jennings
General Officer (Safeguarding): Stella Ackrell
General Officer (Competitions): Lesley Morisetti
All nominations for positions on the BSF Executive should be sent to BSF Administrator Bob Fromer and should be accompanied by information on the skills and experience the nominee or volunteer can bring to the role for which they are applying.
The deadline for submissions is 5.00 pm on Friday 17 December 2021.
Motions to the AGM
Leagues, teams or individuals can submit motions to the BSF AGM.
These must be submitted in writing, including a rationale for the motion, by 5.00 pm on Friday 17 December 2021, and should be sent to BSF Administrator Bob Fromer.
If you wish to discuss your motion with the BSF before submitting it, please contact BSF President Ieuan Gale.
AGM attendance requirements
Attendance at the remote 2022 BSF AGM is linked to eligibility to participate in National Championships. Attendance is required by:
- All NSL 1 and NSL 2 teams.
- All slowpitch softball leagues that wish to send teams to Nationals at any level.
- All 2021 league divisional winners that wish to take up the place they have earned in the Co-ed Slowpitch Nationals in 2022 at the appropriate grade.
- All teams that won their grade (Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze) at the 2021 Co-ed Slowpitch League Nationals if they wish to be guaranteed a place in the 2022 League Nationals as defending champions.
Please note that, in general, a league representative cannot also represent a team at the AGM. However, a League Head who is a registered playing member of a team from that league that has won a place in the 2022 BSF Co-ed Slowpitch League Nationals can represent both the league and that team. But such a person will only have one vote, not two.
If you are invoking this clause by representing your league and team at the AGM, please let BSF Competitions Officer Liz Graham know beforehand.
IMPORTANT: When you attend the remote AGM, please ensure that your name and the name of the team or league you are representing is on the screen so we can collate attendance.