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Tim Vozar (vozar)
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:11 am    Post subject: 2013 Footbag Hall of Fame Nominations begin 1/21/2013 Reply with quote

Footbag Players Worldwide,

The Footbag Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for potential candidates for induction into the Footbag Hall of Fame's class of 2013. The nominations process is open now until March 31st, 2013. The criteria for nominations and induction to the Hall of Fame is located here:

http://www.footbag.org/reference/-/Hall_of_Fame_Nomination_Criteria

Please review this information before nominating players. It's easy to nominate a player or offer testimonials or seconds. Just visit this link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dE1nYnJBTGQzeVhuN25Md212RkZsOXc6MQ

and fill out the form. If you want to nominate more than one person, please re-visit the form and fill it out separately for each person. Thanks to all footbag players for respecting the sport's history and roots as well as looking towards the future. We look forward to honoring the players who have devoted their lives to footbag and deserve the recognition that the Footbag Hall of Fame has to offer.

Tim Vozar,
Chairman Footbag Hall of Fame
Nominations Committee
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Christopher Siebert (conan)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:06 am    Post subject: Becca English for Hall of Fame Reply with quote

I Christopher Siebert nominate Becca English for the Footbag Hall of Fame. (Not sure if she's still going by English-Ross). She's been kicking, competing, organizing, demonstrating, teaching, manufacturing, and selling footbags since 1987. Most recently she has organized the Women's Net Camps in Eugene for 3 years now, taught footbag to hundreds of kids in the Philippines, and been a key Beaver Open staff member. Here's her extensive resume:

I started kicking summer of 1987 in Eugene, met competitive footbag players at UC Berkeley that August, and went to my first footbag tournament with Bill Langbehn and Brent Stewart at Sonoma State University (kicked but didn’t compete). I freestyled in competition for the first time in Berkeley, CA in 1988 and the World Championships in 1990. I competed in the 8-9 overall events at Worlds between 1991-1997.
Free F.L.O.E. (Footbag Lovers Of Eugene) Footbag Club - member since 1990
Co-Director for Free FLOE between 1990-2002; organized bi-weekly kicks at sites with City of Eugene Recreation and Willamalane Recreation in Springfield. Provided equipment, a Footbag display, and instruction for freestyle, net and golf. Organized meetings, minutes, club calendars, demonstrations, clinics, and club dues/bank account.

Organized and Co-Directed at least 2 Footbag events/year between 1991-2002 including The US Open; State Games of Oregon; Eugene Celebration; University of Oregon Footbag Tourneys; April Fool’s in the Rain; Art in the Vinyard; Willamette Music Festival; Footbag and Juggling Festival.

Coach for the U of O Footbag Club for many years, teaching freestyle and net; all aspects of running Footbag Net and Footbag Golf tournaments

Performed over 200 Footbag demonstrations and/or taught workshops, school assemblies, and festivals all over Oregon and some in CA and WA including: Oregon State Fair, Portland Trailblazer half-time show, Seaside Spring Break Festival, Whole Earth Festival, elementary and middle schools, U of O sports camp, treatment programs, Special Olympics, City of Eugene recreation events, and 2000 World Frisbee Championships. Promotions for State Games of Oregon, Worlds in 1997, US Opens.

Freestyle judge for 9 years at Worlds, Western Regionals, US Opens, and Heart of Freestyle events.

US Open Championships: 1s - Women’s Doubles Net (2000, 199?); Mixed Doubles 2007; Women’s Singles Net 2012
2nd - Women’s Doubles Net; Women’s Singles Net; Mixed Doubles
3rd - lots
1st-3rd Awards at Western Regionals in singles and team freestyle; women’s golf; singles, doubles, mixed doubles net
1st-3rd Emerald City Opens; State Games of Oregon; Eugene Celebrations; U of O Footbag Tournaments: net, golf
2nd, 3rd Heart of Freestyle: Team freestyle and Women’s Singles freestyle

World Championship Competitor 12 years: 1990-1997; 2000; 2001; 2007; 2010 placed (1st-3rd) in 10 different events:
Overall, Golf, DDOP, Singles Freestyle, Team Freestyle, The Dash, Timed Consecutives, Mixed Doubles Net, Women’s Doubles Net, Masters’ Doubles Net.

1st Overall Women’s Champion; Women’s Golf Montreal, Ontario Canada 1996
3rd Women’s Singles Freestyle; Women’s Doubles Net; DDOP

1st Women’s Team Freestyle; DDOP Portland, OR 1997
2nd Women’s Golf
3rd Women’s Doubles Net

1st Women’s Golf Vancouver, BC Canada 2000
3rd Women’s Doubles Net; DDOP

1st Women’s Golf Berkeley, CA 2001
4th Mixed Doubles

2nd Doubles Master’s Net Oakland, CA 2010
3rd Mixed Doubles Net; Women’s Doubles Net

2010-2013 – We Are Bethel: organized Footbag Net events, freestyle demonstrations, free events for the public Eugene

2011-2013 – Women’s Footbag Net Camp staff with Mag Hughes and Co. Springfield, OR
2011 Footbag (aka Sipa) performance and instruction to over 200 Filipino students: 6-16 yr olds in 3 workshops at Luna Colleges, in Tayug, Pangasinan Philippines; informal circles and instruction for a week with smaller groups.

Co-organized Guinness Footbag Record Attempts: The Eugene Hilton for Gary Lautt’s Singles Consecutive; the Crux Rock Gym in Eugene for Tricia George’s record in Women’s Singles Consecutive and Gary Lautt’s Singles Consecutive. On staff for Tricia and Gary’s Doubles Consecutive Record of 123,456 and for their attempt to kick for 24 hours in Chico, CA

Flying Clipper 1990-2012 Footbag lessons, demonstrations, promotion and sales at the Oregon Country Fair; sales and promotion at many tournaments, festivals, and store events (2 commercials)

Founding Member UC Berkeley Footbag Club 1988; Helped initiate the U of O Footbag Club 199???

Beaver Open: 22 beads; Hall of Famer; Net Champion; Dam Staff 2005-present; Dam Builder 2006-present

Sipa (aka Footbag) workshop and demonstrations at Experience Asia in Tallahassee, FL 2011; 2012
Lane Community College Rites of Passage for Asian/Pacific Islander Teens Eugene, OR 2012, 2013

Footbag workshops to girls and co-ed groups in residential treatment Phoenix program 2011, 2012
Footbag workshops and instruction: freestyle, net, and golf to adjudicated boys in residential treatment
Stepping Stone Program 1990-2007
Footbag instruction/play: freestyle, net, golf, and four square to students at MLK Education Center 2007-2013
Taught my son, Jesse’s PE class at Malabon Elementary to 1st, 2nd, and 4th graders

City of Eugene Recreation
Summer Fun for All contractor – footbag workshops and demos for kids in city parks 1995-1999
Summer in the City taught 2-6 yr olds 2011
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Theodore Fritsch (yyz)
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!!!! I thought she was already in, THIS IS SERIOUS!!!!!! TO the HOF committee Our sport needs this special lady in our hall of accomplished members. The fact that she is not in is really embarrassing to the sport. I will be nominating some folks soon BUT I Am officially seconding Chris on this, WAKE UP PEOPLE SHE NEEDS TO BE IN!!!!!!!!!!
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Ted Huff (FootbagHALLofFAME)
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Becca English for Hall of Fame Reply with quote

Christopher Siebert (conan) wrote:
I Christopher Siebert nominate Becca English for the Footbag Hall of Fame. (Not sure if she's still going by English-Ross). She's been kicking, competing, organizing, demonstrating, teaching, manufacturing, and selling footbags since 1987. Most recently she has organized the Women's Net Camps in Eugene for 3 years now, taught footbag to hundreds of kids in the Philippines, and been a key Beaver Open staff member. Here's her extensive resume:

I started kicking summer of 1987 in Eugene, met competitive footbag players at UC Berkeley that August, and went to my first footbag tournament with Bill Langbehn and Brent Stewart at Sonoma State University (kicked but didn’t compete). I freestyled in competition for the first time in Berkeley, CA in 1988 and the World Championships in 1990. I competed in the 8-9 overall events at Worlds between 1991-1997.
Free F.L.O.E. (Footbag Lovers Of Eugene) Footbag Club - member since 1990
Co-Director for Free FLOE between 1990-2002; organized bi-weekly kicks at sites with City of Eugene Recreation and Willamalane Recreation in Springfield. Provided equipment, a Footbag display, and instruction for freestyle, net and golf. Organized meetings, minutes, club calendars, demonstrations, clinics, and club dues/bank account.

Organized and Co-Directed at least 2 Footbag events/year between 1991-2002 including The US Open; State Games of Oregon; Eugene Celebration; University of Oregon Footbag Tourneys; April Fool’s in the Rain; Art in the Vinyard; Willamette Music Festival; Footbag and Juggling Festival.

Coach for the U of O Footbag Club for many years, teaching freestyle and net; all aspects of running Footbag Net and Footbag Golf tournaments

Performed over 200 Footbag demonstrations and/or taught workshops, school assemblies, and festivals all over Oregon and some in CA and WA including: Oregon State Fair, Portland Trailblazer half-time show, Seaside Spring Break Festival, Whole Earth Festival, elementary and middle schools, U of O sports camp, treatment programs, Special Olympics, City of Eugene recreation events, and 2000 World Frisbee Championships. Promotions for State Games of Oregon, Worlds in 1997, US Opens.

Freestyle judge for 9 years at Worlds, Western Regionals, US Opens, and Heart of Freestyle events.

US Open Championships: 1s - Women’s Doubles Net (2000, 199?); Mixed Doubles 2007; Women’s Singles Net 2012
2nd - Women’s Doubles Net; Women’s Singles Net; Mixed Doubles
3rd - lots
1st-3rd Awards at Western Regionals in singles and team freestyle; women’s golf; singles, doubles, mixed doubles net
1st-3rd Emerald City Opens; State Games of Oregon; Eugene Celebrations; U of O Footbag Tournaments: net, golf
2nd, 3rd Heart of Freestyle: Team freestyle and Women’s Singles freestyle

World Championship Competitor 12 years: 1990-1997; 2000; 2001; 2007; 2010 placed (1st-3rd) in 10 different events:
Overall, Golf, DDOP, Singles Freestyle, Team Freestyle, The Dash, Timed Consecutives, Mixed Doubles Net, Women’s Doubles Net, Masters’ Doubles Net.

1st Overall Women’s Champion; Women’s Golf Montreal, Ontario Canada 1996
3rd Women’s Singles Freestyle; Women’s Doubles Net; DDOP

1st Women’s Team Freestyle; DDOP Portland, OR 1997
2nd Women’s Golf
3rd Women’s Doubles Net

1st Women’s Golf Vancouver, BC Canada 2000
3rd Women’s Doubles Net; DDOP

1st Women’s Golf Berkeley, CA 2001
4th Mixed Doubles

2nd Doubles Master’s Net Oakland, CA 2010
3rd Mixed Doubles Net; Women’s Doubles Net

2010-2013 – We Are Bethel: organized Footbag Net events, freestyle demonstrations, free events for the public Eugene

2011-2013 – Women’s Footbag Net Camp staff with Mag Hughes and Co. Springfield, OR
2011 Footbag (aka Sipa) performance and instruction to over 200 Filipino students: 6-16 yr olds in 3 workshops at Luna Colleges, in Tayug, Pangasinan Philippines; informal circles and instruction for a week with smaller groups.

Co-organized Guinness Footbag Record Attempts: The Eugene Hilton for Gary Lautt’s Singles Consecutive; the Crux Rock Gym in Eugene for Tricia George’s record in Women’s Singles Consecutive and Gary Lautt’s Singles Consecutive. On staff for Tricia and Gary’s Doubles Consecutive Record of 123,456 and for their attempt to kick for 24 hours in Chico, CA

Flying Clipper 1990-2012 Footbag lessons, demonstrations, promotion and sales at the Oregon Country Fair; sales and promotion at many tournaments, festivals, and store events (2 commercials)

Founding Member UC Berkeley Footbag Club 1988; Helped initiate the U of O Footbag Club 199???

Beaver Open: 22 beads; Hall of Famer; Net Champion; Dam Staff 2005-present; Dam Builder 2006-present

Sipa (aka Footbag) workshop and demonstrations at Experience Asia in Tallahassee, FL 2011; 2012
Lane Community College Rites of Passage for Asian/Pacific Islander Teens Eugene, OR 2012, 2013

Footbag workshops to girls and co-ed groups in residential treatment Phoenix program 2011, 2012
Footbag workshops and instruction: freestyle, net, and golf to adjudicated boys in residential treatment
Stepping Stone Program 1990-2007
Footbag instruction/play: freestyle, net, golf, and four square to students at MLK Education Center 2007-2013
Taught my son, Jesse’s PE class at Malabon Elementary to 1st, 2nd, and 4th graders

City of Eugene Recreation
Summer Fun for All contractor – footbag workshops and demos for kids in city parks 1995-1999
Summer in the City taught 2-6 yr olds 2011
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Jan Zimmermann (Laxer1)
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When determining the one catalytic event that changed the way footbag is perceived in the world today and that has lead to Europe changing from a virtually blank page to becoming a dominant factor in almost every footbag discipline and footbag organization (and in the course rejuvinating the US footbag scene) it must be the Europen Footbag Open 1999 in Berlin. And at its core a young man, who, awed by his first experience of competive footbag at the Finnish Footbag Championships 1998 (placing second in Intermediate Freestyle), vowed to organize a gathering of like minded European Footbag enthusiasts in his home town the next year:

OLE SCHNACK.

