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Hoopie Awards 2014: The Nominations Process Begins

hoopiesbig Hooping.org proudly presents our seventh annual Hoopie Awards honoring greatness in our hooping community. Preliminary nominations may now be submitted and there are changes to our process this year so please read all of this carefully. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, January 10th, at 11:59 pm PST. Please do not make appeals to get people to nominate you or others you know and love. We are no longer tracking the number of preliminary nominations. Only one is necessary for consideration in a category and more than that offers zero advantage and only clutters our inbox and slows down the process. You are also welcome to nominate yourself so please, no campaigning.

Previous award winners are not eligible to win within the same category twice, but feel free to nominate them for other categories if you like. Remember, all it takes is one one (1) preliminary nomination email with no more than one (1) nominee in each of our award categories for your submission to be considered. Previous Award Winners.

Preliminary Nomination Screening: Once all of the preliminary nominations have been received, hooping.org staff will ever so lightly be screening award categories with time consuming content (photos, videos, tutorials…) for one purpose only, to decide if they warrant further consideration by our 2014 finalist review panel or not. This is a new step in the awards process added and designed only to make it easier on our finalist review panel. If you served on the panel last year, you know how overwhelming it was and we promise it will never be that overwhelming again. If you’ve seen the mountain submissions that come in each year, you’d fully understand our need for this new step in streamlining the awards process.

Finalist Review Panel: The finalist review panel consists of 50 randomly selected hoopers who have submitted a preliminary nomination email. If you would like to serve on the 2014 Hoopie Awards Finalist Review Panel and cast your votes for who should receive final nominations this year, you need to submit a preliminary nomination email for consideration. Please do not contact anyone on the hooping.org staff regarding your interest in being on the panel. Please do not contact anyone with requests to serve on the panel without submitting a preliminary nomination email. This is how it works and there will be no exceptions in the interest of fairness. Hooping.org staff will literally be writing down the names of those who have made themselves available to serve on the panel this year and this weekend we will be drawing 50 out of a hat.

If you are randomly selected to be on the Finalist Review Panel you will receive a notification email on Saturday, January 11th, followed by the pre-screened preliminary submissions for your voting consideration as soon as we have it compiled. Panelists have the honor and privilege of making fair and impartial selections regarding who should receive the final Hoopie Award nominations this year. If you don’t make yourself available to serve on the panel, you have no business complaining about the results. If you do make yourself available to serve on the panel 1) in doing so you are agreeing to maintain complete confidentiality that you are on the panel until after the final nominees are announced, 2) you will need a good amount of free time next week to review the pre-screened submissions and make your fair and well informed voting decisions.

To serve on the awards panel simply state “YES I’m available to serve on the panel” at the end of your preliminary nominations email. If you do not receive an email this Saturday that you were randomly selected, then you were not randomly selected to be on the panel this year, but thank you so much for making yourself available to be of service.

Preliminary Nomination Submissions: You may now cast your preliminary nomination submissions in the following award categories for the 2014 Hoopie Awards by sending an email to Hoopies2014@gmail.com. You do not need to make a nomination in every category. Some categories require additional and specific information in order to be considered. You have until Friday night to make your submission so if you don’t know, you have time to find out.

1. Photo of the Year: You must include a link to the nominated photo for consideration.

2. Solo Video of the Year: You must include a link to the nominated video for consideration. Solo video nominees can only have only one person hooping in them.

3. Group Video of the Year: You must include a link to the nominated video for consideration. Group videos must include two or more people hooping.

4. Tutorial of the Year: You must include a link to the nominated tutorial for consideration.

5. Hooping Soundtrack of the Year: Must have a 2013 release date for consideration. Please include artist and title.

6. Event of the Year Promoting Hooping to a Larger Audience: What carried the hooping message to others best in 2013? Note: Hoop gatherings and retreats are not eligible in this category.

7. Hooping Event of the Year: Hoop gatherings, retreats and events are eligible in this category.

8. Local Hoop Community of the Year: Which local hooping community shined the brightest this year?

9. Newbie Hooper of the Year: Must have started hooping in 2013 with no prior hooping experience, even a little. No exceptions. Nomination must include a link to an online video along with the date of their hoopiversary. Nominations with a video and hooping start date will be ignored.

