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3 Section II. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS Please answer the following questions: 1. Is your organization incorporated as a Not-for-Profit Corporation as required by the Section 8.12b of the USOC Bylaws? Y N In what State? Virginia 2. Has your organization been granted tax-exempt status by the IRS as required by Section 8.12c of the USOC Bylaws? Y N 3. Is your international sports federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee as administering a recognized sport, as required by Section 8.12 of the USOC Bylaws? Y N Please list the International Federation of which your organization is a member. International Federation of American Football 4. Does your organization administer and support an annual national championship of athletes from several different areas/regions of the United States, as required by Section 8.12d of the USOC Bylaws? Y N Please substantiate compliance. USA Football does not currently hold a national championship. It does, however, host National Development Games each summer. Beginning with open invitation two-day regional development camps that take place each spring throughout the United States (there are 24 locations for 2015), elite players are invited to participate in the weeklong National Development Games and compete for positions on the U.S. National Football Team. The National Development Games include a 7-on-7 tournament and a jamboree tournament in which four teams are seeded 1, 2, 3 and 4 and then games are played 1 vs. 2 and 3 vs. 4. In summer 2014, USA Football hosted the National Development Games across five age groups in three locations. Canton, Ohio, hosted 7th and 8th grades, Los Angeles, California, and Towson, Maryland, hosted 9th and 10th grades, and College Station, Texas, hosted 10th and 11th grades. National Development Games are planned for Summer The athletes performances are subjectively evaluated during the National Development Games. USA Football uses these evaluations to select its national team. Each February, the U.S. National Football Teams compete at the U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19 age levels against Canada s national teams. The national team then represents the United States each the International Bowl each February. Every two years, the U-19 U.S. National Football Team competes in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championships against seven other countries for gold, silver and bronze medals. The 2014 World Championship took place in Kuwait in July 2014, and Team USA Football brought home the gold. 5. Does your organization have an active athlete training and competition program financially supported by selfgenerated funds, as required by Section 8.12e of the USOC Bylaws? Y N Please substantiate compliance. The Regional Development Camp, National Development Game, and U.S. National Football Team are funded by participant fees and the operational budget of USA Football. 6. Is your sport widely practiced in the United States and in other countries and continents as required by Section 8.12 of the USOC Bylaws? Y N Revised July 17, 2013 Page 2

4 Section II. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS Did your organization participate with a full contingent in two of the last three World Championships as sanctioned by your International Federation as required by Section 8.12f of the USOC Bylaws? Y N Please provide information confirming the extent to which your sport is practiced and the extent to which your organization has participated in international competitions. The U.S. National Football Teams compete in International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championships against other national federations for gold, silver and bronze medals. Every two years, the U-19 U.S. National Football Team competes for the World Championship. The 2014 World Championship took place in Kuwait this July and Team USA Football brought home the gold. USA Football hosted the 2012 U-19 World Championships in Austin, Texas, and sent a team to Canton, OH in The IFAF Senior World Championship is held every four years, having first been contested in 1999 and is considered to be the showpiece IFAF competition. The fifth IFAF Senior World Championship will be held in The United States is the reigning back-to-back senior world champions (2007 and 2011). Japan won in 1999 and 2003 before the United States joined. In 2010, Sweden hosted the inaugural Women s Tackle World Championship, furthering opportunities for female participation in the sport at its highest level. Six nations competed in Stockholm, with the United States winning its first crown. The 2013 IFAF Women s World Championship brought six teams, USA, Canada, Finland, Germany, Sweden, and Spain, to the world's stage in Vantaa, Finland. USA claimed its second gold medal, being the only Women's team to win, twice. The Women s World Championship games is played on a four-year rotation with the next competition in The Men s and Women s IFAF Flag Football World Championship has been held every two years since The Men s U.S. National Flag Team brought home gold from Italy in 2014 while the women brought home silver. Please answer the following questions relating to your organization s substantial compliance with Sections through of the Act. 7. Explain in narrative form your organization s managerial and financial capability to plan and execute its obligations as a Recognized Sport Organization (Section (a)(2) of the Act). USA Football employs a professional staff of more than 50 employees. Among those employees are a number of experienced and highly qualified management professionals including: Scott Hallenbeck, Executive Director Scott has more than 20 years of experience in executive leadership, event management and sports marketing, including positions at the USOC, Reebok, Turner Broadcasting/Goodwill Games, and Links Sports Marketing LLC. Jim Elias, Senior Director of Finance A Certified Public Accountant, Jim has 25 years of professional experience in finance and non-profit management, including senior positions at Ernst & Young, USA Track & Field and USA Diving. Jennifer Phelps, General Counsel Jennifer has practiced law for 15 years, including more than a decade at Bingham McCutchen and Faegre Baker & Daniels, where she was exposed to a wide breadth of issues, including corporate governance, statutory interpretation, and arbitration. USA Football s executive team also includes individuals with expertise in programs, marketing, events, strategic planning, education, and communications. These individuals gained their experience at leading organizations such Revised July 17, 2013 Page 3

5 Section II. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS as the USOC, NCAA, National Football League (NFL) teams and the League office, major Olympic NGBs, and major corporations. In addition to its professional staff, USA Football uses a number of best-in-class business tools to manage its business operations, including accounting systems and policies, strategic planning processes, and office productivity tools. 8. Does your organization agree to submit to binding arbitration in the following situations (Section (a)(4) of the Act): a. Involving your organization s recognition as a Recognized Sports Organization? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 7.12., p. 18 b. Involving the opportunity of any amateur athlete to participate in amateur athletic competition as provided for in Section 9 of the USOC Bylaws? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 7.10., p Is your organization autonomous in the governance of its sport in that it independently determines and controls all matters central to such governance, does not delegate such determination and control, and is free from outside restraint (Section (a)(5) of the Act)? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 3.01., p.2 Does your organization delegate any responsibility to an independent committee or other organization? N Y If so, please name the committee or organization and provide information as to the responsibility delegated. Not applicable. 10. Certify that your organization is a member of no more than one international sports federation (Section (a)(6) of the Act)? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 6.06(b), p.15 Revised July 17, 2013 Page 4

6 Section II. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS 11. Is your organization s membership open to those individuals and/or sport organizations described in Section (a)(7) of the Act? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 2.02., p.1. Please provide information on the voting strength of each member and how it is obtained. USA Footballs members do not have any voting rights under the Bylaws (see Section 2.01). However, qualified athletes vote for qualified athlete representatives to serve on the board of directors and other committees (see Section 3.02(b)(ii), p. 4. Revised July 17, 2013 Page 5

7 Section II. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS 12.(a) Does your organization provide an equal opportunity to participate in athletic competition without discrimination (Section (a)(8) of the Act)? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 7.01(b), p. 16 (b) Does your organization provide fair notice and opportunity for a hearing to any amateur athlete, coach, trainer, manager, administrator, or official before declaring such individual ineligible to participate (Section (a)(8) of the Act)? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 2.04., p.2 (c) Does your organization provide for expedited hearings? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 7.09., pp (d) Does your organization suspend or otherwise impose penalties on athletes participating in domestic nonsanctioned events? Y N (e) Does your organization provide for 20% athlete representation on hearing panels? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 7.07, p.17 (f) Does your organization have any published procedures relating to the denial of an athlete or other person s eligibility to participate that are not a part of your organic documents? Y N 13. Are all members of your organization s governing board(s) selected/elected on a non-discriminatory basis (Section (a)(9) of the Act)? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 3.02.(a), p Does your organization have a specific provision in your organic documents requiring at least 20% athlete representation on your board of directors, executive committee and other governing board(s) (Section (a)(10) of the Act and Section of the USOC Bylaws)? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Board of Directors athlete representation is contained in Section 3.02.(b)(ii), p.4. Executive Committee athlete representation is contained in Section 5.02.(a)(iii), p.8. Other governing boards: Revised July 17, 2013 Page 6

8 Section II. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS Nominating Committee athlete representation is contained in Section 5.03(c), p.9. Audit Committee athlete representation is contained in Section 5.04(a)(iii), p.10. Ethics Committee athlete representation is contained in Section 5.05(a)(ii), p.12. Advisory Committees athlete representation is contained in Section Describe how the athlete representatives to the board of directors, executive committee and other governing board(s) are elected. Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws. (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 3.02(a) lists the general qualifications for all board directors. In addition to those qualifications listed in section 3.02, the athlete representatives are elected by athletes and have demonstrated their qualifications as an Athlete at the time of election by having within the ten years preceding the election, represented the United States in an internal championship recognized by IFAF; or within the 24 months before selection, demonstrated that he or she was actively engaged in amateur athletic competition. Section 3.02(b)(ii). Does your organization have a specific provision in your organic documents requiring at least 20% athlete representation: (i) on all Designated Committees, and (ii) on all committees that are not Designated Committees (Section (a)(10) of the Act and Section of the USOC Bylaws). Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 5.01, p.8. Note that some advisory committees, such as USA Football s Medical Advisory Committee requires specialized expert knowledge. USA Football will strive for 20% athlete participation on these committees, so long as qualified athletes are available and willing to serve. Do you pay the expense of your athlete representatives to attend your organization s board of directors, executive committee, other governing boards and committee meetings? Y N 15. Does your organization provide an opportunity for reasonable voting representation on your governing board(s) for amateur sport organization(s) that meet the definition of Section (a)(11) of the Act? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 3.02(a)(iii) Up to twelve (12) directors shall be elected by the directors then in office (including but not limited to the directors appointed by the NFL) from the following constituencies in the discretion of the Board of Directors: from grass roots football organizations, from among individuals with significant football coaching or officiating experience, from the business community, and from among individuals with significant governmentrelated experience. It is the hope and intention of the Corporation that the elected directors shall be rotated on a regular basis in order to allow the broadest possible participation on the Board of Directors of the many stakeholders interested in promoting youth participation in football. Please identify those individuals you listed on Attachment L (your current roster of governing boards) who represent amateur sport organizations and list the organization(s) they represent. Woodie Dixon Jr. Pacific-12 ( Pac-12 ) Conference Bob Gardner - National Federation of State High School Associations ( NFHS ) Michael Strickland Atlantic Coast Conference ( ACC ) Grant Teaff - American Football Coaches Association ( AFCA ) Revised July 17, 2013 Page 7

