Eligibility for Induction to The Mascot Hall of Fame:
To be eligible for nomination a character must have been in existence for at least 10 years. During that time the character must have had, or continues to have, a major impact on their sport, and/or community. Eligible characters include characters that perform at live sporting events as a primary function of their existence at both the professional and collegiate level. Eligible characters should be inspiring and their performance would be considered memorable or ground breaking.
Professional characters are those characters that represent professional sports franchises and are the team’s official mascot. This includes all sports at every professional level. Professional level is determined by the fact that the athletes that are participating in the sport are being paid a salary.
Characters are as much a part of the game as the players themselves. They are even by many standards the true face of the team. Players come and go but the mascot is there to stay. They entertain their fans time after time developing a deep rooted relationship with their communities. They extend their performances well outside the arenas and stadiums they call home showing up at grand openings, festivals, birthday parties, wedding receptions, parades, and almost any other form of community event. The best of these performances include death defying stunts, hilarious antics, and side splitting routinesdelighting the crowds they entertain. The Mascot Hall of Fame is here to bring forth and honor the best of these programs.
Under our guidelines collegiate characters are those mascots that are the official costume character representing the college or university. This includes all institutions of higher learning above that of high school. Colleges and Universities are home to some of the most well known characters in the world. Their recognition is often based upon the tradition and passion of those who make up these respective communities. Local residents, faculty, students, and alumni are connected to and love these characters that represent them and their institution. The young performers who bring these characters to life come and go thru the years but the character lives on. The Mascot Hall of Fame is here to bring forth and honor the best of these programs.
To nominate a mascot character for consideration, the character must first meet the eligibility requirements as stated above and a completed nomination package must be submitted to the Mascot Hall of Fame’s Executive Selection Committee. The nomination package will consist of the following four items and must be received before or on May 14th, 2007.
1) The official Mascot Hall of Fame Nomination Application must be completed. Click here for nomination form
2) One Good Hi-Res photo.
3) A three minute video of the mascot in action. Video submission can be in either VCR or DVD format, ONLY.
4) Supporting affidavits from local journalists highlighting the career of the mascot.
Once all the nominations are in, final ballot selections are made. The final ballot selections are made by the Executive Selection Committee. Each committee member can vote for zero to six characters in both the Collegiate and Professional categories. The top six vote getters in both the Professional and Collegiate categories will be placed on the ballot. Once the final ballot is established it is released to the public.
Voting for induction into the Mascot Hall of Fame is an honor for those parties that are eligible. The following is a list of who participates in the final vote:
1) Mascot Hall of Fame’s Executive Selection Committee Members
2) Mascot Hall of Fame’s Voting Committee Members: to be on this committee the following criteria must be met. . .
Currently performing as team mascot for a professional sports team with a minimum of three years experience and/or a Promotional Director for a professional or collegiate sports team with a minimum of two years experience.
Membership is up to date.
3) Mascot Hall of Fame Inaugural Year Voting Members.
4) Inducted Members
After the ballot has been officially released the voting process begins. Any mascot receiving votes on seventy-five percent (75%) of the ballots cast shall be elected for induction in the Mascot Hall of Fame. Candidates receiving less than 5% of votes on ballots cast are not eligible for future Mascot Hall of Fame elections for the next three years. A member of the Executive Committee and a representative of the Raymond Entertainment Group shall certify the results of the election. Raymond Entertainment and the Mascot Hall of Fame Executive Committee will jointly release the results for publication. Raymond Entertainment Group, LLC and the Mascot Hall of Fame Executive Committee reserve the right to revoke, alter or amend these rules at any time.