Fees, FSHPA Inc., Newsletter, suspensions
Duties, Allowance, Eligibility
Terms, Removal, Vacancies
|STANDING COMMITTEES||VII||4||go there|
Membership, Awards, Club-Executive Council
State Closed Tournament Site
|ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Election procedures, Voting
Voting & Responsibilities
|IX||5||go there||STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
When, Prizes, Eligibility, Divisions
Age & Entry, Registrations, Format & Fees, Distribution
|X||6||go there||ALL FSHPA TOURNAMENTS
Sanctioning, Fees, Averages
Ranking & Tie-Breaking
|PARLIMENTARY AUTHORITY||XII||7||go there|
Most Improved Player
Hall of Fame
|STANDING RULES||9||go there|
The name of this organization shall be the Florida State Horseshoe Pitchers Association, hereinafter known as FSHPA. The FSHPA is a Charter organized under the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association of America, hereinafter known as NHPA.
The purpose of the FSHPA shall be to teach, foster, develop, and promote the sport of horseshoe pitching within the State of Florida. Also, it will authorize, provide guidelines, and schedule all NHPA/FSHPA Inc. sanctioned tournaments, both as a recreational pastime and a competitive sport.
Section 1. Any reputable person may become a member upon:
a. Payment of annual dues as designated in these BylawsSection 2. Juniors may join at a reduced fee as designated in these Bylaws. A junior is a person eighteen (18) years old or younger for the entire calendar year.
Section 3. Annual dues for an adult FSHPA Inc. membership are $11.00 of which $4.00 is allocated to the annual State Closed Championship Tournament and $1.00 is allocated to the FSHPA Inc. Hall of Fame Facility expenses. Annual dues for a junior member are $3.00. Members of FSHPA Inc. who have received an NHPA Inc. lifetime (50 year) exemption shall also be exempt from paying annual dues to FSHPA Inc.
Section 4. A membership card shall be issued and payment of dues will be so noted on the member's NHPA card.
Section 5. Dues are due and payable on January 1, or upon joining. Membership expires on December 31 of the current year.
Section 6. A member shall not be in good standing when annual dues are more than (30) thirty days late.
Section 7. Any member may be suspended for;
a. willfully violating any official rule or Bylaw of the FSHPA Inc. or NHPA.Section 8. For any of the above reasons, a member may be suspended for one year.
Section 9. No member shall be suspended until given a fair hearing before the Executive Council, or Board appointed by same.
Section 10. Members who have been suspended for one year may be reinstated after one year has lapsed, by a majority vote of the Executive Council.
Section 1. Members.
The Executive Council shall be made up of the elected officers of FSHPA Inc.Section 2. Authority
a. The Executive Council shall have full power to conduct the business of the FSHPA Inc. between annual meetings provided such business is not contrary to the Bylaws of the FSHPA Inc.Section 3. Meetings
a. The Executive Council shall meet at the call of the President or any three (3) members of the council.
Section 1. The elected officers of the FSHPA Inc. shall be;
Section 2. Duties of the elected officers:
a. The President shall;Section 3. Officers allowances:1. be the chief executive officer of the FSHPA Inc.b. The Vice-Presidents shall;
Expense allowances shall be paid to the following annually:Section 4. All officers must;President…….............$200.00
a. be members of FSHPA Inc. and NHPASection 5. Term of office:
a. All officers shall serve a two-year term.Section 6. Removal from office:
a. Any officer may be removed from office upon failure to perform the duties of the office or for any reason that brings discredit to the FSHPA Inc.Section 7. Vacancies in office:
Any vacancies in office, except that of the President, shall be filled within thirty days by the President, with the approval of the Executive Council.Section 8. Records and property held by officers:
Upon completion of their term, all outgoing officers, and committee chairs, shall deliver to their successors, all records and property of the FSHPA Inc. held in their possession.
Section 1. The officers appointed by the President shall be;
a. State StatisticianSection 2. Duties of the appointed officers:
a. The State Statistician shall;Section 3. Terms of appointment:1. keep a record of individual ringer percentages of players who participate in sanctioned tournaments in the manner prescribed by the FSHPA Inc.b. The Web Master shall:
All appointees shall serve for an indefinite period as determined by the Executive Council.
