The Hall of Fame honors those men and women who have played a major role in the growth and development of softball, one of the great sports of the United States. Also, to bring to the attention of the public, the widespread value of, and interest in, the game of softball by so honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to its' success. Election to the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum is the ultimate honor in softball.
Nominees can be elected in the following player and non-player categories:
1.Men/Women's Fast Pitch
2.Men/Women's Slow Pitch
No more than five players can be elected to the National Softball Hall of Fame. One player, however, can be elected in the old-timer category if there is a nominee who gets the required number of votes. Up to ten (10) nominees can be selected every year with no more than three (3) in any one category.
A nomination form must be completed and sent along with a scrapbook and other supporting documents highlighting the nominee's career to the USA Softball National Office by September 1 of the year submitted. All nominations will be considered at the USA Softball Annual Meeting by the USA Softball Hall of Fame Committee.
*Nominations can be made by Commissioners, Past Presidents, Council Members, or a Commissioner Emeritus.*
No more than two (2) nominations per year can be made by these individuals. To nominate someone for the National Softball Hall of Fame, for information concerning Hall of Fame eligibility procedures, or if you have questions regarding Hall of Fame nomination, contact Codi Warren, Managing Director of Communications, at (405) 425-3431 or through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All players who competed at the national championship play in fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch can be nominated for the Hall of Fame. Players must get at least 75 percent (nine) of the votes cast by the 12-member ASA Hall of Fame Committee to be elected. Players can be submitted only three times, this can either be consecutively or at different years. Players nominated must be retired at least three (3) years from active play at the national championship level and have been named to at least three (3) ASA All-American teams, including two (2) first-team selections. Former USA Softball athletes who played for a minimum of three (3) years on the USA National Team can also be nominated.
Pre 1951: If a player competed from 1933 through 1950 or when there was no second All-American team, they shall be considered on the material available.
1951-1985: To be considered a player must have been named to three (3) All-American teams (first team twice-second team once). If a player has any combination of five (5) All-Star teams, he/she will be considered. Nominations should include how the player performed at the national championship level, including listing statistics and if the nominee led the national championship in a specific category (example: batting champion).
Post 1985: To be nominated, a player must have been selected to a minimum five (5) All-American teams and /or a combination of seven (7) All-Star Fast Pitch Series/All-American teams.
Pre 1982: A player must have been selected first-team All-America twice and second-team All-America once.
Post 1982: A player must have been selected first-team All-America a minimum of five (5) times and second-team All-America a minimum of two (2) times. Any combination of nine (9) All-Star Slow Pitch Series and All-American teams will be considered.
Nominees can be submitted in the following categories: umpire, manager, sponsor, commissioners and meritorious service, which can include any of the other listed categories. All nominees must be retired from major competition at least three (3) years.
(1) The nominee must have umpired fifteen (15) years and in at least five (5) ASA national championships.
(1) Nominee must have managed at least fifteen (15) years and in five (5) ASA national championships.
(1) Must have sponsored a team(s) for ten (10) years and participated in four (4) National Championship finals.
(1) Must have served as an ASA state or metro commissioner for at least fifteen (15) years plus have served in some of the following areas:
•Been a regional director
•Chair or vice-chair of a national committee
•Hosted National Championship Finals
•Special recognition received and/or other honors received for service to humanity
This nominee's contributions to softball must have made an impact at the national level and can include any combination of the above categories. In addition, years of service, being an organizer-builder of softball and financial contributions to the sport are also considered.
Those elected to the National Softball Hall of Fame in the player and non-player categories will be enshrined at the site of the USA Softball National Council Meeting each year.
*Nominations can be made by Commissioners, Past Presidents, Council Members, or a Commissioner Emeritus. To nominate someone for the National Softball Hall of Fame, for information concerning Hall of Fame eligibility procedures, or if you have questions regarding Hall of Fame nomination, contact Codi Warren, Managing Director of Communications, at (405) 425-3431 or through e-mail: email@example.com.