With virtually no experience in either event management or tournament organization Ole and his team successfully hosted what was to be the largest footbag event ever to be held in Europe. More than 120 competitors attended the European Footbag Open 1999. Amongst them were some of the most prominent figures in European Footbag that, in turn, had their first exposure to organized Footbag (Jan Dexter Struz, Tomas Tyrpekl, Florian Goetze, Grischa Tellenbach, Ali Dastrandj, Phil Schäfer). The development Footbag has taken in the early years of the new millenium seeing some of the most professionally run and successfull footbag events and the clear shift of dominance from the US to Europe both in Footbag Net and Freestyle can all be traced back to this one event and Ole's passion and professionalism.

This in itself would be enough to earn him a place in the Footbag Hall of Fame, but there is more, much more.

Ole joined the first official German Footbag Club (FC Footstar Berlin e.V.) shortly after its founding in 1998 and held the position of president for many years (Know the club? Yves Kreil, Patrik Schrickel, Paul Cronjäger, Matthias Lino Schmid, Jakob Wagner all started kicking there).
He organized several German Footbag Championships starting in December 1999.
In 1999 he co founded planetfootbag, a volunteer run, non profit organization now operating in 4 european countries. planetfootbag was founded on the premise that there were no decent footbags available in Europe at the time and that money to organize Footbag events and promotions was virtually impossible to generate (in form of sponsorships). By importing and distributing quality footbags, planetfootbag was able to raise funds to support their own or other peoples efforts to promote the sport in Europe. Since 1999 hardly any prominent European tournament has gone without CASH support by planetfootbag and the overall monetary contribution to the sport (not counting the virtually countless hours) has accumulated to several $100'000,-. Amongst others, planetfootbag produced the German language instructional DVD for Footbag Freestyle (stalls'n'dexes) as well as the first shoe especially developed for Footbag freestyle (quantum).
Ole co-founded an managed the Footstars, a group of prominent european freestyle players that held workshops and performed at exibitions.

Besides his easy going manner, great sense of humor and a baffling networking ability, Ole has brought a sense of professionalism and perfectionism into the event and tournament side of Footbag. His accute sense for marketing and PR put Footbag in the spotlight for many years in the early 2000's and virtually transformed "Hacky S(l)ack" into "Footbag" in the public awareness in Europe. He has inspired many great event organizers in Europe and set the stage for a young generation of brilliant players that in their turn have rejuvinated if not reinvented the sport of footbag in the last 10 years.

I sincerely hope he will find his place amongst the great(est) of this beautiful sport by being inducted in the Footbag Hall of Fame 2013.

Jan Zimmermann
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Paul Cronjaeger (Pauler)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FC Footstar Berlin nominates Jan Zimmermann and Ole Schnack for the Footbag Hall of Fame!

Finally they are eligible! And it has really been about time.

We, the members of Berlin’s own Club – the Footbag Conspiracy Footstar Berlin – would like to take this great honour and nominate two very special people, both of them our own clubs’ godfathers, mentors, former and now honorary presidents, for induction into the Footbag Hall of Fame class of 2013:

Jan Zimmermann and Ole Schnack.

Without Ole’s and Jan’s tireless efforts and true commitment to the sport, most of us Berliners, but in fact many many more players in the whole of Europe, and we would dare to say, even worldwide, would not have had the great experience of being part of the extraordinary footbag community and family, that we all love so much.
As Jan mentioned in his great nomination testimonial for Ole, the one event that truly started the new “modern” era and explosion of the footbag sport at the turn of the millennia, must have been the European Footbag Open 1999 in Berlin. Not only were many of us for the first time publicly exposed to professional footbag, this event really kick-started a worldwide footbag revolution. For the first time it brought together European footbag enthusiasts including the likes of Dexter Struz, Ali Dastranj, Justin Sexton, Grischa Tellenbach, Tomas Tyrpekl and Jukka Peltola, who would go on to organise clubs and countless international tournaments themselves, exposing footbag to thousands of new players of a whole new generation (Vasek and Honza!). It also brought them all together with some of the sports legends like Yves Archambault and of course Steve Goldberg, who once back home themselves went on to ignite some much-needed new enthusiasm among the long-accomplished North American scene.

What Jan failed to mention in his testimonial, though (not being allowed to nominate himself of course), was that he himself and Ole organised these first modern-day Euros together as a team. For this achievement alone we believe they would both deserve a nomination. However, their lasting impact on the sport did not stop there. It had only just started.

In 1998, Jan and six of his mates, including the now legendary Alex Michelewski and Patti Schrickel, founded Germany’s first official Footbag Club, the FC Footstar Berlin. Ole joined soon after and they went on to organise Euros 1999 and countless other professionally run, highly fun and well attended Tournaments, giving footbag a greater exposure and cooler vibe than ever before. Footbag became one of the biggest trends of the first decade of the new millennium.
While Ole stayed in Berlin, being long-term president of the FC Footstar, mentor to a new generation of freestylers and organisers (Worlds 2009 in Berlin!), and organising several German Footbag Championships and German Footbag Open, Jan moved to Switzerland and almost sole-handedly started one of the strongest footbag scenes in Europe, including the foundation of his new home-town’s club the Sole Rebels Zurich that would go on to host the legendary Footjam for several years – the new definition of a cool, modern and urban footbag tournament, that gave the crowd an incredible experience while also providing the players with the whole package of well-being. Its style has since been adopted by many event organisers in the sport.

Not only were they great organisers and promoters, both Ole and Jan were also successful in competition, Jan winning the Open Routine Title at the German Championships three years in a row from 1999-2001 and Ole becoming the European Intermediate Freestyle Champion at his own Euros 1999. With a memorable routine together they won the European Doubles Freestyle Title in Budapest 2002.

In 1999 Ole and Jan co-founded their biggest and possibly most influential footbag venture – Planetfootbag. A true charitable and social enterprise, volunteer-run until today and now operating internationally, Planetfootbag provided and continues to provide the community with much needed quality, but then hard to get footbags and other equipment such as videos, cool shorts, shirts and other accessories. Since 1999 all the profits totalling to several $ 100,000 (!) have gone back into the sport, generously supporting and only making possible many tournaments – from small regional jams to many European and World Championships. Without this immense sponsorship and indeed fundraising effort the sport could never even be nearly where it stands today, with established annual national and continental championships at a continuously high level of organisation and competition. Besides the not to be overestimated funding aspect, Planetfootbag has undertaken even further efforts to make the community more independent. They took on the challenge to develop and produce the first ever true footbag freestyle shoe, the Quantum, until today shoe of choice for many of the most accomplished freestylers (Jorden Moir!).

Ole and Jan continue to be an inspiration for many today, be they event or club organisers, sport promoters, mentors for younger players or just people preparing a funny and crowd-pleasing routine (who actually remembers Ole’s and Jan’s winning Open Doubles Freestyle Routine from Euros in Budapest 2002?).
We as a club, members of the community, as players ourselves and good friends of the two think it is time the two of them be honoured for their outstanding achievements, preferably together as the team and great friends they’ve always been.

Jan and Ole for HoF!

Sincerely

The Footbag Conspiracy Footstar Berlin e.V.[/b]
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are my nominations for footbag HOF 2013.
I will repost soon with reasons why they should be considered:

Steve Blough
Becca English Ross
Lisa Monti
Ted Fritsch
Ahren German
Sunil Jani

I will post again soon with more information, please consider these individuals nominated.
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Tim Vozar (vozar)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:39 am    Post subject: 2013 Footbag Hall of Fame Nomination list as of 3/28/13 Reply with quote

Hi footbag players worldwide,
Please see below a list of all the nominations as of 3/28/13, please feel free to enter your 2nds to any of these nominations via the nomination form or email me directly at footbag@wt.net
Thanks to all who have submitted their nominations or 2nds already and thanks
to those who have entered discussions in the forums or email threads of this years nomination process.
Respectfully Tim Vozar - Chairman of HOF nomination committee
Timestamp Your Name Your Email Address Nominee's Full Name footbag.org email address
1) 1/21/2013 3:24:06 AM Adrienne Craver amdcraver@gmail.com
Ken Somolinos
somolinos@gmail.com
"Ken’s first footbag tournament was in 1997. In his 15 years, Ken has displayed an unwavering love for the sport of footbag. His drive and determination in the sport has been inspiration other players to begin the sport and to continue improving their own games.

Most notably, Ken was essential in the development of footbag in Japan. He promoted the sport both through active recruitment and involvement in events such as the Tokyo Shredder Gathering and the Japanese Footbag Championships. These events were the first footbag tournaments in Asia, and Ken helped organize and judge the first three of each. These tournaments are now entering their tenth year, and continue to occur annually. Due to his efforts in Japan, there has been representation by Japanese players at several World Footbag Championships. Ken, regardless of where he lives, is always working to promote the sport of footbag and give players opportunities to connect and play together. While attending school at Cornell, he co-hosted two Cornell Footbag Jams. while living in the Washington, DC area he worked with the East Coast Footbag Championships. Two summers ago, while on work detail in Nevada, he co-hosted the Vegas Jizzam. Currently he works to promote the sport in Denver, CO.

Ken has also used the Internet in a variety of ways to promote the sport of footbag. In 2008 Ken began the "Stephen Barnes' One Shot Challenge" that, to this day, has encouraged players to improve their consistency. He has also posted over 2,000 footbag related YouTube videos, both of raw footage and videos he has edited. his blog on the modified forums is the most read blog, and often includes detailed write-ups of tournaments that portray the excitement footbag events.

Lastly, in addition to his efforts to promote the sport of footbag, Ken is also an outstanding player. He has consistently placed in the top 10 in a variety of world and national events, and has also placed in the top five at several events. Last year he finished second at Euros and second at USO, and finished with the most overall tournament ranking points for 2011. He is constantly working to improve his game both in difficulty and creativity.
2) 2/10/2013 11:06:43 PM Christopher Siebert conan@footbag.org Becca English(-Ross?) beccaenglish1967@gmail.com
I nominate Becca English for the Footbag Hall of Fame. (Not sure if she's still going by English-Ross). She's been kicking, competing, organizing, demonstrating, teaching, manufacturing, and selling footbags since 1987. Most recently she has organized the Women's Net Camps in Eugene for 3 years now, taught footbag to hundreds of kids in the Philippines, and been a key Beaver Open staff member. Here's her extensive resume:

I started kicking summer of 1987 in Eugene, met competitive footbag players at UC Berkeley that August, and went to my first footbag tournament with Bill Langbehn and Brent Stewart at Sonoma State University (kicked but didn’t compete). I freestyled in competition for the first time in Berkeley, CA in 1988 and the World Championships in 1990. I competed in the 8-9 overall events at Worlds between 1991-1997.

Free F.L.O.E. (Footbag Lovers Of Eugene) Footbag Club - member since 1990
Co-Director for Free FLOE between 1990-2002; organized bi-weekly kicks at sites with City of Eugene Recreation and Willamalane Recreation in Springfield. Provided equipment, a Footbag display, and instruction for freestyle, net and golf. Organized meetings, minutes, club calendars, demonstrations, clinics, and club dues/bank account.

Organized and Co-Directed at least 2 Footbag events/year between 1991-2002 including The US Open; State Games of Oregon; Eugene Celebration; University of Oregon Footbag Tourneys; April Fool’s in the Rain; Art in the Vinyard; Willamette Music Festival; Footbag and Juggling Festival.

Coach for the U of O Footbag Club for many years, teaching freestyle and net; all aspects of running Footbag Net and Footbag Golf tournaments

Performed over 200 Footbag demonstrations and/or taught workshops, school assemblies, and festivals all over Oregon and some in CA and WA including: Oregon State Fair, Portland Trailblazer half-time show, Seaside Spring Break Festival, Whole Earth Festival, elementary and middle schools, U of O sports camp, treatment programs, Special Olympics, City of Eugene recreation events, and 2000 World Frisbee Championships. Promotions for State Games of Oregon, Worlds in 1997, US Opens.

Freestyle judge for 9 years at Worlds, Western Regionals, US Opens, and Heart of Freestyle events.

