Criteria for selection of athletes into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Any athlete, coach or administrator, male or female, living or deceased, is eligible for induction into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Nominees will be selected who have brought lasting fame and honor to Texas sports.
Number of people on the selection committee
There shall be at least 21 members on the selection committee. The committee shall be comprised of sportswriters and electronic sports media members who live in the state of Texas. One member of the committee shall serve as the chairman. The Chairman, with recommendation from the committee, shall be responsible for appointing and dismissing members and selecting 10 individuals to serve on the Veterans Committee. When it is necessary to elect a new chairman, the committee shall determine, 1) who the replacement will be, and 2) whether a term limit should be put in place for the new chairman.
Number of Athletes Selected Each Year
Ten inductees are honored each calendar year. Primary Ballot - every year six nominees shall be selected from the Primary Ballot. No more than three nominees from the same sport shall be selected on the Primary Ballot. Veterans Ballot – every year two nominees shall be selected from the Veterans Ballot. To qualify for the Veterans Ballot an nominee must be 20 years removed from competition. There are also two at large selections each year selected from the ballot by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Board of Trustees.
Annual Selection Committee Meeting
Members of the Committee must attend at least one nomination meeting every three years to remain eligible. The Selection Committee will meet at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco on the 1st Tuesday in June every year.
Nominations are open to the public and can be submitted online at the bottom of this page. If your nominee is fortunate enough to be placed on the official ballot- be sure that you are able to help vote them into the museum by becoming an Official Voting Member. Deadline for nominations is April 15th. Click here for nomination form.
The selection committee shall meet every year to determine who is placed on the official Texas Sports Hall of Fame nomination ballot. The ballot is comprised of a primary and veterans section. The Primary Ballot will have 20 names and the Veterans Ballot will have 12 names. The top five vote getters on each ballot who are not elected will automatically be placed on the ballot the next year. Texas Sports Hall of Fame staff will prepare the bios once the ballot has been selected, mail ballots and tabulate the votes.
Once the voting process has been completed and the top six vote getters on the Primary Ballot, the top two vote getters on the Veterans Ballot, and the two at large selections have been determined, the TSHOF will notify the nominees of their selection with assistance from the Selection Committee. Should a nominee decline induction, then the TSHOF will take the next highest vote getter.
If a nominee declines induction for two consecutive years without a legitimate reason for not being able to attend the enshrinement ceremonies, that individual is then removed from the ballot and is not again eligible for nomination for five years.
Nominees, unless deceased, must attend the banquet to be officially inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Selection Committee By-Laws Amendments
Selection committee by-laws and amendments are approved by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Board of Trustees.