PART SIX – SOFTBALL CANADA HALL OF FAME
ARTICLE 1 – PURPOSE
The Softball Canada Hall of Fame exists to honour those individuals and teams who have served and represented fast pitch, orthodox and slo-pitch softball. Prolonged and meritorious performances while a member of Softball Canada at the national and international level will be recognized.
ARTICLE 2 – SUPERVISION AND CONTROL
The supervision and control of the Softball Canada Hall of Fame shall be under the Board of Directors of Softball Canada, and administered by a committee hereunder called “The Committee”.
ARTICLE 3 – THE COMMITTEE
The Committee shall consist of three (3) members from the Board of Directors, appointed by the President of Softball Canada.
ARTICLE 4 – MANDATE OF THE COMMITTEE
a) The Committee shall accept nominations by April 1, study the nominations based on the established criteria, and make a decision as to the acceptance or non-acceptance of each nomination to the Hall of Fame.
b) The selections must be approved by the Board of Directors of Softball Canada.
ARTICLE 5 – FINANCES
a) The cost of operating the Hall of Fame shall be borne by Softball Canada.
b) Expenses of the individuals being inducted to Softball Canada’s “Hall of Fame” at an Annual Meeting, will be covered by Softball Canada. Expenses would include meals, travel and accommodation.
ARTICLE 6 – NOMINATIONS
a) Nominations may originate from a Provincial/Territorial Association Member, from the Board of Softball Canada, or from a team, club or other softball organization. Where the nomination is from a team, club or other softball organization, the nominations must have the support of the provincial/territorial softball governing body where the nominee was involved.
b) Written nominations must be accompanied by documents covering in as great detail as possible, the athletic accomplishments or the service record or both, of the person(s) nominated (e.g. newspaper clippings). The claimed accomplishments or service record shall be supported by documentary evidence where there is any possibility of doubt.
c) Nominations must be accompanied by one or more photographs of the nominee(s). In the case of an athlete, if possible, an action picture from the athlete’s competing days. In the case of a sportsman/woman, it shall be a suitable pose from their active service days.
d) Nominations must be in the hands of the Committee by April 1 for consideration that year.
e) Successful nominees for the Hall of Fame will be inducted at the Annual Meeting of Softball Canada. All applicants approved by the Committee shall be forwarded for final approval to the Board of Directors of Softball Canada with a recommendation for enrollment in the Hall of Fame.
ARTICLE 7 – GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for nomination, the individual must have been a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant during the period for which outstanding performance/service is claimed.
Except in extraordinary circumstances, and with the exception of the Sports Builders category, individuals must be retired from active competition at the national and international level.
ARTICLE 8 – SPECIFIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
i) Have compiled an outstanding record at national competitions (Canadian Championships and/or Canada Summer Games) over a period of at least seven (7) years; or
ii) Have been a significant contributor at recognized major international competitions (ex. Border Battle, World Championships, Pan American Games and/or Olympic Games) over a period of at least five (5) years.
i) Have coached with distinction at national competitions (Canadian Championships and/or Canada Summer Games) over a period of at least seven (7) years; or
ii) Have coached with distinction at recognized major international competitions (ex. Border Battle, World Championships, Pan American Games and/or Olympic Games) over a period of at least five (5) years.
iii) Have made notable contributions to the development of coaching in Canada.
i) Have officiated and/or supervised in at least seven (7) Canadian Championships; or
ii) Have officiated and/or supervised in at least two (2) recognized major international competitions (ex. Border Battle, World Championships, Pan American Games and/or Olympic Games).
iii) Have made notable contributions to the development of umpiring in Canada.
d) Sports Builders
i) Have served Softball Canada with distinction nationally or internationally for at least five (5) years; and/or
ii) Have made significant contributions to the game for at least ten (10) years at the provincial/territorial level; and
iii) Have performed the above services in an exemplary manner.
i) A club or national team that has represented Canada and distinguished itself in recognized international competition (ex. Border Battle, World Championships, Pan American Games and/or Olympic Games); or
ii) A club team that has won at least three (3) Canadian Championships within a five year period. When reviewing this accomplishment, the committee must be comfortable that a substantial core of players have remained with the team throughout the period.
NOTE: The Selection Committee will not consider club teams with players who are still actively competing at the national and/or international level.
An individual or a team that has compiled outstanding accomplishments or made significant contributions to softball in Canada at the national or international level prior to Softball Canada’s foundation in 1965.
ARTICLE 9 – RECOGNITION
Each successful nominee will receive:
- An engraved framed certificate;
- An acrylic trophy;
- A Hall of Fame pin.
ARTICLE 10 – REGISTER
A Hall of Fame register shall be kept by the Softball Canada head office for the purpose of recording names, citations, photographs (or negatives) or other material considered of value for records of all persons enrolled in the Hall of Fame.
ARTICLE 11 – HALL OF FAME CENTRE
The Hall of Fame plaque, with all inductees’ names will be displayed at the Softball Canada office.
ARTICLE 12 – ANNUAL LIMIT
The annual limit shall be set at a maximum of five (5) selections, not including the Pioneers category.
Up to five (5) entrants to the Softball Canada Hall of Fame may be named each year. Except in special circumstances, nominations will only be considered for inductees from the region hosting the Annual Meeting that year. Pioneers may be inducted any time at Softball Canada’s discretion.