BSF seeking AGM motions and nominations

Wed 11 Dec 2019

The BSF Executive is issuing its annual call for:

  • Nominations for annual awards.
  • Nominations for positions on the Executive.
  • Motions to the BSF AGM.

The 2020 BSF AGM, along with the annual League Heads Forum and additional workshop sessions, will be held on Saturday 29 February at the Hough End Centre, Mauldeth Road West, Chorlton, Manchester M21 7SX.

An AGM Pack will full information will be available to download on the BSF website at the end of January.

Nominations for awards

The BSF is asking the softball community for nominations for its annual awards that will be presented at the 2020 AGM, and for a series of coaching awards that will be presented at BSUK’s 2020 Coach Summit on Saturday 25 January in Milton Keynes.

The softball-specific coaching awards made at the Coach Summit will be re-announced at the BSF AGM, and the BSF will reward the winners by buying their tickets to the next BSUK Coach Summit in 2021. 

BSF annual awards

The BSF’s annual awards are given in the following categories for which 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.
  • The Betsy Holden Award for outstanding achievement by a young person in developing or promoting the sport.

All nominations for the BSF’s 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 13 December 2019.

Coaching awards

Nominations can be made for any of the following awards, which will be presented at the BSUK Coach Summit in January 2020 (only the first two awards listed are softball-specific; the other awards could have either a baseball or softball winner):

  • Youth Softball Coach of the Year.  This award is for outstanding contribution to coaching young people in softball in Britain.
  • Adult Softball Coach of the Year.  This award is for outstanding contribution to adult softball coaching in Britain.
  • Young Coach of the Year.  This award is for the coach aged 22 or younger deemed to have made the biggest contribution to coaching, managing and supporting baseball and/or softball in England in 2019.
  • Services to Coaching Award.  This award is made to the individual who best personifies what it means to be a baseball or softball coach: someone who understands their sport and can use the lessons learned on the pitch to motivate and engage others.  They have probably played a great number of roles, and without them, coaching in your club, your league, your area or perhaps even your country wouldn’t be the same.
  • Volunteer of the Year in Softball or Baseball.  This award is for a volunteer in a non-coaching role who has given up a substantial amount of time to support their local club, team, league or other baseball or softball organisation and who has made a significant impact on the development of our sports.

Nominations for these awards should be made on this form and submitted no later than Monday 23 December 2019.

Nominations for the BSF Executive

All current members of the BSF Executive are serving the second year of a two-year term (see list below), but other candidates can stand for any of these positions.  The positions and current holders are:

President:  Jenny Fromer
Treasurer:  Laura Burkhardt
Competitions Officer:  Liz Graham
National Teams Officer:  Alexis Markham-Hill
General Officer:  Mike Jennings
General Officer:  Steve Getraer
General Officer:   Stella Ackrell
General Officer:  Jana McCaskill

The BASU Representative on the Executive for 2020 will be appointed by BASU at its AGM on 15 February. 

The BSF is also looking for people to undertake the following roles, either as a member of the Executive or on a project basis, and volunteers for these positions will be welcome:

Coaching Development Officer
Competitions Assistant
Merchandising Officer
Safeguarding Officer

All nominations for positions on the BSF Executive or offers to take on any of the roles listed above on a project basis 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 office or role for which they are applying.  The deadline for submissions is 5.00 pm on Friday 13 December 2019.

Motions to the AGM

Leagues, teams or individuals can submit motions to the BSF AGM.

These must be submitted in writing, with a rationale for the motion, by 5.00 pm on Friday 13 December 2019, 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 Jenny Fromer.  [

AGM attendance requirements

Attendance at the 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 2019 league divisional winners that wish to take up the place they have earned in the Co-ed Slowpitch Nationals in 2020 at the appropriate grade.
  • All teams that won their grade (Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze) at the 2019 Co-ed Slowpitch Nationals if they wish to be guaranteed a place in the 2020 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 genuine registered playing member of a team from that league that has won a place in the 2019 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.

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