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ADF Portland


Part I – General

Bylaw  101.  Name

Section 1.  This organization shall be known as ADF Portland, hereinafter referred to as the Club. The Club will maintain status as a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Oregon, and shall obtain and maintain tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code of the United States.

Section 2.  The Club shall engage in lawful activity, none of which is for profit, pursuant to Chapter 65 of the Oregon Revised Statutes and §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Bylaw  102.  Purpose

The purpose of the Club shall be to promote the development of youth through soccer.  To teach all aspects of soccer skills, including sportsmanship and fair play.

Bylaw 103.  Memberships in Other Organizations

Section 1. The Club shall be a member of, and comply with the Bylaws and Polcies of, Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA).

Section 2. The Club shall maintain its bylaws and policies in compliance with the bylaws and policies of OYSA.

Bylaw  104.  Authority

Section 1.  The governing authority of this Club shall be vested in an elected body known as the Board of Directors (Board), which shall govern all Club affairs.

Bylaw   105.  Laws of the Game

Section 1.  FIFA Laws of the Game as modified for youth and small-sided games shall apply and be administered by the Club and league rules.

Section 2.

  • To the extent permissible under applicable law, the USSF articles of incorporation, bylaws, its binding rules and policies, including interplay, take precedence over and supersede the governing documents and decisions of ADF Portland and members of ADF Portland, and ADF Portland shall abide by the USSF articles of incorporation, its bylaws, and its approved binding rules and policies.
  • To the extent permitted by governing law, ADF Portland will respect and enforce the statutes, regulations, directives, and decisions of FIFA and CONCACAF

Bylaw   106.  Fiscal and Seasonal Soccer Year

Section 1.  The Club’s financial year shall be from January 1st to December 31st.

Section 2.  The seasonal soccer year shall extend from September 1st through August 31st of the following year.

Bylaw   107.  Rules of Order

Section 1.  The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall guide the Club in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are consistent with the Bylaws and any special rules of order the Club may adopt.

Bylaw   108.  Dissolution of Club

Section 1.  Should the Club be dissolved, all monetary and physical assets remaining after payment of all debts shall be turned over to another IRS tax-exempt charitable organization for programs promoting youth soccer in Portland and Gresham area.

Section 2.  Should the Club merge with another club, all assets shall be transferred to the surviving entity by the end of the fiscal year.

Bylaw   109.  Physical/Sexual Abuse

ADF Portland does not tolerate any form of physical or sexual abuse.

Part II – Membership

Bylaw  201.  Equal Opportunity

ADF Portland will comply with all applicable state and federal laws governing non-discrimination and will be open to participation by any individual, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.

Bylaw  202.  Participation

Section 1. Participation is open to any youth soccer players ages 5-18, and to coaches, trainers, managers, administrators and volunteers who are not serving a suspension from participation by OYSA or any organization of which it is a member, any of its member clubs, or by any amateur soccer organization in its territory.

Section 2.  Youth Participants – Are registered players under the age of 19. They shall submit an application to the Registrar in the format prescribed by the Club. An annual fee established by, and payable to, the Club shall accompany all applications, with the exception of players on scholarships who must still submit an application. Acceptance by the Club shall constitute approval of the application, provided space is available on a team for the player.

Section 3. Every player, coach, assistant coach, team manager, programs administrator, club officer, board member, club employee, and volunteer who acts as an official representative of the Club must be registered with the Club and OYSA, and the appropriate fees paid.

Section 4. Adult Participants shall be subject to OYSA’s bylaws and policies as well as the Club’s bylaws and policies.

Section 5. All Adult Participants must submit to annual background checks in accordance with OYSA policies.

Bylaw  203.  Membership

The members of the club are the persons who are permitted to vote in elections for club officers and other members of the Board of Directors.

Section 1. Parent Members – Are the parents or legal guardians of the Youth Participants.

Section 3. Voting by Members – At the Annual General Membership Meeting and any Special General Membership Meetings, all Parent Members shall be eligible to vote on matters brought before the meeting, subject to the following limitations:

The President shall chair the meeting and may not vote on any issue before the meeting other than election of officers and directors.

  1. Parent Members are limited to not more than 2 voting persons per family.
  2. Each voting person is limited to one vote; regardless of the number of offices that person may hold.

