Arkansas Racquetball Hall of Fame
This document was approved by the Arkansas Racquetball Association Board of Directors on August 8, 2009
The Arkansas Racquetball Hall of Fame inducted its first candidates in 1990. The ambitious efforts of many in the Arkansas racquetball community made this come about. On these pages you will find information of the objectives, criteria, nomination, and election procedures instituted in 1990 and developed throughout the years.
The Arkansas Racquetball Association (ARA) has developed the Arkansas Racquetball Hall of Fame to recognize and honor those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in performance on the court and also those individuals who have excelled in their contribution to Arkansas racquetball through their efforts in administration, teaching, promotion, leadership, and/or philanthropy.
The Board of Directors for the ARA believes it is important to recognize and honor these individuals for their efforts and excellence toward Arkansas racquetball. From a historical perspective these individuals, through their outstanding achievement, and ARA recognition will be a motivating factor for future Arkansas racquetball players and enthusiasts. For this reason, the Board of Directors has developed the following criteria for induction into the Arkansas Racquetball Hall of Fame.
1. Types of Honorees
A. Performance. Individuals who have excelled on the racquetball court through sportsmanship, fair
play, and victories in state and national competitions.
B. Contributors. Individuals who have excelled through their outstanding and consistent efforts in
administration, teaching, promotion, and/or philanthropy.
2. Membership in Arkansas Racquetball Association
A. Performance. Individuals must have been a member of the ARA for 10 years. These years do not
have to be consecutive. Must be at least 35 years old.
B. Contributors. Individuals must have been a member of the ARA for 15 years.
3. Performance Criteria
A. Individuals must have influenced other competitors with his or her performance through any or all of
the following: sportsmanship, fair play, persistence, and inspirational leadership.
B. ARA Point Qualification System
● A player must accumulate a minimum of 6 points to qualify for the Hall of Fame.
1) A player will receive: one (1) point for each state singles title. Except for the “Open” category
only one letter division and one age group division count towards the total. Thus five ‘D”
championships would count only as one point. Similarly, five “35+” championships would
count only as a single point. If you have attained the age of 35 or more and have accumulated
championship points in an age division, you cannot drop below the “A” division to accumulate
championship points. This would prevent an age group winner from dropping in class to
2) A player will receive: two (2) points for each national ‘championship’ event title at an USAR or
NMRA national event. The only ‘championship’ events at national tournaments are Open and
age group divisions. Letter group divisions are not considered championship divisions.
3) All championship divisions, either in state or national tournaments must have a minimum of
eight (8) players in the draw for the winner to earn the appropriate (#1 & #2 above) ARA Hall of
Fame point(s). A championship division with a draw of 7 or less will earn the winner one half
ARA Hall of Fame appropriate points.
C. Performance points shall be kept and updated by the President of the Arkansas Racquetball
Association or his/her designee. It shall also be his/her responsibility to report to the Board when a
player accomplishes the point criteria to be inducted.
4. Contributor Criteria
A. Individuals made a significant and noteworthy contribution, which has left a lasting, positive effect on
the advancement of Arkansas racquetball. Efforts should have been devoted to the sport and
organization of racquetball.
A. Any current ARA member may nominate a candidate. A person may not nominate himself or herself.
B. The person presenting a nomination must submit a cover letter to the Board of Directors that
accurately summarizes the nominee and their qualifications.
C. Time Line for Nominations
1) The Arkansas Board of Directors will vote on qualified (if any) nominees each year at the
Arkansas Racquetball State Singles Tournament held in the spring.
2) Nominees for the Arkansas Racquetball Hall of Fame must be submitted to the Board no later
than 30 days prior to the first day of play at the Arkansas Racquetball State Singles
1) The Board will vote on each nominee by ballot.
2) 75% of current Board members is required to induct.
1) Inducted members will be notified immediately after the vote.
1) Inducted members will receive a plaque depicting their name and date of induction.
2) Induction will be announced on the ARA website.
All current Arkansas Racquetball Association players who have been members of the ARA for 10 years or longer as of August 1, 2009 will be inducted, if qualified, under the criteria set prior to these criteria being approved by the ARA Board of Directors.