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SECTION 1   AGE LIMITS

 Each eligible player must be between the ages of eight as of September 1, and fourteen years of age. "A" team fourteen years of age as of December 1. "B' team twelve years of age as of September 1. "C" team ten years of age as of September 1. "D" team eight years of age as of September 1 and not turn ten before December 1. Proof of date of birth shall be determined by birth certificate or baptismal record presented at the time of registration. Any other proof must be submitted to the Commissioner for approval. ' Nobody under 8 years of age will be permitted to practice in the Red Rose League

 SECTION 2    AGE AND WEIGHT COMBINATIONS FOR TEAM ELIGIBILITY

 No player shall weigh more than the following, including equipment (excluding helmet and shoulder pads) as hereinafter provided. This includes the shoes that the player will wear while participating in the game.

                                                              WEIGHT                                   AGES

"A"Team                                                 140 pounds                               10, 11, 12, 13, & 14

"B"Team                                                 120 pounds                               8, 9, 10, 11, & 12

"C" Team                                                100 pounds                               8, 9, 10

"D"Team                                                   90 pounds                               8, 9 ‑ first year only

 

If section 3 is changed in anyway, section 3 cannot be changed for three years. (Feb. 97)

 SECTION 3  REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

 Full safety eo, orment shall be required for each boy and shall consist of the following:

1. Helmet with face mask: helmets must meet with manufacturer's and/or reconditioner's guidelines.

2. Jersey

3. Footwear, including molded football shoes or sneakers. No player may wear shoes with detachable cleats.

4. Shoulder Pads.

5. Football pants with proper thigh, hip, and knee pads or body suits.

6. Colored mouthpieces.

SECTION 4  WEIGH-INS

 There shall be only one weigh in per player, the proper equipment for weigh in is as follows: game pants, game jersey, girdle pads or body suits, thigh pads, knee pads and game shoes (full length jerseys must be tucked in the players pants.) (A player shall be allowed to wear a sweat shirt or thermal underwear after weigh in.) The weigh-in shall take place during the half time of the previous game. For "B", halftime of the "C" game; for "A", halftime of the "B" game. Sunday games will be in reverse order. At weigh in, the Directors will exchange official team rosters. Such rosters will indicate players names and jersey numbers in numerical order from low to high. Weigh ins must be made by game time unless agreed upon by both directors.

1. "A" team roster should be listed in numerical order.

2. "B" team roster should be listed in numerical order.

3. "C" team roster should be listed in numerical order.

4. "D" team roster should be listed in numerical order.

As each player steps on the scale for his official weigh‑in, he will state his name and game jersey number. The Commissioner may appoint any league officer or duly appointed representatives to conduct unannounced pregame weigh‑ins. The person conducting such unannounced weigh‑ins shall carry on his person and present on demand a letter of authorization signed by the Commissioner. The letter of authorization shall also include the names of the two opposing teams. '

Only team directors or their aftermaths will conduct pregame weigh‑ins. No other people may be present; exception being any league officers invited as an observer. If director is not going to be available for weigh‑ins, alternate should be specified to other team director prior to the game weigh‑in. The exception to, this would be unannounced pregame weigh‑in conducted by a duly appointed 1 representative as previously provided. If a player does not meet the weight requirements, he may not play in that game. If a director needs assistance in conducting a weigh‑in, he should contact the Commissioner to arrange a spotcheck from the league office. Home teams must stay in their practice area or designated area while visiting team weighs in.

SECTION 5  PARENTAL CONSENT AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

Each player must have a written consent of his parents or guardian. Each player shall have a physical examination report from his physician prior to said players first practice.

SECTION PLAYER DISQUALIFICATION AND RESTRICTIONS

 Any player who plays for a scholastic football team during any season shall be ineligible to compete in the Red Rose Midget Football League during that season. If a player voluntarily quits or is released prior to the first game, the player's eligibility must be cleared with the scholastic coach. No player shall play in more than one game a weekend. That player may play in either an "A", "B", or "C" game, but shall under no circumstances participate in more than one game, regardless of the amount of time played in one game. After the third game of the season has been played, no player may be transferred from an "A"team to a "B"team or from "B" team to a "C" team and thereafter must continue to play on the "A" or "B" team for the balance of the season. There shall be no restrictions as to the transfer from the "B" team to the "A"team or from the "C"team to the "B" team at anytime. However, after a player plays in an "A" or "B" game, he may not thereafter play in a "B" of "C" game.

 SECTION 7 SIZE OF SQUAD

Each squad must be composed of at least fifteen players at the start of the game, all of which must be fully uniformed, in accordance with PIAA rules. Otherwise, the game must be forfeited.

NOTE: This by‑law cannot be waived as voted by the Board on February 1, 1987.

                LEAGUE GAMES

 SECTION 1 SCHEDULES

 The Commissioner shall do all scheduling, both for regular and post‑season playoffs. In the event of postponed games, the Commissioner is authorized to set the date, time, and place for rescheduling games. All other games, including non‑league games, must be cleared through the Commissioner so as not to conflict with league activities.

 SECTION 2  LENGTH OF SEASON

 Opening practice will take place on the third Monday before Labor Day. There will be no organized contact the first three days of practice. League games and playoffs shall be completed no later than November 30th, unless delayed by an Act of God. The league schedule will not begin until the weekend following Labor Day.