Part III – Organization and Board

Bylaw   301.  Board of Directors

Section 1.  The Board of Directors (Board) shall be the representative governing authority of the Club.  The Board will conduct the business of the Club and shall be composed of the elected officers, and other elected directors. The number of directors may be modified from time to time, but the number shall never be fewer than 5.

Section 2.  The Board shall be comprised, to the extent practicable, of the officers specified in Bylaw 302 and five directors at large. All elected officers and elected directors are eligible to vote on any matter before the Board.

Section 3.  A quorum for conducting business at any Board meeting shall be sixty percent (60%) of the current voting members of the Board. The affirmative vote of a majority of the eligible voting members of the Board shall be required to adopt or amend Club policies.

Section 4.  Appointed coordinators and other ex officio members of the Board may attend meetings, participate in discussions, and provide advice to the Board but shall not have voting privileges at Board meetings.

Section 5.  Directors of the corporation shall not receive compensation for their Board services but may be reimbursed for expenses related to Board service.

Bylaw  302.  Club Officers and Duties

Section 1. Officers

The club shall have the following elected officers:

  1. President
  2. Vice-president
  3. Secretary-Treasurer
  4. Registrar

Section 1.  President

The President shall supervise all activities of the Club and Board.  The President shall be the presiding Officer at all Club meetings.  The President shall appoint committees as needed or when charged to do so by a majority of the elected officers and shall be an ex officio member of all committees.  The President shall be the official representative of the Club in all interactions with the public, except when another person has been given that authority by the President with the approval of the Board. The President shall act as the Risk Management Coordinator for the Club.

Section 2.  Vice President

The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President in the President’s absence and otherwise assist the President as required. The VP shall serve as Club Parliamentarian and be a voting member of the Board.

Section 3.  Secretary-Treasurer

The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep and publish an accurate record of all meetings, maintain the files of the Club and be responsible for the preparation of the annual report, and be a voting member of the Board.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall be in charge of the financial affairs and activities of the Club, shall keep an accurate, informative, timely and verifiable record of all moneys received and disbursed by the Club, all assets owned or controlled by the Club and all debts owed by the Club.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall maintain checking account(s) with signature authority vested in no fewer than three (3) Club officers with dual signatures required.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall disburse funds for authorized purposes in accordance with authorized procedures, prepare and submit annual financial information to the general membership at the AGM, and shall provide financial statements acceptable to the board at each regular meeting of the Board or as otherwise directed.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, all documents required to allow the Club to maintain its tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code and the laws of the State of Oregon.

Section 4.  Registrar

The Registrar shall be responsible for registering all accepted applicants within the Club, and registering those individuals with Oregon Youth Soccer.  The Registrar shall certify birth dates as necessary and accept required forms and fees from Club participants.  All fees shall be given to the Treasurer for deposit. The Board may appoint assistant registrars to help in performing the Registrar’s duties.

Bylaw  303.  The Executive Committee

Section 1.  The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected officers and may conduct business on behalf of the Board between meetings of the full Board.  Such actions shall be subject to ratification by the full Board at the next regular business meeting.

Section 2.  The Executive Committee shall:

  1. Consider such matters of management or operational interest to the Club or Board as are brought before it.
  2. Appoint the members of any required hearing committee(s) for protests or complaints regarding conduct of coaches, spectators, parents, and/or players.
  3. Report all of the Committee’s actions to the full Board for ratification at the Board’s next regular meeting.

Section 3.  A quorum of the Executive Committee shall consist of 3 of its members.

Bylaw  304.  Ex-officio Members of the Board

Section 1.  Head Coach

The Board may appoint a Head Coach to manage the Club’s coaches. If appointed, the Head Coach shall attend regular meetings of the Board and shall advise the Board on all issues relating to player and coach development. The head coach shall not be a voting member of the Board. The Head Coach shall be responsible for establishing a program of player and coach development and will be responsible for the following functions:

  1. Develop and carry out a Coach Development Program including scheduling and/or providing coaching clinics, conducting meetings for the coaches, setting policy and providing training related to acceptable behavior and other activities as appropriate to facilitate the training of the coaches and the players.
  2. Communicate to coaches information on programs, Club policies and general information relating to Club activities and team organization.
  3. Coordinate the recruitment and selection of coaches, subject to approval by the Board.
  4. Coordinate with the Registrar the assignment of coaches to teams.
  5. Report to the Board on all matters relating to coaching.

