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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
﹣ George Bernard Shaw
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
﹣ George Bernard Shaw
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
﹣ George Bernard Shaw

Honoring the Spirit of Rochester Softball

Established in 2002, Rochester Softball Hall of Fame celebrates the history of softball in the Greater Rochester, NY, region and those who developed the sport within and beyond our community.

Every year, our organization and the Rochester Softball Association recognize distinct players, coaches, and individuals who have contributed to the past and present success of men’s and women’s softball leagues in our area.

We welcome you to take a look around, meet our Hall of Famers, and check out the latest news and events in Rochester Softball!

Downtown Rochester, New York

Integrity. Sportsmanship. Character.

Back in the heyday of Kodak and Xerox, Rochester thrived and reigned as a softball mecca. Home to hundreds of talented, passionate, and upstanding individuals to ever play the game, our region bore nationally and internationally-renowned teams, players, and coaches whose legacies are still felt today in the world of slo-pitch and fastpitch softball.

Since 2003, the Rochester Softball Hall of Fame has honored these individuals and organizations for their integrity, sportsmanship, good character, and contributions to the sport that continue to shape our region. We invite you to explore nearly 100 years of history and meet the people behind Rochester Softball as we know it today.

Let’s Play Ball!

In-season or off-season, there’s always something happening in the Rochester Softball community. Discover more about the Art Held and John Warren awards, and stay tuned for information about our Hall of Fame games, annual banquet, and more!
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Mission Statement

The Rochester Softball Association (RSA), along with the Rochester Hall of Fame Committee (RHOFC), will recognize those individuals who, through their accomplishments, have brought pride and distinction to our community as either an athlete, coach, administrator, or as a contributor to the development and success of Rochester Softball.

Hall of Fame Election Process

  1. Authorization — By authorization of the Board of Directors of the Rochester Softball Association, the Rochester Hall of Fame Committee is approved to hold an election every year for the purpose of electing members to the Rochester Softball Hall of Fame from the ranks of retired softball, or senior softball players.
  2. Board of Directors — The RSA includes but is not limited to the positions of CHAIRMAN, Vice CHAIRMAN, Treasurer, Secretary, SERGEANT AT ARMS and UP TO five consultants.
  3. Electors — Only active and honorary members of the Rochester Softball Hall of Fame Committee shall be eligible to vote.
  4. Eligible Candidates — Candidates to be eligible must meet the following requirements:
    a) A softball player must have been active in Senior Softball (over fifty) for at least ten years or for some time during a period beginning before their fiftieth birthday for the other player categories.
    b) For the non-player categories, there are no age requirements. A candidate must establish for a minimum of ten years, characteristics that distinguish them in their category and embody the spirit of Rochester Softball.
    c) In case of the death of an active player or a player who has not yet reached their fiftieth birthday, a candidate who is otherwise eligible shall be eligible in the next regular election.
    d) ANY player on Softball’s ineligible list shall not be an eligible candidate.
  5. Method of Election
    a) A Screening Committee consisting of members of the Rochester Hall of Fame Committee, versed in the various softball categories, will be appointed by the RSA. This Screening Committee shall consist of not less than two or more than three members. The duty of the Screening Committee shall be to prepare a listing of eligible candidates in order of recommendation to present to the RHOFC.
    b) It would not be unusual for the RHOFC to abide by the judgment of the Screening Committee.
    c) Candidates recommended for, but not inducted into the HOF shall continue on the Screening Committees list with no preferential treatment over incoming candidates.
    d) After a period of time, determined by election category, candidates on the Screening Committee’s list will be transferred to the Veterans Committee.
  6. Voting — Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.
  7. Automatic Elections — No automatic elections shall be permitted.
  8. Time of Election — Elections may be conducted at aNY time after the presentation of the Screening Committee’s recommendation list but at least six months before the next induction.
  9. Election Information — The duly authorized representatives of the RSHOF shall prepare, date and mail packets to each inductee no later than five months before the next induction.
  10. Certification of Election Results — The results of the election shall be certified by the Vice President and Secretary of the RSA. The results shall be transmitted to the RSA and RHOFC for dissemination as appropriate.
  11. Elections
    a) No more than twelve inductees per ceremoNY.
    b) Categories are The Art Held Award, Contributor, Fastpitch, Fireman, Industrial, The John Warren Award, Manager, Men (after 1970), Senior, Sponsor, Umpire, Winton and Empire league, Women, Wood Bat (before 1970) and Life Time Achievement.
    c) ANY and all RSA business needs a quorum of seventy five percent to be binding.
    d) All proposals brought before the board must be seconded, then passed by a show of hands with a quorum present to be approved.
    e) The Sponsor and Umpire categories will hold elections every three years. The Fireman and Industrial will hold elections every four years. Contributor AND LIFE TIME Achievement will hold an election every other year.
    f) In some years more than one candidate may be inducted in ANY category.
  12. Veterans Committee — For all player categories except Senior softball, a candidate has from fifty (the first year of eligibility) until age sixty to be inducted. At that point the candidate would go to the Veterans Committee for further consideration. The Senior softball candidate has from his first year of eligibility (minimum of ten years of service and sixty years of age) until age seventy to be inducted. At that point the candidate would go to the Veterans Committee for further consideration. The non-player categories have no age requirement and are not eligible for review by the Veterans Committee.
  13. Amendments — The Board of Directors of the Rochester Softball Association reserves the right to revoke, alter or amend these rules at ANY time.

Rochester Softball Association Board

Dennis Warren

Dennis Warren

Chairman of the Board

Tony Fedor

Tony Fedor

Vice Chairman

Curt Kirchmaier

Curt Kirchmaier

Treasurer

Kathy Warren

Kathy Warren

Secretary

Hall of Fame Committee

Sam Gallo

Sam Gallo

Sergeant at Arms

Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Consultant

Carl Masters

Carl Masters

Consultant

Rich Rago

Rich Rago

Consultant

Phil Argento

Phil Argento

Consultant

Phil Krasnoff

Phil Krasnoff

Consultant

Dave Eike

Dave Eike

Consultant

Jim DeVinney

Jim DeVinney

Consultant

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