The Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame Banquet is held the third or fourth weekend in October or first weekend in November every other year. Nominations are accepted through June 1 of each year. The purpose of the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame is to select and honor candidates who have been active as players, coaches, managers, umpires, administrators, organizers, volunteers, promoters, sponsors, volunteers, league director, media or who served in any other capacity related to the game of softball in Minnesota. Candidates shall be chosen on the basis of their integrity and contributions to the game of softball. The length of playing time or related participation shall be considered as a factor in the evaluation of the candidates.
The categories and requirements governing selection of an individual to the Hall of fame are:
- Superior Performance: Nominee must have played or managed at the highest levels. Must have played at least 15 years and be at least 50 years of age. Must have played in at least 12 state tournaments. Team must have finished in top 8 at least 5 times. Batting average above .300 (FP), .600 (SP) and .400 (MP). A pitcher must have pitched at least 100 innings per season and won 70% of games. Extra hits for winning a state tournament, state MVP, playing in national tournaments, national championship or All-American Team.
- Meritorious Service: Nominee must have served as a volunteer, manager, umpire, coach, sponsor, league administrator, promoter, organizer, media person or player. Must have worked or played with a team noted for longevity. League administrator or sponsor must have at least 12 years. Other groups at least 20 years. Players must have been active for 20 years or more, played on teams in state tournaments, played on teams that won an invitational tournament. Must be nominated by a player from anothe team. Pitchers and managers must have a winning record. Extra hits for playing on a team that won a state tournament at Class C (FP)/Class D (SP) or above, or named an MVP of a tournament. Nominees nominated solely for their umpiring achievements must be at least 55 years, umpired at least 20 years, umpired in at least 10 state tournaments and averaged umpiring at least 40 games per year (FP & MP) or 80 games (SP). Extra hits for serving as a district, state, metro umpire-in-chief or state tournament umpire-in-chief.
- Pioneers of Yesterday: Played organized softball prior to 1970 (FP), 1980 (MP & SP), active in playing for more than 20 years. Pitcher has a winning record, players must have played in state tournaments, played on teams that won invitational tournaments, and won league championships.
Selection to the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame shall be by the committee members of the Hall of Fame. The committee members shall solicit names from interested parties throughout the state of Minnesota. Parties placing a candidate in nomination must furnish pertinent information relating to the qualifications of their candidate(s) to the Hall of Fame. The deadline shall be June 1 of the current year.
The committee members shall meet shortly after the nomination deadline. They shall screen the candidates each year and select not more than fifteen inductees.
We need your help in nominating deserving people (active, inactive or deceased) for induction into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Banquets have been a huge success.
Please make copies of the form if you are nominating more than one person. Please include as much documentation on the individual’s accomplishments as possible (e.g. newspaper accounts, etc). Please remember the June 1 deadline.