SAC Bylaws

Bylaws of the Sailor Athlete Council of the United States Sailing Association

Approved October, 2006

Article I – Name

1. The name of this organization shall be the Sailor Athlete Council (SAC) of the United States Sailing Association. Hereinafter, the Council may be referred to as the “Council,” and the United States Sailing Association may be referred to as “US Sailing.”

Article II – Purpose

2. The purposes of the Council are to:

2.1 function as authorized and described in bylaws 202, 222, 401, 402, 403 and 511 of the US Sailing Bylaws, and other provisions of the US Sailing Bylaws and US Sailing Regulations as appropriate. Any conflicts between the US Sailing Bylaws and this document shall be resolved in favor of the US Sailing Bylaws.

2.2 designate Sailor Athletes for the purpose of increasing the most active American sailors’ participation in the governing body of the sport.

2.3 ensure the various components of US Sailing meet the requirements of the United States Olympic Committee as outlined in the USOC Bylaws and in conformance with the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act.

2.4 provide a forum for US sailors to exchange information and assist one another in solving mutual challenges.

Article III – Definition of Sailor Athlete

3.1 To qualify as a Sailor Athlete, an individual shall be a General Member of US Sailing and meet the requirements for an A, B, or C level athlete as defined in 3.3 below.

3.2 Sailor Athlete shall register electronically through the Council web page. Once the Council validates an individual’s qualifications, the individual becomes a Sailor Athlete Member of US Sailing in accordance with US Sailing Bylaw 202. Age restricted events shall not be used to qualify an individual as a Sailor Athlete. The following US Sailing championships are not considered to be age restricted for the purposes of this definition: Championship of Champions, U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship, International Women’s Keelboat Championship, Match Racing Championship, Men’s Sailing Championship, Multihull Championship, Offshore Championship, Singlehanded Championship, Team Racing Championship, Women’s Match Racing Championship, and Women’s Sailing Championship.

3.3 Sailor Athlete Levels

3.3.1 A LEVEL Sailor Athletes shall have:

3.3.1.1 Represented the United States at the World Championships of an Olympic, Pan American or Paralympic class within the previous ten years and finished in the top half; or,

3.3.1.2 Represented the United States at an Olympic, Pan American or Paralympic Games in the last ten years.

3.3.2 B LEVEL Sailor Athletes shall have:

3.3.2.1 Represented the United States at a World Sailing sanctioned World Championship within the previous ten years and finished in the top half; or

3.3.2.2 Placed in the top half of the US Olympic, Paralympic or Pan-Am trials within the previous ten years; or

3.3.2.3 Placed in the top one third of a World Sailing Grade 1 Event, a US Sailing Championship or the National or North American Sailing Championship of a US Sailing member class within the last ten years; or the International Women’s Keelboat Championship; or

3.3.2.4 Represented the United States within the last ten years by sailing and placing in the top half of a Category 1 or 0 Offshore event as defined by the World Sailing Special Regulations; or

3.3.2.5 Competed in the Louis Vuitton or America’s Cup in the last ten years.

3.3.3 C LEVEL Sailor Athletes shall have participated in any of the following events within the last ten years: a US Sailing Championship, the International Women’s Keelboat Championship, the National or North American Sailing Championship of a US SAILING member class, a Category 1 or 0 Offshore event as defined by the World Sailing Special Regulations, the US Olympic, Paralympic or Pan-Am Trials, a World Sailing sanctioned World Championship, a World Sailing Grade 1 Event.

Article IV– Membership and Election to the Council

4. Description. The membership of the Council shall be:

4.1 All registered A and B Level athletes are eligible for membership on the Council (see Article III for Registration).

4.2 The Council shall consist of a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 14 elected members with a minimum of 50% composition of A Level Sailor Athletes.

4.3 Sailing representative to the USOC Athlete’s Advisory Council and their alternate shall automatically be ex-officio members of the Sailor Athlete Council.

4.4 Council Member Terms

4.4.1 A Council member’s term is 4 years, and will conclude with the adjournment of the US Sailing Annual Meeting.

4.4.2 A maximum of 7 Council positions will be elected every two years.

4.5 Elections will coincide with the Olympic quadrennium and half-quadrennium.

4.6 Registered Sailor Athletes shall elect Council members. Nominees can be self-nominated or nominated by other Sailor Athletes.

4.7 All eligible nominees will be posted on a voting site in the open section of the SAC web page.

4.8 Voting will take place online, prior to the US Sailing Annual Meeting.

4.9 Nominees shall be ranked according to the votes they receive. Members will be selected in order of ranking, except for the A Level requirement as provided in Article IV, paragraph 3. This may over ride the actual vote results.

4.10 The Council will certify the results of each election.

Article V – Officers

5.1 Officers and Duties. The officers of the Council shall be a Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary, elected by the Council from its membership. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed by the US Sailing bylaws, these bylaws, and the adopted parliamentary authority of the Council.

5.2 Terms of Office. Officers shall serve a term of one year or until their successors are elected, No member shall hold more than one office at a time. No member shall be eligible to serve more than three consecutive terms in the same office, with the exception of the office of Secretary.

5.3 Vacancies. A vacancy in the office of Chair shall be filled by the Vice Chair automatically assuming the office of Chair for the remainder of the term. A vacancy in the office of Vice Chair shall be filled by election at the next annual meeting. A vacancy in the office of Secretary shall be filled by appointment made by the chair for the remainder of the term. For the purposes of the term limits contained in Section 2 above, service of half a term or less in an office shall be ignored, and service of more than half a term shall be considered a full term.

