Qualifications and Procedures

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.

Hall of Fame Categories

Nominees can be elected in the following player and non-player categories:
1. Men/Women's Fast Pitch
2. Men/Women's Slow Pitch
3. Umpire
4. Manager/Coach
5. Head Coach
6. Sponsor
7. Commissioner
8. Meritorious Service 

Commissioner Qualification Requirements

In order to be selected as a commissioner, a commissioner must meet the following criteria:


(1) The nominee must have been a commissioner for fifteen (15) years.
(2) The nominee must have served in some of the following areas:
- Served as Regional Director
- Served as Chair or Vice-Chair of a National Committee.
- Hosted National Championship Finals.
- Any special recognition received and/or other services to humanity.

Head Coach Qualification Requirements

In order to be selected as a Head Coach, a coach must meet the following criteria:

01. Must have been the Head Coach of a National Team for a period of five (5) years.

02. Win a minimum of two (2) WBSC approved International Championship events such as:

- Olympic Games

- WBSC World Championship

  - Pan American Games

- WBSC World Cups

- International Cups (USA Softball International Cup, Japan Cup, Canada Cup, etc...)

- Border Battle

Manager/Coach Qualification Requirements

In order to be selected as a manager, a manger must meet the following criteria:


(1) The nominee must have managed/coached for a period of fifteen (15) years.
(2) The nominee must have managed/coached in five (5) National Championships.
(3) The nominee must have been retired at least three (3) years from major Championship Play.

Meritorious Service

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. 

Player Qualification Requirements

All players who competed at the National Championship play in fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch or have represented the United States as a member of a USA Softball National Team can be nominated for the Hall of Fame. Players must get at least 75 percent (nine) of the votes cast by the 12-member Hall of Fame.

Prerequisites:

a. Fast Pitch. The minimum requirements for consideration are three selections as an All-American including at least one selection to the First Team or three selections as a member of Team USA or any combination of the three. NOTE: The selection process developed by a joint venture of USA Softball and the approval of the United States Olympic Committee must be utilized in selecting the national team. Multiple selections to Team USA during the same year will be limited to one (1) per season in determining eligibility for Hall of Fame induction.

b. Slow Pitch. The minimum requirements for consideration are three selections as an All-American including at least one selection to the First Team or three selections as a member of Team USA or any combination of the three.

Sponsor Qualification Requirements

In order to be selected as a sponsor, a sponsor must meet the following criteria:


(1) The nominee must have sponsored a team (s) for ten (10) years.
(2) The nominee must have sponsored a team (s) who participated in four (4) National Championship Finals.

Umpire Qualification Requirements

Umpire: In order to be selected as an umpire, an umpire must meet the following criteria:


(1) The nominee must have umpired fifteen (15) years.
(2) The nominee must have umpired in three (3) USA Softball National Championships, at least one at the highest available classification.
(3) The nominee must have been retired at least three (3) years from major competition.

Nomination Procedures

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.  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.

If you are interested in learning more about the nomination process or wish to nominate someone for the National Softball Hall of Fame, please reach out to your state/metro association Commissioner.  If you have questions regarding Hall of Fame nomination, contact Codi Warren, Managing Director of Communications, at (405) 425-3431 or through e-mail: cwarren@usasoftball.com

Evaluation of Candidates

Factual and detailed information must be presented to the committee before a candidate can be accepted.  Scrapbook and newspaper clippings are acceptable, as well as letters from competent references.  A candidate will be considered three times (does not have to be consecutive), after which the candidate is no longer eligible for consideration.  The candidate may change categories at any time prior to selection if the nominator notifies the National Office.  If a candidate is not selected in either the first or second year, the nomination will automatically be considered at the next Council Meeting unless the person who nominated the candidate informs the National Office by September 1.   

Selections

Once an individual is nominated for the Hall of Fame, the candidates go before the Hall of Fame Selection Committee at the USA Softball Annual Council Meeting.  The Hall of Fame Committee will review each candidate and their qualifications before voting to determine the next class for the Hall of Fame.  A person must receive seventy-five percent ( 75% ), nine ( 9 ) votes to be selected.  

There is a maximum of ten (10) individuals selected to the Hall of Fame on an annual basis, however there is no limit on the number of selections per category type.