 SECTION 3 STARTING TIMES

Play in night game shall start by 6:00 p.m. and the order of play shall be "C", "B", and "A". Sunday afternoon games will begin at 12:30 p.m., if possible, and the order of play shall be "A", "B", and "C". There will be no exceptions.

SECTION 4  POSTPONEMENTS OF GAMES

Only severe bad weather should cause the postponement of a scheduled game, or the inability of teams to use fields in inclement weather on the decision of officials who control fields. Postponement is to be made up only after consultation by the directors of the teams involved. The Commissioner's decision will prevail. Saturday's games shall be made up on Sunday and Sunday's games should be made up on Monday if fields and officials are available.

 SECTION 5 WEIGH-IN SCALES

The home team shall provide a double bar scale for the purpose of pregame weigh‑ins. Such a scale shall be of the balance type platform scale which must be certified annually in the months of June, July, August, or September prior to the first league game. Certification must be indicated by the presence of a sticker or tag which was placed there by the City or County Sealer of Weights and Measures. Failure to comply will result in forfeit of game or games until scales are properly certified.

SECTION 6 ‑ OFFICIAL GAME TIME

At fields where there is no scoreboard or clock or at those fields where there is a scoreboard and clock by inoperative, official time will be kept on the field. At those fields where there are scoreboards and clocks and where they are operative for midget football games, such clocks will only be official if the game officials are satisfied that the clock is qualified and they notify both directors and BOTH directors then agree to the scoreboard clock being official time. If no agreement between the directors can be reached, official time will be kept on the field.

 SECTION 7 MEDICAL CARE

Each team will supply its own medical kit and will be responsible for any and all medical expenses incurred by its own member. When possible the home team will endeavor to have medical personnel in attendance at all home games and will also endeavor to have a vehicle available for use in any emergency. There should be a method of communication at each site available for an emergency.

SECTION 8  REPORTING SCORES

It will be the responsibility of the Director of the home team to report the scores of his games played that day to the Secretary. The times for calling in the scores will be set by the Secretary. Violations will result in a fine of $15.00.

SECTION 9 TEAM COLORS

Any team wanting to change team colors must receive a majority vote of approval from the Board of Directors.

SECTION 10 TEAM ROSTERS

The roster, with name, age and each player's contract and duplicate birth certificate shall be submitted to the Commissioner no later than the Thursday preceding the opening of league season. Failure to get rosters in on time will result in a fine of $25.00.

                                                        GAME RULES

 SECTION 1 PIAA RULES

 League games shall be played according to PIAA Rules and Regulations except as stated in this Article or amended as deemed necessary to the Board of Directors.

1.Playing time for "A", "B", "C" and "D" games shall be eight minutes per quarter.

2. When possible, all officials in league games shall be PIAA approved for football. All non‑PIAA officials must be approved by both directors before each game. A director who refuses to play under the guise of this Item assumes the responsibility for the field expenses incurred by rescheduling, except referees. Three officials will be provided by the Commissioner for each game.

  3. A 3/4 size leather football shall be the official ball for "A" and "B" teams. A TDJ (junior size) leather football shall be t he official ball for "C" and "D" teams.

4. Scoring points will be awarded as follows:

                                                  Touchdown                                6 points .­

                                                  Safety                                       2 points

                                                  Field Goal                                 3 points

            Points after Touchdown:

                                                  Rush                                         1 point

                                                  Forward Pass ‑                           2 points

                                                  Kick                                          2 points

  5. Players wishing to wear face shields must present a note from their doctor stating that such protection, in his professional opinion, is required. Such note will be presented to the game official before each game.

 6. The home team director should notify the visiting team director of the medical person in charge before the game.(Feb. 97)

 7. A, B, & C Team games to be played with 3 officials Q $25.00 per official, or if you have 4 officials you pay 4 @ $20.00 per game. (Feb. 22, 1998)

 SECTION 2  18 POINT DIFFERENTIAL

 A team that is 18 points ahead of their opponent must substitute offensively and defensively, a complete team made up of players from their bench strength or any part of a team available. BENCH STRENGTH (Feb 97) shall be defined as those players who do not start the game on either offense or defense, and who does not perform with a starting or first team unit repeatedly. Replace skill position (Feb. 97) players on offense and defense, depending on bench numbers. Skifl positions are defined on offense as quarterbacks, running backs, and ends. On defense as ends and linebackers. (Feb 97) This rule shall not apply to kick‑off, kickoff return, punting, punt return, and offense teams on point after touchdown attempts.

PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF 18 POINT DIFFERENTIAL

First Offense - Fifty dollar fine

Second Offense - Suspend the head coach for a period of one year from the date of the infraction.

Third Offense - The head coach shall be permanently suspended from the league in any capacity.

 SECTION 3  DETERMINING TEAM DIVISION STANDINGS

Division standings will be computed on a point system as follows:

1. Two points for each game won.

2. One point for each game tied.

3. Zero points for each game lost.

FINAL STANDINGS, PLAYOFFS,

AND CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

 SECTION 1 TIES IN DIVISION STANDINGS

Ties in the final standings at the end of the regular season will result in both teams being named Division Co‑Champions. A play‑off game will then be held between the teams involved, at a neutral field if possible, to determine which team will represent its division in the league championship. A tie in such play‑off game will be decided by the use of the PIAA 10 Yard Overtime Procedure.

