1. The MSCA will provide organizational, governmental, assistance and service to our members, to our clubs and to our guests through out the State of Michigan, in order that their relationship with The National Sporting Clays Association is a satisfying and mutually fulfilling experience. We also will co-operate with other organizations to foster growth in the clay target shooting sports with the goals of increasing our membership and creating good will among like minded people.
2. As the MSCA promotes organized sporting clay events, it will stress safety first, in gun handling and in the working environment of the tournament personnel. The MSCA will also promote honesty, integrity, good sportsmanship and fellowship among the competitors.
3. The MSCA believes that our shooting sports offer exceptional opportunities for both individual enjoyment and family recreation. We also believe that our member’s actions and attitudes toward wildlife stewardship, conservation and the environment can have a significant impact on our ability to pass on organized shooting sports to future generations.
Article I – Name
The name of the corporation shall be the Michigan Sporting Clays Association, Inc. (hereafter referred to as MSCA) and is incorporated pursuant to the provisions of the Michigan Non Profit Code.
Article II – Purpose
The purpose of the MSCA shall be as follows:
a. The promotion and encouragement of organized sporting clays shooting among the residents of the state of Michigan.
b. To increase among MSCA members the knowledge of the safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as improved shotgun marksmanship.
c. To forward the development of characteristics such as honesty, good fellowship, self discipline, team play, and self reliance which are the essentials of good sportsmanship.
d. To organize the sporting clays clubs within Michigan for NSCA registered shoots.
e. To adhere to the By-Laws and directives of the NSCA.
Article III – Offices
The principal office of the MSCA shall be located at the address of the President. Other offices for the transaction of business shall be located at such places the Board of Directors designate.
Article IV – Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, five Directors and the NSCA Michigan National Delegates who accept the invitation to join the Board. National Delegates may also be elected to the Board. Directors shall be elected to the Board by the general membership, with the officers of the Board being appointed to the office as provided for in Article V.
Each member of the Board of Directors shall be entitled to one vote at all meetings of the Board. Vote by proxy shall be according to the provisions of Article XV herein.
The Board of Directors shall have General charge of the affairs of the MSCA and may properly assume, if deemed necessary, other duties which are not specifically assigned to or performed by any other committee. The Board shall have the authority to conduct investigations or hearings relative to any complaint against any shooter who, or any club, which, in the opinion of the Board is guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct or any prejudicial acts that are detrimental to the best interest of the MSCA and to take such action as the Board deems appropriate.
The Board of Directors shall have full charge of all matters covered in the By-Laws, including special meetings, and any and all other business that is reasonably presumed to fall within the powers or duties of the Board
A vacancy occurring on the Board may be filled by an affirmative vote of a majority of Board members present, even if there is less than a quorum of the Board. The Director so chosen shall serve out the term of office until the next annual election of Directors by the membership-at-large.
Election of the Board of Directors:
a. An election committee will be appointed by the President to take nominations and to run the election of the Board of Directors.
b. The term of office for a Director shall be three years and commence on January 1 after their election and conclude three years later on December 31.
c. The membership shall elect by ballot, three Board members to fill open positions of retiring members, so that the Board shall consist of nine members and any National Delegate who choose to serve.
d. Any MSCA Board member is required to attend all scheduled Board meetings. Two absences are allowed for any reason, but, if more than two absences occur, the Board may appoint someone to fill the vacancy due to extenuating circumstances.
e. Directors not serving as President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer are required to duties on committees either as chair or member.
f. All Michigan NSCA Delegates will be sent an invitation to join the MSCA Board. Each Delegate must reply in writing to either accept or decline the invitation to join the Board. Until such written reply is received by the Secretary, the delegate is not a member of the Board. All Delegates accepting the invitation to join the Board will have full voting rights and will comply with attendance requirements and perform duties of a committee chair or member.
Article V – Officers
The Board of Directors shall elect the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer from among themselves at the first meeting of the calendar year. Any of the above positions including President may be occupied by the same person in consecutive years, if re elected, until the end of their term.
Article VI – Duties of the Elected Officers
The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors of the MSCA, and is empowered to execute all contracts and legal instruments, has general charge and supervision of the affairs of the MSCA. The President shall be a member of all committees. If the President is unable to preside, the Vice President and the Secretary shall preside in order of availability.
The Vice President shall have the responsibility for the general promotion of sporting clays shooting and shall aid any new group in the organization of a clay shooting club under the auspices of the MSCA and NSCA.
The Secretary shall keep all minutes of MSCA meetings, shall issue all notices, be responsible for publishing all newsletters, and any other duties the President or Board may require.
