Nominations for the USA Racquetball Hall of Fame are due September 15, 2013.
The Racquetball Hall of Fame is maintained to recognize and honor those athletes and contributors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in competition, or in the development, leadership, and advancement of the sport. The award is based upon years of consistent excellence in one or more of the following areas:
In either an amateur or professional field, the person must have influenced other competitors with his or her performance through any or all of the following: high performance standards; sportsmanship and fair play; competitive techniques; persistent and inspirational leadership.
The person must have made a significant and noteworthy contribution, which has left a lasting, positive effect on the advancement of the sport. The person's efforts should have been devoted to the sport and organization of racquetball.
If you have a candidate who fits the bill, please review the guidelines that follow, then submit the proper text and support materials to complete your nomination. If the needed documentation is available in digital form, you may deliver it by email, or send your postal package to both people listed below:
|USAR Hall of Fame
Attn: Steve Czarnecki
1685 West Uintah St. Suite 103
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
|USAR Hall of Fame
321 Village Drive
Lansing, MI 48911
Nomination & Recognition Timeline
|July/August issue||RACQUETBALL will publish a call for Hall of Fame nominations from the field. The Hall of Fame Committee* will solicit nominations from its members, plus the Selection Committee**, Voting Group*** and USAR Board|
|September 15||Deadline for receipt of nominations (click for pdf document)|
|October 1||HOF Committee presents materials to Selection Committee|
|December 1||Selection Committee presents ballot to Voting Group|
|January 15||Voting Group presents slate of up to five candidates to Board|
|February 1||Board of Directors ratifies slate|
|February 15||Notifications made and photographs requested|
|March 15||Deadline for receipt of publicity materials May/June RACQUETBALL announcement of inductees|
|May||Induction ceremony at USAR Annual Banquet|
|June||Follow-up recognition [press, permanent, archival] July/August RACQUETBALL call for nominations|
* A standing board committee, chair appointed by the USAR Board of Directors.
** Selection Committee = an expanded review committee
*** Voting Group = 23 members (selected by the Hall of Fame committee chair and approved by the USAR Board) Nomination Criteria: Contributor and Competitor
Nomination Criteria: Contributor & Competitor [revised February 2014]
- Age Limit: Candidates must be 40 years of age or older.
- [Contributor] Nominees must have been involved in racquetball at a state, regional, or national level for a minimum of ten (10) years.
- [Professional] Professionals may be nominated, once they have been retired from professional tour play for at least three (3) years or longer.
- [Amateur Open] Nominees must have exhibited outstanding performance at the national level in either singles or doubles play over an extended period of time.
- (Amateur Age) Nominees must have exhibited outstanding performance at the national level in either singles or doubles play over an extended period of time.
- (Outdoor) Nominees must have exhibited outstanding performance at the national level in either singles or doubles over an extended period of time.
Eligibility: Staff members or members of the USAR Boards of Directors shall not be eligible for nomination until three years after their term has expired or three years following their last employment by one of the above association.
The person presenting a nomination must obtain and submit a resume and complete a cover letter. This, one page, cover letter should accurately summarize the resume.
Criteria For a Professional Player
- Attain Top Four Ranking for a minimum of five years in the "Pros."
- Win at least seven Top-level "Pro Tournaments."
- Attain #1 Season-Ending Ranking.
- Win "National Pro Singles Championships."
- Attain Top Ten Ranking for a minimum of ten years in the "Pros".
The candidate must have achieved at least two of the above criteria to be considered for nomination to the USAR Hall of Fame in the "Professional Player" category. A "Pro" player can be considered for the Hall of Fame as an "Amateur" player, however, the Amateur Resume may not include "Pro" criteria.
Criteria For An Amateur Open Player
- Win at least four Open Division Titles at a National Level Tournament, including but not limited to: USA Racquetball National Singles, US Open, IRF World Championships, Tournament of Americas and Pan Am Championships.
- Open Division Titles may be singles or doubles, but at least two must be singles.
- Attain Top Five Ranking for a minimum of three years.
- Attain a #1 Ranking for at least six consecutive months in a given year.
The candidate must have achieved at least two of the above criteria to be considered for nomination to the USAR Hall of Fame in the "Amateur Open Player" category.
Criteria For An Amateur Age Player
- Win at least three age group Open Division Championship Titles in the same age group at a National Level Tournament, including but not limited to: USA Racquetball National Singles, US Open, National Masters Championships and the IRF World Seniors.
- Win at least six age group Open Division Titles in different age group divisions (e.g., 45-50-55) at the same National Level Tournaments listed above.
- Open Age Division Titles may be singles or doubles, but at least two Age Division Titles must be
- Age Division Titles must be in the 40 years old age group or higher.
- Attain Top Five Ranking for a minimum of three years.
- Attain #1 Ranking for at least six consecutive months in a given year.
The candidate must have achieved at least three of the above criteria to be considered for nomination to the USAR Hall of Fame in the "Amateur Age Player" category.
Criteria for "Outdoor Player"
- Win at least seven Open-level Tournaments.
- Attain Top Four Ranking for a minimum of five years.
- Win at least three different age groups (must be 40+ and older) for a minimum of three years.
- Win at least two different age groups (must be 40+ and older) for a minimum of five years.