US Open Championships: 1s - Women’s Doubles Net (2000, 199?); Mixed Doubles 2007; Women’s Singles Net 2012
2nd - Women’s Doubles Net; Women’s Singles Net; Mixed Doubles
3rd - lots
1st-3rd Awards at Western Regionals in singles and team freestyle; women’s golf; singles, doubles, mixed doubles net
1st-3rd Emerald City Opens; State Games of Oregon; Eugene Celebrations; U of O Footbag Tournaments: net, golf
2nd, 3rd Heart of Freestyle: Team freestyle and Women’s Singles freestyle

World Championship Competitor 12 years: 1990-1997; 2000; 2001; 2007; 2010 placed (1st-3rd) in 10 different events:
Overall, Golf, DDOP, Singles Freestyle, Team Freestyle, The Dash, Timed Consecutives, Mixed Doubles Net, Women’s Doubles Net, Masters’ Doubles Net.

1st Overall Women’s Champion; Women’s Golf, Montreal, Ontario Canada 1996
3rd Women’s Singles Freestyle; Women’s Doubles Net; DDOP

1st Women’s Team Freestyle; DDOP Portland, OR 1997
2nd Women’s Golf
3rd Women’s Doubles Net

1st Women’s Golf Vancouver, BC Canada 2000
3rd Women’s Doubles Net; DDOP

1st Women’s Golf Berkeley, CA 2001
4th Mixed Doubles

2nd Doubles Master’s Net Oakland, CA 2010
3rd Mixed Doubles Net; Women’s Doubles Net

2010-2013 – We Are Bethel: organized Footbag Net events, freestyle demonstrations, free events for the public Eugene

2011-2013 – Women’s Footbag Net Camp staff with Mag Hughes and Co., Springfield, OR
2011 Footbag (aka Sipa) performance and instruction to over 200 Filipino students: 6-16 yr olds in 3 workshops at Luna Colleges, in Tayug, Pangasinan Philippines; informal circles and instruction for a week with smaller groups.

Co-organized Guinness Footbag Record Attempts: The Eugene Hilton for Gary Lautt’s Singles Consecutive; the Crux Rock Gym in Eugene for Tricia George’s record in Women’s Singles Consecutive and Gary Lautt’s Singles Consecutive. On staff for Tricia and Gary’s Doubles Consecutive Record of 123,456 and for their attempt to kick for 24 hours in Chico, CA

Flying Clipper 1990-2012 Footbag lessons, demonstrations, promotion and sales at the Oregon Country Fair; sales and promotion at many tournaments, festivals, and store events (2 commercials)

Founding Member UC Berkeley Footbag Club 1988; Helped initiate the U of O Footbag Club 199???

Beaver Open: 22 beads; Hall of Famer; Net Champion; Dam Staff 2005-present; Dam Builder 2006-present

Sipa (aka Footbag) workshop and demonstrations at Experience Asia in Tallahassee, FL 2011; 2012
Lane Community College Rites of Passage for Asian/Pacific Islander Teens Eugene, OR 2012, 2013

Footbag workshops to girls and co-ed groups in residential treatment Phoenix program 2011, 2012
Footbag workshops and instruction: freestyle, net, and golf to adjudicated boys in residential treatment
Stepping Stone Program 1990-2007
Footbag instruction/play: freestyle, net, golf, and four square to students at MLK Education Center 2007-2013
Taught my son, Jesse’s PE class at Malabon Elementary to 1st, 2nd, and 4th graders

City of Eugene Recreation
Summer Fun for All contractor – footbag workshops and demos for kids in city parks 1995-1999
Summer in the City taught 2-6 yr olds 2011
3) 2/24/2013 8:25:33 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Steve Blough
Blough created his own version of footbag, with his own league, wrote a book, and like it or not, is a legend. Politics has thus far kept him out of the HOF, but a truly open footbag community would put aside their egos and accept him and his accomplishments whether you agree with them or not.
4) 2/24/2013 8:27:14 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Ted Fritsch
Ted Fritsch is a footbag legend. One of the longest running competetors on the east coast, and a perennial gateholder of the intermediate categories, Ted has tirelessly promoted footbag for decades. He has competed at worlds countless times, run several Adirondak Open footbag tournaments, and is an ambassador.
Ted deserves to be in the hall of fame of footbag.
5) 2/24/2013 8:32:23 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Becca English-Ross
Long time competetor and footbag ambassador, Becca has been a footbag legend for decades. One of the best women's competetors of her time, and a part of the true old school spirit of footbag.
6) 2/24/2013 8:34:07 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Lisa Monti
Lisa is a long time top level women's competitor of footbag, in both net and freestyle. She is a women team freestyle world champion, and fought for the singles title for many years. Lisa is one of the all time great women competitors, and represents the true spirit of footbag. A no-brainer for the hall of fame.
7) 2/24/2013 8:38:55 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Ahren Gehrman
Ahren Gehrman is simply one of the greatest freestylers to ever touch a footbag. From age 16 he burst on the scene, and his innovations helped develop the technical level of footbag freestyle to what it is today. A huge influence on everyone who played and has played, he particularly influenced the European Prague contingent and helped push the level to the apex of freestyle.
Early on, Ahren was given the nickname of "The Torch" by none other than Kenny Shults. When asked why, Kenny said "as in, the passing of". Nuff said.
Ahren deserves to be recognized by his peers as one of the greatest footbag players in the history of the game.
Cool 2/24/2013 8:42:39 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Sunil Jani
Sunil Jani must undisputedly be considered one of the greatest of the great technical freestyle footbaggers in history. The level of play he achieved when he stopped competing several years ago still has not been reached by most players today, which is unprecedented. The amount of innovations he made to freestyle in the early 2000's are so many you can’t name them. He was an idol to the young up and coming European/Czec players and made an un-estimatible impact. He single handedly pushed the technical level in freestyle several notches. Sunil Jani should be recognized by the hall of fame as one of the greatest freestylers in footbag history.
9) 3/11/2013 2:55:42 PM Jan Zimmermann laxer1@footbag.org Ole Schnack fcfootstar@footbag.org
When determining the one catalytic event that changed the way footbag is perceived in the world today and that has lead to Europe changing from a virtually blank page to becoming a dominant factor in almost every footbag discipline and footbag organization (and in the course rejuvenating the US footbag scene) it must be the Europen Footbag Open 1999 in Berlin. And at its core a young man, who, awed by his first experience of competive footbag at the Finnish Footbag Championships 1998 (placing second in Intermediate Freestyle), vowed to organize a gathering of like minded European Footbag enthusiasts in his home town the next year:

OLE SCHNACK.

With virtually no experience in either event management or tournament organization Ole and his team successfully hosted what was to be the largest footbag event ever to be held in Europe. More than 120 competitors attended the European Footbag Open 1999. Amongst them were some of the most prominent figures in European Footbag that, in turn, had their first exposure to organized Footbag (Jan Dexter Struz, Tomas Tyrpekl, Florian Goetze, Grischa Tellenbach, Ali Dastrandj, Phil Schäfer). The development Footbag has taken in the early years of the new millenium seeing some of the most professionally run and successfull footbag events and the clear shift of dominance from the US to Europe both in Footbag Net and Freestyle can all be traced back to this one event and Ole's passion and professionalism.

This in itself would be enough to earn him a place in the Footbag Hall of Fame, but there is more, much more.

Ole joined the first official German Footbag Club (FC Footstar Berlin e.V.) shortly after its founding in 1998 and held the position of president for many years (Know the club? Yves Kreil, Patrik Schrickel, Paul Cronjäger, Matthias Lino Schmid, Jakob Wagner all started kicking there).
He organized several German Footbag Championships starting in December 1999.
In 1999 he co founded planetfootbag, a volunteer run, non profit organization now operating in 4 european countries. planetfootbag was founded on the premise that there were no decent footbags available in Europe at the time and that money to organize Footbag events and promotions was virtually impossible to generate (in form of sponsorships). By importing and distributing quality footbags, planetfootbag was able to raise funds to support their own or other peoples efforts to promote the sport in Europe. Since 1999 hardly any prominent European tournament has gone without CASH support by planetfootbag and the overall monetary contribution to the sport (not counting the virtually countless hours) has accumulated to several $100'000,-. Amongst others, planetfootbag produced the German language instructional DVD for Footbag Freestyle (stalls'n'dexes) as well as the first shoe especially developed for Footbag freestyle (quantum).
Ole co-founded an managed the Footstars, a group of prominent european freestyle players that held workshops and performed at exibitions.

Besides his easy going manner, great sense of humor and a baffling networking ability, Ole has brought a sense of professionalism and perfectionism into the event and tournament side of Footbag. His accute sense for marketing and PR put Footbag in the spotlight for many years in the early 2000's and virtually transformed "Hacky S(l)ack" into "Footbag" in the public awareness in Europe. He has inspired many great event organizers in Europe and set the stage for a young generation of brilliant players that in their turn have rejuvinated if not reinvented the sport of footbag in the last 10 years.
I sincerely hope he will find his place amongst the great(est) of this beautiful sport by being inducted in the Footbag Hall of Fame 2013. Jan Zimmermann
10) 3/14/2013 12:46:39 PM Matthias Lino Schmidt matthias@linoschmidt.de Ole Schnack
I want to support Jan Zimmermann's testimonial for Ole Schnack. He put it way better than I could have.
In accordance with the rest of FC Footstar, I would also like to nominate Jan ZImmermann (see testimonial by Paul Cronjaeger, supported by all of the club!)
11) 3/14/2013 2:03:07 PM Paul Cronjaeger on behalf of FC Footstar Berlin e.V. paul@fcfootstar.de Ole Schnack ole.schnack@googlemail.com
FC Footstar Berlin nominates Ole Schnack for the Footbag Hall of Fame!

Finally he is eligible! And it has really been about time.

We, the members of Berlin’s own Club – the Footbag Conspiracy Footstar Berlin – would like to take this great honor and nominate Ole a very special person, he has been one of our own clubs’ godfather, mentor, former and now honorary president, for induction into the Footbag Hall of Fame class of 2013: Ole Schnack.

Without Ole’s tireless efforts and true commitment to the sport, most of us Berliners, but in fact many many more players in the whole of Europe, and we would dare to say, even worldwide, would not have had the great experience of being part of the extraordinary footbag community and family, that we all love so much.
As Jan mentioned in his great nomination testimonial for Ole, the one event that truly started the new “modern” era and explosion of the footbag sport at the turn of the millennia, must have been the European Footbag Open 1999 in Berlin. Not only were many of us for the first time publicly exposed to professional footbag, this event really kick-started a worldwide footbag revolution. For the first time it brought together European footbag enthusiasts including the likes of Dexter Struz, Ali Dastranj, Justin Sexton, Grischa Tellenbach, Tomas Tyrpekl and Jukka Peltola, who would go on to organise clubs and countless international tournaments themselves, exposing footbag to thousands of new players of a whole new generation (Vasek and Honza!). It also brought them all together with some of the sports legends like Yves Archambault and of course Steve Goldberg, who once back home themselves went on to ignite some much-needed new enthusiasm among the long-accomplished North American scene.
What Jan failed to mention in his testimonial, though (not being allowed to nominate himself of course), was that he himself and Ole organized these first modern-day Euros together as a team. For this achievement alone we believe Ole deserves a nomination. However, his lasting impact on the sport did not stop there. It had only just started.

Ole joined Jan in 1998 and went on to organize Euros 1999 and countless other professionally run, highly fun and well attended Tournaments, giving footbag a greater exposure and cooler vibe than ever before. Footbag became one of the biggest trends of the first decade of the new millennium.

Ole stayed in Berlin, being long-term president of the FC Footstar, mentor to a new generation of freestylers and organisers (Worlds 2009 in Berlin!), and organising several German Footbag Championships and German Footbag Open.

Not only was Ole a great organizer and promoter, but Ole was also successful in competition, Ole becoming the European Intermediate Freestyle Champion at his own Euros 1999. With a memorable routine with Jan they won the European Doubles Freestyle Title in Budapest 2002.
In 1999 Ole and Jan co-founded their biggest and possibly most influential footbag venture – Planetfootbag. A true charitable and social enterprise, volunteer-run until today and now operating internationally, Planetfootbag provided and continues to provide the community with much needed quality, but then hard to get footbags and other equipment such as videos, cool shorts, shirts and other accessories. Since 1999 all the profits totalling to several $ 100,000 (!) have gone back into the sport, generously supporting and only making possible many tournaments – from small regional jams to many European and World Championships. Without this immense sponsorship and indeed fundraising effort the sport could never even be nearly where it stands today, with established annual national and continental championships at a continuously high level of organisation and competition. Besides the not to be overestimated funding aspect, Planetfootbag has undertaken even further efforts to make the community more independent. They took on the challenge to develop and produce the first ever true footbag freestyle shoe, the Quantum, until today shoe of choice for many of the most accomplished freestylers (Jorden Moir!).

Ole continues to be an inspiration for many today, as an event and club organizer, sport promoter, mentor for younger players or just people preparing a funny and crowd-pleasing routine (who actually remembers Ole’s and Jan’s winning Open Doubles Freestyle Routine from Euros in Budapest 2002?).

