AMERICAN POWERLIFTING ORGANIZATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

APO RULE BOOK

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APO BYLAWS

ORGANIZATION

 NAME. The name of the company is American Powerlifting Organization, LLC, hereinafter referred to as the APO.

EMBLEM AND OFFICIAL SEAL. The APO’s Official Emblem and Seal shall have inscribed thereon the name of the Federation and shall be in such form as may be approved from time to time by the Executive Committee.

PURPOSES. The APO is organized and is being operated exclusively to foster national and international powerlifting competition. As part of its purpose of fostering national and international powerlifting, the Federation shall have authority to develop, promote, and regulate the sport; to powerlifting individuals; to organize officials; sanction powerlifting meets; to maintain state, national, and international records; and to encourage the growth of the sport of powerlifting. The APO is autonomous in governing powerlifting. It independently determines and controls all matters central to such governance, it does not delegate such determination and control, and it is free from outside restraint. It is a member of only one international sports federation, The World Powerlifting Organization.

PLACE OF INCORPORATION. The APO is incorporated in the state of Florida and has its principal place of business in the same locale.

WPO RECOGNITION AND PARTICIPATION. The APO is authorized to participate in the activities of the World Powerlifting Organization (hereinafter referred to as the WPO) and is the sole national governing body for the sport of powerlifting in the United States of America. The APO shall conform all its actions to enable the Federation to participate to the maximum extent possible in the WPO.

MEMBERSHIP IN THE FEDERATION. Membership in The APO is a privilege and creates with it certain obligations and duties. The Executive Committee (hereinafter referred to as the EC) may establish such membership requirements as deem necessary or appropriate. In addition to the requirements stated in these Bylaws, membership in the Federation shall be limited to those persons who are “powerlifting athletes” as defined by law and by the regulations of the APO. No privilege of membership shall be available until all membership requirements are satisfied and all dues are paid in full.

DUES. Each individual member shall pay dues to the APO. The amount may vary from year to year and may vary by category of membership.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

PURPOSE AND DUTIES. Control of The APO shall reside with the Owner. The EC will also have the duty to elect, from the current members of the EC, committee members. The EC shall elect one or more representatives to send to the WPO annual meeting. No one Officer or member of the EC may act alone and enact unilateral decisions for the Federation.

The Executive Committee of the Federation shall include:

  1. The President – non-voting
  2. The Vice-President – voting
  3. The Secretary – voting
  4. The Treasurer – voting
  5. Technical Director – voting
  6. Social Media Director – voting
  7. Growth and Marketing Director – voting
  8. Special Olympics Director – voting

EC members are selected without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, except that there should be reasonable representation of both males and females.

OFFICERS. The titles of the officers of the Federation are President, Vice- President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Those officers will be elected by the members of the EC: No person may be elected to more than one EC position. Each shall serve a term of two years following their election.

DUTIES OF OFFICERS. The duties of the officers of the Federation are those which are promulgated by the Federation, and in addition, are as follows:

PRESIDENT. The President shall have the option to preside at all meetings of the EC. If they do not preside over the meeting, the highest-level officer who is present at the meeting shall preside. The President shall be an ex officio member of all committees. An additional secretary may be appointed by The APO President but shall have no vote.

VICE-PRESIDENT. The powers of the Vice-President shall include, but are not limited to, the following: Assist with the nominations and elections of board officers. If the President resigns or become incapacitated, the Vice President shall act as President until a replacement is elected.

SECRETARY. The Secretary shall make proper arrangements for keeping the records of the APO, issuing official notices of all meetings of the Federation, and performing such other duties as may be directed by the President. The Secretary shall also serve as the Secretary of the Executive Committee.

TREASURER. The Treasurer shall receive and account for all funds of the Federation and for financial record-keeping; produce a yearly financial report for the approval of the EC, create a yearly budget to be approved by the EC.

QUORUM. To conduct business a quorum shall consist of a quorum (five members) of the voting EC. All voting items must be approved by a quorum vote.

MEETINGS. The EC will hold annual meetings. The EC shall conduct the business of the Federation between annual meetings. Meetings of the EC shall be held at the time and place designated in the notice of meeting whenever called by the President or by a quorum vote of the members of the EC. Notice of the time and place of a special meeting shall be given to each member of the EC by the Secretary, or in the Secretary’s absence, any other member of the EC, by word, email, or method deemed appropriate given a reasonable time prior to the special meeting, and where practicable. Such notice shall specify the purpose of the meeting.

