Section 1. Club Name.
The name of this organization shall be the RAGE Futbol Club (“the club”).
Section 2. Office Location.
The principal office of the RAGE Futbol Club shall be located at all times in the City of St. George, Washington County, Utah.
Section 1. Purpose.
Said organization 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 described under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section 1. Authority Structure.
The Club shall be governed by its articles of incorporation, bylaws, policies, rules and Robert’s Rules of Order and Rules Procedures.
Section 2. Manuals.
The Club Manual – TCM
Coaches Manual – CM
Section 3. Affiliation.
The Club shall affiliate with Utah Youth Soccer Association (UYSA) and, may as required, affiliate with Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), United States Club Soccer (US Club), United States Youth Soccer Association (USYS) and United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The Club’s articles of incorporation, bylaws, policies, and rules shall, to the extent permissible under Utah and other law, be consistent with the bylaws, policies, and rules of the USSF, ECNL, USYS, UYSA and US Club. Neither the Club nor its members may join any organization whose requirements conflict with the bylaws, policies, or rules of the USSF, ECNL, USYS, UYSA and US Club. The Club shall register all of its players with UYSA, and as needed with USSF, ECNL, USYS, and US Club each seasonal year, and every eligible team affiliated with the Club shall register all of its players with UYSA and as needed with USSF, USYS, and US Club each seasonal year and where applicable, for ECNL.
Section 4. Financial Year.
The Club’s fiscal year shall be from May 1st through April 31st.
Section 5. Seasonal Year.
The Club’s seasonal year shall be from August 1st through May 31st.
Section 6. Governing Authority.
As provided in the Club’s articles of incorporation, the governing authority of the Club shall be the Board of Directors.
Section 7. Commitment.
The Club expects players and parents to honor their commitment to the team and their teammates for the entire seasonal year.
Section 1. Non Profit Status.
This Club is not organized for pecuniary profit and it shall not have any power to issue certificates of stock, dividends or ownership certificates. No part of the net earnings of this Club shall inure to the benefit of any member, director, officer or individual. The balance, if any, of all funds received by the Club from its operation, after full and complete payment of all debts and obligations shall be held, accumulated, carried over from season to season, year to year and distributed exclusively for carrying out the purpose of this Club, consistent with the Internal Revenue Code and laws and regulations of the state of Utah applicable to tax exempt, non profit organizations.
Section 2. Financial Responsibilities.
The Club specifically disclaims financial responsibility for, and shall not assume nor be held liable for, debts, contracts or other financial obligations, either express or implied, of any affiliated Player, Team, or any of the coaches, managers, officers, officials or any associate member of any affiliated District, or team.
Section 3. Inspection.
Teams shall provide the Club with copies of banking documents, rosters, and other team-related information as requested by the Club.
Section 4. Financial Review.
The Club shall have the right to review and inspect the financial records of its Teams.
Section 5. Financial Records.
The Clubs financial records will be advertised at the quarterly meetings.
BACKGROUND CHECK OF MEMBERS
Prior to beginning their positions with the team, as required by UYSA, USSF, ECNL, USYS or US Club or in its discretion by the Club, each team official or volunteer shall submit information and a signature to the Club authorizing the Club to submit the following:
a) Volunteer Disclosure Form. Pursuant to guidelines established by USSF, ECNL, USYS, UYSA and US Club, all coaches, referees and team administrators shall be required to complete a volunteer disclosure form concerning their background, criminal history and activities.
b) Criminal History Check. All coaches, referees, team managers and volunteers shall consent to a criminal history check before or during participation with the Club.
c) Right to Deny Participation. The Club shall have the authority to deny any applicant, current coach, team official, volunteer or program administrator the privilege of serving as a coach or administrator for risk management concerns as established by the Board of Directors. There are a number of considerations, which will be examined in each situation, and that final determination of privilege will be decided by the Club’s Board of Directors. All individuals shall be given due process and have the ability to present their case before the Board of Directors. The authority of the Club to deny any individual the privilege of serving may not be overruled by any official entity except as allowed in the appeal process
Conduct Incompatible with Holding Positions within the Club.
The Club has adopted the following actions as reasons for expulsion from serving as a coach or administrator:
a) any report of child abuse;
b) any conviction for a crime of violence;
c) any conviction for a crime against a person;
d) any report of sexual offenses or sexual misconduct;
e) admitted use of or conviction for use of illegal drugs;
f) documented history of alcohol abuse and record for DUI’s, etc.;
g) intentionally falsifying information on the disclosure form; and
h) refusal to submit a disclosure form or fingerprints when require under these Bylaws.
RIGHTS & CONDUCT
Section 1. Rights.
RAGE Futbol Club recognizes the dignity of the individual and the right of the youth to play soccer, the employees and the volunteers right to coach/work in an environment free of intimidation, harassment and bullying.
Section 2. Harassment.
Sexual harassment and sexually inappropriate behavior towards or by a child, player, parent, coach or any person is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The SAFETY and health of the child/player is imperative.
Section 3. Bullying.
Bullying will not be tolerated by any player, parent or Club member and will be dealt with accordingly.
Section 4. Non Discrimination.
