Central League Soccer Constitution
Revision Date: November 8, 2014
ARTICLE 1: IDENTIFICATION
Section 1-1: Name
The name of this association is the Central League Soccer.
Section 1-2: Location
The Central League Soccer is centered in the southeast corner of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Central League Soccer extends its services to any neighboring community, which desires quality amateur soccer competition.
ARTICLE 2: PURPOSES
The purposes of the Central League Soccer are to promote, foster and perpetuate the game of soccer on the amateur level, and to provide competition for teams from member clubs to play the game in accordance with high standards of good sportsmanship and fair play. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code , or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. No part of the net earnings of the association shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the association shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article 2 hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the association shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the association shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the association shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an entity exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an entity, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP
Section 3-1: Clubs
The membership of the Central League Soccer consists of individual clubs: amateur soccer clubs or amateur athletic associations that include soccer teams. Each club may register as many teams as it wants in each of the age divisions established. Each club also registers coaches and players on each team, in accordance with established procedures.
Section 3-2: Official Delegates
The legislative and judicial powers of the Central League Soccer, unless specifically designated otherwise herein, are vested in a group of Official Delegates. Each club that has a team registered in the Central League Soccer for the current seasonal year designates one Official Delegate to represent the club as a whole. In addition, each team registered in the Central League for the current seasonal year designates one Official Delegate to represent the team.
Section 3-3: Official Delegates and Alternates of Record
The one Official Delegate designated by each club and the one Official Delegate designated by each team shall be recognized as the Official Delegates of record. In addition, an Alternate may be formally designated for each Official Delegate. Unless otherwise designated, the first coach registered on the team roster is automatically the Official Delegate of record, and if a second coach is registered on the team roster, that individual is automatically the Alternate of record. At any meeting of the Central League Soccer, there is no recognition of an Official Delegate representing a club as a whole, unless one has been formally designated in advance of that particular meeting. To change an Official Delegate or Alternate of record, either from a club or from a team, a written request must be received by the President and Executive Committee of the Central League Soccer prior to the start of the meeting at which the change will be recognized.
Section 3-4: Voting Rights
In all matters formally presented at a meeting of the Central League Soccer, each Official Delegate of record has the right to cast one vote. In the absence of an Official Delegate, the voting right passes to the Alternate of record. The President does not have the right to cast a vote, except in a case of deadlock when the President has the privilege of being able to cast the deciding vote. No other individual ever has the right to cast a vote.
ARTICLE 4: OFFICERS
Section 4-1: League President
The League President supervises and manages the affairs of the Central League Soccer in accordance with the needs and desires of the membership: calls and presides at all meetings; enforces the Constitution and Bylaws; appoints all committees; submits an annual budget at the Annual Meeting; together with the Recording Secretary, signs all contracts and official documents; appoints auditors of financial records for a report at each Annual Meeting; pursues growth and development of existing members; pursues expansion through new members; ensures an effective arbitration process; and performs such other duties as the Executive Committee or membership may from time to time direct.
Section 4-2: Treasurer
The Treasurer oversees all financial concerns; maintains a chronological itemized ledger of each financial account, a current list of credits and debits due, and a current list of past due accounts; solicits all payments due because of bond losses, fine or loss of property; collects all monies due; gives receipts; deposits all monies in the name of the Central League Soccer with a depository approved by the Executive Committee; signs a check to liquidate each bill authorized for payment by the membership or by the Executive Committee; maintains a listing of the Central League Soccer property together with its location, and oversees its lending through any procedure deemed appropriate for its safe return or replacement; twice a year, in January and August, publishes a performance bond report for all teams of every club; maintains the bulk of the bond in a interest-earning bank account escrow fund, or in any other fund suitable for the purpose; together with the President, signs all contracts approved by the membership or by the Executive Committee; reports financial status at every meeting and whenever requested to do so by the President or the Executive Committee; cooperates with the President to prepare an annual budget for the Annual Meeting.
Section 4-6: Registrar
The Registrar oversees all registration concerns for teams and players, and keeps an up-to-date eligibility file in conjunction with the Vice President of Competition and the Treasurer. The Registrar also coordinates with the EPYSA Registrar and resolves any conflicts over applications from clubs, teams, coaches or players residing outside or on the border of the Central League Soccer territory. Assistant Registrars may be appointed by the President, with the approval of the Executive Committee, to establish additional individuals at selected locations throughout the territory of the Central League Soccer who can help facilitate Registrar duties. However, an Assistant is not recognized as an Officer and is not a member of the Executive Committee.
Section 4-9: Referee Liaison
The Liaison has to gather information from the referees reports as to cautions and ejections. This information is recorded and red cards are returned to coaches when the appropriate suspension has been served. Cautions are monitored as three becomes a suspension. Supplemental reports are read to see if there were any incidents which should be referred to the Board or a club representative. The Liaison also gets calls from coaches regarding protests. These are relayed to the Grievance Committee. Evaluations of officials are to be sent after every game and the Liaison keeps track of this and issues club fines at the end of the season for cards not received. A Liaison attends Board Meetings, general meetings and referee executive board meetings each month. This position is available to talk to clubs about the responsibility of the club regarding treatment of officials, the need for evaluation and other problems which concern the club and officials.
Section 4-10: Executive Committee
The Executive Committee consists of the President, Registrar and members elected by the Club Delegates at the annual meeting. The Executive Committee must approve the schedule of games at the beginning of each playing season. The Executive Committee has the power to fine and/or suspend any member who violates any playing rule during a soccer game or who violates any provision of the Constitution, Bylaws or other regulations of the Central League Soccer. The Executive Committee may act as the Grievance Committee to evaluate any protest or matter of dispute between members, unless a separate Grievance Committee is formally established. Any separate Grievance Committee must report findings, together with recommendations, to the Executive Committee for appropriate action.
Section 4-11: Officer Election and Term of Office
Each Officer is elected by ballot at the Annual Meeting and serves a term of one year or until a successor is elected. A candidate must receive a majority of votes cast in order to be elected.
ARTICLE 5: MEETING
Section 5-1: Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Central League is held in conjunction with the April meeting each year.
Section 5-2: Regular Meeting
A regular meeting of the Central League Soccer will be held on the second Wednesday of each month.
Section 5-3: Special Meeting
A special meeting of the Central League Soccer may be called at any time by the President. A special meeting may also be called by any five Official Delegates, provided they represent at least five different member clubs. Written notice, including the reason and full agenda for the special meeting, must be sent to every Official Delegate five days before the date of a special meeting. A special meeting must not be held on the same day as a regular meeting or Annual Meeting.
ARTICLE 6: AFFILIATION
The Central League Soccer is affiliated with the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA), with the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), and with the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The Central League Soccer shall exercise complete governmental control over all its operations, except in those matters reserved by these other associations.
ARTICLE 7: AMMENDMENTS
Amendments to the constitution may be proposed by any Official Delegate of the Central League. A proposed amendment to the constitution may be voted on at any regular meeting of Central League Soccer or via email vote as conducted by the Central League President. Each proposed amendment will be sent to all Official Delegates preceding the meeting at which the amendment will be voted upon or, in the case of an email vote, via email. To be adopted, a proposed amendment must receive an affirmative vote from two-thirds of the Official Delegates present at the meeting or for an email vote, two-thirds of all Official Delegates.
ARTICLE 8: TERMINATION AND DISSOLUTION
This organization shall terminate its operations and dissolve upon the affirmative vote from two-thirds of the Official Delegates present at the meeting or for an email vote, two-thirds of all Official Delegates. Upon the dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.