The Treasurer is authorized to receive all funds due the MSCA, such as dues and MSCA target fees and deposit said funds in the bank or banks so designated by the Board and shall make no disbursements other than those which are authorized by the Board. The Treasurer shall act as custodian of trophies, securities, and vouchers of the MSCA and shall preserve receipts of all monies paid out. Reports of all monies received and disbursed must be given at all meetings. At the discretion of the Board, a bond in the sum of $2000.00 must be furnished at the expense of the MSCA.
Article VII – Membership and Responsibilities
Any organization in the state of Michigan having at least one sporting clays course, shall be eligible for membership in the MSCA provided said club is a member in good standing of the NSCA.
It is the responsibility of any member club holding a registered shoot to see that no shooter participates before showing their current NSCA membership card and paying the fees and dues described in Articles VII and IX herein. If it is ascertained later that a shooter was not a current member of the NSCA but shot as though they were, the club will be responsible for said dues as billed by the NSCA. Each club shall use qualified referees as defined by NSCA rules for all registered shoots. If squad appointed referees are being used, it must state as such in the program and be posted by the club on the day of the shoot.
The Board of the MSCA shall have the authority to suspend any member club found in violation of the MSCA By-Laws from the MSCA for not less than thirty days and not more than one year from the date of the Board action. Any member club accused of a By-Law violation shall be notified by mail and given the opportunity to appear before the Board prior to any Board action being taken.
All individual members of the NSCA residing in Michigan are automatically members of the MSCA and must agree to abide by all NSCA and MSCA rules. There are two types of individual memberships.
a. Associate Member (Non-Voting Member) – Any member of the NSCA who does not shoot registered tournaments.
b. Voting Member – Any member of the NSCA who is in good standing and shoots a minimum of 100 registered targets in the current year. Any shooter in good standing with the NSCA and MSCA , and not in violation of the NSCA and MSCA rules and regulations and not in violation of any State or Federal laws, shall be allowed to come upon the grounds of any member club holding an open registered shoot and participate in that shoot if they so desire. It is the responsibility of the individual member to display their current NSCA membership card. They are also responsible for paying all target fees when registering targets.
Article VIII – Club Affiliation Dues
The MSCA Reserves the right to set dues on an annual basis. The annual dues is payable in advance and only those clubs which have paid their dues shall be considered in good standing.
No club will be allowed to register NSCA targets unless they are members in good standing with the MSCA. Payment of annual dues shall be made to the Treasurer and are due December 31st of each year or when registering shoot dates for the following year. Membership runs January 1 to December 31.
Article IX – Shooter Target Fees
The MSCA reserves the right to set target fees on an annual basis. The MSCA affiliate clubs shall charge the shooters the appropriate target fees at all NSCA registered shoots. All MSCA fees will be paid to the MSCA Treasurer accompanied by a report within 15 days following completion of the shoot. Failure to file a shoot report and fees within the specified time will result in a fine of $25 per late report.
Article X – Annual Tournaments
The Board shall solicit and encourage all member clubs to participate in the host selection process for either or both the Michigan State Championship or the Great Lakes Championship. Any club that meets the host criteria may submit a bid to the Board to host one or both of these shoots. Bid proposals for both of these shoots are due to the MSCA Secretary on or before April 1 of the year prior to the year of the proposed shoot. For example, bid proposals for the 2016 State and Great Lakes shoots are due to the MSCA Secretary April 1, 2015.
State Shoot and Great Lakes Championship Shoot Selection Criteria:
- All collected bids for the State Shoot will be presented at the prior year’s State Shoot. Michigan resident shooters who attend the prior year’s State Shoot in good standing with both the NSCA and MSCA will vote to determine the host. Members of the host club who are working the State shoot and not participating are also eligible to vote providing they are members in good standing with the MSCA as provided for in Article VII. No proxy ballots will be allowed. There is no limitation on the frequency that a club may bid on or host the State Shoot. A club may bid on and host the State Shoot in consecutive years.
- After reviewing all bids, the host club for the Great Lakes Championship will be selected by the MSCA Board. In order to encourage the development of clubs capable of hosting the State Shoot, a club may not host this tournament two years in a row.
Host Club Requirements for the Great Lakes Championship:
- Tournament experience: Must have held a total of four NSCA tournaments in the two years prior.
- One of the aforementioned tournaments must have had at least 50 shooters.
- Show evidence of financial stability, a safe shooting environment, and have trained trappers and scorers at each stand.
Host Club Requirements for the State Shoot:
- Must have previously hosted the Great Lakes Championship, State Shoot, or another NSCA registered shoot with 100 or more shooters.
- Show evidence of financial stability, a safe shooting environment, and have trained trappers and scorers at each stand.
