The 2023 Awards FAQs

The Mascot Hall of Fame - Awards

The annual process where mascots are nominated for great work they accomplished in the last year. To be considered for this year it must be documented work or performances that occurred between September 15, 2022 and September 15, 2023. Any submissions for work or performances that took place prior to September 15, 2022 will not be considered.

What are the qualifications to be on the Ballot?
  1. A mascot must have been active as a performing character in one of the groups described below . . .
    • The major and minor league sports of baseball (MLB, MiLB, etc), basketball (NBA, WNBA, etc), football (NFL, CFL, etc), hockey (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.), and soccer (MLS, NWSL, USL, NASL, etc.) as recognized in the United States.
    • College Divisions of NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA
    • Independently performing character
    • Recognized High School program
  2. This is an annual award specific to work or performances that occurred since the last time the Awards were announced. That date was September 15, 2022. For consideration to be on this year's ballot only work/performances that was accomplished between September 15, 2022 and September 15, 2023 will be considered. Please do not submit nominations for work done prior to September 15, 2022 as it will be denied.


When does voting for the 2023 Awards take place this year?

This year Awards voting will begin on Wednesday, November 1 and run for a total of 21 days.

How is the ballot created?

The ballot will be created by a combination of nominations from the Executive Committee, qualified mascot programs who nominated their programs, and the general public. The Executive Committee and general public nominations must also be accepted by the team or school to actually get on the ballot.

The Mascot Hall of Fame Executive Committee does review all of the submitted and accepted nominations and determines who makes the final ballot in a given area.

Who gets to participate in the Awards voting?

Everyone with a valid email address can vote. This is 100% public vote, and while the Executive Committee may contribute to the creation of the ballot, their votes count equal to every member of the public.

Why didn't my favorite mascot make the ballot?

For a mascot to be considered for the ballot, first they must be nominated, then the organization must accept the nomination, then the list of accepted nominations are reviewed by the Executive Committee.

The reasons why in a given year and category a mascot does not make a specific ballot are many. The team may not have accepted their nomination, or the Executive Committee determined there were more worthy programs in the given area and classification.

How many mascots can I vote for on a single ballot?

There are 17 different ballots to consider submitting a selection for, each allowing you to vote for only a single mascot in each level and category. You can submit a ballot with only one selection or submit a ballot with up to 17 different ballot selections.

How often can I submit a ballot?

People can submit a ballot daily from a unique device. Name, email, and zip code are all that is needed along with your mascot selection(s).

You can vote again the following day after 24 hours since your last vote on the same device.

Voting Weights? How is the final percentage calculated?

Unlike the process where Induction is being voted on, this is 100% public vote and no weight is given to any voting group. The mascot in each category and award area with the most votes wins.

Are Executive Committee members whose mascot is on the ballot allowed to vote for themselves?

Yes, because unlike "The VOTE" process, Executive Committee members carry no weight in the voting process.

When will the winners be announced?

The mascots who win in each category and award area will be announced online currently scheduled for Friday, December 1, 2023.

My question isn't listed here, how can I submit a question?

If you still have a question about the 2023 Mascot Hall of Fame Awards feel free to submit it through the email address on our Contact Us page.