CENTRAL WASHINGTON SPORTS HALL OF FAME
I. The Selection Committee for the Yakima Valley Sports Hall of Fame, referred to after here as the Committee, will be made up of two members of the current Yakima Herald-Republic sports department (Sports editor Jerrel Swenning, sports reporter Scott Spruill), and six to eight members of the Central Washington community at large who have a broad knowledge of the sports history of the Yakima Valley. The six at-large members will be selected by members of the Herald-Republic.
II. Members of the Committee serve at their own pleasure with no designated length of term. Committee members wanting to step down are asked to provide recommendations for a new member(s) on the committee.
III. The Committee will meet and/or communicate electroically at designated times throughout the year, including twice in the fall – 1. To compose a list of Hall of Fame nominees, and 2. To vote on the Hall of Fame nominees, and in the spring to rehash that year’s induction and to select the Committee chair.
IV. Yakima Herald-Republic sports editor Jerrel Swenning will act as the chair of the Committee through the induction of the first class of Yakima Valley Hall of Famers. After which, the chair will be voted on.
V. Athletes/coaches/contributoes inducted into the Yakima Valley Sports Hall of Fame will be voting members of the Committee. Their attendance at any meetings will not be required, but they will receive a final ballot and can vote.
I. The Yakima Valley Sports Hall of Fame is open to athletes, coaches and administrators who meet the following requirements:
A. Athletes who were born and/or raised in Central Washington (defined as the area of Cle Elum in the west to Wenatchee in the north, east to the Tri-Cities and south to Goldendale) and had a lasting impact at a local, state, regional and/or national level that lasted more than five years. Athletes must have been retired from their respective sport for five years.
B. Coaches or contributors who were born and/or raised in the Yakima Valley and had a lasting impact at local, state, regional and/or national level that lasted for 10 or more years. Consideration will be given to that coach or administrator if his or her career expands beyond the Yakima Valley, although this is not a requirement.
NOMINATION AND VOTING PROCESS
I. Each member of the Committee will submit a list of 20 nominations for induction into the Central Washington Sports Hall of Fame.
II. The nominations from the Committee members will be collated with redundancies removed. The resulting list will constitute the finalists for induction.
III. Committee members will vote for 12 finalists from list in no particular order.
IV. Finalists receiving 70 percent of the vote from Committee members will be inducted into Yakima Valley Sports Hall of Fame, with a minimum of five athletes/coaches/administrators being inducted. If five finalists do not receive 70 percent of the vote, the top-five vote-getters will be inducted into the Central Washington Sports Hall of Fame. The initial class will consist of the top eight vote-getters, no matter their percentage.
V. Modifications to the nomination and voting process will be made after the initial induction class based on opinions of the selections committee to ensure a fair and complete process for those who have been nominated and those who might be nominated.