Bylaws

Constitution

ARTICLE 1: NAME
The name of this League shall be Gold Country.

ARTICLE 2: BOUNDARIES & TERRITORIES
The territory of this League shall be Western Nevada County, California.

ARTICLE 3: PURPOSE
The purpose and objectives of this League shall be to develop, promote and administer the game of soccer among youth (boys and girls under nineteen (19) years of age), regardless of race, creed, and/or ability within the territory of the league.

ARTICLE 4: AFFILIATION
This league shall be an affiliated branch of and comply with the authority of the California Youth Soccer Association, Inc. (CYSA), the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

ARTICLE 5: AUTHORITIES
This League shall be governed by its Constitution, Bylaws, Rules and Revisions except when these are superseded by CYSA, USYSA, and/or USSF.

The governing authority of this League, whose powers shall be designated in the Bylaws, shall be vested with the Board of Directors of this League.

The Governing Board, hereinafter to be known as the Board of Directors, shall be composed of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Representatives and/or positions elected by the membership as set forth in the Bylaws; but in no case will the Board of Directors exceed eleven (11) members. The president will appoint the treasurer and the registrar.

The League may recognize sub-units for the purpose of coordinating the administration of the League Program.

ARTICLE 6: MEMBERSHIP
Membership in this League shall be by registered team.

All member teams, their players, coaches, parents, referees, shall abide by the Constitution, Bylaws, Rules, and Regulations of this League as set forth by the Board of Directors, and all applicable rules and regulations of the associations with which this League is affiliated.

Voting membership consists of active head coaches in good standing with the league and board members, with the right to vote for new board members, constitution and bylaw changes at the annual meeting.

ARTICLE 7: ANNUAL MEETING
Toward the middle of each seasonal year, the President of this league, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, shall call a general meeting of the membership, to be held no later than February of the said seasonal year. Written notification to all registered teams shall be sent at least fifteen (15) days prior to said annual general meeting. This by definition will be the start of the business year.

The order of business at the general meeting shall be as follows:
  • Call to order
  • Roll Call
  • Credentials Report
  • Introduction of Guests
  • Acceptance of Minutes of the previous AGM
  • Reports
  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Registrar
  • Committees
  • Unfinished Business
  • Proposals for change of Constitution, Bylaws, and/or General procedures and specific rules
  • New Business
  • Election of Board of Directors
  • Good of Game
  • Adjournment
Each registered head coach and each member of the Board of Directors shall be entitled to one (1) vote. Voting shall be restricted to thos coaches and board members, who have been registered during the current season and are in good standing with the league. In the absence of the registered head coach, an assistant coach or a parent of a registered player of the team can represent the coach. In the event a coach is a registered head coach for more than one team, or a Board Member is also a head coach, only one (1) vote is allowed. Voting by proxy is not allowed.

ARTICLE 8: CHANGES
Amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws and Rules and Regulations of this League shall be made at the annual general meeting of the membership, except in such cases as specified in the Bylaws of this league.
Amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws and Regulations to be voted on at the annual general meeting, shall be forwarded in writing to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual general meeting.
An amendment shall be deemed adopted by an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the voting members present at the annual general meeting.

BYLAWS

ARTICLE 1: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Three Board members will be elected each year for three-year terms. The term of office begins upon election. The President is to be elected by the board members annually.

In the event that a director becomes unable to serve, a new director shall be appointed by a majority of the Board of Directors. A board member may be removed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the board of directors. A board member who misses 3 consecutive meetings without extenuating circumstances approved by the President shall forfeit his/her position.

The officers of the Board of Directors shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
President: The President shall conduct all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall cast a vote only in the case of a tie. The President shall appoint, at the beginning of each season, the standing committees and/or committee chairman.

Vice-President: In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall preside at meetings of the Board of Directors.

Secretary: The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all meetings, handle all correspondence, give notice of meetings, and maintain the files of this League. The Secretary shall be responsible for the preparation of the annual report.

