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May 26, 2021

USA Archery Expands Board of Directors from 10 Seats to 15

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – USA Archery (USAA) announced in February that the organization is seeking nominations for three positions on its Board of Directors: The Grassroots (non-JOAD Club) Director, the Coach Director, and Independent Director. The Board has since approved the expansion of the nomination search to include five new Director seats in an effort to better expand representation on the Board. The five new seats include three Athlete Directors and two additional Independent Directors (for a total of three). 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.

Athlete Director Additions (3)

  • Para Athlete Director (1) candidates to come from the USAA Para Athletes’ Advisory Council. The Director shall be elected by para athletes who meet the “Eligible Athlete” qualifications as noted in Section 11.11 of USAA Bylaws by majority vote.

Term:  January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2025

  • At-Large Athlete Directors (2) who meet the “Eligible-Athlete” criteria noted in Sections 11.2 and 11.11 of USAA Bylaws, of which at least one shall be female. At-Large Directors will be directly elected by USAA athletes who meet the “Eligible-Athlete” qualification as noted in Sections 11.2 and 11.11 of USAA Bylaws by majority vote.

Terms: The At-Large Athlete elected with the highest number of votes will serve for an initial term of January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2025. The second At-Large Athlete director will serve an initial term of January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023 (to implement staggering of terms). The two-year term will count as a full term.

Independent Director Additions (2)

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.

 

Independent Directors will be selected by the USAA Nominating &. Governance (N&G) Committee using the below USAA Board of Directors identified listed priorities:

  • Diversified candidates
  • Understanding of the NGB world and what they do
  • Non-profit sport knowledge
  • National Level Multi-Sport Organization experience (i.e. Boys and Girls Club, etc.)
  • Law Degree preferred
  • Experience in fundraising and/or foundation management/Trustee Board Member and willing to roll up their sleeves and help USAA to move to the next level in this area
  • Youth non-endemic corporate sponsor

Terms: One Independent Director will service an initial term January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023.  The second Independent Director will serve an initial term January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2025 (to implement staggering of terms). The two-year term will count as a full term. 

All non-athlete applications will be sent to the N&G Committee for review and then athlete and non-athlete 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 current conflict-of-interest statement. Following review by the Ethics Committee, The N&G Committee will bring forth a qualified slate of non-athlete 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 Directors will complete a United States Center for SafeSport training within 45 days of being elected if not already current.

As a reminder, Grassroots (Non-JOAD Club) 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: 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. 

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