The Massachusetts Youth Soccer Hall of Fame, established in 1994, celebrates excellence in the game. The Hall of Fame seeks:
· to honor the outstanding achievements and contributions of individuals whose significant accomplishments and effect upon the sport in Massachusetts merit the highest acclaim;
· to promote the sport of soccer to both the soccer community and to the general public;
· to honor those who contributed to the growth of soccer in Massachusetts;
· to provide today’s youth and future generations with exemplary role models for good citizenship; and,
· to build and bring public attention to the sport of soccer.
Any past or present member in good standing may be nominated for induction into the Hall of Fame and the nominating party must be a member (individual, club or member association) in good standing of Massachusetts Youth Soccer.
To be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame, candidates may be nominated as a player, coach, administrator, or referee and must meet the criteria for the particular category for which they are nominated. And, while an individual may not appear to qualify in any single category, their combined commitment and performance in two or more of these categories may still qualify them as a Hall of Fame nominee.
· PLAYER: A Player must have gained prominence in playing on the Regional or National level through their team or club, or through the Olympic Development Program. Further, a Player who has gone on to play at an elite intercollegiate and/or professional level will be given additional consideration.
· COACH: A Coach will be eligible for nomination only if they coached in youth soccer for more than ten (10) years. Coaching accomplishments will be considered in their totality, but the Nominee must have exhibited exceptional coaching and teaching abilities, coaching success, continuous coaching education, a willingness and ability to instruct and develop others in coaching and must have contributed to the promotion and growth of a positive image for youth soccer throughout the state. Coaching at the recreational and competitive youth soccer levels of competition will be given equal consideration. Coaching at the high school, in state and/or regional ODP levels, and coaching at the collegiate level will be given consideration so long as he/she has made an outstanding contribution to youth soccer coaching in Massachusetts. Coaches who are still active may be considered.
· ADMINISTRATOR: To be considered as a candidate for induction, Administrators must be functioning, or have functioned on the local, club, state, regional and/or national level for more than ten (10) years and must have made a major, sustained positive impact on youth soccer in Massachusetts.
· REFEREE: To be considered as a candidate for induction, a Referee should have achieved and maintained the grade of USSF State Referee or higher for a period of at least 10 years. They shall have distinguished themselves by officiating in State Cups, National Cups, or other National Programs and have contributed, by their leadership, to the improvement of the sport and that of other referees within the state.
NOMINATION PROCESS AND PROCEDURE:
1. In order to be considered in a particular year, a nomination must be received by the Massachusetts Youth Soccer office on or before June 30th. The nomination shall include a completed nomination form and all supporting documentation that the nominating party may deem reasonable.
2. The Hall of Fame Committee will consist of five (5) Members including the Executive Director and four (4) Members of the Board of Directors appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors.
3. The Hall of Fame Committee shall meet (in person or virtually) to discuss each nominee. Nominations will be considered in light of the written materials provided by the nominee and in light of the qualifications in one or more of the categories.
4. The Hall of Fame Committee may request further documentation concerning a particular nomination and the nominating party must provide such additional documentation as soon as is practical.
5. No more than four (4) nominees will be inducted into the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Hall of Fame each year.
6. The Hall of Fame Committee will present to the Board of Directors proposed inductees to the Hall of Fame by majority vote. All nominations and all deliberations of the committee shall be held in strictest confidence.
7. Final approval will be based on a majority vote by the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association Board of Directors at the first board meeting following the presentation of proposed inductees.
8. Announcements of inductions to the Hall of Fame shall be made in early September.