 SECTION 2 ‑ LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Division champions and a wild‑card team shall meet in the league championship games to determine league champions in "A", "B", and "C" classifications. If any championship game ends in a tie score, the game will be decided by the use of the PIAA 10 Yard Overtime Procedure.  If three divisions are involved, a wildcard team plays the top seeded team. A wildcard team is a second place team with the best division record. If two or three teams have the same record they will play to determine the wildcard that will go in the playoffs. A "wildcard team" is a team that has the best second place record in each of the divisions. In the case of a tie, the teams will playoff. (Feb. 97)  There will be no "D" Team Championship Game or Championship Trophy.

                                             TROPHIES AND AWARDS

 

SECTION 1  TROPHIES TEAM DIVISION

A team that finishes in first place in its respective division at the conclusion of the regularly scheduled league games will be awarded a suitable Division Championship trophy.

        LEAGUE ‑ The league shall provide a suitable Championship trophy for League Champions and second place team in each of the three classifications ("A", "B", and "C".

SECTION 2 ‑ TROPHIES ‑ PLAYERS

 One trophy to be awarded, by the league, to each player on the winning and losing team (Feb, 97) of the league championship game. These trophies will be awarded on each level, "A", "B", and "C".

                                         TEAM AND LEAGUE EXPENSES

 SECTION 1 LEAGUE ASSESSMENT

 Each team will pay an amount to be determined by the League as its proportionate share of the operating costs.

 SECTION 2 CHARACTER FEE

Each team will deposit the sum of twenty‑five dollars in the league treasury as a Character Fee which is returnable if the member team withdraws from the league. minus any fines or assessments.

 SECTION 3 GAME OFFICIALS

 1. A minimum of three officials shall constitute a complete crew for regular  season games. The home team will be responsible for their fee. If only two officials are present at a regular season game, they will divide the fee due the third official. If one is present, he shall receive the fee for two officials.

 2.A minimum of four officials shall constitute a complete crew for post‑season games. Responsibility for their fees shall be as follows:

                                  Playoff games ‑              Host Team (Feb. 97)

                                 Championship ‑              Host Team

                         Officials will be paid at half‑time of the second game.

 4. For "D" squad games: A. A minimum of two officials shall constitute a complete crew. B. The home team is responsible for the official's fee.

 5.For all playoff games, chain crews are officials.

 SECTION 4 TEAM EXPENSES

Each team will pay its own transportation expenses to games and return; and will be responsible for all other expenses that may result, such as meals, medical care, etc...

                                 PROTESTS AND PENALTIES

 SECTION 1 ‑ VALID PROTEST

A protest to be considered by the Commissioner as valid, must meet the following specifications:

 1.  Be filed with the Commissioner in accordance with Section 2 of this Article pertaining to proper filing procedure.

2.        State the name of the team being charged.

3.        Specify the By‑Law that has been violated.

4.           Briefly describe the events surrounding the violation.

The basis for a protest are as follows:

 1.         Team arriving five minutes later than scheduled starting time.

2. Use of an ineligible player at any time.                      1 ,

3.      Unsportsmanlike conduct by individuals, teams, coaches, or director.

4.  Team personnel who may cause fighting among themselves, opponents, or spectators; of who may threaten, push, use profane language or otherwise abuse officials or league staff before, during, or immediately after a game.

5.        Field insufficiently or improperly lined.

6.        Any violation of these By‑Laws

The Commissioner has the right to refuse incidental violation.

 SECTION 2 ‑ FILING A PROTEST

A Director or Alternate Director of any team can file a protest with the Commissioner by any one of the following methods:

1.         By direct telephone contact with the Commissioner on or before midnight of the first Tuesday following the games being protested.

2.         By delivering a written protest to the home (or office) of the Commissioner on or before midnight of the first Tuesday following the game being protested.

3.          By mailing a protest to the home (or office) of the Commissioner. The envelope bearing this protest, when received by the Commissioner must bear a postmark dated midnight of before the first Tuesday following the game being protested.

4.         Regardless of the method used to file a protest, a one hundred dollar Protest Fee shall be deposited with the Commissioner on or before the first Tuesday following the game being protested. This Protest Fee may be withdrawn until the time of the protest meeting.

 

SECTION 3 ‑ PROCEDURE FOLLOWING RECEIPT OF PROTEST

As soon as the Commissioner has received a protest and has determined its validity, he will take the following action:

1.  Appoint a three‑man Protest Committee to hear the protest. No director may refuse this appointment; however, a director may delegate his alternate if he himself cannot appear. At this time the Commissioner will set the time, place and date of the protest meeting.

2.  The Protest Committee will consist of one director from the division of the offending team and two directors from the neutral division.

 3.  The Commissioner will notify the directors of the teams involved that a valid protest exists; the contents of the protest; that a protest committee has been selected and the time, place and date of the protest meeting.

 4.  When the Commissioner has notified each director of the protest meeting, he will further advise each director that only the following persons will be permitted to attend the protest meeting:

 

                              A.   The director, co‑director or alternate from the team filing the protest.

                              B.   The director, co‑director or alternate from the team being charged in the protest.

                              C    The three‑man Protest Committee.

