If you went online you can locate different examples of bylaws for sports clubs, and you may be able to find other p-ball club bylaws besides these. But the two that are here represent (1, Palm Creek) the most common form and (2, Bend Pickleball Club) the most functional form. We’re big believers in the latter.
Why? Because, done with care, a good set of bylaws actually serves as an extension of the mission statement in a concrete way, spelling out the expectations of each officer in terms of that mission and also clarifying potentially contentious issues like successions in the event of resignation, termination of officers in the event of their non-performance, and etc. This in turn sets a reasonable expectation in the mind of anybody running for office in your club.
(We know, yes, it’s difficult enough to get any good candidates much less risk running them off by setting the expectations for their performance too high, right? But it’s worse to sandbag somebody into taking the job by telling them it’s a piece of cake when it isn’t, and worst of all to get somebody in a critical position who really doesn’t want or doesn’t have time to do any real work. Running any sports club, any club of any kind, can be real work. So, truth, clarity and completeness are key.):
Nothing wrong with these that a few revisions won’t fix, a task that should be ongoing in any club (bylaws should be living documents), but these certainly are not functional bylaws for the obvious reason that they do not describe the FUNCTIONS of each position and, further, rely too much on “At-Large Positions” which typically (wherever used) “Serve at the Pleasure and Direction of the President” or some such silliness. This particular example isn’t all THAT bad and legally does what bylaws must, spelling out the responsible officers of the club, how money will be handled, reporting, voting, and the rest. All necessary and basic.
IOHO, much improved from the above, especially from the standpoint of having real functional detail in the officer’s descriptions, a better-defined mission statement, clarification of chain of succession in the event of issues, resignations, or termination of officers in the event of non-performance, descriptions of membership rights and obligations, and several other things. Still needs some tweaking but pretty good, in addition to handling all the necessary and basic stuff mentioned above.Overall Site Map
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