10. Youth Hooper of the Year. Nominees in this cateogry must be under 18 years of age.

11. Performing Group of the Year: Nominees must have two or more members for consideration.

12. Hoop Instructor of the Year:

13: Fire Hooper of the Year:

14. Male Hooper of the Year:

15. Female Hooper of the Year:

16: Hooper Hall of Fame Award: Nominees in this category must have a minimum of eight years of hooping experience for consideration.

FINALIST PANEL: Are you available to serve on the final nominations review panel as specified above? Write “YES I am available to serve on the panel” or “NO I’m not available” here:

Email your preliminary nomination submission to hoopies2014@gmail.com

Our finalists in the seventh annual Hoopie Awards will be announced on Monday, January 20th and community-wide voting will begin. Good luck to one and all.

Hoopie Awards 2013: Our Winners

2013 Hoopie Awards

It’s time to announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Hoopie Awards, although we wish to be clear that all of our nominees are winners this year. We love them all! The call for preliminary nominations for the awards went up at the start of the year. Those results were then compiled and presented to 50 randomly selected hoopers who made themselves available to be of service for our Finalist Review Panel. Literally drawn out of hat, these panelists reviewed all of the preliminary submissions and voted for their top five selections in each awards category. Those votes were then compiled, resulting in our list of 2013 official Hoopie Award nominees. Voting began on Tuesday, closed on Saturday, and now it’s time to reveal our winners.

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the celebration this year from start to finish, giving an extra special thank you again to those who served on the Finalists Review Panel this year. We’d like to congratulate all of the nominees one more time, and give a great big kudos to Hoopin’ Annie of World Hoop Day for taking on the responsibility of validating your computerized vote counts again this year given that those associated with Hooping.org received nominations.

And now, with thousands of votes cast, and a record breaking Hoopie Awards, are you ready to find out where the Hoopies are going in our Sixth Annual Hoopie Awards celebration? So are we! So without any further ado, we proudly present your 2013 Hoopie Award Winners:

Hoopie Awards 2013: Polls Are Open and Honorable Mentions

Hoopies2013 There’s still time to cast your ballot in the 2013 Hoopie Awards, Hooping.org’s 6th Annual Awards Celebration honoring greatness in our hooping community. And if you’ve already voted be sure to check out our Hoopie Award Honorable Mentions and Year End Wrap up because there was just so much great stuff happening in our community this past year and we’ve been really excited to round it all up and share it all with you one more time.

As for the awards themselves, please remember that it’s only one vote per IP address, so if you’ve already voted there’s no sense in trying to do so again. Ballots are, however, still being accepted and will be right up until 11:59pm on Saturday, January 26th. To cast your ballot and get all of the nominees, rules and information about the Hoopies this year, you can do so by going here: The 2013 Hoopie Awards. And just as a reminder to everyone, please don’t forget that if you’re a hooper then you’re already a winner – each and every one of you! So happy voting, reminiscing and have a hoopy weekend.

Men in Hoopie Awards History

Hoopies [Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn takes a closer look at male hoopers and The Hoopie Awards.]

Just this week, Hooping.org and the hooping community at large celebrated its 5th year of honoring our own with The 2012 Hoopie Awards. And I’ve personally followed every single year with anticipation. It goes without saying that a lot has changed over the years as well. This year, I had the feeling that there were more male nominees than ever before. Since you know I like to have the data to back up my instincts, I dusted off a calculator, rolled up my sleeves, and got down to some serious number-crunching. The men did show up in record numbers amongst the nominees this year. Let’s take a closer look. And I’ve got more masculine-inspired numbers and fun facts for you, too.

