USA RACQUETBALL HALL OF FAME NOMINATION PROCEDURES

The USA Racquetball Hall of Fame recognizes and honors 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 an extended period of consistent excellence in one or more of the following areas:

COMPETITOR - Nominee, as an amateur or professional player, must have impacted the sport through: competitive excellence, sportsmanship and fair play.

CONTRIBUTOR - Nominee must have made significant and noteworthy contributions, producing positive and lasting effects that have helped advance the sport on a National Level.

Nominations for the USA Racquetball Hall of Fame are due no later than September 15th of each year, and may be made by a USAR member in good standing. Nominees are not required to be USAR members or citizens of the United States. Candidates may be nominated for up to three times in a five-year period, but then must wait at least five years from the last nomination before being nominated for the same category.

Before submitting a nomination, please review the following detailed guidelines and criteria, and then submit the Nominee’s resume with a single page summary cover letter that accurately summarizes the resume.

If documentation is available in a digital format, you may deliver by email to both:

communications@usaracquetball.com and hiserj@me.com

Alternatively, you can deliver hardcopy documents by US Mail to:

USAR Hall of Fame Nominations

1661 Mesa Ave

Colorado Springs, CO  80906

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION CRITERIA ACHIEVEMENT DOES NOT GUARANTEE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

NOMINATION CRITERIA

Nominees must be forty years old as of May 1st of the year following their nomination. Any age requirement, or waiting period, may be removed by approval of the Hall of Fame Committee and the USAR Board of Directors.

USAR Board and Staff members shall not be eligible for nomination until three years after their term has expired, or three years following last employment respectively.

Nomination & Recognition Timeline

Summer

RACQUETBALL announces annual call for Hall of Fame nominations

USAR Hall of Fame (HOF) Committee solicits nominations from USAR members

September 15

Nomination Deadline

USAR office must have documents ON OR BEFORE this date

Nominations received AFTER this date will be considered the following year

October

HOF Committee advises USAR Board of Nominees

December

HOF Committee Chair presents Nominee ballot to Voting Group

January 15

Voting Group votes on and presents up to three Nominees to the USAR Board

USAR Board approves individual Inductees

February 15

Inductees are formally notified

May

Induction Ceremony is held at U.S. National Singles Championships or at another time or venue at the discretion of the USAR Board of Directors

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CATEGORIES

1. CONTRIBUTOR ( Nomination Form )

A Nominee must have been involved in racquetball for a minimum of ten years, and must have made significant and noteworthy contributions, producing positive and lasting effects that helped to advance the sport on a National Level.

2. PROFESSIONAL PLAYER ( Nomination Form )

A competitor may only be nominated after having retired from professional tour play for three years. “Retirement” is defined as having competed in no more than four professional tour events per year for the previous three years prior to the nomination deadline.

Nominee must have achieved at least two of the following:

  • Win US Open Championships
  • Win at least seven top-level Professional Tour Tournament Titles
  • Attain Number One Season-Ending Pro Tour Ranking
  • Attain Top Four Season-Ending Pro Tour Ranking for a minimum of five years
  • Attain Top Ten Season-Ending Pro Tour Ranking for a minimum of ten years

A Player who competed in Professional Tour events may be considered as an Amateur Player; however, his Amateur competitive resume will take precedence over professional event results.

3. AMATEUR OPEN PLAYER ( Nomination Form )

Nominees must have exhibited outstanding performance at National Level Tournaments, in either singles or doubles, over an extended period of time.

Nominee must have won at least five Open Singles or Doubles Division Titles or

a combination of seven Singles and Doubles Titles at a National or International Level

  • Tournaments include:
    • US Open Championships
    • USAR National Singles Championships
    • USAR National Doubles Championships
    • IRF World Championships
    • Pan Am Championships
    • Pan Am Games
    • Divisions must include at least six players/teams in round robin or eight with straight draw
    • Mixed Doubles Divisions do not qualify

4. AMATEUR AGE PLAYER ( Nomination Form )

Nominees must have exhibited outstanding performance at National Level Tournaments, in either singles or doubles, over an extended period of time, in the 40s and older age groups.

Singles

Nominee must have won at least ten age group Open Division Titles in different age group divisions

  • Tournaments include:
    • US Open Championships
    • USAR National Singles Championships
    • Divisions must include at least six players in round robin or eight with straight draw

Doubles

Nominee must have won at least ten age group Open Division Titles in different age group divisions

  • Tournaments include:
    • US Open Championships
    • USAR National Doubles Championships
    • Divisions must include at least six teams in round robin or eight with straight draw
    • Mixed Doubles Divisions do not qualify

Singles and Doubles

Nominee must have won at least sixteen age group Open Division Titles in different age group divisions

  • Tournaments include:
    • US Open Championships
    • USAR National Singles Championships
    • USAR National Doubles Championships
    • Divisions must include at least six teams in round robin or eight with straight draw
    • Mixed Doubles Divisions do not qualify

5. OUTDOOR PLAYER

Nominee must have exhibited outstanding performance at the National Level in either singles or doubles over an extended period of time.