No person shall be denied membership or participation in the activities of the Club due to race, sex, religion, national origin, color, age, or physical or mental disability.
Section 5. Conduct.
Coaches, parents, Board Members and players shall communicate, interact and behave in a courteous and respectful manner. Foul language, or foul gestures will not be tolerated by anyone.
Section 6. Representation
Players shall represent themselves, team and Club properly while wearing the RAGE FC Uniform.
Section 1. Assumption of Risk, Release.
Member families acknowledge and agree that Player’s playing soccer and similar athletic activities related to or incidental thereto (the “Activity”) involve strenuous physical activity that also may result in some dangerous collisions between Player and other players. Member families acknowledge and agree these activities are dangerous and involve significant risk of serious injury, including head concussions, and/or death. Member families agree to assume these risks and all consequences flowing from these risks and dangers for Player. Member families forever release the Club, from all liability, claims, and lawsuits, whatsoever, which arise out of the Activity including all damages and expenses, including attorney fees, resulting from loss of life, limb, body function or enjoyment of life, which Player sustains during the Activity. Member families intend these releases to include all claims and actions which arise from or relate to instruction, training (whether any instruction or training is given to Player).
Teams which sometime includes guest players, periodically participate in games, practices, tournaments, travel events, and other Team activities that involve transportation of Players in vehicles driven by Team coaches and/or Players and/or parents or guardians or siblings of Players as well as other assistance and support of Players by such persons as well as staying in hotels, motels or other accommodation provided (“Team Activities”). During these Team Activities, the Team is supervised by the Team Coach, coaching staff, and other parents and/or guardians. Team Activities benefit Players, and all parents or guardians of Players. In consideration of the Player being driven to or supported at, Team Activities, and with the reservation below, Player and her parents hereby release, waive, discharge, and agree to hold harmless each parent, guardian, coach, and player (collectively, the “Releases”) who drives or assists or supports Player from all liabilities, claims, and causes of action arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, including death, that may be sustained by Player, while player is participating in any Team Activities, including all associated activities related to such participation. Parent and Player reserve the right to submit claims, not to exceed policy limits, to any insurer, whether automobile or general liability, which insures Releases under which compensation might be provided to Player, in the event player becomes injured during Team Activities. Player and players parents hereby elect to voluntarily allow Player to participate in the Team Activities knowing the risks involved. The effectiveness of this Agreement with respect to any Release is contingent upon such Release being duly licensed and insured to drive a vehicle.
Member families agree and intend the releases described herein to be for Player, as an individual and for all players heirs, successors, assigns and personal representatives.
Section 1. Governing Rules.
All official Club games shall be played under the “Current Laws of the Game” published by FIFA as modified by UYSA, USSF, ECNL, USYS and US Club, subject to specific rules originated by the Board of Directors and/or the Competition Board and approved by the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Sideline Demeanor.
All parents, siblings, and spectators are encouraged to show good sportsmanship, abide by the Parental Agreement/Code of Conduct and refrain from negative behavior on the sidelines of all games. Player’s and parents’ (“Member Families”) behavior reflects on the Club and affects children’s performance. Further, Member Families understand that under the soccer league rules, our Coaches can be ejected from our games should Member Families behave improperly. Member Families understand that unacceptable behavior by a Player’s parent or other family member or friend may be addressed by a referee or Club official asking the offending person to leave the game, the facility or by removing the player from the game. Member Families acknowledge that when asked to refrain from further yelling at a game or if asked to leave a game or facility by a match official or Club official, Member Families will comply with that request immediately.
Member Families further acknowledge that if Player, Player’s parent or other family member verbally or physically abuses, taunts, inappropriately gestures, throws an object, makes an inappropriate sign or otherwise harasses, intimidates or improperly touches or engages any fan, player, match official, Club coach or representative, or opposing coach or club representative, that conduct in the sole discretion of the Club is grounds for restricting parents’ and other family members’ from;
a) observation of Player during games and practices and
b) participation with Player at Club and Team Activities while Player participates with the Club.
The Club may further refer inappropriate conduct to applicable league, tournament, UYSA, USSF, ECNL, UYSA or US Club disciplinary committees and/or law enforcement officials.
Section 3. Sanctioned Activities.
The Club and its Teams shall abide by USSF’s bylaws and policies regarding interplay. Teams affiliated with the Club may not play games against non-affiliated teams or participate in events with non-members without permission obtained in accordance with the Club’s policies. Teams affiliated with the Club that engage in unsanctioned activities are subject to disciplinary action including suspension.
Section 1. Coaching Decisions.
All team and coaching decisions will be made by the coaching staff which is assigned by the Club. Parents and players are given the opportunity to evaluate their coach each year by submitting comments to the Director of Coaching. Coaches, after consultation with the coaching staff, shall determine in which tournaments their team will play, places and times of all other team functions, including practices.
Section 2. Coaches Role
Coaches will adhere to Coaches Code of Conduct.
Head Coaches should mentor Assistant Coaches whenever possible, helping them advance to Head Coach status.
Assistant Coaches will not undermine the Head Coach with parents or players at any time, but demonstrate full cooperative support and respect for the Head Coach.
Coaches should show professional respect to each other and address each other with the title of “coach” preceding the coaches name.
