Hall of Fame Policies and Procedures

Hall of Fame Committee

1. Purpose

  • To recognize, honour and pay tribute to Ontario individuals and teams who have attained extraordinary achievement in the sport of basketball in Ontario, Canada and/or internationally.
  • To recognize, honour and pay tribute to those Ontario individuals who have given distinguished service to and who have made a major contribution to the development and advance of the sport of basketball in Ontario, Canada and/or internationally.
  • To encourage the development of all aspects of the sport of basketball by permanently recording the achievements and history of the sport of basketball in Ontario.
  • To establish and maintain an official archive for basketball in Ontario.
  • To oversee the operation of the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame.

2. Goals & Objectives

  • To review all Hall of Fame processes and procedures to ensure they are consistent with the goals and objectives of Ontario Basketball.
  • To recommend to the Board of Directors individuals who should be considered for selection to the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • To review and confirm annually a selection committee for the Hall of Fame.
  • To develop and implement an effective and efficient nomination process for Hall of Fame candidates.
  • To recommend annually a ballot of candidates for consideration by the selection committee for induction
    into the Hall of Fame.
  • To plan the annual Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

3. Representation

The Hall of Fame Committee (HFC) shall include the following:

  • A representative of Ontario Basketball Board of Directors (1)
  • A representative of Ontario Basketball Staff (1)
  • Member of Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame (1)
  • Member-at-Large, in good standing with Ontario Basketball (1)

The purpose of the HFC is to manage the nomination and selection process on behalf of the board of directors of Ontario Basketball. This committee does not have voting privileges into the Hall of Fame.

Selection Committee

1. Purpose

The selection committee shall select annually the inductees into the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame from the ballot of candidates presented by the HFC.

2. Composition

  • The selection committee shall be comprised of members in good standing with the Ontario amateur basketball community.
  • The members of the selection committee shall be confirmed by the HFC and shall be confirmed on or about February 1 of each year and will serve for one year.
  • In lieu of such an announcement, the previous selection committee shall be called upon.

3. Representation

The selection committee shall include the following:

  • Representatives of affiliated clubs of Ontario Basketball (4)
  • A representative of Naismith Hall of Fame (1)
  • A representative of OABO (1)
  • Representatives of the Media, ensuring regional representation (3)
  • Previous Hall of Fame inductees (3)
  • Members-at-Large, in good standing with Ontario Basketball (4)

4. Key Attributes of Selection Committee

Members of the Selection Panel shall:

  • Have a basic understanding of the mission of Ontario Basketball and its published rules, policies and
    practices.
  • Have good historic and current knowledge of amateur basketball in Ontario, Canada and internationally.
  • Have an interest in the development and growth of basketball and knowledge of equity and accessibility
    issues.

Operations

The Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1999 with the induction of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of the game of basketball. The Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame does not yet have a permanent site. Nominees are honoured annually at the Hall of Fame Gala Dinner held in conjunction with Ontario Basketball’s Super Weekend.

1. Eligibility

Any person is eligible for a recognition award or election as an Honoured Member of the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame who has achieved an outstanding standard of excellence, in 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

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. Athletes must be retired from active duty at their highest level for five years before they may be nominated (i.e. provincial team, national team, etc.). 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.

Coaches

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 two years, or 60 years of age or older, or have 25 years of coaching experience in order to be eligible for entry.

Builders

Builders are individuals who have made outstanding and extraordinary contributions towards the promotion, development and advancement of basketball in Ontario, and without restricting the generality of the foregoing, they may include administrators, officials, trainers, managers, coaches, therapists, etc. Builders are exempt from specific timelines with respect to entry.

Teams

Teams are restricted to teams made up of Canadian athletes living in Ontario who represented an Ontario or a Canadian organization or corporation that may have accomplished outstanding or extraordinary results that has brought prominence to the sport of basketball in Ontario and Canada. Teams must be five years removed from their milestone in order to be eligible for entry.

Officials

Officials are individuals whose efforts and expertise in the development and training of basketball officials 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 two years, or one year if 65 or older, in order to be eligible for entry.

2. Process for Nomination

  • By authorization of the Board of Directors of Ontario Basketball, on or about March 1 every year, submissions are requested for nomination into the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Deadline for closing of nominations (including supporting documents) is no later than April 30 of that year.
  • As approved by the Board of Directors at its meeting on November 24, 2001, all Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame members from Ontario shall be placed on the ballot of the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame, subject to their standing in Ontario Basketball.
  • At the conclusion of the nomination period, the Executive Director (or nominee) of Ontario Basketball, shall forward all nominations to the HFC for verification of the nomination against the published criteria.
  • The HFC reserves the right to exclude from consideration any nominee for unceremonious or criminal acts detrimental to the ideals and objectives of the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame, Ontario Basketball, or any of its member or affiliate organizations and the sport of basketball.
  • Once verified, the complete list of nominees and support documents will be circulated to the members of the selection committee with a Hall of Fame ballot.
  • Ballots must be signed and returned within 15 days after issued or they will be deemed invalid.
  • The Chair of the HFC will tabulate the ballots and the results will be presented to the Board of Directors of Ontario Basketball for approval.
  • Successful candidates will be notified by telephone by the HFC chair (or nominee) before a public announcement is made.
  • Selected candidates will be honoured at the Annual Hall of Fame Gala Dinner hosted by Ontario Basketball.

3. Timelines for Nominations

HFC approved by the Board of DirectorsDecember
HFC approves selection committeeJanuary
HFC declares nominations openMarch 1–31
HFC prepares list of nomineesearly April
HFC approves list of nomineesearly April
HFC prepares ballots for selection committeeearly April
Selection committee submits five names eachearly May
HFC chair (or designate) tabulates ballots and prepares list of inducteesmid May
Board approves list of inducteesend of May
HFC chair advises inductees by telephoneend of May
Public announcementJune–Awards Week
Hall of Fame Gala Dinner InductionSeptember

4. Rules for Selection

Each member of the selection committee shall receive a Hall of Fame ballot comprised of those candidates, nominated to the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame, by the various constituents of Ontario Basketball, who have been approved by the HFC and the Board of Ontario Basketball.

General Nominee

  • A minimum of 11 votes or 70% of the vote’s cast of the selection committee is required to earn entry into the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Selection by vote of the Board of Directors of Ontario Basketball and/or the Nominations Committee for outstanding and meritorious distinction may occur in extreme cases only (illness or death).
  • Members of the selection committee may vote for a maximum of five nominees on her or his ballot.
  • More than five votes shall invalidate the ballot in question.
  • There is a maximum of two inductees per category (Athletes, Coaches, Builders, Teams and Officials) and a maximum of five inductees annually.
  • Any inductee elected to a National Hall of Fame shall be recommended to the Ontario Basketball HFC for inclusion on the ballot for consideration by the selection committee at the next appropriate awards ceremony.

Pioneer Category

  • A pioneer is a nominee whose accomplishments have been attained approximately 25 years ago.
  • Any nominee for any category of membership in the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame can be considered under the pioneer category.
  • Nominees who are not voted on in any one year are referred to the pioneer category and the pioneer committee.
  • Nominees who do not receive more than one or two votes for five (consecutive) years are referred to the pioneer category and the pioneer committee.

Pioneer Committee

  • The Pioneer committee is comprised of the HFC.
  • Selection to the pioneer category will be determined by the HFC and the Board of Directors of Ontario Basketball.

Reviewed January 2010 by Ontario Basketball Board of Directors
Approved April 2000 by Ontario Basketball Board of Directors