Constitution and Bylaws of USAWCT, Inc.

PREAMBLE

 

 

The Objectives of the USAWCT, Inc (USAWCT) are

 

1.    To promote wrestling at all levels throughout the State of Connecticut and promote participation in National and International competition.

 

2.    Ensure the continuation of, and improvement upon opportunities for safe competition with maximum exposure to various styles of wrestling.

 

It is the intent of the USAWCT, Inc (USAWCT) to meet these objectives by creating opportunities in wrestling for competitors of all ages and, along with their coaches, parents, and fans, encourage their continued participation in the sport of wrestling as they advance through their lives.

 

The control and direction of the USAWCT, Inc (USAWCT) shall be placed in the hands of those individuals who are now working with Connecticutís wrestlers.

 

The Goals of the USAWCT, Inc (USAWCT) shall include,

 

I.     The development of responsible wrestling administrators from the ranks of the Connecticut wrestling program at the local club state and national levels who will provide leadership and direction to their membership.

 

2.    To develop an attitude of sincere concern among all coaches towards the improvement of all levels and aspects of wrestling from elementary through Olympic levels of competition.

 

3.    To provide channels of communication within Connecticut and with the various other States, furthering the exchange of ideas and experience to the benefit of all wrestlers.

 

4.    To develop an attitude of unity within the State of Connecticut towards program development and achievement.

 

5.    To increase the positive attitudes of educators, wrestlers and the general public toward the art and science of wrestling.

 

6.    To assist with those activities which can best be developed on a statewide basis.

 

7.    To provide a system for democratic representation of all competitors, coaches and concerned people in local, state and national organizations and activities dedicated to the sport of wrestling.

 

8.    To establish patterns of organization and objectives within the State of Connecticut, providing continuity of effort as wrestlers and coaches step forward from the elementary level to the most advance and successful

       endeavors for which they may strive.

 

ARTICLE 1 NAME

1.1 The name of the corporation shall be USAWCT, Inc., to be

abbreviated hereafter as USAW-CT, or USA Wrestling CT. In addition to the formal

name specified above, the corporation may conduct its affairs under such "trade"

names as may be approved by the Board of Directors. AFFILIATION  The organization is organized exclusively for one or more of the purposes as specified in Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1 954,and    shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from Federal income tax under IRC 501 (c) (3) or corresponding provisions of any subsequent Federal tax laws.

ARTICLE 2 REGISTERED AGENT

2.1 The corporation shall appoint and continuously maintain, at an address

within the State of Connecticut, a registered agent upon whom service of process

may be made against the corporation.

ARTICLE 3 PURPOSES

3.1  The purpose of the corporation is to have a representative organization open

  to any individual or club, in order to assist, supervise, standardize, and

  regulate amateur wrestling, outside of the scholastic setting, in the State of

  Connecticut. 3.2To promote and advance the sport of amateur wrestling in the State of

  Connecticut by setting up a formal structure to deal with matters of

  membership, coaching, competition, and officiating.

3.3 To improve the standard and appreciation of wrestling in the State of

Connecticut for men, women, boys and girls by providing training in wrestling

skills, organizing competitions and tournaments, offering instruction in

coaching and officiating, providing equipment, conducting clinics, instructing

children and parents in selection of proper equipment, and associating with

wrestling associations and clubs in and outside the State of Connecticut.

3.4 To maintain and execute any and all rules, regulations, and guidelines

established by the National Governing Body for Wrestling (USA Wrestling, Inc.)

and the State of Connecticut so as to remain and to continue to be recognized as

a nonprofit organization and a member of the recognized national Governing Body

for Wrestling.

ARTICLE 4 MEMBERSHIP

4.1  The corporation shall have three classes of membership: clubs, individual, and

  support.

4.2  Clubs: Club membership in the corporation shall be open to any organized

    wrestling club in the State of Connecticut.

    Registration : All clubs must register with and pay the appropriate fee to

    USAW-CT and the national Governing Body for Wrestling in order to be

    recognized as a chartered club of the organization

    Voting Rights: Each chartered club of the organization shall have one vote

    at all open meetings of chartered clubs of the corporation.

