Club By-Laws

Amended and Restated these By-Laws of First Coast Soccer Association, INC.

A Florida Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation

Article I.  Name

The name of this corporation, a non-profit organization, is First Coast Soccer Association DBA as Jacksonville Armada FC Youth Academy (JAFCYA).

Article II.  Purpose

The purpose of JAFCYA is to organize, implement, maintain, and coordinate soccer programs for players of all ages. JAFCYA is primarily dedicated to the education and development of youth soccer.

Article III.  Location

The principal office of JAFCYA shall be located at 2850 Hodges Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32224, Duval County, in the State of Florida, as determined by the JAFCYA Board of Directors.

Article IV.  Affiliation

The JAFCYA shall be affiliated with the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA), the North Florida Youth Soccer League, US Club Soccer and any other organization as deemed by the Board of Directors, and shall comply with the authority, rules, and guidelines of those bodies. This affiliation is predicated upon the shared goals and objectives leading to the advancement of youth soccer in the membership area.  In the event that any provisions of these bylaws, or of the rules and regulations of the JAFCYA, conflict, the bylaws of the FYSA shall prevail.

Article V.  Membership

Membership in the association is by formal club affiliation, through player enrollment, individual participation, and maintenance of good standing.  Membership is in three categories:  General Member, Voting Member, and Officer.

Section 1.  GENERAL MEMBER:  Any person over the age of Eighteen (18), who is actively involved and participating in the purpose and objectives of JAFCYA and / or the legal parent or guardian of a player of the club.  General members have the right attend any meetings of the JAFCYA Board of Directors, Committees and Coaches.

Section 2.  VOTING MEMBER:  General membership does not constitute the right to vote on JAFCYA matters.  Each soccer team, formally recognized by this corporation, from its soccer participants shall have one (1) person to serve as a voting member; the coach or assistant coach or a team designated representative.  Only those persons selected as voting members of JAFCYA, who agree to be bound by this corporation’s bylaws, and by such other regulations and rules as the Board of Directors may, from time to time, proscribe, adopt, and implement, are eligible for membership in this corporation.  The voting member will be selected by a simple majority of parents or legal guardians affiliated with their respective soccer team.

Voting members will be elected at the beginning of each soccer season and will continue to serve in that capacity until the end of the following season.  Each member shall be entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the members during General Membership Meetings.

Section 3.  OFFICER:  Officers are elected by voting members at the corporation’s annual meeting to serve on the corporation’s board of directors.  To be eligible to serve as an officer, the candidate must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a general member of the corporation and

  2. Must have a child or be the guardian of a registered child with JAFCYA in the year preceding the election date and / or

  3. Be a current member of the Board of Directors (as of the AGM election date)

Section 4.  REMOVAL:  The Executive Committee, as defined below, by majority vote, may suspend or expel a member for cause after an appropriate hearing, as defined by these bylaws.  A hearing will not be required if the reason for the suspension is associated with any legal proceeding.

Article VI.  General Membership Meetings 

Section 1.  ANNUAL MEETING:  An annual meeting of the members shall be held during the month of November on a day determined by the Board of Directors for the purpose of electing officers and for the transaction of such other business as may come before the members.  Only those who are VOTING MEMBERS, as defined in Article V, Section 2 above, of JAFCYA on October 1st preceding the annual meeting will be eligible to vote.  The Secretary shall distribute ballots no later than 30 days prior to the annual meeting.

Section 2.  SPECIAL MEETING:  Special meetings of the members of JAFCYA for any other purpose, unless otherwise prescribed by statute, may be called by the President or, by the Board of Directors, and shall be called by the President at the request of not less than fifty-one percent (51%) of all the members of JAFCYA entitled to vote at the meeting.

