Hooping.org hosts an annual Hoopie Awards celebration honoring greatness in our hooping community known as The Hoopie Awards. The Hoopies began back in 2008 and continue to be celebrated annually. The nominations process opens at the start of the new year at the beginning of January with a call out to the community for preliminary nominees in a variety of categories. Originally those who received the most preliminary nominations became ballot finalists, but a Hoopie Awards Finalists Review Panel started with the 2010 awards to ensure a greater sense of fairness.
Those who contribute preliminary nominations each year are able to make themselves available to serve on the community review panel. Those who do make themselves available are placed in a hat and the panelists for the year are drawn at random. The Hoopie Awards Finalists Review Panel reviews the preliminary nominations and is responsible for deciding who receives the official Hoopie Award nominations each year.
Over the years we’ve added additional award categories and the Hoopies continue to evolve based on community input. Along the way a rule was included that previous Hoopie Award winners are not eligible to win in the same category twice. Here are all of our Hoopie Award winners by year: