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Hoopie Awards 2014: Rock The Vote

2014 Hoopie Awards

Welcome to the 2014 Hoopie Awards! It’s Hooping.org’s 7th Annual Awards celebration honoring greatness in our hoop community and we’re delighted that you are here. We’d like to remind everyone that if you’re a hooper, you’re already a winner whether you’re nominated or not – each and every one of you! YAY!

This year submissions for Hoopie Award consideration were accepted beginning on Monday, January 6th, through Friday, January 10th. We compiled a list of these submissions, pre-screened them for content and process manageability, and presented the remainder to our 2014 Hoopie Awards Finalist Panel. The panel this year consisted of 50 randomly selected hoopers, all of whom made themselves available to be of service to the community in this capacity in their original submission. Panelists were then instructed to forget their personal affiliations, communities and countries in voting for their top five favorites in each of our award categories. Those votes were then painstakingly compiled and now we are proud to present your 2014 Hoopie Award nominees. You may vote for one selection in each of our award categories. You may cast one ballot and one ballot only. You have until 7:00 pm PST on Friday, January 24th, to submit your ballot, which means you have three days to review the nominees and make thoughtful voting decisions.

Previous Hoopie Award winners were once again not eligible to be nominated in an award category previously won by them. And because we have a few nominees this year who are a part of and/or contribute to Hooping.org, the final electronic vote count tallies are being validated by World Hoop Day organizer Hoopin’ Annie O’Keefe. World Hoop Day events were celebrated across six continents this year, raising funds to gift hoops to needy kids around the globe. Hooping.org applauds World Hoop Day’s contributions to our global hooping community and we thank them for their assistance.

First we will provide you with a list of nominees including links to view the nominated photos, videos, tutorials and more. All links open in new windows so you will not lose your place on the page, so please make use of them. Following our complete rundown of nominees this year you will find the voting ballot. Remember to only cast one ballot.

Your 2014 Hoopie Award nominees are as follows…

PHOTO OF THE YEAR:

In 2013 Hooping.org continued to showcase the very best in hooping photography so if you take a great photo this year, send it in. Our Photo of the Year nominees are:

1. Alli McCracken, photo by Doug Sanford: Washington, DC, USA. View Photo.
2. Hannah Stanton-Gockel, photo by Brien Vincent: Athens, Ohio, USA. View Photo.
3. Jaan Elly Monogatari, photo by Estefania Ponce Fotografía: Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. View Photo.
4. Jenn Worroll, photo by Chad Forsberg: Boulder, Colorado, USA. View Photo.
5. Jenny Hoopnosis, photo by Eiko Jones Photography: Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. View Photo.
6. Lee Jeffries, photo by Meka Milla: Pensacola, Florida, USA. View Photo.
7. Maggie Ryan and Kaeli Hansen, photo by Cadencia Photography: Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. View Photo.
8. Tokyo Sunshine, photo by thinkincolor: Buffalo, New York, USA. View Photo.

SOLO VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Solo videos feature only one person hooping. The nominees for Solo Video of the Year are:

1. Ayumi Mitake: Tokyo, Japan. Watch Video.
2. Cheko Cabrera: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Watch Video.
3. Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Watch Video.
4. Kristin Lahoop: Berlin, Germany. Watch Video.
5. Maryève Gaudreau: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Watch Video.
6. Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Watch Video.
7. Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK. Watch Video.
8. Tiana Zoumer: Oakland, California, USA. Watch Video.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Our Video of the Year award features two or more people hooping. The nominees for Video of the Year are:

