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Bylaws & Constitution

Approved April, 2019.




RWISOA Inc. a New York State non-for-profit Corporation






Section I.   The Directors of this Chapter shall assume their duties on December 1st following their election.


Section II.  The President shall preside over all regular and special meetings of the Executive Board.


Section III.  In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall assume the duties of the President.


Section IV.  In the absence of the President and the Vice President, the Secretary shall assume the duties of the President.


Section V.  The duties of the Vice President shall be as follows: to be responsible for such duties as are individually assigned to them by the President.


Section VI.  The duties of the Secretary shall be as follows:


1. Keep the minutes of the meeting of the regular members and of the Board of Directors.


2. See that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws or as required by law.


3. Be custodian of the records and the seal of the RWISOA Inc. and see that the seal or a facsimile or equivalent thereof is affixed to or reproduced on all documents, and execution of which on behalf of the RWISOA Inc. under its seal is duly authorized.


4. Maintain the membership records of the RWISOA Inc.


Section VII.  The duties of the Treasurer shall be as follows:


Receive and be responsible for all funds of and securities owned or held by the RWISOA Inc. and, in connection therewith, among other things; keep full and accurate records to be deposited to the credit of the RWISOA Inc. all money received in the RWISOA Inc. bank; and disburse the funds of the RWISOA properly authorized.


Render to the Board of Directors and/or the membership at any meeting, when asked, financial and other appropriate records on the condition of the RWISOA Inc.



Section VIII.  The duties of the Members-at-Large shall be as follows:


The member at large serves the board's strategic needs as determined by the president at any given time. Member-at-large may have various responsibilities and projects – short or long-term – during his/her elected two-year term.


Section IX.  The Director of Instruction and the Director of Assessments are non-voting directors appointed by the President.


The Director of Instruction is responsible for developing an instructor network and overseeing the instruction needs of the Association. This includes, but is not is not limited to: Organizing and/or instructing clinics, courses, and seminars for RWISOA members.


The Director of Assessment is responsible for developing an assessor network and overseeing the assessment needs of the RWISOA Inc. This includes, but is not is not limited to: Organizing a mentoring program and/or instructing clinics for assessors.






Section I.    Probationary Official


            A Probationary Official is one who is in their first or second year of Chapter membership.


Upon completion of the New Official-Candidate Requirements and at the Probationary Official’s second year of officiating in this Chapter, and upon confirmation of Good Standing with the Executive Board of Directors, a Permanent status will be granted to the candidate with this Chapter.

During their probationary period, Probationary Officials will not have voting rights in the Chapter, and they will not be eligible to hold any office in the Chapter.

During the probationary period, a Probationary Official may be assigned an unlimited number of games.

A Probationary Official must pass three field performance assessments in their two years of probation.  Two must be while performing as a Referee and one as an Assistant Referee.  Referee assessments must be at the high school varsity level or higher, while Assistant Referee assessments must be at the collegiate level or higher (NCAA, NJCAA, College Club, or any collegiate pre-approved by the Executive Board of Directors).


Section II.  Permanent Member


            A permanent member is one who has completed the Probationary period, is a member in good standing.


Section III.  Inactive Official


            An Inactive Official is one who chooses to not officiate for one season and submits a written request for Inactive status prior to that season. Inactive officials must pay ½ of the annual dues to maintain membership in the organization.





An Official who is a current member in good standing in another chapter of NISOA may transfer, electronically using the online NISOA Members Transfer Form, into this Chapter at his/her previous chapter’s membership status if they apply for membership, by email, within seven (7) days of the date they leave the previous chapter.





            All Chapter members will take a written rules and certified physical fitness examination annually as provided by NISOA.





These Bylaws may be amended or repealed by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any annual business meeting of the RWISOA duly called and regularly held. Notice of such proposed changes must be sent in writing to the active members thirty days before such meeting. Amendments may be proposed by the Board on its own initiative, or upon petition of any twenty-five active members that shall be addressed and delivered to the Board. All such proposed amendments shall be presented by the Board to the active members with or without recommendation.




Section I.  The Chapter will hold five (5) required meetings:


Physical fitness test and meeting prior to the start of the season.

Interpretation and examination meeting prior to the start of the season.

Two (2) General Purpose meetings during the season.

Dinner meeting at the end of the season.


Section II.  Officials missing any of these meetings without notifying the Secretary will be fined $50.  The Interpretation and Physical Fitness meetings are mandatory for all officials.  Any member who does not attend these meetings or comparable meetings with another Board will not be considered members in good standing.






Section I.  Annual dues are $170.00


Section II.  Dues for an Inactive member will be half of the regular dues.  In conjunction with NISOA policy, an official may remain in inactive status for a maximum of one year.


Section III.  Dues for the coming season must be paid by November 30.  The penalty for late payment will be $25 if paid by December 31 of the current year or $75 if paid during January 1 through April 1 of the next year.  A late payment is one received after November 30h.  All fees and dues must be submitted to the Secretary.





            All members are required to wear the official NISOA uniform or the appropriate uniform and patch for the conference or NCAA matches they are working for.  All officials must be dressed in the identical uniform for each game as determined by the referee.





            An official will accept assignments from any approved conference’s soccer official coordinator, NISOA assignor and/or NCAA assignor.



