July 26, 2020
Update to the status of USA softball in the State of Maine, for August sanctioned USA events we will still have the MAINE Teams only for the month of August. I have looked at a lot of things in making this decision and feel this is my best way to keep all of our Maine softball players safe and hopefully on track to return to school in September. This will be week number 4 of having weekend events at a large magnitude and with everyone of you helping we have been COVID 19 safe. I will be lifting my ban on out of state travel but highly suggest teams comply with what has been put forth from the Governor’s office.
There are still some areas close to us that I would not recommend travel to.
Our neighbors in New Hampshire have their terms in place no out of state teams allowed to play in New Hampshire and New Hampshire teams cannot play outside of New Hampshire.
Our friends to the North (Softball of Canada) have closed border crossings until at least August 21st .
I will advise soon if more events are available in Maine.
Cleveland “Brownie” Brown
USA Softball of Maine
State Junior Olympic Commissioner
Purpose: To recognize and honor those men and women who have made a major contribution to the sport of softball and contributed to the success of the Maine Amateur Softball Association. Individuals will be inducted in the following five categories: player, manager, umpire, sponsor and administrator. Special recognition may be given to individuals who have contributed to the sport who do not qualify in one of these categories. A Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony will be conducted as needed to formally induct and honor individuals who have been selected. An award will be presented to individuals inducted into the Maine Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame and their names will be added to the list of Maine Hall of Fame members in the National Amateur Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
Committee: The Hall of Fame Selection Committee shall consist of three to five members including a chairperson appointed by the state commissioner. Members of the committee should be knowledgeable about the Maine Amateur Softball Association and represent different areas of the state. They should also represent a variety of backgrounds in the sport including player (slow pitch, modified pitch, fast pitch), manager, umpire, sponsor, and administrator.
Nomination: Written nominations can be submitted to any Hall of Fame Selection Committee member with the nomination form and shall include the following information about their career and contribution to softball in Maine: nomination category, the position and number of years of participation and the level achieved, softball awards and honors received, and the most notable or distinguished softball accomplishments. Any other information regarding honors or accomplishments that the candidate has received may be included in addition to scrapbooks and newspaper articles. Three references must also be provided and they may submit letters of support for the candidate.
Eligibility: Any Maine individual inducted into the National Amateur Softball Hall of Fame will be automatically selected to the Maine Amateur Softball Hall of Fame. To be eligible for the Maine Amateur Softball Hall of Fame, the nominee presented for consideration must be classified in one of the following categories and participated in Maine:
- Player-Individual who possesses a high level of skill and sportsmanship and has excelled in their respective division of play for a minimum of 10 years and has reached the age of 40. They must have played in five state, regional or national championship tournaments. (Note: Adult fast pitch players that played prior to 1980 will be exempt having to play in five state, regional or national tournaments)
- Manager-Individual who has made a significant contribution and has excelled as a team manager for a minimum of ten years. Through his or her efforts teams have reached a level of success in their respective division of play.
- Umpire-Individual who has umpired in Maine for a minimum of 10 years in a registered ASA league or program and is a member in good standing of a local umpire association. He or she should have a high level of skill and ability and experienced success in state, regional or national tournament play.
- Sponsor-Individual or business that has made a significant contribution through the sponsorship of one or more ASA registered teams for a minimum of ten years.
- Administrator-Individual who has made a significant contribution as an administrator in an ASA registered league, program, or the Maine Amateur Softball Association for a minimum of ten years.
Selection Process: The Hall of Fame Selection Committee shall meet and review all properly submitted nominations on an annual or as needed basis. They will consider the merits of each candidate and forward a recommendation for those selected for induction to the State Commissioner and the Maine Amateur Softball Council for final action. Nominations not selected may be resubmitted for consideration at a later date. The Committee shall work with the State Commissioner to notify all inductees and plan and organize an awards ceremony.