The Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1999 with the induction of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of the game of basketball. Nominees are honored at the Hall of Fame Gala Dinner every two years (2014, 2016, 2018, etc.).
Any person who has achieved an outstanding standard of excellence in basketball is eligible for a recognition award or election as an Honoured Member of the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame in one of the following categories: athletes, coaches, builders, teams, and officials. Nominees must be residents of Ontario or have been born in Ontario or made their distinguished contribution to the game of basketball in Ontario.
The five categories of membership in the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame are defined as follows:
Athletes are competitors who, while Canadian citizens living in Ontario, have participated at an elite level and have achieved outstanding and extraordinary success as a competitor in the sport of basketball. Voting for athletes must be based on their record, playing ability, integrity, character, sports-like conduct, and contributions to the teams on which they played and contributions to the game of basketball in general. Athletes must be retired from active duty at their highest level (i.e., provincial team, national team, etc.) for at least five years in order to be eligible for entry.
Coaches are individuals whose efforts and expertise in the development and training of basketball athletes have made an outstanding and extraordinary contribution to the sport of basketball in Ontario, resulting in the promotion and development of the game of basketball in Ontario, nationally, or internationally. Coaches must be retired from active duty for at least two years, or be 60 years of age or older, or have 25 years of coaching experience in order to be eligible for entry.
Builders are individuals who have made outstanding and extraordinary contributions towards the promotion, development and advancement of basketball in Ontario, and they may include (but are not limited to) administrators, officials, trainers, managers, coaches, therapists, etc. Builders are exempt from specific timelines with respect to entry.
Teams are basketball teams made up of Canadian athletes living in Ontario who represented an Ontario or Canadian organization or corporation that accomplished outstanding and extraordinary results that have brought prominence to the sport of basketball in Ontario and Canada. Teams must be at least five years removed from their milestone in order to be eligible for entry.
Officials are individuals whose efforts and expertise in the development and training of basketball officials and/or in the performance of their duties as officials have exhibited outstanding and extraordinary skill, expertise and commitment resulting in the promotion and development of the game of basketball in Ontario, nationally, or internationally. Officials must be retired from active duty for at least two years, or one year if 65 or older, in order to be eligible for entry.
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