    Board Representation: The chartered clubs as a group shall nominate and

    shall elect one representative to the Board of Directors of the Corporation

    for each ten chartered clubs or part thereof, based on the number of Clubs

    at the end of the preceding fiscal year.

4.3 Individual: Individual membership in the corporation shall be open to any

individual engaged in competitive amateur wrestling.

4.3.1    Registration: Each individual residing in the State of Connecticut must

    register, using such application as may be determined by the Board of

    Directors, and pay the appropriate fees to USAW-CT, to be eligible to

    participate in USAW-CT activities and competitions. USAW-CT shall recognize

    individual memberships in the National Governing Body for Wrestling of

    out-of-state residents to participate in activities and competitions.

4.3.2    Voting Rights: Individual members shall have no voting rights unless they

    are elected to the Board of Directors.

4.4  Support: Support membership shall be open to any individual or organization

  engaged in the development or support of USAW-CT activities.

4.4.1    Registration: Support members may register as coaches, officials or as

    general members, and shall pay the appropriate fee unless such fee is waived

    by the Board of Directors. 4.4.2    Voting Rights: Support members shall have no voting rights unless they are

    elected to the Board of Directors.

4.5  Fees: Membership fees for each class of membership shall be that amount set by

  the Board of Directors of the corporation.

4.5.1    Payments: Membership fees shall be payable , as designated by USAW-CT, at

    the time the club or member joins USAW-CT. Membership runs from the date of

    payment until the end of the fiscal year for the corporation, which is

    August 31.

4.5.2    Non-Payment: no club, individual, or organization shall be allowed to

    participate unless membership fees are paid in full prior to the activity.

4.6  Non-discrimination: Membership in USAW-CT and participation in USAW-CT

  activities shall take place without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or

  national origin.

ARTICLE 5 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

5.1 Composition: The Board of Directors shall be composed of the following:

5.1.1 The four officers of the corporation: the Chair, the Vice-Chair, the

Secretary and the Treasurer.

5.1.2 The Division Directors of the Divisions specified at section 7.2.

5.1.3 One or more Club Representatives elected by the USAW-CT sanctioned clubs

at the annual meeting. Each sanctioned club shall have one vote. The number of

club representatives to be elected is equal to one representative for each 10

USAW-CT sanctioned Clubs or part thereof, based on the number of Clubs

sanctioned as of the end of the prior fiscal year . Term of office is set at two

(2) years, starting with their election in 1996.

 5.1.4   One or more Athlete Representatives nominated by the USAW-CT sanctioned

    clubs and incumbent Board members, and elected by the Board of Directors at

    the first meeting following the August annual meeting. Athlete

    representatives shall be at least 18 years old. Athlete representatives

    shall serve a one (1) year term beginning on September 1 and ending August

    31 of the year following their election. Athlete representatives shall

    number 20% of the Board of Directors.

5.2 Tenure: The term of each Board member shall coincide with their term as an

Officer or Division Director of the Corporation, whichever is longer.

5.3 Meetings: The Board of Directors shall meet upon the call of the USAW-CT

Chair, or upon the written request to the Chair and Secretary of not less than

four members of the Board. Such meetings shall be held at such location and at

such time as shall be specified in the notice of the meeting.

5.3.1 Annual Club Meeting: The Board of Directors will host an open meeting in

August of each year with representatives of all USAW-CT sanctioned clubs and

USAW-CT members interested in the business of USAW-CT. Nominations for Division

Director and Club Representative positions that are about to expire, and Athlete

Representative positions will be solicited from the clubs both prior to this

annual clubs meeting and at this meeting, and elections to fill the expiring

Division Director positions and expiring Club Representative positions will be

conducted at this annual meeting. Each sanctioned USAW-CT club and each

incumbent Board member shall have a single vote at this meeting.

5.3.2 Annual Meeting of the Board: The Board of Directors shall meet in the

month of September each year for the purpose of electing Board officers and

athlete representatives, reviewing the budget and divisional programs for the

ensuing year, and any other such business as may come before the meeting.

5.3.3 Notice: Notices of meeting of the Board of Directors shall be in writing

and mailed or otherwise transmitted to each member of the Board of Directors by

the Secretary at least one week prior to the meeting.

