Revised: Spring 1988
NATIONAL INDIVIDUAL EVENTS TOURNAMENT
ARTICLE I - MEMBERSHIP
Any college or university offering an Associate of Arts degree and/or higher degree in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, El Paso County, Texas, plus Montana State University, Billings shall be eligible for membership in District IX.
Membership in District IX shall consist of those schools who are current dues' paying members to the National Individual Events Tournament (NIET). Membership until the deadline for the receipt of dues shall consist of those schools who paid dues for the previous academic year plus any schools who have paid for the current academic year and after said deadline those schools who have paid dues for the current academic year.
ARTICLE II - GOVERNING COMMITTEE
A District IX Committee consisting of eight persons (seven coaches and one student representative) shall be elected annually by the membership. A term on the Committee shall be for two years for a coach and one year for a student representative with the initial Committee elected in such a way that no more than four terms expire in a given year.
Any person who is a faculty member or graduate student shall be eligible to serve on the District IX Committee. If a school does not have a faculty member or graduate student as the sponsor of a program, that school may designate a student member to be eligible to serve on the District Committee. Not more than one faculty member or graduate student from the same school may serve on the Committee at the same time. In the event that three of three or four of four persons whose terms expire in a given year are serving their second consecutive two-year term all may stand for re-election for the Committee, but only two of three or three of four shall be eligible to serve if re- elected; and the person receiving the fewest votes shall be declared ineligible to serve and the person not originally elected but having the next highest number of votes shall be declared elected and eligible to serve.
The election to select new non-student members of the Committee shall be held not more than forty-five days prior to the District IX Qualifying Tournament, but in time that the results of that election can be certified to the persons attending that tournament. Each member school shall be entitled to one ballot made out in duplicate. The responder shall fill out both ballots in an identical manner ranking his or her choices beginning with one and ranking as many persons as there are persons to be elected and return one copy of the ballot to each of the two persons selected as the Election Committee. The Election Committee shall consist of two persons appointed by the Chairperson and shall consist of members of District IX who are themselves ineligible for election or re-election to the Committee. Each member of the Election Committee shall certify the results of the election to the District IX Committee. Those persons receiving the highest number of votes with the ranks given weight according to the number of vacancies to be filled shall be declared elected providing each is eligible to serve and providing the provisions of Article II, Section 1; and Article III, Section 1; are not violated. The student member shall be elected according to the provisions in the bylaws.
The terms of office of members of the District IX Committee shall be from the last day of the NIET in the year elected until the last day of the NIET in the year of the expiration of their terms.
In the event a vacancy should occur on the District IX Committee, the Committee shall have the option of continuing with fewer than seven faculty or graduate student members or calling a special election to fill the vacancy(s). A special election should be conducted in the manner outlined in Article II, Section 3. Nothing in this Section should be construed in any way as waiving the rules regarding a quorum of the Committee as specified in Article II, Section 6.
A quorum of the Committee shall consist of a minimum of four members present.
Any or all members of the Committee shall be subject to recall at any time prior to the expiration of their term(s). Upon receipt by one or more members of the Committee of a petition containing the signatures of at least one-third of the current District IX membership requesting the recall of any member or members, the Chairperson shall, within two weeks, appoint a two person Election Committee consisting of any two members of the District who are not themselves the subject of the recall provision. Within two additional weeks this Election Committee shall mail a duplicate ballot to all members of District IX asking whether this person(s) should be recalled. If, within two additional weeks, a majority of those voting (providing at least fifty per cent of all District IX members respond) vote to recall a member(s), the Chairperson shall declare those persons as no longer being members of the Committee. The provision of Article II, Section 5, shall then be followed.
ARTICLE III - DISTRICT CHAIRPERSON
A Chairperson for District IX shall be selected by the newly elected Committee in those years when the Chairman's term expires or when a vacancy has occurred in the office of Chairperson. The regular election should be held prior to the NIET. The Chairperson's term shall be for a period of two years and shall begin and end on the last day of the NIET. The Chairperson shall not be eligible for re-election to that office unless a period of one year has expired since last holding the office. Only those persons comprising hte newly elected Committee shall be eligible to be elected Chairperson. The newly elected Committee consists of all newly elected (or re-elected) members plus those members whose terms do not expire in the current year. A person with only one year remaining on the Committee shall be eligible to be elected Chairperson, but if that person fails to be re-elected at the end of one year, the office of Chairperson shall be deemed to be vacant and a successor for the remainder of the term shall be elected.
A Vice-Chairperson for District IX shall be selected by the newly elected Committee in those years when the Chairperson's term expires or when a vacancy has occurred in the office of Vice-Chairperson. The election should be held prior to the NIET. The Vice-Chairperson's term shall be for a period of two years and shall begin and end on the last day of the NIET. Only those persons comprising the newly elected Committee shall be eligible to be elected Vice-Chairperson. A person with only one year remaining on the Committee shall be eligible to be elected Vice-Chairperson, but if that person fails to be re- elected at the end of one year, the office of Vice- Chairperson shall be deemed to be vacant and a successor for the remainder of the term shall be elected.
Each member of the newly elected Committee shall be entitled to one vote and the person receiving a majority of those present and voting shall be declared elected Chairperson providing a quorum is present and providing that person is eligible to serve as Chairperson. The same procedure should be followed in electing the Vice- Chairperson.
The District Committee may remove the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson from office at any time and for any reason by a two-thirds vote of those members present and voting providing a quorum is present. A new Chairperson or Vice- Chairperson should then be elected according to Article III, Sections 1 and 2. A person serving less than one full year of an unexpired term shall be eligible to stand for re- election for a full two year term.
