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Hall of Fame Nomination Criteria

Before nominating an athlete, coach, or contributor, check the list of current nominees to see if the person already has been nominated. It is not necessary to fill out a new nomination form for persons who already are nominated.

(Only open class accomplishments are considered, not youth or masters)

Criteria for athletes being placed in nomination shall be one or more of the following:

  1. World record holder;
  2. American record holder;
  3. World champion;
  4. Olympic champion;
  5. World or American leader in event(s) for three or more years;
  6. Winner of four or more USA national open championships; and/or
  7. Other outstanding accomplishments at a national open or international open level.

To be nominated, an athlete must have completed open competition at least three years prior to consideration, except when an athlete has reached forty years of age. He or she may continue in open competition as a master athlete.


Criteria for coaches being placed in nomination shall be:

  1. Having compiled an outstanding record of coaching champions at the level coached (e.g. national open, national collegiate, state high school, etc.); and
  2. Having compiled an extraordinary winning record or have achieved other outstanding accomplishments; and
  3. Having coached for at least twenty (20) years.

To be nominated, a coach must have been retired for at least one year from active full-time coaching, except where s/he has coached for thirty-five (35) years or more.


Criteria for contributors being placed in nomination shall be:

  1. Having served the Athletics community with special distinction; and
  2. Having worked within the Athletics community in its best interests in an outstanding manner for at least twenty (20) years; or
  3. Having achieved other outstanding accomplishments.
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