We as a club, members of the community, as players ourselves and good friends of Ole think it is time he be honored for his outstanding achievements, preferably Ole and Jan be inducted together as they have been great friends.
Ole & Jan for HoF! Sincerely
The Footbag Conspiracy Footstar Berlin e.V.
12) 3/14/2013 2:05:07 PM Paul Cronjaeger on behalf of FC Footstar Berlin e.V. paul@fcfootstar.de Jan Zimmermann laxer1@footbag.org
FC Footstar Berlin nominates Jan Zimmermann for the Footbag Hall of Fame!

Finally he is eligible! And it has really been about time.

We, the members of Berlin’s own Club – the Footbag Conspiracy Footstar Berlin – would like to take this great honor and nominate Jan a very special person, He has been one of our own clubs’ godfather, mentor, former and now honorary president, for induction into the Footbag Hall of Fame class of 2013: Jan Zimmermann.

Without Jan’s tireless efforts and true commitment to the sport, most of us Berliners, but in fact many many more players in the whole of Europe, and we would dare to say, even worldwide, would not have had the great experience of being part of the extraordinary footbag community and family, that we all love so much.
As Jan mentioned in his great nomination testimonial for Ole, the one event that truly started the new “modern” era and explosion of the footbag sport at the turn of the millennia, must have been the European Footbag Open 1999 in Berlin. Not only were many of us for the first time publicly exposed to professional footbag, this event really kick-started a worldwide footbag revolution. For the first time it brought together European footbag enthusiasts including the likes of Dexter Struz, Ali Dastranj, Justin Sexton, Grischa Tellenbach, Tomas Tyrpekl and Jukka Peltola, who would go on to organise clubs and countless international tournaments themselves, exposing footbag to thousands of new players of a whole new generation (Vasek and Honza!). It also brought them all together with some of the sports legends like Yves Archambault and of course Steve Goldberg, who once back home themselves went on to ignite some much-needed new enthusiasm among the long-accomplished North American scene.
What Jan failed to mention in his testimonial, though (not being allowed to nominate himself of course), was that he himself and Ole organized these first modern-day Euros together as a team. For this achievement alone we believe Jan deserves a nomination. However, his lasting impact on the sport did not stop there. It had only just started.

In 1998, Jan and six of his mates, including the now legendary Alex Michelewski and Patti Schrickel, founded Germany’s first official Footbag Club, the FC Footstar Berlin. Soon after Jan teamed up with Ole and they went on to organize Euros 1999 and countless other professionally run, highly fun and well attended Tournaments, giving footbag a greater exposure and cooler vibe than ever before. Footbag became one of the biggest trends of the first decade of the new millennium.

Jan moved to Switzerland and almost sole-handedly started one of the strongest footbag scenes in Europe, including the foundation of his new home-town’s club the Sole Rebels Zurich that would go on to host the legendary Footjam for several years – the new definition of a cool, modern and urban footbag tournament, that gave the crowd an incredible experience while also providing the players with the whole package of well-being. Its style has since been adopted by many event organizers in the sport.

Not only was Jan a great organizer and promoter, Jan was also successful in competition, Jan winning the Open Routine Title at the German Championships three years in a row from 1999-2001. With a memorable routine with Ole, together they won the European Doubles Freestyle Title in Budapest 2002.
In 1999 Jan and Ole co-founded their biggest and possibly most influential footbag venture – Planetfootbag. A true charitable and social enterprise, volunteer-run until today and now operating internationally, Planetfootbag provided and continues to provide the community with much needed quality, but then hard to get footbags and other equipment such as videos, cool shorts, shirts and other accessories. Since 1999 all the profits totalling to several $ 100,000 (!) have gone back into the sport, generously supporting and only making possible many tournaments – from small regional jams to many European and World Championships. Without this immense sponsorship and indeed fundraising effort the sport could never even be nearly where it stands today, with established annual national and continental championships at a continuously high level of organisation and competition. Besides the not to be overestimated funding aspect, Planetfootbag has undertaken even further efforts to make the community more independent. They took on the challenge to develop and produce the first ever true footbag freestyle shoe, the Quantum, until today shoe of choice for many of the most accomplished freestylers (Jorden Moir!).

Jan continues to be an inspiration for many today, as an event and club organizer, sport promoter, mentor for younger players or just preparing a funny and crowd-pleasing routine (who actually remembers Jan’s and Ole’s winning Open Doubles Freestyle Routine from Euros in Budapest 2002?).

We as a club, members of the community, as players ourselves and good friends of Jan thinks it is time Jan be honored for his outstanding achievements, preferably Jan and Ole be inducted together as the team and they have been great friends.

Jan and Ole for HoF! Sincerely The Footbag Conspiracy Footstar Berlin e.V.
13) 3/14/2013 3:58:11 PM Flavio Loetscher flavio.loetscher@gmail.com Jan Zimmermann zimmermann@footbag.ch
One of the greatest legends in European Footbag History since 1999. Not only did he bring the footbag sport to europe but he's been pushing the sport of footbag ever since with planetfootbag. The entire footbag community is very greatful for all his projects, ventures and other contributions! Without him, the sport would not have become what it is today. Thank you.
14) 3/14/2013 3:59:25 PM Flavio Loetscher flavio.loetscher@gmail.com Ole Schnack
One of the greatest legends in European Footbag History since 1999. Not only did he bring the footbag sport to europe but he's been pushing the sport of footbag ever since with planetfootbag. The entire footbag community is very greatful for all his projects and ventures! Without him, the sport would not have become what it is today. Thank you.
15) 3/14/2013 7:35:30 PM Mike Brassel Mike@o-crazy.com Jan Zimmermann
Thx for all!!
16) 3/15/2013 2:51:51 AM Wiktor Debski wiktordebski@footbag.org Jan Zimmermann and Ole Schnack
I'd like to second the nominations!
17) 3/15/2013 12:07:44 PM Ken Somolinos kensomolinos@footbag.org Jan Zimmerman
Jan was instrumental in promoting footbag in Europe through the 2000s. He co-founded PlanetFootbag, which for years was one of the largest and most respected footbag apparel companies. PlanetFootbag sponsored countless events in Europe, as well as some events I organized in the US. Jan was also the force behind the first mass-produced footbag shoe, the Quantum. This guy has done more for footbag than most people I can think of not named Steve Goldberg. Induct the man.
1Cool 3/27/2013 19:30:35 Tricia George Tricia.george@gmail.com Becca English Ross Becca@footbag.org
Becca has directed countless tournaments and has overseen and continues to organize promotional events including the 3rd annual Woman's Footbag training camp. Becca is a tireless leader in the sport as a competitor and event organizer.
19) 3/28/13 12:04am Scott Milne Eric Bartholomay
Bart (Eric Bartholomay) should be inducted into our Hall Of Fame.
Everything about Bart was unique, he was excellent at all disciplines of our sport. I'm not exactly sure if he has world titles but was a fierce competitor at Net for many years. He always had a new twist in his very entertaining freestyle routines and ruled on the Footbag golf course.

20) 3/28/13 12:04am Scott Milne Pauline Bechtel
Pauline was very influential to the Footbag scene in Vancouver BC for many years. Her enthusiasm sense of humor and friendly personality drew new players into our group regularly. Pauline always helped out with organizing our tournaments and brought in a lot of the women that joined our club. She started playing before I did and still kicks today. Pauline deserves to be recognized and inducted to the Footbag Hall Of Fame.

21) 3/28/13 12:13am Andy Linder Fred Kipley
Fred Kipley teamed up with Gary Preston and was a significant co-pioneer of footbag in the midwest. Fred co-formed an active club in Wisconsin that came to Worlds during the early-mid 80s. In addition to being a good freestyler, Fred was a world-class net player during those years. He actively promoted the sport at various events in different areas during the early 80s period of footbag's growth. I believe Fred is worthy of the Hall of Fame because of his important significance in our sport & all of his efforts to promote the game during an important period of growth. As a veteran in those days, he was always kind & encouraging to young players. He introduced the sport to people and helped them develop as players.

22) 3/28/13 12:14am Andy Linder Gary Preston
Gary Preston teamed up with Fred Kipley and was a significant co-pioneer of footbag in the midwest. He co-formed an active club in Wisconsin that came to Worlds during the early-mid 80s. In addition to being a good freestyler, Gary was a world-class net player during those years. He actively promoted the sport at various events in different areas during the early 80s period of footbag's growth. I believe Gary is worthy of the Hall of Fame because of his important significance in our sport & all of his efforts to promote the game during an important period of growth. As a veteran in those days, he was always kind & encouraging to young players. He introduced the sport to people and helped them develop as players. Tragically, Gary had to have a leg amputated because of a car accident, but he continues to kick footbag at festivals & events and continues to inspire others.
23) 3/28/13 12:15am Randy Mulder Chris Donofrio
Chris Donofrio deserves Hall of Fame recognition as a Pioneering member of the Footbag Community. Chris was an early touring member of the WFA, having toured, consistently, from the Fall of '86 through the Summer of '89. At the time this was,or may still be, a record number of consecutive tours promoting the sport of Footbag. During this time , he toured with Randy Nelson, Peter Shunney, Animal, and Jeff Haas. Chris was an integral part of the early growth of Footbag, selling thousands of dollars worth of product during these tours. Chris was also a proud member of the Wash Park Footbag Club. He was instrumental in promoting and developing the best net club in the world of the early and mid 90's. Chris was also a top competitor in all aspects of the sport. Consecutives, Freestyle, Net, and even Golf were specialties of his game. He was at, or near the top, of numerous tournaments, in all categories, throughout the US, in the 80's and early 90's. Thank you for your consideration.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:44 am    Post subject: 2013 Footbag Hall of Fame Nomination list as of 3/28/13 Reply with quote

Hi footbag players worldwide,
Please see below a list of all the nominations as of 3/28/13, please feel free to enter your 2nds to any of these nominations via the nomination form or email me directly at footbag@wt.net
Thanks to all who have submitted their nominations or 2nds already and thanks
to those who have entered discussions in the forums or email threads of this years nomination process.
Respectfully Tim Vozar - Chairman of HOF nomination committee
Timestamp Your Name Your Email Address Nominee's Full Name footbag.org email address
1) 1/21/2013 3:24:06 AM Adrienne Craver amdcraver@gmail.com
Ken Somolinos
somolinos@gmail.com
"Ken’s first footbag tournament was in 1997. In his 15 years, Ken has displayed an unwavering love for the sport of footbag. His drive and determination in the sport has been inspiration other players to begin the sport and to continue improving their own games.

Most notably, Ken was essential in the development of footbag in Japan. He promoted the sport both through active recruitment and involvement in events such as the Tokyo Shredder Gathering and the Japanese Footbag Championships. These events were the first footbag tournaments in Asia, and Ken helped organize and judge the first three of each. These tournaments are now entering their tenth year, and continue to occur annually. Due to his efforts in Japan, there has been representation by Japanese players at several World Footbag Championships. Ken, regardless of where he lives, is always working to promote the sport of footbag and give players opportunities to connect and play together. While attending school at Cornell, he co-hosted two Cornell Footbag Jams. while living in the Washington, DC area he worked with the East Coast Footbag Championships. Two summers ago, while on work detail in Nevada, he co-hosted the Vegas Jizzam. Currently he works to promote the sport in Denver, CO.

Ken has also used the Internet in a variety of ways to promote the sport of footbag. In 2008 Ken began the "Stephen Barnes' One Shot Challenge" that, to this day, has encouraged players to improve their consistency. He has also posted over 2,000 footbag related YouTube videos, both of raw footage and videos he has edited. his blog on the modified forums is the most read blog, and often includes detailed write-ups of tournaments that portray the excitement footbag events.

Lastly, in addition to his efforts to promote the sport of footbag, Ken is also an outstanding player. He has consistently placed in the top 10 in a variety of world and national events, and has also placed in the top five at several events. Last year he finished second at Euros and second at USO, and finished with the most overall tournament ranking points for 2011. He is constantly working to improve his game both in difficulty and creativity.
2) 2/10/2013 11:06:43 PM Christopher Siebert conan@footbag.org Becca English(-Ross?) beccaenglish1967@gmail.com
I nominate Becca English for the Footbag Hall of Fame. (Not sure if she's still going by English-Ross). She's been kicking, competing, organizing, demonstrating, teaching, manufacturing, and selling footbags since 1987. Most recently she has organized the Women's Net Camps in Eugene for 3 years now, taught footbag to hundreds of kids in the Philippines, and been a key Beaver Open staff member. Here's her extensive resume:

I started kicking summer of 1987 in Eugene, met competitive footbag players at UC Berkeley that August, and went to my first footbag tournament with Bill Langbehn and Brent Stewart at Sonoma State University (kicked but didn’t compete). I freestyled in competition for the first time in Berkeley, CA in 1988 and the World Championships in 1990. I competed in the 8-9 overall events at Worlds between 1991-1997.

