Active coaches are eligible when they reach the age of 75. He must have been a head football coach for at least ten years and coached at least 100 games with a winning percentage of at least.600. Only the current athletics director, head coach, or sports information director (SID) of a potential candidate's collegiate institution may make a nomination. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) receives nearly all nominations and selects the final class.
The first player inducted was Dr. James "Jim" Taylor, who played baseball for Cumberland College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania from 1872-1875. He went on to earn a medical degree from Philadelphia University in 1877 and began his career as a physician. He was also an outfielder for the Alleghenys/Indians from 1876-1877 and a member of the team that won the inaugural American League championship in 1896.
The second player inducted was Edward Daniel "ED" White, who played basketball for Penn State University from 1895-1899. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1900. After ending his playing career, he became an assistant professor at Penn State until he was offered a position as head coach of the school's new college football program. He led the Nittany Lions to their first undefeated season in 1903 and had more wins than any other coach in school history before quitting to take over as head coach for the United States Navy. He died at the age of 44 after suffering from tuberculosis.
The sole stipulation is that a player or coach must be retired for at least five years before being considered. A player or coach will remain on the ballot if 10% of the ballots cast at any time during his or her career are voted into baseball's Hall of Fame.
A player can be voted in by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) once every year he is alive. A coach can be voted in by his league's board of directors, which can come once every three years after his death. A manager or owner cannot vote themselves into the Hall of Fame; only players, coaches, and contributors may do so.
A player is eligible for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in New York City. The BBWAA holds its annual meeting each January in New York City. Voting on candidates takes place over several months beginning in March and continuing through October.
The most recent election took place in 2015. Voters were given two choices for player on the ballot: those who had been active for at least ten seasons and those who had been active between five and ten seasons previously. Each voter could select up to ten people from this group.
All competitive coaches of players 14 and up are highly advised to get a US Soccer "D" License. All coaches whose clubs compete in the Cal South National Cup and the California Regional League in the 2022-2023 season will be required to get the license. The US Youth Soccer National Office requires all coaches at all levels of play to have valid licenses.
In California, there is no minimum age for coaching. However, staff members who work with younger players should be aware that youth sports leagues require that coaches be at least 16 years old.
The US Youth Soccer National Organization requires all coaches at all levels of play to have valid licenses.