5.3.3.1    Request by Clubs: A Board of Directors meeting shall be held within eight

    days after the Chair receives a written request to hold such a meeting

    signed by 25% of the currently sanctioned USAW-CT clubs.

5.4  Quorum and Voting: A quorum of the Board of Directors shall consist of a

  majority of its members. Unless otherwise provided herein, all action to be

  taken by the Board shall be by a simple majority of those present and voting.

  No voting by proxy shall be permitted. Each Board member shall be entitled to

  one vote.

5.5 Vacancies: If a Board member resigns or is otherwise unable to serve, his or

her successor shall be promptly elected by the USAW-CT Board of Directors for

the remainder of the original Board memberís term of office. Non-binding input

about potential nominees shall be solicited from USAW-CT clubs prior to the

election.

5.6 Action by writing or by Telecommunications: The Board of Directors may, in

lieu of taking action at a meeting, act by written or modern telecommunications

(fax, email, etc.) means. A quorum is required to take any action. Promptly

after such a meeting, the secretary shall notify each Board member of any

decisions made or actions taken.

ARTICLE 6 OFFICERS

6.1 The officers of the corporation shall be a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Secretary,

and a Treasurer.

6.2 Election of Officers: The officers of the corporation shall be elected by

majority vote of the Board of Directors of the corporation. The officers must be

members of the Board of Directors.

6.2.1 Chair and Secretary: The office of Chair and that of Secretary must be

occupied by two different persons in accordance with Connecticut Law. The

elections for the office of Chair and Secretary shall be every two years on each

even year.

6.2.2Vice Chair and Treasurer: The office of Vice-Chair and that of Treasurer must be

occupied by two different persons. The elections for Vice-Chair and Treasurer

shall be every two years on each odd year.

6.3 Qualifications: each individual nominated for an office during the election

process must meet the qualification requirements for that particular office.

Qualifications requirements are as follows:

6.3.1 Chair: Nominees for Chair must have been involved with USAW-CT activities

for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years prior to nomination, must have held

a previous office on the Board of Directors, or must have been a member of the

Board of Directors for not less than two (2) years.

6.3.2 Vice-Chair: Nominees for Vice-Chair must have been involved with USAW-CT

activities for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years prior to nomination,

must have held a previous office on the Board of Directors, or must have been a

member of the Board of Directors for not less than two (2) years.

6.3.3 Secretary: Nominees for Secretary must have been involved with USAW-CT

activities for a minimum of two (2) consecutive years prior to nomination, must

have held a previous office on the Board of Directors, or must have been a

member of the Board of Directors for not less than one (1) year.

6.3.4 Treasurer: Nominees for Chair must have been involved with USAW-CT

activities for a minimum of two (2) consecutive years prior to nomination, must

have held a previous office on the Board of Directors, or must have been a

member of the Board of Directors for not less than one (1) year.

6.4 Tenure: The officers of the corporation shall serve the following terms of

office:

6.4.1 Chair: The Chair shall be elected in even years. The Chair shall serve a

two year term beginning on September 1 of the year of election, and ending

August 31 of the second succeeding year.

6.4.2 Vice-Chair: The Vice-Chair shall be elected in odd years. The Vice-Chair

shall serve a two year term beginning on September 1 of the year of election,

and ending August 31 of the second succeeding year.

6.4.3 Secretary: The Secretary shall be elected in even years. The Secretary

shall serve a two year term beginning on September 1 of the year of election,

and ending August 31 of the second succeeding year.

6.4.4 Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be elected in odd years. The Treasurer

shall serve a two year term beginning on September 1 of the year of election,

and ending August 31 of the second succeeding year.

6.5 Duties:

6.5.1 Chair: The Chair shall preside at all open and special meetings, and shall

be the principal executive officer of the corporation. He or she shall oversee

the execution of the Bylaws of the corporation and shall be responsible for

carrying out the decisions of the USAW-CT Board of Directors. The Chair shall

act as liaison between the Board of Directors of USAW-CT and the National

Governing Body for Wrestling and with all other wrestling organizations. The

Chair shall perform such other duties that may be assigned by the USAW-CT Board

of Directors.

