By-Laws

By-Laws

Article I          Name and Offices 

Section 1.        Name.  The name of this Corporation is Merrymeeting Soccer Club.

Section 2.        Offices.  The principal office of the Corporation shall be located in the City of Topsham, Maine, or at such other office, either within or without the State of Maine, as the Board of Directors may determine, or as the affairs of the Corporation may require from time to time.

Article II   Affiliation

Section 1.        This Corporation shall maintain affiliations with SoccerMaine, (United Soccer Federation of Maine (USFM)), the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA).

Section 2.        The USSF and SoccerMaine Articles of incorporation, bylaws, policies, and requirements take precedence over and supercede the governing documents and decisions of Merrymeeting Soccer Club and its members to the extent applicable under Maine State law.   Merrymeeting Soccer Club and its members will abide by those Articles, bylaws, policies, and requirements of SoccerMaine.

Section 3.        The Bylaws of the Merrymeeting Soccer Club and other governing documents will be provided annually to SoccerMaine.  The Merrymeeting Soccer Club will allow SoccerMaine to review the documents and procedures of the Club, on request of SoccerMaine, not less than once every four years, to determine compliance with USSF and SoccerMaine bylaws.

Article III Mission Statement and Purpose

Mission Statement, Adopted October 1997:Merrymeeting Soccer Club provides opportunities for boys and girls living within the SAD 75 area to play travel team soccer consistent with the guidelines of the United Soccer Federation of Maine (USFM).  The Club encourages play within the State of Maine, and supports competitive interstate options for individual teams at their discretion and in accordance with equitable budgetary allocations. While striving to field competitive teams within all age groups, the Club will foster, through its coaches, players, and parents, an atmosphere that promotes mutual respect, individual dignity, an appreciation of team play, and good sportsmanship. Through adherence to these fundamental principles of youth athletics, it is the goal of Merrymeeting Soccer Club to make travel team soccer an enjoyable experience for coaches, players and their families.

Section 1.        The purpose of Merrymeeting Soccer Club shall be:

                         a.  to develop, promote, serve and administer the game of soccer in the towns served by the SAD 75 School District and in Central Maine;

                         b.  to encourage, support and assist the participation of member players and teams of member players in soccer tournaments;

                         c.  to provide education, training and licensing opportunities for players, coaches and referees participating in the game of soccer in Maine; and

                         d.  to do any and all other acts necessary or desirable in the furtherance of the foregoing purposes and for the good of soccer.

Section 2         To affect the foregoing purposes of this Corporation, the Corporation shall have such powers as are conferred upon non-profit Corporations by the Maine Non-Profit Corporations Act, provided that:

                         a.  no part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of any member, Director, officer of the Corporation or private individual (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the Corporation affecting one or more of its purposes).  No member, Director, officer of the Corporation or private individual shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any corporate assets upon dissolution of the Corporation;

                         b.  no substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Corporation shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publication or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office; and

                         c.  the Corporation shall not conduct or carry on any activities not permitted to be conducted or carried on by any organization exempt under Section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the regulations thereunder as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended.

Article IV  Membership

Section 1.        Classes. There shall be three classes of members:  (i) member players represented by a parent, coaches, trainers, managers, officials, and directors (who shall be entitled to vote at annual meetings); (ii) member teams (who shall be represented by the head coach or his or her representative); and (iii) members of the Board of Directors (who shall be entitled to vote at any meeting of the Corporation in accordance with these by-laws).

Section 2.        How does one become a member?   Members include anyone admitted as such by the Board of Directors after completing the application and registration procedures of the Corporation.   Directors shall be elected in accordance with Article VI of these by-laws.

 Section 3.        A member player is a person five years of age or older who is admitted by the Corporation after completing the application and registration procedures of the Corporation.

 Section 4.        A member coach, trainer, manager, administrator, or official is a person who is admitted by the Corporation after completing the application and registration procedures of the Corporation.   A member team is any team approved by the Board of Directors.  The Head Coach, appointed by the Board of Directors, or the coach’s representative, appointed by the Head Coach, shall be the representative of member teams.

Section 5.        Requirements for Membership:

                         a.  Players.  Before an individual may be admitted as a member player, the individual, or the individual’s parent or guardian in the case of a minor, must submit a written and signed registration/application on a form approved by the Corporation, pay to the Corporation the appropriate fee(s), submit proof of age and otherwise comply with any additional requirements as shall be established by the Corporation.

