BY-LAWS

Of The
NORTHWEST LOUISIANA SOCCER REFEREES ASSOCIATION


ARTICLE I
NAME

The name of this association shall be the NORTHWEST LOUISIANA SOCCER REFEREES ASSOCIATION, herein referred to as NWLSRA.

 

ARTICLE II
AFFILIATION


The NWLSRA shall be affiliated with the Louisiana Soccer Association (LSA) and U.S. Soccer Federation (US SOCCER FEDERATION), NWLSRA may affiliate, as they see fit, with other soccer leagues that provide liability protection for referees.

 

ARTICLE III
OBJECTIVES


The purpose of the NWLSRA shall be to train and support soccer referees, provide services to affiliated leagues and to encourage continued participation as a referee.

SECTION 1:

To train and support soccer referees

1. Offering classroom instruction in the Laws and/or Rules of the game of soccer.

2. Offering Testing and Recertification Testing for affiliated governing associations.

3. Offering field training.

4. Providing assistance with maintenance and upgrade assessments.


SECTION 2:

To assist member assignors and associated leagues

1. Offering web-based assigning tools.

2. Offering consolidated game billings to leagues.

3. Offering game fee distribution to referees.


SECTION 3:

Encourage continued participation as referees of the game.

 

ARTICLE IV
MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1:

The NWLSRA fully supports the policy of equal opportunity, and will not discriminate in membership eligibility on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. This association will neither accept invitations from, nor participate in any activity or organization that does not conform to this policy, or that discriminates on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin.


SECTION 2:

Eligibility for membership shall consist of the following:
1. U.S. Soccer registered referees, instructors, or assessors.
2. Minimum age shall be twelve years old.

 

SECTION 3:

Continued membership shall require the following:
1. Yearly recertification by affiliated associations and leagues.

2. Compliance with the rules and Code of Conduct of the affiliated associations, leagues and the NWLSRA.

3. Attendance of at least 4 NWLSRA meetings and/or training sessions annually in their entirety.


SECTION 4:

Termination of membership shall be by:
1. Voluntary resignation.
2. Failure to recertify annually.
3. Majority vote of the Board of Directors.

4. Failure to attend at least 4 NWLSRA meetings and/or training sessions annually in their entirety.


SECTION 5:

Each member shall have ONE vote at all general membership meetings.


SECTION 6:

All referee members shall pay dues, as set by the Board of Directors. Payment shall be withheld from games fees by the Treasurer.

 

ARTICLE V
GOVERNMENT

SECTION 1:

The NWLSRA shall be a nonprofit organization.

 

SECTION 2:

The governing body of the NWLSRA shall be known as the Board of Directors, hereafter referred to as the Board. It shall consist of the following elected members:
1. President.
2. Vice President.
3. Secretary.
4. Treasurer.
5. Director of Instruction.
6. Director of Assessment.
7. Director of Recruitment and Retention

8. Youth Liaison

SECTION 3:

The Director of Instruction shall be an active, currently registered referee instructor. The Director of Assessment shall be an active, currently registered assessor. Provisional ratings by U.S. Soccer are acceptable for either position.


SECTION 4:

Each member of the Board shall have ONE vote. The President shall vote only in the event of a tie. A majority of the filled Board seats constitutes a quorum for purposes of conducting business. A majority vote of those Board members present shall be required for action.


SECTION 5:

Any member of the Board who is consistently (habitually) absent from THREE general membership meetings shall have that office declared vacant at the discretion of the Board. The President shall then appoint another member to fill the unexpired term of that office. If the President's office is vacated, the Vice President shall assume that office and appoint a member to serve the remainder of the term of the office of Vice President.


SECTION 6:

Members of the Board may be removed from office for cause by a two-thirds vote of the Board members present at any meeting, provided there is no less than fifteen days written notice.

 

SECTION 7:

The following shall be the duties of the members of the Board:


1. President - As chief officer, the President is charged with the overall administrative and executive functions of the association. He/she shall appoint such committees as he/she deems necessary to carry out the functions of the NWLSRA. He/she shall assign duties to all officers as required. As chief officer, the President is to take prudent and reasonable action in cases not covered in the association By-Laws, and such authority is implicit in the office. He/she shall cast the deciding vote in the event of a tie at Board meetings. He/she or a designated representative shall represent the association at the semi-annual meetings of the Louisiana Soccer Referee Association. He/she or a designated representative shall represent the association in all community and public affairs. He/she shall appoint league Referee Assignors subject to majority approval of the board and approval by the associated leagues.


2. Vice President - The Vice President shall succeed to the powers of the President in his/her absence.


3. Secretary - The Secretary shall record the minutes of all meetings, attend to all correspondence, keep a referee roster, and keep association records. The Secretary shall provide at least seven days notice to the association members of all membership meetings. This notice may be by phone, mail or electronic media.



4. Treasurer - The Treasurer shall collect the money of the association and shall keep a detailed account of income and expenses. No money shall be disbursed unless it has been previously allocated by the Board. When called upon, he/she shall submit a verbal report of the finances at meetings and to the President. A written report will be provided at each Board meeting. He/she shall withhold member dues from game fees and sign all checks. A second designated Board member will also be required to sign all checks.


