ELIGIBILITY OF OFFICIAL - GENERAL
It is not possible to lay down specific qualifications in a category as broad as that of officials. Generally a candidate will be recognized for major contributions to the sport over a considerable period of years.
Election will not be based on an isolated outstanding contribution. At the same time, mere length of service, however dedicated and generous, which cannot be said to have contributed significantly to the progress of the sport in one or more areas, is not sufficient.
The emphasis will be on achievements, not on offices held or time served.
TYPE OF SERVICE
The term ‘official’ is intended to encompass a wide range of functions within the sport. Primary consideration will be given to contributions to the sport as an International judge, driver, scorer, IWWF officer, Executive Board member,or IWWF Council or Committee member. Secondary consideration will be given to contributions in Confederation or National offices, tournament chairman of major tournaments, tournament announcer and waterski / wakeboard / other writer or promoter. With respect to all of these functions the emphasis will be on contributions of world-wide significance – not only Confederation or National significance. Candidates are not generally to be judged on a single function, but rather accumulation of contributions in all the areas in which he/she was involved. It is expected that most inductees will have contributed in several areas, even though one may predominate.
LENGTH OF SERVICE
Generally it is expected that 15 years of service to the sport at National, Confederation or World-wide levels would be required as a minimum for consideration but exceptions may be made in extraordinary circumstances. Mere length of service, by itself, does not qualify an individual for consideration. Length of service is more a measure of the extent of the individual’s dedication to the sport.
Retirement from active involvement in the sport is neither a requirement for nomination nor is it to be encouraged. Generally we do not want to recognize a candidate when there is still a great deal more he/she may contribute. At the same time we must not wait for the candidate’s death or senility to recognize significant contributions to the sport. Generally a minimum age at induction of 50 would be required unless the candidate was clearly retired prior to that time.