D.   The Commissioner.

                              E.   The Secretary to record the proceedings.

                              F    Any league officer invited must attend.

G.      Any person having valid information regarding the protest shall be permitted to attend the meeting.

 

5.Should any unauthorized or uninvited persons appear at the protest meeting and should such persons refuse to leave the room where the protest meeting is being conducted, the Commissioner may use his authority to do one of the following:

A. Disallow the protest.

                              B.   Declare the team charged in the protest "guilty" and assign a penalty.

6. If any of the actions described in Item 5 is taken, the protest is made and the meeting will be adjourned. There will be no appeal to this action.

7. In the event that the Commissioner is connected with a team involved in the protest, he will step aside and his duties during the life of the protest will be performed by another league officer provided such officer is not also involved in the protest.

8. All directors can be invited to attend a protest meeting but are not allowed to participate if they are not on the Protest Board.

SECTION 4 ‑ PROTEST MEETING

As soon as the Protest Meeting has been called to order, the following.     procedure will be in effect:

1.      The director or alternate director of the team filing the protest will state the specific by‑law that has been violated and under which his protest is based, regards to this violation, and at the same time present his proof that a violation did occur.

2.      Following 1. of this section, the director or alternate director from the team being charged in the protest will then present his facts and proof that the violation did not occur as stated.

3.      As soon as 1. and 2. of this section have been completed, the Protest Committee will then have the opportunity to'question either or both of the teams representatives with regards to their statements.

4.      When the Protest Committee has indicated to the Commissioner that they have completed their questioning, the Commissioner will direct the Protest Committee to take a written vote to determine a "guilty" or "not guilty" verdict.

5.      If a verdict of "not‑guilty" is returned by the Protest Committee, the Commissioner will announce this decision and adjourn the Protest Meeting. There is no appeal to this decision.

6.      If a verdict of "guilty" is returned by the Protest Committee, the Commissioner will announce this decision and then instruct the Protest Committee to take a vote to determine the penalty. The penalty assigned by the Protest Committee shall be selected from the Schedule of Penalties of these By‑Laws.

7.      If the majority of the Protest Committee cannot agree on the penalty, they will advise the Commissioner who will then assign a penalty of his choice from the listed Schedule of Penalties. '

8.     If a penalty is assigned to a team by the Protest Committee, the Commissioner can use his authority to reduce such penalty, should in his judgment, circumstances warrant such a reduction.

9. There is no appeal to a penalty assigned by the Protest Committee or by the Commissioner.

10. If a team wins its protest, the $100.00 Protest Fee will be returned to the team filing the protest. If the team filing the protest loses the protest, the $100.00 Protest Fee goes to the league.

11. Adjournment of the protest meeting will follow the above action.

12. Minutes of all protest proceedings shall be forwarded to all league officers and directors within fourteen days of adjournment of said meeting.

SCHEDULE OF PENALTIES

1.   A fine of not less than $25.00 nor more than $100.00.

2.   Forfeit of game being protested.

3.   Forfeit of game being protested plus any or all previous league games.

4.   Forfeit of game being protested and forfeit of the right to participate in league play‑off or championship games.

5.   Suspension from the league of the head coach of the team found "guilty" of a violation. This suspension shall be in effect for one year from the date it was assigned. Reinstatement can only be made by a written application to, and acceptance by the Commissioner. A suspension from the league means that the individual suspended may not participate in any league activity or team activity including games or practices.

6.   Suspension of a team from this league for the following season. A team assigned this penalty will appear on the league schedule for the following season, but all of their games on such schedule will be forfeited.

      A.   A team under this suspension will continue to be governed by the league By‑Laws.

      B.   A team under this suspension will retain their right to vote and participate in league meetings and other league activities.

7. Probation.

     Any team from this league may be placed on probation for a period of one year as a result of a valid protest. A team assigned this penalty will appear on the league schedule and all their games will count in league, standings.

8.Any league team and/or member after more than one violation of league By‑Laws can be terminated indefinitely from the league by vote of the Board of Directors at any time.

9. In the event that any member team of the Red Rose Midget Football League is found guilty of violating the weigh‑in procedure as found in Article V, Section 5, the sponsoring organization will be fined $100.00. In addition, those individuals (team director, coaches, player) directly involved will be suspended for one year from the date of the violation.

10. The fine for not being represented at a league meeting will be $25.00.

11. The fine for not being represented at an annual meeting will be $50.00

12. The fine for not reporting scores to the Secretary of the league will be $5.00.

13. The penalty for violating the 18 point differential can be found under Article VI I, Section 2 of these By‑Laws.

14. Any team that is found guilty of violating Article VI, Section 5, will be fined and game or games may be replayed and the maximum fine will be assessed until the scales are properly certified.

15. Fine for not having team roster in numerical order is $10.00.

16. Any combination of the above penalties.

17. The game must be replayed.

18. If a fine is all or part of an assigned penalty, such fine shall be paid prior to that teams next regularly scheduled league games. If no further games remain to be played by a team so fined, the fine shall be due one week from the date of the assignment. Any fine not paid in specified time limit will 1 be doubled.

Example: $10.. fine for missing a meeting becomes $20.00.

