1. Organization and Meetings
The Southwest Coast District (SWCD) Organization shall operate under the
Constitution and Bylaws of the Florida Shuffleboard Association, Inc.,
Section 3, titled District Organizations and the Roberts Rules of
Order. Rules pertinent
to use only, and District Operating Rules shall help govern the
District. These Rules may
be changed, altered, or eliminated by a simple majority vote by
members of the District Board with voting privileges.
All meetings of the SWCD will be open meetings to be held in November,
January, and March. Each
Club President or designee shall represent that Club and vote along
with the elected Executive Board only.
If a problem arises between scheduled meetings, the President, at his or
her discretion, or a majority of the Executive Board may call and hold
a closed or open meeting that is necessary to continue a smooth
running SWCD. Standing
Rule with no Bylaw change. (3/9/02)
2. Membership Rights
We hereby authorize the District Executive Board to enforce all practices
hereto agreed upon and to refuse membership to a new applicant or
suspend or drop any Member Club that fails or refuses to pursue
established customs, or that discriminates against members of their
own Club, or members of any other affiliated Club. It is hereby agreed that every member of any and all affiliated
Clubs shall have the same rights and privileges including the right of
a member of more than one Club in the State of Florida, to choose
which of these Clubs he will represent in Tournaments.
3. Listing of Tournaments
Each club proposing to conduct any sanctioned tournament (State or
National) during the active season (October-April) shall submit to the
District President, a statement showing the title and date.
4. Listing Winners in PREVIEW
List all State Amateurs and Pros in the PREVIEW for five (5) years after
the last point won. (11/2/19)
5. Eligibility Rules
The District shall operate under the eligibility rules of the FSA, and
District rules that conflict with this rule is hereby rescinded. See FSA rules regarding eligibility and the penalty for playing
in a lower division than is legal. (10/30/07)
6. Listing of Winners
Authorize that all District Tournament winners, both in the main event
and consolation shall be listed in the PREVIEW, even if it requires
buying additional space.
7. Returning to a Lower Division
All players wishing to return to a lower division must write a letter
stating these wishes and send it to the President or Keeper of Records
before April 15th so it can be recorded in the PREVIEW.
8. District Rules
A. All District
Tournaments shall be played in accordance with State and District
shuffleboard rules as published in the PREVIEW.
ceremonies shall start at 8:45 am and be completed by 9:00 am. (3/17/07)
C. No new games
may start after 5:00 pm and everyone stops play at 5:30 pm, at the
discretion of the Tournament Director. (1/07/06)
D. Amateurs will
play doubles and will play 16 frame games. Our
District Amateur Tournaments include State Amateurs (which may play up
in the Pro Division or down in the Amateur Division). In 2015-16, all District Amateur Tournaments become draw
tournaments when the Pro schedule dictates a draw. A District Amateur Tournament that requires a partner may be
any doubles. If there are
not enough players to fill 8 teams, the Tournament Director may use a
singles format or a mingle/mingle game format for that tournament. (1/05/08,
11/03/13, 11/5/16, 11/2/19)
1. State Amateur
players who play in District Amateur Tournaments will earn Master
points and will not accumulate move-up points. District
Amateur players who play in District Tournaments will accumulate both
move up points and master points. (11/2/19)
2. No Two State
Amateur players who play in a District Amateur Tournament may play
together (as partners).
Amateur players do not earn ‘district master points’ unless the
tournament is ‘labeled’ by a letter/number, such as A-1, A-2 etc.
on the annual SWCD schedule (this clarity is for the NO 2 PROS and the
PRO & 1 District Am tournaments).
E. A minimum of
eight (8) teams required in an Amateur Tournament for move up points
to be awarded. Amateur
Tournaments consisting of eight (8) to eleven (11) teams, the points
will be cut in half resulting in players in the main will get only ½
point; and consolation will get ¼ point. Amateur Master points will be awarded. (11/1/08,
F. Southwest Coast
Outstanding Achievement pins to be awarded to the top 16 men and
ladies, 1-8 will receive gold pins, 9-16 will receive silver pins. (1/3/09)
Tournaments: If odd man
and odd woman registers to play, they can play together in either
tournament based on discretion of Tournament Director with the
approval of the two players. If
only 1 odd player, the last to register from the Host Club must
relinquish play. If there
is no player registered from host club, then last player to register
cannot play unless we have a volunteer. (11/2/19)
H. Starting in
2016, there will be three District Masters Tournaments. District Amateur, State Amateur & Pro Divisions.
hosting a district tournament must file a statement of receipts and
expenditures for each tournament. Financial forms will be issued to each club prior to the
tournament. When the
district tournament financial report is completed, it shall be given
to the District President.
10. Payment of Expenses
A. The District
shall pay the expense of banquet tickets for the President and spouse,
First Vice-President and spouse, State Delegate and spouse to attend
the Annual State Banquet.
B. The District
shall provide funds for one (1) night lodging for the President and
spouse, and the State Delegate and spouse.
C. When a person
is inducted to the Florida Hall of Fame from our District, the
District will provide the funds for one (1) night of lodging for that
person and spouse and pay for the banquet ticket for the inductee(s).
D. The President
shall be paid $150.00 and the Secretary, Treasurer and Keeper of
Records shall be paid $75.00 at the end of the season.
Directors shall be paid $150.00 per tournament. Host Club to pay $100.00 of Director’s fee and District to
pay $50.00. (11/27/99)
entry fee is $6.00.
11. Nominations and Elections
A. The elective
offices of SWCD are President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, 3rd Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer,
Keeper of Records, State Delegate, Alternate State Delegate, National
Delegate, and Alternate National Delegate. A representative of SWCD Tournament Directors will have voting
B. The office of
President may not be held more than three (3) consecutive full years.
Vice-President must be from a different club and different from the
club of the President.
Vice-President must be willing to move up to the office of President.
E. The President,
in cooperation with the Executive Board, shall name a three (3) to
five (5) member committee on nomination, with the first person named
being the chairperson. Members
of this committee should understand the needs of the District and
responsibilities of each office.
F. The nominating
committee shall name their members at the January meeting. The election should take place at the March meeting and the new
officers installed at that time.
majority is required to elect. An
election committee shall count the votes in secret. The vote will be reported to the presiding officer and
destroyed, but only the winner will be announced publicly.
12. Hall of Fame (HOF); Plaque for President
A. A SWCD Hall of
Fame was established on January 3, 2015. Eligibility
is as follows: 200 district points (points earned in District Amateur
Tournaments do not count toward the needed 200), past presidents (3
years) and other special contributors. (1/9/16)
B. A President who
has served the District for at least one (1) full year shall be given
a plaque at the end of his or her term.