William F. Hulse Memorial Award - Guidelines



    The William F. Hulse Memorial Award was established by ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities to recognize outstanding contributions to maintain and support the establishment of voluntary full-consensus standards to enhance the safety of organized and individual sport. The award is intended to recognize individuals or organizations that best exemplify the example demonstrated by the life and career of William F. Hulse.


    The following criteria shall be considered as the basis for honoring an individual or organization with the William F. Hulse Memorial Award:

    • The individual or organization is to be well-known in the field of sports or recreation safety.
    • The individual or organization shall have made significant and sustained contributions to the advancement of the field of sports or recreation safety, and, in particular, to the utilization of applied safety standards throughout the industry and general community.
    • The individual or organization shall maintain active membership in professional organizations which share a common-goal of promoting injury prevention in sport or recreational activities.
    • The individual or organization shall have demonstrated knowledge which has been shared throughout society through published papers, articles, seminars, mentoring, teaching or coaching.
    • The individual or organization shall have demonstrated admirable personal characteristics such as humility and commitment to purpose.


    Nominations shall be solicited for the William F. Hulse Memorial Award in January of each year through a variety of publicity avenues including, but not limited to Standardization News, Athletic Business Monthly, Coaching Magazine,and all such other publicationsactively reporting to ASTM-related sports standards development activities. Publicity will also be generated through the memberships of ASTM Committee F08 and F27, and other outside organizations which have an appropriate membership base for such an award (these will be maintained by the Committee Staff Manager.) Nominations may also be sought by direct solicitation and self nominations will not be discouraged. The nominee need not be an ASTM member.

    All nominations shall follow the Guidelines for Preparing William F. Hulse Memorial Award Nominations, which shall be provided upon request by ASTM Headquarters, West Conshohocken, PA. Nominations shall be submitted to the William F. Hulse Memorial Award Selection Committee, c/o F08 Staff Manager, ASTM, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, PA19428-2959, USA by July 15. Nominations received after July 15 will be held for consideration in the following calendar year.


    The William F. Hulse Memorial Award Selection Committee shall consist of a representative from ASTM Committee F08, and four other experts in the field of applied sports and/or recreation safety who are familiar with Mr. Hulse's career or the nature of his work for which this award is established. The Chairman of the F08 Administrative Subcommittee on Awards and Distinctions shall oversee and facilitate the William F. Hulse Memorial Award Selection Committee and is responsible for the composition of this activity.

    The Committee shall meet in August of each year at ASTM Headquarters or at a mutually agreed-upon site of the committee's choosing to consider the nominations that have been submitted. The Committee must determine that the nominee meets the criteria of the award and ensure that the appropriate guidelines have been followed and that the documentation is sufficient to allow for a decision to be made.

    All members of selection committee shall be entitled to a vote, and a simple majority shall be required for acceptance of the nomination. In the event that there are multiple nominations which are considered to be valid, multiple awards may be presented at the discretion of the selection committee as affirmed by a simple majority vote. The Chairman of the selection committee shall report upon the selection committee's action to the F08 Executive Committee, and the F08 General Chairman and shall notify the award recipient.


    The William F. Hulse Memorial Award will be presented annually as nominations warrant, and the presentation will be made at the Committee F08 Fall/Winter meeting unless the recipient cannot be in attendance. Should the Spring/Summer meeting allow the recipient a better likelihood of being physically present, the award will be presented at this time. The award may also be presented in absentia or in memoria.

    A substantive plaque of appropriate size and composition shall be purchased and permanently located at ASTM Headquarters, which will display for all witnesses the names of award recipients. The recipient will receive a smaller plaque which shall be consistent with an award of this distinction.

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