Bylaws are the legally binding rules that determine how an organization is to be operated and also how the organization’s board will operate. Bylaws are a guide and reference on how a club is structured, what rights the members have, and the procedures by which those rights can be put into effect. Clear guidelines and expectations can mitigate board conflict, and will maintain more accountabilty for the organization as a whole.
Your club’s bylaws should include information such as, and (as discussed above) the bylaws should be reviewed, updated as needed and formally approved by the Board of Director’s each year:
As a club, you should create your own set of the bylaws to assist in governing your organization. You may view the USSA’s bylaws at www.ussa.org/ussa/bylaws.
Because bylaws are legally binding and need to comply with national and state law, it is advised that you have a lawyer with nonprofit legal expertise review your bylaws no less than every three years for accuracy and compliance. The board of directors should review bylaws annually. All new board members should be required to review the bylaws as part of a formal orientation.