Since the 1970s, soccer has been a favorite intramural and occasional extramural sport among students at New Mexico Tech. The NMT men's soccer team and
club in its present form (The Miners) began in January of 2000 with a dedicated group of guys eager to play competitive soccer under the leadership of coach
and advisor Paul Fuierer (Prof. Materials Engineering). During the first three years, the Miners competed in the Albuquerque Men's
Soccer League (ASL) and New Mexico state tournaments. By the Spring of 2003, the Miners amassed an impressive win/loss record of 42-14-3 in the ASL. In Fall 2004, the club joined
the National Intramural & Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) collegiate club soccer league. This was a significant
step up in competition, with regular conference (Southwest Region VI) opponents NMSU, UTEP, UoA and ASU. The Miners have competed continuously in this league ever since, led by
coaches Jon Smith (2008), Brad Winton (2009-2013), Gary Engels (2014-2015), and now Billy Oxford.
Article I - Name
This constitution is applicable to the New Mexico Tech Men's Soccer Club, hereto forth known as the Men's Soccer Club, and all members and activities thus associated.
Article II - Purpose
The creators of the Men's Soccer Club wish to provide a method to promote the game of soccer and physical activity in the New Mexico Tech community as well as to emphasize the development of teamwork.
The Men's Soccer Club also serves as the base of operations for the New Mexico Tech Men's Traveling Competitive Soccer Team, hereto forth known as the Miners. Said club is responsible for supporting and maintaining the Miners, which will actively participate in intercollegiate club soccer in the National Intercollegiate Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) league and also in Albuquerque Soccer League (ASL) tournaments. The Miners will promote and represent the New Mexico Tech University in all of its activities and pursuits.
Article III - Membership
The Men's Soccer Club consists of two types of members: the first, collectively referred to as On Campus members, and the second, those members chosen to participate on the Miners competitive team. Those eligible to be On-Campus members of the Men's Soccer Club are those in the New Mexico Tech community, including students, faculty, alumni, and residents of Socorro. Those who choose to be On-Campus members will not be required to pay club dues. They will be allowed to attend Miners' team practices and regularly scheduled scrimmages and short-sided games. On-campus members will also be allowed to attend scheduled meetings (refer to Article IV) and participate in the decision-making process.
On-campus members who are enrolled as New Mexico Tech students with a minimum of 6 scheduled credit hours are welcome to participate in tryouts scheduled at the beginning of a school year to form the Miners competitive soccer team. From the pool of athletes, twenty to twenty-five (the exact number to be decided by the Miners' coach) will be chosen after the scheduled tryouts by the Miners' coach. These athletes will hereto forth be known as Players for the competitive team. Club dues of $40 per academic year will be required from Players.
Article IV - Meetings
There are two types of meetings that the Men's Soccer Club hold. The first are Miners' practices, scheduled thrice weekly, of which the Players are required to attend a certain percentage (refer to Article XIV) and On-Campus members are welcome to attend. Second, monthly meetings are held, occurring one week before the regularly scheduled Sport Club Council monthly meetings. Players are required to attend these meetings; On-Campus members are welcome to attend, but it is not mandatory. If there is a need for a special meeting, members will be notified by email of the date and time chosen by the Officers and Faculty Advisor. Should a non-ranking Player or On-Campus member see a need for a special meeting, he or she will contact a ranking member of the club (refer to Article V), who will initiate the procedures for a special meeting.
Article V - Executive Board
The Men's Soccer Club is governed by a board of four Officers: the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Election and terms will be discussed in Article VI. The duties of the officers are as follows:
President - Works closely with the coach for game and tournament scheduling; active participation in NIRSA activities and League meetings. The president runs monthly meetings, calls votes, and makes executive decisions with the Faculty Advisor. The President also writes the yearly budget with the Treasurer and maintains the Club Constitution.
Vice-President - Responsible for managing Player team duties, assistance with running practices, and has the president's proxy vote and duties in his absence.
Secretary - Responsible for recording minutes of all team meetings and gatherings, organizing, and maintaining documents that are of importance to the Men's Soccer Club.
Treasurer - Responsible for maintaining a running tally of club funds, including the initial writing of the budget with the President of the Men's Soccer Club. The treasurer records and documents all things budget-related, including tracking receipts and items purchased with club funds.
In case of a vacancy of office, the remaining officers will absorb the responsibilities of the vacant office until the next monthly meeting upon which a replacement officer will be voted or appointed. If circumstances allow and the remaining officers deem it so by popular vote, the duties of a vacant office may be absorbed by the remaining officers, thus removing the need for the office for the year.
Article VI - Elections
Officers will be elected at the first full meeting of the fall semester. All members, including Players and Campus Members, are eligible for office, and volunteers and nominations will be tabulated and accepted. In the case of more than one volunteer and/or nomination per office, a popular, non-anonymous vote of the present club members will determine who will hold office. Elected nominees and volunteers will be informed of their duties and their acceptance of office will reflect their acceptance of office-specific duties defined in Article V. There is no limit to a number of terms that a club member may hold office. A term is defined as the consecutive fall and spring semesters of a given school year. If there are no official volunteers or nominations, officers will be appointed by the Faculty Advisor (a volunteer of the faculty to be liaison for the NMT faculty).