The Director of Coaches will help facilitate, resolve, address, coordinate, communicate concerns, issues, conflicts and any misunderstanding between coaches and the Club.
Coaches will show respect to the Club and not recruit players away from the Club for a 1 year period if Coach leaves Club.
Section 3. Playing Time.
Players on each team may receive playing time, subject to the discretion of the coaching staff. In major tournaments where the objective is to win, playing time is not guaranteed and will be at the sole discretion of the coaching staff.
Section 4. Coach Incentive
Coaches are encouraged to pursue an “E” and “D” license, expense for registration will be reimbursed by Club.
Section 1. Communication.
Team Managers are appointed by the coach from one of the Member Families and serve at the discretion of the team coach. Team Managers will attempt to telephone you if possible when an urgent message needs to get out to the team, but they may rely upon emails and texts.
Team Managers may be the coach, as needed.
When a problem arises that a parent needs to resolve, the Club has a policy on how to effectively address it. Parents should:
Discuss the problem with the manager. If it is not resolved then…
Discuss the problem with the coach. If it is not resolved then…
Discuss the problem with the Director of Coaching or Technical Director. If it is not resolved then…
Discuss the problem with the Chairperson or Member of the Board.
E-mails should be used to distribute factual information to the teams.
The Club reserves all other decisions not outlined above including the right to change these policies without notice. By Player’s registering and playing at practices or games, Member families acknowledge that they agree to these policies, have had opportunity to review these policies and have them explained to them.
Section 1. Qualifications for Membership.
Club membership shall be granted to:
a) The parents or legal guardians of all soccer players for whom a membership fee has been paid or for whom a playing Hardship scholarship grant has been granted and is in good standing.
b) Coaches and assistant coaches of all Club soccer teams.
c) All referees who referee Club games and whose name is listed upon the Club’s list of active referees.
d) All officers, Directors or coordinators of the Club.
Section 2. Termination of Membership Status.
Club membership shall be terminated:
a) For the failure of any member to remain in good standing with respect to the prompt payment of all fees and charges;
b) Due to a member’s disregard, violation or breach of the laws, regulations or signed Parental or Player Agreement & Conduct of the Club; or
c) Upon three votes of five from the Board of Directors.
Section 1. Fees.
Player and Player’s parents agree to pay all Club Fees, Team Fees and all other amounts incurred by the Team and the Club prior to leaving the Team at any point in the year. Failure to follow any policy of the Team or Club may result in disciplinary action by the Club, Team or other authority and does not affect amounts due.
Club Fees – All club fees are collected from Member Families by the Team Manager or other team representative for payment of:
– Administrative costs
There may be additional training fees, depending on the needs of the team, as arranged by each team’s coach.
Team Fees – Team fees are assessed, collected and managed by the Team Manager or the team’s designee, separately from Club Fees.
Team fees will be used to cover:
– League registration fees.
-UYSA, USSF, ECNL, USYS, or US Club fees.
-Tournament registration fees.
– Team travel expenses for food, lodging and travel.
– Coach’s lodging, food and travel expenses for tournaments.
– State registration.
– Referee fees.
– Indoor season or practice facility rentals.
– Other items deemed necessary by the Team Coach.
Academic or Financial Scholarships are available at the sole discretion of the Club’s Board of Directors, depending on need and other factors. If a player is in need of a Financial assistance, they should ask team manager for a Financial Scholarship form.
All amounts assessed by the team shall be due and payable upon receipt of any written or oral communication to the Player’s parents unless otherwise specified by the Team Manager. Each player receives, as part of fee, a practice shirt. All additional equipment costs specified by the coaching staff, including, uniforms, jerseys for home and away, shorts, socks, jackets, bags, extra socks, warm-ups, etc. are the responsibility of the player.
Section 2. Payment Obligations.
By registering through the Club, Parents of the Player agree to pay all amounts incurred by the Player’s team for Player’s team’s benefit on a pro rata basis with Player’s team even if Player was not present to enjoy the activity planned by the Club including tournament fees, tournament lodging, coaches lodging and travel, league play, practice facilities and other fees not included in the Club Fees. A charge of $20 plus interest may be charged to Player for each returned check or for each payment due which is not paid timely. Member families agree that if they fail to make timely payment for any fee assessed by the Club or Team, the Player may be suspended from play for the Club at games, practices or tournaments until all accounts are brought current. Further, failure to pay may result in Player’s dismissal from their Team.
If Parents and Player fail to pay amounts when due, Parents and Player agree to pay all interest and attorney fees incurred in collection of amounts due. Parents and Player agree that Club Fees are due in full for the year as of the time Player commits to a Club team immediately after tryouts each seasonal year, even if registration does not occur until later, including any registration submitted after high school season, regardless of any decision to leave a team after a player has made a commitment to a team. Club fees are for the period after tryout continuing through August 1st of the following year.
Because of the unique nature of membership on an ECNL team and the limited roster positions allowed each seasonal year to each ECNL team, Parents and Player agree to pay ECNL tournament, travel and lodging as incurred or necessary in the sole discretion of the Club.
Section 3. Funds.
