Seacoast Lacrosse Club Bylaws
Article I – Name and Offices
1.1 The name of this lacrosse club is the Seacoast Lacrosse Club, also known as
Article II – Purpose
2.1 The purpose of Seacoast Lacrosse is:
(a) To give Seacoast Lacrosse Club players the opportunity to play in the New
Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association (NHYLA) and to promote lacrosse
skill development to a competitive level, fair play, sportsmanship and
(b) Organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific
purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Article III – Record Keeping
3.1 There shall be kept, at a location designated by the Board of Directors, records of
Membership and complete accounts of the activities and transactions of Seacoast
Lacrosse. These shall include, but not limited to: minute book, copy of the
Seacoast Lacrosse Bylaws and all amendments.
Article IV – Meetings
4.1 The annual meeting shall be held in the fall (September, October or November) at
a convenient time and place as determined by the Board of Directors.
Article V – Membership
5.1 There shall be two classes of Membership in SEACOAST LACROSSE: voting
(a) A voting member shall be up to nine members of the Board of Directors,
which is comprised of the four appointed officers and five general Board
(b) Parents of players and coaches (not otherwise serving on the Board) of
SEACOAST LACROSSE shall constitute the non-voting membership.
(c) Upon the merger of Rye Youth Lacrosse with Seacoast Lacrosse, at least
three (3) voting board member positions shall thereafter be reserved for
residents of Rye, NH.
Merger approved: September 15, 2009
Article VI – Board of Directors
6.1 Officers of SEACOAST LACROSSE are defined as President, Vice President,
Secretary, and Treasurer.
6.2 Officers and Duties:
other duties as necessary; authorized to sign/countersign all checks.
league meetings, nominate and oversee the field coordinator, and other duties
as assigned; authorized to sign/countersign all checks.
all meetings and maintain all official records; perform other duties as
LACROSSE funds; keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and
disbursements; deposit all moneys in the name of SEACOAST LACROSSE;
render to the Board an account of all transactions; perform other duties as
assigned. The treasurer may sign all checks up to an amount not to exceed
five hundred dollars ($500.00). All checks greater than five hundred dollars
($500.00) shall require two (2) of the three (3) authorized board signatories.
6.3 Terms of Office:
(a) Board members will be elected to two-year terms with terms being offset.
6.4 Removal from office:
(a) Attendance at all meetings of the Board is required. Any Board member
that fails to attend three (3) consecutive regularly scheduled meetings may be
removed from the Board by a majority voice vote of the remaining Board
(b) Removal of a Board member for any reason other than absenteeism requires a
unanimous voice vote by the existing Board not including the subject Board
(a) Nominations will be accepted from the adult SEACOAST LACROSSE
membership for all Board vacancies.
(b) The election of new Board members will be conducted by the existing Board
from the accepted nominations. Elections will take place at the Annual
Meeting in the fall (September, October or November) preceding the primary
President: shall preside over all meetings of the Board and assign or performVice President: shall perform duties of the President, if required, attend allSecretary: shall take minutes of annual and board meetings; give notice ofTreasurer: shall collect, receive, disburse and record all SEACOASTGeneral Board Members: shall perform duties as assigned.
(c) Appointment of new officers will be conducted by the new Board at their first
(d) The Board, as necessary may appoint advisors to the Board. These advisors
are non-voting members of the Board.
(e) In the event of a mid-term vacancy, the Board President, with Board
approval, may appoint a new member to the Board to serve the remainder of
Article VII – Amendment
7.1 These by-laws may be altered, amended or repealed and new bylaws may be
adopted by the Board of Directors, provided that any bylaws or amendments
thereto as adopted by the may be altered, amended or repealed by vote of the
Board, or a new by-law in lieu thereof may be adopted by the Board.
7.2 Notice must be given to all Board members ten (10) days prior to a meeting for
the purpose of altering or amending these bylaws.
7.3 A quorum of five (5) members of the Board of Directors is necessary to vote on
any amendments to the bylaws.
Article VIII – Coaches
8.1 All SEACOAST LACROSSE coaches and assistant coaches must apply to and be
approved by the Board.
(a) All SEACOAST LACROSSE teams must have an experienced head coach
and a minimum of one assistant coach. Lacrosse experience can be either as
a lacrosse coach at any level or former player.
(b) All candidates for coaching positions shall consent to and be subject to a
criminal background check.
8.2 The Board will intercede on a coach’s “philosophy” only when the team or its
players are adversely affected (i.e., abusive language, unilateral cancellation of
practices or games, failure to follow policy set by the Board, etc.)
8.3 Team coaches must meet minimum licensing requirements and/or standards as set
forth by NHYLA.
Article IX – Disciplinary Code
9.1 Any player or coach receiving two (2) penalties in a season for unsportsmanlike
behavior, game misconduct or player bench penalties is subject to disciplinary
action by the Board. This may include further review and action as well as
penalties up to and including expulsion from SEACOAST LACROSSE.