Adopted:  Sept. 1980

Revised:   Nov. 2006

Revised and reviewed by Executive Board:  Feb. 2008

Adopted:  Aug. 2008

Revised:   Nov. 2010

Revised:   April 2019

Adopted:   April 2019


RWISOA Inc. a New York State not-for-profit Corporation





The name of this chapter shall be the Rockland-Westchester NY Chapter under the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials’ Association (RWISOA). We are a not-for-profit organization that operates under the name of RWISOA, Inc. 



It shall be the purpose of this Chapter:

1.    To provide certified NISOA officials to any approved collegiate soccer organizations.
2.    To recruit, certify, and train soccer officials to service the colleges.
3.    To schedule an adequate number of meetings for each season for the purpose of education, training, and business.
4.    To administer yearly a written, electronic or in person, examination of the rules and a physical fitness test to all members prior to each season.
5.    To provide a representative to attend any NISOA meetings.



Section 1.  A candidate or member in good standing in another NISOA chapter and residing less than 200 miles from either Rockland, Westchester or Putnam County borders must be recommended by two current members of this chapter with each having at least 5 years of NISOA experience.  A candidate or member in good standing in another NISOA chapter and residing more than 200 miles from either the Rockland, Westchester or Putnam County borders requires a letter of recommendation from a NISOA National Referee, NISOA National Assessor, NISOA National Clinician or any RWISOA Executive Board Member.

Section 2.  A candidate must meet all eligibility criteria as described in NISOA's membership requirements, except where these Constitution and By-Laws require a higher standard, that higher standard must be met.

Section 3.  A candidate must submit an application, pass a physical examination and receive a grade of at least 80 percent on a National Rules Examination. 


Section 4.  It is required that new officials complete a local, regional or national training seminar or any other approved entry level NISOA courses. A written appeal may be made to the 
Executive Board to waive this seminar and/or entry level NISOA course requirement based on prior professional soccer officiating experience and/or other extenuating circumstances.  Any decision to waive or uphold this requirement is solely at the discretion of the Executive Board and cannot be appealed. A member who is also a current PRO referee will not have to pay the NISOA membership dues.

Section 5.  Membership in the Chapter shall be open to all who may qualify regardless of race, color, creed, sex or age.



Section 1.  The officers of this Chapter shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Members-at-Large who are elected for terms of two (2) years.

Section 2.  The President will appoint a representative, for any NISOA meetings. The President will appoint the Director of Instruction and The Director of Assessments and any other officers or committees necessary to carry out the business of the Chapter.

Section 3.  Election of new officers will be held at the September business-elections meeting.

Section 4.  For election, a member nominated must have given his approval to the nominating committee 30 days prior to the election.  A nominated member may or may not be present at the time of the election.

Section 5.  Only active referee members with permanent status and in good standing of this chapter shall be eligible for election to an office. Only active members shall be allowed to vote in the election, in person or via electronic voting.

Section 6.   The President, and The Treasurer shall be elected in even years.

Section 7.  The Vice-President, Secretary, and Member-at-large shall be elected in odd years.

Section 8.  At least sixty (60) days before the scheduled election, the Vice-president shall select at least three (3) members to serve on the Nominating Committee, one of whom shall be designated as Chairperson.

Section 9.  The Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate of candidates to be announced at the general meeting immediately preceding the Business-Elections meeting at which the election is scheduled to be held.
Section 10.  Newly elected officers will assume their duties on December 1st.



Section 1.  The Executive Board of this Chapter shall consist of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Members-at-Large.

Section 2.  It shall be the duty of this Board to:

A.    Approve or disapprove membership applications.
B.    Act as a reviewing board and render a decision in such cases that warrant any disciplinary action against a member.
C.    Act in any situation not covered by the provisions of this Constitution and By-laws.




Section 1.   This constitution can be amended at any regular or special meeting attended by a quorum of the Chapter members including the President. A quorum shall constitute a minimum of two-thirds of the active membership.

Section 2.  The constitution can be amended by a two-third vote of quorum members in attendance.

Section 3.  Conditions for amending the Constitution are:

A.    Members are notified of the meeting fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting.
B.    Members will receive a written copy of the proposed amendments(s) fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting.


The Chapter's Code of Ethics comprises the following:

Section 1.  All RWISOA members MUST agree to abide by NISOA's Code of Ethics.
Section 2. No member shall make any adverse comments publicly on the judgment of other officials or the Chapter.
Section 3. While executing their duties, no A member shall conduct them self in such a manner, so as to violate the NISOA Code of Ethics. 


Upon written complaint by a member, coach or league official the Executive Board shall review such complaint and have the authority to levy a just redress.
The following procedure will be adhered to in the event that a grievance circumstance should arise:
1.    Notify the President in writing. If the President cannot resolve the problem, the President will notify the Executive Board and they will resolve the issue.
2.    The Executive Board will debate the issue until a decision is made. The decision will be made by a majority vote, and the decision will be binding. This decision can be in the form of a fine, suspension or revocation of good standing. 
3.    If the griever wishes to appeal the decision of the Executive Board, they will, with the full cooperation of the Chapter, be directed to the proper NISOA officials.

Revised:  Nov. 2006
Revised and reviewed by Executive Board:  Feb. 2008
Adopted:  Aug. 2008
Revised:   Nov. 2010, Jun. 2011
Revised:   April 2019
Adopted:   April 2019

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