The Club may charge fees and receive donations or sponsorship money to secure the funds necessary for the activities of the Club, as well as, provide for the acquisition, maintenance or use of real estate for the performance of this Club’s stated purpose. The Club may participate in unlimited Fundraisers as an viable means to raise funds.
Section 4. Refunds/Transfers.
Players may leave the Team and Club and/or transfer only in accordance with applicable rules including the UYSA, USSF, ECNL, USYS, or US Club rules.
Refunds by the Club, through its Board, will, in its sole discretion, consider club fees, provided the player is in good standing with the Club and if a player is leaving because either the family has moved out of the geographical area or the player has suffered a season-ending injury; however, refunds shall not be made upon the basis of playing time; a change in coaching; coaching decisions and discord between player, parent, or coach. A player is in good standing if the player has met all financial obligations with the Club and their Team, and has also returned all Club owned items. There are no refunds for team uniforms. Player and parents agree that refunds of any fee paid to the Club may not be given to them if they fail to comply with any policy of the Team or Club.
Players and Parents agree that any Player or Parent who requests a transfer from an ECNL team, and due to the unique nature of membership on an ECNL team, and the limited roster positions
allowed each seasonal year to each ECNL team and the need to pay ECNL tournament, travel and lodging on a group basis at the beginning of the seasonal year for the entire year, team may be assessed Team Fees as described in prior Section, upon request for transfer which the team incurs as of the date of the request even though the activity for the expense has not yet occurred or is for an event before the end of the seasonal year.
Section 1. Scholarship Grants.
In furtherance of the stated purpose of this Club, the Board of Directors shall establish guidelines concerning the granting of Club registration fees, Sponsorship and Fundraising monies to be applied towards Club fees, fees for equipment, league play, tournament fees, Academy training and Financial and Academic Scholarships for current active registered players.
Coaches or Team Managers will inform parents about Scholarships and hand out forms when requested by parents.
Section 2. Financial Assistance Scholarships.
1-Hardship Scholarships that are granted will cover 100% of the league registration and Club fees for qualified players.
2-In order for a scholarship request to be considered, applicants must complete a Financial Assistance Scholarship Form.
3- The Club reserves the right to set a maximum number of scholarships granted in any specific season not to exceed 10% of the club’s total registration membership for that same season.
Section 3. College Scholarships.
1- $100 minimum, will be given to ten college bound players.
2- U16-U18 players, consisting of five boys and five girls respectively, who have demonstrated good sportsmanship.
3- 90% attendance at practices.
4- Participated in a minimum of three tournaments.
5- Participated in a minimum of 20 games.
6- Maintained a “B” or better GPA at school.
7- Selection of Scholarship recipients will be done by the Board from a group of nominees chosen by coaches and team mates.
*If excess funds, determined by the Board, are available , Financial and Academic Scholarships will be offered to as many qualified children as possible.
*Any waiver or exception to the stated guidelines must be presented to and approved by the Club’s Board of Directors in writing or during the quarterly Board of Directors meeting to be documented in the meeting minutes prior to the start of the applicable season.
Section 1. General Powers.
The business and affairs of the Club shall be managed by its Board of Directors. These powers include, but are not limited to:
a) Purchase, take, receive, lease, take by gift, devise or bequest, or otherwise acquire, own, hold, improve, use and otherwise deal in and with real or personal property, or any interest therein, wherever situated for the benefit of the Club.
b) Donate, sell, convey, mortgage, pledge, lease, exchange, transfer and otherwise dispose of all or any part of the Club’s assets.
c) Invest and reinvest its funds.
d) To elect or appoint agents of the Club, and define their duties.
e) The Board of Directors may by resolution provide for such other standing or special Committees as it from time to time deems desirable, and discontinue the same at its pleasure. Each such committee shall have such powers and perform such duties, not inconsistent with law, as may be assigned to it by the Board of Directors. If provision be made for any such committee, the members thereof shall be appointed by the Board of Directors and shall serve at the pleasure of the Board. Vacancies in such committees shall be filled by the Board of Directors.
f) To make and alter Bylaws for the administration and regulation of the affairs of the Club.
g) To indemnify any director or officer or former director or officer or volunteer of the Club as is provided for herein.
h) To cease Club activities.
i) To have and exercise all powers necessary or convenient to affect any or all of the purposes for which the Club is organized.
Section 2. Number and Term of Office.
The number of Directors of the Club shall be five (5) and such other ex officio, nonvoting persons as may be appointed by the Board of Directors, from time to time. The term of office for all members of the Board of Directors shall be for a two (2) year term from the first day of June following the annual meeting of the members.
A diverse Board, is an effective Board, in as such the Club will be comprised of, whenever possible but not mandatory, of one Mexican/Latin male, one African-American male, one Female, one Caucasian. In the event there is no African-American member to serve on the Board a second Mexican/Latin (male or female) or Female may serve on the Board. The Board should consider the most qualified individuals and attempt, whenever possible, to fill at least two positions from persons outside the club.
Section 3. Qualification for Board Membership.
Any member of the Club over eighteen (18) years of age shall be eligible for election to the Board of Directors. It is recommended that no two individuals from the same household or related individuals serve on the Board of Directors at the same time.
Section 4. Notice.