1. Andy & Jo’s Hula Hoop Flash Mob Proposal with Andy Broughton and hoopers of Brighton, England, UK. Watch Video.
2. Etereas with Tiana Zoumer and Brecken Rivara of Oakland, California, USA. Video by The Flaminguettes of Mexico City, Mexico. Watch Video.
3. Hooping Idol 90’s Dance Hits Week with Cheko Cabrera, Renata Ibarra and Moises Olmedo of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Video by Moises Olmedo. Watch Video.
4. Hoopy St. Patricks Day with Jon Coyne and hoopers from Seattle, Washington, USA. Video by Jon Coyne. Watch Video.
5. Hula Hoopology Spring Fling with Hula Hoopology of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Video by Croshane. Watch Video.
6. One Hoop by John de Kadt featuring hoopers from around the world. John lives in Lee, Massachusetts, USA. Watch Video.
7. Meiosis with Spunshine of Austin, Texas, USA. Video by Karmakaze Productions. Watch Video.
8. Shootin Hoops: Troo Hoops Collaboration with Kyle Johnson and many others. Video by Kyle Johnson of Brunswick, Maine, USA. Watch Video.

TUTORIAL OF THE YEAR:

When it came to hoopers sharing their skills with others on the web, these eight received high marks. The nominees for Tutorial of the Year are:

1. Body Rolls with Anah Hoopalicious Reichenbach of Los Angeles, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
2. Bouncy Jump with Hoopsie Daisy of Berkeley, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
3. Chest and Shoulder Hooping with Deanne Love of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Watch Tutorial.
4. Infinity Toss with Tiana Zoumer of Oakland, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
5. No Handed Smear with Caterina Suttin of Austin, Texas, USA. Watch Tutorial.
6. Three Beat Weave with Emma Kenna of Bristol, England, UK. Watch Tutorial.
7. Waist Control with Jess Wagstrom of Dallas, Texas, USA. Watch Tutorial.
8. Wedgie Flip to Scorpion Combo with Carla Snow of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Watch Tutorial.

HOOP SOUNDTRACK:

What would hooping be without music, right? Listen to the eight nominated hoping soundtracks of 2013 below:

1. Biff Tannen: Sugar Skull (Listen).
2. Daft Punk: Get Lucky (Listen).
3. Ellie Goulding: Burn (Listen).
4. Emancipator: Minor Cause (Listen).
5. Griz: Hard Times (Listen).
6. Illya Kuryaki and the Vaderramas: Ula Ula (Listen).
7. Lorde: Royals (Listen).
8. Twin Apple: Editol (Listen).

HOOPING PROMOTIONAL EVENT OF THE YEAR:

Since 2003 Hooping.org’s mission has been to share the joy of hooping with everyone all over the planet. This award honors events that really helped get the word out:

1. Catherine Zeta-Jones Gets Ellen Hooping.
2. A Glee Hula Hoop Explosion
3. Hooping on The Tonight Show with Morgan Tsu-Raun and Nathan Kepner.
4. Hula Hoop Incident on Good Day New York with Diana Lopez and viral news.
5. Kelly Osbourne Lost Weight Hula Hooping.
6. NASCAR Hooper Steals the Show
7. Oprah Winfrey Hula Hoops.
8. Rachael Lust Hooping Videos Go Viral.

HOOPING EVENT OF THE YEAR:

Of the many hoop gatherings and events that take place annually, the nominees for Event of the Year are:

1. Brighton Flow Fest: Brighton, England, UK.
2. Florida Flow Fest: Lake Worth, Florida, USA.
3. German Hoop Convention: Hannover, Germany.
4. Hoop Path 7: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA.
5. Return 2 Roots Hoop Gathering: Lehighton, Pennsylvania, USA.
6. Sacred Circularities: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
7. Spin Summit: Black Forest, Colorado, USA.
8. SWhoop: Bristol, England, UK.

HOOP COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR:

1: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2: London, England, UK
3: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
4: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5: Mexico City, Mexico
6: New York, New York, USA
7: Paris, France
8: Portland, Oregon, USA

NEWBIE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

Of those who picked up a hoop for the first time in 2013, these hoopers stood out as outstanding newcomers in our hooping community:

1. Alice Rose: London, England, UK. Began in 2/13. Vimeo Channel.
2. Amy “IrieAmy” Neel: Houston, Texas, USA. Began in 5/13. YouTube Channel.
3. Heather Clements: Panama City, Florida, USA. Began in 6/13. YouTube Channel.
4. Laurel Cleveland: Seattle, Washington, USA. Began in 4/13. YouTube Channel.
5. Michelle Ivanek: Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Began in 4/13. YouTube Channel.
6. Pegah “Seabird” Pooya: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. YouTube Channel.
7. Sheri Alice O’Brian: New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. YouTube Channel.
8. Tyler Von Spence: Athens, Georgia, USA. Began in 3/13. YouTube Channel.