9 Section II. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS If amateur sport organizations take part in your governing board s election process, please describe the voting strength of each member/group and how it is attained. Each member of the board of directors has one vote. 16. Are any of your organization s officers also officers of any other Recognized Sport Organization or National Governing Body as prohibited by Section (a)(12) of the Act? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 6.01, p Does your organization provide procedures for the prompt and equitable resolution of grievances of your members as required by Section (a)(13) of the Act? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Article VII, pp Does your organization have any published procedures relating to the resolution of grievances that are not a part of your organic documents? Y N Complaints of misconduct that fall within USA Football s SafeSport policy are handled in accordance with that policy. Allegations of doping are handled in accordance with IFAF s anti-doping policy. 18. Does your organization have eligibility criteria that are more restrictive than your organization s International Federation (Section (a)(14) of the Act)? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Article II describes our membership criteria. 19. Please describe in narrative form how your organization informs your athletes about: (i) team selection procedures; (ii) procedures relating to the denial of an athlete or other person s eligibility to participate; and (iii) procedures relating to resolution of grievances. USA Football posts information relating to the procedures for being selected to each of our national teams (men s tackle, women s tackle, men s flag, women s flag, and the youth national team program) on its web page ( This information is also provided to athletes and coaches upon request. Procedures regarding denial of eligibility and relating to the resolution of grievances are provided in the grievance section of the national teams section of the USA Football website. 20. Please describe in narrative form what policies and procedures your organization has in place pertaining to drug testing and adjudication of related doping offenses. Revised July 17, 2013 Page 8

10 Section II. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS USA Football subscribes to the IFAF Anti-Doping Rules that were adopted by the executive committee meeting in April Athletes (and, as applicable, their parents) consent to drug testing during international competitions and the adjudication procedures set forth by the IFAF Rules. 21. Explain in narrative form when your organization is able to amend its organic documents and how much notice is needed. USA Football can convene its Board of Directors telephonically to approve the bylaws and articles of incorporation upon fourteen days notice. Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section 4.01 Is your organization capable of changing its organic documents by mail or electronic ballot? Y N Yes, however consent by or facsimile requires unanimous consent by all of the directors. Please indicate where this provision is contained in your Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). Section Please list the name and address of any other sports organizations known to you in the sport for which your organization is seeking membership. There are a myriad of football organizations. The major national organizations are as follows: The National Collegiate Athletic Association 700 W. Washington Street P.O. Box 6222 Indianapolis, Indiana National Federation of State High School Associations 690 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. 586 Middletown Blvd., Suite C-100 Langhorne, PA Please explain why your organization wishes to become a member of the USOC and indicate the benefits that your organization can bring to the USOC as a member. While USA Football is recognized by IFAF, the NCAA, the National Federation of State High School Associations as the sport s governing body (or its equivalent) in the United States with the authority to field national teams to engage in international amateur competition, only the USOC has authority delegated by Congress to regulate amateur sports. USA Football seeks the USOC s recognition as well as the USOC s reach to grow the game domestically and internationally. Revised July 17, 2013 Page 9

11 Section II. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS By becoming a member of the USOC, American-rules football, one of the most beloved and active sports in the United States, would come under the USOC s tent. USA Football reaches over one million coaches, players, officials and parents each season. 24. Please describe how your organization develops interest and participation throughout the United States and is responsible to the persons and amateur sports organizations it represent (Section (1) of the Act). In 2012, USA Football launched a pilot program to holistically address safety in youth football called Heads Up Football (HUF). HUF stands for the proposition that coaches need to be certified before they step on the field; that equipment should fit properly; and that coaches, players and parents should recognize signs of concussions, heat stroke and cardiac arrest and know how to manage return to play protocols. Using a train-the-trainer model, USA Football trains master trainers and those master trainers then deploy across the country to train player safety coaches nominated by each youth football league or high school. Those player safety coaches are then charged with training their coaches and monitoring the implementation of Heads Up Football in their organizations. In 2013, the first year of the national pilot, more than 2,800 youth football organizations (out of approximately 10,000 organizations nationwide) voluntarily signed up to be a part of Heads Up Football. In 2014, the number of youth leagues grew to approximately 5,000 HUF youth members and 600 high school members. USA Football also runs NFL Flag and NFL PUNT, PASS, KICK competitions as well as a non-contact program for small children called FUNdamentals. These programs are engaging young athletes and providing non-contact avenues for playing football. USA Football is also developing a program called USA Football Sevens that will sanction 7-on-7 competitions. 25. Please describe how your organization minimizes, through coordination with other amateur sports organizations, conflicts in the scheduling of all practices and competitions (Section (2) of the Act). Since football season falls primarily from August through the second week of December. USA Football primarily holds its competitions and programs from February through July. By programming outside of the football season, USA Football minimizes the scheduling conflicts. 26. Please describe how your organization keeps amateur athletes informed of policy matters and reasonably reflect the views of such athletes in your policy decisions (Section (3) of the Act). Youth football in the United States in decentralized into independently run football organizations. USA Football does not operate these clubs and leagues but rather provides them with resources and tools for better and safer operations. These resources include a rule book, training player safety coaches, online coaching certification courses, subsidy to conduct background checks, SafeSport Resources, equipment grants. Thus, USA Football provides the youth organizations with best practices and recommendations but not policy decisions except as these policies pertain to USA Football s own operations. 27. Please describe how your organization disseminates and distributes to amateur athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials in a timely manner the applicable rules and any changes to such rules of the National Governing Body, the USOC, the appropriate international sports federation, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, and the Pan-American Sports Organization (Section (4) of the Act). Not currently applicable. However, such information could be readily disseminated through membership s, USA Football web sites, blog posts, twitter, Facebook and other social media. Revised July 17, 2013 Page 10

12 Section II. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS 28. Does your organization promptly (1) review every request submitted by an Amateur sports organization or person for a sanction (i) to hold an international amateur competition in the U.S. or (ii) to allow U.S. Amateur athletes to compete in international athletic competition held outside the U.S. and (2) determine whether to grant such sanction, in accordance with Section of the Act? Y N Please indicate where this provision is contained in your organization s Bylaws (please list the article or section citation and page number where the provision can be found). (i) Section 8.03, p. 19 (ii) Section 8.04, pp Does your organization have any published procedures relating to sanctioning that are not part of your organic documents? Y N Please describe your organization s sanctioning procedures. Not applicable at this time. 29. Does your organization allow an amateur athlete to compete in any international amateur athletic competition conducted under your auspices or that of any other amateur sports organization or person as is required by Section (5) of the Act, unless you established that denial was based on evidence that the organization conducting the program did not meet the requirements stated in Section of the Act? Y N Please describe your organization s policy relating to the rights of athletes to compete. USAFB will allow an amateur athlete to compete in any international amateur athletic competition conducted under USAFB s auspices or that of any other amateur sports organization as is required by Section (5) of the Act except in those situations where a denial is based on evidence that the organization conducting the program did not meet the requirements of Section of the Act. 30. Does your organization provide equitable support and encouragement for participation by women where separate programs for male and female athletes are conducted on a national basis (Section (6) of the Act)? Y N Please describe your programs for female athletes. Please provide the number of participants by gender. - Women s National Team 2010 and participants (ages 18+) - Women s National Trials Event 177 participants (ages 18+) - Women s World Tackle Games 150 participants (Feb and 2015) (ages 18+) - USAFB-NFL Girls Flag Program more than 30,000 girls introduced to flag football at the elementary, junior high school and high school levels (ages 6-17) - NFL FLAG 42,000 female flag football players per year (ages 5-17) 31. Please describe how your organization encourages and supports amateur athletic sports programs for disabled individuals in amateur athletic activity, including, where feasible, the expansion of opportunities for meaningful participation by individuals with disabilities in programs of athletic competition for able-bodied individuals (Section (7) of the Act). USAFB does not have any programs specifically designed for disabled individuals at this time. We have accommodated individual disabled athletes at specific events. Revised July 17, 2013 Page 11

13 Section II. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS 32. Please describe how your organization provides and coordinates technical information on physical, equipment design, coaching and performance analysis (Section (8) of the Act). USA Football s Medical Advisory Committee and Football Advisory Committee review and advise the organization on best practices and new technological developments. The football development staff then takes these best practices and innovations and continually updates coaching education materials, trainings, rule books policy recommendations and other materials. The communications department disseminates this information through usafootball.com, s, blogs and social media. 33. Please describe how your organization encourages and supports research, development and dissemination of information in the areas of sports medicine and sports safety (Section (9) of the Act). In addition to the Heads Up Football program discussed in section 24 above and the medical advisory committee discussed in 32 above, USA Football has made grants to an independent third party researcher who conducts an injury surveillance study. The first two years of the three-year study looked at injury rates in youth football and compared leagues that segregate youth athletes by age and size v. those that just segregate by age. Year three compared both hit rates and injury rates for organizations that have adopted Heads Up Football v. youth leagues that have not. We are currently engaged in discussions regarding future extensions of the surveillance study for both youth and high school. Please answer the following additional questions. 34. Does your organization have a strategic plan for supporting athletes in achieving sustained competitive excellence and in growing the sport? Yes. We are in the process of implementing a strategy to develop coaches and grow the sport for youth, high school, and amateur adult athletes. 35. Does your organization have a code of conduct for its employees, members, board of directors and officers? Yes. 36. Does your organization have an athlete safety ( Safe Sport ) program? Yes. Modeled after the USOC s SafeSport program, all USA Football staff members have completed the certification as well as certain volunteers, contractors, adult participants, and clinicians who fall within certain parameters. A model policy is available for youth football organizations to adopt. 37. Does your organization have an anti-doping program? Yes. Please describe. The U.S. National Team is subject to drug screening as set forth in the IFAF Anti-Doping Rules. Athletes (and their parents as applicable) consent to drug testing during international competitions and the adjudication procedures set forth by the IFAF Rules. 38. Does your organization post on its website its Bylaws and other organic documents? Not yet. If not, will your organization commit to doing so? Yes. Revised July 17, 2013 Page 12