6.5.2 Vice-Chair: The Vice-Chair shall assist the Chair and shall serve the

duties of the Chair in his or her absence. The Vice-Chair shall perform such

other duties that may be assigned by the USAW-CT Board of Directors.

6.5.3 Secretary: The Secretary shall record the minutes of all USAW-CT meetings

and shall routinely submit a copy of the minutes to every Officer, Director, and

Club of USAW-CT, as well as to the National Governing Body for Wrestling. The

Secretary shall assist the Chair with correspondence of the corporation and

perform such other duties that may be assigned by the USAW-CT Board of

Directors.

6.5.4 Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be the principal financial officer of the

corporation. The Treasurer shall provide a financial summary at each meeting of

the Board of Directors. Furthermore, he or she will prepare and submit a written

financial statement annually to each officer and director of the corporation and

at such other times as directed by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer is

responsible for preparation of an annual budget for the Boardís approval. The

Treasurer shall also perform such other duties that may be assigned by the

USAW-CT Board of Directors.

ARTICLE 7 DIVISIONS

7.1 Purpose: USAW-CT shall establish divisions within itself to provide a better

means of representing the needs of its membership.

7.2 Divisions: The divisions recognized by the corporation are Kids, Cadets,

Juniors, Open, Womenís,  National Coaches Director.

 

, Officials, International, Membership , National Team and Public RelationsDirector

7.3 Division Directors: Each division shall have a Division Director who shall

be the authority on division rules and regulations. Division Directors shall be

elected at the annual membership meeting once their respective term is

completed. Nominations will be solicited from incumbent Board members and from

each USAW-CT sanctioned club prior to the meeting, although nominations will

also be taken from the floor. Each USAW-CT sanctioned club and each incumbent

board member will have a single vote during the elections. Proxy votes may not

be used.

7.3.1 Duties: Division Directors shall supervise all activities which involve

their particular division. Division Directors shall also make recommendations to

the USAW-CT Board of Directors on matters which pertain to the development of the divisionís programs to meet the needs of its participants. National Team Director

Provide direction and leadership for the Junior and Cadet National Team Programs, including the scheduling of Regional training centers throughout the state in the spring and summer and statewide training camps for the National Teams, in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman. Work closely with the Junior and Cadet division directors in promoting the National Team program.

National Coaches Director.

 

Provide direction and leadership to this association in the National Coaches Responsible for the certification of current and future coaches in accordance with the Nationally approved program. Provide this association with continuing education and technical assistance for the betterment of the association.

 

 

7.3.2 Information: Division Directors shall proactively provide USAW-CT

officers, Board of Directors, and clubs with materials and information, which

pertain to the rules and regulations of that division, that he or she obtains

from the National Governing Body for Wrestling.

7.3.3 Program: In September, each Division Director shall present to the Board

of Directors a proposed program, including a proposed budget, for consideration

by the Board of Directors.

7.3.4 Meeting Attendance: Each Division Director shall be the first person

selected to represent USAW-CT at all regional and national meetings of the

respective Division of the National Governing Body for Wrestling. In the event

that the appropriate Division director cannot attend his or her meeting, the

Board of Directors or its designate shall pick an alternate representative.

7.3.5 Member of Board of Directors: Each Division Director shall become a member

of the Board of Directors of the corporation during his or her term as Division

Director.

7.3.6 Qualifications for Athlete Division Directors: Nominees for Kid, Cadet,

Junior, Womenís, and Open Division Directors shall have been involved with

USAW-CT activities of the respective division for a minimum of two years prior

to nomination, and must be able to attend USAW-CT meetings.

7.3.7 Qualifications for Coaches Division Director: Nominee for National Coaches Director

shall have been involved with coaching of USAW-CT athletes for at least two

years, and must be at least copper certified. Higher level certification is

desirable. Nominee must be able to attend USAW-CT meetings.