19. Three week suspension.

20. A second ejection from a game will result in a year suspension from the date of infraction.

 

RED ROSE MIDGET FOOTBALL LEAGUE

 COACHES GUIDELINES

 1. Coaches are to address all players in a positive manner, and physical abuse will not be tolerated.

 2.  Coaches shall not attend any practices or game while under the influence of any controlled substance or alcohol.

 3.  Coaches shall refrain from using tobacco products while in the presence of their team.

 4.        Profanity shall not be used.

 5. Coaches shall display sportsmanship at all times and shall refrain from criticism of officials and opposing coaches, players or fans.

6. Coaches are expected to adhere to this or any code of conduct set forth by the Red Rose Football League"

RED ROSE MIDGET FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIRECTORS

 The Director is responsible to take all league business back to his/her organization for discussion then bringing back to our league meeting the the vote of his/her organization.

 The Director or Co‑director is responsible for attending a II league functions(meetings).

 The Director or Co‑director shall be responsible for the conduct of coaches, players, and parents at team practices.

 The Director or Co‑director shall be responsible for the following at all home games:

 (1) Have playing field maintained whenever possible (2) Have playing field lined off, people to run clock, scoreboard, and people to run chains and down markers. (3) Have "certified scales" on the grounds that have proper certification date. (4) Conduct all weigh‑ins according to league by‑laws ‑ (Article V ‑ Section V). (5) Use proper game rosters for weigh‑ins. (6) Conductor the following: coaches, players, parents, fans, people running clocks, scoreboard, chains & down markers, and people working food stands. (7) Payment of Officials (8) Reporting all scores to League Secretary as set up in the bylaws (Article VI ‑Section Vill). (9) For postponement of league games use guidelines set up in by‑laws (Article VI ‑ Section IV)., if at all possible lets try to make the decision at least two hours before game time. (10) Help your coaches regarding the 18 point rule, inform them of the procedure, as well as the penalty if they violate this rule. (11) For Game Balls (12) Conduct and safety of cheerleaders.

 A "Buddy System" will be used for all new directors in the Red Rose Football League. A Director, with previous experience, will assigned to assist the new Director.

 LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

 

Three Division winners make the playoffs plus one wild card team.

 

In case of a tie for the Wild Card Spot, teams will playoff

 

The team with the best division record will play the wild card team and the other division winners will play in the other game.

 

In case of a tie, for best division records, head to head game will be counted

 

First round of playoffs will be the first weekend after the end of the regular season.

 

The Championships will be played the second weekend after the end of the regular season.

 

 

NAME AND OBJECT

 

SECTION 1 ‑ NAME

The name of this organization shall be the "Red Rose Midget Football League".

 

SECTION 2 ‑ OBJECT

The purpose of this league is to set up a program of supervised football for players, with the following objectives.

 

1. Character 2. Citizenship 3. Church and Family 4. Culture and Scholastic Achievement 5. Thrift and Financial Independence 6. Mental and Physical Health 7. Sportsmanship

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

SECTION 1 ‑ MEMBERS

            This league shall be composed of midget football teams located in Lancaster City and county and

adjoining counties.

 

SECTION 2 ‑ ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

            The following are the requirements that must be met and maintained for a team to be admitted to and participate in this league.

                                                                                                                                                                       

            1. Admission to the league must be by application, in writing to the league prior to the annual meeting.

 

2. A team seeking admission must be able to demonstrate its ability to furnish its members the equipment, except footwear, set forth in Article V, Section 4 of these By‑Laws.

 

3. League Officers shall investigate the ability of the team making application to properly equip their teams, and will report to the Board of Directors at the next scheduled meeting.

 

4. Admission of a new team or teams will be by two‑thirds approval of those directors present at such meeting where proposed new . members are presented for approval.

 

5. The deadline for announcing intentions to remain in the league is to be at the annual meeting, first Sunday in February. At that time each member will state the number of teams ("A", "B', or "C") they will field. 1

 

6. Admission for membership in this league and continuing eligibility in this league will be predicated on the ability of an organization to field three eligible teams ("A", "B", or "C") in addition to meeting the previously set forth requirements for admission under this article.

 

7. In the event a certain level team, "A", "B", "C", or "D" must discontinue there season, after the league schedule has been instituted; that level team ("A", "B", "C" or "D") must forfeit all previous games won This will not affect any other level team in that organization which is still fielding a legal team.

 

GOVERNMENT

 

SECTION 1 ‑ GOVERNMENT

Government of the league shall be vested in a Board of Directors. This Board may as deemed necessary adopt guidelines, directives, and codes concerning persons or groups involved with this league.

Example: directors, coaches, players, etc...

 

SECTION 2 ‑ MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

The Board of Directors will be composed of a representative of each team holding a membership in the league; with each team being entitled to one vote. The Board of Directors shall elect a President, Vice‑President, Secretary, and Treasurer, who may represent their team; and a Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner who need not be a Board Member. A vacancy in any of these offices will be filled at a special election by the Board of Directors until the annual meeting with the exception of the President. The Commissioner shall sit as an ex‑officer member of the Board, but is not entitled to vote except in the, case of tie votes. If a Board member is elected Commissioner, he will resign from the Board, and a new Board member will be named by the sponsoring organization. Any Board member, officer, or the Commissioner may serve as a coach of any team.

 

SECTION 3 ‑ TERMS OF OFFICE

The Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner shall be elected to a term of three years. All other officers shall be elected to terms of one year duration.