Section 1. The Standing Committees of the FSHPA Inc. shall be:
Bylaws, Auditing & Finance, Promotion, Grievance, Hall Of Fame, Nominating/Elections and Junior Program.
Section 1. Annual Membership Meeting
At this meeting, the annual membership banquet is held in conjunction with the presentation of annual awards; Hall of Fame, Outstanding Member, and Most Improved Player.Section 2. Annual Club-Executive Council Meeting
a. The Executive Council, plus the President of each affiliated Club (or his/her representative), are empowered to conduct the business of the organization at this meeting, except for that conducted at its Annual Membership Meeting.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Section 1. The President shall appoint a nominating/election committee and a committee chair for the current tournament year. The nominating/election committee’s function shall be:
a. Actively seek out candidates for those offices being elected in the current year.Section 2. The NEWSLETTER editor shall provide up to one page of space in the MARCH issue for each declared candidate. Newsletter Editor may edit or refuse objectionable material and may re-size the article to fit the format of the Newsletter. Candidate has the right to appeal any changes made by the editor to the Executive Council. Candidates must provide their article to the Newsletter editor prior to February 15th of the current year.
Section 3. Members in good standing and not attending the annual Closed Championship Tournament may elect to vote by absentee ballot.
a. Ballots must be requested by voting FSHPA Inc. member through the U.S. Postal Service, cancelled stamp, no later than March 25th of the current year.
Section 1. Clubs shall be organized under the FSHPA Inc. Charter
Section 2, Any club may apply for affiliation with the FSHPA Inc., by letter addressed to the Secretary-Treasurer, and presented with a list of officers and members.
Section 3. Affiliation of new Clubs may be approved by a majority vote of the Executive Council. Club certificates shall be issued by the FSHPA Inc. Secretary-Treasurer, and must carry his/her signature, and that of the President.
Section 4. FSHPA Inc. Club officials shall include a President, Secretary-Treasurer, and a Tournament Director. Officials shall be elected by an annual Club membership vote. Any, or all offices, may be held by one person.
Section 5. A Club President is empowered to participate in conducting the business of FSHPA at the Annual Club-Executive Council Meeting. He/she shall have one vote, except as follows:
a. A Club having 25, or more, NHPA/FSHPA Inc. members shall have one additional vote for each 25 NHPA/FSHPA Inc. members. To establish entitlement to additional votes, the Club's membership count must be a certified list, NHPA card number and name, of FSHPA Inc./NHPA members by the Club Secretary to the FSHPA Inc. Sec/Treas., no later than January 31st. A member holding membership in more than one club may only be counted as a member of his/her home club when determining the rights to additional votes. The membership count, as of the previous year on December 31st, is required.Section 6. The Club Tournament Director shall:
a. Submit to the FSHPA Inc. State Statistician a proposed schedule of tournaments, and entry fees, for the ensuing season.Section 7. The Club Secretary shall;
a. maintain a current list of Club members complete with address, phone numbers and NHPA membership card numbers.
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
Section 1. A State Championship Tournament shall be conducted by the Executive Council. If possible, it will be held annually during the month of April.
Section 2. An estimated prize and trophy list shall be developed no later than thirty (30) days prior to the tournament. Approval by a majority of the Executive Council is required.
Section 3. Eligibility of entrants:
a. Entries are restricted to FSHPA Inc. members who are residents of the State of Florida as defined in the FSHPA Inc. Bylaws, Article III, Sec. 1, Sub B.Section 4. The State Championship Tournament shall include a separate division for Men, Women, and Elder Men. Divisions for Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Boys and Girls will be scheduled and played if the Executive Council deems there are sufficient entrants for competition.
Section 5. Some divisions may impose age restrictions on entrants as follows:
a. Men - no age restrictions - pitch 40'Section 6. Handicap scoring is not allowed where a Division Title is involved.
Section 7. A Championship division cannot be mixed. Other sections in a division may be mixed at the discretion of the Executive Council.
Section 8. The "Cancellation Method" must be used in the State Championship Tournament. However, the "Count-All Method" may be used in the preliminary rounds, to determine the championship classes.
Section 9. The winner of each division of the State Championship Tournament shall be declared the State Champion of their respective division.
Section 10. Fifty-cents ($.50) of the FSHPA Inc. sanctioned tournament fees ($2.00 for each tournament entry) received from Club Tournament Directors during the current fiscal year shall be added to the State Championship Tournament cash prizes.