Section 3.  NOTIFICATION OF SPECIAL MEETING:  All meetings shall be held within Duval County, Florida.  Written or printed notice stating the place, day, and time of the meeting of the members shall be documented and delivered, either by e-mail, direct notice (hand-out), or by U.S. mail, to each member entitled to vote at such meetings.  Notification will not be less than seven (7) or more than forty five (45) days before the date of such meeting.  The specific purpose for which the meeting is called shall be stated in the notice.  If mailed, the notice of a meeting shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States Postal Service box addressed to the member’s address as it appears on the records of the FCSA with postage prepaid.

Section 4.  QUORUM:  A majority of the voting members, fifty-one percent (51%), shall be requisite for, and shall constitute a quorum for, the transaction of business at all meeting of members.  No action of the members at such a meeting after the membership count has been taken shall destroy a quorum as constituted hereunder.

Section 5.  LACK OF QUORUM:  If any annual meeting of voting members cannot be conducted because a quorum is not present, the members who are present may adjourn the meeting to a time not less than one week from the time the original meeting was called.  Public newspaper or official JAFCYA Web site notification of such meeting shall constitute sufficient notification and if a quorum has not been reached at this second meeting, those attending shall have the right to conduct the business of the corporation, as may be designated by the Board of Directors.

Section 6.  VOTING RIGHTS:  At every meeting of the members, each voting member present in person shall have the right to cast one vote.  The vote of the majority of those present in person at a meeting shall decide any questions brought before such meeting, unless the question is one upon which, by express provision of statute or of the Articles of Incorporation, or of these By-laws, a different vote is required, in which case such express provisions shall govern and control.

Section 7.  PROXIES:  At all meetings of voting members, a voting member may vote by proxy, executed in writing by the member of his or her duly authorized attorney-in-fact.  Such proxy shall be filed with the JAFCYA Secretary before or at the time of the meeting.  Proxies shall only be valid 30 days from their date of execution.

Section 8.  RULE OF ORDER:  Meetings of voting members, board of directors, the executive committee, and special committees shall be governed by general Rules of Order.

Section 9.  ORDER OF BUSINESS:  The order of business at all annual meetings of the members shall be as follows:

  1. Count of the voting members for the purposes of establishing a quorum;

  2. Proof of notice of meeting;

  3. Reading of minutes preceding membership meeting;

  4. Reports of Officers;

  5. Reports of Committees;

  6. By-Law changes;

  7. Election of Directors;

  8. Unfinished business;

  9. New business.

Section 10.  VOTING RECORD OF MEMBERSHIP:  It shall be the duty of the Secretary of JAFCYA to maintain a record of voting members entitled to vote at annual or special meetings.  Votes taken, on matters pertaining to the operations of JAFCYA during Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings will also be recorded.

Article VII.  Board of Directors

Section 1.  GENERAL POWERS:  The authority to represent, manage, and conduct the business and affairs of JAFCYA is vested in the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors shall have the power to enforce the Laws of the Game, the Rules of the US Soccer Federation, US Youth Soccer Association, Florid Youth Soccer Association, the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws and Rules and Regulations of JAFCYA as well as any other organization designated as an affiliate by the Board of Directors.

Section 2.  RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Board of Directors shall adopt Operating Procedures, including rules and standards of conduct, for carrying out the various programs sponsored by JAFCYA.  Such rules and standards of conduct shall be harmonious with the avowed purposes of JAFCYA and shall not be inconsistent with the Articles of Incorporation and shall be in accordance with FIFA regulations as viewed by USSF, US Club, USYSA, and FYSA.  Such rules and standards of conduct shall govern and be binding upon all members of JAFCYA.  Members violating such rules and standards of conduct are subject to censure, suspension of participation, relief from office, refusal of membership renewal, expulsion, or other action designated by the Board of Directors and approved by a majority of that body.  It shall be the duty of the Secretary to see that copies of the Operating Procedures are made available to the members of the Corporation and participants of Corporation sponsored programs.

