The Hall of Fame Nominating Procedure
It Starts With You
The Hall of Fame Committee, headed by Mike Dau,
has been working toward a standardized procedure for nominating
people for induction to the USHA Handball Hall of Fame. Although
each and every case must be considered individually since there
are many factors considered by the committee members before
they recommend a person to the Board of Directors for induction,
a staring point was still needed.
With that in mind, the committee prepared a form
that can be filled out by any USHA member who would like to
nominate someone for consideration for induction into the Ha
of Fame. The form, as outlined below, should then be sent to
Mike Dau for reading at the next Hall of Fame Committee meeting.
The Committee meets at least once each year at the nationals
and corresponds by mail at other times during the course of
After looking over the criteria that the committee
reviews when considering nominations, as well as the procedure,
perhaps you'll know someone you'd like the committee to consider.
If so, fill out the form and send it to Mike Dau, C/O Lake
Forest College, Lake Forest, III. 60045.
Hall of Fame Criteria
To be considered for induction, nominees must
meet the following:
- Players must be retired from serious Open competition
for at least five years and be over 40 years of age.
- Players will be considered for their achievements
in one, three, or four-wall.
- Players will be considered for their singles
or doubles ability.
- Players considered for induction must have
succeeded at the Open National Championship Level.
- The criteria for nominations as a Contributor
to the game are outstanding, unselfish service to the game
of handball on a national level.
Robert W. Kendler Award:
- The criteria for nominations for the Robert
W. Kendler Award are outstanding, unselfish service to the
game of handball on a regional level.
1. Any current USHA member may nominate a person
for consideration for induction to the Hall of Fame.
2. A nominating form for Players may be obtained
from the USHA national office. There is no official form for
nominations to the Hall of Fame for Contributors or the Kendler
Award. Nominators are simply required to submit the qualifications
for their nominee in a detailed and documented fashion. All
nominations must be received by the Hall of Fame Committee
Chairman with supporting documentation at least 30 days prior
to the annual meeting which is conducted at the national championships.
3. The documentation must include the players
tournament record in singles or doubles play at every major/prestigious
event, including the Juniors, Collegiates, Pro Tour, AAU, AHU,
YMCA, USHA, Canadian, Irish, World, or other competition in
one-, three-, or four-wall. The year and site of all semifinal
or higher finishes should be indicated, as well as the other
three players in the semis. The documentation for a contributor's
nomination must also be in writing, but the content is the
responsibility of the nominator.
4. When a nomination is submitted to the committee,
it will be considered the "First Reading," and will
be approved by a simple majority vote of the committee members
5. A "second reading" will take place
at the next annual meeting following the first reading. A recommendation
for induction will be made to the USHA Board of Directors when
three-fourths of the committee approve the nomination at the
second reading. At least eight committee members must be present
at this second reading. A two year nominating moratorium is
imposed on any rejected second reading.
6. Nominations for the Kendler Award are to be
submitted to the Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee and
will be considered at the annual meeting. A recommendation
to the Board for their consideration requires a simple majority
by the committee.
7. The Hall of Fame Committee recommendations
are sent to the USHA Board for its approval at its annual winter
meeting. Hall of Fame inductees and Kendler Award recipients
are then honored at the annual banquet at the national four-wall
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