Hoopie Awards 2012: Our Winners

Hoopie Awards 2012

It’s time to announce the winners of the Fifth Annual Hoopie Awards, although all of our nominees are winners in our book. Preliminary nominations were open the first week of January and those results were then tabulated and presented to 35 randomly selected hoopers who made themselves available to be of service on their original nomination ballot. Literally drawn out of hat, these panelists reviewed all of your submissions and made their top five selections in each category, resulting in our official nominated finalists. 2011 was a truly dynamic year for hooping and as we’ve grown and evolved, so did the awards with the addition of three new awards this year: Hoop Event, Youth Hooper and the start of our new Hooper Hall of Fame Award.

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the celebration this year with an extra special thanks to by Annie O’Keefe of World Hoop Day and Kristen “Tink” McQuillin of the World Hoop Day Dance who took on the responsibility this year of validating your computerized vote counts. With thousands of votes cast this year Tink said, “I could literally see all the admiration for the award nominees as I audited the votes. I’m so glad to be part of this caring and active community.” Annie agreed noting, “”The hooping community continually amazes me with who they are, what they produce and how fellow hoopers appreciate each other. I am grateful to be included this year and in year’s past. May our peers continually inspire us to be better, do it now and give more today.” Are you ready to find out where the Hoopies are going in our Fifth Annual Hoopie Awards? Without further ado we proudly present your 2012 Hoopie Award Winners:

Hoopie Honorable Mentions 2012

Hoopie Awards 2012 With our 5th Annual Hoopie Awards well underway with voting closing tonight at 11:59pm PST, the time has come for the Hoopie Honorable Mentions. Every year we take time to shine the spotlight on some additional awesomeness that just didn’t make the list. Some may have been favorites from the review panel, missing a nomination by a single vote. Others may not have done so well with our panel, but we think they really should have. The focus of our Honorable Mentions this year is on photography and video, categories that were overflowing with brilliance this year, so much so that we really needed to pay tribute to ten more selections in three categories one more time. And as we share the hoop love, we invite you to join us in doing so. Without any further ado here are our 2012 Hoopie Honorable Mentions.

Hoopie Awards 2012: Rock the Vote

Hoopie Awards 2012

Welcome to the 2012 Hoopie Awards, Hooping.org’s 5th Annual Awards celebration honoring greatness in our hoop community. We’d like to remind everyone that if you’re a hooper, you’re already a winner – each and every one of you. This year the official nominations process opened on Monday, January 2nd and closed on Friday, January 6th. Publicity for the Hoopie Awards began on December 24th, 2011, and the nominations were featured numerous times on Hooping.org’s front page, as well as through Facebook and via our Twitter and our Google+ accounts. We compiled a list of all of our preliminary nominees and presented them to our 2012 Hoopie Awards Panelists for consideration. Our panel this year consisted of 35 randomly selected hoopers from the 78 who had made themselves available to be of service via their nomination ballot. Panelists were instructed to forget their personal affiliations and be community minded in voting for their top five selections in each award category. Those votes were compiled and we can now present your 2012 Hoopie Award nominated finalists! But before we vote it’s time to learn more about our rules, categories and nominees this year so let’s get started!

2012 Hoopie Awards: Panelists Selected and Notified

Hoopies Trophy Hooping.org is proud to be presenting our Fifth Annual Hoopie Awards, the awards that honor greatness in our hooping community. For those of you just realizing that the Hoopies are on again and are sending your nominations in now, and there are a few of you still at it, the nomination deadline closed on Friday night at 11:59pm PST. Over the weekend we took the hundreds of nomination ballots submitted by you and compiled them into one massive list. Then we wrote the names of the 78 AWESOME hoopers who made themselves available to serve on the review panel this year on little slips of paper, put them in a box, shook it up, and randomly selected the 35 Hoopie Awards Panelists that will be making the final nomination decisions this year. They’ve all been notified that they are on the panel and are currently reviewing the photos, videos, tutorials and more that you submitted. Stay tuned. On Monday, January 16th, we will announce all of the final nominees for this year and voting will officially begin.