ACTION WITHOUT MEETING. Nothing contained in these Bylaws shall be deemed to restrict the power of the EC or any committee designated to take any action required or permitted to be taken by them, without meeting, if consent in writing setting forth the action so taken shall be signed by a quorum of the committee members. Alternatively, the EC or any committee designated may act by use of a conference call, provided that all committee members have been notified in advance, of the intention to carry out such conference, and that a quorum is included in the conference.

APPOINTMENT OF OPERATING COMMITTEES. In the event a committee is necessary, the EC shall appoint each committee chair and two others, for a total of three. The rules governing open meetings shall apply to all operating committees. Reasonable notice of meetings of committees, other than of regular meetings provided for by the rules, shall be given to the committee members. The members of these committees shall be volunteers or shall be recruited or appointed by the Committee Chair. All actions taken by committees shall be recorded in the minutes of meetings.

RULES FOR OPERATING COMMITTEES. Each committee may adopt rules for its management consistent with these Bylaws or the Rules of the APO.

VACANCIES. If there is a vacancy during the term of office of any officer or the EC, except for the Presidency, the EC shall elect a successor by quorum vote.

  1. VACANCY OF THE PRESIDENCY; SPECIAL RULES. If there is a vacancy of the Presidency, the EC shall elect by quorum vote a President as soon as practicable. 
  2. SUCCESSION OF OFFICE. There shall be no established order of succession to any office. Should the President become incapacitated, the Vice President shall act as interim President until such time as the Secretary of the EC shall call a meeting of the EC and a successor to the President shall be chosen by the EC to serve until the next regular election.

SELF-DEALING. No member of the EC shall vote on, or participate in the consideration of, any matter relating to an outside or pecuniary interest of any kind.

NEPOTISM. The EC may authorize the hiring of such employees of the organization as are necessary to effectuate the purposes of the APO; however, such employees shall not be closely related to a member of the EC, unless it can be shown that employment is at or below market rates for such employment, or unless there are circumstances justifying a waiver of such circumstances.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST. No owner, employee, representative, or agent of an athletic gear manufacturer or distributing company who may directly or indirectly derive profit from the sport of powerlifting shall be permitted to hold an office as an Officer or EC member.

RESIGNATIONS. Any member of the EC or any member of any committee may resign at any time by giving written notice of the resignation to the EC, the President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer. Any such resignation shall take effect at the time specified therein or if the time is not specified therein, then upon receipt thereof the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.

REMOVALS. The EC may at any meeting thereof by a quorum vote, remove with, or without, cause from office any member of any committee and any officer.

EXPULSION BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. The Federation through the EC and upon the discovery and determination of the EC has the right to suspend for a definite or indefinite period of time, or to expel, by a quorum vote a member who has contravened any of the Bylaws or rules of the Federation or any state or federal criminal law involving moral turpitude (which are those crimes involving lying, cheating, stealing or other unethical or immoral behavior) and affecting this Federation or the integrity of this Federation. The Federation, through the EC, shall have the right to suspend or expel any member of the APO or WPO, who has violated the rules of as specified by the Federation in these Bylaws by quorum vote of the EC.

 APPLICATION FOR REINSTATEMENT. On application for reinstatement to the Federation by any person suspended or expelled, said application shall give in detail the reasons advanced for reinstatement, whereupon the Federation may reinstate that person, and shall be forwarded to the EC for review, if applicable under the Bylaws.

 INTERNAL GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE AND ARBITRATION.

  1. Any member of The APO may file a written grievance with the EC pertaining to any matter, or person, within the cognizance of the Federation and/or alleging a violation of any provision of these Bylaws or the Rules of the APO.
  2. Any grievance or complaint under shall allege with particularity the nature of the grievance and/or each claimed violation of the aforementioned documents by reference to specific sections thereof, stating in concise language how, when, and where the alleged violation occurred. The factual allegations shall be set forth in numbered paragraphs, each paragraph containing a single factual allegation.
  3. Upon receipt of a grievance or complaint, the Secretary shall refer it to the EC. Every effort will be made by the committee to resolve the grievance or complaint through informal means within 30 days from the date of receipt of the grievance.
  4. In the event that the member filing the grievance or complaint is not satisfied with the resolution of the matter reached by informal methods or the 30 day time period has expired, the member may request a hearing, whereupon the EC shall promptly appoint at least three members of the Executive Committee to form a hearing committee, none of whom shall have an interest in the subject matter, or the appearance of an interest in the subject matter, of the grievance or complaint to hear evidence, make findings of fact, and adjudicate the issues raised.
  5. At any hearing pursuant to (C) and (D) above, all interested parties shall have the right to representation by representatives of their own choosing, to present evidence in support or in opposition to the grievance or complaint, to cross-examine witnesses, and to present such factual or legal claims as will support their positions. A summarized record of the proceedings shall be made by the hearing panel. The rules of evidence shall not be strictly enforced. The hearing panel shall expeditiously conduct the hearing and report its findings of fact and conclusions to the EC and all interested parties.
  6. Fair notice and an opportunity for a hearing shall be accorded to any member, before the Federation declares such individual ineligible to participate, in any capacity, in any APO sanctioned powerlifting competition.
  7. The EC shall recommend action, which may include legal action, against any APO member, or referee, state chairman, and meet director. The action shall be for fraud, loss of revenue, legal fees, and other suits as may be proper and appropriate.
  8. Upon receipt of such recommendations from the EC, the EC shall call a meeting, present the EC recommendations, engage in deliberation, call for a vote. A quorum is required. The EC vote will determine the decision.