Free F.L.O.E. (Footbag Lovers Of Eugene) Footbag Club - member since 1990
Co-Director for Free FLOE between 1990-2002; organized bi-weekly kicks at sites with City of Eugene Recreation and Willamalane Recreation in Springfield. Provided equipment, a Footbag display, and instruction for freestyle, net and golf. Organized meetings, minutes, club calendars, demonstrations, clinics, and club dues/bank account.

Organized and Co-Directed at least 2 Footbag events/year between 1991-2002 including The US Open; State Games of Oregon; Eugene Celebration; University of Oregon Footbag Tourneys; April Fool’s in the Rain; Art in the Vinyard; Willamette Music Festival; Footbag and Juggling Festival.

Coach for the U of O Footbag Club for many years, teaching freestyle and net; all aspects of running Footbag Net and Footbag Golf tournaments

Performed over 200 Footbag demonstrations and/or taught workshops, school assemblies, and festivals all over Oregon and some in CA and WA including: Oregon State Fair, Portland Trailblazer half-time show, Seaside Spring Break Festival, Whole Earth Festival, elementary and middle schools, U of O sports camp, treatment programs, Special Olympics, City of Eugene recreation events, and 2000 World Frisbee Championships. Promotions for State Games of Oregon, Worlds in 1997, US Opens.

Freestyle judge for 9 years at Worlds, Western Regionals, US Opens, and Heart of Freestyle events.

US Open Championships: 1s - Women’s Doubles Net (2000, 199?); Mixed Doubles 2007; Women’s Singles Net 2012
2nd - Women’s Doubles Net; Women’s Singles Net; Mixed Doubles
3rd - lots
1st-3rd Awards at Western Regionals in singles and team freestyle; women’s golf; singles, doubles, mixed doubles net
1st-3rd Emerald City Opens; State Games of Oregon; Eugene Celebrations; U of O Footbag Tournaments: net, golf
2nd, 3rd Heart of Freestyle: Team freestyle and Women’s Singles freestyle

World Championship Competitor 12 years: 1990-1997; 2000; 2001; 2007; 2010 placed (1st-3rd) in 10 different events:
Overall, Golf, DDOP, Singles Freestyle, Team Freestyle, The Dash, Timed Consecutives, Mixed Doubles Net, Women’s Doubles Net, Masters’ Doubles Net.

1st Overall Women’s Champion; Women’s Golf, Montreal, Ontario Canada 1996
3rd Women’s Singles Freestyle; Women’s Doubles Net; DDOP

1st Women’s Team Freestyle; DDOP Portland, OR 1997
2nd Women’s Golf
3rd Women’s Doubles Net

1st Women’s Golf Vancouver, BC Canada 2000
3rd Women’s Doubles Net; DDOP

1st Women’s Golf Berkeley, CA 2001
4th Mixed Doubles

2nd Doubles Master’s Net Oakland, CA 2010
3rd Mixed Doubles Net; Women’s Doubles Net

2010-2013 – We Are Bethel: organized Footbag Net events, freestyle demonstrations, free events for the public Eugene

2011-2013 – Women’s Footbag Net Camp staff with Mag Hughes and Co., Springfield, OR
2011 Footbag (aka Sipa) performance and instruction to over 200 Filipino students: 6-16 yr olds in 3 workshops at Luna Colleges, in Tayug, Pangasinan Philippines; informal circles and instruction for a week with smaller groups.

Co-organized Guinness Footbag Record Attempts: The Eugene Hilton for Gary Lautt’s Singles Consecutive; the Crux Rock Gym in Eugene for Tricia George’s record in Women’s Singles Consecutive and Gary Lautt’s Singles Consecutive. On staff for Tricia and Gary’s Doubles Consecutive Record of 123,456 and for their attempt to kick for 24 hours in Chico, CA

Flying Clipper 1990-2012 Footbag lessons, demonstrations, promotion and sales at the Oregon Country Fair; sales and promotion at many tournaments, festivals, and store events (2 commercials)

Founding Member UC Berkeley Footbag Club 1988; Helped initiate the U of O Footbag Club 199???

Beaver Open: 22 beads; Hall of Famer; Net Champion; Dam Staff 2005-present; Dam Builder 2006-present

Sipa (aka Footbag) workshop and demonstrations at Experience Asia in Tallahassee, FL 2011; 2012
Lane Community College Rites of Passage for Asian/Pacific Islander Teens Eugene, OR 2012, 2013

Footbag workshops to girls and co-ed groups in residential treatment Phoenix program 2011, 2012
Footbag workshops and instruction: freestyle, net, and golf to adjudicated boys in residential treatment
Stepping Stone Program 1990-2007
Footbag instruction/play: freestyle, net, golf, and four square to students at MLK Education Center 2007-2013
Taught my son, Jesse’s PE class at Malabon Elementary to 1st, 2nd, and 4th graders

City of Eugene Recreation
Summer Fun for All contractor – footbag workshops and demos for kids in city parks 1995-1999
Summer in the City taught 2-6 yr olds 2011
3) 2/24/2013 8:25:33 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Steve Blough
Blough created his own version of footbag, with his own league, wrote a book, and like it or not, is a legend. Politics has thus far kept him out of the HOF, but a truly open footbag community would put aside their egos and accept him and his accomplishments whether you agree with them or not.
4) 2/24/2013 8:27:14 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Ted Fritsch
Ted Fritsch is a footbag legend. One of the longest running competetors on the east coast, and a perennial gateholder of the intermediate categories, Ted has tirelessly promoted footbag for decades. He has competed at worlds countless times, run several Adirondak Open footbag tournaments, and is an ambassador.
Ted deserves to be in the hall of fame of footbag.
5) 2/24/2013 8:32:23 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Becca English-Ross
Long time competetor and footbag ambassador, Becca has been a footbag legend for decades. One of the best women's competetors of her time, and a part of the true old school spirit of footbag.
6) 2/24/2013 8:34:07 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Lisa Monti
Lisa is a long time top level women's competitor of footbag, in both net and freestyle. She is a women team freestyle world champion, and fought for the singles title for many years. Lisa is one of the all time great women competitors, and represents the true spirit of footbag. A no-brainer for the hall of fame.
7) 2/24/2013 8:38:55 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Ahren Gehrman
Ahren Gehrman is simply one of the greatest freestylers to ever touch a footbag. From age 16 he burst on the scene, and his innovations helped develop the technical level of footbag freestyle to what it is today. A huge influence on everyone who played and has played, he particularly influenced the European Prague contingent and helped push the level to the apex of freestyle.
Early on, Ahren was given the nickname of "The Torch" by none other than Kenny Shults. When asked why, Kenny said "as in, the passing of". Nuff said.
Ahren deserves to be recognized by his peers as one of the greatest footbag players in the history of the game.
Cool 2/24/2013 8:42:39 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Sunil Jani
Sunil Jani must undisputedly be considered one of the greatest of the great technical freestyle footbaggers in history. The level of play he achieved when he stopped competing several years ago still has not been reached by most players today, which is unprecedented. The amount of innovations he made to freestyle in the early 2000's are so many you can’t name them. He was an idol to the young up and coming European/Czec players and made an un-estimatible impact. He single handedly pushed the technical level in freestyle several notches. Sunil Jani should be recognized by the hall of fame as one of the greatest freestylers in footbag history.
9) 3/11/2013 2:55:42 PM Jan Zimmermann laxer1@footbag.org Ole Schnack fcfootstar@footbag.org
When determining the one catalytic event that changed the way footbag is perceived in the world today and that has lead to Europe changing from a virtually blank page to becoming a dominant factor in almost every footbag discipline and footbag organization (and in the course rejuvenating the US footbag scene) it must be the Europen Footbag Open 1999 in Berlin. And at its core a young man, who, awed by his first experience of competive footbag at the Finnish Footbag Championships 1998 (placing second in Intermediate Freestyle), vowed to organize a gathering of like minded European Footbag enthusiasts in his home town the next year:

OLE SCHNACK.

With virtually no experience in either event management or tournament organization Ole and his team successfully hosted what was to be the largest footbag event ever to be held in Europe. More than 120 competitors attended the European Footbag Open 1999. Amongst them were some of the most prominent figures in European Footbag that, in turn, had their first exposure to organized Footbag (Jan Dexter Struz, Tomas Tyrpekl, Florian Goetze, Grischa Tellenbach, Ali Dastrandj, Phil Schäfer). The development Footbag has taken in the early years of the new millenium seeing some of the most professionally run and successfull footbag events and the clear shift of dominance from the US to Europe both in Footbag Net and Freestyle can all be traced back to this one event and Ole's passion and professionalism.

This in itself would be enough to earn him a place in the Footbag Hall of Fame, but there is more, much more.

Ole joined the first official German Footbag Club (FC Footstar Berlin e.V.) shortly after its founding in 1998 and held the position of president for many years (Know the club? Yves Kreil, Patrik Schrickel, Paul Cronjäger, Matthias Lino Schmid, Jakob Wagner all started kicking there).
He organized several German Footbag Championships starting in December 1999.
In 1999 he co founded planetfootbag, a volunteer run, non profit organization now operating in 4 european countries. planetfootbag was founded on the premise that there were no decent footbags available in Europe at the time and that money to organize Footbag events and promotions was virtually impossible to generate (in form of sponsorships). By importing and distributing quality footbags, planetfootbag was able to raise funds to support their own or other peoples efforts to promote the sport in Europe. Since 1999 hardly any prominent European tournament has gone without CASH support by planetfootbag and the overall monetary contribution to the sport (not counting the virtually countless hours) has accumulated to several $100'000,-. Amongst others, planetfootbag produced the German language instructional DVD for Footbag Freestyle (stalls'n'dexes) as well as the first shoe especially developed for Footbag freestyle (quantum).
Ole co-founded an managed the Footstars, a group of prominent european freestyle players that held workshops and performed at exibitions.

Besides his easy going manner, great sense of humor and a baffling networking ability, Ole has brought a sense of professionalism and perfectionism into the event and tournament side of Footbag. His accute sense for marketing and PR put Footbag in the spotlight for many years in the early 2000's and virtually transformed "Hacky S(l)ack" into "Footbag" in the public awareness in Europe. He has inspired many great event organizers in Europe and set the stage for a young generation of brilliant players that in their turn have rejuvinated if not reinvented the sport of footbag in the last 10 years.
I sincerely hope he will find his place amongst the great(est) of this beautiful sport by being inducted in the Footbag Hall of Fame 2013. Jan Zimmermann
10) 3/14/2013 12:46:39 PM Matthias Lino Schmidt matthias@linoschmidt.de Ole Schnack
I want to support Jan Zimmermann's testimonial for Ole Schnack. He put it way better than I could have.
In accordance with the rest of FC Footstar, I would also like to nominate Jan ZImmermann (see testimonial by Paul Cronjaeger, supported by all of the club!)
11) 3/14/2013 2:03:07 PM Paul Cronjaeger on behalf of FC Footstar Berlin e.V. paul@fcfootstar.de Ole Schnack ole.schnack@googlemail.com
FC Footstar Berlin nominates Ole Schnack for the Footbag Hall of Fame!

Finally he is eligible! And it has really been about time.

We, the members of Berlin’s own Club – the Footbag Conspiracy Footstar Berlin – would like to take this great honor and nominate Ole a very special person, he has been one of our own clubs’ godfather, mentor, former and now honorary president, for induction into the Footbag Hall of Fame class of 2013: Ole Schnack.

Without Ole’s tireless efforts and true commitment to the sport, most of us Berliners, but in fact many many more players in the whole of Europe, and we would dare to say, even worldwide, would not have had the great experience of being part of the extraordinary footbag community and family, that we all love so much.
As Jan mentioned in his great nomination testimonial for Ole, the one event that truly started the new “modern” era and explosion of the footbag sport at the turn of the millennia, must have been the European Footbag Open 1999 in Berlin. Not only were many of us for the first time publicly exposed to professional footbag, this event really kick-started a worldwide footbag revolution. For the first time it brought together European footbag enthusiasts including the likes of Dexter Struz, Ali Dastranj, Justin Sexton, Grischa Tellenbach, Tomas Tyrpekl and Jukka Peltola, who would go on to organise clubs and countless international tournaments themselves, exposing footbag to thousands of new players of a whole new generation (Vasek and Honza!). It also brought them all together with some of the sports legends like Yves Archambault and of course Steve Goldberg, who once back home themselves went on to ignite some much-needed new enthusiasm among the long-accomplished North American scene.
What Jan failed to mention in his testimonial, though (not being allowed to nominate himself of course), was that he himself and Ole organized these first modern-day Euros together as a team. For this achievement alone we believe Ole deserves a nomination. However, his lasting impact on the sport did not stop there. It had only just started.

Ole joined Jan in 1998 and went on to organize Euros 1999 and countless other professionally run, highly fun and well attended Tournaments, giving footbag a greater exposure and cooler vibe than ever before. Footbag became one of the biggest trends of the first decade of the new millennium.