Notice of any special meeting shall be given at least seventy two (72) hours prior thereto by e-mail, and may be followed up by oral, telephonic, or written notice, delivered or mailed, to each Director at his or her home address on file with the Club. If mail, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States Mail. Any Director may waive notice of any meeting and the attendance at any meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where a Director attends for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened. Neither the business to be transacted at, nor the purpose of, any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors need be specified in the notice or waiver of notice of such meeting.
Members of the Board of Directors of the Club may participate in a meeting of the Board of Directors by conference telephone, Skype or similar communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other and participation in a meeting pursuant to this provision shall constitute presence in person at such meeting.
Section 5. Vacancies.
Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors must be filled within ninety (90) days by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Directors then in office, even if less than a quorum of the Board of Directors. A Director so elected shall be elected for the unexpired term of his or her predecessor in office or the full term of such new Directorship.
Section 6. Resignation.
Any Director may resign at any time. Such resignation shall be made in writing and shall take effect at the time specified therein. If no time is specified, it shall take effect at the time of its receipt by the Secretary, who shall record such resignation noting the time of its reception. The acceptance of a resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective. A 30 day notice of resignation is encouraged to properly transition a newly elected Director.
Section 7. Removal.
The entire Board of Directors or any individual Director may be removed from office, with or without cause, at a meeting called expressly for that purpose by an absolute majority, 50% of the total Board + 1, vote of the Board of Directors. If whenever in its judgment the best interests of the Club would be served thereby, but such removal shall be without prejudice to the contract rights, if any, of the person so removed. In case the entire Board or any one or more of Directors are so removed, new Directors may be elected at the same meeting for the unexpired term of the Director or Directors so removed. Failure to elect Directors to fill the unexpired term of the Directors so removed shall be deemed to create a vacancy or vacancies in the Board of Directors.
Section 8. Presiding Officer.
The Chairperson of the Club shall be the presiding officer at all meetings of the Board of Directors. In the absence of the Chairperson, a Vice Chair named by the Chairperson and/or approved by the majority in attendance shall act as Chairperson of the meeting. The Secretary of the Club shall act as Secretary at all meetings of the Board, or in his or her absence the Board of Directors meeting may designate any person to act as Secretary.
Section 9. Order of Business.
The order of business at all meetings of the Board of Directors, unless otherwise determined by the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of such Board present at any meeting, shall be determined by the presiding officer. Careful consideration will be placed on member concerns, issues, suggestions and ideas. The sport of soccer and the players best interests always at the forefront.
Section 10. Conflict of Interest.
No contract or other transaction between the Club and one or more of its Directors or any other corporation, firm, association or entity in which one or more of its Directors are Directors, officers, or financially interested, shall be either void or void able because of such relationship or interest or because such Director or Directors are present at the meeting of the Board of Directors or a committee thereof which authorizes, approves or ratifies such contract or transaction or because his, her or their votes are counted for such purpose, if any of the following occur:
a) The fact of such relationship or interest is disclosed or known to the Board of Directors or committee which authorizes, approves, or ratifies the contract or transaction by a vote or consent sufficient for the purpose without counting the votes or consents of such interested Director.
b) The fact of such relationship or interest is disclosed or known to the Board Members entitled to vote and they authorize, approve or ratify such contract or transaction by vote or written consent.
Section 11. Informal Action by Board of Directors.
Any action required to be taken without a meeting of the Board of Directors if written consent setting forth the action so taken shall be signed by all of the members of the Board of Directors. Such written consent shall have the same force and effect as a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors and may be stated as such in any article or document.
Section 12. Designation of Directors.
The Voting Board of Directors shall consist of the Chairperson, two Vice Chair’s, Secretary, and Treasurer, whose duties and responsibilities are set forth in OFFICERS – DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES. No two or more offices may be held by the same person.
BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTIONS
Any member of the Club may run for election to the Board of Directors. Prior to each annual meeting of the Membership, a member who wishes to become a candidate for the Board of Directors shall submit his or her name and the position on the Board that he or she is interested in to the Club Secretary. At the annual meeting, the Secretary shall present the list of the candidates to the membership along with the list of Board positions up for election. Each position will be voted on separately, with a majority of the votes cast being sufficient to elect a candidate to any particular position.
Section 1. Voting by Directors.
Each member of the Board of Directors shall be entitled to one (1) vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the membership at any meeting of the membership.
Section 2. Proxies.
Voting by proxy is prohibited.
Section 3. Participation in Meetings.
Any member of the Club shall have the right to attend and speak at all meetings of the Club and the Board of Directors, however voting privileges may only be exercised by the Board of Director and should any member seek to protest a game or disciplinary action at a game for which no other procedure for protest has been adopted by the Board of Directors; or complain about any coach, player, parent, referee or other Club volunteer; a request in writing must be submitted to the Club Chairperson or Vice Chair prior to the meeting of the Board of Directors.
Section 4. Balloting.
Upon the demand of any member, the vote upon any question before the meeting shall be by ballot. If such demand is made, the presiding officer shall appoint Inspectors of Election, not to exceed three (3) in number, to receive and take charge of ballots.