                         b.  Coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, or officials.  Before an individual may be admitted as a member coach, trainer, manager, administrator, or official, the individual must submit a written and signed registration application on a form approved by the Corporation, and otherwise comply with any additional requirements as shall be established by the Corporation.

Section 6.        Non-Discrimination.  Membership in Merrymeeting Soccer Club shall not be denied to any individual or soccer organization because of race, color, age, religion, national origin, ethnic identity, parental or marital status, sex or sexual orientation. Merrymeeting Soccer Club shall adopt and follow SoccerMaine policies prohibiting sexual and physical abuse.

Section 8.        The rights and privileges of any member of Merrymeeting Soccer Club may be suspended for cause by majority vote of the Board of Directors (but see Article XVI, Member Discipline).

Section 9.        Voting Rights. Member players and member coaches may attend any general meeting of the Board of Directors of the Corporation, but they shall not vote except at the Annual General Meeting.

Article V   General Meetings   

Section 1.        Annual Meetings.  The annual meeting of the Corporation shall be held in May every year at such time and place as may be determined by the Board of Directors.  Actions and policies adopted by the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, or officers shall be reported to the membership at the Annual General Meeting.

Section 2.        Notice and Agenda.  At least fifteen (15) calendar days before the annual meeting, the secretary shall give notice and agenda of the meeting to the members of Merrymeeting Soccer.  The notice and agenda posted on the Merrymeeting Soccer Club website is sufficient to comply with this requirement.  The notice and agenda requirement may also be met by notifying the head coaches of all current teams of Merrymeeting Soccer Club.

Section 3.        Quorum. A quorum of the incumbent Board of Directors or a representative from half of the current teams is necessary for the Annual General Meeting.

Section 4.        Voting.  All decisions may be accomplished by a simple majority vote of those members of Merrymeeting Soccer in good standing who are properly represented except where these by-laws or the laws of the state of Maine require a greater majority.  The method of voting shall be at the discretion of the presiding officer, or a simple majority may require a secret ballot vote.  Proxy voting shall not be allowed.  Any questions or disputes concerning the validity or results of any vote shall be submitted to the incumbent Board of Directors for a determination, and the decision of a majority of a quorum of them shall be conclusive, final and binding on all parties.

Section 5.        Procedure.  Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of the Corporation except as modified by these by-laws or by the Board of Directors.

Section 6.        Special Meetings.  A special meeting of the Corporation shall be called at the discretion of the President; or at the request of a majority of the Board of Directors; or by petition of not less than one-third of the total number of Merrymeeting Soccer Club teams.

Section 7.        Quorum and Voting.  The quorum and voting procedures for the annual meeting shall also apply for all special meetings.

Section 8.        Notice.  The notice of special meeting shall be provided to the members Merrymeeting Soccer Club not less than seven (7) calendar days before the meeting. The notice and agenda posted on the Merrymeeting Soccer Club website is sufficient to comply with this requirement.  The notice and agenda requirement may also be met by notifying the head coaches of all current teams of Merrymeeting Soccer Club.  The notice shall state the reasons for the calling of the meeting, the business to be transacted, and who called the meeting.  No other business except that described in the notice may be transacted at the meeting without the unanimous consent of all members of Merrymeeting Soccer Club in good standing who are present and represented at the meeting.

Article VI  Board of Directors

Section 1.1      General Powers and Number of Directors.  Its Board of Directors shall manage the affairs of the Corporation.

Section 1.2      The total number of Directors shall not be less than five (5), and not more than eleven (11) and shall consist, at a minimum, of the following Officers:   –  President

                                  –  Vice President — Director of Coaching

                                  – Treasurer

                                  – Registrar

                                 –  Secretary

                               The number of at-large directors may be fixed within these limits by a majority vote of the members present and voting at the annual general meeting of the Corporation.

Section 2. Election and Term of Office.  Directors are elected at the annual general meeting to succeed those Directors whose terms are expiring.  Officers are elected for a one-year term.  At large Directors shall hold office for two years after their election or until their successors shall have been elected.   Each term shall begin immediately upon election.

Section 3. Meetings.  A majority of the Directors shall constitute a quorum for any meeting of the Board of Directors, provided that a lesser number, if present, may adjourn a meeting from time to time without further notice.