7.3.8 Qualifications for Officials Division Director: The nominee must have been

involved with USAW-CT activities for a minimum of two years prior to nomination,

and must be able to attend USAW-CT meetings. Further, the nominee should be a

current USA category II or higher ranking official or have worked as a mat

official (folkstyle, freestyle, and/or greco roman) for at least two years. He

or she should be able to attend one or more national events each year and the

national convention of the USA Wrestling officials Association at least once

every three years.

7.3.9 Qualifications for International Division Director: Nominees must have been

    involved with USAW-CT activities for a minimum of two years prior to

    nomination, and must be able to attend USAW-CT meetings. Further, he or she

    must be able to contact and communicate with other international wrestling

    governing bodies and have experience with foreign travel.

7.3.10 Qualifications for Membership and Public Relations Director : Nominees must have been

involved with USAW-CT activities for a minimum of two years prior to nomination,

and must be able to attend USAW-CT meetings.

 

7.3.11 Qualifications for National Team Division Director: Nominees must have been

    involved with USAW-CT activities for a minimum of two years prior to nomination, and must be able to attend USAW-CT meetings. . He or she should be able to attend one or more national events each year and the national convention of the USA Wrestling officials Association at least once every three years.

 

  Tenure: Division Directors shall serve a two year term starting September 1,

  and ending August 31 of the second succeeding year, according to the schedule

  at 7.5.1 and 7.5.2..

7.5 Election of Division Directors: The Division Directors shall be elected by

majority vote of the incumbent Board of Directors of the corporation and the

USAW-CT sanctioned Clubs at the August Meeting, following the process described

at 5.3.1.

7.5.1 Elections for Kids, Juniors, National Coaches, International and Public Relations

Directors shall be every even year.

7.5.2 Elections for Cadet, Open, Officials, Membership, National Team and Womenís Directors shall be every  odd year.

ARTICLE 8 POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

8.1  The Board of Directors shall be responsible for managing the affairs of the

  corporation and carrying out the objectives of USAW-CT.

8.2 The Board of Directors shall be responsible for enforcing the rules and

regulations of the National Governing Body for Wrestling, and those of USAW-CT.

8.3 The Board of Directors shall be empowered to purchase or otherwise acquire

necessary equipment and dispose of or sell property not needed by the

corporation.

8.4 The commitment of significant funds, borrowing of funds or the purchase of

equipment on an installment basis requires a resolution of the Board of

Directors.

8.5 The execution of a lease of property or other rental agreement requires a

resolution of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE 9 REMOVAL FROM OFFICE

9.1  Petition: A petition signed by one half of the currently sanctioned clubs, or

  by one half of all members of the Board of Directors must be sent to the Chair

  and the Secretary before such a vote mentioned in 9.2 may be conducted.

9.2  Vote on Removal: Any Officer, Board Member, or Division Director may be

  removed from office for any reason at anytime by the affirmative vote of two

  thirds of all members of the Board of Directors.

9.3  Automatic Removal: Any Officer, Board Member, or Division Director who misses

  three consecutive regular Board Meetings may be asked by the Board to resign

  his or her position.

9.4  Voting on the issue of removal from office shall be done at a meeting of the

  Board of Directors or by a mail vote of the Board of Directors.

9.4.1 If voting by mail, a deadline of 14 days past the initial date of mailing

of the ballots shall be the deadline for returning the ballots to the secretary.

If the vote pertains to the Secretary, then the ballots shall be sent to the

USAW-CT Chair. The results of the ballot shall be mailed to all members of the

Board of Directors.

9.5 Replacement of an officer, Director or Board member who has been removed

shall take place at a Board of Directors Meeting, and by the vote of the Board

of Directors, as per the process described at 5.5. The successor shall be

elected for the balance of the original memberís term of office. USAW-CT

sanctioned clubs shall be contacted for non-binding input about potential

replacements before the election.

ARTICLE 10 COMMITTEES

10.1  General: The corporation may establish committees which will operate subject

  to policies established by the Board of Directors. Committees shall report to

  the Board of Directors.

10.2 Appointment: The Board of Directors or the designee of the Board of

Directors may appoint any USAW-CT member to a committee. The chair of the

committee shall be appointed by the USAW-CT Chair.

