USA Boccia Bylaws


At the 2018 Annual Meeting members will be voting on 3 amendments of the current USA Bylaws.  They amendments were presented to the board a USA Boccia Member.  The links to the current bylaws, the three amendments and the proposed bylaws changes are listed below.  If you have any questions you can contact the following individuals

Jim Thomson – USA Boccia Board President

Jason Stubbeman – USA Boccia Governance and Nominating Committee Chair

Current USA Boccia Bylaws 6-25-2015

Newly Proposed USA BOCCIA Bylaw Amendments

Proposed Amendment 1

Proposed Amendment 2

Proposed Amendment 3

USA Boccia has created an educational piece to help understand the bylaws.  The USA Boccia board has provided the following comment in regards to the 3 amendments and proposed bylaw changes:

Three amendments have been submitted to substantially change the bylaws for USA BOCCIA. The amendments were submitted by a USA Boccia member, without input from the USA Boccia Board. The Board recognizes the need for bylaw updates. It has been three years since they were created.   We appreciate the first step that has been done on this project. 

The Board encourages careful reading with concern for clarity and unintended consequences.  We would recommend a committee review with stakeholders involved

-USA Boccia Board

The proposed bylaw revisions include:

Increasing the number of directors. The USA Boccia board currently has 5 directors on the board and the revised bylaws would change the total to nine (9) directors.

  1. Two (2) Athlete Directors. Per the Ted Stevens Act.   Any board or committee 20% must consist of athlete representation.
  2. One (1) Referee Director – this director will be appointed by the referee committee.
  3. One (1) Coach Director – this director will be appointed by the coach committee.
  4. Two (2) At-large Directors – these directors come from current members of USA Boccia
  5. Three (3) Independent Directors – this can be any individual outside of the USA Boccia membership.

Creating the following standing committees for USA Boccia:

  1. Nominating and Governance
  2. Audit
  3. Ethics
  4. Judicial
  5. Coach Advisory – New
  6. Athlete Advisory – New
  7. Referee Advisory – New

Establishing the Policy statements regarding SafeSport into our bylaws. 

What Are Bylaws?

Bylaws, also spelled as “by-laws,” are the rules an organization sets. They are established by the board of directors during the time the organization is being formed. Written bylaws tell organizations how to handle any new issues or situations that might arise. Having bylaws in place will save time that would’ve been spent on trying to work out complications within the company. It will also help keep things running smoothly and define goals or missions.

What Do Bylaws Do?

Bylaws will define things like the organizations purpose, official name, officers’ titles and responsibilities, requirements for membership, how the officers will be elected, how meetings will be conducted, and how often these meetings will be held. Bylaws will dictate the way the group functions in addition to what the roles and responsibilities of the officers will be. They help lay out an organization map, so everyone will know what the purpose and the daily operations are. Bylaws that are well-written will ensure the organization runs smoothly by providing a solution for any issues, including nominations, elections, and settling disputes among parties.

Why should I as a member of USA Boccia be aware of our Bylaws?

As a current paying member of USA Boccia you have membership privileges which include;

  1. Voting on new board members at the annual meeting
  2. Voting on Bylaw amendments and revisions at the annual meeting
  3. Voting on all other matters as they relate to USA Boccia at the annual meeting
  4. Putting forth amendments to change current bylaws to be voted on at the annual meeting
  5. Ability to apply for board of director position based on job description requirements

Why Revise Bylaws?

Bylaws should be amended and formally adopted as is necessary. The bylaws need to be current and accurate.  Bylaws should be changed every five years, so they stay up to date with the rules and regulations.   USA Boccia’s current bylaws were written 3 years ago.

How are Bylaw amendments/revisions approved?

At the annual meeting all USA Boccia Members (those who have paid for a membership) who are present, will have opportunity to vote on the bylaw amendment/revision.

There are several options at the Annual Meeting:

  • A VOTE of Yes by 2/3 majority of those present will accept the amendments as written. If the bylaws are adopted the amendments will go in effect 30 days following the annual meeting.
  • A VOTE of NO by simple majority will not accept the amendments as written.  A Committee will be formed to receive input from the stakeholders of the organization and work on the bylaws for presentation at our next Annual Meeting.
  • A motion for division of the question can be made with a 2nd, approved by majority Vote. This allows the amendments to be looked at separately.
  • A motion for commit or Refer can be made with a 2nd, and approved by majority vote to take a section of  proposed amendment and assign to a committed for further study.
  • A motion to approve a section with a second to accept a section to the Bylaws – 2/3 vote required.