14 Section II. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS 39. Does your organization post on its website its IRS Form 990 for the three most recent years. Not yet. If not, will your organization commit to doing so? Yes. 40. Does your organization post on its website its financial statements for the three most recent years? Yes If not, will your organization commit to doing so? 41. Is your organization financially and operationally transparent and accountable to its members? Yes 42. Does your organization adopt a yearly budget and maintain accurate accounting records in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ( GAAP ). Yes 43. Does your organization have insurance to protect from liability claims? Yes If not, will your organization commit to doing so? 44. Will your organization cooperate with the USOC in preventing the unauthorized use of the names and trademarks of the USOC, including the words Olympic, Paralympic, and Pan American and their derivatives, as well as their symbolic equivalents? Yes 45. Will your organization permit the USOC to have reasonable access to all files, records and personnel necessary to review compliance with membership requirements? Yes Revised July 17, 2013 Page 13

15 Section III. ATTACHMENTS In addition to responding to the above questions, please attach the following attachments (labeled with corresponding letter): A. Bylaws and Constitution B. Articles of Incorporation C. Most recent Annual Report D. Certificate of Good Standing from the State in which you are incorporated E. IRS Form 990 F. Letter from your International Federation confirming your membership G. Organizational chart showing the relationship between your governing boards, committees, officers and paid staff H. Most recent audit statement with management letter I. Current and ensuing years budget J. Chart that shows the various member components of your organization and their relationships K. Denial of eligibility (If answered Y to the last question of number 12) L. Narrative describing how the members of your governing board(s) are selected/elected. M. List of: a. Designated Committees, b. All committees that are not Designated Committees within your NGB, and for each identify those members that are athletes, and how they qualify as such N. List the members of your board of directors, executive committee and other governing board(s) and identify those members that are athletes, and how they qualify as such O. Procedures for the prompt and equitable resolution of grievances (If answered Y to number 17) P. International Federation s eligibility requirements Q. Published procedures relating to sanctioning (If answered Y to the 3 rd question of number 28) R. Organization s strategic plan that addresses at minimum, the following components: a. High Performance how the organization strives to achieve sustained competitive excellence on the field of play. b. Business Development/Revenue Generation how the organization develops business operations to maximize revenue to support athletes in their quest to achieve sustained competitive excellence on the field of play. c. Staffing Plan Staff your organization has in place and their specific responsibilities. d. Membership Development how the organization recruits and retains members to provide a consistent revenue stream and talent base to develop elite athletes. Section IV. SUBMISSION This form and its attachments should be returned to: USOC Membership Task Force c/o Rick Adams, Chief of Sport Operations and NGB Relations -or- 1 Olympic Plaza Colorado Springs, CO Fax (719) If you have questions regarding this application, please contact Rick Adams at (719) or Revised July 17, 2013 Page 14

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17 [DRAFT] BYLAWS OF USA FOOTBALL (the Corporation ) ARTICLE I Offices Draft Bylaws January 2015 Board preliminarily approved October 2014 Section Registered Office. The registered office of the Corporation shall be in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Corporation may have such other offices either within or without the Commonwealth of Virginia as the Board of Directors may from time to time determine or as the business of the Corporation may require. Section Business Offices. The principal office of Corporation shall be in Indianapolis, Indiana. Corporation may at any time and from time to time change the location of its principal office. Corporation may have such other offices, either within or outside Indiana, as the Board of Directors may designate or as the affairs of Corporation may require from time to time. ARTICLE II Members Section Voting Members. The Corporation shall have no voting members. The Corporation may have one or more classes of non-voting members, all of whose rights and privileges shall be as determined from time to time by resolution of the Board of Directors. Section 2.02 Categories of Membership. The Corporation shall have individual and organization membership categories as follows: (a) Individual Membership Categories (b) i. General members. General members include individuals who register and pay all required membership fees as athletes eligible for competition in football, coaches, officials, and parents/supporting members who are interested in the purpose, programs, aims and objectives of Corporation. ii. Life members. Life members are those individuals who register as life members and who pay to Corporation a life membership fee. Organization Membership Categories Organization members are those amateur sports organizations that register as contributing organizations and which conduct athletic programs or activities that further the sport of football

18 in the United States or which otherwise support the sport of football in the United States. Section Membership Requirements and Dues. Membership in Corporation is a privilege and creates with it certain obligations and duties. The Board of Directors may establish such membership requirements and dues as the Board shall deem necessary or appropriate. Further, the Board may establish such rules and procedures for the manner and method of payment of dues, the collection of delinquent dues and the proration or refund of dues, as the Board shall deem necessary or appropriate. No privilege of membership shall be available until all membership requirements are satisfied and all dues are paid in full. Section Suspension and Termination of Membership. The membership of any member may be terminated at any time with or without cause by the Board of Directors. A member shall have the right to a hearing prior to termination. A member may only resign if the member has paid all dues then payable. Section Transfer of Membership. Members may not transfer their membership in Corporation. Members shall have no ownership rights or beneficial interests of any kind in the property of Corporation. ARTICLE III Board of Directors Section Management of the Corporation. Subject to the rights of the Members and any limitations set forth elsewhere in these Bylaws or the Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation, the affairs of the Corporation shall be under the general direction of a Board of Directors (also referred to herein as the Board ), which shall administer, manage, preserve, and protect the property of the Corporation. The role, powers and duties of the Board shall be to make policy for the Corporation consistent with the goals and objectives stated within these Bylaws, to determine the membership of the Corporation as set forth herein, to recommend all dues and fix all fees to be paid by the members of the Corporation, to raise funds for the use and benefit of the Corporation, and to oversee implementation of policy of the Corporation. Further specific powers and responsibilities of the Board include, without limitation: (a) To formulate (in consultation with management) and monitor the implementation of the strategic plan of the Corporation; 2

19 (b) To approve and monitor the implementation of the annual business plan, operational plan, and budgets; (c) To appoint and oversee the activities of the standing and ad hoc committees, sub-committees and advisory groups of the Corporation; (d) To formulate and implement sound corporate governance practices and to ensure that the Corporation acts ethically and adheres to high standards of corporate behavior; (e) To provide for the preservation and effective use of the assets of the Corporation so as to ensure the long-term viability of the organization and the availability of its resources, when needed; and (f) To ensure that the Corporation s financial statements are true, fair, and compliant with law and to provide for an annual independent audit of the financial statements. Section Board Composition. (a) Qualifications. i. Each director of the Board of Directors must be a citizen of the United States and eighteen years of age or older. ii. A director need not be a resident of Virginia or Indiana. iii. A director shall have the highest personal and professional values, judgment and integrity, have demonstrated exceptional ability and judgment, and be effective, in conjunction with the other members of the Board, in collectively serving the long-term interests of the Corporation. iv. Directors shall possess an understanding of athletic competition and the Olympic ideals, and have diverse experience in the key business, financial, and other challenges that face the Corporation. Directors shall have a high level of experience and capability in Board oversight responsibilities, including in the areas of finance, marketing, fundraising, audit, management, legal affairs, communications, and sport. v. At least one of the directors, who shall also serve on the Audit Committee, shall have financial expertise. 3

20 vi. Directors shall inform the Nominating Committee of any changes in their employment responsibilities or other constraints on their time in order for the Nominating and Governance Committee to determine whether it is appropriate to nominate the Director for continuing Board service. (b) The number of directors shall initially be five and shall thereafter be increased, in one or more stages in the sole discretion of the Board of Directors, up to a maximum number of nineteen, in order to encompass a diversity of experiential backgrounds. Except for the directors named in the Articles of Incorporation as constituting the initial Board of Directors, directors shall be elected at meetings of the Board of Directors as follows: i. NFL Directors. Three directors shall be appointed by the Commissioner of the National Football League (the NFL ). All appointments of directors by the NFL shall be made in writing to the Chair, with a copy to the Executive Director. Amendments to these Bylaws shall ensure that the NFL retains at least three directors on the Board of Directors. ii. Athlete Directors. At least twenty percent of the directors shall be elected by athletes who have demonstrated their qualifications as Athletes at the time of election by: 1. having within the ten years preceding the election, represented the United States in an international championship recognized by IFAF; or 2. within the twenty-four months before selection, demonstrated that he or she was actively engaged in amateur athletic competition. iii. Amateur Football Organization Representative Director. One director represent an amateur sports organization that conducts a national program or regular national amateur athletic competition in football on a level of proficiency appropriate for the selection of amateur athletes to represent the United States in international amateur athletic competition. The Amateur Football Organization Representative Director shall be elected by a vote of the Board of Directors. 4

21 (c) iv. Remaining Directors. The remaining directors shall be elected by the directors then in office (including but not limited to the directors appointed by the NFL). The Nominating Committee shall select nominees to present to the full board for election using appropriate processes that draw from the following constituencies in the discretion of the Board of Directors: from grass roots football organizations, from among individuals with significant football coaching or officiating, or playing experience, from the business community, and from among individuals with significant government-related experience v. Independence. The Board, through its Nominating Committee, shall affirmatively make a determination as to the independence of a majority of the directors and disclose those determinations. Under the definition of independence adopted by the Board, an independent director shall be determined to have no material or pecuniary relationship with Corporation, either directly or through an organization or person that has a material or pecuniary relationship with Corporation. a. A relationship is "material" if, in the judgment of the Nominating Committee, it would interfere with the director's independent judgment. b. Upon election to the Board, a director shall resign from any affiliations they have with any national governing body (NGB) constituent groups, though he or she may retain his or her membership in the NGB. vi. Any ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board of Directors, including but not limited to the Commissioner of the NFL and the Executive Director, shall not be included in any calculation of the total number of directors or total number of votes. The Commissioner of the NFL and the Executive Director are invited to attend and speak at meetings of the Board of Directors. Notwithstanding anything contained in these Bylaws to the contrary, each director shall hold office until a successor is elected and qualifies or until that 5

22 director s earlier resignation, removal or death. The directors shall hold such election as soon thereafter as convenient. (d) Beginning with those directors then in office as of July 1, 2013, each director not appointed by the NFL may be elected to no more than two consecutive three-year terms; provided, however, that there shall be no limit on the total number of non-consecutive terms a director may serve. The non-nfl Director terms shall be staggered such that 1/3 of the non-nfl Directors shall be up for election each year. Section Board Vacancy. A director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Chair of USA Football, and in the case of the NFL Directors, to the commissioner of the NFL with a copy to the Chair of USA Football. Whenever a vacancy exists on the Board of Directors, whether by expansion of the Board of Directors, death, incapacity, resignation or otherwise, the vacancy shall be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors then in office, except that any vacancy of a director appointed by the NFL shall be filled by the NFL and any vacancy of an Athlete Director shall be elected by qualified Athletes. (a) A director elected to fill a vacancy shall hold office for the remainder of the unexpired term of his or her predecessor in office, subject to the power of removal stated in these Bylaws. (b) In order that an equal number of directors (or as close to equal number as possible) are elected each year, the Board may elect directors to newly-created Board positions and Board vacancies for an initial term of less than three years. (c) A director elected for less than a three-year term subsequently may be elected to two consecutive three-year terms. Section Board Removal. A director may be removed at any time, with or without cause, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the directors then in office, provided, however, that a director appointed by the NFL may be removed only with cause. Section Amendment. This Article III may be amended only by the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the total number of directors. (For example, if there are fifteen director positions, regardless how many directors there are then in office, at least ten directors must vote for the amendment). 6