Ole stayed in Berlin, being long-term president of the FC Footstar, mentor to a new generation of freestylers and organisers (Worlds 2009 in Berlin!), and organising several German Footbag Championships and German Footbag Open.

Not only was Ole a great organizer and promoter, but Ole was also successful in competition, Ole becoming the European Intermediate Freestyle Champion at his own Euros 1999. With a memorable routine with Jan they won the European Doubles Freestyle Title in Budapest 2002.
In 1999 Ole and Jan co-founded their biggest and possibly most influential footbag venture – Planetfootbag. A true charitable and social enterprise, volunteer-run until today and now operating internationally, Planetfootbag provided and continues to provide the community with much needed quality, but then hard to get footbags and other equipment such as videos, cool shorts, shirts and other accessories. Since 1999 all the profits totalling to several $ 100,000 (!) have gone back into the sport, generously supporting and only making possible many tournaments – from small regional jams to many European and World Championships. Without this immense sponsorship and indeed fundraising effort the sport could never even be nearly where it stands today, with established annual national and continental championships at a continuously high level of organisation and competition. Besides the not to be overestimated funding aspect, Planetfootbag has undertaken even further efforts to make the community more independent. They took on the challenge to develop and produce the first ever true footbag freestyle shoe, the Quantum, until today shoe of choice for many of the most accomplished freestylers (Jorden Moir!).

Ole continues to be an inspiration for many today, as an event and club organizer, sport promoter, mentor for younger players or just people preparing a funny and crowd-pleasing routine (who actually remembers Ole’s and Jan’s winning Open Doubles Freestyle Routine from Euros in Budapest 2002?).

We as a club, members of the community, as players ourselves and good friends of Ole think it is time he be honored for his outstanding achievements, preferably Ole and Jan be inducted together as they have been great friends.
Ole & Jan for HoF! Sincerely
The Footbag Conspiracy Footstar Berlin e.V.
12) 3/14/2013 2:05:07 PM Paul Cronjaeger on behalf of FC Footstar Berlin e.V. paul@fcfootstar.de Jan Zimmermann laxer1@footbag.org
FC Footstar Berlin nominates Jan Zimmermann for the Footbag Hall of Fame!

Finally he is eligible! And it has really been about time.

We, the members of Berlin’s own Club – the Footbag Conspiracy Footstar Berlin – would like to take this great honor and nominate Jan a very special person, He has been one of our own clubs’ godfather, mentor, former and now honorary president, for induction into the Footbag Hall of Fame class of 2013: Jan Zimmermann.

Without Jan’s tireless efforts and true commitment to the sport, most of us Berliners, but in fact many many more players in the whole of Europe, and we would dare to say, even worldwide, would not have had the great experience of being part of the extraordinary footbag community and family, that we all love so much.
As Jan mentioned in his great nomination testimonial for Ole, the one event that truly started the new “modern” era and explosion of the footbag sport at the turn of the millennia, must have been the European Footbag Open 1999 in Berlin. Not only were many of us for the first time publicly exposed to professional footbag, this event really kick-started a worldwide footbag revolution. For the first time it brought together European footbag enthusiasts including the likes of Dexter Struz, Ali Dastranj, Justin Sexton, Grischa Tellenbach, Tomas Tyrpekl and Jukka Peltola, who would go on to organise clubs and countless international tournaments themselves, exposing footbag to thousands of new players of a whole new generation (Vasek and Honza!). It also brought them all together with some of the sports legends like Yves Archambault and of course Steve Goldberg, who once back home themselves went on to ignite some much-needed new enthusiasm among the long-accomplished North American scene.
What Jan failed to mention in his testimonial, though (not being allowed to nominate himself of course), was that he himself and Ole organized these first modern-day Euros together as a team. For this achievement alone we believe Jan deserves a nomination. However, his lasting impact on the sport did not stop there. It had only just started.

In 1998, Jan and six of his mates, including the now legendary Alex Michelewski and Patti Schrickel, founded Germany’s first official Footbag Club, the FC Footstar Berlin. Soon after Jan teamed up with Ole and they went on to organize Euros 1999 and countless other professionally run, highly fun and well attended Tournaments, giving footbag a greater exposure and cooler vibe than ever before. Footbag became one of the biggest trends of the first decade of the new millennium.

Jan moved to Switzerland and almost sole-handedly started one of the strongest footbag scenes in Europe, including the foundation of his new home-town’s club the Sole Rebels Zurich that would go on to host the legendary Footjam for several years – the new definition of a cool, modern and urban footbag tournament, that gave the crowd an incredible experience while also providing the players with the whole package of well-being. Its style has since been adopted by many event organizers in the sport.

Not only was Jan a great organizer and promoter, Jan was also successful in competition, Jan winning the Open Routine Title at the German Championships three years in a row from 1999-2001. With a memorable routine with Ole, together they won the European Doubles Freestyle Title in Budapest 2002.
In 1999 Jan and Ole co-founded their biggest and possibly most influential footbag venture – Planetfootbag. A true charitable and social enterprise, volunteer-run until today and now operating internationally, Planetfootbag provided and continues to provide the community with much needed quality, but then hard to get footbags and other equipment such as videos, cool shorts, shirts and other accessories. Since 1999 all the profits totalling to several $ 100,000 (!) have gone back into the sport, generously supporting and only making possible many tournaments – from small regional jams to many European and World Championships. Without this immense sponsorship and indeed fundraising effort the sport could never even be nearly where it stands today, with established annual national and continental championships at a continuously high level of organisation and competition. Besides the not to be overestimated funding aspect, Planetfootbag has undertaken even further efforts to make the community more independent. They took on the challenge to develop and produce the first ever true footbag freestyle shoe, the Quantum, until today shoe of choice for many of the most accomplished freestylers (Jorden Moir!).

Jan continues to be an inspiration for many today, as an event and club organizer, sport promoter, mentor for younger players or just preparing a funny and crowd-pleasing routine (who actually remembers Jan’s and Ole’s winning Open Doubles Freestyle Routine from Euros in Budapest 2002?).

We as a club, members of the community, as players ourselves and good friends of Jan thinks it is time Jan be honored for his outstanding achievements, preferably Jan and Ole be inducted together as the team and they have been great friends.

Jan and Ole for HoF! Sincerely The Footbag Conspiracy Footstar Berlin e.V.
13) 3/14/2013 3:58:11 PM Flavio Loetscher flavio.loetscher@gmail.com Jan Zimmermann zimmermann@footbag.ch
One of the greatest legends in European Footbag History since 1999. Not only did he bring the footbag sport to europe but he's been pushing the sport of footbag ever since with planetfootbag. The entire footbag community is very greatful for all his projects, ventures and other contributions! Without him, the sport would not have become what it is today. Thank you.
14) 3/14/2013 3:59:25 PM Flavio Loetscher flavio.loetscher@gmail.com Ole Schnack
One of the greatest legends in European Footbag History since 1999. Not only did he bring the footbag sport to europe but he's been pushing the sport of footbag ever since with planetfootbag. The entire footbag community is very greatful for all his projects and ventures! Without him, the sport would not have become what it is today. Thank you.
15) 3/14/2013 7:35:30 PM Mike Brassel Mike@o-crazy.com Jan Zimmermann
Thx for all!!
16) 3/15/2013 2:51:51 AM Wiktor Debski wiktordebski@footbag.org Jan Zimmermann and Ole Schnack
I'd like to second the nominations!
17) 3/15/2013 12:07:44 PM Ken Somolinos kensomolinos@footbag.org Jan Zimmerman
Jan was instrumental in promoting footbag in Europe through the 2000s. He co-founded PlanetFootbag, which for years was one of the largest and most respected footbag apparel companies. PlanetFootbag sponsored countless events in Europe, as well as some events I organized in the US. Jan was also the force behind the first mass-produced footbag shoe, the Quantum. This guy has done more for footbag than most people I can think of not named Steve Goldberg. Induct the man.
1Cool 3/27/2013 19:30:35 Tricia George Tricia.george@gmail.com Becca English Ross Becca@footbag.org
Becca has directed countless tournaments and has overseen and continues to organize promotional events including the 3rd annual Woman's Footbag training camp. Becca is a tireless leader in the sport as a competitor and event organizer.
19) 3/28/13 12:04am Scott Milne Eric Bartholomay
Bart (Eric Bartholomay) should be inducted into our Hall Of Fame.
Everything about Bart was unique, he was excellent at all disciplines of our sport. I'm not exactly sure if he has world titles but was a fierce competitor at Net for many years. He always had a new twist in his very entertaining freestyle routines and ruled on the Footbag golf course.

20) 3/28/13 12:04am Scott Milne Pauline Bechtel
Pauline was very influential to the Footbag scene in Vancouver BC for many years. Her enthusiasm sense of humor and friendly personality drew new players into our group regularly. Pauline always helped out with organizing our tournaments and brought in a lot of the women that joined our club. She started playing before I did and still kicks today. Pauline deserves to be recognized and inducted to the Footbag Hall Of Fame.

21) 3/28/13 12:13am Andy Linder Fred Kipley
Fred Kipley teamed up with Gary Preston and was a significant co-pioneer of footbag in the midwest. Fred co-formed an active club in Wisconsin that came to Worlds during the early-mid 80s. In addition to being a good freestyler, Fred was a world-class net player during those years. He actively promoted the sport at various events in different areas during the early 80s period of footbag's growth. I believe Fred is worthy of the Hall of Fame because of his important significance in our sport & all of his efforts to promote the game during an important period of growth. As a veteran in those days, he was always kind & encouraging to young players. He introduced the sport to people and helped them develop as players.

22) 3/28/13 12:14am Andy Linder Gary Preston
Gary Preston teamed up with Fred Kipley and was a significant co-pioneer of footbag in the midwest. He co-formed an active club in Wisconsin that came to Worlds during the early-mid 80s. In addition to being a good freestyler, Gary was a world-class net player during those years. He actively promoted the sport at various events in different areas during the early 80s period of footbag's growth. I believe Gary is worthy of the Hall of Fame because of his important significance in our sport & all of his efforts to promote the game during an important period of growth. As a veteran in those days, he was always kind & encouraging to young players. He introduced the sport to people and helped them develop as players. Tragically, Gary had to have a leg amputated because of a car accident, but he continues to kick footbag at festivals & events and continues to inspire others.
23) 3/28/13 12:15am Randy Mulder Chris Donofrio
Chris Donofrio deserves Hall of Fame recognition as a Pioneering member of the Footbag Community. Chris was an early touring member of the WFA, having toured, consistently, from the Fall of '86 through the Summer of '89. At the time this was,or may still be, a record number of consecutive tours promoting the sport of Footbag. During this time , he toured with Randy Nelson, Peter Shunney, Animal, and Jeff Haas. Chris was an integral part of the early growth of Footbag, selling thousands of dollars worth of product during these tours. Chris was also a proud member of the Wash Park Footbag Club. He was instrumental in promoting and developing the best net club in the world of the early and mid 90's. Chris was also a top competitor in all aspects of the sport. Consecutives, Freestyle, Net, and even Golf were specialties of his game. He was at, or near the top, of numerous tournaments, in all categories, throughout the US, in the 80's and early 90's. Thank you for your consideration.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:47 am    Post subject: 2013 Footbag Hall of Fame Nomination list as of 3/28/13 Reply with quote

Hi footbag players worldwide,
Please see below a list of all the nominations as of 3/28/13, please feel free to enter your 2nds to any of these nominations via the nomination form or email me directly at footbag@wt.net
Thanks to all who have submitted their nominations or 2nds already and thanks
to those who have entered discussions in the forums or email threads of this years nomination process.
Respectfully Tim Vozar - Chairman of HOF nomination committee
Timestamp Your Name Your Email Address Nominee's Full Name footbag.org email address
1) 1/21/2013 3:24:06 AM Adrienne Craver amdcraver@gmail.com
Ken Somolinos
somolinos@gmail.com
"Ken’s first footbag tournament was in 1997. In his 15 years, Ken has displayed an unwavering love for the sport of footbag. His drive and determination in the sport has been inspiration other players to begin the sport and to continue improving their own games.

Most notably, Ken was essential in the development of footbag in Japan. He promoted the sport both through active recruitment and involvement in events such as the Tokyo Shredder Gathering and the Japanese Footbag Championships. These events were the first footbag tournaments in Asia, and Ken helped organize and judge the first three of each. These tournaments are now entering their tenth year, and continue to occur annually. Due to his efforts in Japan, there has been representation by Japanese players at several World Footbag Championships. Ken, regardless of where he lives, is always working to promote the sport of footbag and give players opportunities to connect and play together. While attending school at Cornell, he co-hosted two Cornell Footbag Jams. while living in the Washington, DC area he worked with the East Coast Footbag Championships. Two summers ago, while on work detail in Nevada, he co-hosted the Vegas Jizzam. Currently he works to promote the sport in Denver, CO.

