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Northcentral Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association (NSLA)


League Bylaws


Revised:  12/7/04


 


Article I  Name


Section 1.01 The name of this organization shall be the Northcentral Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association (NSLA).


Article II  Goals of the NSLA


Section 2.01  The goals of the NSLA are t



  1. promote the appreciation and understanding of girls lacrosse in Minnesota,
  2. encourage the growth of high school-level girls lacrosse in Minnesota,
  3. assist teams in making the transition from club status to MSHSL varsity status,
  4. organize and administer safe and fair high school-level spring interscholastic competition, and
  5. develop sportsmanship and goodwill among member teams.

Article III  Membership


Section 3.01  Minnesota high school-level girls lacrosse teams are eligible for membership.


Section 3.02  Application for membership to the NSLA must be in writing and filed with the Secretary.


Section 3.03  Voting membership includes the Executive Committee, and head coaches (or their proxy) of NSLA teams in Good Standing.


Section 3.04  All member teams must have amateur standing.


           


Article IV  Executive Committee


Section 4.01  The officers of the NSLA shall be designated as the Executive Committee.


Section 4.02  The officers shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.


Section 4.03  All coaches and interested individuals are eligible for office and must become members of US Lacrosse if elected.


Section 4.04  Officers shall be elected by the NSLA voting members prior to the start of the Spring Season (at the mandatory preseason Coaches Meeting if possible).


Section 4.05  Terms of office will be two years.  The term will begin after election.  President and Secretary shall be elected on odd years.  Treasurer and Vice president shall be elected on even years.  The past President shall serve one year after his/her term as a mentor to the new President.  Officers are permitted to serve consecutive terms.


Section 4.06  The voting membership may remove an Executive Committee member by a majority vote if such Executive Committee member is declared of unsound mind by an order of the court or convicted of a felony. 


Section 4.07  The voting membership may remove an Executive Committee member, either with or without cause, by a 2/3 vote.


Section 4.08  Any vacancy in the Executive Committee because of death, resignation, removal in any manner, disqualification, or any other cause, will be filled by appointment of the President if the vacant position has less than 1 year remaining in their term, or by voting membership election if the vacant position has more than 1 year remaining in their term.


Article V  Duties of the Executive Committee


Section 5.01  The Executive Committee will have the following responsibilities:



  • The President shall plan and schedule all NSLA meetings.  The President shall preside at all meetings and be responsible for the successful operation of the NSLA in accordance with the Bylaws & Operating Policies.  The President is a voting member of the local chapter of US Lacrosse (USL) and shall attend (or have representation by proxy) all USL local chapter Board meetings.  The President is responsible for the successful execution of the Spring League (to include scheduling, umpire coordination, etc.), and the subsequent NSLA State Tournament.  The President is responsible for updating the Association’s Bylaws and Operating Policies as needed.  The President shall ensure new teams receive assistance from the NSLA. 
  • The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President, in the absence of the President.  The Vice President will be responsible for any marketing or promotions on behalf of the NSLA.  The Vice President is responsible for the annual USL National Players Clinic and Coaches Clinic.  The Vice President shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President.
  • The Secretary shall keep and distribute minutes of all meetings.  Other duties shall include handling all NSLA mailings, coordinating the nominations and voting for NSLA Awards and elections, and collecting and disseminating important information as needed.  The Secretary will ensure the league’s web site is updated with applicable information.  The Secretary shall coordinate the NSLA’s All-Star Game. The Secretary shall perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary, and such other duties as may be assigned by the President.
  • The Treasurer shall have charge of the NSLA’s business and financial affairs, and shall present the annual budget statement to the membership each year at the mandatory preseason Coaches Meeting.  The Treasurer is responsible for NSLA fund raising.  The Treasurer will be in charge of organizing the Minnesota National Tournament Team tryouts and National Tournament logistics.  The Treasurer shall perform all duties incident to the office of Treasurer, and such other duties as may be assigned by the President.

Article VI  Meetings


Section 6.01  Executive Committee meetings may be called as necessary by the President.  Fourteen days notice must be given.   The Executive Committee may be open to the membership, at the President’s discretion.


Section 6.02  Two mandatory Coaches Meetings will be held each year.  The first will be held prior to the Spring Season (typically in early December) and the second around the NSLA State Tournament.  Failure of a team to attend or to send a proxy (preferably an adult) to either meeting will result in a $25 fine for the team.


Section 6.03  Additional Coaches Meetings can be called by the Executive Committee as needed with 14-day advance notice.


Article VII  NSLA Conduct


Section 7.01  Players, coaches, and spectators are expected to adhere to the code of ethics as presented in the USL guidelines.


Section 7.02  There will be a one game suspension (the next game, in addition to the current game) for coaches / players if they receive a red card from an umpire.  Additional sanctions may be imposed by school, team and club guidelines.


Section 7.03  All red cards will be reported to the NSLA President and the head of the umpires immediately after the game by the umpire.


Section 7.04  If a red-carded coach or player participates in a game when the coach or player is to be suspended, that team will forfeit that game.


Section 7.05  If necessary, a  Grievance Committee shall be formed.  It may be formed at the request of an individual, team, or Executive Committee member.



  • The Grievance Committee will be comprised of the Executive Committee and two elected head coaches from NSLA teams in Good Standing.
  • The Grievance Committee shall not include anyone involved in the grievance.
  • The Grievance Committee will have the authority to take steps in the best interest of the NSLA.

Section 7.06   If excessive misconduct occurs, any member team may be temporarily or permanently dismissed from NSLA membership by unanimous vote of the Grievance Committee after a just and fair hearing. 


Article VIII  Changes to Bylaws


Section 8.01  These bylaws may be amended by the following procedures:



  • At a mandatory Coaches Meeting by a majority of the votes received provided that the proposed amendments have been sent (via hard copy, fax, or e-mail) to the voting membership at least 14 days before the meeting.  A vote may be cast at the meeting or by absentee ballot.  The Secretary must receive an absentee ballot prior to the meeting.
  • By a write-in ballot with a majority of the voting membership provided that the proposed amendments have been sent (via hard copy, fax, or e-mail) to the voting membership at least 14 days before the desired return date.
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