Section 3.  COMPOSITION:  The number of directors shall be seven (7).  5 directors shall make up the composition of the JAFCYA Executive Committee as detailed below.  The remaining directors shall constitute at-large positions on the Board of Directors.  Based on agreements with the City of Jacksonville, one of the board positions shall include the vice president of Patton Park.

Section 4.  COMPENSATION: A director shall not receive any stated salaries or fees for their services as a member of the board. Nothing herein stated shall prevent any Officer, Director or Committee Member from being reimbursed for out of pocket expenses or compensated for services rendered in any other capacity to or for FC, provided however that any such expenses incurred or services rendered shall have been authorized in advance by the Board. By resolution to the Executive Committee, any member may be indemnified for expenses and costs. This includes attorney’s fees, actually and necessarily incurred by the member in connection with any claim asserted against the member by action in court or otherwise, by reason of being or having been a member of the board. This does not include matters in which that the member has been guilty of gross negligence, or misconduct, in respect of the matter in which indemnity is sought.    

 

Section 5.  ELECTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

  1. Directors shall be elected at the annual general membership meeting.  Prior to the election meeting, the President shall appoint a Nominating Committee (to be approved by the Board of Directors), of three members of the Board of Directors.  The nominating committee shall be responsible for nominating responsible persons to fill officer positions.  The Nominating Committee shall report its selections to the Registrar for certification of membership in good standing and qualification.  After concurrence by the sitting Board of Directors, the compiled list of nominees will be published with the notice of annual General Membership Meeting.

  2. Once the number of director candidates for the current year has been set, the number of individuals receiving the most votes shall be deemed elected providing they receive a simple majority of the votes cast.  The newly elected directors shall begin board membership on the first (1st) of the month following the annual meeting.

     

  3. The terms of members of the Board of Directors shall be two years.

 

Section 6.  SCHEDULING OF REGULAR MEETINGS:  Regular meeting of the Board of Directors will be scheduled by the President at a time and place as shall be determined convenient by a majority of Directors.  Notices of changes to regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be given to each Director by the Secretary or his designate personally, or by mail, email or telephone at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to the time named for such a meeting.

Section 7.  SCHEDULING OF SPECIAL MEETINGS:  Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President with seven (7) days notice to each Director, given personally, by email or by telephone.  Notice shall state the date, time, place, and purpose of the special meeting.  The Secretary may also call special meetings of the Board of Directors in a like manner and on like notice at the written request of three (3) Directors.  In the case of an emergency, declared as such by the President of JAFCYA or a majority of board members, notice of a special meeting may be reduced to one day, and be given in person or by telephone.  The secretary will record any successful or unsuccessful contact with board members.

Section 8.  QUORUM:  At all meetings of the Board of Directors, a majority of the currently elected or appointed Directors, with two being Officers on the executive committee, present at the time the meeting is called to order and the roll call made, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.  After a quorum is established, no act of any Director may destroy such quorum.  The acts of the majority of the Directors present at the meeting at which a quorum has been established shall be acts of the Board of Directors.

Section 9.  RECORD OF VOTING:  The Secretary of JAFCYA will include in the minutes any actions voted upon by the Board of Directors.  The record of voting shall include, names, those in favor, opposed, or abstention, on any matter presented before the board.  Motion voting records will be serialized and separately maintained.

Section 10.  RESIGNATION:  Any Director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President or the Secretary of JAFCYA. Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified therein.  Acceptance of the resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.  Any Director, who misses three (3) consecutive meetings of the Board of Directors, without being excused by the President, shall be conclusively deemed to have resigned from the Board of Directors.

Section 11.  REMOVAL:  At any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors, any one of more of the Directors may be removed with or without cause by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Board of Directors.  Any Director whose removal has been proposed shall be afforded the due process by being given an opportunity to address the issue(s) that form the basis for the motion to remove from the board.