 

SANCTIONS

All APO competitions must be sanctioned by the Federation. Sanction paperwork must be completed and returned in full, to include the sanction fee, to the EC Secretary. Anyone not obtaining an APO sanction for a meet claiming to be an APO event, will be denied an APO sanction for a period of not less than 12 months from the date of the fraudulent meet.

REQUIREMENTS. Sanctions are issued, withheld, or withdrawn in accord with the following regulations:

  1. Sanctions issued to one organization or individual(s) cannot be transferred by the organization or individual(s) to another organization or individual(s). Any sanction so transferred shall be void for all purposes, and the National Office is empowered to deny further sanctions to any organization violating this provision.

 

  1. No further sanction will be given to any organization or individual(s) who has failed to fulfill expense obligations to athletes or to give awards as stated on its entry blank or who does not follow the rules of the APO. The foregoing sentence shall be stated on every sanction granted.

 

WITHDRAWALS OF SANCTIONS.

 

  1. TIMING. Once awarded, a meet sanction may be removed at any time. The contest as an APO event will not commence if sanction has been removed.

 

  1. RESPONSIBILITY. The EC has the responsibility for its removal.

 

  1. CAUSES FOR SANCTION REMOVAL. The sanctions for removal shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  1. Failure on the part of the meet promoter to provide facilities and/or financial arrangements as specified in the bid for the meet.
  2. Failure on the part of the meet promoter to provide facilities for the contest in accord with the rules for powerlifting as specified by the APO.

 

INTENTION OF SECTION. The provision of this section for sanction removal is not intended as a license to disrupt contests in which every effort has been made to comply with the commitments and rules. Rather, the threat of sanction removal is intended to enable the ranking official to force compliance by the meet director. Removal of sanction is the last resort.

APPEAL.

  1. When the sanction has been removed ninety days or more in advance of the day of the contest, the meet director may appeal to the EC, who upon hearing evidence, may reverse the decision.
  2. The appeal of the decision regarding national contests must be heard by the EC.

 

REQUESTS FOR SANCTION OF INTERNATIONAL EVENTS. The Federation through the EC will promptly review every request submitted by an organization or person for a sanction to hold an international competition in the U.S. Such requests shall be submitted directly to the APO President and Secretary. The EC shall determine whether to grant the sanction requested and will transmit the sanction application in writing, or e-mail, to the WPO for approval, as appropriate. All international competitions must be sanctioned by the APO, if hosted in the U.S.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

To provide a safe platform for youth in the APO, all EC members, regional chairs, state chairs and meet directors will be required to provide the APO with the proper documentation to show they’ve passed a criminal background check.

All documentation must be provided to the APO Secretary. The background check is good for one year and must be renewed annually.

REGISTRATION

The APO registration is required of all athletes, officials, and referees participating in APO sanctioned events, subject to rules and limitations, as imposed by the Federation.

DURATION. Annual registration will cover a period of one-year from the registration purchase.

AMENDMENTS

  1. These articles may be amended at the annual meeting of the EC by a quorum vote.
  2. The other provisions of this section notwithstanding, these articles may be amended at any meeting of the EC by a quorum vote, provided that any such amendment is deemed by the EC to be necessary to meet the requirements of the APO or the WPO.

 

SAVING CLAUSE

Failure of literal or complete compliance with provisions of the Bylaws in respect to dates and times of notice, or the sending of receipt of the same, or errors in phraseology of notice of proposals, which in the judgment of the members at meetings held, do not cause substantial injury to the rights of members, shall not invalidate the actions or proceedings of the members at any meeting.