10.3 Tenure: Terms of committee members shall be one year or less.

10.4 Conflicts and Other Duties: in the event of a claimed conflict in

jurisdiction between two or more committees of the corporation, the Board of

Directors shall be responsible for determining the responsibilities of the

particular committees in question.

ARTICLE 11 CHARTERED CLUBS

11.1  Any organization or group wishing to be recognized as a chartered club of

  USAW-CT and a member of the corporation shall be required to pay the

  appropriate fees and submit to the corporation any documents that the Board of

  Directors may request. The organization or group shall demonstrate 1)

  agreement to abide by the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation and

  Bylaws of the corporation, and 2) such other provisions as may be prescribed

  by the Board of Directors of USAW-CT.

11.2  Disputes: Any disputes with or among clubs shall be resolved by the Board of

  Directors if they are requested to do so by one or more of the parties

  involved.

ARTICLE 12 EVENTS

12.1  Sanctions: The Board of Directors or its designee shall have the authority to

  authorize the sanction for any tournament, clinic, or other event open to

  individual competitive member(s). The Board of Directors may develop

  guidelines to determine which events require sanction. The Board of Directors

  shall have the authority to set guidelines required for the granting of a

  sanction.

12.2  Fees: The Board of Directors shall have the authority to set reasonable fees

  for event sanctions charged to event sponsors.

 12.3 Host responsibilities: The host or sponsor of a sanctioned event must follow

  the event guidelines established by the Board of Directors. An event sponsor

  who does not follow the guidelines may be denied a sanction for a future

  event.

ARTICLE 13 REVENUES                                                                             

13.1  The Treasurer of the corporation shall deposit all moneys and other valuables

  in the name of the corporation and to the credit of the corporation in such

  depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors.

13.2  Collections: All membership fees shall be collected by the membership Director

  and forwarded to the Treasurer. All other revenues, including gifts and

  donations, shall be forwarded to the Treasurer.

ARTICLE 14 DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS

14.1 Authority to Disburse: The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the

  corporation as may be ordered by the Board of Directors of USAW-CT.

14.2  Checks: All checks, drafts, and other orders for the payment of money, notes

  or other evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of the corporation shall

  be signed by the officer or officers, agent or agents of the corporation in

  such a manner as shall be determined from time to time by the Board of

  Directors.

14.3  Commitments of funds consistent with a line item in the approved annual budget

  may be made by a Division Director or member of the Board of Directors. The

  person making the commitment shall expeditiously report the commitment to the

  Treasurer and shall report the expenditure to the Board at the next Board

  Meeting.

14.4  Reimbursement: Officers, Board of Directors members and Division Directors

  acting for the corporation shall be reimbursed for pre-authorized expenses

  incurred for their participation in activities which benefit the corporation,

  or for authorized expenses they incur for the corporation, or for authorized

  expenditures they incur for the proper and efficient operation of the

  corporation. The Board of Directors has the sole authority to determine which

  expenses are reimbursable and to specify procedures for reimbursement.

ARTICLE 15 INTERNAL GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

15.1  Grievance Committee: A grievance committee shall consist of a minimum of the

  Chair and four other members of the Board of Directors appointed by the Chair.

15.2  Grievance: Any member of the Corporation may file a written grievance to the

  Secretary or Chair, to any matter within the cognizance of the corporation and

  alleging a violation of any provision of these Bylaws. Such grievance must be

  signed by at least one member of the corporation to have standing.

 15.3 Referral of Grievance: Upon receipt of the grievance, the Chair shall contact

  the remaining grievance committee members within 5 calendar days.

 15.4 Resolution: The Chair shall read the grievance to each committee member and

  that member shall render a decision to the Chair. A majority vote of the

  committee shall constitute the decision of the committee. The decision shall

  be relayed to the person filing the grievance within twenty-four hours after

  the decision is made.

 15.5 Appeal: The party or parties filing the grievance may appeal the decision of

  the grievance to the Board of Directors at their next regularly scheduled

  meeting. The resolution provided by the Board of Director by majority vote

  shall be considered final.

ARTICLE 16 CONDUCT OF MEMBERSHIP

16.1  General: All members, parents or guardians of members, officers, officials,

  and board members are responsible for their conduct at any and all functions

  which are associated with USAW-CT and the National Governing Body for

  wrestling.