Section 12.  VACANCIES:  Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors may be filled by a majority vote of the remaining Directors, even when less than a quorum of the Board of Directors remains.  Any Director elected to fill a vacancy shall be elected for the un-expired term of his / her predecessor in office.

Article VIII.  Executive Committee

Section 1. The Executive Committee is responsible for the implementation of policies and procedures of JAFCYA as directed by the Board of Directors.

Section 2.  The Executive Committee of JAFCYA shall be composed of the following five positions and will be elected by the Board of Directors:

  1. President

  2. 1st Vice President

  3. Secretary

  4. Treasurer

  5. Executive Director

Section 3.  ELECTION AND TERM OF OFFICE:

  1. The newly elected Board of Directors shall elect the JAFCYA Executive Committee at the first regular meeting of the Board of Directors, following the Annual Meeting. 

  2. The term of office for all Executive Committee members shall be two years. 

Section 4.  AUTHORITY:

  1. Members of the Executive Committee shall have the authority to conduct business on behalf of the Board of Directors.  No single officer has the authority to sign any contract, agreement, or financial instrument.

  2. The signature of two members of the Executive Committee, of which one must be the President, are required for any binding contract or agreement.  The signature requirement will not include the Executive Director based on employment status. The Board of Directors will be apprised, as expeditiously as possible, of any contracts or agreements binding JAFCYA for majority ratification.  Contractual agreements must follow the guidelines as set forth in the “Financial Policies and Procedures” documents.  In order to promote internal financial control and oversight the President and Treasurer will be the only persons authorized to sign checks on behalf of the corporation.  The President and the Treasurer will be bonded.

  3. A Finance / Audit committee, consisting of three (3) members of the Executive Committee, will be established to review financial data on a quarterly basis and ensure that the expenditures are appropriate and consistent with the rules, regulations and By-Laws of JAFCYA and FYSA. 

Section 5.MEETINGS:

  1. The President or any two officers may call meetings of the Executive Committee.

  2. Notice of meetings of the Executive Committee shall be given to all officers at least forty-eight (48) hours previously thereto either by telephone or by written notice delivered personally, to include e-mail.  Notice of meetings may be delivered by mail at least five (5) days prior to such meetings.  If mailed, the notice of a meeting shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States Postal Service box addressed to the officer’s address as it appears on the records of JAFCYA with postage prepaid. 

  3. A majority of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board of Directors.  If less than a majority is present at said meeting, a majority may adjourn the meeting without further notice. 

  4. Any acts made by the majority of the Executive Committee present at a meeting at which a quorum is present, shall be the acts of the Executive Committee, unless the Bylaws require action of a greater number. 

Section 6.  DUTIES:  The duties of the Executive Committee officers are as follows:

  1. PRESIDENT. The President shall be the principal chief executive officer of JAFCYA and shall, in general, supervise and manage all business of JAFCYA.  The President shall preside at all meetings of the members and of the Executive Committee.  Shall appoint all members of committees which are then approved by the Board of Directors.  The President shall vote at meetings of the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors only in the event of a tie vote or may waive the right to do so. 

  2. 1st VICE PRESIDENT.   In the absence of the President or in the event of his inability or refusal to act, the 1st Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President; and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions of the President.  In the event of the resignation or removal from office of the President, the 1st Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President for the remainder of the term.  Shall oversee and coordinate the activities of JAFCYA standing committees.  The 1st Vice president will form committees as directed by the President.  Perform any other duties as designated by the President of the Board of Directors. 

  3. SECRETARY.  Keep a record of all decisions of the Executive Committee and motions voted upon by the Board of Directors.  Shall receive and maintain all requests for intervention, including compliance against association members.  Will initiate actions of the Disciplinary Committee and will ensure complains with all regulations and requirements associated with providing due process as defined in the JAFCYA or FYSA By-Laws. 

The Secretary (or approved Board of Director member) will keep minutes of all Board of Director and Executive Committee meetings and will provide a first draft of the minutes to the BOD and Executive committee (respectively) no later than 7 days after said meeting.