23 ARTICLE IV Meetings of the Board of Directors Section Notice. Meetings of the Board of Directors, regular or special, may be held within or without the Commonwealth of Virginia upon not fewer than fourteen days notice to each director, either personally or by mail, , telephone or facsimile, subject to waiver of notice as provided in the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act. Neither the business to be transacted at, nor the purpose of, any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors need be specified in the notice or waiver of notice of such meeting. Regular meetings shall be held at least once each year or more often as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Directors or as required by the business of the Corporation. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the Chair, the Executive Director, or the Executive Committee at any time and shall be called by the Executive Director upon the written request of a majority of (i) the directors then in office or (ii) the members of the Executive Committee. Section Quorum. A majority of the number of voting directors then in office shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws, the act of the majority of the voting directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors. If a quorum shall not be present at any meeting of the Board of Directors, the directors present thereat may adjourn the meeting from time to time, without notice other than announcement at the meeting, until a quorum shall be present. Section Written Consent. Any action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of the Board of Directors, or any committee thereof, may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing (consent by or facsimile shall suffice), setting forth the action so taken, is signed by each director or committee member and such written consent is included in the minutes or filed with the corporate records reflecting the action taken. Action taken by written consent shall be effective when the last director or committee member signs the consent, unless the consent specifies a prior or subsequent effective date. A consent signed as described in this Section shall have the effect of approval at a meeting and may be described as such in any document. For this purpose, a consent may be executed in more than one counterpart. Section Telephonic Participation. Any one or more members of the Board of Directors may participate in a meeting of such Board by means of a conference telephone or similar communications equipment allowing all persons participating in the meeting to hear each 7

24 other at the same time. Participation by such means shall constitute presence in person at a meeting. Section Proxy Voting. Proxy voting shall not be allowed for any action of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, or any other committee which has the authority of the Board of Directors in the management of the Corporation. ARTICLE V Committees Section Committee Formation. Except as otherwise provided by law or these Bylaws, the Board of Directors, by resolution adopted by the affirmative vote of at least twothirds of the total number of directors, may designate or appoint one or more committees, each of which shall consist of one or more directors except in the case of the Judiciary Committee, which committees, to the extent provided in said resolution, shall have and exercise the authority of the Board of Directors in the management of the Corporation. The designation and appointment of any such committee and the delegation thereto of authority shall not operate to relieve the Board of Directors, or any individual director, of any responsibility imposed by law. Section Executive Committee. There shall be an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall consist of at least five and up to eight directors, with the total number of directors to be determined at the discretion of the then current members of the Executive Committee. (a) The members of the Executive Committee shall be selected as follows: i. Each year the Chair shall recommend Directors to serve as Officers and at-large members of the Executive Committee for approval at a meeting of the Board of Directors. ii. The Chair, and any Vice Chair, Secretary and/or Treasurer as elected under Section 6.01, shall be appointed, ex-officio, to the Executive Committee; iii. At least twenty percent of the Executive Committee positions shall be filled by Athlete Directors; and iv. The Chair shall appoint, subject to the Board s approval, at least two of the three directors appointed by the NFL to serve on the Executive Committee, either as an Officer or as a member at-large. 8

25 v. In addition to the appointed or elected voting members of the Executive Committee, the Executive Director shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Executive Committee. The Executive Director shall be invited to attend and speak at Executive Committee meetings, but shall not be counted in calculations of Executive Committee membership, meeting attendance or votes, and may not vote on Executive Committee actions. (b) The Executive Committee shall be solely responsible for (i) hiring and removing the Executive Director; and (ii) setting the compensation of the Executive Director of the Corporation. In addition, the Executive Committee provide strategic counsel to the staff between meetings of the Board of Directors. (c) All decisions of the Executive Committee require the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the members of the Executive Committee, except that decisions relating to the hiring and removing of an Executive Director require only the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Executive Committee. Section Nominating Committee. There shall be a Nominating Committee. Each year for which a seat on the Board of Director is up for election, the Nominating Committee shall present to the Board of Directors a slate of candidates for election to the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee shall consist of a committee chair, and at least two voting members of the Board of Directors. The members of the Nominating Committee shall be selected as follows: (a) The Chair of the Board shall appoint the members of the Nominating Committee and its chair, with approval of the Board and may include nonvoting members of the Board of Directors. (b) The Chair of the Board shall be appointed, ex-officio, to the Nominating Committee; (c) At least twenty percent of the Nominating Committee positions shall be filled by Athlete Directors; and 9

26 Section Audit Committee. There shall be an Audit Committee. The Audit Committee shall consist of an Audit Committee chair, and at least two voting independent members of the Board of Directors. The Audit Committee shall consist of at least three and not more than five members, all of whom shall be independent members of the Board. (a) The members of the Audit Committee shall be selected as follows: i. The chair of the Audit Committee shall be the Treasurer. ii. The Chair of the Board shall be an ex-officio member of the Audit Committee and shall appoint the remaining members of the Audit Committee with approval of the Board. iii. The Audit Committee shall include at least one Athlete Director. iv. Members of the Audit Committee should be financially literate and at least one member shall have accounting or financial management expertise. (b) The purpose of the Audit Committee shall be to assist the Board in its oversight of: i. the integrity of the financial statements of the corporation; ii. the Corporation s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements relating to corporation finances and reporting thereof; iii. the Corporation s compliance with the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, 36 U.S.C et seq., these Bylaws, contracts and agreements, and applicable laws and regulations; iv. the independence and qualifications of the independent auditor; and v. the performance of the corporation s internal audit function and independent auditors. (c) The responsibilities of the Audit Committee shall include the following: i. to discuss with staff management the annual audited financial statements and quarterly financial statements including matters required to be reviewed under applicable legal, regulatory or other requirements; ii. to approve the corporation s financial statements prior to publication; 10

27 iii. to discuss with staff management and the independent auditor, as appropriate, press releases containing financial information and financial information provided to the public; iv. to select the independent auditor to examine the corporation s accounts, controls and financial statements (the Audit Committee shall have the sole authority to approve all audit engagement fees and terms and the Audit Committee must pre-approve any non-audit service provided to the corporation by the corporation s independent auditor); v. to discuss with staff and the independent auditor, as appropriate, any audit problems or difficulties and staff management's response, and the corporation s risk assessment and risk management policies, including the corporation s major financial risk exposure and steps taken by staff management to monitor and mitigate such exposure; vi. to review the corporation s financial reporting and accounting standards and principles, significant changes in such standards or principles or in their application and the key accounting decisions affecting the corporation s financial statements, including alternatives to, and the rationale for, the decisions made; vii. to review and approve the internal audit staff functions, including (i) purpose, authority and organizational reporting lines and (ii) annual audit plan, budget and staffing; viii. to periodically review with the independent auditor the qualifications and performance of the corporation s finance personnel as observed by the independent auditor; ix. to establish practices or procedures alone or in conjunction with the Executive Director and or the Ethics Committee as appropriate, providing effective mechanisms for employees and others to make complaints relating to accounting practices, internal accounting controls, or audit matters, with provisions for confidential anonymous submission by employees and others (the Audit Committee shall be provided with an analysis of all financial, accounting and audit related complaints and their 11

28 disposition, and shall provide safeguards against retaliation against employees and others who make such complaints); and x. the Audit Committee shall perform those duties normally performed by a finance committee. Section Ethics Committee. There shall be an Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee shall consist of at least three and not more than five members, all of whom shall be independent members of the Board. (a) The members of the Ethics Committee shall be selected as follows: i. The Chair shall be an ex-officio member of the Ethics Committee and shall appoint the remaining members of the Ethics Committee with approval of the Board. ii. The Ethics Committee shall include at least one Athlete Director. (b) The responsibilities of the Ethics Committee shall include the following: i. oversee implementation of, and compliance with, the Code of Ethics ii. report to the Board on all ethical issues; iii. develop, and review on an annual basis, a Code of Ethics for the Board, officers, committee and task force members, volunteers, staff and member organizations for adoption by the Board; iv. review and investigate matters of ethical impropriety and make recommendations on such matters to the Board; v. review and provide guidance on ethical questions presented to it by the Board, officers, committee and task force members, volunteers, staff and the Corporation members; vi. perform such other duties as assigned by the Board. Section Judicial Committee. The Judicial Committee shall be appointed and have the responsibilities as follows. (a) The Chair shall appoint the chair and members of the Judicial Committee with approval of the Board. The Judicial Committee shall consist of at least three and not more than five members, none of whom shall be members of the Board. The Ethics Committee shall include at least one Athlete representative. Members of the Judicial 12

29 Committee shall satisfy the standards of independence for independent directors as set forth in these Bylaws. (b) The Judicial Committee shall i. generally administer and oversee all administrative grievances and right to compete matters filed with the Corporation; ii. iii. identify individuals who would be fair and impartial and who would have the qualifications and ability to serve on hearing panels; hear and render a decision, or appoint a panel to hear and render a decision, on grievances and disciplinary matters; iv. perform such other duties as assigned by the Board. Section Advisory Committees. In the event that the Board of Directors creates one or more committees not having and exercising the authority of the Board of Directors in the management of the Corporation (which committees shall be known as Advisory Committees ), such Advisory Committees shall be required to report to the Board, or if requested by the Board, to the Executive Committee or Executive Director, at such times and in such manner as reasonably requested. Such Advisory Committees may be comprised of board members and nonboard members. The chair and members of such Advisory Committee shall be approved by the Board. Such Advisory Committees shall endeavor, to the maximum extent possible, to organize their affairs and meetings according to the rules of operation set forth herein for the Board of Directors. At least twenty percent of Advisory Committees shall be comprised of Athletes as defined in Section 3.02(b)ii above unless membership on such Advisory Committee requires specialized knowledge and expertise and USAF is unable to find the requisite number of qualified Athletes. Section Amendments. This Article V may be amended only by the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the total number of directors. ARTICLE VI Officers Section Election of Officers. The officers of the Corporation shall be elected by the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors then in office and shall consist of a Chair, up to two Vice Chair, an Executive Director, a Secretary and a Treasurer, and may include such other officers and assistant officers as may from time to time be deemed necessary. The Executive 13

