Northeast Ohio Charter League Incorporation Youth Athletic Association Constitution and Bylaws (“NOCL, Inc”)

The purposes of the Northeast Ohio Charter League Incorporation (hereafter referred to as NOCL, Inc.) are to provide an enjoyable experience for each youth participant; develop character, skills, sportsmanship; and to promote good will among all teams and individuals. NOCL, Inc. is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as an exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.)

ARTICLE 1: ADOPTION OF BYLAWS

SECTION 1: The NOCL, Inc. adopts the following Youth Basketball Bylaws (hereafter referred to as Bylaws) as its own. It is further understood that NOCL, Inc. may implement its own policies and procedures to ensure efficient operation of its programs. However, policies and procedures will not contradict or take precedence over the Bylaws.

ARTICLE II: OBJECTIVES OF NOCL, Inc.

SECTION 1: The objectives of NOCL, Inc.shall be to:

1. Promote and sponsor organized, recreational sports programs for all youth, as a group unit, in Northeast Ohio and the surrounding areas.

2. Teach the fundamentals of the particular sport to Northeast Ohio youth.

 3. Teach and promote the ideals of good sportsmanship, discipline, and teamwork at all levels of the game for the benefit of all youth, as a group unit.

 4. Provide a full, equal and fair opportunity for all youth to participate in organized, recreational sport. NOCL, Inc. shall at all times work with officials of the Northeast Ohio to achieve these objectives.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERS

SECTION 1: The members of NOCL, Inc. shall be the coach, athletics director, and administration of participating school/s registered to play a particular sport within the organization.

SECTION 2: A member meeting may be called by the president. Any such meeting shall be held on a date and at a location to be selected by the President. Notice shall be given to all members by electronic mail at least 7 days in advance, unless deemed necessary for an emergency meeting. A meeting agenda shall be prepared by the president. The agenda shall include an item entitled “Open Forum” to provide members an opportunity to express viewpoints. The president shall open and close all meetings and shall preside over them as he/she deems reasonable and appropriate.

SECTION 3: The members shall have the following powers:

a. To attend member meetings as may be called by the president;

b. To be informed of NOCL, Inc. policies by the Board of Directors;

c. To offer ideas for policies, rules and/or programs of NOCL, Inc. for the Board of Directors to consider;

ARTICLE IV: DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

SECTION 1: NOCL, Inc. shall be controlled and operated by a Board of Directors that shall be comprised of its officers. Board of Directors serve solely at the discretion of NOCL, Inc. president. Each officer shall have one vote on all NOCL, Inc. matters presented at any Board meeting. In the event of a tie vote on any NOCL, Inc. matter, the vote of the president shall determine the question.

SECTION 2: The elected officers of the NOCL, Inc. will be a Vice-President, Event Coordinator, Schedule Coordinator, Secretary, and Treasurer. Officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors and shall serve until resignation or removal by a 2/3 majority vote of the Board. Candidates for all offices shall be eligible for election upon nomination by the Board of Directors only. Board of Directors shall be nominated by the president. They shall serve for a one year term. Board of Directors may be removed by the president or by a majority vote of the Board. Upon such removal, the president shall nominate a for Board approval within a reasonable time.

SECTION 3: The duties of theNOCL, Inc. Officers shall be to

● Manage all operations, including but not limited to all sports programs, and any special events or programs authorized by the Board.

● Transact necessary business in the intervals between meetings and during the off season periods

● Approve and pay bills, prepare and file tax returns, make financial decisions, set school participation fees, and conduct any and all financial operations necessary to the conduct of NOCL, Inc. business;

● Consider and determine the handling of any issues that may arise in the course of NOCL, Inc. operations.

● Carry out the objectives of theNOCL, Inc. .

ARTICLE V: DUTIES OF OFFICERS

SECTION 1: The President will perform the following duties:

● Preside at all Board and other meetings that involve NOCL, Inc. issues of any sort.

● Enforce the NOCL, Inc. Bylaws and its policies and procedures.

● Act as liaison with officials, including the Recreation Department.

● Oversee all sports programs and facilities.

● Communicate with the members and manage the day-to-day operations of all NOCL, Inc. programs.

The President may engage such assistance for the performance of his duties as he/she deems appropriate or necessary. He/she shall be empowered to make all NOCL, Inc. decisions as reasonably necessary, and to call meetings of the Board for any purpose and at any time as may be deemed reasonable and appropriate by him/her.

SECTION 2: The Vice-President will perform the following duties:

● Manage and oversee the travel tryout process, with the assistance of the president and in a manner as the president and Board may direct;

● Attend all NOCL, Inc. Board and other meetings;

● Assist the president in the performance of his/her duties as may be requested from time to time.

SECTION 3: The Scheduling Coordinator will perform the following duties:

● Attend all NOCL, Inc. Board and other meetings;

● Coordinate game schedule for all NOCL, Inc. sports programs and communicate directly with officials, coaches and the president to assure the efficient use of gym time;

● Assist the president in the performance of his/her duties as may be requested from time to time.

