Articles I-IV

AUSTIN MEN’S SOCCER ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION – ARTICLES I – IV

ARTICLE I:  NAME:  The name of this organization shall be:  AUSTIN MEN’S SOCCER ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED hereinafter referred to as “ASSOCIATION” and/or “AMSA”.

ARTICLE II:  PURPOSE:  The purpose of the Association shall be to foster and advance the cause of soccer and to promote play, regardless of race, religion, color or creed.

ARTICLE III:  POWERS OF ASSOCIATION:  The Association shall govern all leagues, clubs, officials, and players duly registered or otherwise participating in any and all activities of the Association.  The Association may become an affiliated division of the Texas State Soccer Association South (TSSAS), United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), the United States Soccer Federation and the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), along with the United States Amateur Soccer Association (USASA), and other soccer-related organizations. The Association shall provide the single point of contact with the United States Soccer Federation, the Texas State Soccer Association South and its affiliated members. The headquarters of the Association shall be in AUSTIN, TEXAS.

ARTICLE IV:  BOARD OF CAPTAINS AND OFFICERS

SECTION 1:  BOARD OF CAPTAINS:  The Association shall be governed by the BOARD OF CAPTAINS, hereinafter referred to as “BOARD”.  The BOARD shall be composed of one representative from each team duly registered.  Any team not duly registered but having good faith intent to become registered may attend the meeting.  This team will not be able to vote at the meeting.  At the August meeting, any team registered during the preceding half-year shall be considered duly registered.

SECTION 2:  OFFICERS:  The BOARD shall elect a President and Vice President, and, when nominated, President-Elect, by majority vote of its members at the January meeting of the BOARD.  In addition, one commissioner from each division shall be elected by majority vote of BOARD members from the respective divisions at the August meeting.  The President-Elect shall succeed to the office of President for a full two-year term upon the expiration of the President’s term.  The President-Elect, or if there be no President-Elect, the Vice President, shall permanently succeed to the powers of the President for the remainder of the term upon his death, resignation, or removal from office.  An elected official may serve more than one term.  No elected Officer or Commissioner may serve more than (4) four consecutive years in the same position. (The foregoing term limit shall become effective April 2006, and shall apply to any Officer or Commissioner then serving and thereafter). Term limits shall not apply to the Treasurer, Senior Commissioner, Field Commissioner or any other appointed officer, provided that an appointed officer may be removed at any time by the President acting alone, or by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.

Terms of office shall be two (2) years for each officer except the President-Elect, and one year for the President-Elect and each commissioner.  The term for officers shall begin and end on May 31, and the term for division commissioners shall begin and end on September 1. The President shall be elected one year, and the Vice President shall be elected the alternate year.  In addition, the outgoing President and Vice President shall remain in an advisory capacity for a period of one year following the election of new officers.

SECTION 3:  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:  There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Senior Commissioner, Field Commissioner, and each Division Commissioner.  The President shall appoint the Senior Commissioner, Field Commissioner and any other officer who may be reasonably needed for the orderly administration of the Association. The President shall also appoint the Treasurer, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee. The Chairman of the Executive Committee shall be the President or his appointee.  The Executive Committee shall meet monthly.  Only the President, President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, Senior Commissioner, Field Commissioner and each Division Commissioner shall be entitled to vote on matters coming before the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee shall perform such functions and decide such matters as the BOARD may direct and shall act as authorized under ARTICLE IV, SECTION 6. Notwithstanding any other provision in the Constitution, By-Laws or Rules of AMSA, no club or team may have more than three (3) members on the Executive Committee, whether they be elected or appointed Officers or Commissioners.

SECTION 4:  NOMINATING COMMITTEE:  The Executive Committee shall act as the nominating committee for the Association.  It shall nominate candidates for the offices of President and Vice President.  The Executive Committee may nominate a candidate for President-Elect when the President has only one year of his term remaining.  The Executive Committee shall submit to the BOARD the names of as many persons as they deem qualified and willing to serve.  Nominations may also be made from the floor.

SECTION 5:  RULES AND POLICY:  The BOARD shall have the exclusive power to promulgate rules and policy.  The BOARD shall have power to set up rules governing the divisions, competitions, tournaments, and special competitions within its own structure.  The President shall have the power and responsibility to administer the affairs of the Association in accordance with such rules and policy.  The President shall have the power to appoint such other officers as he deems necessary, including a Senior Commissioner to administer the affairs of the ASSOCIATION, subject to disapproval by majority vote of the BOARD members represented at a duly Constitutional Meeting.

SECTION 6:  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE POWERS:  Between meetings of the Board, a majority of the entire membership of the Executive Committee may take such actions, or adopt such rules or policy, as may be in the best interest of the Association, so long as such action, rule or policy does not contravene any provision of the Constitution of the Association.  In any such event, the President shall deliver a written report of any action, rule or policy to the entire membership of the Board within fourteen (14) days thereof.  Any such rule or policy shall be effective upon adoption as provided above, but it shall become void unless approved by the Board at its next meeting.  The President shall call a special BOARD meeting to review any such action, rule or policy if demand is made in writing by at least one-third (1/3) of the BOARD members, which meeting shall be held within twenty-one (21) days of receipt of such demand.

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