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Article: 602 Membership

MEMBERS - The membership of CCSI shall consist of the following:

  1. GROUP MEMBERS - Group Members are organizations operating in the Territory which have, upon application, been granted membership in USS and CCSI and paid the fees established by USS and CCSI pursuant to Article 603. An organization may be denied membership by the Membership/Registration Coordinator or the Board of Directors for failure to satisfy the criteria for membership or for any reason for which a Group Membership could be terminated, subject to appeal to the Board of Review. An organization's status as a Group Member is subject to its continued satisfaction of the criteria for membership and compliance with its responsibilities under these Bylaws, the USS Code, the rules, regulations, policies, procedures and codes of conduct and ethics of CCSI and USS and may be terminated by a decision of the Board of Review or the National Board of Review. Except for Affiliated Group Members, Group Members in good standing shall be entitled to participate in the program of swimming conducted by CCSI, and competitions sanctioned or approved by USS, in accordance with Section 609.2.

    1. Club Members - A Club Member is an organization which is in good standing as a Group Member of CCSI and USS, has athletes and coaches and participates in the sport of swimming. All athletes and coaches of the organization must be Individual Members in good standing of CCSI and USS.

    2. Affiliated Group Members - An Affiliated Group Member is an organization which supports the sport of swimming and the objectives and programs of CCSI and USS, which is in good standing as a Group Member of CCSI and USS, but which does not have athletes and coaches who all are Individual Members of CCSI and USS.

    3. Seasonal Club Members - A Seasonal Club Member is an organization which has joined CCSI and USS for one or two periods not longer than 150 days each in a registration year and is in good standing as a Group Member of CCSI and USS. All Seasonal Club Member coaches must be Coach Members in good standing of CCSI and USS. All athlete members of seasonal clubs must be Seasonal Athlete or Athlete Members in good standing of CCSI and USS.

  2. INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS - Individual Members are individuals involved in the sport of swimming in the Territory who have, upon registration, been granted membership in USS and CCSI and paid the dues established by USS and CCSI pursuant to Article 603. An individual may be denied membership by the Membership/Registration Coordinator or by the Board of Directors for failure to satisfy the criteria for membership or for any reason for which an Individual Membership could be terminated, subject to appeal to the Board of Review. An individual's status as an Individual Member is subject to the Individual Member's continued satisfaction of the criteria for membership and compliance with the individual's responsibilities under these Bylaws, the USS Code, the rules, regulations, policies, procedures and codes of conduct and ethics of CCSI and USS and may be terminated by a decision of the Board of Review or the National Board of Review. Except for Affiliated Individual Members and Life Members, Individual Members in good standing shall be entitled to participate in the program of swimming conducted by CCSI, and competitions sanctioned or approved by USS, in accordance with Section 609.1.

    1. Athlete Members - An Athlete Member is an individual who participates or competes in the sport of swimming and is in good standing as an Individual Member of CCSI and USS.

    2. Coach Members - A Coach Member is an individual, whether or not affiliated with a Group Member, who has satisfactorily completed all safety and other training required by CCSI and/or USS and who is in good standing as an Individual Member of CCSI and USS. Any individual desiring to act in any coaching capacity at any competition sanctioned by USS must be a Coach Member in good standing of CCSI and USS.

    3. Active Individual Members - An Active Individual Member is an individual other than a Coach Member or an Athlete Member who is a trainer, manager, official, meet director, marshal, Board Member, At-Large House Member, officer, coordinator or committee chairman or committee member of CCSI or a Group Member Representative or alternate and any other individual desiring to participate in the sport of swimming and who is in good standing as an Individual Member of USS and CCSI.

    4. Affiliated Individual Members - An Affiliated Individual Member is an individual interested in the objectives and programs of CCSI who resides, formerly resided, or formerly participated in the sport of swimming in the Territory and who is in good standing as an Individual Member of CCSI and USS.

    5. Seasonal Athlete Members - A Seasonal Athlete Member is an individual who participates or competes in the sport of swimming and has joined for one or two periods of time not longer than 150 days each in a registration year and is in good standing as an Individual Member of CCSI and USS.

    6. Life Members - A Life Member is an individual who is a life member of USS and who resides, formerly resided or participated in the sport of swimming in the Territory and who is in good standing as a member of CCSI and USS.

  3. MEMBERSHIP A PRIVILEGE NOT A RIGHT - Membership in CCSI and USS is a privilege and shall not be interpreted as a right. Membership may be terminated by the Board of Review or the National Board of Review for any violation of a member's responsibilities under Section 602.2, for any of the reasons set forth in Section 610.4.7.C or for any other reason determined by the Board of Review or National Board of Review to be in the best interests of the sport of swimming, USS or CCSI.

MEMBER'S RESPONSIBILITIES - Member's Responsibilities

  1. COMPLIANCE - Each Group and Individual Member shall abide by the codes of conduct and ethics, policies, procedures, rules and regulations adopted by USS and CCSI, including its obligations and responsibilities set forth in these Bylaws. Each Group and Individual Member shall not take or allow to be taken, any action, or conspire with or instigate any other person to take or allow to be taken, any action which could bring the sport of swimming, CCSI or USS into disrepute. By applying for and accepting membership in CCSI and USS, each Individual Member agrees to so abide and represents, except to the extent disclosed to CCSI and USS, that he or she has never been convicted of a crime involving sexual misconduct, child abuse, violation of a law specifically designed to protect minors, or similar offenses, or to have been found by a Board of Review or the National Board of Review to have committed actions which would be the basis for a conviction and that she or he has never acted in a manner which might bring into disrepute CCSI, USS or the sport of swimming.

  2. RESPONSIBILITY FOR INFRACTIONS - A Group Member may be held responsible for infractions of the policies, procedures, rules, regulations or codes of conduct or ethics adopted by USS or CCSI, including its responsibilities as set forth in these Bylaws. Infractions of a Group Member include those committed or allowed to happen by its members, representatives, officials or coaches or by athletes who are competing as representatives of the Group Member or who are competing with the Group Member as unattached swimmers. Also included are infractions committed or allowed to happen by a person instigated by the Group Member or with whom the Group Member through any of those individuals conspired. Any Individual Member may be held responsible for any infractions committed or that were allowed to happen by the Individual Member. Also included are infractions committed or allowed to happen by a person instigated by the Individual Member or with whom the Individual Member conspired.

  3. CLUB SAFETY COORDINATOR - Each Club Member shall appoint an Active Individual Member to be a Club Safety Coordinator. The Club Safety Coordinator shall be responsible for disseminating safety education information received from USS and CCSI to the Club Member's athletes, coaches and other members and shall make recommendations to the Club Member concerning safety policy and its implementation. The Club Safety Coordinator shall make any reports requested by CCSI's Safety Coordinator in a timely manner.