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.
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
A. Eligibility. Membership in WSA shall be available to any interested individual or organization. Acceptance for membership will be in accordance with WSA’s policies.
B. Categories. The Board of Directors may, in the Bylaws or by resolution, establish categories of membership.
C. Dues. The Board of Directors may, by resolution, establish dues for each category of membership.
D. Sanctions. Members may be sanctioned for violations of WSA’s Code of Conduct.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A. Management by Board of Directors. WSA shall be managed by a Board of Directors.
B. Initial Board of Directors. The World Swimming Coaches Association (“WSCA”) will oversee the creation of the initial Board of Directors, which shall comprise seven individuals. The initial Board of Directors shall serve beginning on September 2, 2017, until such time as a replacement Board of Directors selected under the procedures described below takes office. Provided, however, that because the Professional Swimmers Association (“PSA”) will not have had the opportunity to identify its appointees by September 2, 2017, WSCA will appoint three athletes to serve in the positions reserved for PSA appointees, until such time the PSA has identified its appointees.
C. Number and Eligibility. The Board of Directors shall comprise seven individuals. Two members of the Board of Directors shall be appointed by the WSCA, from among the Top 15 swimming nations (based upon finishes at the Olympic Games or WSA Championships, whichever occurred more recently). One member of the Board of Directors shall be appointed by the WSCA from below the Top 15 swimming nations. Two members of the Board of Directors shall be appointed by the PSA, from among the Top 16 world-ranked swimmers. One member of the Board of Directors shall be appointed by the PSA from athletes below the Top 16 world-ranked swimmers. One member of the Board of Directors shall be appointed by the World Open Water Swimming Association. In all cases, the organization responsible for appointing a member to the Board of Directors shall follow its own internal policies for determining who is appointed as a Director of WSA. If an appointing organization determines that it will give WSA members who also are members of that organization input into the appointment, such input will be given at the level of that other organization, not at the WSA level.
D. Meetings. The Board of Directors shall meet at least annually.
OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
A. Officers. The Board of Directors shall elect officers, including a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
B. Executive Committee. The four officers shall constitute the Executive Committee of WSA and shall act on behalf of the Board of Directors between meetings of the Board of Directors. The immediate past President shall be an ex officio member (voice, no vote) of the Executive Committee. In selecting officers, the Board of Directors shall ensure that at least one member of the Executive Committee is a WSA member and at least one member of the Executive Committee is a PSA member.
COMMITTEES AND REGIONS
A. 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.
B. Regions. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.
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 the affirmative vote of at least five members of the seven-member Board of Directors, or by the affirmative vote of sixty percent (60%) of WSA voting members. Amendments must be ratified by the Boards of Directors of each of WSCA, PSA, and the World Open Water Swimming Association and 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.