30 Director shall be chosen from a slate that includes at least one candidate proposed to the Board by the NFL and at least one candidate proposed to the Board by the Executive Committee. Any two or more offices may be held by the same person, except the offices of Executive Director and Secretary. No officer may concurrently serve as an officer of any other amateur sports organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as a national governing body. Section Bonding. The Board of Directors may require any of the officers or employees of the Corporation to give bond to the Corporation with sufficient sureties, conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties of their respective offices or employments. Section Removal of Officers. Any officer elected or appointed by the Board of Directors may be removed at any time, with or without cause, by the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors then in office. Any vacancy occurring in any office of the Corporation shall be filled by the Board of Directors. An office may be held by the same individual for two or more consecutive terms. Section The Chair. The Chair shall have such duties and responsibilities and such general and supervisory authority over the Executive Director and the affairs of the Corporation and shall directly assist and counsel the Executive Director as the Board of Directors shall from time to time. He or she shall have an ex officio seat on each committee of the Corporation that permits Board member participation. He or she shall be an individual having demonstrated effective leadership and having achieved significant stature in his or her career. Section The Vice-Chair(s). The Board may elect up to two Vice Chairs from among the directors then in office. Such Vice Chair(s) shall assist and counsel the Chair and the Executive Director and shall have such other duties and responsibilities as the Board of Directors shall from time to time direct. He or she shall be an individual having demonstrated effective leadership and having achieved significant stature in his or her career. Section The Executive Director. The Executive Director shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation; he or she shall have authority for the general and active management of the affairs and property of the Corporation, shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried into effect and shall report to the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee as the Board of Directors shall from time to time direct 14

31 or authorize. The Executive Director shall be responsible for all staff functions. The Executive Director shall oversee the hiring and firing of all staff and the staff s ethical and competent implementation of the Board s policies, guidance and strategic direction of the Corporation. The Executive Director shall, either directly or by delegation, manage all staff functions; determine the size and compensation of, hire and terminate the professional staff in accordance with the Corporation s compensation policies and guidelines (established by the Board); develop a strategy for approval by the Board; be responsible for resource generation and allocation; coordinate international activities; act as the Corporation s spokesperson (with the Chair); prepare and submit budgets to the Board; and perform all functions as usually pertain to the office of chief executive officer. (a) (b) The Executive Director shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. As an ex-officio, non-voting member, he or she will not be counted in calculations of membership, meeting attendance or votes associated with the Board of Directors or Executive Committee. The Executive Director shall serve as Secretary General of the Corporation and in that capacity shall represent the Corporation in relations with the International Federation for American Football ( IFAF ) recognized by the International Olympic Committee and at international American football functions and events. Section The Secretary. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee. He or she shall give, or cause to be given, such notice of all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee as may be required by these Bylaws and shall perform such other duties as shall be assigned to him or her from time to time by the Board of Directors or by the Chair. Section The Treasurer. The Treasurer shall chair the Audit Committee, review the Corporation s financial statements, make periodic reports to the Board on the Corporation s financial condition, oversee the annual audit, and perform such other duties as shall be assigned to him or her from time to time by the Board of Directors or the Chair. 15

32 ARTICLE VII Complaint Procedures Section Designation of Complaints. The following kinds of complaints may be filed with USA Football: (a) (b) Administrative Grievance. The Corporation or any member of the Corporation may file a complaint pertaining to any matter within the cognizance of the, including but not limited to any alleged violation of or grievance concerning: (i) any Corporation rule or regulation, (ii) any provision of the Corporation s Bylaws, or (iii) any provision of the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. Right to Compete. Any athlete, coach, trainer, manager, administrator or official may file a complaint pertaining to any alleged denial, or alleged threat to deny, of that individuals opportunity to compete in competition sanctioned by the Corporation.. Section Manner of Filing. The complainant shall file the complaint with the Judicial Committee. The complaint shall set forth in clear and concise language, preferably in numbered paragraphs: (i) the alleged violation, grievance, denial or threat to deny, and (ii) the remedy requested. The complainant shall sign the complainant. Section Filing Fee. A complaint filed by an individual shall be accompanied with a $ filing fee. A complaint filed by an organization shall be accompanied with a $ filing fee, except that the Corporation is not required to pay a filing fee. The complainant may request that the filing fee be reduced or waived for reasons of significant financial hardship. If such request is made, the Judicial Committee shall determine whether or not to reduce or waive the filing fee. Section Statute of Limitations. A complaint filed under these Bylaws shall be filed within one hundred and eighty (180) days of the occurrence of the alleged violation, grievance, denial or threat to deny. Section Field of Play Decisions. The final decision of a referee during a competition regarding a field of play decision (a matter set forth in the rules of the competition to be within the discretion of the referee) shall not be reviewable through the procedures for, or the subject of, Administrative Grievances or Right to Compete Complaints unless the decision is: 16

33 (i) outside the authority of the referee to make, or (ii) the product of fraud, corruption, partiality or other misconduct of the referee. For purposes of this Section, the term referee shall include any individual with discretion to make field of play decisions. Section Administration. The Judicial Committee shall generally administer and oversee all administrative grievances and right to compete matters filed with the Corporation. The Judicial Committee shall be responsible to ensure that all complaints are heard in a timely, fair and impartial manner. The Judicial Committee may promulgate procedures in addition to those set forth in these Bylaws for the effective administration of complaints filed with the Corporation. Section Hearing Panel. Upon the filing of a complaint, the chair of the Judicial Committee, after consultation with the other Committee members, shall appoint a hearing panel consisting of three individuals to hear the complaint. The Judicial Committee shall also appoint a chair of the hearing panel. Judicial Committee members may be appointed to and serve on the hearing panel. Other disinterested individuals identified by the Judicial Committee may also be appointed to and serve on the hearing panel. At least one member of the hearing panel shall be an athlete. Members of the panel need not be members of the Corporation or involved in the sport of American rules football. Section Conduct of the Proceeding. The Hearing Panel shall rule on all motions and other matters raised in the proceeding. If the complaint is not dismissed, the hearing panel shall hold a hearing on the complaint. The hearing panel shall set such timelines and other rules regarding the proceeding and the conduct of the hearing as it deems necessary. The hearing shall be informal, except that testimony shall be taken under oath. The hearing may be conducted by teleconference, if necessary or convenient to the parties. Each party shall have the right to appear personally or through a legal representative. All parties shall be given a reasonable opportunity to present and examine evidence, cross-examine witnesses and to present argument. Members of the hearing panel shall have the right to question witnesses or the parties to the proceeding at any time. Any party may have a record made of the hearing. A court reporter may be present at the hearing at the request of a party. The court reporter shall be paid for by the party requesting the court reporter, or if mutually agreed, the cost may be equally divided. Any transcript shall be paid for by the party requesting the transcript. 17

34 Section Expedited Procedures. Upon the request of a party, and provided that it is necessary to expedite the proceeding in order to resolve a matter relating to a competition that is so scheduled that compliance with regular procedures would not be likely to produce a sufficiently early decision to do justice to the affected parties, the Judicial Committee is authorized to order that the complaint be heard and decided within 48 hours of the filing of the complaint. In such a case, the hearing panel is authorized to hear and decide the complaint pursuant to such procedures as are necessary, but fair to the parties involved. Section Complaints Involving Selection to Participate in a Competition. Where a complaint is filed involving selection of an individual to participate in a competition, the complainant shall include with the complaint a list of all other individuals, together with their contact information, that may be adversely affected by a decision rendered on the complaint. The hearing panel shall determine which additional individuals must receive notice of the complaint. The complainant shall then be responsible for providing appropriate notice to these individuals. Any individual so notified then shall have the option to participate in the proceeding as a party. If an individual is notified of the complaint, then that individual shall be bound by the decision of the hearing panel even though the individual chose not to participate as a party. Section Decision. A decision shall be determined by a majority of the hearing panel. The hearing panel s decision shall be in writing and distributed to the parties. Section Arbitration. Any party may appeal a decision of the hearing panel to the American Arbitration Association. The arbitrator appointed by the American Arbitration Association shall have the authority to hear the matter anew or if requested by a party to render a decision on a more limited review. Either party may submit the decision of the hearing panel to the arbitrator for the arbitrator s consideration. The arbitrator may give whatever weight or authority to the hearing panel s decision as the arbitrator deems appropriate. ARTICLE VIII Sanctioning Events Section Prompt Review of Request. The Corporation shall promptly review every request submitted by an amateur sports organization or person for a sanction and make a determination on such request: (i) to hold an international or national amateur athletic competition in the United States, or (ii) to sponsor United States football athletes to compete in an international athletic competition held outside the United States. 18

35 Section Standard for Review. If Corporation, as a result of its review: (i) does not determine by clear and convincing evidence that holding or sponsoring an international or national amateur athletic competition would be detrimental to the best interest of United States football, and (ii) confirms that the amateur sports organization or person meets the requirements for obtaining a sanction as set forth in these Bylaws, then Corporation shall grant the sanction requested by the amateur sports organization or person. Section Requirements for Holding an International or National Amateur Athletic Competition in the United States. An amateur sports organization or person requesting a sanction to hold an international or national amateur athletic competition in the United States shall comply with the following requirements: (a) submits, in the form required by Corporation, an application to hold such competition; (b) pays to Corporation the required sanctioning fee, provided that such fee shall be reasonable and nondiscriminatory; (c) submits to Corporation an audited or notarized financial report of similar events, if any, conducted by the organization or person; and (d) demonstrates that i. appropriate measures have been taken to protect the amateur status of athletes who will take part in the competition and to protect their eligibility to compete in amateur competition; ii. appropriate provision has been made for validation of records which may be established during the competition; iii. due regard has been given to any international amateur athletic requirements specifically applicable to the competition; iv. the competition will be conducted by qualified officials; v. proper medical supervision will be provided for athletes who will participate in the competition; and vi. proper safety precautions have been taken to protect the personal welfare of the athletes and spectators at the competition. Section Requirements for Sponsoring United States Football Athletes to Compete in an International Athletic Competition Held Outside the United States. An 19