 

SECTION 4 ‑ DIRECTORS AND ALTERNATIVE DIRECTORS

Each member team will be represented at a league meeting by a Director or an

Alternate Director. Each team will, however, have only one vote. Failure to be

represented at league meetings will result in a $25.00 fine being assessed to

the sponsoring organization for each missed meeting. Any team not

represented at the annual meeting will be fined $50.00.

 

SECTION 5 ‑ PRESIDENT

The President shall supervise all officers and preside at all meetings, with the exception of Protest Committee proceedings; at which time the Commissioner shall be the presiding officer.

 

SECTION 6 ‑ VICE‑PRESIDENT

The Vice‑President shall assist the President as requested. He shall succeed to the Presidency in case of a vacancy in that office. He shall serve the unexpired term and may be elected President the following year.

 

SECTION 7 ‑ TREASURER

                        The Treasurer shall receive all monies or other property donated to‑the league,' and disburse said funds as and when directed by the majority of the Board of Directors. He shall keep a true accurate account of all receipts and disbursements, and shall submit a financial report at all meetings.

 

SECTION 8 ‑ SECRETARY

 

The Secretary shall perform all normal secretarial duties.

 

SECTION 9 ‑ COMMISSIONER

 

The Commissioner shall supervise the program; designate dates, time, and places of all events and contests; handle all other matters pertaining to the position of Program Director. Upon completion of the league schedule, he will submit it to the Board of Directors for approval prior to its official release. The Commissioner shall have the authority, with a three man committee composed of team Directors appointed by him, to carry out the provisions of these By‑Laws and the Constitution and impose penalties and fines as provided hereafter. There shall be no appeal from the decision of this committee. The Commissioner and duly elected league officers shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of these By‑Laws and impose such penalties as deemed necessary. The position of Assistant‑Commissioner will be established to assist with the duties of the Commissioner and handle the duties of league mediator.

 

SECTION 10 ‑ QUORUM

 

A majority of the Directors shall constitute a quorum.

 

SECTION 11 ‑ AMENDMENTS TO BY‑LAWS

League By‑Laws can only be changed at the annual meeting. (This does not effect emergency waivers). Article V, Section 8 may not be waived at any time by Board vote February 1, 1987, meeting. Emergency waivers must pass by a 3/4 margin of the Directors present. When voting on By‑Law or rule changes that affect only the "D" team level, only those organizations that have fielded at least on "D" team in the last three seasons shall be included in determining the number of votes required to pass the related motion and be eligible to vote on the motion.  All changes made should be dated in their proper location, making future reference easier to discuss(Feb 22, 1998)

 

SECTION 12 ‑ REQUIRED VOTE TO AMEND BY‑LAWS

A two‑thirds vote of all Directors present is necessary to amend the By‑Laws and Constitution.

 

SECTION 13 ‑ CHANGES IN SECTION III . ARTICLES 2 & 3

Changes made in Article V, sections 2 & 3 when changed must stay the same for a period of three years(last changed Feb. 96)

 

MEETINGS

 

SECTION 1 ‑ ANNUAL MEETING

The annual meeting and election of officers of this league shall be held on the first Sunday in February unless other wise directed by the Board of Directors. A written notice of the date, time, and place of the annual meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary to each Director at least ten days prior to the date of such meeting. Officers elected at such meeting will take office immediately following the adjournment of such meeting.

A meeting will be held as soon as the season ends for the purpose of discussing by‑law changes. (Feb. 22, 1998)

 

SECTION 2 ‑ SPECIAL MEETINGS

A special meeting of the league will be held at the call of the President, Commissioner, or upon request of any Board member submitted to the Secretary. At least five days notice of such meeting will be required. Notice of meetings must be in writing.

 

SECTION 3 ‑ ANNUAL COACHES AND DIRECTORS CLINIC

An annual clinic that must be attended by 1 coach per team for A, B, C, and D teams and director. If not present a fine of $25.00 will be assessed on the delinquent team.

 

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

SECTION 1 ‑ PLAYER CONTRACTS

Each player shall sign a player agreement (contract) in duplicate. A copy of the agreement shall be on file with the Commissioner, and one copy with the player's team. To be a legal player said paper must be in the files of the Commissioner. Any team that plays a player and/or players and said player or players does not have a properly filled out and signed league contract on file with the Commissioner shall forfeit the game or games in which the player or players have participated. Any player that signs a contract with a given team must remain with that team throughout the current season. A team may not add a new player after the third week of the season. New player contracts must be handed into the Commissioner one hour prior to the game time.

 

Each director must also give a complete list of players by team with the following information: name of player and mailing address. (Feb. 97)

 

OXFORD JUNIOR FOOTBALL

GOLDEN BEARS

BY‑LAWS

 

I: NAME

 

1.1       The name of this non‑profit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall be OXFORD JUNIOR FOOTBALL GOLDEN BEARS.

 

II: PURPOSES AND DISSOLUTION

 

2.1       This corporation will provide facilities, services,

          financial assistance and supervision for an

          establishment and maintenance of an athletic‑‑football

          program for young people and will engage in various

          fund raising projects to financially support said

          facilities, services, financial assistance and

          supervision.

 

2.2       This corporation shall engage in the teaching of the

             fundamental skills of football, the spirit of the game

                               and what it can do for young people.