 16.2 Complaint Process: Complaints against a member or members of the corporation

  who are alleged to have acted in an unruly fashion shall be forwarded to the

  Chair, or to the Secretary who will in turn notify the Chair. The complaint

  shall be in writing, and signed by a member of the corporation. The Chair

  shall inform the accused member or members that a complaint has been filed

  with USAW-CT with regard to some alleged misconduct of the member.

  16.2.1  Hearing: The party filing the complaint and the party or parties against

    whom the complaint has been filed shall be informed of a time, date, and

    place that the complaint will be read, discussed and acted upon.

16.2.2Hearing Board: The Hearing Board shall consist of the Chair and a minimum

of six members of the Board of Directors appointed by the Chair. A quorum of the

Hearing Board shall consist of a majority of its members. Unless otherwise

provided herein, all action to be taken by the Hearing Board shall be by a

simple majority of those present and voting. No voting by proxy shall be

permitted. Each Board member shall be entitled to one vote.

16.3  Notification of decision: The decision and any sanctions against the accused

  shall be written and mailed to all parties involved and to each member of the

  Hearing Board by the Secretary.

16.3.1  Appeal: The accused party may appeal the decision of the Hearing Board before

  the full Board of Directors at their next regularly scheduled meeting. The

  resolution provided by the Board of Directors shall be considered final.

ARTICLE 17 RULES OF ORDER

17.1  The rules contained in the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order newly

  revised shall govern the corporation in all cases to which they are applicable

  and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws and any general rules

  of order the corporation may adopt. In no case shall the rules of the

  corporation conflict with the Articles of Incorporation.

ARTICLE 18 FISCAL YEAR  & PROVISIONS OF LIQUIDATION

  18.1 The fiscal year of the USAWCT shall begin the first day of September of each year and end the last day of August of the following year. At the beginning of each fiscal year the financial status or balance of the total assets of the USAWCT program shall not reflect in its savings, checking, certificates, or any other account(s) of the USAWCT to exceed $250,000. Any funds exceeding $250000 shall be dispersed to only a Connecticut nonprofit organization(s) deemed by the USAWCT as to need, and may or may not set forth a written proposal of that need, or may be nominated at the Annual Meeting of the USAWCT as recipient or recipients to such excess funds, as determined by majority vote of the USAWCT the amount (s) organization (s).

 

18.2 Provisions of Liquidation

 

In the event of Termination of the USAWCT, Inc by resolution of the USAWCT Board of Directors, all assets and funds of this association to include, itís savings, checking, certificates of deposit, and or any other account(s) or instrument(s) of the USAWCT will be dispersed in accordance with section 6a and 6b of this article after all indebtedness incurred by the USAWCT, to include liabilities, contracts, accounts payable(s) and account receivable(s)  have been fully discharged.

 

a. All tangible property(s) will either be donated to a Connecticut non-profit youth organization(s) deemed by a majority vote of the USAWCT Board of Directors or sold and monies generated from the sale(s) of these be placed in the treasury of the USAWCT for disbursement as set forth in section 6b of this article.

 

b All funds at the time of termination will be dispersed to only a Connecticut non-profit youth organization(s) deemed by a majority vote of the USAWCT Board of Directors and/or to the National Organization that governs this association at the time of itís liquidation and/or perpetual funds, existing or ones established, by a majority vote of the RWP Board of Directors provided they directly benefit the youth of the State of Connecticut.

18.3FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

 

Such organization receiving funds from dissolution shall  be organized under IRC 501 ( c)(3). No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of any member, trustee, director, officer of the organization. or any private individual (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the organization), and no member trustee, officer of the organization or private individual shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the organizationís assets on dissolution of the organization.

 

             In any taxable year in which the corporation is a private foundation as described in

             IRC 509 (a), the organization shall distribute its income for said period at such time and        manner as not to subject it to tax under IRC    4942, and the organization shall not (a) engage in any act of self ódealing as defined in IRC 4941 (d), retain any excess business holdings as defined in IRC 4943 (c). (b) make any investments in such a manner as to subject the organization to under IRC 4944. or (c ) make any taxable expenditures as defined in LRC 4945 (d) or corresponding provisions of  any subsequent Federal tax laws.