ALL FSHPA TOURNAMENTS
Section 1. All FSHPA Inc. tournaments shall be NHPA sanctioned, so certified, and be conducted in accordance with the NHPA "Official Rules for Horseshoe Pitching".
Section 2. Entry is restricted to players holding a current NHPA approved membership card.
Section 3. Each Club will individually establish entry fees for tournaments sponsored by their Club.
Section 4. Tournament entry requests, with entry fee payments, are due at least seven (7) days before the tournament. "Dropouts" or "No-shows" will forfeit entry fees unless tournament is cancelled.
Section 5. Mixed tournaments may be conducted at the discretion of the Club. Mixed events must be suitably identified in the FSHPA Inc. tournament schedule.
Section 6. All pitchers' averages shall be based on the published NHPA NATSTATS averages as described in the NHPA RGS book PLAYING RULES, RULE 11 – Tournament/League play Section D – Seeding Contestants.
Section 7. Any member without an average will pitch a minimum 100 consecutive shoes to establish their seeding percentage. This qualifying must be scored in writing, witnessed by two FSHPA Inc./NHPA members. Alternatively an NHPA sanctioned Club or league average may be used if it covers 100 shoes or more.
Section 8. Players shall be assigned to divisions/sections based upon the ringer averages as described in Section 6. They will be grouped in an equitable and reasonable manner.
Section 9. Class Winners and Class Ties between contestants shall be decided at the tournament committee’s discretion as per NHPA RGS Book PLAYING RULES, RULE 11, SECTION B. Method of determining Class Winners and finishing positions shall be posted on the tournament grounds prior to start of the tournament. If the method of determining tied and finishing positions is not posted the “Who Beat Whom” method as described below shall be used.
a. Class Winners will be determined by wins/losses when using cancellation scoring.Section 10. The handicap and count-all system of scoring is to be optional throughout any pitching activity except as otherwise provided for the State Championship Tournament.
The rules contained in the current edition of "Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised" shall govern the proceedings of the FSHPA Inc. in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these By-Laws.
Section 1. These By-Laws may be amended at any Annual Club-Executive Council Meeting. Advance notice of proposed amendment(s) must be submitted to the BY-LAWS Committee Chairman by February 1st and published in the March NEWSLETTER. Amendments may be clarified and/or modified at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting. The amendment(s) will be adopted following a two-thirds majority favoring vote.
Section 2. These By-Laws may be revised at any Club-Executive Council Meeting by a two-thirds majority favoring vote, providing such revision had been announced at a previous meeting.
Section 3. All FSHPA By-Laws amendments or revisions that are passed shall become effective on June 1 of the year of approval.
This award shall be made annually to the FSHPA Inc. member who has done the most during the previous calendar year to promote and foster the sport of horseshoe pitching. The requirements for this award are:
Section 1. Any FSHPA Inc. member may nominate another member. Nominations shall be sent to the FSHPA Inc. President. Deadline for nominations is March 1st of each calendar year. In the event that no nominations are received by FSHPA Inc. President by March 1 of each year, the Executive Council can consider a member for this award.
Section 2. The nomination should contain sufficient information to permit an intelligent evaluation of the person's entitlement to this recognition.
Section 3. The Executive Council shall select the recipient of this award based upon the information provided, or otherwise obtained ,concerning the nominee.
An award shall be given to the player with the highest ringer percentage in each of the three pitching classes; Mens 40 foot distance, Elders 30 foot pitching distance and Women pitching 30 or 40 feet.
Section 1. Eligibility - The member must have competed in at least 10 FSHPA Inc. sanctioned tournaments in the preceding tournament year. The winning player must be a resident of the State of Florida.
Section 2. Ringer percentage will be the true ringer percentage; total ringers divided by total shoes pitched during the tournament year.
Recognition shall be given to the member(s) that compete in the most FSHPA Inc. sanctioned tournaments in the preceding tournament year.
Section 1. Eligibility - The winning member must be a resident of the State of Florida.
This award shall be made annually to the member who has most improved his/her ringer average over the previous "tournament year's" ringer average.