36 amateur sports organization or person requesting a sanction to sponsor United States football athletes to compete in an international athletic competition held outside the United States shall comply with the following requirements: (a) submits, in the form required by the Corporation, an application to hold such competition; (b) pays to the Corporation the required sanctioning fee, provided that such fee shall be reasonable and nondiscriminatory; (c) submits a report of the most recent trip to a foreign country, if any, that the amateur sports organization or person sponsored for the purpose of having United States amateur athletes compete in international amateur athletic competition, and (d) submits a letter from the appropriate entity that will hold the international amateur athletic competition certifying that i. appropriate measures have been taken to protect the amateur status of athletes who will take part in the competition and to protect their eligibility to compete in amateur competition; ii. appropriate provision has been made for validation of records which may be established during the competition; iii. due regard has been given to any international amateur athletic requirements specifically applicable to the competition; iv. the competition will be conducted by qualified officials; v. proper medical supervision will be provided for athletes who will participate in the competition; and vi. proper safety precautions have been taken to protect the personal welfare of the athletes and spectators at the competition. ARTICLE IX Records of the Corporation Section Minutes. The Corporation shall keep as permanent records minutes of all meetings of the members and the Board of Directors, a record of all actions taken by the Board of Directors without a meeting, and a record of all waivers of notices of meetings of the Board of Directors. 20

37 Section Accounting Records. The Corporation shall maintain appropriate accounting records. Section Membership List. The Corporation shall maintain a record of the members in a form that permits preparation of a list of the names and addresses of the members in alphabetical order, by class. Section Records In Written Form. The Corporation shall maintain its records in written form or in another form capable of conversion into written form within a reasonable time. Section Website. The Corporation shall maintain a website for the dissemination of information to its members. The Corporation shall publish on its website (i) the Corporation s bylaws, rules, and regulations; (ii) a procedure for communicating with the Chair of the Audit Committee regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, or audit-related matters; (iii) its most recent annual financial statement; and (iv) its most recent 990 Form filed with the Internal Revenue Service. So as to facilitate the ability of interested parties to communicate their concerns or questions, the Corporation shall publish on its website a mailing address and an e- mail address for communications directly with the Board. Section Records Maintained at Principal Office. The Corporation shall keep a copy of each of the following records at its principal office: (a) the Articles of Incorporation; (b) these Bylaws shall govern the conduct of the Corporation, the Corporation s Board and Committees and the Corporation s members ; (c) rules and regulations that govern the technical conduct of football s events in the United States as the Corporation Board and Chief Executive Officer determine is appropriate in their sole discretion; (d) the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors, and records of all action taken by the Board without a meeting, for the past three (3) years; (e) all written communications within the past three (3) years to the members generally as the members; (f) a list of the names and business or home addresses of the current directors and officers; (g) a copy of the most recent corporate report delivered to the Virginia secretary of state; 21

38 (h) all financial statements prepared for periods ending during the last three (3) years; (i) The Corporation s application for recognition of exemption and the taxexemption determination letter issued by the Internal Revenue Service; and (j) all other documents or records required to be maintained by the Corporation at its principal office under applicable law or regulation. Section Inspection of Records by Members. The following rights and restrictions shall apply to the inspection of records by members: (a) Records Maintained at Principal Office. A member shall be entitled to inspect and copy, during regular business hours at the Corporation s principal office, any of the records of the Corporation described in Section 14.6, provided that the member gives the Corporation written demand at least five (5) business days before the date on which the member wishes to inspect and copy such records. (b) Financial Statements. Upon the written request of any member, the Corporation shall mail to such member its most recent annual financial statements showing in reasonable detail its assets and liabilities and results of its operations. (c) Scope of Members Inspection Rights. i. Agent or Attorney. The member s duly authorized agent or attorney has the same inspection and copying rights as the member. ii. Right to Copy. The right to copy records under these Bylaws includes, if reasonable, the right to receive copies made by photographic, xerographic, electronic or other means. iii. Reasonable Charge for Copies. The Corporation may impose a reasonable charge, covering the costs of labor and material, for copies of any documents provided to a member. The charge may not exceed the estimated cost of production and reproduction of the records. iv. Litigation. Nothing in these Bylaws shall limit the right of a member to inspect records to the same extent as any other litigant if the 22

39 member is in litigation with the Corporation, or the power of a court to compel the production of corporate records for examination. ARTICLE X Compensation of Directors Section Compensation. The directors of the Corporation shall receive no compensation for their service to the Corporation as directors but may be reimbursed for their expenses, if any, incurred in carrying out the purposes of the Corporation, provided that such reimbursement in no way adversely affects the Corporation s qualification under section 501(c)(3) of the Code. ARTICLE XI Fiscal Year and Budget Section Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Corporation shall end on March 31 of each calendar year. Section Budget. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for approving the annual budget of the Corporation. ARTICLE XII Amendments Section Amendments. Except as otherwise provided herein, these Bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed and new Bylaws may be adopted by the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors then in office at any regular or special meeting upon 72 hours written notice of any proposed changes to the Bylaws; provided that any such alteration, amendment, repeal or adoption shall be consistent with the requirements of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code ) and the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act. ARTICLE XIII Indemnification Section Indemnification. (a) The Corporation shall indemnify each director, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation who is a natural person, and/or his or her estate or personal representatives, by reason of the fact that he or she is or was serving in such capacity for the Corporation, to the fullest extent permitted by the Virginia 23

40 (b) (c) (d) (e) Nonstock Corporation Act, against all expenses (including attorneys and other experts fees and disbursements), judgments, fines and amounts actually and reasonably incurred by him or her in connection with any actual or threatened action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, or in connection with any appeal therein, or otherwise, arising from, or in connection with, his or her serving the Corporation. To the fullest extent permitted by the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act, as it now exists or may hereafter be amended, no director, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation shall be liable for damages in any proceeding brought by or in the right of the Corporation or by or on behalf of members of the Corporation, or in connection with any claim, action, suit, or proceeding to which he or she may be or is made a party by reason of being or having been a director, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation. The Corporation may extend funds, upon request of a director, officer, employee or agent, to cover the anticipated reasonable costs of defending against any actual or threatened action, suit, or proceeding to which he or she would be entitled to indemnity hereunder. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, a director, officer, employee or agent shall not be entitled to indemnity, extension of funds, or release from liability in any instance when (i) such relief is inconsistent with any provision of the Code applicable to corporations described in section 501(c)(3) of the Code, (ii) such person breached his or her duty of loyalty to the Corporation, (iii) such person s acts or omissions involved intentional misconduct, (iv) in the case of any criminal proceeding, he or she had reasonable cause to believe that his or her conduct was unlawful, or (v) such person derived improper personal benefit from the transaction. Except with regard to the limits set forth in subsection (d) above, no provision of these Bylaws is intended to be construed as limiting, prohibiting, denying or abrogating any of the general or specific powers or rights conferred under the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act upon the Corporation to furnish, or upon any court to award, such limitation of liability, indemnification, or 24

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61 FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Inspired by the commitment that high schools and youth leagues across the nation continue to make for the good of their young athletes, USA Football helped deliver exciting firsts to our game throughout In the initial season of its national rollout, our Heads Up Football program supported by more than two dozen leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport was embraced by more than 25 percent of the country s youth leagues. High schools across 10 states also proved that Heads Up Football has an important role to play on that level. Never before has a sport s coaching education and player safety program drawn as much support and adoption as Heads Up Football. With more work to be done, our nonprofit office has established important standards rooted in education for the good of young athletes, changing behavior for the better. Also in 2013, groundbreaking research commissioned by USA Football unearthed exciting insights and gained national attention on how youth football will continue to be made safer. Our staff led a wide variety of coach and athlete development events nationwide, focusing on the fun of the game and how to improve football skills. The U.S. National Team program, Protection Tour, FUNdamentals Clinics, NFL FLAG powered by USA Football and other dynamic initiatives spread the enjoyment of America s favorite sport and its inherent fitness and social benefits to a record 500,000 children in the past year. We also established our Medical Advisory Committee, comprised of some of the nation s most credentialed doctors and experts to advance player safety. Our grants program provided more than $1.4 million in new equipment and field-building funds based on need and merit. We are proud of our 2013 accomplishments, but we remain inspired to continue raising the bar for the players, parents, high school and youth league administrators who trust in USA Football s programs and resources. The following pages offer a comprehensive look back as we forge ahead to ensure a better game one that is smarter and safer with standards vital to grassroots sports. Scott Hallenbeck USA Football Executive Director

62 HEADS UP FOOTBALL SM INFORMATION IS SPREADING. ATTITUDES ARE CHANGING. Through USA Football s Heads Up Football program, youth and high school football coaches, parents and players across the United States are learning important health and safety information and creating a better, safer game in their communities. Nearly 2,800 youth football organizations signed up for Heads Up Football in 2013, representing 600,000 players and 90,000 coaches. This includes more than a quarter of the entire youth football landscape. Also in 2013, 35 high schools in 10 states including the entire Fairfax County school system in Virginia piloted Heads Up Football on that level. Rooted in education, Heads Up Football brings the entire football community coaches, parents and players together in setting new standards for coaching education, concussion recognition and response, heat preparedness and hydration, equipment fitting and proper tackling fundamentals. Heads Up Football is creating change for the better, teaching the sport correctly while instilling the game s proper techniques at the grassroots level. It has been amazing to be able to advertise our relationship and our partnership with USA Football, City of Rogers (Ark.) Program Development Director Cindy Glynn said. It has helped with the parents ease of mind and ability to sign up their children with us knowing that all of our coaches are certified and that we have coaches who are keeping an eye on things, making sure kids are taught the fundamentals. With Heads Up Football open to all youth and high school programs in 2014, USA Football continues to improve its resources as it expands its reach. Parents love their kids, and they want the safest possible environment for their kids to participate in, Anderson (Ind.) Youth Football Commissioner Stephon Blackwell said. When they see you taking the extra step that brings increased safety, they get it, and they appreciate it. QUICK KICKS Heads Up Football was featured in 2013 on ESPN, ABC News and MSNBC as well as in USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, SI.com and more than 250 local outlets. Two of the 35 High School Heads Up Football pilot programs won a 2013 state championship Philadelphia St. Joseph s Prep and Centreville High School in Virginia. Heads Up Football is supported by leaders in medicine, child advocacy, education and sport. See the list on Page 9 for organizations that work alongside USA Football in support of the program. Chris Impressed and the on-field/behind the scenes commitment to improving player safety for youth football.#headsup #newstandard NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell joined USA Football and the Cleveland Browns to teach Heads Up Football to Ohio Pop Warner teams. 6

