And Area Mixed Softball League
proceeding document outlines the structure, governance and procedures
of the Bridgewater and Area
Mixed Softball League. It is designed to serve as a set of guidelines
to enable the year-to-year operation
of the League to run smoothly and according to a standardized
document is based on the traditions of the League and simply
represents a codification of the rules and
laws which govern roles, responsibilities and, when needed,
of governors makeup
governing committee (also known as the Captains Committee) for the
Bridgewater and Area Mixed
Softball League shall be as follows:
One Captain for each team in the league who has voting privileges. In
the event a Captain is unable to attend
a league meeting, he may delegate ONE representative from the team to
vote in his place.
One President, elected to a ONE-year term. The president casts the
deciding vote in the event of a tie
among the League Captains. He does NOT vote on behalf of his team
during normal voting. That responsibility
must be delegated to another team representative. The President need
not be a Team Captain.
Two vice presidents. The vice presidents are elected for ONE-year
terms. Vice Presidents CAN vote on behalf of his team during normal
voting. The Vice Presidents need not be Team Captains, but they only
retain voting rights if they are Team Captains.
One League Treasurer. The League Treasurer cannot vote. He or she is
appointed each year by a consensus
of Team Captains or, in the event of disagreement among the Captains,
at the discretion of the
League President. The League Treasurer need not be a Team Captain.
One League Secretary. The League Secretary may be appointed each year by
a consensus of Team Captains or,
in the event of disagreement among the Captains, at the discretion of
the League President. The League
Secretary need not be a Team Captain, but can be. The League
Secretary has no vote as a Secretary,
but may vote as a Team Captain if eligible.
League Executive is comprised of the President, the two Vice
Presidents and the Treasurer.
League Executive is in place to make day-to-day operational decisions
relating to the normal business
of the League.
League Executive has the authority to:
Draft the complete season schedule. The Executive may consult the League Captains at their discretion.
Set and collect League dues each year as deemed necessary to continue
the normal operation of the League.
Discharge monies from league funds to pay outstanding League debts.
Represent the interests of the League Captains at meetings with
Municipal officials, insurers or any group,
entity or organization which requests an audience with the League.
Set the location and date of the Year-End Banquet.
body of Team Captains must be consulted by vote on any of the
Player discipline. That is, any incident involving drinking, drug use
or behavior in contravention of acceptable
League rules or what is considered to be reasonable conduct that may
result in suspension.
Any changes to existing League rules and regulations.
Matters pertaining to expansion of the number of teams in the league.
Matters pertaining to the use of umpires for the Year-End Tournament.
Matters pertaining to the addition or deletion of tournaments.
Matters pertaining to the League Season, including general duration and frequency of the regular season, its games
with normal Parliamentary procedure, any item requiring a vote must
be brought forward by motion by
a Team Captain. The mover must be supported by a Seconder. The mover
has first right to speak to the
motion, then the Seconder, then the floor is opened for debate,
followed by a vote. A majority vote is
required to pass a motion. In the event of a tie, the League
President would cast the deciding vote.
there is a tie and the League President is not present, the motion
would be considered defeated.
for Executive Positions are held at the end of each September or
early October, following the conclusion
of the Year-End Tournament, but before the Year-End Banquet, so that
the new executive may
be introduced for the following season.
year, the position of President shall be elected first. A candidate
for President who is not elected MAY be nominated for one of the Vice
the outset of the election process, the floor is opened for nominees
for President. Nominees may be put
forth by Team Captains. At the end of the call for nominees, sitting
President shall ask if there are any
further nominations three times. The vote will then take place. The
same procedure is followed for the
election of Vice Presidents.
President and Vice-Presidents are elected for a one-year term.
the event that a President or Vice President is derelict in his
duties or otherwise in conflict with the League
Captains without foreseeable resolve, the League Captains may call
for a recall vote at any regular
League meeting or any specially called League Meeting.
RECALL VOTE is called with the intent to remove a President of Vice
President from his position. A mover and a seconder are required for
a motion to recall and the decision to recall must be COMPLETELY
unanimous. All Team Captains, the Vice Presidents and the President
are permitted to speak
to the motion once before the vote is called for.
Vice President who is also a Team Captain MAY NOT vote on a recall
motion that names him.
vote MUST be unanimous. Example: If there are 12 teams in the league,
ALL 12 Team Captains must
vote to recall the President or Vice President facing the vote in
order for the recall to be successful.
a recall vote is successful, an election must immediately be held to
fill the vacated role as President or
the event the a member of the League Executive chooses to resign, the
following protocol shall be followed:
the event of the resignation of the President, the Team Captains
shall hold a vote and choose
one of the Vice Presidents to serve as the new President at the first
possible meeting of the Team
Captains. An open election would then be held to fill the vacated
Vice President position.
the event of the resignation of one of both of the Vice Presidents,
nominations from the floor for
Team Captains to fill the role(s) will be called for and a
by-election will be held at the first possible meeting
of the Team Captains.
to the Constitution
Constitutional amendments must be supported by 50 percent of the Team
Captains PLUS THREE additional
example, in a 12-team league, it would require the support of six
teams plus three additional teams (total
nine) to pass an amendment to the League Constitution.
This is to guarantee that any substantive changes to the Constitution
have the overwhelming support of
the majority of League Captains.
the event of gross misconduct by a Team or its players, in keeping
with League guidelines, it may be necessary
to expel a team or player from the League or discipline that
individual or team for a prolonged
period of time.
motion to EXPEL or DISCIPLINE a team or player must be put forward by
a League Captain and the
motion must be supported by a seconder.
order to expel a team, as with an amendment to the Constitution, half
of the League Captains PLUS THREE
must support the motion, voting YES. The mover of the motion has the
first right to speak to explain
the motion for expulsion.
Captain of the Team the expulsion motion is cast against then has the
opportunity to respond in defence.
The floor is then opened for additional comments from Team Captains.
vote is then called for.
League Expansion Procedure
Team Hand-off Procedure