BSF calls for Hall of Fame nominations

Fri 2 Oct 2020

Although no annual awards will be made by the BSF at the 2021 AGM in February because there was no 2020 season to base them on, new members will be inducted into the BSF Hall of Fame at the AGM, and the BSF is now calling for nominations.


Categories

The categories under which people can be nominated for the British Softball Hall of Fame are:

  • Player
  • Umpire
  • Coach (for adult or youth teams or both)
  • Team Manager (of clubs and/or national teams)
  • Organiser/Administrator (for a league, BSF, BASU etc)
  • Development work
  • Media work


Criteria

The criteria for nominations are:

  • To be nominated, the person 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  • People can be nominated in a category in which they are no longer active even if still active in other categories.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 relevant 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.
     

History

The British Softball Federation Hall of Fame was established in 2007, and inductions were made in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

After 2018, the BSF Executive decided to hold inductions every three years, in part so induction ceremonies would alternate between AGMs held in the North and the South.

Over the course of the six induction ceremonies held to date, the following numbers have been voted into the Hall of Fame in these categories:

  • Players – 23
  • Umpires – 3
  • Coaches – 6
  • Team Managers – 6
  • Administrators – 16
  • Development Workers – 3
  • Media Workers – 2

In addition, a special Hall of Fame Award for lifetime services to softball was presented to Bob Fromer.


Deadline

All nominations for induction into the BSF Hall of Fame at the 2021 BSF AGM should be sent to BSF Administrator Bob Fromer and should be accompanied by up to a page of information supporting the nomination. 

The deadline for nominations is 5.00 pm on Friday 27 November 2020.

Once all nominations are in, a subcommittee of the BSF Executive will vote on which nominations will be successful.

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