Section 4. Decision Making.  Each Director shall have one vote.  The act of a simple majority of the Directors present and voting in the meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors except where the by-laws or the bylaws of SoccerMaine require a greater majority.  The Board of Directors may also act by unanimous written consent.  The Board of Directors may also make such rules and regulations concerning the conduct of its business as it may, in its discretion, determine appropriate.

Section 5. Annual Meeting.  The annual meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held immediately after and at the same place as the annual meeting of the Corporation, and no notice, other than this by-law, shall be required for this annual meeting.

Section 6. Regular Meetings.  A majority of the Directors may by resolution establish a time and place for regular meetings of the Board of Directors, and no notice other than this resolution shall be required before these meetings.

Section 7.  Special Meetings.  The President at the request of any three (3) Directors may call a special meeting of the Board of Directors.  Time and place for the meeting shall be established by the President or by the Directors who cause the meeting to be called.  Each Director shall be given notice of the time, place and purpose of the meeting by written notification emailed, delivered, or mailed to him or her at his or her business or home address, by telegram or by telephone.  Any Director may waive notice of any meeting, and the attendance of a Director at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of such notice unless the Director attends only for the purpose of objecting to a lack of notice.  If notice is mailed, it shall be deemed to have been delivered three (3) days after it is deposited in the United States mail so addressed with postage prepaid.  Neither the business to be transacted at, nor the purpose of, a regular or special meeting of the Board need be specified in the notice or waiver of notice of such meeting unless specifically required by law.

Section 8. Vacancies.  Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors shall be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining Directors or, at their discretion, a special meeting of the Corporation may be convened to fill a vacancy.  A person elected or appointed to fill a vacant position shall serve as a director in that position for the balance of the unexpired term of his or her predecessor in office.  A directorship to be filled by reason of an increase in the number of Directors shall be filled by affirmative vote of the members of Merrymeeting Soccer Club at a special general meeting of the Corporation.

Section 9. Removal.  Directors may be removed in the same manner as officers may be removed in accordance with the provisions of these by-laws (see Article VII section 4).  If a Director misses three consecutive board meeting without reasonable cause, as determined by a two-thirds vote of the Board, they may be removed as a Director.

Section 10.Compensation.  Directors as such shall not receive any stated salaries for their services, but by resolution of the Board of Directors, the expenses of attendance at educational meetings or training sessions may be paid by the corporation.  Nothing herein contained shall be construed to preclude any Director from serving the Corporation in any other capacity and receiving compensation therefor.

Section 11. Meeting by Telecommunications. Regular, Executive Committee, or special meetings of the Board of Directors or any committees of the Directors may be held by means of a conference, telephone, email correspondence, or similar communications equipment enabling all persons participating in such a meeting to communicate and respond to all discussions. Participation at such a meeting shall constitute presence of that person at such meeting.

 Section 12. Informal Action by President, Board of Directors or Committees.  Any action, required or permitted by these by-laws, to be taken at a meeting of Directors, or any committee of the Directors, may be taken by the President or the Executive Committee, without prior approval at a regular meeting, if such action is necessary for the smooth functioning of the Corporation.   All such actions shall be presented at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors.   A majority vote of the Board may further limit the discretion of the President or Executive Committee in taking informal actions

Article VII      Officers

Section 1.        Officers.  The officers of the Corporation shall consist of a President, a Vice President and Director of Coaching, a Secretary; a Treasurer, a Registrar, and such other officers as may be elected in accordance with the provisions of this Article.  Officers shall serve until their successors are duly elected.  No persons shall hold more than one (1) office at any time.  The officers shall be ex officio members of the Board of Directors and shall constitute the executive committee of the Corporation.

Section 2.        Election and Term of Office.  The Officers of the Corporation shall be elected by simple majority vote of the members Merrymeeting Soccer Club at the annual general meeting.  If the election of the officers shall not be held at such annual meeting, such election shall be held as soon thereafter as is conveniently possible.  New offices may be created at the annual meeting of the Corporation and may be filled by a majority vote of the members of Merrymeeting Soccer Club at an annual general meeting or at a special general meeting of the Corporation called for that purpose.

Section 3.        Vacancies.  Any vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, disqualification or otherwise may be filled, except as otherwise provided by these by-laws, by the election of a member of the Board of Directors by a majority vote of the Board of Directors for the unexpired portion of the term.

