Nomination & Selection Process

Eligibility

Anyone who has a distinguished career in one of the four categories (1. Athlete – Modern, 2. Athlete – Legend, 3. Builder,  or 4. Team) and is identified with Chatham is eligible, including members of the Board of Directors or any of its subcommittees.

Quota

Only one candidate in each category is voted to be inducted into the Chatham Hall of Fame in a given year. In the case of a tie, all tied candidates will be inducted.

Nomination

Deadline for nominations is May 1st of every year!

How to Submit a Nomination

To nominate an individual or a team for induction into the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame:

#1 Download a nomination package

#2 Fill out the form completely & save it by a new name

#3 Attach supporting documents

#4 Return to the Chatham Sports Hall of fame:

By email to info@chathamsportshalloffame.com

or

By mail to Chatham Sports Hall of Fame, PO Box 1421, Chatham, ON, N7M 5L3

Selection Process

Every year, four inductees are elected into the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame (more in the case of a tie) and up to four inductees receive either the Directors’ Choice Honoured Membership into the Hall of Fame or the Directors’ Choice Induction for Outstanding Achievement.

May 1st

Deadline for nominations

May 2nd - 31st

Board of Directors evaluate nomination packages

June 1st

Selection Committee votes for inductees

July 1st

Returned ballots are counted

July 1st – July 15th

The Board of Directors select “Directors’ Choice” inductees

July 15th

The Board of Directors Chair announces the new inductees

Late September

Banquet and induction ceremonies at the John D. Bradley Centre

Nominations close for the year
Beginning May 2nd, no further nominations are accepted for inductees for the year, however, late nominations can be resubmitted for the following year.
 
Board of Directors evaluate nomination packages
The Board of Directors evaluates each nomination using the criteria outlined on evaluation guidelines and selects nominations that are eligible for induction.
 
Board of Directors distribute copies of eligible nomination packages and official ballots to the Selection Committee
After nominations are evaluated, copies of eligible nomination packages and official ballots are sent to each member of the Selection Committee. Committee members carefully review each nomination package and individually select the top three candidates for induction in each category on their ballot.
 
Selection Committee members return ballots to the Selection Committee Chair
The Selection Committee Chair delivers all returned ballots to the Board of Directors who, with at least one Selection Committee member, calculates the votes for each nominee on all the ballots. The candidate with the highest number of votes in each category is selected to be inducted into the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame for the year. There is a maximum of one inductee in each category each year, unless there is a tie in which case all tied candidates are inducted.
 
The Board of Directors select “Directors’ Choice” inductees
Directors’ Choice inductees are either given the Directors’ Choice Honoured Membership into the Hall of Fame or the Directors’ Choice Induction for Outstanding Achievement. Each Directors’ Choice inductee, like elected inductees, enjoy all the rights and privileges of Honoured Members.

Directors’ Choice Honoured Memberships
The Board of Directors recognizes that nominees who competed a long time ago or competed in a relatively low profile sport are at a disadvantage when it comes to the election process. Therefore, in addition to the four elected inductees, the Board of Directors may select up to two inductees each year for the Directors’ Choice Honoured Membership into the Hall of Fame. These inductees must meet the minimum qualifications for consideration for induction, have gone through the normal nomination process, and must have appeared on the ballot at least once.

The Directors’ Choice Induction for Outstanding Achievement
The Board of Directors also recognizes that some individuals have had such outstanding careers that they should be automatically inducted into the Hall.

When evaluating nominations, if all Nomination Committee members score the nominated individual with 40 points or higher, the nominee would be recommended to the Board as a “Directors’ Choice Induction for Outstanding Achievement” and would not need to go through the voting process.

 

The Board of Directors Chair announces the new inductees

Only the Chair of the Board of Directors, or a designate, can publicly release the election results. Any actions taken during the election process are strictly confidential.

 

Banquet and induction ceremonies at the John D. Bradley Centre

Each newly-inducted Honoured Member of the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame is presented with a membership insignia and a plaque including a portrait, an action shot and a summary of sports achievements is hung in the Hall at the Memorial Arena.