1.01 JURISDICTION. Minnesota Softball is recognized as the governing body of amateur softball within the USA Softball Minnesota territorial boundaries with the exception of the City of Minneapolis which is governed by Metro Minneapolis ASA.
1.02 DEFINITIONS. Whenever used in these by-laws, unless otherwise specifically mentioned, the following word, terms, and phrases are defined as follows:
A. Amateur: A softball player is one who engages in the sport solely for the pleasure, physical, mental or social benefits he or she derives there from and to whom softball is nothing more than an avocation.
B. Annual Meeting: The meeting of the board held annually in accordance with Article 5.01 of these by-laws.
C. Adult Associated Member: An associated member or independent team or teams not affiliated with a league/association and is made up of qualified players.
D. Association Name: Minnesota Softball.
E. Associations: Club or community based organizations.
F. Blackout Period: Recruiting Junior Olympic players is not allowed from January 1 to the completion of the last Junior Olympic national tournament.
G. By-Laws: The operating regulations of Minnesota Softball.
H. Championship/Sanctioned Tournaments: Tournaments wherein participating teams may advance or receive berths to championship play of the organization affiliated by Minnesota Softball.
I. Commissioner: Chief Officer and Administrator of Minnesota Softball, and the principle liaison between USA Softball Minnesota and designated softball association, e.g., USA Softball and its affiliates, voted on by Minnesota softball during its Annual Meeting.
J. Contract: A signed championship roster, signed player contract, or a registration fee paid to an association.
K. Council: The governing body of Minnesota Softball composed of those classes of membership as defined in Article 2.03 of these by-laws.
L. Deputy Commissioners: Principle liaisons between managers/coaches, players, league/associations representatives, and J.O. Commissioner of USA Softball Minnesota, President of Minnesota Softball, and Tournament Directors.
M. Geographic Hardship: A community or team that can demonstrate that it does not have reasonable access to a Minnesota Softball member league.
N. League: An association developed to provide members with softball competition.
O. Member: Individuals, teams, leagues/associations, and organizations that come under Article 2 of these by-laws.
P. Minnesota Softball Representative: Individual selected by league/association affiliated with Minnesota Softball to serve as a liaison between that league/association and the assigned Deputy Commissioner.
Q. President: Individual voted on by Minnesota Softball during its Annual Meeting by the Minnesota Softball Representatives. The President will chair the Annual Meeting, Grievance Committee and other Committee Meetings per the Minnesota Softball By-Laws. This person shall serve a two year term unless removed for just cause.
R. Secretary: Will record the minutes of all meetings.
S. Team: Includes, but is not be limited to, the following: Players, Coaches, Managers, Trainers, Scorekeeper and Sponsors.
T. Tournament Directors: Appointees by a league/association to assist in running Championship Tournaments or other Minnesota Softball Tournaments.
U. Treasurer: Maintains the financial account of Minnesota Softball.
V. Umpire Administrators: Administrators of Championship Tournaments or other Minnesota Softball approved tournament; will serve as the Umpire in Chief (UIC) for designated leagues/associations hosting Championship Tournaments or other Minnesota Softball tournaments.
W. Youth Associated Member: An associated member or independent team or teams not affiliated with a league and is made up of qualified players that gains membership through a league or demonstrates geographic hardship.