Nominee must have achieved at least two of the following:

  • Win at least seven Open-level Tournaments
  • Attain Top Four Season-Ending Pro Tour Ranking for a minimum of five years
  • Win at least three different age group National Titles (40s and over) for a minimum of three years

HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE

The Hall of Fame (HOF) Committee is comprised of current USAR members selected by the USAR Board of Directors in collaboration with the HOF Committee Chairman, who is in turn appointed by the USAR Board. To prevent tie votes, an odd number of total reviewers, seven or more including Chair, are selected. The Committee shall oversee preliminary nominations, and compilation of support documentation for each qualified candidate. After nominations have been submitted, the Chairperson will contact each nominee, or person who made nomination, to request additional information necessary to verify individual achievements.  The Chairperson will provide materials to the HOF Committee for review. Completed selection materials, along with HOF Committee recommendation, are then referred to Voting Group. No more than three candidates will be forwarded annually to Voting Group. For extremely rare situations and circumstances, the HOF Committee reserves the right to make an exception to any policy in these Nomination Procedures.

A Twenty-Three Member Voting Group is appointed, and approved by USAR Board of Directors for three-year terms. Members must be at least thirty years old, and have extensive knowledge of the sport and its history. Both geographic and gender diversity are respected when selecting these voting members. The HOF Committee Chair shares responsibility with USAR Board for ensuring positions are filled, and that Voting Group receives all information necessary to conduct a fair and equitable review and vote. A HOF Voting Group Member, who is on HOF Ballot, is NOT ELIGIBLE to vote that year.

 

1

USAR Executive Director

1

HOF Committee Chairman

2

Former Age Group National Champions

One male & one female

2

USAR At-Large USAR Member

Not affiliated with any other group

3

State Association Presidents

1

USAR Board Member

2

Athlete Reps on USAR Board

1

U.S. Adult National Team Member

Current or former

2

Masters Representatives

2

IRT Representatives

2

LPRT Representatives

4

Hall of Fame Members

*

SENIORS HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE

The Seniors Hall of Fame Committee provides an alternate process for older nominees.

For more information, see Seniors HOF Committee Information under Forms for Download.

FORMS FOR DOWNLOAD


BALLOTS & VOTING

Official ballots and Nominee resumes will be distributed to Voting Group. All voting will be conducted by secret ballot. The status of all nominees will be kept confidential.

As directed by the HOF Committee Chairman, a deadline will be established and ballots, returned by mail or email, tallied. A minimum 80% ballot return (19 of 23) will constitute a valid vote. Abstention does not contribute to a valid vote. Nominee induction requires 75% of a valid vote.

Once Nominees are determined, they will be presented to the USAR Board for ratification. A quorum of the USAR Board is required to approve a nomination. Induction requires a simple majority of quorum vote. Denial requires 75% of quorum vote.

NOTIFICATIONS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Once official results are tallied, the HOF Committee Chairperson will contact all nominees with results of committee deliberations. Congratulatory letters will be sent to all approved inductees, followed by official announcements in RACQUETBALL.

INDUCTION CEREMONY & RECOGNITION

Elected Hall of Fame members will be inducted at a time and place chosen by the USAR Board. This event is typically held at the U.S. National Singles Championship in May of each year, but the USAR Board, at its discretion, may choose to present Inductees at another appropriate time and place.

Each inductee may select an individual to present a three-minute introduction. Each honoree will then have a reasonable amount of time, generally limited to seven-minutes, for acceptance remarks. Based on number of honorees and event agenda, USAR will provide specific timeframes and guidelines. USAR will present an engraved plaque or other suitable recognition of Inductee accomplishments.

USA Racquetball shall provide for permanent recognition of all Hall of Fame Members at its 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 archival collections of USA Racquetball.

OTHER INDUCTEE POLICIES & PROCEDURES

  • Inductees will email a high resolution, digital, color image of themselves to the National Office
  • Image may be used for magazine, website, or other publicity
  • Inductees are expected to dress appropriately for the Induction Ceremony
  • A table will be reserved for Inductee and guests at the Induction Ceremony
  • Inductee will receive five free Induction Ceremony tickets for guests
  • Inductee will receive eight Credentials for guests to access the National Singles Tournament
  • Inductees are responsible for arranging their own travel accommodations (flight, hotel, car rental, food). USAR will reimburse Inductee for one room, for one night, at an official host hotel
  • All Hall of Fame Inductees become Lifetime USA Racquetball Members