OFFICERS – DUTIES &RESPONSIBILITIES
The Board of Directors, in addition to their Duties and Responsibilities, will ensure adherence to the Club’s Bylaws and follow Robert’s Rules of Order and Rules Procedures.
The Board of Directors may assign additional duties and responsibilities to any Officer or may change any duties and responsibilities from one officer to another at its discretion. Each Officer shall appoint any number of background checked member volunteers to help him or her carry out their responsibilities. The Board, at their discretion, may assign a contract to the Technical Director, or other individual to ensure stability, for a period not to exceed 36 months. The Board has the right to terminate contract, effective immediately without any further pay or monetary severance for any violations of club Bylaws, non- profit rules or local laws.
Section 1. Chairperson.
The Chairperson in general supervises, but allows each Board Member, coach and volunteer to be effective leaders in their perspective duty, and controls all of the business and affairs of the Club.
The Chairperson may:
– Form special committees, appoint consultants and/or advisors as needed with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors for an active life to be specified in the appointment.
– Preside at the quarterly, special and annual meetings.
– Supervise and coordinate the activities of the Board.
– Recruit volunteers to publish Club information via emails, Facebook and other internet medium.
– Act as the Club’s representative to the local league, or appoint another member of the Board of Directors to do so.
– Locate land to be used for soccer fields, or appoint another member to task.
– Contract with Washington County parks and schools for use of their facilities.
* All Directors/Officers other than the Chairperson may do the following:
– Preside at meetings in absence of the Chairperson.
– Identify and recruit volunteers to assist board members.
– Accept/review requests from members to waive fees due to financial hardship.
– Create programs to promote membership in the club.
– Assist in other duties such as coach, manager, etc., as needed by Club.
Section 2. The Vice Chair’s may:
– Establish fund-raising programs.
– Act as the Club’s representative to the local league in absence of the Chairperson.
– Seek Sponsorships.
Section 3. The Secretary.
Records and maintains information on the Club’s business activities and communicates information to Club members, both internal and external, and shall keep the official records of The RAGE Futbol Club funds and the proper management of receiving, disbursing, and accounting of such funds.
The Secretary may:
– Record and maintain the minutes of all meetings
– Advise webmaster to publish next Board meeting.
– Send out all notices for business/board meetings.
– Maintain and update Club bylaws, policies, procedures and job descriptions.
– Maintain and update addresses and phone numbers of Board members and committee members.
– Manage Board Meeting Agenda.
– Update any changes with Divisions of Corporations, Utah, i.e., change in Board Members, Board Member Address and Club Address)
– Pay Annual Articles of Incorporation fee.
– Count votes and/or ballots at all business meetings.
– Recommend budget needs for seasonal awards and recognition.
– Assist in Overseeing uniform ordering process for the club.
Section 4. Treasurer.
The Treasurer is the Chief Financial Officer of the Club and must be an individual that is educated and experienced in accounting and finance.
The Treasurer may:
– Create the annual budget.
– Provide monthly financial statements for the Board.
– Collect all monies due the Club which shall be kept in a Bank, in Clubs name, designated by the Board of Directors in St. George, Utah.
– Make all required disbursements of funds, pay league/tournament fees, establish coach fee for that season if any, park fees and miscellaneous Board approved expenses. (Appropriate RAGE FC Invoice/Bill, Expense, Refund, Payment or Inventory form must be submitted to Treasurer as required in order to get paid).
– Reconcile all accounts.
– File all required annual tax returns.
– File Annual N900 for 501c3 with CPA.
– Send out annual 1099′s as required.
– Verify and maintain the Club’s insurance coverage, as needed.
– Invest excess funds, as approved and directed by Board of Directors.
– Make arrangements for any authorized loans.
– Make arrangements for an annual audit.
NON – VOTING MEMBERS
Section 1. Technical Director.
Technical Director oversees the following directly him/herself or through his/her assigned Director and assures compliance of all club Bylaws by its members:
Director of Coaches
Director of Player Development
Director of Physical Assets/Inventory
Director of Referees
Proper Club registration
Club/Coach Fee Payment
City Parks and School Field leases
In addition, the Technical Director will be allowed to exercise his/her vision in club direction, annual budget and board approval required.
Section 2. Director of Coaches.
The Director of Coaches may:
– Support coaches.
– Promote coach license upgrade.
– Provide information related to attending tournaments.
– Recruit, train, and supervise coaches.
– Organize clinics for coaches.
– Support Coach Manual references.
– Oversee coach responsible for Development of players.
– Act as liaison between parents and coaches.
– Act as liaison between coaches.
Section 3. Director of Development.
The Director of Development may:
– Oversee player Academy.
– Identify opportunities for the Club to expand its base of practice and playing fields.
– Liaison with St. George,Washington, Ivins and Santa Clara Parks and Recreation departments and other city officials in the development of a sports complex or other soccer facilities.
Section 4. Director of Physical Assets/Equipment.
The Director of Physical Assets/Equipment may:
– Maintain and inventory all Club property, using the RAGE FC standardized form and submitting it to the club Treasurer.
– Oversee implementation/organization of the Club’s uniform policies/procedures.
– Present report at Annual Meeting of Membership listing all Club property, current location, and any equipment that has been removed from the inventory during the current year.
