EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION
ARTICLE I – NAME
This organization shall be known as the Eastern Massachusetts Baseball Umpires Association hereafter referred to as EMBUA.
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The purpose of the Association is to promote, develop and improve the game of baseball through the development and training of amateur baseball umpires.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
[Members in good standing shall receive one (1) ticket to the Association sponsored social event for all membership classifications.]
a. failure to attend to one of the two mandatory meetings - $25
A member wishing to be reinstated must pay the required fine by December 31 of that calendar year. A member who is reinstated and is suspended a second year will be dropped from the Association and can only gain membership by taking and passing the Association exam.
ARTICLE IV – GOVERANCE
1 An Executive Board shall be elected by a majority vote of the membership in
good standing and present at the Annual Business.
ARTICLE V – DUES AND FEES
1. Dues shall be assessed in the following manner and are payable on or before the close of the Annual Business Meeting:
2. All membership dues must be paid by the close of the second scheduled general meeting of the Association. Any member whose dues is not paid by this date with be fined per these bylaws and have their membership suspended until such time as he/she takes care of his/her financial obligation.
3. A late fee will be assessed to any member who dues is not paid by the close of the second
scheduled general meeting of the Association. The late fee must be paid by April first of the same year in order to maintain a regular membership.
ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS
1. All meetings shall be conducted in accordance with the standards as outlined in Robert’s
Rules of Order, unless otherwise outlined by the by-laws of the MBUA.
2. All business conducted at any business meeting shall pass with a majority vote of those eligible members, in good standing and present. Any business matters, other than elections or amendments of the by-laws, can be conducted at any general meeting where a quorum of the membership is in attendance.
3. Attendance will be taken at each general interpretation meeting. It will be incumbent on each member present to insure that his presence is recorded.
4. The Annual Business meeting shall be scheduled on a date specified by the Executive Board. The purpose of said meeting shall be to hold elections and attend to other such business requiring full action of the membership.
5. A quorum shall consist of twenty-five (25) percent of the active voting membership that is in good standing and present for the Annual Business Meeting or other special meetings that may be called.
a. Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the president or upon written
request, stating the nature of the meeting, to the Executive Board by five (5) voting
members in good standing of the Association.
ARTICLE VII – UNIFORMS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
1. The primary uniform shall be consistent with that established by the MBUA. Umpires assigned to work a contest shall dress in a similar or like manner as determined by the weather conditions.
2. Members shall be paid a contest fee in accordance with the published schedule of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), or the established fee of the MBUA, whichever is greater.
3. Members may work with any umpire who is a member on good standing of any board
recognized by the MBUA. Should an umpire discover that his assigned partner does not
meet the aforementioned provision, he/she shall complete the assignment and notify the
league assignor and the board secretary immediately thereafter.
ARTICLE VIII – EXPENDITURES
1. All expenditures, other than those needed for the normal business
operation of the Association must be approved by the Executive Board.
2. The Cost of the annual banquet shall not exceed one half (1/2) of the annual dues per person.
3. The fee for the evaluator services shall be commensurate with the fee for the members’ annual dues.
4. All charitable contributions must have the unanimous consent of the Executive Board.
5. Ten (10) percent of the annual dues revenue (each year) may be allocated for training and development. The expenditures cannot exceed ten (10) percent and do not carry over from year to year.
6. Five (5) percent of the annual dues revenue (each year) may be allocated for the maintenance and upgrade of the web site (including the Webmaster fee). The expenditures cannot exceed five (5) percent and do not carry over from year to year.
7. Awarding of two scholarships per year (one (1) male and one (1) female, if applicable) to a
son and daughter of one of our members and/or a male or female member who is pursuing
an undergraduate degree in an accredited institution. The amount of the scholarship to be
determined by the Executive Board.
ARTICLE IX – AWARDS
1. Bill McDonald Coach’s Achievement Award:
Presented annually to a coach who has distinguished himself amongst his peers by exhibiting the highest standard of sportsmanship, integrity and professionalism throughout his coaching career.
2. Carmine Cacciatore Umpire’s Achievement Award:
Presented annually to an umpire who has distinguished himself amongst his peers by his outstanding dedication to the Association and his exemplary contribution to the baseball umpiring profession.
3. Presidents and/or Service to Youth Award
Awarded at the discretion of the Executive Board when an individual or group has had a significant achievement or contribution in baseball umpiring or the sport of baseball and such achievement/contribution warrants special recognition.
4. Honorary Membership:
The most prestigious award bestowed by the Association (requires unanimous consent of the Executive Board). Reserved only for those members whose extraordinary commitment and dedication has directly and significantly contributed to the advancement and success of the EMBUA and its members. Also see Article III, 1, c.
Any member in good standing and with the exception of the Honorary Member may nominate award applicants; recipients need a majority vote of the Executive Board.
ARTICLE X - AMENDMENTS
1. These by-laws may be altered, amended, supplemented or repealed by:
a. having such proposed amendments be placed in writing to the Executive Board at least three (3) weeks prior to the Annual Business Meeting or special meeting.
b. having such proposed amendments be forwarded to all Association members, via email at least ten (10) business days prior to the Annual Business Meeting or special meeting.
c. a required two-thirds (2/3) vote of the active membership present at the Annual Business Meeting or another special meeting that may be called; such amendments shall become effective thirty (30) days following enactment by the membership.
2. Technical corrections to these by-laws may be made by a unanimous vote of the Executive Board. If the by-laws are altered, amended, supplemented or repealed in accordance with this section, such corrections shall not become effective until sixty (60) days after the membership has been advised in writing of said changes.
3. Any voting member in good standing wit the Association may propose amendments in accordance with Article X, Section 1.
ARTICLE XI – SAVING CLAUSE
1. In addition to the powers set forth in these by-laws, the Association shall have all further power and authority, as is reasonably applied, from the objectives state herein, without necessity for specific amendment to said document.
2. Failure of literal or complete compliance with the provisions of this document, with respect to date and times or the sending and receipt of the same, or errors in phraseology, which does not cause substantial injury to the right of the members shall not invalidate the actins or proceedings of members at any meeting.
3. Should the Association sail to meet its expressed purpose, become inactive or dissolved, the remaining assets of said organization shall be disbursed to such groups that meet the purpose in accordance with Article 2.