Ken has also used the Internet in a variety of ways to promote the sport of footbag. In 2008 Ken began the "Stephen Barnes' One Shot Challenge" that, to this day, has encouraged players to improve their consistency. He has also posted over 2,000 footbag related YouTube videos, both of raw footage and videos he has edited. his blog on the modified forums is the most read blog, and often includes detailed write-ups of tournaments that portray the excitement footbag events.

Lastly, in addition to his efforts to promote the sport of footbag, Ken is also an outstanding player. He has consistently placed in the top 10 in a variety of world and national events, and has also placed in the top five at several events. Last year he finished second at Euros and second at USO, and finished with the most overall tournament ranking points for 2011. He is constantly working to improve his game both in difficulty and creativity.
2) 2/10/2013 11:06:43 PM Christopher Siebert conan@footbag.org Becca English(-Ross?) beccaenglish1967@gmail.com
I nominate Becca English for the Footbag Hall of Fame. (Not sure if she's still going by English-Ross). She's been kicking, competing, organizing, demonstrating, teaching, manufacturing, and selling footbags since 1987. Most recently she has organized the Women's Net Camps in Eugene for 3 years now, taught footbag to hundreds of kids in the Philippines, and been a key Beaver Open staff member. Here's her extensive resume:

I started kicking summer of 1987 in Eugene, met competitive footbag players at UC Berkeley that August, and went to my first footbag tournament with Bill Langbehn and Brent Stewart at Sonoma State University (kicked but didn’t compete). I freestyled in competition for the first time in Berkeley, CA in 1988 and the World Championships in 1990. I competed in the 8-9 overall events at Worlds between 1991-1997.

Free F.L.O.E. (Footbag Lovers Of Eugene) Footbag Club - member since 1990
Co-Director for Free FLOE between 1990-2002; organized bi-weekly kicks at sites with City of Eugene Recreation and Willamalane Recreation in Springfield. Provided equipment, a Footbag display, and instruction for freestyle, net and golf. Organized meetings, minutes, club calendars, demonstrations, clinics, and club dues/bank account.

Organized and Co-Directed at least 2 Footbag events/year between 1991-2002 including The US Open; State Games of Oregon; Eugene Celebration; University of Oregon Footbag Tourneys; April Fool’s in the Rain; Art in the Vinyard; Willamette Music Festival; Footbag and Juggling Festival.

Coach for the U of O Footbag Club for many years, teaching freestyle and net; all aspects of running Footbag Net and Footbag Golf tournaments

Performed over 200 Footbag demonstrations and/or taught workshops, school assemblies, and festivals all over Oregon and some in CA and WA including: Oregon State Fair, Portland Trailblazer half-time show, Seaside Spring Break Festival, Whole Earth Festival, elementary and middle schools, U of O sports camp, treatment programs, Special Olympics, City of Eugene recreation events, and 2000 World Frisbee Championships. Promotions for State Games of Oregon, Worlds in 1997, US Opens.

Freestyle judge for 9 years at Worlds, Western Regionals, US Opens, and Heart of Freestyle events.

US Open Championships: 1s - Women’s Doubles Net (2000, 199?); Mixed Doubles 2007; Women’s Singles Net 2012
2nd - Women’s Doubles Net; Women’s Singles Net; Mixed Doubles
3rd - lots
1st-3rd Awards at Western Regionals in singles and team freestyle; women’s golf; singles, doubles, mixed doubles net
1st-3rd Emerald City Opens; State Games of Oregon; Eugene Celebrations; U of O Footbag Tournaments: net, golf
2nd, 3rd Heart of Freestyle: Team freestyle and Women’s Singles freestyle

World Championship Competitor 12 years: 1990-1997; 2000; 2001; 2007; 2010 placed (1st-3rd) in 10 different events:
Overall, Golf, DDOP, Singles Freestyle, Team Freestyle, The Dash, Timed Consecutives, Mixed Doubles Net, Women’s Doubles Net, Masters’ Doubles Net.

1st Overall Women’s Champion; Women’s Golf, Montreal, Ontario Canada 1996
3rd Women’s Singles Freestyle; Women’s Doubles Net; DDOP

1st Women’s Team Freestyle; DDOP Portland, OR 1997
2nd Women’s Golf
3rd Women’s Doubles Net

1st Women’s Golf Vancouver, BC Canada 2000
3rd Women’s Doubles Net; DDOP

1st Women’s Golf Berkeley, CA 2001
4th Mixed Doubles

2nd Doubles Master’s Net Oakland, CA 2010
3rd Mixed Doubles Net; Women’s Doubles Net

2010-2013 – We Are Bethel: organized Footbag Net events, freestyle demonstrations, free events for the public Eugene

2011-2013 – Women’s Footbag Net Camp staff with Mag Hughes and Co., Springfield, OR
2011 Footbag (aka Sipa) performance and instruction to over 200 Filipino students: 6-16 yr olds in 3 workshops at Luna Colleges, in Tayug, Pangasinan Philippines; informal circles and instruction for a week with smaller groups.

Co-organized Guinness Footbag Record Attempts: The Eugene Hilton for Gary Lautt’s Singles Consecutive; the Crux Rock Gym in Eugene for Tricia George’s record in Women’s Singles Consecutive and Gary Lautt’s Singles Consecutive. On staff for Tricia and Gary’s Doubles Consecutive Record of 123,456 and for their attempt to kick for 24 hours in Chico, CA

Flying Clipper 1990-2012 Footbag lessons, demonstrations, promotion and sales at the Oregon Country Fair; sales and promotion at many tournaments, festivals, and store events (2 commercials)

Founding Member UC Berkeley Footbag Club 1988; Helped initiate the U of O Footbag Club 199???

Beaver Open: 22 beads; Hall of Famer; Net Champion; Dam Staff 2005-present; Dam Builder 2006-present

Sipa (aka Footbag) workshop and demonstrations at Experience Asia in Tallahassee, FL 2011; 2012
Lane Community College Rites of Passage for Asian/Pacific Islander Teens Eugene, OR 2012, 2013

Footbag workshops to girls and co-ed groups in residential treatment Phoenix program 2011, 2012
Footbag workshops and instruction: freestyle, net, and golf to adjudicated boys in residential treatment
Stepping Stone Program 1990-2007
Footbag instruction/play: freestyle, net, golf, and four square to students at MLK Education Center 2007-2013
Taught my son, Jesse’s PE class at Malabon Elementary to 1st, 2nd, and 4th graders

City of Eugene Recreation
Summer Fun for All contractor – footbag workshops and demos for kids in city parks 1995-1999
Summer in the City taught 2-6 yr olds 2011
3) 2/24/2013 8:25:33 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Steve Blough
Blough created his own version of footbag, with his own league, wrote a book, and like it or not, is a legend. Politics has thus far kept him out of the HOF, but a truly open footbag community would put aside their egos and accept him and his accomplishments whether you agree with them or not.
4) 2/24/2013 8:27:14 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Ted Fritsch
Ted Fritsch is a footbag legend. One of the longest running competetors on the east coast, and a perennial gateholder of the intermediate categories, Ted has tirelessly promoted footbag for decades. He has competed at worlds countless times, run several Adirondak Open footbag tournaments, and is an ambassador.
Ted deserves to be in the hall of fame of footbag.
5) 2/24/2013 8:32:23 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Becca English-Ross
Long time competetor and footbag ambassador, Becca has been a footbag legend for decades. One of the best women's competetors of her time, and a part of the true old school spirit of footbag.
6) 2/24/2013 8:34:07 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Lisa Monti
Lisa is a long time top level women's competitor of footbag, in both net and freestyle. She is a women team freestyle world champion, and fought for the singles title for many years. Lisa is one of the all time great women competitors, and represents the true spirit of footbag. A no-brainer for the hall of fame.
7) 2/24/2013 8:38:55 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Ahren Gehrman
Ahren Gehrman is simply one of the greatest freestylers to ever touch a footbag. From age 16 he burst on the scene, and his innovations helped develop the technical level of footbag freestyle to what it is today. A huge influence on everyone who played and has played, he particularly influenced the European Prague contingent and helped push the level to the apex of freestyle.
Early on, Ahren was given the nickname of "The Torch" by none other than Kenny Shults. When asked why, Kenny said "as in, the passing of". Nuff said.
Ahren deserves to be recognized by his peers as one of the greatest footbag players in the history of the game.
Cool 2/24/2013 8:42:39 PM Peter Irish jugglingmonk@hotmail.com Sunil Jani
Sunil Jani must undisputedly be considered one of the greatest of the great technical freestyle footbaggers in history. The level of play he achieved when he stopped competing several years ago still has not been reached by most players today, which is unprecedented. The amount of innovations he made to freestyle in the early 2000's are so many you can’t name them. He was an idol to the young up and coming European/Czec players and made an un-estimatible impact. He single handedly pushed the technical level in freestyle several notches. Sunil Jani should be recognized by the hall of fame as one of the greatest freestylers in footbag history.
9) 3/11/2013 2:55:42 PM Jan Zimmermann laxer1@footbag.org Ole Schnack fcfootstar@footbag.org
When determining the one catalytic event that changed the way footbag is perceived in the world today and that has lead to Europe changing from a virtually blank page to becoming a dominant factor in almost every footbag discipline and footbag organization (and in the course rejuvenating the US footbag scene) it must be the Europen Footbag Open 1999 in Berlin. And at its core a young man, who, awed by his first experience of competive footbag at the Finnish Footbag Championships 1998 (placing second in Intermediate Freestyle), vowed to organize a gathering of like minded European Footbag enthusiasts in his home town the next year:

OLE SCHNACK.

With virtually no experience in either event management or tournament organization Ole and his team successfully hosted what was to be the largest footbag event ever to be held in Europe. More than 120 competitors attended the European Footbag Open 1999. Amongst them were some of the most prominent figures in European Footbag that, in turn, had their first exposure to organized Footbag (Jan Dexter Struz, Tomas Tyrpekl, Florian Goetze, Grischa Tellenbach, Ali Dastrandj, Phil Schäfer). The development Footbag has taken in the early years of the new millenium seeing some of the most professionally run and successfull footbag events and the clear shift of dominance from the US to Europe both in Footbag Net and Freestyle can all be traced back to this one event and Ole's passion and professionalism.

This in itself would be enough to earn him a place in the Footbag Hall of Fame, but there is more, much more.

Ole joined the first official German Footbag Club (FC Footstar Berlin e.V.) shortly after its founding in 1998 and held the position of president for many years (Know the club? Yves Kreil, Patrik Schrickel, Paul Cronjäger, Matthias Lino Schmid, Jakob Wagner all started kicking there).
He organized several German Footbag Championships starting in December 1999.
In 1999 he co founded planetfootbag, a volunteer run, non profit organization now operating in 4 european countries. planetfootbag was founded on the premise that there were no decent footbags available in Europe at the time and that money to organize Footbag events and promotions was virtually impossible to generate (in form of sponsorships). By importing and distributing quality footbags, planetfootbag was able to raise funds to support their own or other peoples efforts to promote the sport in Europe. Since 1999 hardly any prominent European tournament has gone without CASH support by planetfootbag and the overall monetary contribution to the sport (not counting the virtually countless hours) has accumulated to several $100'000,-. Amongst others, planetfootbag produced the German language instructional DVD for Footbag Freestyle (stalls'n'dexes) as well as the first shoe especially developed for Footbag freestyle (quantum).
Ole co-founded an managed the Footstars, a group of prominent european freestyle players that held workshops and performed at exibitions.

Besides his easy going manner, great sense of humor and a baffling networking ability, Ole has brought a sense of professionalism and perfectionism into the event and tournament side of Footbag. His accute sense for marketing and PR put Footbag in the spotlight for many years in the early 2000's and virtually transformed "Hacky S(l)ack" into "Footbag" in the public awareness in Europe. He has inspired many great event organizers in Europe and set the stage for a young generation of brilliant players that in their turn have rejuvinated if not reinvented the sport of footbag in the last 10 years.
I sincerely hope he will find his place amongst the great(est) of this beautiful sport by being inducted in the Footbag Hall of Fame 2013. Jan Zimmermann
10) 3/14/2013 12:46:39 PM Matthias Lino Schmidt matthias@linoschmidt.de Ole Schnack
I want to support Jan Zimmermann's testimonial for Ole Schnack. He put it way better than I could have.
In accordance with the rest of FC Footstar, I would also like to nominate Jan ZImmermann (see testimonial by Paul Cronjaeger, supported by all of the club!)
11) 3/14/2013 2:03:07 PM Paul Cronjaeger on behalf of FC Footstar Berlin e.V. paul@fcfootstar.de Ole Schnack ole.schnack@googlemail.com
FC Footstar Berlin nominates Ole Schnack for the Footbag Hall of Fame!

Finally he is eligible! And it has really been about time.