Article VI – Meetings

6.1 Annual Meeting. The Council will meet at the same location and dates as the session of US Sailing Annual Meetings. The purpose of the meeting shall be for elections and the conduct of such other business as may legally come before the meeting. No later than thirty days before the meeting, the Secretary shall cause the notice of the meeting to be posted on the US Sailing website and sent electronically or through other means to all members of the Council.

6.2 Spring Meeting. The Council will meet as part of the session of US Sailing meetings held during the spring each year. No later than thirty days before the meeting, the Secretary shall cause the notice of the meeting to be posted on the US Sailing website and sent electronically or through other means to all members of the Council.

6.3 Quarterly Meetings. The Council will meet at least quarterly either in person at a US Sailing meeting, or by teleconference call. Bylaws of the Sailor Athlete Council of the United States Sailing Association,

6.4 Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Council may be called as described in Section 214 of the US Sailing bylaws.

6.5 Quorum. A majority of the membership, present in person or by proxy, shall constitute a quorum. A majority vote as defined in the parliamentary authority shall be sufficient for action of the Council, except as otherwise required by these bylaws or the parliamentary authority. Proxies shall be in writing, may be in the form of a fax or electronic mail, and shall be delivered to the Secretary no later than the roll call of the meeting at which they are in effect.

6.6 Transaction of Business by Telephone and Other Means

6.6.1 Telephone Conference. Any member of the Council may participate in a meeting of the Council by means of conference telephone or similar communications equipment allowing all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other at the same time. Participation by such means shall constitute presence in person at a meeting.

6.6.2 Electronic Mail. The Council shall have the authority to conduct business by electronic mail provided that all communications by any members are copied to all other members of the Council, and that any decisions made using this method shall be made by the affirmative vote of at least sixty per-cent of the entire membership of the Council. Decisions made using this method shall be incorporated in the minutes of the next meeting of the Council.

Article VII – Elections of Council Officers

7.1 Positions. The Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary shall be elected at the first meeting of the Council following the US Sailing Annual Meeting in the years of an election or at the US Sailing Annual Meeting on alternate years for a term of one year annual meeting. Also at the Annual Meeting, the Council shall by election (appoint by virtue of position) nominate members to serve on the US Sailing House of Delegates as described in US Sailing bylaw 222.

7.2 Nominations. Nominations for Officers will be made by the Council prior to the election.

Article VIII -Sailor Athlete Representation in US Sailing

8. The Council shall assist the various entities of US SAILING in maintaining compliance with required percent representation of Sailing Athletes as described in the US SAILING bylaws. Per US SAILING bylaw 403, Sec 1, the Council shall follow the following procedure in the event that Sailor Athletes make up less than the required percentage of members of:

8.1 the Board of Directors – the US Sailing President shall appoint one or more Sailor Athletes as a Temporary Director(s) with the approval by majority vote of the Sailor Athlete Council.

8.2 the House of Delegates – the Council, after consultation with the Chair of the House of Delegates, shall recommend to the US Sailing President, names of Sailor Athletes as candidates for appointment to the House as follows:

8.2.1 Nominations and seconds will be accepted from any Council member;

8.2.2 Voting will take place at Council meetings or electronic mail, with votes being collected and tallied by the Council Chair, and verified by the Vice Chair. The nominee with the most votes will be recommended to the US Sailing President for approval. For multiple appointments, the Council member with the next most votes will also be recommended to the US Sailing President, and so on until sufficient delegates have been appointed.

8.3 US Sailing Nominating and Governance Committees – The Council, after consultation with Chair of N & GC, shall appoint three Sailor Athlete Members to serve on the Nominating and Governance Committee. At least one of these shall be a member of the Council. At least one member shall be a Level A Sailor Athlete and the other members shall be Level A or B Sailor Athletes. The appointments shall be made as follows:

8.3.1 Nominations and seconds will be accepted from any Council member;

8.3.2 Voting will take place at Council meetings or electronic mail, with votes being collected and tallied by the Council Chair, and verified by the Vice Chair. The nominee with the most votes will be recommended to the US Sailing President for approval. For multiple appointments, the Council member with the next most votes will also be recommended to the US Sailing President, and so on until sufficient delegates have been appointed.

8.4 US Sailing Committees with Sailor Athlete Composition Requirement – the Council shall, after consultation with Chair of the said committee, recommend to the names of Sailor Athletes as candidates for appointment to the Chair of said committee who shall present the candidates to the President of US Sailing for approval as follows:

8.4.1 Nominations and seconds will be accepted from any Council member;

8.4.2 Voting will take place at Council meetings or electronic mail, with votes being collected and tallied by the Council Chair, and verified by the Vice Chair. The nominee with the most votes will be recommended to the US Sailing President for approval. For multiple appointments, the Council member with the next most votes will also be recommended to the US Sailing President, and so on until sufficient committee members have been appointed.

8.5 Other US Sailing Committees – the Council encourages all other committees of US Sailing to have at least 20% of their members be Level A, B, or C Sailor Athletes.

Article IX – Committees

9. Special committees may be appointed by the Chair.

Article X – Parliamentary Authority

10. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Council in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are compatible with these bylaws and any special rules of order the Council may adopt.

Article XI– Amendment of Bylaws

11.1 These bylaws may be amended at any annual, spring, or special meeting called for such purpose, by a two-thirds vote of the members present in person or by proxy, either in person, by teleconference, or by electronic mail provided that the proposed amendment was included with the notice of the meeting. Such approved amendment shall become effective upon compliance with US Sailing Bylaw 301, Section 2 (7).

11.2 Amendments shall be reviewed to ensure compliance with US Sailing and USOC bylaws.

11.3 Amendments approved by the Council are also subject to approval by the US Sailing Board of Directors.

Revised 11/17/06



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