Article VII - Funds
The officers and Faculty Advisor will compose the annual budget at the beginning of the fall semester, as soon as possible after officer election, for submission to the Sport Club Council. Allocated funds will be used to pay tournament fees, lodging, and equipment and maintenance for the Miners Competitive Traveling Soccer Team. Any equipment or financial needs that are foreseen by On-Campus members will be presented at the first meeting and accounted for in the composed annual budget. All financial transactions and appropriate records will be maintained and organized by the Office of the Treasurer.
Article VIII - Committees/Divisions
There are numerous committees needed to sustain club activity and operation of the Miners Competitive Soccer Team. These committees are to be staffed by the Players and/or campus members where appropriate. Positions will either be filled by volunteers or appointed by the Faculty Advisor/Coach and officers. The committees are defined as such:
Reporting and Photography - Committee members are required to pictorially document and write reports for local papers and NMT correspondence.
Website Maintenance - The maintaining of the NMT Miners' soccer club web page, found at http://nmt.edu/~soccer
Statistics - Recording and tabulating players' statistics and game results for record keeping.
Equipment - General maintenance of equipment, including bringing and returning materials to and from practice and games.
Hydration - Responsible for bringing water and cups to all Miner games and special club sporting events.
Field Setup - Lining and setting up a regulation-sized field for each Miners home game.
Uniforms - distribution and record-keeping of team uniforms and warm-ups.
Announcements/Publicity/Fairs - Responsible for keeping the public aware of all club functions, including home and away games, as well as representing the New Mexico Men's Soccer Club at all school club fair functions.
Fund Raising - Responsible for setting up and running fundraisers to acquire funds for the Men's Soccer Club.
Parties - Responsible for maintaining and boosting morale with scheduled gatherings, as well as ensuring team unity with social interaction.
Alumni Liaison - Responsible for keeping in contact with NMT competitive soccer alumni for potential games and donations.
Youth Soccer Liaison - Responsible for maintaining the Club's interest in community service, this committee will organize events involving Youth Soccer.
Travel Committee - Organizing and ensuring the efficiency of Miners' team travel to away games and tournaments.
Article IX - Affiliations
The Miners are affiliated with NIRSA, specifically, the Southwest Conference of Region Six. The Miners are also affiliated with the Albuquerque Soccer League (ASL) and the New Mexico State Soccer Association (NMSSA). All rules designated by these governing bodies are followed and enforced by the Miners' Officers, Coach, and Faculty Advisor, and adhered to by all members of the Men's Soccer Club.
Article X - Advisor
The Faculty Advisor is a self-selected volunteer from the NMT University Faculty who will serve as an overseer and guide for the officer's governing body. There are no requirements of the advisor other than a lasting commitment to the club and a faculty position at NMT.
Article XI - Coach/Manager
The NMT Miners' Coach may be from any part of the NMT community, but they must have significant soccer experience, preferably coaching experience; playing experience is required. Certification of the ability to coach is required for consideration. Patience and a good attitude are also requisite to becoming the Miners' coach.
The duties of the coach include planning and leading practice and tryouts, selection of the team and team captains, coaching at games (including travel to away games)and maintaining motivation. Candidates for coach will be evaluated and a final coach selected from the candidate pool by the Faculty Advisor (who may also serve as coach) and Officers.
Article XII - Ratification
The Constitution will be written/updated/revised during the fall semester of a given scholastic year by the President, approved by the remaining officers and Faculty Advisor, and put before assembled members for ratification during a regularly scheduled meeting. The Constitution will be ratified following the approval of the assembled club members via a majority vote; should it be rejected, suggested changes will be implemented and presented again before the member population.
Article XIII - Amendments
Suggestions for amendments are presented to officers. All members of the Men's Soccer Club are allowed to submit potential amendments. The amendment will be composed and sponsored by an officer, seconded by another, and then presented before the assembled members at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Amendments will be added if the assembled members are two thirds in favor for its passing.
Article XIV - Bilaws
Members of the Men's Soccer Club, and in particular, the competitive Players, are required at all times to be exemplifying good sportsmanship, character, courteousness, and consideration. All rules are derived from these principles:
As a team, the Miners will, in accordance to these mentioned mannerisms, never cancel an appearance in a game or tournament without both just cause and a sufficient period of time for alternate plans of the host team/organization to reorganize.
All club members will conduct themselves in manners befitting athletes and exemplify and represent New Mexico Tech elsewhere.
Honorable, Sportsmanlike Conduct will be required of all Players.
Any incurred red cards in NIRSA games will result in a club penalty of $25 (does not include double-yellow red cards). These will be decided in a case-by-case basis by officers, coaches, and faculty advisor.
Players will be required to pay penalty fees incurred during ASL play, as enforced by the ASL league. Based on the severity of the fine and foul, the Player may be double-fined, including a payment to the club. These will be decided in a case-by-case basis by officers, coaches, and faculty advisor.
Players will be required to attend a minimum percentage of scheduled practices (this does not apply to On-Campus members). This percentage is to be determined yearly by the coach, who will maintain records of Player attendance.
Should it become necessary to remove a Player from the team and club, an emergency meeting of the officers, coach, and the Faculty Advisor. A majority passing of a vote will determine if a Player will be removed from the Miners team.
Fundraising events are encouraged and should be organized whenever possible.
Should the need arise for more rules to be added to this Constitution, refer to Article XIII for the Amendment procedure.
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