Hoopie Awards 2012: Nominations Close Tonight

Hoopies Trophy Hooping.org is proud to be presenting our Fifth Annual Hoopie Awards, the awards that honor greatness in our hooping community. And guess what? There’s still time for you to cast your nominations and to make yourself available to be on our final nominees review panel as well. You have until 11:59pm tonight, Friday, January 6th, to get your ballot in and we’ve added three new Hoopies categories this year including “Outstanding Hooping Event”, “Outstanding Youth Hooper” and a brand new “Hooper Hall of Fame” award. To get all of the finer details and to cast your nominations for the hoopers and photos and videos and tutorials and more that you think really stood out in 2011 head on over to the nominations page. And if you’re living in the greater Los Angeles area and want to help tabulate the nominations this weekend let us know.

2012 Hoopie Awards: Nominations Begin

Hoopie Awards Hooping.org proudly presents our Fifth Annual Hoopie Awards, the awards honoring greatness in our hooping community. Preliminary nominations are now open and will close on Friday, January 6th, at 11:59 pm PST. Previous award winners are not eligible to win within the same category twice, but feel free to nominate them for other categories if you so choose. Remember, you can only submit one (1) preliminary nomination email with no more than one (1) nominee in each of our award categories.

2012 Changes: 1) Previously we’ve had one event award category for “Outstanding Event that Promoted Hooping to a New Audience”. Every year people nominate hoop gatherings and retreats in this category, even though they aren’t reaching a new audience. So this year we are adding a new category for “Outstanding Hooping Event”. Hoop gatherings and retreats are eligible for an award in our new category, but not the former. 2) For 2012 we’ve added an Outstanding Youth Hooper award to honor someone under 18 years of age, and 3) For 2012 we’ve also added a Hooper Hall of Fame Award to recognize hoopers that have blazed trails and inspired all of us. Nominees in this category must have been hooping for more than five years.

The Final Nominations Panel: This coming weekend all of our preliminary nomination ballots will be tabulated and a final list of those receiving nominations will be sent to our randomly selected final nominations panel, something we began implementing two years ago to help ensure a fairer and democratic process. If you are willing to be of service on this review panel you must A) be available the week of January 9th through the 13th to review all of the nominees (a time consuming process) and make fair and impartial selections, B) agree to maintain complete secrecy that you are serving on said panel until after the award finalists are announced on January 16th, C) agree to maintain complete secrecy regarding who received preliminary nominations until after the finalists are announced as well, and D) indicate your interest in panel service on your nomination ballot by stating “YES”. By doing so you are agreeing to A, B, & C above. If you are randomly selected to serve on the panel this year, you’ll receive a notice that you are on it on Monday, January 9th, and you will have until Friday, January 14th at 11:59pm PST to make your Hoopie Award finalist selections. Panelists who do not have their ballots submitted before that deadline will not be included.

The Nomination Ballot: You may now cast preliminary nominations in the following award categories. All required information noted below must be included for your nomination to be tabulated:

1. Photo of the Year: (must have been taken and posted in 2011. Include url)
2. Solo Video of the Year (must have been posted in 2011. Include url):
3. Group Video of the Year (must have been filmed and posted in 2011. Video must include hooping by two or more. Include url):
4. Tutorial of the Year: (must have been posted in 2011. Include url):
5. Hoop Dance Soundtrack of 2011 (must have a 2011 release date):
6. Outstanding Event That Promoted Hooping to a Larger Audience in 2011 (hoop gatherings are not eligible):
7. Outstanding Hooping Event of 2011:
8. Newbie Hooper of the Year (must not have hooped prior to 2011. That means even a little, sorry. Include a url to an online video of the nominee along with how many months they have been hooping):
9. Youth Hooper of the Year:
10. Local Hoop Community of the Year:
11. Performance Hoop Group of the Year (Two or More):
12. Hoop Instructor of the Year:
13: Fire Hooper of the Year:
14. Male Hooper of the Year:
15. Female Hooper of the Year:
16: Hooper Hall of Fame Award:
XX: Are you available to serve on the final nominations review panel as specified above? (Yes or No) _______.

Please email your nomination ballot to: hoopies2012@gmail.com

Our finalists in the Fifth Annual Hoopie Awards will be announced on Monday, January 16th and community-wide voting will begin.