YOUTH HOOPER OF THE YEAR (Under 18 Years Old)

1. Jane Ann Arnado: San Remigio, Philippines
2. Kaitlyn Morrin: Eerie, Michigan, USA
3. Lauren Resnick: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
4. Marium Akhtar: Karachi, Pakistan
5. Michaela Perdue: Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
6. Mridula Shankar: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
7. Pupperdoodle: New York, New York, USA
8. Rosalie Fan: Hooptown, Pennsylvania, USA.

FIRE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

1. Barbara Francesquine: São Paulo, Brazil
2. Caterina Suttin: Austin, Texas, USA
3. Ciara Blossom: Austin, Texas, USA
4. Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
5. Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
6. Kandice Korves-Kaus: Sebastapol, California, USA
7. Mary Jane Schroeder: Chicago, Illinois, USA
8. Steve Bags: Bristol, England, UK

INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR:

1. Beth Lavinder: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
2. Brecken Rivara: Oakland, California, USA
3. Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
4. Deanne Love: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5. Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
6. Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
7. Jess Wagstrom: Dallas, Texas, USA
8. Katie Emmitt: Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

PERFORMANCE GROUP OF THE YEAR (2 or More):

1. BLAU: Berlin, Germany
2. Electric Forest Hoop Troupe: Rothbury, Michigan, USA
3. Heady Hoop Tribe: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
4. Hoola Monsters: Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
5. Hooptown Hotties: Los Angeles, California, USA
6. Kaleidoscope Collective: Seattle, Washington, USA
7. Marawa’s Majorettes: London, England, UK
8. Spunshine: Austin, Texas, USA

MALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

1. Chad Forsberg: Boulder, Colorado, USA
2. Cheko Cabrera: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
3. Khan Wong: San Francisco, California, USA
4. Matt Porretta: Glassboro, New Jersey, USA
5. Malcolm Stuart: Los Angeles, California, USA
6. Matthias Elliott: Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
7. Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
8. Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK

FEMALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR

1. Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach: Los Angeles, California, USA
2. Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
3. Caterina Suttin: Austin, Texas, USA
4. Deanne Love: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5. Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
6. Lisa Lottie: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
7. Olive Marie: Detroit, Michigan, USA
8. Rachael Lust: Marion, Ohio, USA

HOOPER HALL OF FAME AWARD

And finally, Hooping.org created the Hooper Hall of Fame two years ago to honor the trailblazers who helped make this movement happen, celebrating a hooper’s history and their contributions to the world of hooping. The nominees for the Hooper Hall of Fame Award this year are:

1. Ann Humphreys: Carrboro, California, USA
2. Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
3. Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
4. Julia Hartsell: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
5. Malcolm Stuart: Los Angeles, California, USA
6. Philo Hagen: Los Angeles, California, USA
7. Rayna McInturf: Los Angeles, California, USA
8. Vivian Spiral: Berkeley, California, USA

VOTING BALLOT:

Now that you’ve taken the time to get educated for your decision, you’re ready to vote! Here is the official ballot.

SORRY, VOTING FOR THE 2014 HOOPIE AWARDS HAS OFFICIALLY CLOSED

Voting closed on Friday, January 24th, at 7:00 pm, PST.

Hooping.org congratulates all of our nominees this year and we would like to thank all of our panelists for their dedicated service in reviewing the preliminary nominees. It’s a major undertaking so once again, thank you! Comments are welcome below, although campaigning on behalf of one’s loved ones or self in the comments is strongly discouraged. Thanks and be sure to tune in tomorrow for our Honorable Mentions Extravaganza and on Monday, January 27th, when the winners of the 2014 Hoopie Awards will be revealed. Good luck everybody!

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.