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HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL RACQUETBALL HALL OF FAME

  • 1973 - The Hall of Fame was called “Helms Hall of Fame”.
  • 1974 - Helms Hall of Fame changed to “Citzen Savings Hall of Fame”.
  • 1978 - Hall of Fame criteria changed – Must be retired from serious competition for five years.
  • 1978 - Citizens Hall of Fame changed to “IRA Hall of Fame”.
  • 1979 - IRA Hall of Fame changed to “AARA Hall of Fame”.
  • 1988 - Hall of Fame inductees voted on by Board of Directors only.
  • 1990 - Hall of Fame voting committee revised to 30 at large people.
  • 1991 - Vote to maintain Hall of Fame for amateurs only.
  • 1991 - Hall of Fame committee expanded to 100 voting members.
  • 1993 - Hall of Fame qualification changes to include gold points.
  • 1995 - Hall of Fame qualification changes – 2 categories: athlete and distinguished service.
  • 1996 - Hall of Fame expanded to include professionals.
  • 1997 - AARA Hall of Fame changed to “USRA Hall of Fame”.
  • 2003 - a.   Hall of Fame voting group reduced to 23 voters.
               b.  Hall of Fame age limit changed to 40 years old.
  • 2004 - USRA Hall of Fame changed to “USAR Hall of Fame.
  • 2004 - a.     Hall of Fame new rule – a professional must be retired for at least 3 years.
               b.     Hall of Fame new rule – all 23 voters must make conference call.
  • 2005 - Hall of Fame “Other Policies and Procedures put on web.
  • 2007 - Criteria for a Professional Player was established.
  • 2013 - Amateur Player category changed to Amateur Open Player.  Also Amateur Age Player and
                Outdoor Player categories added.