Bylaw  305.  Appointed Coordinators

Section 1. The Board may appoint coordinators to manage the programs that the Club provides. Appointed Coordinators shall serve for the seasonal year in which they are appointed, unless another term is set by the Board upon appointment. Appointed coordinators serve at the pleasure of the Board and may be removed by a majority vote of the Board at any Board meeting. Appointed Coordinators shall attend regular Board meetings, shall advise the Board on all matters pertaining to the programs under their jurisdiction, and may participate in Board discussions. Appointed Coordinators shall not, however, be entitled to vote on issues before the Board and shall not be considered in determining whether a quorum is present for conducting business at a Board meeting.

Section 2. The Board is authorized (but not required) to appoint coordinators to manage the programs described in the following sections.

Bylaw  306.  Election of Officers and Directors.

Section 1.  All members of the Board shall be elected at the Annual General Membership Meeting of the Board (AGM).

Section 2.  The term of office shall be two years, beginning immediately after the AGM has been adjourned.

The President, Secretary-Treasurer and Director at Large #1 shall be elected in even numbered years beginning with 2016.

  1. The Vice-President, Registrar, Director at Large #2, and Director at Large #3 shall be elected in odd numbered years beginning with 2017.

Section 3.  To the extent practicable, no person may serve more than 4 consecutive terms in a single office.

Section 4.  A majority of the votes cast in a specific contest shall be required to elect a person to the Board.

If there are more than 2 candidates for a seat on the Board and no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, the candidate with the fewest votes shall be eliminated and another round of ballots shall be cast.

  1. Voting shall continue until a candidate receives a majority of the votes cast


Bylaw  307.  Removal of Officers or Directors

Section 1.  A Board member may be suspended or removed from office for failure to meet responsibilities or for otherwise acting in a manner detrimental to the interests of the Club.

  1. Appointed Coordinators may be removed from office by a majority vote of the eligible voting members of the Board at any Board meeting.
  2. Ex officio members of the Board may be removed from office by a majority vote of the eligible voting members of the Board at any Board meeting unless the terms of an applicable employment agreement provides for a different method of terminating the employment relationship.
  3. Elected members of the Board may only be removed from office under this section following a disciplinary hearing held in accordance with the procedures of the applicable OYSA procedural manual and Section 2 of this Bylaw 307.
  4. An elected Board member may resign his or her position, either as Officer or Director, at any time. Substitute Officers or Directors will be appointed according to Bylaw 308.

Section 2.  If the Board receives a complaint regarding the conduct of an elected Officer or other Board member or otherwise becomes aware of allegations of misconduct regarding a Board member,

  1. The President or Vice President shall appoint an impartial committee of fact-finders to review allegations within 15 days.
  2. The committee shall conduct a hearing in accordance with the procedures outlined in the applicable OYSA procedural manual.
  3. The committee will present a report on the findings of the hearing to the Board within 30 days following appointment.
  4. If the committee’s report recommends removal from office, the Board shall vote whether to call a special Board membership meeting to consider removal of the elected director.
  5. If the Board votes to call for a special meeting of the Board members, the Board shall set the time and place for the meeting and shall direct the Secretary to send notice of the meeting to all eligible Board members of the club.
    1. The notice shall be sent at least 7 days prior to the date of the scheduled meeting.
    2. The notice shall state the date, time, and place of the meeting and shall also state that the purpose of the meeting is to consider the removal of the named officer or director from the Board.
  6. The unanimous vote of the eligible voting Board members present at the special meeting shall be sufficient to remove a person from office.

Section 3.  If an elected office is made vacant by the removal of a person from the Board in accordance with either Section 1 or Section 2, above, the vacant office shall be filled as described in Bylaw 308.

Section 4.  Any Board member who is barred from participation in OYSA or its member clubs as a result of a risk management decision of the OYSA Risk Management Coordinator shall not participate in any activity on the Board during the period of ineligibility. If the banned individual does not resign, the Board shall either remove the non-elected Board member or shall call for a special meeting of the Board to remove the person from office in accordance with Section 2 E and F, above.

Bylaw   308.  Filling Vacant Offices

Section 1.  If a Board position becomes vacant more than 60 days prior to the next scheduled election for that position, the Board shall by majority vote appoint someone to fill that position until the next Annual General Membership Meeting held as provided in Bylaw 402.

Section 2.  When a Board position has become vacant between scheduled elections for that position, the members at the next Annual General Meeting after the vacancy occurs shall elect a person to the position to serve until the next election scheduled for that position in accordance with Bylaw 306, Section 2.