Once the minutes are approved, the Secretary will ensure that a final draft of the minutes is supplied to the BOD and Administrator for filing at the Patton Park office. 

  1. TREASURER.  At the discretion of the Executive Committee, the Treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge of duties in such sum and with such surety of sureties as the Executive Board shall determine.  Fees for such bond will be incurred by JAFCYA.  Shall have charge and custody of, and be responsible for, all funds and securities of JAFCYA.  Insure the distribution of receipts for monies due and payable to JAFCYA from any source whatsoever, and deposit all such monies in the name of JAFCYA in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as shall be selected by the Executive Board.  Insure maintenance of all records from financial institutions pertaining to JAFCYA and payment of all invoices for JAFCYA in a timely manner.  Insure maintenance of bookkeeping required preparing annual Profit and Loss Statement for tax purposes.  The Treasurer will be responsible for the annual budget and will provide oversight and support the duties of the JAFCYA Executive Director in matters of finance.  Shall serve as the Chairperson of the Finance Committee appointed pursuant to Section 4 above. 

  2. Executive Director. The Executive Director is a position responsible for administration, management, planning, organization, direction, soccer activities, etc. related to the JAFCYA and the needs of its Members. The Executive Director shall be hired, supervised, and reviewed annually by the Executive Committee and shall work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, Members, and all other staff.

Section 7.  RESIGNATION / REMOVAL / VACANCY

  1. Any officer failing to attend three (3) consecutive meetings of the Executive Committee without adequate cause as determined by two-thirds (2/3) of the total remaining members of the Executive Committee shall have the office declared vacant. 

  2. A vacancy in any office, because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise, before the completion of the term of office, may be filled by the President or any remaining Board of Directors member who is nominated for such position by the Board of Directors.  A majority at the next meeting of the Board of Directors must ratify such appointment. 

  3. Any officer of JAFCYA receiving a vote of “No Confidence” by the Board of Directors in his ability to remain in office will be required to resign.  In order to bring the “No Confidence” issue to a vote, a motion as provided for in Article VII must be called.  A two thirds (2/3) majority of the Board of Directors must be present for actions of removal of an officer. 

  4. Except for the position of President and Executive Director, one person on a temporary basis can hold two Executive Committee positions.  Temporary is not defined in terms of a specific period of time; however, the Board of Directors will aggressively pursue filling the vacated position.

Article IX.  Executive Director

Section 1. The position of the Executive Director was created to meet the contractual requirements set forth between Patton Park and the City of Jacksonville. The duties of this position as defined under Article VIII, section 6,

Duties:

Executive Director. The Executive Director is a position responsible for administration, management, planning, organization, direction, soccer activities, etc. related to the JAFCYA and the needs of its Members. The Executive Director shall be hired, supervised, and reviewed annually by the Executive Committee and shall work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, Members, and all other staff.

All of these services will be contracted on a yearly basis upon approval by the Board of Directors.

Section 2. Procedures for the dismissal and resignation of employees or contractors of the corporation shall be effective as documented by a Board approved agreements between the employees / contractor and the JAFCYA President.

Article X.  Financial

Section 1.  GENERAL:  The JAFCYA Board of Directors will in the furtherance of the organizations goals establish officers and members.  Financial policies and procedures shall be guided by approved accounting practices consistent with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) as a process effected by the Board of Directors, management, and other designated personnel designed to provide reasonable assurance of reliability of financial accounting, effectiveness and efficiency of operations, and compliance with applicable Laws and regulations.