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall give a receipt for all monies which shall be deposited in a recognized bank in the name of this League. All accounts shall be paid by check. The primary account shall bear two (2) signatures: The Treasurer's and/or the Vice-President's or Secretary's or another board member. The operating account requires only the treasurer or other signatory approved by the board. The cap on this account shall be set by the Board of Directors. The receipt book and vouchers shall be produced when required by the Board of Directors, properly balanced according to the bankbook or statement, whichever is up to date. The treasurer shall have all vouchers verified by the President. The treasurer shall be responsible for the preparing of any and all papers pursuant to the Articles of Incorporation and tax exemption status of this league. At no time shall any related parties by the (2) signatures on a check, regardless of to whom the check is payable. The treasurer must be bonded.

The Board of Directors shall be responsible for and have sole authority for the following:

  • Being familiar with, interpreting, enforcing the Constitution, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations of this League and all applicable Rules and Regulations of the Associations with which this League is affiliated.
  • Approving procedures for information of registered teams.
  • Insuring proper registration for all players, coaches, and teams.
  • Insuring proper accounting of fiscal transactions and accurate reporting to the District Commissioner and/or his/her appointed assistant.
  • Sanctioning travel of teams for any administrative rules for all teams registered to the League.
  • Establishing a common set of Administrative rules for all teams registered to the League.
  • Establishing a common set of playing rules for League play.
  • Providing levels of competition within the League for all players within the boundaries of the League.
  • Providing opportunities of play for all youth within the boundaries of the League.
The Board of Directors shall have the right and authority to suspend, bar completely or otherwise discipline any team, player, coach, manager, and team assistant. League official or any other person associated with the operation of this League from any member team organization.

ARTICLE 2: STANDING COMMITTEES
The following standing committees and others needed shall be appointed yearly:
  • Rules and Revisions Committee
  • Protest and Appeals Committee
  • Registration
  • Credentials
ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP
Any applicant for membership in this League shall submit yearly, with the appropriate fee(s):

Properly completed registration form for each team, player, and coach prepared in accordance with the current CYSA registration instructions and procedures.

Submit upon initial registration of each player, proof of place and date of birth, i.e. birth certificate. Metro players must have a certified county birth certificate.

ARTICLE 4: MEETINGS
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors will be held at least once a month except in December on the same designated day. The agenda may be as follows:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Introduction of Guests
  4. Acceptance of Minutes
  5. Correspondence
  6. Treasurer's Report
  7. Committee Report
  8. Unfinished Business
  9. New Business
  10. Good of Game
  11. Adjournment

ARTICLE 5: QUORUM
At all meeting of the Board of Directors, fifty percent (50%) of the Board of Directors membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

ARTICLE 6: THE PLAYING YEAR
The seasonal year for membership/registration shall be from August 1 through July 31. Insurance coverage shall be for the period of time established by CYSA and District 6.

ARTICLE 7: PROTEST AND APPEALS
Only violations of the Constitution, Bylaws, General Procedures, and Specific Rules of this League, misapplication of the "Laws of the game": shall be proper subjects to be considered for action.

Protest and Appeals are to be in writing and delivered to the Chairman of the Protest and Appeals committee within two (2) calendar days of the action being protested or appealed. Special circumstances can be addressed by the Board of Directors. Any decision rendered by this Committee may be appealed to the full Board of Directors and then if need be to the CYSA Protest and Appeals Committee as per CYSA Constitution, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations.

Upon rendering a decision, the League may forward a copy of its evidence, findings and decision to the CYSA office for future reference. All pertinent data must be forwarded within fifteen (15) working or business days of the league decision.

In the matter of Protest and Appeals, no person associated with the operation of this League shall invoke the aid of the courts of any state or of the United States without first exhausting all available remedies within the appropriate soccer organization, including final appeal to the annual general meeting of the USYSA.

ARTICLE 8: DISSOLUTION
Should this League be dissolved, all assets remaining after payment of all debts shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation, or corporation, which is organized and operated exclusively for the purpose of the development of youth soccer, locally distributed at the discretion of the board of directors.

ARTICLE 9: RULES OF ORDER
Robert's Rules of Order shall be deemed as adopted at all meetings of this League, unless otherwise agreed to by the participants; insofar as such rules are not inconsistent with or in conflict with the Constitution, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations of this league or of any organization with which this league is affiliated.