63 USA Football and Riddell representatives brought proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting to nearly 2,800 leagues in The best equipment for any athlete is the equipment that fits best. THE FOUNDATION OF HEADS UP FOOTBALL Heads Up Football stands on six primary tenets: COACHING EDUCATION EQUIPMENT FITTING CONCUSSION RECOGNITION AND RESPONSE HEAT AND HYDRATION PLAYER SAFETY COACH HEADS UP TACKLING SM Coaching education Coaches within a youth program are trained to teach the game s fundamentals by completing USA Football s nationally accredited Level 1 Coaching Certification Course. High school coaches will gain training through USA Football s High School Coach Certification course, developed in partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations. Coaches, parents and players are taught proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting. Coaches, parents and players learn Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concussion recognition and response protocols. Coaches, parents and players are taught heat and hydration safety measures set forth by the University of Connecticut s Korey Stringer Institute. Appointed by a participating Heads Up Football youth organization or high school, this individual ensures compliance with Heads Up Football s player safety protocols, coach certification, and safety clinics for coaches and parents. USA Football s Heads Up Tackling technique, endorsed by medical experts and leaders in football, teaches to keep the head up for safer play and stronger fundamentals. 7

64 EDUCATORS QUICK KICKS In 2013, USA Football identified and trained 26 Master Trainers. Combined, these men have won 28 high school state championships. Master Trainers led 76 Player Safety Coach clinics throughout the United States and also represented USA Football at events with the NFL, Big Ten, Pac-12, ACC and a number of state high school coaching meetings. Cleveland St. Ignatius High School head coach Chuck Kyle is one of USA Football s Master Trainers. Kyle s program has won 11 Ohio championships. DELIVERING HEADS UP FOOTBALL to youth organizations and high school programs across the country was an important part of USA Football s mission in Based in Indianapolis, USA Football reached players, parents and coaches nationwide through a train-the-trainer model, creating the positions of Master Trainer and Player Safety Coach to deliver the curriculum to leagues in all 50 states. Master Trainers Selected and trained by USA Football, Master Trainers include top high school coaches, current college coaches and former NFL players. These individuals instruct youth league and high school representatives in their regions on Heads Up Football principles and represent USA Football at clinics, demonstrating Heads Up Football curriculum to coaches, parents, players and administrators. We will have the opportunity to grow with the program and with USA Football, and as we grow as a community, we can make a difference in the game, said Master Trainer EZ Smith, a former Concord (N.C.) High School head football coach. We have to train Player Safety Coaches to be like us: passionate about the game and about its rules. Football is a serious sport, but if you can properly prepare a player for that contact and teach the proper techniques and principles that USA Football is helping us to understand, and if coaches can accept that and teach it and use it, then it will be a successful program. Player Safety Coaches Appointed by their youth leagues or high schools, Player Safety Coaches oversee their programs implementation of the highest national coaching standards for football. These standards make sure all coaches are certified through USA Football s online course. Player Safety Coaches also conduct Heads Up Football clinics for coaches and parents while monitoring their organization s practices and games throughout the season. 8

65 COMMUNITY USA FOOTBALL WORKS ALONGSIDE LEADERS in medicine, child advocacy, sport and education to unite multiple levels of the sport throughout the United States. Through these partnerships, young athletes can enjoy the fun and excitement that football offers while coaches and parents are secure in the knowledge that they are prepared to properly teach this game to their children. With members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., USA Football works at the youth and high school levels to establish important standards rooted in education for the good of our young athletes. QUICK KICKS In 2013, USA Football partnered with the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and NCAA FCS to organize and execute clinics during conference football championship weeks, engaging more than 3,000 children in non-contact football drills. USA Football worked with NCAA and NFL coaches to produce Heads Up Football promotional messages, which were shown inside stadiums as well as game telecasts. USA Football s digital community continues to grow as well with about 160,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter. USA Football is supported by leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport, including the Big Ten and the University of Indiana, which hosted a Heads Up Football instructional clinic in Official very happy to announce partnership and its Heads Up Football program. #safetyfirst! Some of the medical and sport backers of USA Football s Heads Up Football program include: Amateur Athletic Union American College of Sports Medicine American Football Coaches Association American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Arizona Coaches Association Atlantic Coast Conference Boys and Girls Clubs of America Big 12 Conference Big Ten Conference Indiana Football Coaches Association Korey Stringer Institute Michigan H.S. Football Coaches Association Minnesota Football Coaches Association National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association National Athletic Trainers Association NATA Research & Education Foundation National Federation of State High School Associations National Football League National Parent Teacher Association National Police Athletic League NFL Alumni Association NFL Head, Neck & Spine Committee North Carolina Coaches Association Northern Va. Football Coaches Association Pac-12 Conference Pop Warner Little Scholars Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society Sport Safety International Sports & Fitness Industry Association United Youth Football League 9

66 HEALTH AND SAFETY THE WELL-BEING OF EVERY YOUNG ATHLETE is USA Football s No. 1 priority. That mission is encapsulated in Heads Up Football but extends throughout the company s entire program lineup. In 2013, USA Football and its partners worked with commissioners, coaches, players and parents through grassroots efforts to deliver important health and safety information where they live. Here are some of the programs that helped us accomplish that task: Protection Tour usafootball.com/protection-tour USA Football hosted five stops on the 2013 Protection Tour, bringing a series of one-day clinics to NFL stadiums and training facilities for local youth football players and their parents to learn Heads Up Football curriculum. More than 2,200 young athletes, parents, coaches and administrators learned about proper equipment fitting, tackling fundamentals and concussion awareness from USA Football and its partners, Riddell and AIG Insurance. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald served as the spokesman, appearing on MSNBC s Morning Joe, Sirius XM radio and Fox Sports radio. Every youth player was properly fitted for a helmet while parents gathered in classroom and on-field settings to learn the latest information from leaders in medicine and football. The USA Football Protection Tour brought Heads Up Football to more than 2,200 players, parents and coaches in five NFL markets. 10

67 QUICK KICKS Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson shows first-hand how proper tackling skills are key to a player s success. Safety study In 2013, USA Football released preliminary data from its two-year study examining youth football player health and safety. USA Football commissioned the study with Indianapolis-based Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention. The independent scientific study monitors 12 youth football leagues in six states, examining more than 2,000 players ages Preliminary results of the study showed: More than 90 percent of the players did not suffer an injury that restricted participation. Fewer than 4 percent of youth players sustained a concussion during the course of two seasons. Similar to other levels of football, youth football players were more likely to be injured in games than practices. USA Football anticipates commissioning ongoing research in future years to help establish safer play and playing standards. Medical Advisory Committee usafootball.com/medical-advisory-committee Composed of 10 medical experts with a diverse range of backgrounds, the USA Football Medical Advisory Committee was announced in September Chaired by Dr. Stanley Herring, a neurologist from the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center, the group includes authorities in orthopedics, sports medicine, neurological injury, rehabilitation medicine, athletic training, sports cardiology, hydration, environmental issues and exercise science. The committee will guide the continued development of USA Football s educational resources and player safety initiatives, including the Heads Up Football program. The group also will collaborate with other USA Football committees, national governing bodies and medical organizations to determine best practices and recommendations for safer play. By the end of 2013, 49 states and Washington, D.C., had passed laws protecting student-athletes from returning to play too soon after suffering the effects of a concussion. Easy-to-download player safety checklists are available at usafootball.com and at USA Football free mobile app for any coach or parent to take to the sideline. Working with the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Football has adopted a SafeSport policy that addresses misconduct, mistreatment and proper social management for all volunteer adults and the children they oversee. Grants www2.usafootball.com/grants Each year, USA Football distributes $1 million in equipment grants through a generous donation from the NFL Foundation. All youth leagues and elementary, middle and high school programs are eligible to receive a grant toward the purchase of new football equipment, further advancing player safety. Starting in 2008, USA Football has awarded more than $6 million in grants. For the third consecutive year, USA Football also has partnered with FieldTurf to award $50,000 field-building grants to school districts and communities toward the purchase of a FieldTurf synthetic turf field. 11

68 PLAYERS AND PARENTS YOUNG ATHLETES ENJOY playing football. Moms and dads want the peace of mind that their children are being taught the proper way. USA Football engages with parents and players through Heads Up Football, Protection Tour events, USA Football s website and other opportunities, making them part of the education process. Dedicated coaches lead young athletes at practices and games, but it s the parents who spend the most time with their children. That s why it is important for all adults to have access to health and safety information and tools. USA Football Player/Parent memberships are free and include the most up-to-date information on concussion awareness, hydration and heat emergency preparedness and equipment fitting. QUICK KICKS Football stands as the most popular participatory sport among high school boys with 1.12 million student-athletes in Football is the only sport to draw more than 1 million high school players and has remained so since the school year. All parents are invited to Heads Up Football clinics conducted by their league s Player Safety Coach, where they are taught the program s principles and learn important health and safety information. More than 2.7 million individuals visited USA Football s website (usafootball.com) in 2013, reading articles, watching videos and using resources on a variety of topics and interest to improve the youth football experience in their communities. 12

69 Parents are a key part of creating a better, safer game on the youth level. Coaches spend a limited amount of time with their players, but moms and dads can reinforce those lessons at home. Dude People often ask me why I let my kids play #football, this is what I tell them. usafootball Christopher We re going to bring FieldTurf to Poly thanks to a grant Project details to come! #polypride #buildit #thanksusafootball 13