Any club awarded either of the aforementioned shoots must provide to the MSCA Board proof of compliance to a minimum set of requirements as stated below 150 days prior to the scheduled shoot. The Board must also approve the Shoot Program 150 days prior to the scheduled shoot.
The host club shall provide as a minimum:
- On site food service for 150 people.
- Clubhouse or covered seating for 150 people.
- Parking for 100 vehicles. Shuttle must be provided from off-site parking areas.
- Restrooms to accommodate 150 people. (may be portable)
- A two day event with a virgin 100 bird Sporting Clays course each day.
- One trapper and one scorekeeper at each station when manual traps are used. Otherwise, a scorekeeper/trapper only.
- Shooting stands and gun racks at each station.
- Master score sheets at each station.
- A minimum of 12 stations with a minimum of 24 traps.
- Four water coolers or stations on the course.
- Golf cart accessible and allowed.
- Must provide certificate of insurance for $1,000,000.00 of liability insurance with Michigan Sporting Clays Association listed as additionally insured for the event.
MSCA Monetary Commitment to the State and Great Lakes Championships:
- The Michigan Sporting Clays Association provides the host of the State Championship with $4,500 designated towards class and concurrent purses and $1,500 designated for use towards Main Event resident trophies.
- The Michigan Sporting Clays Association provides the host of the Great Lakes Championship with $800 for use towards Main Event trophies.
Article XI – Tournament rules
The latest revised NSCA rules shall govern all tournaments sanctioned by the MSCA. A minimum of three shooters per squad is required for all events without referees.
Article XII – Tournament Scheduling
Any member club desiring to register a tournament with the NSCA shall make its application through the MSCA. MSCA will send in all tournament dates to the NSCA. The next years shoot dates will be selected and awarded using the electronic / mail shoot selection form which will be made available to all clubs.
All clubs that are in good standing with the MSCA are eligible to submit a form for shoot dates. The club representative must have authority to make decisions regarding date changes should a conflict arise with another club. If there is a conflict with another clubs date, an alternative date will be offered or no date given if the shoot calendar is full.
If a club chooses a shoot date and then cancels that shoot, notification to the MSCA and NSCA is required. It is the sole responsibility of the host club to notify shooters that the tournament has been cancelled.
Article XIII – Annual and Special Meetings
The Annual Meeting of the MSCA shall be held prior to the Shoot Selection Meeting in October of each year. Both the Annual Meeting and the Shoot Selection Meeting shall be held in a central location in the state.
Special meeting of the Board may be called at any time by the President, or upon written request to the President by any two elected Board members. Notice of any Special Meeting and the purpose thereof shall be sent out, or notification by phone, by the President or Secretary of the MSCA to the Board at least fifteen days prior to the date fixed for such meeting. If mailed, notice shall be considered to be delivered when deposited with the USPS. No other business shall be transacted at such meeting except as specified in the notice. Special meetings may be held by telephone or any other communication device or means, or combination thereof.
All MSCA meetings will be conducted by Roberts Rules of Order.
Article XIV – Quorum
A majority of the Board members constitute a quorum for the transaction of all business at any regular, special, or annual meeting. Phone votes or e-mail votes may be used by the President for any emergency business that may come up between meetings.
Article XV – Voting by Proxy
Any member of the Board may be represented by written proxy in the event that they are unable to attend any regular or called meeting. The President may secure a vote on any resolution pertaining to MSCA business, except amendments to the By-Laws by sending a ballot or e-mail to each member of the Board. At such time, all Board members shall be notified of the results of any such action voted on.
Article XVI – Amendments to the Bylaws
The Bylaws may be amended as follows. The proposed amendment(s) shall be submitted to the Secretary at least thirty days prior to the Annual meeting or Special meeting. The Secretary shall then notify each member of the Board at least fifteen days prior to the meeting stating exactly what amendment(s) to the Bylaws are contemplated. The proposed amendment(s) will be presented to the Board by the petitioners for discussion. A majority vote of Board members present is needed to pass or defeat the proposed amendment(s).
Article XVII – Order of Business at Meetings
The order of business at all meetings shall be as follows:
- Roll call and seating of Board members
- Reading of the Minutes
- Report of Committees
- Amendments to the Bylaws
- Unfinished Business
- Election of Officers or appointment of vacant offices.
- Awarding Annual Tournaments
- New Business
Article XVIII – All State Teams
The All State Team selection rules will be decided by the Board at the Annual/Shoot Selection Meeting. At that time the Board may decide to use NSCA guidelines or another format. Awards will be presented to the All State Team at the State Championship.
Amended January 2015