 

2.3       No part of the net earnings of this corporation shall

               inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its

                   members, directors, trustees, officers, or other

              private persons, except that the Corporation shall be

                         authorized and empowered to pay reasonable

                     compensation for services rendered and to make

                   payments and distributions in furtherance of the

                purposes set forth in Article Third of Articles of.

               Incorporation. No substantial part of the activities

                     of the Corporation shall be the carrying on of

                   propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence

           legislation,. and the corporation 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 Corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by a corporation, 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).

 

2.4         Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the Corporation exclusively for the purposes of the Corporation in such manner,or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific 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 Directors shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Please of the County in which the principal office of the Corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

 

III: PRINCIPAL‑OFFICE—MEETINGS

3.1*      The principal, office of the corporation shall be 64 South Third Street, Oxford, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

 

3.2*        Regular meetings of the corporation shall be held at the principal office of the corporation or at such other places the president may designate on the Second Tuesday of every month.

 

IV' MEMBERSHIP AND VOTNG RIGHTS

 

4.1       This corporation shall be formed by non‑membership basis.

 

4.2*        Any person who attends and who shows or has shown interest in promoting the general purposes of this corporation shall be entitled to vote a regular or special meeting.

 

V: GOVERNMENT

 

5.1*        This corporation shall be managed by a Board of Directors elected at the regular meeting to be held on the 2nd Tuesday of January in each year.

 

VI' DIRECTORS, OFFICERS AND COACHING STAFF

6.1*      The Board of Directors shall consist of the following: the president, the vice president, the secretary, the treasurer and the four (4) directors and the immediate past president.

 

6.2        The president, the vice president, the secretary, the treasurer and two(2) directors shall serve for one(1) year and two(2) directors shall serve for two (2) years beginning in January of 1977. Thereafter, at each annual meeting a new president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer will be elected for a one (1) year term and two (2) directors will be elected for two (2) year terms.

 

6.3       Any vacancies in office or on the Board of Directors shall be filled by the Board of Directors and said appointees shall serve until the expiration of the vacated term.

 

6.4**     The Board of Directors shall hold special meetings from time to time at the call of the President upon two (2) days' prior written notice to the members of the Board of Directors.

 

VII: COMMITTEES

 

7.1       A Ways and Means Committee shall be a standing committee of this corporation and at least one (1) director shall be a member of said committee. This committee shall be responsible for organizing and promoting all fund raising activities for the corporation.

 

7.2*      An Athletic Committee shall be a standing committee of this corporation and at least one director must be a member. The chairman of this corporation will be the athletic director appointed by the President, with the approval of the Board of Directors. This committee will act as the liaison between the Oxford Junior Football Golden Bears and any affiliated league or organization. This Committee will be resonsible for establishing and maintaining an acitve football program and shall be responsible for the selection of coaches and assistant coaches with the assistance of the Broad of Directors.

 

7.3*      An Property committee shall be a standing committee of this corporation and at least one (1) director shall be a member. This committee shall be responsible for the purchases of equipment and supplies and shall be responsible for the maintenance and up keep for the equipment, supplies, uniforms, et. owned by the corporation.

 

7.4*      A Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the President at the November meeting of each year. This committee shall prepare and present a slate of officers for the next year at the regular December meeting to be elected at the January meeting. This shall not prohibit nominations from the floor at the February meeting.

 

7.5*      An Auditing Committee shall be appointed by incoming President elected at the December meeting of each year. This shall be the first order of business for the President elect and said committee will audit and examine the books of the corporation for the preceding year and report thereon at the regular January meeting.

 

7.6       The President shall have the authority to appoint other special or standing committees as may from time to time become necessary and desirable in order to promote the proper management and running of this corporation.

 

VIII: CONTRACTS, CHECKS, AND FUNDS

 

8.1       Contracts. The Board of Directors may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents of this corporation, to enter into any contract or execute or deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of this corporation, and such authority may be general may be confined to specific instances.

 

8.2       Checks, drafts or orders. All checks, drafts or orders for the payment of money, notes, or other indebtedness issued in the name of the corporation, shall be approved by such officer or officers, agent or agents or the corporation, and in such matter as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the Board of Directors, such shall be signed by the treasurer and countersigned by the President of this corporation.

 

8.3*      Funds. The funds of this corporation shall be deposited in a Federal Reserve Bank in a general account. Special accounts may be created from time to time as deemed necessary to further the purposes and interests of the corporation.

 

OXFORD JUNIOR FOOTBALL GOLDEN BEARS

AMENDMENT NO. 1

 

Article II, Section 2.1 of the By‑Laws of the Oxford Junior Football Golden Bears is amended in its entirety to read as follows:

 

This corporation, in order to lessen neighborhood and youth tensions, eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and combat juvenile delinquency will provide facilities, services, financial assistance and supervision for the establishment and maintenance of an athletic‑football program for young people and will engage in various fund raising projects to financially support said facilities, services, financial assistance and supervision.