70 COACHES MEDICAL EXPERTS AGREE that developing proper mechanics at a young age dramatically reduces the chances for injury for an athlete.and it all begins with coaching. USA Football s Level 1 Youth Coach Certification Course is designed to train coaches responsible for the on-field development of children playing organized youth flag and tackle football. The program is the only nationally accredited coaching education course for football in the United States. USA Football is committed to providing youth coaches, whether beginner or advanced, with a program that enhances their abilities to teach the most progressive skill and techniques for their age groups. It sets standards for football and safety that improve each coach s ability to run effective practices, ensure understanding and communicate with parents. High school coaches can become certified as well. Like the youth version, it centers on player skills along with health and safety information and is available to every coach nationwide. QUICK KICKS More than 120,000 coaches since 2007 have successfully completed USA Football s Level 1 Youth Coach Certification Course. USA Football produced a series of Two-Minute Drills in 2013 that help coaches reinforce important fundamental skills during their practices in short, simple ways. Whether new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, USA Football s Playbooks can help any tackle and flag coaching staff build an offense suitable for its age group. USA Football coaching education is designed to offer something for every coach whether a rookie dad or a 20-year veteran. @HeadsUpFB have embraced & become leaders in Virginia on safety. #Youth #Football 14

71 COMMISSIONERS WORKING ALONGSIDE YOUTH FOOTBALL LEADERS in all 50 states, USA Football is shaping the way leagues educate their coaches and train their players in fundamentals of the sport. This is a vital piece commissioners seek when it comes to the health and safety of their young athletes. Football and youth sports in general provide meaningful learning opportunities, and it is important that the right individuals have the training necessary to teach our children these lessons. Understanding there is more work to be done, USA Football is encouraged that the youth football community is embracing coaching standards such as those in our Heads Up Football program. Together with support of experts in medicine, child advocacy and multiple levels of the sport, we work with youth leagues to adopt these standards that bring significant change in how coaches are prepared, players are taught, parents are informed and safety is addressed. Change is never easy, but a top-down commitment to the sport s best practices is improving how the sport is taught at the grassroots level. There are a lot of coaches hesitant to change and who maybe don t agree or understand what is safest for the players, Pride of Iowa Youth Football Commissioner Shane Bregar said. But I have had a lot of the mothers thanking me. They think it is great that we are trying to make it safer for their children. QUICK KICKS USA Football s grants program awarded more than $1.5 million in funds for new football equipment, uniforms and synthetic turf fields in Through the NFL Foundation, USA Football reconditioned and replaced helmets for 40 leagues in underserved markets. USA Football s partnership with Altus Specialty Group allows leagues to obtain insurance at industry-leading rates. USA Football Regional Managers, including Ed Passino (left photo, at right) work every day with youth football commissioners to provide the information and programs they need, whether it s easing the registration process or Heads Up Football drills. 15

72 NATIONAL TEAMS AS THE NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY of the sport, USA Football selects and manages U.S. National Teams for international competition within the sport, including men s, women s and high school Under-19, Under-18, Under-17, Under-16 and Under-15 tackle teams along with men s and women s flag. USA Football is the U.S. representative to the International Federation of American Football, which unites 64 nations on six continents that possess a national federation dedicated to American Football. In 2013, the International Olympic Committee granted IFAF provisional IOC recognition, meaning a vote on the inclusion of football in the Olympics could take place as early as As part of the U.S. National Team selection process, USA Football held 10 Regional Development Camps and three National Development Weeks across the United States to identify potential players for the high school divisions. At these camps, players age can learn from top high school coaches and former NFL players while being evaluated by college scouts. More than 3,000 athletes took part in national team events in QUICK KICKS Team USA recaptured the International Bowl title with a win over Canada. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, a member of the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team, was named the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner then led the Seminoles to the BCS National Championship. Six U.S. National Team alumni were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft: OL Oday Aboushi (Virginia/Jets), WR Aaron Dobson (Marshall/Patriots), DB Tyrann Mathieu (LSU/Cardinals), DB Jordan Poyer (Oregon State/Eagles), DB Shamarko Thomas (Syracuse/Steelers) and OL Brian Winters (Kent State/Jets). The U.S. Women s National Team defended its IFAF World Championship with a gold-medal performance in Vantaa, Finland. The U.S. Women defeated Sweden, German and Canada for the title. 16

73 caption caption THE INTERNATIONAL BOWL Fourth annual event is bigger and better than ever Everything is bigger in Texas. For the U.S. National Teams in 2013, that certainly was true. The International Bowl in Austin, Texas, featured the fourth meeting between the U.S. Under-19 National Team and the IFAF World Team. But the two-week event encompassed much more, including: The USA Football National Signing Day Breakfast, where more than 50 college-bound members of Team USA and the IFAF World Team signed their national letters of intent U.S. Under-18 and Under-16 games vs. Team Canada A U.S. National Team Regional Development Camp A USA Football FUNdamentals clinic presented by Shock Doctor The U.S. Women s World Tackle Football Games The U.S. Under-19 team regained the International Bowl crown with a victory, improving Team USA to 3-1 in the series. 17

74 FLAG FOOTBALL ENJOYED BY MILLIONS OF INDIVIDUALS throughout the United States, flag football offers children and adults the chance to learn many of the game s basic skills in a fun and limited-contact environment. More than 230,000 children ages 5-17 participated in NFL FLAG powered by USA Football throughout 2013, a 10 percent increase over the year before and a record number for the program. NFL FLAG coaches and parents receive free USA Football memberships, including access to playbooks, practice planners and a drills library all tailored to the flag game. The sport also is growing at the high school level, where USA Football works with school programs in 30 U.S. cities, helping more than 32,000 girls participate in middle school and high school flag football. NFL FLAG powered by USA Football offers a non-contact version of the game for children ages Tyler Very cool youth league event going on right now Really makes me want to get some pick up going! 18

75 QUICK KICKS The 2013 NFL FLAG National Championships were held at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. About 2.8 million Americans played organized flag football in 2013, including children and adults. The 2013 NFL FLAG powered by USA Football National Championships were held at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. More than 4,000 young athletes ages 9-14 competed at eight regionals hosted by NFL teams for the chance to reach the finals. Alaska, Florida and Washington, D.C., recognize flag football as a varsity sport as do parts of California, Michigan, Nevada, New York and Ohio. More than 7,000 high school girls earned letters in flag football during the school year. 19

76 PROGRAMS AND EVENTS FUNdamentals Designed by USA Football as a non-contact, basic skills event for children ages 6-14, FUNdamentals is a turn-key youth football clinic that can be conducted at any facility or physical education class. Through a series of drills to teach passing, catching and running, participants also are introduced to the basics of USA Football s Heads Up Tackling techniques. In 2013, 62 current NFL players and alumni hosted FUNdamentals camps thanks to NFL Foundation grants. USA Football also hosted FUNdamentals clinics at the Big Ten and ACC championship weekend fan fests, bringing the program to more than 17,000 children across the United States. The Buffalo Bills hosted a free USA Football FUNdamentals clinic in 2013, introducing Western New York children to basic skills of the sport. Big thank u for the opportunity to host this camp 4 the kids in my hometown! 20

77 All-Fundamentals Team For the fifth consecutive year, USA Football honored 26 NFL players who employ proper technique for youth players to emulate on the 2013 All-Fundamentals Team. Medical experts agree that employing proper fundamentals and techniques advances safety and performance on the youth level. Each player selected for the All-Fundamentals Team received a $1,500 equipment grant to donate to the youth or high school football program of his choice. Three captains selected by fan vote Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Kyle Williams and Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dornabos were awarded $3,000 grants. Punt, Pass & Kick USA Football managed the nation s largest grassroots sports skills competition, bringing the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick to more than 2,500 communities and nearly 200,000 children ages 6-15 in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Champions in 10 age groups were saluted in front of a national television audience at Sports Authority Field at Mile High during the AFC playoff game between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers. USA Football Month The NFL and its teams once again recognized USA Football throughout the 2013 preseason as the sport s leader in youth player development and coaching education through USA Football Month. The initiative included Heads Up Football branded stickers worn by every NFL player and youth players in all 50 states; USA Football messages promoting better and safer play during telecasts and on in-stadium video screens; and Heads Up Football-branded on-field stencils and end zone banners in NFL stadiums. 21

78 BOARD MEMBERS USA FOOTBALL S BOARD OF DIRECTORS include representatives from all levels of football youth to professional to guide the organization s initiatives and further strengthen the game. The knowledge and experience of the Board are invaluable benefits for USA Football as it continues to teach the game s fundamentals and promote its values to benefit the football community. DAWN APONTE Executive Vice President Miami Dolphins JOE BROWNE Senior Advisor to the Commissioner National Football League ROGER GOODELL* Commissioner National Football League SCOTT HALLENBECK* Executive Director USA Football DR. GAIL L. ROSSEAU Neurosurgeon NorthShore University HealthSystems STEVE SPECHT Head Football Coach Cincinnati St. Xavier High School TOM COVE President and CEO Sports and Fitness Industry Association JIM DELANY Commissioner Big Ten Conference BOB GARDNER Executive Director National Federation of State High School Associations MERRIL HOGE Retired NFL Player and ESPN NFL Analyst LEROY HOLLINS II Commissioner Louisiana Youth Football MARK MEANA Chairman Emeritus Fairfax County (Va.) Youth Football League MARK MURPHY President and CEO Green Bay Packers GRANT TEAFF Executive Director American Football Coaches Association MIKE WILCOX Chairman and CEO Wilcox Financial/Wilcox Sports Management *-Ex-officio Board Member NEW BOARD MEMBERS IN 2013 Dawn Aponte Leroy Hollins II Mark Murphy Dr. Gail L. Rosseau Steve Specht Green Bay #Packers President & CEO Mark Murphy named to USA Football board of directors 22

79 STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS YEAR FPO ENDED MARCH 31, 2013 (unaudited, amounts in thousands) Revenue Expenses Grants & Donations $6,445 Membership $852 Sponsorship & Sales $2,466 Events & Programs $6,852 Other $308 Total Revenue: $16,923 Youth & Member Programs $6,689 Events & Programs $4,026 Football Development, Safety & Research $2,110 General & Administrative $1,919 Equipment Grants $1,146 Total Expenses: $15,890 STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION MARCH 31, 2012 (unaudited, amounts in thousands) Assets Liabilities and Net Assets Cash $2,355 Accounts Payable Accounts Receivable 1,937 & Accrued Liabilities $977 Investments 1,419 Deferred Revenue 1,535 Other Current Assets 412 Current Liabilities 2,512 Current Assets 6,123 Non-Current Liabilities 378 Net Fixed Assets & Intangibles 842 Endowment Investments 3,000 Non-Current Assets 3,842 Net Assets 7,075 Total Assets $9,965 Total Liabilities & Net Assets $9,965 23

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