Bylaw  309.  Committees

Section 1.  The Board may create committees for the purposes established by the Board. The duration of such ad hoc committees shall be established by the Board. The Board may adopt policies that specify details of committee formation, staffing, and reporting to the Board.

Section 2.  The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees established by the Board, although the Board may appoint another person to chair the committee.

Part IV – Meetings

Bylaw   401.  Board of Directors Meetings

Section 1.  Regular Board Meetings shall be held quarterly at the time and place designated by the Board. The Board shall publicize to the membership the time and location of regular Board meetings.

Section 2.  Executive Committee or Special Board Meetings shall be held at a time and place specified by the President, or by a majority vote of the Board or Executive Committee.  Special meetings may be called upon 7 days notice to members.

Section 3.  The President shall set the order of business for all Board Meetings.

Section 4.  A quorum for the board meeting shall be 60 percent of the voting members of the Board.

Section 5.  Any action required by law to be taken at a meeting of the board, or any action which may be taken at a board meeting, may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, setting forth the action to be taken or so taken, is signed by all of the Directors.

Bylaw   402.  General Membership Meeting

Section 1.  The Annual General Membership Meeting (AGM) shall normally be held each January.  At this meeting election of officers will occur.  Voting shall be by the eligible voters as specified in Bylaw 203, Section 1.

Section 2.  Special Membership Meetings may be scheduled or called by a majority vote of the Board.

Section 3.  The Board must provide not less than 7 days notice to eligible voting members prior to any membership meeting.

Section 4.  The Board shall set the order of business for General Membership Meetings.  Bylaw revisions shall be submitted to the eligible voting members as provided in Bylaw 801, Section 2.

Section 5.  A quorum for action at a membership meeting shall consist of the eligible voting members present at the meeting. A majority vote of those eligible members present at any membership meeting shall be required for approval of any issue brought to a vote at such meeting

Part V – Administration

Bylaw  501.  Policies

Section 1.  The Board may adopt policies to govern the operations of the Club. A majority vote of those Board members present at any Board meeting at which there is a quorum is sufficient to adopt, repeal, or amend a policy.

Section 2.  Once adopted, a policy will govern the operations of the Club until amended or repealed.

Section 3.  The Board shall make appropriate provisions to inform its members of Club policies.

Bylaw  502.  Financial Policies

Section 1.  The Board shall adopt financial control policies that provide details for the handling of the club’s financial affairs. Such policies shall be reviewed annually and modified as required by the club’s auditors.

Section 2.  The Board shall establish a budget for each year prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year.

Section 3.  The Board shall cause an annual review of financial statements by an independent source.

Section 4.  The Board shall cause tax reports to be prepared and submitted to the IRS in accordance with IRS rules for non-profit and tax-exempt organizations.

Section 5.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall provide financial statements acceptable to the board at each regular meeting of the Board or as otherwise directed.

Bylaw  503.  Referees

Section 1.  Referees selected by the Club shall serve as independent contractors.

Section 2.  Any individual referee receiving more than $600 in a calendar year shall be issued a 1099 tax form which shall be filed with the IRS.

Section 3.  All referees shall be USSF certified.

Part VI – Grievance, Protest, and Appeals

Bylaw   601.  Complaints

Section 1.  The Club and the Board shall follow procedures for handling complaints in accordance with the principles of due process.

Section 2.  Submission of a complaint shall be in writing and shall indicate the specific charges or alleged violation, and resolution desired.

Section 3.  All club procedures shall comply with Oregon Youth Soccer policies and the OYSA Grievance, Protest, and Appeal Manual (GPA Manual).

Section 4. The Board shall adopt policies that specify any additional procedures not provided in the GPA Manual, including any fees that will apply to initiating claims with the Club.

Bylaw   602.  Hearing Procedures

Section 1.  Hearings will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the Oregon Youth Soccer Association GPA Manual.

Section 2.  The Board will adopt policies as needed to supplement the GPA manual.

Section 3. Grievances will be heard by the Board as scheduled by the Executive Committee. Procedures for conducting the hearing will be set by the Board based upon the nature of the issues presented in the Grievance.

Bylaw  603.  Hearing Procedures – Sponsored Competition

Section 1.  The Board shall approve Rules of Competition (Rules) for any tournaments or leagues sponsored by the Club.

Section 2.  Copies of the Rules will be distributed to participating teams when they register for the event.