Section 2.  EXECUTION OF INSTRUMENTS:  The Executive Committee of JAFCYA shall be responsible for the financial operations of the organization and shall have the power to execute on behalf of and in name of the organization any deed, contract, bond, debenture, note, or other obligations or evidences of indebtedness, or proxy, or other instrument requiring the signatures of the Officer of the Corporation, one being that of the President, except where the signing and execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the Board of Directors to some other officer or agent of the organization.  Unless so authorized, no officer, agent, or employee shall have any power or authority to bind the organization in any way, to pledge its credit or to render it liable pecuniary for any purpose or in any amount.  Final approval authority lies with the Board of Directors.  Any contract or agreement executed by the Executive Committee will be pre-approved by the Board of Directors, or under well-defined exigent circumstances, be later ratified.

Section 3.  TAX EXEMPT STATUS:  JAFCYA is established as a non-for-profit corporation and shall adhere to all State of Florida and Federal rules, statutes, and regulations to assure compliance with that status.  JAFCYA has been granted exemption from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code, and holds a Consumer’s Certificate of Exemption pursuant to Chapter 212 of the Florida Statutes.  Further, JAFCYA shall not conduct, authorize, or sanction any activity that is contrary to or threatens its non-profit status at the State or Federal level.

Section 4.  REPORTS:  The JAFCYA Treasurer will be the organization’s primary financial officer.  The Treasurer, with the assistance of President and the Finance and Audit committee, will be responsible for routine financial matters.  An annual budget will be created and forwarded to the JAFCYA Finance Committee for submission to the Board of Directors on a preliminary basis by May 30th with a final budget submitted to the Board of Directors for approval by July 1st.  Additionally, the Board of Directors, during regular meetings, will be provided written reports and / or statements depicting the organization’s financial status and for Board of Director approval.

Section 5.  FINANCE / AUDIT COMMITTEE:  The finance committee will be a permanent committee of the organization.  The finance committee will oversee the financial activities of the organization, and will act in advisory capacity, and forward financial recommendations to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.  Expenditures exceeding $300.00 shall require review by the finance committee on a post pay basis.  Any discrepancy noted or expenditures that are not substantiated by the appropriate documentation will be brought before the Board of Directors for review and disposition.

Section 6.  INTERNAL CONTROLS:  The Executive Committee will designate, in writing, who may open and / or close bank accounts, write checks, make deposits, and handle cash, on behalf of the organization and communicate same to the Board of Directors.  All checks written on behalf of the organization will require one signature from the President or the Treasurer of JAFCYA for checks written from the general account.

Article XI.  Disciplinary Actions, Grievances, and Appeals

Section 1.  FILING OF GRIEVANCE.  Any party may protest the decision or actions of any member, coach, or director within JAFCYA.  The aggrieved party shall mail or deliver their protest, in writing, to the Secretary of the corporation within seven (7) days after the occurrence of any action or decision, which is the subject of the protest.  The written protest shall set forth in reasonable detail the grounds that the aggrieved party feels that the actions were inappropriate and or violate the rules and regulations of JAFCYA or FYSA.

Section 2.  RESOLUTION.  The bylaws of FYSA, Section 500, Discipline and Sanctions, shall prevail if deemed in conflict with these bylaws.

Section 3.  PROCEDURES

  1. FORMATION OF COMMITTEE.  Upon receipt of an appeal or protest, the Secretary, or President if the Secretary is not available, shall forward any complaint, presented in writing, to the Appeals and Discipline Committee for review within seven (7) days.

  2. NOTICE OF HEARING.  Within twenty-one (21) days after receipt of the appeal or protest, the Appeals and Discipline Committee shall hold a hearing on the appeal, grievance, or protest at a reasonable time and place designated by the Committee Chairman.  The Chairman shall give written notice of the time and place of the meeting to the aggrieved party, and to the party or parties whose action or decision is the subject of the appeal/protest.  Any party entitled to notice may waive written notice.  Attendance at the hearing by any party entitled to notice shall constitute a waiver of notice.