Section 4.        Removal.  Any officer elected by the Board of Directors may be removed by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors whenever, in its judgment, the best interest of the corporation would be served thereby.  Any person so removed may appeal to the Board of Directors for reconsideration by signed Notice of Appeal to the secretary within five (5) calendar days of the vote of the Board of Directors.  A simple majority vote of the Board of Directors at a general meeting may sustain such an appeal and overrule the prior decision of the Board of Directors.

Section 5.        President.  The president shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation and shall, in general, supervise and control all of the business and affairs of the Corporation.  The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors.  The President shall serve as an ex officio member on all committees of the Board of Directors.  The President may sign any deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts or other instruments which the Board of Directors has authorized to be executed except in cases where the signing and execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the Board of Directors or by these by-laws or by statute to some other officer or agent of the Corporation.  In general, the President shall perform all duties incident to the office of President and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time.  In addition, the President or the President’s designate shall represent this Corporation and its members in meetings with other soccer associations.  The President shall have one vote on all matters except in the case of a tie when the President may cast an additional deciding vote.

Section 6.        Vice President.  In the absence of the President, or in the event of the President’s inability or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall have all of the powers and duties of the President.   The Vice President will serve as Director of Coaching for the Corporation.  The Vice President shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by the President or by the Board of Directors.

Section 8.        Secretary.  The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors and of any committees of the Board of Directors, having any authority of the Board of Directors in one or more books provided for that purpose; give all notices in accordance with the provisions of these by-laws or as required by law; be custodian of the corporate records and, if adopted, of the seal of the Corporation; and keep a register of the post office address of each member of Merrymeeting Soccer Club which shall be furnished to the Registrar by each member of Merrymeeting Soccer Club; and in general, have such other powers and perform all duties incident to the office of the secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by the President or Board of Directors.  The Secretary shall ensure that a copy of the Corporation bylaws and its rules are forwarded to SoccerMaine each year.

Section 9.        Treasurer.  The Treasurer shall have charge and custody of all, and be responsible for all, properties, funds and securities of the Corporation; receive and give receipts for moneys due and payable to the Corporation from any source whatsoever; deposit all such moneys and other valuable property in the name of the Corporation at such banks, trust companies or other depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors; disburse the funds of the Corporation as may be ordered by the Board of Directors; render to the Board of Directors at the regular meetings, or whenever it may request, an account of all of his or her transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the Corporation.   The Charge and custody of the uniforms and equipment of Merrymeeting Soccer Club may be delegated to another member of Corporation. In addition, the Treasurer shall perform all of the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as, from time to time, may be assigned to him or her by the President or by the Board of Directors.

Registrar.  The Registrar shall be responsible for receiving and maintaining a record of all member players and member coaches as directed by these by-laws and by the rules of SoccerMaine; keep current and historical records of all player registrations and certify those players who are eligible to participate in programs, tournaments and other events sponsored by the Corporation or in such tournaments, competitions and programs as may be sponsored by other soccer associations consistent with the rules and regulations of SoccerMaine, the United States Soccer Federation and its youth affiliate, the United States Youth Soccer Association; serve as a liaison regarding all registration matters with SoccerMaine and otherwise perform all such other duties incident to the office of Registrar and such other duties as may, from time to time, be assigned to him or her by the President or by the Board of Directors.

Article VIII     Indemnification

Section 1.        The Corporation through its affiliation with SoccerMaine shall, in all cases, indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact that he or she is or was a Director, Officer, employee or agent of the Corporation or is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a Director, Officer, employee or agent of another Corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses, including attorney’s fees, judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonable incurred by him or her in connection with such action, suit or proceeding; except that no indemnification shall be provided for any person with respect to any matter as to which that person shall have been finally adjudicated in any action, suit or proceeding not to have acted in good faith in the reasonable belief that his or her action was in the best interest of the Corporation or, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding who had no reasonable cause to believe that his or her conduct was lawful or, in fact, believed that such conduct to be unlawful.  The termination of any action, suit or proceeding by judgment, order or conviction adverse to such person, or by settlement or plea of nolo contendere or its equivalent, shall not of itself create a presumption that such person did not act in good faith in the reasonable belief that his or her action was in the best interest of the Corporation, or with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, that such person had no reasonable cause to believe that his or her conduct was lawful or, in fact, believed such action to be unlawful.  The foregoing rights of indemnification shall, in the case of the death or incapacity of any Director, Officer or other person, enure to the benefit of his or her heirs, estate, executors, administrators, conservators or other legal representatives.

