Process of (and criteria for) Acceptance into the NFA Hall of Fame
1. Anyone may submit an nomination on behalf of any potential inductee. (exception: self-nominations are not allowed).
2. Nominees in any given year must have completed their competitive careers a minimum of 5 years previously. Thus, students who (for example) complete their competitive career at the 2011 NFA Nationals would not be eligible for admission to the Hall of Fame until April of 2017.
3. Applicants may be submitted at any time, but only those received by March 15th of any given year will be considered for admission into the Hall of Fame at the subsequent April’s NFA tournament. Nominations received after the deadline will be held and considered the following year.
4. Nominations must be submitted to the NFA Hall of Fame Committee which will be composed of one member of the NFA National Council (this person will serve as the Chair of the Committee) and three other members selected from among volunteers and/or people solicited for membership by or on behalf of the NFA President. All members shall be appointed by the NFA President.
5. The Hall of Fame Committee shall review all applicants.
6. Inductees will receive a Hall of Fame pin and will not be announced until that year’s NFA National Championship Tournament.
Justification for Nomination and/or Induction into the Hall of Fame
The nominator should provide the awards committee with information not only pertaining to the nominee’s background and participation in forensics, but also include material as to what this person has contributed to forensics since their graduation from college, etc. Remember that this award is to honor those that made an impact while competing in forensics and continued to make an impact after leaving the activity. The Distinguished Service Award honors coach participants and the Hall of Fame honors student participants.
Criteria and Application Information:
1. Forensics Competitive Excellence: Issues which might be addressed here can include things as awards received at any and all tournaments (with particular attention being given to the NFA Nationals). The level of activity (number of tournaments attended and events entered) could also be included.
2. Forensics Community Citizenship: Issues which might be addressed here can include service to the home program, service to other programs, forensic scholarship, service to the NFA organization, and demonstrated impact on the ongoing practice of the activity.
3. Forensics Ambassadorship: Issues which might be considered here would focus on the application of forensic-related communication competencies when interacting with audiences beyond the immediate community in such contexts as volunteer work, professional career and lifelong growth.