BUTLER BOYS SCHOLASTIC LACROSSE ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
ARTICLE I - NAME
Section I The name of the organization shall be the BUTLER BOYS SCHOLASTIC LACROSSE ASSOCIATION, hereafter referred to as the BBSLA.
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE OF THE ORGANIZATION
Section I The BBSLA is a non-profit organization established to provide the youth of the Butler area with a means to participate in the game of Lacrosse within the rules and regulations of the Western Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association or WPYLA.
Section II The BBSLA exists primarily to administer and interscholastic, developmental lacrosse program which shall protect the safety, health and well-being of all participants, provide education, training and instruction in lacrosse fundamentals, instill the principles and ideals of good sportsmanship, and maintain uniform standards of competition.
Section III The BBSLA works with the school district and the community to recognize the lacrosse players as athletes and receive recognition commensurate with the school-sponsored athletics. Where feasible, the BBSLA will strive to conduct its developmental programs and practices, and player development in a manner that supports the success of the competitive lacrosse program at the high school level.
Section IV The BBSLA provides a means of financial support through fundraising activities to help reduce the cost to players and families, while supporting the best possible programs in the most cost effective manner.
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP
Section I Membership in the BBSLA is automatically granted to all families of players upon receipt of all fees as established in the Registration packet, as well as meeting all Sections of the Article VI Player Eligibility and Financial Responsibility.
ARTICLE IV GOVERNING BOARD AND ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Section I Management and control of the affairs of the BBSLA shall be vested in a Board of Directors, hereafter referred to as "the Board" comprised of a Governing Board and an Advisory Committee.
Section II The Governing Board is authorized to make and approve all Association decisions and is further charges with making those decisions in a manner that supports the purpose of the organization, as set forth in Article II.
Section III The Governing Board consists of the following odd number of positions:
The President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Scheduling, Director of Operations, Director of Membership/Public Relations, and Director of Hospitality shall be elected annually by a majority vote of the membership at the Annual Meeting.
SECTION IV The Advisory Committee provides representation from support functions, invested roles and persons and from players' families and acts as a consultant to the Governing Board to provide fairness and perspective.
SECTION V The Advisory Committee consists of the following positions:
SECTION VI Governing Board members must be members of the Association and obtain Act 34 Clearance in accordance with the Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association rules.
SECTION VII Terms of Governing Board members for each office is one year with a maximum of four consecutive years. The members of the entire BBSLA elect all Governing board members with each family having one vote per family, except Team Parent, which are elected by the respective team members. Any Governing Board member may be removed by a 2/3 membership vote.
SECTION VIII Term of Advisory Committee members is one year and may be renewed indefinitely. Advisory Committee members may be removed by a majority vote of the Governing Board.
ARTICLE V BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOTING AND DECISION RIGHTS
SECTION I Decision-making will be performed by simple majority voting of the Governing Board. Decisions made by voting will be captured in the minutes of each Governing Board Meeting.
SECTION II The President will call for a vote for all decisions of a significant nature. The Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Scheduling, Director of Operations, Director of Concessions, Director of Hospitality and Trustee each have one vote.
SECTION III The entire Advisory Committee will cast one vote, which will represent the majority of the Advisory Committee members present at the time of voting.
SECTION IV The President will vote in the event of a tie as the final decision maker.
SECTION V The Board of Directors shall have plenary power and authority: to manage and conduct the affairs of the BBSLA; to exercise general control over all athletic relations, contests, and matters involving BBSLA members; to interpret and enforce the By-Laws and such other rules and regulations as the Board of Directors may from time to time adopt; to establish procedures for the nomination and election of the officers and Board of Directors of the BBSLa; to establish its own rules of procedure; to manage and control the finances and any property of the BBSLA; to decide matters in dispute between or among members; to determine and enforce any discipline or penalties for any violation of the By-Laws, rules or regulations, or for conduct which is unsportsmanlike, detrimental to the safety, health and well-being of any person or to the public welfare, or contrary to the purpose of the BBSLA; and to perform all acts not inconsistent with the Articles of Incorporation, the By-Laws and the Laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
ARTICLE VI MEETINGS
SECTION I The Governing Board shall meet at a minimum one time per month for the BBSLA calendar lacrosse season commencing in March. The membership is welcome to attend any and all scheduled board meetings. Voting will take place as set forth in the Article of Board of Directors Voting and Decision Rights.