Section 1. Eligibility - The member must have competed in FSHPA Inc. sanctioned tournaments as follows:
a. Ten (10) tournaments during the current "tournament year"Section 2. The State Statistician will determine the recipient of this award based upon the officially attained ringer averages.
This award shall be made annually to the resident member who averages the highest finishing position in his/her tournament class as described below.
Eligibility - Must be a Florida resident and must havee competed in a minimum of 15 FSHPA Inc. sanctioned tournaments.
Average finishing position is derived as follows;
a. A member receives 5 points for each first place finish, 4 points for each second place finish, 3 points for each third place finish and 1 point for each fourth place finish and zero points for all finishes below fourth.
This award shall be presented to those members that pitch in all three state tournament events, Mixed Doubles, Doubles and Singles and win their class in all three events. The award shall read “Triple Crown Winner”.
This award shall be presented to those members that pitch in all three state tournament championship events, Mixed Doubles, Doubles and Singles and win their class in all three events. The award shall read “Triple Crown Champion”.
The FSHPA Inc. Hall of Fame was established in 1975. A Hall of Fame exhibit is located in Ed Wright Park, Clearwater, Florida. It contains the official FSHPA Inc. Hall of Fame plaque with the names of Hall of Fame members and year of induction, photographs and memorabilia pertinent to its members, FSHPA Inc. and NHPA. New members are inducted at the FSHPA Inc. Annual Awards Banquet which is held in conjunction with the State Championship Tournament.
Section 1. Eligibility - A candidate must have been;
a. a resident of Florida and an FSHPA member for a minimum of ten years.Section 2. Anyone may recommend a candidate utilizing the FSHPA Hall of Fame nomination form. The nominating letter should be addressed to the Chairman, Hall of Fame Committee and contain a history of the candidate's accomplishments in sufficient detail to permit an intelligent evaluation of the person's entitlement to this recognition. Deadline for nominations is on or before March 1 of each calendar year.
Section 3. The Hall of Fame committee shall;
a. the committee shall consist of the Chairman, the President plus five additional members in good standing.Section 4. The Hall of Fame Chairman shall;
a. transmit copies of nominations to committee members with appropriate ballots.Section 5. Members of the Hall of Fame shall;
a. have a lifetime exemption from payment of FSHPA Inc. annual dues.
Standing Rules are for guidance of the Executive Council. They may be adopted, changed or suspended by majority vote at any meeting without notice. Between meetings, the Executive Council may adopt, change, or suspend a Standing Rule; but it must be ratified at the next meeting for it to continue.
1. The executive Council members shall have their annual FSHPA Inc./NHPA membership and Awards Banquet fees paid by the FSHPA Inc.
Accepted as amended on May 15, 1993 at the annual Business Meeting held at Winter Haven, Florida.
Amended May 11, 1996 at the annual Business Meeting held at Winter Haven, Florida.
Amended May 4, 1997 at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held in Winter Haven, Florida.
Amended May 1, 2000 at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held in Beverly Hills, Florida.
Amended April 18, 2001 at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held in Palm Bay, Florida.
Amended April 17, 2002 at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held in Clearwater, Florida.
Amended April 10, 2003 at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held in Beverly Hills, Florida.
Amended April 21, 2004 at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held in Melbourne, FL
Amended April 20, 2005 at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held in Clearwater, Florida.
Amended April 19, 2006 at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held in Beverly Hills, Florida.
Amended April 18, 2007 at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held in Melbourne, FL.
Amended April 21, 2008 at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held in Clearwater, Florida.
Amended April 22, 2009 at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held in Beverly Hills, Florida. Amended June 1, 2010 by approval at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held 21 April 2010 in Melbourne, Florida.
Amended June 1, 2011 by approval at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held 27 April 2011 in St. Cloud, Florida.
Amended June 1, 2012 by approval at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held 18 April 2012 in Bradenton, Florida.
Amended June 1, 2013 by approval at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held 17 April 2013 in Clearwater, Florida.
Amended June 1, 2014 by approval at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held 23 April 2014 at Beverly Hills Florida
Amended June 1, 2015 by approval at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held 22 April 2015 at Bunnell, Florida
Amended June 1, 2016 by approval at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held 20 April 2016 at Bradenton, Florida Amended June 1, 2017 by approval at the annual Club Officers/Executive Council meeting held 19 April 2017 at Clearwater, Florida