ARTICLE IV - DUTIES OF THE DISTRICT IX COMMITTEE
The District IX Committee shall hold such meetings as are called by the Chairperson or are requested by three members of the Committee. Every effort should be made to notify members of the Committee in advance that a meeting will be held, but a meeting called by the Chairperson or by three members of the Committee shall be legally able to conduct business providing a quorum is present.
The District Committee shall be responsible for providing and scheduling a Qualifying Tournament according to the rules of the NIET. The tournament must be conducted according to the By-Laws of District IX but may not conflict with the rules of the NIET.
The Committee has the sole power to determine dates, sites, eligibility to attend, eligibility of judges, and the method of determining persons eligible to compete in the NIET within the rules provided by the NIET.
The Committee shall have the power to elect additional officers of the Committee as it may deem necessary or required by the NIET. Any member of the Committee is eligible to be elected to any or all of those positions providing the rules of the NIET are not violated.
The Committee shall have the power to make such By- Laws as are necessary to carry out its duties except that no By-Law may conflict with this Constitution or with rules of the NIET. A By-Law must be moved by one member of the Committee, seconded by another member, and passed by a majority of those present and voting providing a quorum is present to become effective. In the event of a tie vote, the By-Law shall be declared to have failed to pass and shall not become effective.
ARTICLE V - DUTIES OF THE CHAIRPERSON
The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the District IX Committee when present. Any business of the Committee may carried out in the absence of the Chairperson provided the meeting has been called in a legal manner and providing a quorum is present.
The Chairperson shall have the power to appoint such subcommittees as may be deemed necessary or required by the Constitution. Page 6 District IX Constitution
ARTICLE VI - RATIFICATION AND AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION
This Constitution shall be declared ratified when approved by two thirds of the current District IX membership.
This Constiution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the membership.
ARTICLE VII - LIMITATION OF THE CONSTITUTION
Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed as to contravene rulings of the National Individual Events Tournament either now or in the future.
If a section of this Constitution is in conflict with rules of the NIET, the Constitution shall be deemed to be amended without vote of the membership.
III. JUDGING REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR JUDGING
IV. TOURNAMENT SCHEDULING AND PROCEDURES
a. If fewer than 8 students enter an event, no preliminary rounds and no semi-finals will be held, and only a single, final elimination round will be held.
b. If from 8 to 14 students enter an event, no preliminary rounds will be held and competititon will begin with semi-finals.
c. If from 15 to 25 students enter an event, the preliminary round competition will be limited to two rounds.
a. The number of contestants in a section should not be less than four nor more than seven.
b. Students should not compete against students from their own school.
c. Contestant should not meet the same competitors in the preliminary rounds.
1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12
2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11
a. Total rankings with the poorest ranking dropped (lowest total is best).
b. Total ratings with the poorest rating dropped (highest total is best).
c. Total number of first place rankings.
d. Total unadjusted rankings.
e. Total unadjusted ratings.
f. Judge's preferences if the two contestants have met.
g. Quality of competition.
a. Total unadjusted rankings (lowest total is best).
b. Total unadjusted ratings (highest total is best).
c. Total number of first place rankings.
d. Total rankings with the poorest ranking dropped.
e. Total ratings with the poorest rating dropped.
f. Judge's preference if the two contestants have met.
g. Quality of competition.
a. Total unadjusted rankings.
b. Total unadjusted ratings.
c. Total rankings with the poorest ranking dropped.
d. Total rankings with the poorest rating dropped.
e. Judge's preference.
a. If one judge is to be used in a single section, all sections of that event should have only one judge in that round.
b. All other events in that round and in other rounds should have two judges if sufficient judges are available.
c. The Director should try to avoid using only one judge in a single event more than one round.
d. The first criteria for selecting an event in a round to have only one judge should be the size of the event as the larger the event, the more judges who will be freed. Normally the Director will select an event that will give the approximate number of judges needed.
e. Three judges should be used in elimination rounds although any odd number greater than three is permissible.
f. If the results of an event are to be determined by a single, final round, a minimum of five judges should be used if possible.
g. Judges should not reveal their decisions in any way to anyone except a tab room official until the results have been announced. Judges and/or coaches seeking or revealing a decision may have their contestants disqualified. Hired judges seeking or revealing a decision are subject to non-payment for their services. Hired judges must agree in advance to abide by this rule. Both actions require a majority vote of the District Committee.
V. QUALIFYING FOR THE NATIONAL INDIVIDUAL EVENTS TOURNAMENT
VII. JUDGING RESPONSIBILITIES
VIII. An entering school may examine the results of the tournament after such results have been announced. Errors must be reported to a member of the District Committee within a two hour period following the announcement of results. The Committee cannot guarantee the rectification of errors after that time lapse.
IX. The Tournament Director will be selected by the District Committee and all other tab room officials are subject to the approval of the District Committee.
X. Bids for future District Qualifiers should be solicited by the District Chairman with every effort being made to designate a host for the following year by the end of the current qualifier. Future hosts must be approved by the District Committee. The District Committee should consider geographical distribution in approving tournament hosts, but is not bound by that consideration.
XI. The District Committee has the power to interpret these by-laws or to adopt rules not covered by these by-laws.
XII. Nothing in these by-laws should be interpreted to violate rules or conflict with rules set down by the National Individual Events Tournament Committee. If by-laws are deemed to be in conflict with those of the NIET, the rules of the NIET shall apply.
XIII. PROTEST PROCEDURE
Anyone wishing to initiate a formal complaint may do so by presenting a written copy of the protest to the District Chairperson. The protest must include the specific section violated, names of the people involved in the violation, factual circumstances and events associated with the alleged violation(s), indicate redress the complainant is seeking, and must be signed.
XIV. BY-LAWS AMENDMENT
These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the NIET District IX Committee.