  3. CONDUCT OF HEARING.  At the hearing, the aggrieved party shall be entitled to present his or her reasons for the appeal or grievance.  Such presentation must be made in person by the aggrieved party.  The aggrieved party may also present witnesses or documents as he or she desires in support of the appeal or grievance.  The party or parties whose action or decision is the subject of the appeal or grievance shall have a reasonable opportunity for rebuttal.

  4. DECISION OF COMMITTEE.  After the hearing, the Committee shall deliberate and make its decision on the facts presented and in accordance with the applicable FYSA rules and regulations.  The Committee may also take any additional or supplemental action, which it deems appropriate and supported by the FYSA rules and regulations.  Written notice of the decision shall be delivered or mailed to the Secretary, and the party or parties whose action or decision is the subject of the appeal or grievance.  Any person, except the Secretary of the corporation, who is entitled to notice of the decision, may waive written notice of that decision by written waiver agreement.    The Committee’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Board of Directors and the District Commissioner for information purposes.  The Secretary shall case a copy of the written decision to be inserted into the minutes of the corporation, and it shall become a permanent part thereof.

  5. SANCTIONS.  In the event the Appeals and Discipline Committee finds the grounds for disciplinary action exist, the minimum actions as set forth in any rules and regulations of the Florida Youth Soccer Association shall apply.  However, more severe or stringent discipline may be recommended by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors if it is determined that such discipline is appropriate.

  6. APPEAL OF DECISION.  Any party who is adversely affected by a decision of the Appeals and Hearing Committee may appeal that decision, in writing, to the FYSA District Commissioner.  Such appeal shall be made within fourteen (14) days after the mailing of the notice of the decision of the Appeals and Hearing committee or after the date on which that decision was made if notice has been waived.  The appeal shall be in writing and mailed to the FYSA District Commissioner.  The District Commissioner will determine the course of appropriate course of action in keeping with FYSA rules and regulations.

  7. REFEREE ABUSE.  Referee abuse by any member of this association shall be handled and reported as set forth by the FYSA bylaws.

Article XII.  Rules of Play

Section 1.  Rules of play, except as modified by FYSA and/or US Club Soccer , shall be FIFA “Laws of the Game”.  Competition sanctioned by JAFCYA shall be in compliance with these rules.

Section 2.  The JAFCYA Executive Committee shall promulgate and implement rules and regulations pursuant to which the purpose of the JAFCYA will be accomplished.

Article XIII.  Implementation / Amendments 

Section 1.  Any member in good standing may submit amendments to the bylaws to the Executive Committee for approval.

Section 2.  The bylaws of JAFCYA may be amended, repealed, added to, or new bylaws adopted, by the vote of 51% or greater of the members present at the annual meeting or at any other meeting called for that purpose.  Members shall be furnished with the proposed amendments to the bylaws prior to the meeting.

Section 3.  Temporary amendments may be approved the Board of Directors with a vote of 51% or greater of all current Directors, until the next general membership meeting.  Final decision on the acceptance or rejection of proposed amendments shall be that of the general membership present at the general membership meeting.

Section 4.  POLICY DOCUMENTS.  Supporting or policy documents promulgating and or further clarifying these bylaws shall be produced as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.  These documents, recorded and published as serialized policy documents, shall remain in effect during the current operating year, defined as the period of time between the JAFCYA annual meetings.  These policy documents shall not be in contradiction to the adopted bylaws and unless incorporated into the bylaws, the methods or procedures acted upon shall be re-certified at each annual meeting as a policy decision.

  1. The Secretary of JAFCYA will record the serialized policy documents.

  2. The President will present policy documents for approval to the Board of Directors.  Approval and cancelation of policy documents require a two-third approval vote of the Board of Directors present at a legal Board of Directors meeting.

Article XIV.  Dissolution 

JAFCYA, as represented by the Executive Committee, shall establish procedures for the dissolution of the club in the event such action becomes necessary.  This shall include the binding responsibility that all assets of every kind are turned over to one or more organizations that have as their goal the advancement of youth soccer and hold the tax exempt status as provided under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.