ARTICLE 19 AMENDMENTS TO THE ARTICLES OR BYLAWS

19.1  Notice and Voting: The Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws may be amended at a

  regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors. An affirmative vote of

  two thirds of all members of the Board of Directors shall be required to amend

  any portion of the Articles of Incorporation or the Bylaws. The secretary

  shall mail a copy of the amendment to all chartered clubs, Board officers,

  Board members, and Division Directors.

ARTICLE 20 -  QUALIFICATIONS FOR SPECIAL TEAMS

A qualifying event is required to constitute a USAWCT sponsored or sanctioned Special Team. Qualifications for Special Team  include, but are not limited to: International Exchange Team, International Festival Team, and Domestic Cultural Exchange Team. If there is more than one (1) wrestler applying for the same weight class then wrestlers shall be ranked and a ladder tournament will be held to determine the number one wrestler. Ranking order will be determined by the appropriate Director or Board of Directors. If a weight class has no applicant entered, then the Board of Directors reserves the right to select a candidate for the open position.

ARTICLE 21 -  QUALIFICATION FOR NATIONAL TEAMS

A qualifying event is required to constitute a USAWCT sponsored National Team. Qualification for National Teams include but are not limited to; Cadet. Junior and Espoir National Teams. Any USAWCT wrestler who wishes to compete for a National team is required to attend one of the  USAWCT Freestyle/Greco- Roman sponsored events held during the Spring tournament season. If there is more than one wrestler applying for the weight class on a National Team, then wrestlers shall be ranked and a qualifying ladder tournament will be held to determine the number one wrestler. Ranking order will be determined by the National Team Director or the Board of Directors. If a weight class has no applicant entered,  the National Team Director reserves the right to select  a candidate subject to Board of Directorís approval, for the open position. National Junior and Cadet team members are required to attend the Junior Regional Tournament or the Kid/Cadet regional Tournament.

 

A. National or Traveling Team Contract

 

Every wrestler who earns a spot on a USAWCT sponsored National or Traveling Team must sign a contract, along with his parent(s) or guardian(s) attesting to the fact that they understand the monetary and time commitment required of a National or Traveling Team member. As part of the contract a deposit with an amount to be determined by the National Team Director, must be paid at the time of the signing of the contract. The deposit is  non- refundable. The contract must also contain a clause that binds  a wrestler and his parent(s) or guardian(s) to any additional monetary responsibility contracted on behalf of their son that are non- refundable whether their son attends the event or not.

ARTICLE 22 - SELECTION OF COACHES AND OFFICIALS FOR TRAVELING TEAMS

The National Coaches Director will nominate the coaches and the Officials Director will nominate the officials for any USAWCT sanctioned National or Traveling Team to include Special Teams, International Exchange Teams, International Festival Teams or Domestic Cultural Exchange Teams will be made by a majority of the members of the Board of Directors. Only current members of USAWCT are eligible to participate as coaches or officials on a National or Traveling Team. An announcement with application regarding the selection of coaches or officials for a USAWCT sanctioned traveling team shall be posted and distributed to the general membership, no later than 30 days prior to the selection date. All applications must be received by the State Chairman prior to the selection date deadline and will forward to the approprate National Coaches Director or Officials Director, to be considered for nomination. If a coaching or officials position for a National or Traveling Team has no qualified applicant entered, the Board of Directors reserves the right to select a qualified candidate from the USAWCT general membership

 

USAWCT, INC

BY - LAWS AND CONSTITUTION

 

FIRST ADOPTED -             

 

FIRST AMENDMENT Preamble, National Team Director, National Coaches Director, ARTICLE 18 FISCAL YEAR , 20 -  QUALIFICATIONS FOR SPECIAL TEAMS, ARTICLE 21 -  QUALIFICATION FOR NATIONAL TEAMS, ARTICLE 22 - SELECTION OF COACHES AND OFFICIALS FOR TRAVELING TEAMS, AFFILIATION