NECONN SOCCER CLUB INC
The NECONN SOCCER CLUB INC., hereafter referred to as NECONN, is comprised of communities located in the most northeastern part of Connecticut.
The organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational and scientific purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future tax code.
The purpose of the club is to provide a developmental structure for children who want to learn the game of soccer. This developmental structure provides age-appropriate progressions from U5 through U19 age groups.
NECONN is an affiliated club with the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA) who is an affiliated association of the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA).
Rules and Guidelines ultimately fall under the Federation International Football Association (FIFA). CJSA provides the rules and guidelines that affiliated clubs adhere to. However, each club, such as NECONN, has the autonomy to use such guidelines to fit their club structure.
The official name of the organization shall be NECONN SOCCER CLUB INC. Reference to “NECONN”elsewhere in this document shall be to the name above.
NECONN SOCCER CLUB INC is named as an affiliate of Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA).
The objective of NECONN is to provide guidelines for the community membership and to adhere to the rules put forth by CJSA and NECONN.
NECONN is not formed for financial gain, and no part of the assets, income, or profit of NECONNis distributable to, or ensures to the benefit of its members, directors, or officers. No substantial part of the activities of NECONNshall be carrying out of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and NECONNshall not participate in, or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
A NECONN member consists of any youth meeting the requirements of age, regardless of gender or race, and any adult registered as a coach, referee, and/or Board member regardless of gender or race, participating in the towns affiliated as NECONN SOCCER CLUB INC. No individual or group shall use the name NECONN, NECONN SOCCER CLUB, NECONN Youth Socceror “NECONN”in it without being registered and in good standing with the NECONN SOCCER CLUB.
Membership of players will come from Eastford, Pomfret, Putnam, Thompson and Woodstock.
GENERAL BOARD, BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ELECTIONS
The General Board of NECONNwill be made up of one member from each of the 5 member towns, a Board of Directors (BOD) made up of 5 to 9 members, and a travel team representative. Members of the BOD may have children active in Neconn butthenumber of these members cannot be a majority of the board. The balance of the BOD will be comprised of members who do not have a child involved in the soccer program, but an understanding of the history of NECONN. Members should have soccer knowledge, and the majorityof the BOD should have attended NECONN meetings in the past for at least two full years. They will ensure that the BOD will make visionary decisions and not revisit past practices that failed.
The members of the BOD will be selected yearly at the December meeting. Nominees will be presented from a list submitted at that meeting and voted on following this procedure: Nominee must attain favorable consideration from at least 2 of the following 3 parties:
1)Present Board of Directors
2)Area school coaches and athletic directors
3)Present town representatives
A CHAIRPERSONwill be selected from the BOD to act as the chairperson of the General Board of NECONN.
The chair of the BOD will also chair a NECONNmonthly members club meeting. This meeting will be open to the public to air any and all concerns. Each member town will assign a town representative to attend monthly board meetings and will sit on the general board with voting rights. Each town representative will also select an alternate representative who will represent the member town in the event the town representative is unavailable. Member towns may also chose to have co-representatives instead of a representative and an alternate. Voting rights are as follows: two votes per town, (town representative and alternate or co-representatives), the secretary, treasurer, registrar and referee coordinator. In the event that the secretary, treasurer, registrar or referee coordinator is a member of the board of directors, then they do not vote in the general meeting. The chairperson will vote during the General Board of Neconn meeting only to break a tie. Confirmation of voting privilege must be done in writing submitted to the Chairperson and will be effective during the monthly meetingfollowing its submittal. An ASSISTANT CHAIRPERSONwill be selected from the BOD, town representative, alternate town representative or travel team representative, to act as chairperson in the absence of the elected chairperson.
The BOD would appoint the club registrar, secretary, treasurer, and referee coordinator. The board may pay these individuals for services rendered. The Chairperson will have the power to call an executive meeting.
EXPLANATION of DUTIES
CHAIRMAN Presides at meetings and has the overall responsibility for all Club
functions and adherence to CJSA and NECONNrules and regulations.
SECRETARY Records minutes of the meetings.
TREASURER Responsible for association treasury and submitting monthly
REGISTRAR Responsible for all registration of all players, coaches, and Board
members within the Club. Reconciles the Club registrations with the District Registrar.
REFEREE Responsible for recruiting, training and re-certifying referees.
COORDIN- Assigns referees and assistant referees as necessary.
ATOR Attends NECONN monthly meetings. Must be a certified USSF assignor.
Meetings will be held every month or as otherwise noted by the General Board. Meetings dates will be posted on the club website and are open to all Club personnel and the general public.
The purpose of these meetings will be to make available to the public any and all club information, i.e. finances, policy, staff, schedule, camps, etc.
The meeting agenda shall be published prior to the meeting and delivered to all officers, and voting representatives. All monthly meetings will allow for public comment.
Items not on the agenda may not be discussed at the meeting unless they are added to the agenda by 2/3 vote of the members present.
BY - LAWS REVISION AND AMENDMENT
Any revisions or amendments must be approved by a vote of two-thirds of the BOD. Two thirds of the voters will mean two thirds of all voting members. Members of theBOD will be notified, at least five days before the voting, for any revisions of the by-laws or rules of play. There will be no abstentions. All other NECONNBoard business will follow the same voting procedures unless there is a conflict of interest.
All rules in this book are effective in the season following the revisions.
All bills to be paid by NECONN shall be paid by the treasurer. The treasurer will confer with the chairperson regarding the payment of all bills.
DISSOLUTION OF NECONN
Upon the dissolution of NECONN, NECONNshall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all liabilities of NECONN, dispose of all assets, either: i) distributed equally for use as a scholarship fund for graduating soccer players from Putnam High School, Tourtellotte High School and Woodstock Academy, provided these organizations are exempt under section 501(c)(3) at the time dissolution takes place or ii) assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.