Constitution of the World Swimming Association
Article I Name
The name of the Organization is the World Swimming Association. The Organization may be referred to as (“WSA”).
Article II Objectives
The objectives of WSA are:
- In all respects, to “put swimmers first;”
- To promote and encourage fair and drug free sport;
- To promote and advocate for swimming and open water swimming as skills, activities that contribute to individuals’ health and fitness, and lifetime sports;
- To promote swimming education in every country;
- To encourage participation in swimming and open water swimming at all levels, throughout the world, without regard to age, gender, race, religion, or orientation;
- To facilitate swimming clinics, competitions and other properties that enhance the public perception of the sport of swimming and benefit the economic well-being of professional swimmers within the sport of swimming, such as exhibitions, goodwill visits, and speaking engagements;
- To operate coaches’ clinics, certify instructors, and encourage and facilitate the installation of “entry-level pools” that are suitable for swimming lessons and local swimming team use, and that can be maintained and repaired using widely-available parts;
- To promote the development of new facilities worldwide;
- To host swimming competitions on an individual, city, national, or international basis.
Article III Legal Status and Headquarters
WSA shall be established in the State of Florida as a non-profit corporation and shall qualify as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. WSA’s Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and policies and procedures shall be consistent with this Constitution.
Article IV Membership
- Membership in WSA shall be available to any interested individual or organization. Acceptance for membership will be in accordance with WSA’s policies.
- The Board of Directors may, in the Bylaws or by resolution, establish categories of membership.
- The Board of Directors may, by resolution, establish dues for each category of membership.
- Members may be sanctioned for violations of WSA’s Code of Conduct.
Article V Quadrennial Congress
A general congress shall be held every four years, in the year following the Summer Olympic Games. The congress shall be the appropriate forum to develop strategic plans for the upcoming four-year period.
Article VI Board of Directors
- Management by Board of Directors. WSA shall be managed by the Board of Directors of the World Swimming Coaches Association.
- The Board of Directors shall meet at least annually.
Article VII Committees and Regions
- Standing Committees. WSA will maintain those standing committees required by its Bylaws and Florida state law. In alignment with its core objectives, WSA will maintain an Anti-Doping Committee, Economic Development Committee, Health and Safety Committee, and Governance Committee as standing committees.
- From time to time, WSA’s operations and governance (including strategic planning) may be conducted on a regional basis. The initial regions shall be: Europe, Middle East, Asia, Oceania, North Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, North America, and South America. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to establish methods to conduct activities on a regional basis.
- Other Committees and Regions. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to create additional committees or sub-committees, and regions and sub-regions that it determines are necessary. The Board of Directors may eliminate any such committee, sub-committee, region, or sub-region if it determines that the committee, sub-committee, region, or sub-region no longer is necessary.
- Composition and Charges. An individual must be a member of WSA in order to serve on a committee. The Board of Directors shall appoint a Chairperson and members of each committee. In the case of any committee that acts on behalf of the Board of Directors, at least three members of the committee shall be directors of WSA. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to prescribe additional requirements for committee members and to determine the function and responsibility of each committee.
Article IX Language
The official language of WSA shall be English. Any other languages may be used in correspondence or debate, provided that adequate translation is provided.
Article X Amendments
This Constitution may be amended by the Board of Directors, or by the affirmative vote of seventy five percent (75%) of WSA voting members. Following any amendment to this Constitution, WSA’s Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Policies and Procedures shall be amended as necessary to reflect the amendment to the Constitution.
This constitution was adopted by the members of the World Swimming Association on September 1, 2017. The first amendments were adopted September 6, 2019.