5. Director of Instruction - The Director of Instruction shall be the lead instructor for all clinics offered to referees unless otherwise decided by the Board. This shall include, but is not limited to securing instructor, facilities and material for all clinics. He/she shall provide current interpretations on the Laws of the Game and Points of Emphasis.

 

6. Director of Assessment - The Director of Assessment shall be the lead assessor for purposes of upgrade/maintenance within the U.S. Soccer referee grade system. He/she shall schedule assessor for both upgrade/maintenance and informal continuity assessments. He/she shall keep records in connection with referee assessments. He/she shall provide feedback to the Director of Instruction to evaluate the association's instructional program.


7. Director of Recruitment and Retention The Director of Recruitment and Retention shall be responsible for the overall referee recruitment and retention efforts. The Director of Recruitment and Retention shall be a liaison for the general membership regarding in-service training requirements, game assignments, and upgrade requirements. The Director of Retention will maintain a record of participation in NWLSRA in-service training and provide a yearly summary for each member

 

8. Youth Liaison The Youth Liaison shall be responsible for providing training sessions for the youth members of NWLSRA at general meetings. He/she will maintain the NWLSRA facebook page. The Youth Liaison shall be the voice for the youth members to the rest of the Board.

 

SECTION 8:

The Board shall establish by majority vote such rules and Codes of Conduct as it deems appropriate and necessary.

 

SECTION 9:

Any general member of the NWLSRA wishing to address the board may do so in writing or in person after giving written notice to the Board for this request. A written notice must be submitted at least one week prior to request a meeting, along with the reason for the requested meeting.

 

ARTICLE VI
ELECTIONS

SECTION 1:

Elections shall be by a majority present at a meeting or participating in an electronic vote to be held on or before May 31st of each year. Failure to conduct a vote by May 31 will result in the expiring offices being vacated. The new Board will take office on June 1 of each year.

SECTION 2:

Dual office holding of each elected position shall not be permitted.


SECTION 3:

The term of each office shall be two years, with the President, Secretary, Directors of Instruction and Recruitment and Retention elected in even years and the Vice President, Treasurer, Director of Assessment, and Youth Liaison elected in odd years.

 

ARTICLE VII
MEETINGS

SECTION 1:

General membership meetings shall be held bi-monthly during the playing season and as needed during the off-season. Meetings may be called at any time by the President with notice given to all members seven days in advance by the Secretary.


SECTION 2:

The Board shall meet prior to each general membership meeting. Additional meetings shall be held as needed.

 

ARTICLE VIII
DISCIPLINE

SECTION 1:

The Ethics and Grievance Committee shall be responsible for reviewing and acting upon all complaints submitted in writing to the association and shall take any disciplinary measures deemed necessary. A letter of grievance must be submitted and dated within 72 hours of occurrence and must be directed to the President of this Association.


SECTION 2:

The Ethics and Grievance Committee shall consist of the following Board members: President, Secretary, Director of Instruction, Director of Assessment, and league Referee Assignor. If any Ethics and Grievance Committee member is a party to the issue at hand, the President shall appoint another Board member as a replacement. If the President is a party to the issue at hand, the Vice President will serve as or appoint a replacement Board member. A majority vote of the Ethics and Grievance Committee is required for any disciplinary actions imposed.


SECTION 3:

The Secretary shall notify, in writing, all parties directly involved, advising the individual(s) of the nature of the charges filed or complaint submitted. The parties involved will be asked to submit a written statement regarding the associated incident to the Secretary for consideration by the Ethics and Grievance Committee. Once a decision has been made, the Secretary will notify the parties involved with the decision regarding the consequences associated with the filed complaints.

 

SECTION 4:

When complaints are upheld, the action taken is to be from among the following:
1. Letter of reprimand.
2. A fine.
3. Suspension from all/certain aspects of active participation in the association for a fixed period of time.
4. Combination of 1, 2 and 3 above.
5. Dismissal from the association.

6. Other reasonable actions required by the Ethics and Grievance Committee.


SECTION 5:

Members who have received a penalty under ARTICLE VIII may appeal the decision and penalty to the associated governing body.

 

SECTION 6:

Any informal complaint or ethical dilemma brought to the attention of the board shall be addressed at the next scheduled Board meeting. Any disciplinary actions shall be decided upon by a majority vote of the Board members present. In the event of a serious incident, an emergency Board meeting may be called or a vote may be taken electronically by the Board for resolution of such an incident.

 

ARTICLE IX
ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION

SECTION 1:

The Evaluation Committee shall review and evaluate the performance of referees on the field giving constructive criticism and instruction. US SOCCER FEDERATION maintenance and upgrade assessments must be coordinated through the state association.


SECTION 2:

The Evaluation Committee shall consist of President, Director of Instruction, Director of Assessment, Referee Assignor, and Youth Liaison.


SECTION 3:

Whether for promotional purposes or not, each referee should be evaluated once a year. Those wishing an additional evaluation must make their wish known to the Director of Assessment or Referee Assignor.

ARTICLE X
AMENDMENTS

 

These by-laws may be amended in the following manner. An amendment must be introduced at a general membership meeting. It may then be voted on at either the next regularly scheduled meeting, a special meeting called for this purpose or by an electronic vote.