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The United States Rugby Foundation has announced the nomination criteria and procedures for future U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame candidates. The information below can also be found on the USRF website. Nominations must be received by January 15, 2014 for nominees to be considered for the Class of 2014.
United States Rugby Foundation U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Nomination Criteria
The U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Selection Committee consists of the eight United States Rugby Foundation Trustees.
The Selection Committee meets annually to review nominations and elect new U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame inductees. There is no set number for any class of inductees, but the Committee’s target is four to six new members each year. This year the Selection Committee will meet in January 2014 to select the Class of 2014.
The following criteria must be met for election to the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame:
1. Distinguished participation in or contribution to interscholastic, intercollegiate, amateur or professional rugby by an individual player, coach, referee, promoter, doctor, physio, sports media personality or journalist. The Selection Committee will also consider teams, groups or anyone else deemed eligible by the Selection Committee.
2. While each nominee’s rugby achievements are of prime consideration, their conduct and record as a citizen during and after the conclusion of their athletic endeavors is to be also weighed.
3. With respect to teams and groups, the Selection Committee will consider each nominee’s (a) degree of achievement; (b) the uniqueness of their accomplishment, (c) the degree of difficulty of their achievement, (d) whether or not the accomplishment is replicable by another in the near future.
Anyone may nominate any qualified person who has been connected with rugby in any capacity. There is no mandatory period a candidate must be retired from the game before being considered. A written resume of each nominated candidate must accompany each nomination. It does not need to be overly detailed, but we need to know what the nominee has done and why the nominee should be selected for the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame.
Nominations should be sent to:
United States Rugby Foundation Attn: U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame 2131 Pan American Plaza San Diego, CA 92101
Every nomination received will be processed and forwarded to the Selection Committee.
Election to the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame shall require an affirmative vote of 75% of the Selection Committee.
The voting will be by secret ballot. Selection Committee members need not be present to vote, but may do so by a written declaration delivered to the Selection Committee, sent electronically, or by appointing one of the other members of the Selection Committee as proxy.
Induction into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame shall take place at a time and place deemed appropriate by the U.S. Rugby Foundation.
The selection criteria and procedures may be modified by majority vote of the Board of Trustees in their discretion.
Visit the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame at www.usrugbyhalloffame.org.
For more information about the United States Rugby Foundation, visit our website at www.usrugbyfoundation.org or contact Executive Director Brian Vizard at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 619-233-0765.