 

 

OXFORD JUNIOR FOOTBALL GOLDEN BEARS

AMENDMENT NO. 2

 

The following articles have been amended and/or added in their entirety to read as follows:

 

II: PURPOSES AND‑ DISSOLUTION

 

2.1.1     The purpose of this organization is to set up a program of supervised football players, with the following objectives:

          1.Character, 2. Citizenship, 3. Church and family,

          4. Culture and Scholastic Achievement

          5. Thrift and Financial Independence

          6. Mental and Physical Health 7. Sportsmanship

 

III: PRINCIPAL OFFICE‑‑MEETINGS

 

3.1       The principal office of the corporation shall be P.O. Box 294, Oxford, and Chester County, Pennsylvania.

 

3.2       Regular meetings of the corporation shall be held at the principal office of the corporation or at such place the president may designate on the Fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Meeting time during the football season will follow practice.

 

3.3       The Board of Directors shall hold, special meetings from time to time at the call of the President upon two (2) days' prior written notice to the members of the Board of Directors.

3.4       A special’ meeting of the organization will be held at the call of the President or upon request of any board. member submitted to the secretary. At least 2 days notice of’ such meeting will be required.

 

IV: MEMBERSHIP AND VOTING RIGHTS

 

4.2         Only persons attending four (4) meetings in a year will be entitled to vote at a regular or special meeting. Two (2) meetings must be attended during the periods August 15 to November 1 of each year. The secretary shall conduct a "roll call" prior to any vote or election.

 

4.2.1       Directors and officers shall be active for one year prior to the election to the Board and attend four (4) meetings in the year.

 

4.3        No absentee or proxy ballots will be accepted.

 

V: GOVERNMENT

 

5.1         This corporation shall be managed by a Board of Directors elected at the regular meeting to be held on the 4th Tuesday of November in each year.

 

VI; DIRECTORS, OFFICERS AND COACHING STAFF

 

6.1        The Board of Directors shall consist of the following:

the president, the vice president, the secretary, the treasurer, and four directors and the immediate past

President. Directors and officers shall attend all

Meetings. : Exceptions will be made with prior notifi­cation to, a Board Member:

 

6.2.1       President: The President shall supervise all officers and preside

At all meetings. In the absence of the President, the

Vice President shall be the presiding officer.

 

6.2.2       Vice-President: The Vice President shall assist the President as requested. H e shall succeed to the Presidency in case of vacancy in that office. He shall serve the unexpired term and may be elected President the following year.

 

6.2.3.1.1            Treasurer: The Treasurer shall receive all monies or other property donated to the league and disburse said funds as and, when, directed by the majority of the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall keep a true and accurate account of all receipts and disbursements, and shall submit a financial report at all meetings.

6.2.4     

6.2.4       Secretary: The Secretary shall perform all normal secretarial duties. The Secretary shall present the minutes from the previous meeting at all general meetings. All paperwork, documents, and forms acquired by the secretary shall be turned over to the new secretary at the end of the Secretary's term of service.

 

6.2.5       Coaches and Agents

 

1 Coaches and/or agents are to address all players in a positive manner, and physical abuse will not be tolerated.

 

2 Coaches and/or agents shall not attend any practices or game while under the influence of any controlled substance or alcohol.

 

3 Coaches and/or agents shall refrain from using tobacco products while in the presence of their team.

 

4 Profanity shall not be used.

 

5 Coaches and/or agents shall display sportsmanship at all times and shall refrain from criticism of officials and opposing coaches, players or fans.

 

6 Coaches of the organization are required to obtain a State Police Record Check at their own expense. A Xerox copy is to be retained by the organization.

 

7 A representative from each team must be present at each organization general meeting.

 

VII: COMMITTEES

7.2         An Athletic Committee shall be a standing committee of this corporation and at Least one director must be a member. The chairman of this committee will be the athletic director appointed by the President, with the approval of the Hoard of Directors. The Committee shall be responsible for the selection of coaches with           the assistance of the Hoard of Directors.

 

7.2.1       The League Representative Committee shall be a standing committee of this corporation and at least one director must be a member. The chairman of this committee will be the League Representative appointed by the President, with the approval of the Board of Directors and will act as a liaison between the Oxford Junior Football Golden Bears and any affiliated league or organization. This committee will be

responsible for establishing and maintaining an active

football program.

 

7.3         An Equipment Committee shall be a standing committee

of this corporation and at least one (1) director shall be a member thereof. This committee shall be responsible for the maintenance and up keep of the sports equipment, supplies, uniforms, etc., owned by

the corporation. All purchases must be approved and receipted.

 

7.3.1           A Concession Stand Committee shall be a standing

Committee of this corporation. The committee shall consist of at least one certified food handler. A certified food handler must be present during the running of said stands. This committee shall be responsible for purchase of equipment and supplies and shall be responsible for the maintenance and up keep of the equipment.

 

7.4         A Nominated Committee shall be appointed by the President at the September meeting of each year. This committee shall prepare and present .a slate of officers for the next year at the regular October meeting to be elected at the November meeting. This shall not prohibit nominations from the floor at the          November meeting.

 

7.5         An Auditing. Committee shall be appointed by incoming President elected at the November meeting of each year. This shall be the first order of business for the President elect and said committee will audit and examine the books of the corporation for the preceding year and report thereon at the regular January meeting.

 

CONTRACTS, CHECKS, AND FUNDS

8          Funds. The funds of this corporation shall be deposited in a Federal Reserve Bank in a general account. Special accounts may be created from time to time as deemed necessary to further the purposes and interests of the corporation. With approval from the Hoard of Directors.