SECTION 4: The Program Coordinator will perform the following duties:

● Oversee NOCL, Inc. programs to ensure they are operated in accordance with these Bylaws and policies of NOCL, Inc., with the assistance of the president and in a manner as the president and Board may direct;

● Ensure that NOCL’s coordinators perform their duties in accordance with these Bylaws, NOCL policies, and instructions of the president;

● Attend all NOCL, Inc. Board and other meetings;

● Assist the president in the performance of his/her duties as may be requested from time to time.

SECTION 5: The Treasurer will perform the following duties:

● Receive all money and manage all financial accounts of NOCL, Inc.

● Keep accurate records of all receipts and disbursements and make disbursements as directed by the president and permitted by these Bylaws;

● Prepare for Board approval such annual tax returns as may be required and file the returns with appropriate taxing authorities. No such tax return shall be filed until reviewed by the president and signed by the treasurer;

● Attend All NOCL, Inc.Board and other meetings.

SECTION 6: The members of the Board will perform the following duties:

● Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors;

● Assist the president with enforcing the rules, procedures, and protocols within their schools.

● Make suggestions to better improve the NOCL, Inc. organization, to be voted on by the Board

ARTICLE VI: FINANCES

SECTION 1: All funds collected on behalf of or in the name of NOCL, Inc. will be handled, maintained and accounted for by the Treasurer in a bank account. Records of all funds received and expended shall be retained as the books and records of NOCL, Inc.. The treasurer shall provide a summary financial report in writing to the Board at least once annually.

SECTION 2: All disbursements shall be in the name of NOCL, Inc. and will be transacted via paypal, cash, or check. The Treasurer shall retain with the books and records of NOCL, Inc. all receipts and other records related to the payment of expenses.

SECTION 3: No part of the funds of NOCL, Inc. shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, trustees, or officers, who shall serve NOCL, Inc. as volunteers only. The organization may pay reasonable compensation for such outside services rendered to NOCL, Inc. as the Board deems necessary and appropriate and make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth hereof. A schedule listing all NOCL, Inc. bank accounts and any other assets of NOCL, Inc. shall be prepared by the treasurer as of the end of June each year along with a statement of changes in net funds. The president may request a status of funds available from the Treasurer at any time. The treasurer shall provide the president with a summary of available funds, upon request of the president, as soon as practicable. The Board may, in its sole discretion, make such disbursements from the net funds of NOCL, Inc. as will benefit or promote the playing of any sport by the youth of the NOCL, Inc. organization.

SECTION 4: No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt for Federal Income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).

ARTICLE VII: PLAYER SELECTION PROCEDURES

SECTION 1: NOCL, Inc. will notify all schools of the registration process via email. All players must attend a participating school within the NOCL, Inc. organization.

SECTION 2: The Board shall, for each season, schedule a registration period that shall have a start date and an ending date that are no less than 60 days apart. All players must register in accordance with the procedures set by the Board on or before the registration closing date. The registration requirement shall include but not be limited to the payment of such participation fees as the Board deems proper and necessary for the operation of NOCL, Inc. No player who fails to register by the registration closing date shall participate in any sport program, except that the president may permit late registrations in his/her sole discretion.

ARTICLE VIII: PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES

SECTION 1: Parents of children who participate in NOCL, Inc. programs shall maintain behavior that reflects positively on NOCL, Inc. and promotes good sportsmanship.

SECTION 2: Parents of children participating in NOCL, Inc. programs have the following responsibilities:

● Abide by the rules established by NOCL, Inc. and/or the Recreation Department, including zero tolerance of inappropriate or disrespectful behavior toward players, coaches, and referees.

● Have player/s at all scheduled practices by the designated time.

● Respect all decisions of team coaches and work constructively with them to promote team unity and harmony.

● Failure to perform the above responsibilities may result in the parent and/or his/her child being suspended or removed from participation inNOCL, Inc. programs. The NOCL, Inc. Board of Directors will make such decisions.

ARTICLE IX: COACHING RESPONSIBILITIES

SECTION 1: Coaches are expected to create an environment at practices and at games that promotes NOCL’s goals of good sportsmanship, development of fundamentals, and teamwork. Coaches shall communicate NOCL’s goals and its policies to players and their parents. Coaches shall communicate directly with parents and provide game and practice schedules on a timely basis.

SECTION 2: Coaches are responsible for ensuring that all players on their teams and their fans practice good sportsmanship before, during and after each game. Coaches are responsible to:

● Support the referees and refrain from arguing with or making derogatory comments toward them.

● Refrain from actions or words that undercut the self-esteem of players from their own or opposing teams.

● Not allow any players to make derogatory comments or to show disrespect to an opposing team’s players, parents or referees.

● Support post-game exchanges of good sportsmanship between players and coaches.

The Board shall be free to accept or reject individual coaches based on its assessment of a volunteer’s ability or willingness to comply with these policies. Failure of any coach to comply with these policies may result in his/her removal from coaching in NOCL, Inc. programs by the Board of Directors, which may take such action in its sole discretion.

ARTICLE XI: DISSOLUTION

Section 1: Upon the dissolution of the organization, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the organization, dispose of all of the assets of the organization exclusively for the purposes of the organization in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable or educational purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Board of Officers shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of 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.