SECTION II There will be at least two full membership meetings scheduled during the year.
SECTION III The President, with the consent of one other director, may call special meetings, as needed.
SECTION IV The Association recognized that we are governed by the Western Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association and agrees to abide by the by-laws of the League.
ARTICLE VII PLAYER ELIGIBILITY AND FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
SECTION I Player eligibility is in accordance with the Western Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association rules.
SECTION II A physical examination by a qualified physician is mandatory. Signed medical forms must be returned to the association before the player can participate in any regularly scheduled BBSLA game.
SECTION II.a. A player injured and unable to practice or play must provide his/her coach with written permission from a legal guardian that the child has been released to resume physical activity.
SECTION III A player must be in financial good standing with the Association. If a player has not made the scheduled payments, that player may not participate or play any games until the financial obligation is met. The President and Treasurer may grant exceptions. The BBSLA President will notify the coaches of any cases.
SECTION IV Each player must read and sign the Code of Conduct.
SECTION V Hazing or bullying of any type will not be tolerated and will be grounds for dismissal from the team.
ARTICLE VIII COACHES
SECTION I Head coaches for the teams will be interviewed and selected by the Governing Board and must be approved by the vote of the Board. Generally, assistant coaches will be selected by the head coach and approved by the Board. Coaches' term is for one year.
SECTION II All Head Coaches and assistant coaches will maintain certification and Act 34 Clearance must be obtained in accordance with League and WPSLA guidelines.
SECTION III The coaches are responsible for selecting the team, directing practices, teaching lacrosse skills, coaching the team in games, and ensuring that the players, as well as the coaches themselves, conduct themselves properly. Teams at every level will be limited to a maximum of 24 players to help ensure developmentally appropriate coach to player ratios.
SECTION IV The coaches have the full support of the BBSLA to apply their knowledge of lacrosse in directing the team practices and games.
SECTION V The coaches have the right and responsibility to discipline, the team as a whole and/or individual players, in a fair and equitable manner in accordance with the Code of Conduct. The Association recognizes that discipline is a necessary ingredient to any team and the coaches are the best-equipped people to exercise this. Any discipline requiring a suspension of one game period or more must be reviewed by the Board. Refer to Code of Conduct.
SECTION VI All coaches will obtain and sign a copy of the NCAA Code of Conduct and are directed to lead by example the rules of the players Code of Conduct. Violation of either Code of Conduct or the Constitution and By-Laws shall be remedied by disciplinary action up to and including termination, without pay, if applicable.
SECTION VII All coaches will attend a coaching clinic sponsored by WPYLA.
ARTICLE IX PLAYERS
SECTION I Players are to present for practices and games unless excused by the coach. Coaches do have the discretion to reduce playing time for attendance issues.
SECTION II Players are required to show respect toward coaches, fans, opponents and game officials.
SECTION III Players must adhere to rules and regulations set forth by the Western Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association.
SECTION IV Players are responsible for wearing safe lacrosse equipment in accordance with WPYLA.
SECTION V Player will be given a copy and must sign the athlete Code of Conduct. Violation of any of the Code of Conduct or the By-Laws could result in disciplinary action or suspension.
SECTION VI Any player/coach/parent grievances will generally be resolved by the Board. If the issue cannot be resolved, then the procedures set forth in the code of conduct must be followed.
ARTICLE X COMMITTEES
SECTION I While each Board member has specific responsibilities, help is always needed for a variety of activities. Each member should volunteer, or when asked, serve on at least one committee per year.
ARTICLE XI AMENDMENTS
SECTION I Amendments to the By-Laws should be drawn up by the President and/or the President's designee and approved by the Board. Once the Board has approved any By-Law amendment changes, the membership will vote by simple majority for ratification.
SECTION II Amendments will be distributed to the full membership at least 14 days prior to the General Meeting. These By-Laws may be approved at a full membership or team meeting by 2/3 of the members present.
SECTION III These By-Laws will change automatically in the event that changes are made to policies that govern clubs as set forth in the Butler Area School District that would conflict with these By-Laws. In that event, the By-Laws will be changed without a vote to comply with the new policies.
BBSLA Constitution and By-Laws
BBSLA By-Laws (rev 7-2008) 2010
*Revised 7/17/12, Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
*Revised 8/30/15, Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6