Section 5. Director of Referees.
The Director of Referees may have the following responsibilities:
– Maintain field lines, size and location of fields; mow as needed.
– Set minimum standards for referees.
– Schedule, recruit, and train referees.
– Organize clinics for referees.
Section 6. Registrar.
Registrar may have the following responsibilities:
– Register players, coaches and teams with the local league and State Association; provide player cards.
– Verify birth dates of new players.
– Publicize registration dates and deadlines via local media.
– Act as the Club’s representative to the local league and complete required paperwork.
– Recruit volunteers to assist in development of a database of club member information.
Section 7. Tournament Director.
The Tournament Director will be a Board appointed person, who’s duties are independent of the Technical Director, exclusively assigned to manage the clubs tournament. The Tournament Director will at his/her discretion assemble his/her team to include but not limited to, Referee Assignor, Scheduler, Assistant Director, Person to assist securing Fields, Field Marshals, Volunteers, etc., all of them becoming club members, for the current year, for their participation. After being selected by the Board The Tournament Director will present to the Board an outline of possible expenses and expected team registrations, for Board Approval, at least three months prior to the tournament every year. The Board recognizes the complexity of running a tournament and how dynamic the registration process is and will solicit assistance from the membership as needed.
Section 1. Annual Meeting.
The annual meeting of the membership of the Club shall be held in the month of May of each year for the purpose of electing Directors and for transaction of such other or further business as may come before the meeting.
Section 2. Notice of Annual Meeting of Membership.
The Board of Directors shall cause Notice of the Annual Meeting of the Membership to be e-mailed to each member or published on the Club’s website, open to the general public for viewing without requiring a password, at least ten (10) days prior to the annual meeting date.
Section 3. Place of Meeting.
The Board of Directors will designate a place within the boundaries of
St. George, Utah, for the Annual Meeting of the Membership.
Section 4. Special Meeting.
The Board of Directors of the Club may call and hold a Special Meeting of the Membership at such time and place as they shall determine, upon notice as is provided in Section 3 of MEMBERSHIP. Additionally, 51% of registered members of the Club upon written request to the Chairperson of the Club shall have the right and power to call a Special Meeting of the Membership. Members holding special meeting are responsible for organizing of members and all incurred expenses for meeting, such as food, beverages and rental of facility space.
Section 5. Quarterly Meeting.
Meeting of the membership shall be held at the call of the Directors, requiring one meeting per quarter to discuss a structured checklist detailing Club activities such as, money, equipment, player interests, coach interests, tournaments and any other subject matters pertaining to the Club.
Section 6. Quorum.
A majority of the current members of the Board of Directors of the club shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the membership, provided that if less than a majority of the Directors present at such meeting, a majority of the Directors present may adjourn the meeting from time to time without further notice. The act of a majority of the Directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors.
Section 7. Organization.
The Chairperson of the Club shall call the meetings of Membership to order and act as Chairperson thereof. In the absence of the Chairperson, a Vice Chair named by the Chairperson and/or approved by the majority in attendance shall act as Chairperson of the meeting. The Secretary of the Club shall act as Secretary of all meetings of the Membership, but in their absence, the presiding officer may appoint any person to act as Secretary of the meeting.
Section 8. Order of Business.
The order of business at all meetings of Membership shall be determined by the presiding Director. Careful consideration will be placed on member concerns, issues, suggestions and ideas. The sport of soccer and the players interest, always at the forefront.
Section 9. Record Keeping and Posting.
Minutes and Financial Statements will be recorded at the Quarterly Meetings, and both will be posted on the club’s website by the Secretary . Subsequent Board Meetings will be posted on the RAGE FC website and Secretary shall forward the date to webmaster.
DISCIPLINARY ACTION AND GRIEVANCES
Section 1. Suspensions.
Any player, coach, or assistant coach of the Club who conducts him- or herself in an unsportsmanlike manner and or is in violation of the bylaws may be suspended by the Club from the field of play. Likewise, any spectator may be suspended from the sidelines.
Section 2. Review.
Any player, coach, or assistant coach of the Club who is red-carded or ejected from the game for a major infraction shall appear before the Club’s Conduct and Disciplinary Committee, assigned by the Chairperson, within six (6) days of the ejection, at which time it will be determined whether further disciplinary action shall be taken by the Club. It is the responsibility of the team coach to inform the head of the Conduct and Disciplinary Committee of the ejection so that a hearing may be scheduled.
Section 3. Failure to Appear.
Any party called before the Conduct and Disciplinary Committee who without due cause fails to appear at the Committee’s review is indefinitely suspended. It then becomes that party’s responsibility to contact the head of the Committee to arrange for a new hearing.
Section 4. Length of Suspension.
Suspensions are issued in terms of number of games and may overlap into succeeding playing seasons.
Section 5. Appeal.
Any party who has been disciplined by the Conduct and Disciplinary Committee has the right to appeal to the Board of Directors. The meeting to hear the appeal shall be scheduled at the earliest time a quorum of the Board can be assembled, but in any case no later than four (4) days after the request to appeal has been made either to the head of the Conduct and Disciplinary Committee or to the president of the Club.
Section 6. Grievances.