Article IX  Committees

Section 1.        Executive Committee.  The Officers shall comprise the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee shall have the authority of the Board of Directors and management of the Corporation between meetings of the Board of Directors except as their authority is limited by Section II of the Articles of Incorporation and Article III, Section 2 of these by-laws and except as it may be limited by resolutions of the Board of Directors.

Section 2.        Committees of Directors.  The Board of Directors, by resolution adopted by a majority of the full Board of Directors, may designate and appoint from among members one or more committees, other than the Executive Committee, each of which shall consist of two or more members, at least half of whom are Directors; the remainder need not be Directors.  Such committees, to the extent provided in said resolution, shall have and exercise the authority of the Board of Directors and the management of the Corporation.  However, no committee shall have the authority of the Board of Directors in reference to amending, altering or repealing the by-laws; electing, appointing or removing any member of any such committee or any Director or Officer of the Corporation; amending the Articles of Incorporation; adopting a plan of merger or a plan of consolidation with another Corporation; authorizing the sale, lease, exchange of mortgage of all or substantially all of the property and assets of the Corporation; authorizing the voluntary dissolution of the Corporation or revoking proceedings therefore; adopting a plan for the distribution of the assets of the Corporation; or amending, altering or appealing any resolution of the Board of Directors which by its terms provides that it shall not be amended, altered or repealed by such committee.  The designation and appointment of any such committee and the delegation thereto of authority shall not operate to relieve the Board of Directors or any individual Director of any responsibility imposed upon it or such Director by law.

Section 3.        Other Committees.  Other committees not having the authority of the Board of Directors and the management of the Corporation may be designated by a resolution of the Board of Directors for such terms and purposes as the Board of Directors deems fit.  Except as otherwise provided in such resolution, members of such committees shall be members of the Corporation, the President shall appoint the members thereof, and the President shall be an ex officio member of such committees.  Any member of any such committee may be removed by the person(s) authorized to appoint such member whenever, in their judgment, the best interests of the Corporation shall be served by such removal.

Section 4.        Chair.  One member of each committee shall be appointed chair by the President unless the selection of the chair is otherwise provided for by resolution of the Board of Directors or by these by-laws.

Section 5.        Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee of the Corporation shall consist of at least three (3) persons, and at least one shall also be a member of the Board of Directors.  It shall be the responsibility of this committee to recruit persons to run for positions on the Board of Directors and for appointment on other committees of the Corporation.  Prior to any general meeting at which the member’s of Merrymeeting Soccer Club will be electing persons to the Board of Directors, the committee shall try to submit to the Board of Directors a recommended slate of candidates for all positions to be elected.  The Board of Directors shall publish such list to the members at least fourteen (14) calendar days before the annual general meeting.  At the general meeting after the first call for nominations, the committee shall present its slate of recommended candidates.  Before the period for nominations is closed, the presiding officer shall invite the members in good standing that are represented at the meeting to nominate any additional candidates for any positions.  Such nominations from the floor shall require the concurrence of at least one (1) member of Merrymeeting Soccer Club in good standing that are present and represented at the meeting.  If a nominating committee is not formed or is unable to.

Article XI        Fiscal Year of the Corporation

Section 1.        The fiscal year of the Corporation shall begin on July 1st, and end on June 30th of the following year.

Article XII      Waiver of Notice

Section 1.        Whenever any notice (whatever) is required to be given under the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation or under the provisions of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Act of the State of Maine, a waiver thereof in writing, signed by the person(s) entitled to such notice, whether before or after the time stated therein, shall be deemed equivalent to the giving of such notice.

Article XIII     Membership Applications and Renewals for Merrymeeting Soccer Club

Section 1.        Membership Applications.                           All players, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials will be registered annually with the US Soccer Federation.  Merrymeeting Soccer Club will pay to SoccerMaine (USFM) on a timely basis all dues and fees.

Article XIV     Membership Fees

Section 1.        The membership fee for member players shall be set by simple majority vote of the Directors.  Fees will be set by season for fall, indoor, and spring season.  The Registrar may accept registrations, and appropriate fees for players, throughout the year but registrations shall only remain effective to August 1st of the new fiscal year.

Article XV      Annual Budget

Section 1.        The annual budget and all fees will be established and approved by the Board of Directors of the Corporation.