9.2 Coaches must keep track of any unsportsmanlike behavior, game misconduct or
bench penalties issued to players or coaches and report to the Board immediately
after each game.
9.3 Upon notification to player’s parent/guardian and the Board by the coach, habitual
absenteeism from practices or games shall subject the player to dismissal from the
(a) In case of player reprimand or dismissal, notification of approved action shall
be provided to parent(s)/guardian by the Board.
9.4 Habitual use of abusive language and/or behavior by a SEACOAST LACROSSE
player, coach or member shall subject that player, coach or member to dismissal
from the team and/or program.
(a) Notice of any disciplinary action taken by the Board against an individual
shall be provided to the individual by the Board via certified mail.
9.5 Coaches, players and their parent/guardian have the right of appeal of the
(a) Appeals must be submitted to the Board in writing specifying all pertinent
information within five (5) days of notice of approved action.
(b) In the event of a player appeal by parent(s)/guardian, a written statement
from the player’s coach is also required by the Board.
9.6 Coaches and players must sign a Code of Conduct statement as prepared by
NHYLA and/or SEACOAST LACROSSE in order to participate in the program.
Note: Board approval is required for any dismissal.
Article X – Club Policy
10.1 The primary season for the SEACOAST LACROSSE shall be the spring league
season. The Board shall determine entering SEACOAST LACROSSE teams for
any other seasonal play outside the primary.
10.2 In the event that SEACOAST LACROSSE elects to enter both “A” and “B”
teams in an age division (U15, U13, U11) within NHYLA, evaluations will be
conducted to determine which players will be eligible for the “A” level team. The
Board shall determine the time, date, and place for evaluations.
(a) All potential SEACOAST LACROSSE players must attend ALL scheduled
evaluations. In the event of an unavoidable absence, potential players must
notify the coach prior to the scheduled evaluation date. All current and
potential SEACOAST LACROSSE players must be evaluated every year.
(b) Potential SEACOAST LACROSSE players who will unavoidably miss
scheduled evaluations must arrange with the coach to evaluation in advance
of the scheduled evaluation dates.
(c) Age eligibility for evaluations is determined by the player’s age as of
st in accordance with league rules.
(d) Any player that wants to “play up” on a team with minimum age
requirements the player does not meet must make an appeal in writing to the
Board. No player is allowed to play above their age level without permission
of the Board regardless of whether SEACOAST LACROSSE sponsors “A”
and “B” teams or only one team at a given age level.
(e) All teams sanctioned by SEACOAST LACROSSE will be named
(f) The Board shall determine annually the maximum roster size for each team.
(g) Potential players that miss the sign up deadline may file a written appeal with
the Board to participate in the coming season. The Board in its sole discretion
shall determine if players that miss the sign up deadline will be allowed to
participate or not.
10.3 A quorum of Board members is expected to attend team evaluations.
(a) The Board will appoint a committee to conduct the SEACOAST LACROSSE
(b) SEACOAST LACROSSE players shall be selected for "A" division teams
based on teamwork, and knowledge of the game, as well as on lacrosse skill
10.4 From the results of the evaluations, players shall be selected for each SEACOAST
(a) No SEACOAST LACROSSE team shall be selected until a coach has been
assigned for the team and approved by the Board.
10.5 Registration fees shall be determined by the Board.
10.6 All current participants of Seacoast Lacrosse have first priority to play for
SEACOAST LACROSSE. These are players who are residents of Greenland,
New Castle, Newington, Portsmouth and Rye.
(a) SEACOAST LACROSSE team roster size shall be determined by the Board
and in accordance with the State of NH and NHYLA regulations.
(b) Coaches will not be permitted to “hold” positions or have unfilled spots on the
roster with the intent to fill them later in the season.
(c) If there are not enough eligible players (see 10.6) to complete a roster by
outside the defined areas.
10.7 In the event of team vacancies after a team has begun practicing together, a coach
must notify the Board of his/her intent to add players. Players may be added to the
team to fill vacancies within guidelines established by the board.
Seacoast.th, the coach may come to the Board for approval for recruitment
Article XI – General Provisions
11.1 No part of the earnings of the SEACOAST LACROSSE shall benefit or be
distributed to its members or other private parties except for official Club
11.2 Provision for Dissolution:
Upon dissolution of the Club, the Club shall, after paying or making provisions
for the payment of all the liabilities of the Club, dispose of all the assets of the
Club exclusively for the purposes of the Club in such manner, or to such
organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable,
educational, religious or scientific purposes and shall at the time qualify as an
exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of
1954 (or corresponding provision of any future United State Internal Revenue
Law), as the Board of Trustees shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed
of shall be disposed of by the Rockingham County Superior or Probate Court,
exclusively for such purpose or to such organizations, as said Court shall
determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
The Board of Directors attests that the foregoing constitutes a true copy of the Bylaws of
the Seacoast Lacrosse Club.
October 19, 2009
October 23, 2005
November 8, 2004
September 15, 2009
September 15, 2004