21st Century Rails Election Rules
1. Authorization: By authorization of the Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame Committee, the senior class of the Rails baseball team is authorized to hold an election every year to elect a member to the Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame from the ranks of 21st century Rails baseball players.
2. Electors: Only active members of the Rails baseball team who are in the 12th grade shall be eligible to vote.
3. Eligible Candidates: Candidates to be eligible must meet the following requirements:
A. A baseball player must have been active as a Rails varsity player at some time during a period beginning in 2000 and ending five (5) years prior to election.
B. Player shall have ceased to be an active Rails player at least five (5) calendar years preceding the election.
C. In case of the death of an active player or a player whose last season was less than five (5) full years ago, a candidate who is otherwise eligible shall be eligible in the next regular election held at least six (6) months after the date of death or after the end of the five (5) year period, whichever occurs first.
4. Method of Election:
A. Screening – The Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame shall prepare a ballot consisting of the top three players with the highest VORP (value over replacement player) among eligible candidates.
B. An elector shall vote for one candidate. In the event of a tie, the electors shall meet to discuss and reach a consensus.
C. One candidate per year shall be elected to membership in the Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame.
5. Voting: Voting shall be based upon the player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team.
6. Time of Election: The 21st century election shall be conducted annually at the conclusion of the Rails baseball season.
7. Amendments: The Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame Committee reserves the right to revoke, alter, or amend these rules at any time.
Eras Election Rules
The Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame Committee considers players, coaches, umpires, and administrators whose greatest contributions to the game were realized in one of four eras.
Four separate electorates considered by era will create a single composite ballot on a rotating basis, with the Early Baseball Era and Golden Days Era candidates to be considered in 2019 for induction in 2020; Modern Baseball Era candidates to be considered in 2020 for induction in 2021 and again in 2022 for induction in 2023; Today’s Game Era candidates in 2021 for induction in 2022 and again in 2023 for induction in 2024. The cycle then repeats with the Modern Baseball and Today's Game Eras considered twice every five years, the Golden Days Era once every five years and the Early Baseball Era once every 10 years.
Nominees need not have been associated with Proctor High School baseball. All levels and all organizations of baseball are acceptable.
1. Authorization: The Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame Committee is authorized to hold an election every year to elect members to the Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame from four historical eras, according to this induction schedule:
Early Baseball (1890s-1946): 2020, 2030, 2040, 2050, …
Golden Days (1947-1969): 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035, …
Modern Baseball (1970-1990): 2021, 2023, 2025, 2027, …
Today’s Game (1991-Present): 2022, 2024, 2026, 2028, …
Therefore, the 2019 ballot will include eligible candidates from the Early Baseball and Golden Days eras, the 2020 ballot will include eligible candidates from the Modern Baseball era, the 2021 ballot will include eligible candidates from the Today’s Game era, and so on.
2. Electors: The Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame Committee shall consist of nine electors, to be selected annually by the Rails coaching staff.
3. Eligible Candidates:
A. Players who last played high school baseball 15 or more years ago.
B. Coaches and umpires retired for at least five years; Candidates who are 65 years or older are eligible six months after retirement.
C. Administrators retired for at least five years; active administrators who are 70 years or older are eligible for consideration regardless of the position they hold in an organization and regardless of whether their body of work has been completed.
Those whose careers entailed involvement in multiple categories will be considered for their overall contribution to the game of baseball; however, the specific category in which these individuals shall be considered will be determined by the role in which they were most prominent. In those instances when a candidate is prominent as both a player and as a coach, umpire, or administrator, the screening committee shall determine that individual’s category as a player, coach, umpire, or administrator. Those designated as players must fulfill the requirements of (A).
4. Method of Election: The Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame Committee shall solicit annual nominations from the public, based on whichever era(s) is/are being considered that year. The Rails coaching staff shall serve as a screening committee and identify no more than 10 candidates total from Early Baseball, Golden Days, Modern Baseball, and Today’s Game ballot.
Ballot Size: The final ballot shall consist of no more than 10 candidates for the Early Baseball, Golden Days, Modern Baseball, and Today’s Game eras.
Voting: The Committee shall consider all candidates and voting shall be based upon the individual’s record, ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contribution to the game. Electors may vote for as few as zero (0) and as many as four (4) eligible candidates in the Early Baseball, Golden Days, Modern Baseball, and Today’s Game Era election. Write-in votes are not permitted.
Number to be Elected: All candidates receiving votes on at least 75% of ballots cast will earn election.
5. Amendments: The Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame Committee reserves the right to revoke, alter, or amend these rules at any time.