Article XVI     Member Discipline and Disputes — The current rules and policies of SoccerMaine, governing member discipline and dispute, may override by a decision of the Board of Directors of the club any rules and policies set down in the bylaws of Merrymeeting Soccer Club.

Section 1.        The President may suspend the rights and privileges of a member player, member coach, trainer, manager, administrator, official, or team of Merrymeeting Soccer Club for cause.  Cause for the suspension of the rights and privileges of a member coach, trainer, manager, administrator, official, or a member player may include, but is not limited to, the failure of the person (or his or her parent or guardian) to complete the registration or re-registration procedures or to pay the appropriate registration or re-registration fee or such other fees as may be required or such other procedures as may be required to be followed by a member of Merrymeeting Soccer Club as a condition of membership and participation in the Merrymeeting Soccer Club.

Section 2.        Any member whose rights and privileges are suspended by the Board of Directors of the Corporation shall be entitled to written notice of such action to be mailed by ordinary mail to the residential address of record of the member coach, trainer, manager, administrator, official, or player.  Such notice shall include a statement to the member as to the right of appeal, which shall be in the first instance to the Appeals Committee of the Board of Directors of SoccerMaine.  Any member whose rights and privileges are suspended by the Board of Directors must file a Notice of Appeal to the Secretary of SoccerMaine within ten (10) days of receipt of a notice of the suspension of rights and privileges.  The failure to file such a Notice of Appeal within ten (10) days shall be grounds for the automatic dismissal of the appeal.

Section 3.        The responsibility for disciplining players, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, officials, and teams rests in the first instance with the match referee, and then the President of Merrymeeting Soccer Club, league or the director of the tournament unless some other official has been specifically identified in advance of the match or tournament.  Match referees and any other interested persons shall direct all reports or allegations of misconduct by players, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, officials, teams or their supporting spectators to the local league President or to the tournament director who shall promptly investigate the matter and then act in summary manner to discipline those found to be responsible for the misconduct.

Section 4.        A player, coach, trainer, manager, administrator, official, or team may appeal the decision to the Appeals Committee of SoccerMaine by filing a written Notice of Appeal with the SoccerMaine Committee Chairperson within ten (10) days of a notice of disciplinary action.  The failure to file such a notice within ten (10) days shall be grounds for automatic dismissal of the appeal.  Appeal beyond SoccerMaine is to USSF Appeals Committee that shall have jurisdiction to approve, modify or reverse a decision.

Section 5.        The Board of Directors shall establish an Appeals Committee and shall appoint such members to the Committee to provide any member whose rights and privileges have been suspended, and any player, coach, trainer, manager, administrator, official, or team subject to disciplinary action, with a reasonable and fair opportunity to present such information and to confront such allegations of misconduct as may be relevant to the issue at hand The committee shall communicate its decisions in writing to the member and the Board of Directors.

Section 6.        It is the expressed and implied intention of SoccerMaine that Merrymeeting Soccer Club retains the right of self governance within its organization but that all affiliate clubs shall adhere to the Articles of Incorporation, by-laws, rules and regulations of SoccerMaine in all matters pertaining to interstate, regional, national and international competitions or in other soccer competitions sponsored by SoccerMaine.  It is contrary to the purpose of Merrymeeting Soccer Club andSoccerMaine and detrimental to soccer in Maine to resort to court action or the threat of court action unless and until all other avenues of relief for a resolution of the dispute through the procedures offered by the Club and SoccerMaine have been foreclosed.  Accordingly, any recourse to the courts of any jurisdiction by any member player, member Merrymeeting Soccer Club or member league before all of the rights and remedies provided by the Rules and Regulations of the Corporation shall have been exhausted shall be “conduct detrimental to soccer” and shall be cause for the immediate suspension of the rights and privileges of the member responsible for seeking such recourse.

Article XVII   Amendments

Section 1.        The by-laws of the Corporation may be amended, added to or repealed at any general meeting by a two-thirds majority vote of the members of Merrymeeting Soccer Club present and voting at a meeting provided that every proposed amendment is first submitted to the Board of Directors which shall vote to either recommend or not recommend the adoption of the proposed amendment by the membership.  No amendment shall be in order at any general meeting unless the substance of it has first been published to the member Merrymeeting Soccer Club and member leagues at least fifteen (15) calendar days prior to the general meeting at which the amendment is to be considered.

Adopted: May 2001