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.

Procedures: 

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
5.Sponsor
6.Commissioner
7.Meritorious Service

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.

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: 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.

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: cwarren@usasoftball.com

Qualifications: 

Players: Nominees can be submitted in the following categories: Women's Fast Pitch, Men's Fast Pitch, Women's Slow Pitch, Men's Slow Pitch and Modified Pitch.

To be selected for the National Softball Hall of Fame, a person must have been an active player in USA Softball who is no longer playing at the highest level.  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 Committee to be elected. Players can be submitted only three times, this can either be consecutively or at different years. 

Evaluation: The length of playing time is considered as a factor in the evaluation of candidates.  No minimum time is required. Fame at the National Level shall be used as a gauge for candidacy, and it shall be at the National Championship level.  Factual and detailed information must be presented to the committee before a candidate can be accepted. 

Prerequisites: Minimum requirements for consideration include multiple All-American (first or second team) selections or at least three (3) years as a member of a USA Softball National Team.  Criteria includes: National Championship Finals averages and statistics, number of National Championships competed in and/or won, any special recognition (batting champion, home run champion, stolen base leader, MVP, etc...)

Non-players: Nominees can be submitted in the following categories: umpire, manager, sponsor, commissioners and meritorious service.

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, preferably at the higher classification.
(3) The nominee must have been retired at least three (3) years from major competition.
(4) The nominee must have contributed to the National Umpire program.
(5) The nominee must have contributed to the success of the Biennial Umpire-in-Chief (UIC) Clinic.
(6) The nominee must have been effective as a clinician at the National, International or Military level.
(7) The nominee must have been effective as an instructor at a National Umpire School.

Manager: 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.

Sponsors: 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.

Commissioners: 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.

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. 

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: cwarren@usasoftball.com