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February 26, 2021

USA Archery Announces Call for Nominations for Board of Directors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – USA Archery (USAA) is seeking nominations for three positions on the organization’s Board of Directors: The Grassroots (non-JOAD Club) Director, the Coach Director, and Independent Director. Nominations are due by June 30, 2021.

The USA Archery Board of Directors represents the interests of the Archery community and its athletes by providing the organization with policy, guidance, and strategic direction. The Board oversees the management of USA Archery and its affairs, but it does not manage the organization. The Board focuses on long-term objectives and impacts, empowering the Chief Executive Officer to manage a staff-driven organization with effective Board oversight. For more on the duties of the Board of Directors, review the USA Archery Bylaws, particularly Article VII.  To be eligible to serve on the USAA Board of Directors you must be a U.S. Citizen, over 18 years of age and meet the specific requirements outlined below for each open position.

The Grassroots (non-JOAD Club) Director and Coach Director seats, currently occupied by E.G LeBre and Dee Falks, are up for election at the end of 2021. Director terms are four years, and Directors, if re-elected, may serve a second term for a maximum of eight years on the Board of Directors. Director LeBre is eligible to run for re-election. Director Falks has served eight years on the Board and therefore is ineligible to run for the Coach Director seat again. 

The Independent Director position, currently held by Director Mazzoli, is also up for selection at the end of 2021. The Nominating and Governance (N&G) Committee will select the Independent Director as this is selected position, rather than an elected position.  The N&G Committee promotes representation by diverse groups to encourage a wide variety of USA Archery leadership ideas and perspectives.

Each Independent Director shall be determined to have no material relationship with USAA, either directly or through an organization that has a material relationship with USAA. A relationship is material if, in the judgement of the Ethics Committee, it could interfere with the Director candidate’s independent judgement.

All applications will be sent to the N&G Committee for review and then qualified candidate nomination materials will be sent to the Ethics Committee for approval. As part of the nomination materials to be submitted, nominees must complete a conflict-of-interest statement. The N&G Committee will bring forth a qualified slate of candidates on which eligible members can vote.

Qualifications for the Positions

Once the N&G Committee has determined that the nominee meets the minimum qualifications for a Director position the nominee will initiate membership with USAA (if not already a member) and complete the background screening required to be on the election ballot.  Background Screens may take up to a month or longer to process, so if you are interested in a Board seat and you do not yet have a screen on file with USA Archery, you may want to start the process now.  Learn more and get started.

The Director will complete a United States Center for SafeSport training within 45 days of being elected if not already current.

Grassroots (Non-JOAD Club) Director: The Grassroots Director candidates must be endorsed by a Registered Non-JOAD Club of USAA in good standing as defined in sections 5.1 and 5.2 of the Bylaws. All currently registered Non-JOAD Clubs in good standing 45 days prior to the election deadline shall then vote for their respective Grassroots Director.

Coach Director: The Coach Director nominees will come from certified Coach (L2 and higher) who are USAA members in good standing.  All certified USAA L2 and higher instructors and coaches eligible to vote and in good standing 45 days prior to the election deadline may vote for the Coach Director (Bylaws Sections 5.1 and 5.2).

To nominate yourself for one of the Board of Directors positions, please review and execute the nomination materials by June 30, 2021.

New Voting Procedures as of 2021

On February 10, 2021, the Board approved moving to a new online voting system called Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) or “ranked choice voting”.  The voter will be asked to rank the candidates on the ballot by preference.  If a candidate wins a majority of first choice votes, he or she is declared the winner.  Should no candidate receive a majority (over 50%) of the vote, the candidate receiving the least number of votes in the first round is eliminated. The votes of the eliminated candidate are then distributed to the second choice indicated by the vote.

In each round, each voter’s ballot shall count as a single vote for whichever continuing candidate the voter has ranked highest. The candidate with the fewest votes after each round shall be eliminated until only two candidates remain, with the candidate then receiving the greatest number of votes (which will always be over the 50% threshold by definition) being elected. This process, becoming popular for some state and local elections eliminates the need for a separate run-off election.

Voters cast their vote for their favorite candidate knowing that if he or she does not gather enough votes to win, their vote will count toward their second choice. Your vote always counts for your highest ranked candidate until he or she is elected or eliminated. This helps ensure that more voters are represented by someone they voted for and provides greater opportunity for more diverse representation.

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