The Hall itself does not solicit nominations. It depends on the Community to bring worthy candidates to its attention. Nomination Questionnaires –also known as “BIO”s – may be acquired from any Committee Member or downloaded from this Web site. They may be completed by the candidate or an agent. Posthumous nominations are accepted.
Mail Completed Form To:
Simi Valley, CA 93063
The completed Bios are scanned by the Rules Committee which determines if the candidate meets the requirements needed to be forwarded to the Selection Committee.
Athletes: participation in high school, college, university, and any further nationally recognized competition either amateur or professional.
Sports Media: newspaper, radio or television reporters.
Candidates must be retired for actual competition or, if still active, have reached 35 years of age.
Activities Recognized by the Hall of Fame
Athletes must have resided in Ventura County for a substantial portion of their careers.
Athletes must have excelled in a manner accepted as exceptional by community standards regardless of the location of the competition.
Athletes must have been graduated from high school for at least three (3) years.
Athletes must have competed in a sport recognized by the Hall of Fame.
Coaches, officials and administrators must have excelled in a noteworthy manner for schools, colleges and club programs with Ventura County identities for at least three (3) years.
Contributors must have established or supported the growth and wellbeing of an athletic activity in a noteworthy manner in Ventura County for at least three (3) years.
Candidates must have impeccable moral standing in the community.
Sanctions by groups such as CIF, the Channel Coast Officials Association, Ventura County Football Coaches Association, school districts, etc., automatically disqualify a nomination.
Any criminal or immoral activity, or past involvement in such, is also considered a disqualifying factor.
Candidates must be retired from actual competition , or if still active, have reached 35 years of age.
Activities Currently Recognized by the Hall of Fame
Automobile Racing Golf Speed Boat Racing
Aquatics Gymnastics Tennis
Baseball & Softball Kayak & Canoeing Track & Field.
Basketball Martial Arts Volleyball
Bowling Mountain Climbing Water Polo
Boxing Rowing Weightlifting
Fishing Sailing Wrestling
Football Shooting Winter Sports
The BIOs are sent to the five members of the Selection Committee. This Committee is separate from the General Committee and is responsible for choosing the Inductees every year. The members rate and rank the BIOs for worthiness, meet once a year in January and vote the selections for the following June Induction Banquet. The five members represent all areas of the county -both up and down the Conejo Grade – and have lengthy, extensive knowledge and awareness of the athletic community of Ventura County.
The new Members are inducted at the annual banquet usually held on the second Sunday in June. The Banquet has drawn an average of 450 guests the past few years, representing a wide county demographic and takes place at the Marriott Ventura Beach Hotel in Ventura. The Member plaques are displayed on the mezzanine where the pre-dinner social hour is held. During this time period the new Inductees are interviewed and photographed by the Ventura STAR and the student athletes are checked in.
Athletes of the Year
The Hall invites the county high schools, the three community colleges and California Lutheran University to send a male and a female athlete to be honored for both academic as well as athletic prowess. The students are introduced individually, their exploits are read and they are presented with plaques. The newspaper writers are polled beforehand to vote for THE consensus county athletes of the year (a high school girl and boy and a college man and woman.) The STAR prep sports editor, Derry Eads, presents these four awards.
Hall of Fame Scholarships
The high school athletes are eligible to apply for two $1000 Hall of Fame Scholarships (boy and girl) by submitting a scholarship essay. The scholarships are funded by the generosity of The Suzanne Manlet Foundation. Ten years ago the average GPA of all our athletes was 3.2. At last accounting the GPA had risen to 3.97.
County Exposure at the Banquet
The five Inductees bring an average of fifteen to twenty guests each. The remaining three hundred to three hundred and fifty attendees are the previously installed members and the families and friends of the student athletes. School administrators have been purchasing tables (of ten tickets each) to provide the opportunity for coaches, teachers and other school personnel to support their athletes of the year. The Hall covers only Ventura County schools – the southern border is Oak Park, east are the Simi Valley schools, along the 101 freeway to Nordhoff in Ojai. We also include private and Christian schools such as Thacher, Villanova, Cornerstone Christian et al. The Ventura STAR gives the Hall generous press coverage.