The candidate must have achieved at least two of the above criteria to be considered for nomination to the USAR Hall of Fame in the "Outdoor Player" category.
Hall of Fame Committee Procedures revised February 2012.
Documentation and Review - Regular Voting
- The Hall of Fame committee, the chairperson having been appointed by the USAR Board of Directors, shall oversee preliminary nominations and the compilation of support documentation for each qualified candidate. After nominations have been submitted, the chairperson will contact the nominee, or the person who made the nomination, to request any additional information necessary to verify individual achievements. After all supporting materials have been received and processed, the chairperson will then provide those materials to the Selection Committee for review.
- The Selection Committee is comprised of the Hall of Fame committee, plus up to five (5) additional current USAR members selected by the Chairman, to equal an odd number of total reviewers (including the chair). The selection committee then provides completed materials to the Voting Group, totaling no more than three (3) candidates annually, for review and vote.
- A Voting Group will be approved and appointed by the Board of Directors, in the composition shown below. Members will be at least 30 years of age, and have extensive knowledge of the sport and its history. Under exceptional circumstances,members may be younger than 30 years of age. The respective chairs of the HOF and Selection Committees share responsibility with the USAR Board for ensuring that these positions are filled and that the Voting Group receives all the information necessary to conduct a fair and equitable review and vote.
- Composition: The Voting Group shall be comprised of the following 23 members who will be named to the Group for three (3) year terms:
- The HOF Committee Chairman (named by the President of the USAR BOD)
- One (1) member of the USAR BOD (elected by the Executive Board)
- Two (2) Athlete Reps serving on the BOD (elected by the three athlete reps)
- One (1) current or former U.S. Adult Team member (elected by the three BOD athlete reps)
- Four (4) HOF members (selected by the Chair, and respecting geographic and gender diversity)
- Two (2) IRT representatives (elected by the current IRT membership)
- Two (2)WPRO representatives (elected by the currentWPRO membership)
- The USAR Executive Director
- Two (2) Master's representatives (1 each, elected by the NMRA and WSMRA)
- Three (3) State Presidents (selected by the Executive Director of the USAR)
- Two (2) former age group national champions (one male, one female - selected by the President)
- Two (2) USAR at-large members not affiliated with any other group above [one (1) selected by the President and one (1) selected by the Executive Director].
Stipulation: A person on the Hall of Fame voting group who is also on the Hall of Fame ballot will not be eligible to vote that year.
In the event that the voting group is less than the twenty-three (23) members, the members shall remain in approximate proportion with respect to those members selected by the ED, President and Chair of the committee.
Documentation and Review - Seniors CommitteeAs an alternate process for voting someone into the Hall of Fame download the documents for information.
Ballots & Voting
Candidate resumes and an official ballot will be distributed to the Voting Group, to be returned by mail (or email), as directed, by the deadline and tallied. A minimum 80% return will constitute a valid vote; and a 75% voting result, per individual candidate, will be required for induction.
All voting is to be conducted by secret ballot and the status of all nominees will be kept confidential. Once the recommended slate is determined, it will be presented to the USAR Board of Directors for ratification. A quorum of the Board is required to ratify, and any candidate may be denied induction based on a veto by 75% of that quorum.
Notifications & Announcements
Once official results are tallied, all nominees will be contacted with the results of committee deliberations, and congratulatory letters will be sent to all approved inductees, followed by announcements in RACQUETBALL Magazine.
Induction Ceremony & Recognitions
The elected Hall of Fame members will be inducted at a time and place chosen by the USAR Board of Directors. This event is currently held at the National Championship Banquet in May of each year, but the USAR, at its discretion, may choose to present inductees at another appropriate time and place.
Each inductee may select an individual to present a five (5) minute introduction, outlining the player or contributor's accomplishments and contributions. Each honoree will then have a reasonable amount of time (generally limited to 10 minutes) for acceptance remarks. Specific timeframes and guidelines will be provided by the USAR based on the number of honorees and the agenda of the event. The USAR will present an engraved plaque or other suitable recognition of their accomplishments and induction.
The USAR shall provide for permanent recognition of all Hall of Fame members at the USAR National Headquarters. Brass plates or individual plaques will be mounted and engraved with the names of the individuals and the year in which they were inducted.
A permanent written record of the Hall of Fame members shall be maintained in the archival collections of the USAR.
Other Policies and Procedures of Inductees
- Inductee will mail a 5 by 7 color picture of themselves to the National office which may be use for the magazine, web site, etc..
- Inductees will be expected to dress appropriate for banquet. Jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, and clothing with racquetball manufacturer's name or logo on them are not acceptable.
- There will be a table set aside, near the front, at the banquet with the inductees name placed on it. The inductee willselect the people who will sit there with them. The table seats 8 people.
- The inductee will receive a total of 5 free banquet tickets that they can distribute.
- The inductee will receive 8 passes to give to family and friends to get around the tournament.
- It will be the responsibility of the inductee to book their own room(s). The USA Racquetball will reimburse you for one room for one night's stay.
- It will be the responsibility of the inductee to make their own travel arrangements. This includes travel to the Nationals, from the airport to the hotel, to the banquet, etc..
- All persons who have been inducted into the USA Racquetball Hall of Fame will not have to qualify to play in future Nationals.
Forms For Download
- Nomination Form Professional Category (Adobe PDF document)