Any member of the Club in good standing has the right to submit to the Board any grievances. The grievance may be presented verbally to the in-charge Board member or in writing to the entire Board. Written grievances should include the nature of the grievance, a statement of facts leading up to the grievance, any corroborating evidence or witnesses to the facts, and any remedy that is being requested. Copies of the written grievance will be distributed to all affected parties. The Board will address all written grievances at the next regular Board meeting. Affected parties will be encouraged to attend the meeting. The party submitting the grievance will be informed in writing of the Board’s resolution of the grievance.
DISSOLUTION OF THE CLUB
Upon the dissolution of the 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. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by a court of competent jurisdiction in the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
Indemnification of Members of the Board of Directors. The Club shall indemnify any individual made a party to a proceeding because such individual was a member of the Board of Directors to the extent permitted by and in accordance with laws governing the Utah Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act or any amendments or successor sections of like tenor.
Section 1. Expenses for Members of the Board of Directors.
To the extent permitted by law governing Utah Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act or any section of like tenor as amended from time to time, the Club shall pay for or reimburse the reasonable expenses incurred by a member of the Board of Directors who is a party to a proceeding in advance of final disposition of the proceeding, if:
a) the member of the Board of Directors furnishes the Club a written account of his/her good faith belief that he/she has met the standard of conduct described in the Utah Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act;
b) the member of the Board of Directors furnishes the Club a written undertaking, executed personally or on his/her behalf, to repay advances if it is ultimately determined that he/she did not meet the standard of conduct ( which undertaking must be an unlimited general obligation of the member of the Board of Directors, but need not be secured, and may be accepted without reference to financial ability to make repayment); and
c) a determination is made that the facts then known to those making the determination would not preclude indemnification under Parents or Players in these Bylaws of the Utah Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act or similar sections of like tenor as from time to time amended.
Section 2. Indemnification of Others.
Unless otherwise provided in the articles of incorporation, the Board of Directors may authorize the Club to indemnify and advance expenses to any officer, employee or agent of the Club who is not a member of the Board of Directors, to the extent permitted by Utah Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act.
Section 3. Contract Right of Indemnification.
The right to indemnification conferred hereunder shall be a contract right and shall include the right to be paid by the Club the expenses incurred in defending any such proceeding (or part thereof), or in enforcing his or her rights hereunder in advance of the final disposition thereof, promptly after receipt by the Club of a request thereof stating in reasonable detail the expenses incurred; provided, however, that the payment of such expenses incurred by a member of the Board of Directors in advance of the final disposition of a
proceeding shall be made only upon receipt of an undertaking by or on behalf of such person to repay all amounts so advanced if and to the extent it shall ultimately be determined by a court that he or she not entitled to be indemnified by the Club under these provisions or otherwise in the manner provided by law.
Section 4. Continuing Right.
The right to indemnification and advancement of expenses provided herein shall continue as a person to a person who has ceased to be a member of the Board of Directors or to serve in any of the other capacities described herein, and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors and administrators of such person.
Section 5. Non Exclusivity of Rights.
The right to indemnification and the payment of expenses incurred in defending a proceeding in advance of a final disposition conferred in this Section and the right to payment of expenses conferred in Section shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights to which those seeking indemnification or advancement of expenses hereunder may be entitled under any bylaw, agreement, vote of the Board of Directors, or otherwise, both as to actions in his or her official capacity and as to actions in any other capacity while holding that office, the Club having the express authority to enter into such arrangements as the Board of Directors deems appropriate for the indemnification of and advancement of expenses to present or future members of the Board of Directors, as well as employees, representatives or agents of the Club in connection with their status or services to or on behalf of the Club.
Section 1. Waiver of Notice.
Whenever any notice is required to be given under these Bylaws or by law, waiver of notice in writing signed by the person or persons entitled to such notice, whether before or after the time stated therein shall be deemed equivalent to the giving of such notice.
Section 2. Use of Name and Likeness.
Parents and Player grant the Club a non-exclusive but perpetual, worldwide right to use Player’s name, likeness, description of past experiences, and description of activities with the Club in connection with and promotion of the Club and its mission.
Section 3. Construction.
Words and phrases herein shall be construed as in the singular or plural number according to the context. Whenever the masculine gender is used, females as well as males shall be deemed to be included.
Section 4. Coach Pay Waiver Form.
Any coach is permitted to forego, waive, reassign their coach pay and name another coach whom they wish receive their coaching pay for the particular season.
Bylaws may be adopted, altered repealed or amended for the Club by the affirmative vote of a simple majority of the then current Board of Directors, provided notice of the proposed alteration, article or section to be repealed or amended is given to the Board of Directors ten (10) days in advance of a meeting of the Board of Directors and upon approval of such act, the Board of Directors again adopts the alteration, repeal or amendment at the next subsequent meeting of the Board of Directors. Unless and until any proposed alteration repeal or amendment of these Bylaws receives a simple majority affirmative vote of the current membership of the Board of Directors at two (2) consecutive meetings of the Board of Directors as provided in this Section of BYLAWS, such alteration, repeal or amendment to the Bylaws shall have no force or effect.
Approved and adopted as amended at the Club’s January 28, 2016 Board Meeting.