We, the members of Berlin’s own Club – the Footbag Conspiracy Footstar Berlin – would like to take this great honor and nominate Ole a very special person, he has been one of our own clubs’ godfather, mentor, former and now honorary president, for induction into the Footbag Hall of Fame class of 2013: Ole Schnack.

Without Ole’s tireless efforts and true commitment to the sport, most of us Berliners, but in fact many many more players in the whole of Europe, and we would dare to say, even worldwide, would not have had the great experience of being part of the extraordinary footbag community and family, that we all love so much.
As Jan mentioned in his great nomination testimonial for Ole, the one event that truly started the new “modern” era and explosion of the footbag sport at the turn of the millennia, must have been the European Footbag Open 1999 in Berlin. Not only were many of us for the first time publicly exposed to professional footbag, this event really kick-started a worldwide footbag revolution. For the first time it brought together European footbag enthusiasts including the likes of Dexter Struz, Ali Dastranj, Justin Sexton, Grischa Tellenbach, Tomas Tyrpekl and Jukka Peltola, who would go on to organise clubs and countless international tournaments themselves, exposing footbag to thousands of new players of a whole new generation (Vasek and Honza!). It also brought them all together with some of the sports legends like Yves Archambault and of course Steve Goldberg, who once back home themselves went on to ignite some much-needed new enthusiasm among the long-accomplished North American scene.
What Jan failed to mention in his testimonial, though (not being allowed to nominate himself of course), was that he himself and Ole organized these first modern-day Euros together as a team. For this achievement alone we believe Ole deserves a nomination. However, his lasting impact on the sport did not stop there. It had only just started.

Ole joined Jan in 1998 and went on to organize Euros 1999 and countless other professionally run, highly fun and well attended Tournaments, giving footbag a greater exposure and cooler vibe than ever before. Footbag became one of the biggest trends of the first decade of the new millennium.

Ole stayed in Berlin, being long-term president of the FC Footstar, mentor to a new generation of freestylers and organisers (Worlds 2009 in Berlin!), and organising several German Footbag Championships and German Footbag Open.

Not only was Ole a great organizer and promoter, but Ole was also successful in competition, Ole becoming the European Intermediate Freestyle Champion at his own Euros 1999. With a memorable routine with Jan they won the European Doubles Freestyle Title in Budapest 2002.
In 1999 Ole and Jan co-founded their biggest and possibly most influential footbag venture – Planetfootbag. A true charitable and social enterprise, volunteer-run until today and now operating internationally, Planetfootbag provided and continues to provide the community with much needed quality, but then hard to get footbags and other equipment such as videos, cool shorts, shirts and other accessories. Since 1999 all the profits totalling to several $ 100,000 (!) have gone back into the sport, generously supporting and only making possible many tournaments – from small regional jams to many European and World Championships. Without this immense sponsorship and indeed fundraising effort the sport could never even be nearly where it stands today, with established annual national and continental championships at a continuously high level of organisation and competition. Besides the not to be overestimated funding aspect, Planetfootbag has undertaken even further efforts to make the community more independent. They took on the challenge to develop and produce the first ever true footbag freestyle shoe, the Quantum, until today shoe of choice for many of the most accomplished freestylers (Jorden Moir!).

Ole continues to be an inspiration for many today, as an event and club organizer, sport promoter, mentor for younger players or just people preparing a funny and crowd-pleasing routine (who actually remembers Ole’s and Jan’s winning Open Doubles Freestyle Routine from Euros in Budapest 2002?).

We as a club, members of the community, as players ourselves and good friends of Ole think it is time he be honored for his outstanding achievements, preferably Ole and Jan be inducted together as they have been great friends.
Ole & Jan for HoF! Sincerely
The Footbag Conspiracy Footstar Berlin e.V.
12) 3/14/2013 2:05:07 PM Paul Cronjaeger on behalf of FC Footstar Berlin e.V. paul@fcfootstar.de Jan Zimmermann laxer1@footbag.org
FC Footstar Berlin nominates Jan Zimmermann for the Footbag Hall of Fame!

Finally he is eligible! And it has really been about time.

We, the members of Berlin’s own Club – the Footbag Conspiracy Footstar Berlin – would like to take this great honor and nominate Jan a very special person, He has been one of our own clubs’ godfather, mentor, former and now honorary president, for induction into the Footbag Hall of Fame class of 2013: Jan Zimmermann.

Without Jan’s tireless efforts and true commitment to the sport, most of us Berliners, but in fact many many more players in the whole of Europe, and we would dare to say, even worldwide, would not have had the great experience of being part of the extraordinary footbag community and family, that we all love so much.
As Jan mentioned in his great nomination testimonial for Ole, the one event that truly started the new “modern” era and explosion of the footbag sport at the turn of the millennia, must have been the European Footbag Open 1999 in Berlin. Not only were many of us for the first time publicly exposed to professional footbag, this event really kick-started a worldwide footbag revolution. For the first time it brought together European footbag enthusiasts including the likes of Dexter Struz, Ali Dastranj, Justin Sexton, Grischa Tellenbach, Tomas Tyrpekl and Jukka Peltola, who would go on to organise clubs and countless international tournaments themselves, exposing footbag to thousands of new players of a whole new generation (Vasek and Honza!). It also brought them all together with some of the sports legends like Yves Archambault and of course Steve Goldberg, who once back home themselves went on to ignite some much-needed new enthusiasm among the long-accomplished North American scene.
What Jan failed to mention in his testimonial, though (not being allowed to nominate himself of course), was that he himself and Ole organized these first modern-day Euros together as a team. For this achievement alone we believe Jan deserves a nomination. However, his lasting impact on the sport did not stop there. It had only just started.

In 1998, Jan and six of his mates, including the now legendary Alex Michelewski and Patti Schrickel, founded Germany’s first official Footbag Club, the FC Footstar Berlin. Soon after Jan teamed up with Ole and they went on to organize Euros 1999 and countless other professionally run, highly fun and well attended Tournaments, giving footbag a greater exposure and cooler vibe than ever before. Footbag became one of the biggest trends of the first decade of the new millennium.

Jan moved to Switzerland and almost sole-handedly started one of the strongest footbag scenes in Europe, including the foundation of his new home-town’s club the Sole Rebels Zurich that would go on to host the legendary Footjam for several years – the new definition of a cool, modern and urban footbag tournament, that gave the crowd an incredible experience while also providing the players with the whole package of well-being. Its style has since been adopted by many event organizers in the sport.

Not only was Jan a great organizer and promoter, Jan was also successful in competition, Jan winning the Open Routine Title at the German Championships three years in a row from 1999-2001. With a memorable routine with Ole, together they won the European Doubles Freestyle Title in Budapest 2002.
In 1999 Jan and Ole co-founded their biggest and possibly most influential footbag venture – Planetfootbag. A true charitable and social enterprise, volunteer-run until today and now operating internationally, Planetfootbag provided and continues to provide the community with much needed quality, but then hard to get footbags and other equipment such as videos, cool shorts, shirts and other accessories. Since 1999 all the profits totalling to several $ 100,000 (!) have gone back into the sport, generously supporting and only making possible many tournaments – from small regional jams to many European and World Championships. Without this immense sponsorship and indeed fundraising effort the sport could never even be nearly where it stands today, with established annual national and continental championships at a continuously high level of organisation and competition. Besides the not to be overestimated funding aspect, Planetfootbag has undertaken even further efforts to make the community more independent. They took on the challenge to develop and produce the first ever true footbag freestyle shoe, the Quantum, until today shoe of choice for many of the most accomplished freestylers (Jorden Moir!).

Jan continues to be an inspiration for many today, as an event and club organizer, sport promoter, mentor for younger players or just preparing a funny and crowd-pleasing routine (who actually remembers Jan’s and Ole’s winning Open Doubles Freestyle Routine from Euros in Budapest 2002?).

We as a club, members of the community, as players ourselves and good friends of Jan thinks it is time Jan be honored for his outstanding achievements, preferably Jan and Ole be inducted together as the team and they have been great friends.

Jan and Ole for HoF! Sincerely The Footbag Conspiracy Footstar Berlin e.V.
13) 3/14/2013 3:58:11 PM Flavio Loetscher flavio.loetscher@gmail.com Jan Zimmermann zimmermann@footbag.ch
One of the greatest legends in European Footbag History since 1999. Not only did he bring the footbag sport to europe but he's been pushing the sport of footbag ever since with planetfootbag. The entire footbag community is very greatful for all his projects, ventures and other contributions! Without him, the sport would not have become what it is today. Thank you.
14) 3/14/2013 3:59:25 PM Flavio Loetscher flavio.loetscher@gmail.com Ole Schnack
One of the greatest legends in European Footbag History since 1999. Not only did he bring the footbag sport to europe but he's been pushing the sport of footbag ever since with planetfootbag. The entire footbag community is very greatful for all his projects and ventures! Without him, the sport would not have become what it is today. Thank you.
15) 3/14/2013 7:35:30 PM Mike Brassel Mike@o-crazy.com Jan Zimmermann
Thx for all!!
16) 3/15/2013 2:51:51 AM Wiktor Debski wiktordebski@footbag.org Jan Zimmermann and Ole Schnack
I'd like to second the nominations!
17) 3/15/2013 12:07:44 PM Ken Somolinos kensomolinos@footbag.org Jan Zimmerman
Jan was instrumental in promoting footbag in Europe through the 2000s. He co-founded PlanetFootbag, which for years was one of the largest and most respected footbag apparel companies. PlanetFootbag sponsored countless events in Europe, as well as some events I organized in the US. Jan was also the force behind the first mass-produced footbag shoe, the Quantum. This guy has done more for footbag than most people I can think of not named Steve Goldberg. Induct the man.
1Cool 3/27/2013 19:30:35 Tricia George Tricia.george@gmail.com Becca English Ross Becca@footbag.org
Becca has directed countless tournaments and has overseen and continues to organize promotional events including the 3rd annual Woman's Footbag training camp. Becca is a tireless leader in the sport as a competitor and event organizer.
19) 3/28/13 12:04am Scott Milne Eric Bartholomay
Bart (Eric Bartholomay) should be inducted into our Hall Of Fame.
Everything about Bart was unique, he was excellent at all disciplines of our sport. I'm not exactly sure if he has world titles but was a fierce competitor at Net for many years. He always had a new twist in his very entertaining freestyle routines and ruled on the Footbag golf course.

20) 3/28/13 12:04am Scott Milne Pauline Bechtel
Pauline was very influential to the Footbag scene in Vancouver BC for many years. Her enthusiasm sense of humor and friendly personality drew new players into our group regularly. Pauline always helped out with organizing our tournaments and brought in a lot of the women that joined our club. She started playing before I did and still kicks today. Pauline deserves to be recognized and inducted to the Footbag Hall Of Fame.

21) 3/28/13 12:13am Andy Linder Fred Kipley
Fred Kipley teamed up with Gary Preston and was a significant co-pioneer of footbag in the midwest. Fred co-formed an active club in Wisconsin that came to Worlds during the early-mid 80s. In addition to being a good freestyler, Fred was a world-class net player during those years. He actively promoted the sport at various events in different areas during the early 80s period of footbag's growth. I believe Fred is worthy of the Hall of Fame because of his important significance in our sport & all of his efforts to promote the game during an important period of growth. As a veteran in those days, he was always kind & encouraging to young players. He introduced the sport to people and helped them develop as players.

22) 3/28/13 12:14am Andy Linder Gary Preston
Gary Preston teamed up with Fred Kipley and was a significant co-pioneer of footbag in the midwest. He co-formed an active club in Wisconsin that came to Worlds during the early-mid 80s. In addition to being a good freestyler, Gary was a world-class net player during those years. He actively promoted the sport at various events in different areas during the early 80s period of footbag's growth. I believe Gary is worthy of the Hall of Fame because of his important significance in our sport & all of his efforts to promote the game during an important period of growth. As a veteran in those days, he was always kind & encouraging to young players. He introduced the sport to people and helped them develop as players. Tragically, Gary had to have a leg amputated because of a car accident, but he continues to kick footbag at festivals & events and continues to inspire others.
23) 3/28/13 12:15am Randy Mulder Chris Donofrio
Chris Donofrio deserves Hall of Fame recognition as a Pioneering member of the Footbag Community. Chris was an early touring member of the WFA, having toured, consistently, from the Fall of '86 through the Summer of '89. At the time this was,or may still be, a record number of consecutive tours promoting the sport of Footbag. During this time , he toured with Randy Nelson, Peter Shunney, Animal, and Jeff Haas. Chris was an integral part of the early growth of Footbag, selling thousands of dollars worth of product during these tours. Chris was also a proud member of the Wash Park Footbag Club. He was instrumental in promoting and developing the best net club in the world of the early and mid 90's. Chris was also a top competitor in all aspects of the sport. Consecutives, Freestyle, Net, and even Golf were specialties of his game. He was at, or near the top, of numerous tournaments, in all categories, throughout the US, in the 80's and early 90's. Thank you for your consideration.
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