Section 3.  Any protests or complaints arising from the sponsored event will be heard by the event director (or designee) in accordance with the Rules. The Rules will provide for a final decision on any complaint or protest before the next scheduled match of the affected parties.

Section 4.  The decision of the event director shall be final and shall be verified in writing and retained in the club records.

Section 5.  Complaints of referee abuse or assault will be promptly forwarded to Oregon Youth Soccer Association.

Section 6.  The event director shall submit a complaint to the Club regarding the conduct of any Club member participating in the event if the event director believes that the conduct that is the basis of the complaint merits disciplinary action greater than a ban from participation in the current event session. Referrals from the event director will be handled as a misconduct complaint in the manner specified in the OYSA GPA Manual.

Bylaw  604.  Appeals Process

Section 1.  Appeals of the results from any hearing conducted by the Club must be submitted to Oregon Youth Soccer Association as required by the OYSA GPA Manual. There shall be no appeals of Club hearing decisions heard by the Club.

Section 2.  The decisions or sanctions imposed shall remain in effect until the time limit of the sanction has expired, or the decision is overturned by an appeal.

Bylaw  605.  Disciplinary Actions

Section 1.  The Club will recognize, and enforce, the disciplinary actions of USSF and other organizational members of the Federation that have been included in a Disciplinary Action Report.

Bylaw  606.  Courts

Section 1.   No member or participant of the Club, be it an official, league, member club, team, player, coach, administrator, or referee may invoke the aid of the courts in the United States or of a state without first exhausting all available remedies within the Club and organizations of which the Club is a member.

Section 2. For violation of this bylaw, the offending party shall be subject to suspension and fines, and shall be liable to the Club for all expenses incurred by the Club and its officers and members of the Board of Directors in defending each court action, including the following: (A) Court costs

(B) Attorney’s Fees

(C) Reasonable compensation for time spent by Club officials and employees in responding to and defending against allegations in the action, including responses to discovery and court appearances

(D) Travel expenses

(E) Expenses for holding special Club meetings necessitated by court action

Part VII – Risk Management

Bylaw 701.  Risk Management Policy

Section 1.  The Club will comply with the provisions of the OYSA Risk Management Policy.

Section 2.  The President shall be the Club’s Risk Management Coordinator.

Section 3.  The President shall have authority to enter into a Conditional Approval Agreement with the OYSA Risk Management Coordinator only upon approval of Board.

Section 4.  The President will consult with the OYSA Risk Management Coordinator regarding any concerns about the criminal history of any person who is, or has applied to become, a registered Adult Participant in the Club.

Section 5.  The President shall promptly notify the OYSA Risk Management Coordinator upon learning that any Adult Participant in the club has been formally charged with, or has been convicted of, a crime.

Section 6.  The Board may adopt a risk management policy that provides guidance to the club regarding the suitability of accepting a person to be a club Administrator. Any such policy shall not allow acceptance of a person who is disqualified by OYSA, but it may provide for the disqualification of a person who has been approved by OYSA.

Part VIII – Amendments

Bylaw  801.  Bylaw Changes and Amendments

Section 1.  Changes or amendments to these bylaws may be adopted at any General Membership Meeting upon two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the voting members present.  Each eligible person may only cast one vote, regardless of the number of offices held.

Section 2.  A proposed change or amendment must be submitted in writing to the President or Secretary of the Club not later than thirty (30) days before the General Membership Meeting.  Such changes shall be transmitted to Board Members and eligible voting members of the Club not later than fifteen (15) days prior to said meeting.

Bylaw  802.  Provisional Bylaw Changes

Section 1.  The Board, by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote, may create temporary bylaw changes for governing specific cases or occasions not provided for in the Bylaws, but which may be necessary for the Club to meet required objectives.  Provisional changes so adopted will be submitted to the membership in accordance with Bylaw 801 as a proposed Bylaw amendment at the next General Membership Meeting.

Bylaw  803.  Severability and Precedence

Section 1.  Any section of these bylaws considered to be in violation of applicable laws shall not affect the remaining sections that are in compliance with those laws.

Section 2.  The bylaws and policies of the organizations of which the Club is a member shall take precedence over these bylaws. The Board shall submit an amendment to these Club bylaws at the Club’s next General Membership Meeting to eliminate the cause of any conflict.


Dated Effective February 14, 2018



Joaquim Capuia

President, ADF Portland