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IWbF Constitution

CHAPTER ONE HISTORY OF WOODBALL

Woodball was invented in 1990 by Mr. Ming-Hui Weng, he just wanted to build a garden for his father to take a walk and enjoy the beautiful view in the scenic spot Nei-Shuang-His, where situated in Shih-lin, Taipei City. After mowing the weeds of the hillside, he found that there were terraced fields there, which can be developed as an outdoor exercise place. It flashed through his mind that he could make a good use of this garden by designing it as a ball-playing ground.

Under such motive, he was trying to create a ball sport, in which the playing-ball would not fly up (appropriate to be played on the grass ground) and the sport itself should be economic (neither expensive nor large ground), so that he could invite more friends to enjoy the fun of playing ball in the green field. After two years’ experiment and adjustment, the equipment and the regulation of the ball game have emerged finally as they are today. From that time on, the ball game is officially named Woodball.

The reason that Woodball is popular among the different aged people is not only it has well-designed equipment, which includes ball, mallet and gate, but also it is easy to learn and to play. That is also why Woodball has been adopted as one of the physical education courses in some colleges since after that Woodball begins to introduce and develop to other countries.


CHAPTER TWO GENERAL RULES

Article 1.
The name of this organization shall be the “INTERNATIONAL WOODBALL FEDERATION” (hereinafter referred to as "this federation" or "IWbF").

Article 2.
The purposes of this federation are to foster the cooperation among all affiliated member federations in order to prompt the development of Woodball throughout the world.

Article 3.
The location of this federation shall be situated in Taipei, Taiwan.

Article 4.
The official languages of this federation are English and Chinese.


CHAPTER THREE RESPONSIBILTIES

Article 5.
The responsibilities of this federation are:
(1) To promote the Woodball activities in every legitimate way;.
(2) To establish and maintain good relationships and cooperation with all affiliated National Authorities, and so as to work for the development of Woodball sport;.
(3) To formulate, and from time to time alter and revise, Rules of Woodball activities for the proper conduct of all games played under its authority and legitimacy;
(4) To organize or authorize the holding of international Woodball games, competition, demonstration, observation and visit;
(5) To conduct training and carry out accreditation of international Woodball coaches and referees;
(6) To compile and publish Woodball books, periodicals and visual & audio teaching materials;
(7) To examine the Woodball equipment.
(8) Other affairs with respect to the development of Woodball.


CHAPTER FOUR MEMBERSHIP

Article 6.
The responsibilities of this federation are:
Every national/regional Woodball association can apply for the member Association affiliated to this federation, and only one membership can be approved in each nation/region.

Article 7.
The rights of members of the federation are:
(1) The right to speak and vote;
(2) The right to elect and be elected;
(3) Participation in various activities sponsored by this federation; and
(4) Other rights that they are entitled to;

Article 8.
The obligation of members of the federation are:
(1) Abiding by of the constitution and resolution of this federation;
(2) Carrying out of duties assigned by this federation;
(3) Payment of dues as specified; and;
(4) Other obligations that they are obliged to fulfill;

Article 9.
Members of this federation who are failure to abide by the constitution and resolution of this federation shall, upon their passage by 2/3 vote of the General Assembly, be suspended from their membership of this federation.


CHAPTER FIVE ORGANZATION

Article 10.
The General Assembly shall be the highest governing body of this federation. When the General Assembly is in recess, the Executive Committee shall exercise all the powers vested to the General Assembly.

Article 11.
The General Assembly shall be held once every two (2) years. Provisional General Assembly may be called as required. Each member association shall be entitled to exercise only one vote.

Article 12.
The General Assembly shall exercise the following powers:
(1) Pass and amend the provisions of the constitution of this federation;
(2) Decide on operating policy of this federation;
(3) Elect members of Executive Committee;
(4) Screen a report from Executive Committee on the activities of this federation;
(5) Decide on suspense of the membership of the affiliated association;
(6) Decide on standard payment of dues; and
(7) Decide on major events concerned;

Article 13.
There shall be established Executive Committee comprising 7 to 11 full members to be elected at the General Assembly.

Article 14.
There shall be established one president, who shall preside at meetings of Executive Committee, carrying out all responsibilities of this federation. While dealing with the third parties, he represents this federation. There shall be established 5 to 7 vice presidents. The president and vice presidents shall be elected from among members of Executive Committee.

Article 15.
The Executive Committee shall meet once at least each year. Provisional conference may be called by the president as required.

Article 16.
The Executive Committee shall exercise the following powers:
(1) Carry out resolutions of the General Assembly;
(2) Elect the president and vice presidents;
(3) Screen operating plans and present to the General Assembly on the activities of this Federation;
(4) Pass the application for affiliating with this federation;
(5) Decide on convening of General Assembly; and
(6) Others concerned;

Article 17.
The term of president, vice president and members of Executive Committee shall be for four (4) years. They shall be eligible for re-election.

Article 18.
This federation shall establish the secretariat supervised by one secretary general and 1-3 vice secretary generals who shall be appointed by the president, under whom there shall be Administrative Section, Liaison Section Activity Section and Training Section. Each section has one chief, 1-2 deputy chiefs and a number of secretaries.

Article 19.
This federation may establish finance commission, technical commission, Legal commission, promotion commission and various commissions as required.


CHAPTER SIX EXPENDITURE

Article 20.
The followings are the sources of revenue of this federation:
(1) Members admission fee and annual due.
(2) Various contributions and donations.


CHAPTER SEVEN BY-LAWS

Article 21.
The implementation plans for carrying out the details of this constitution will be separately worked out.

Article 22.
The constitution of this federation shall be brought into effect upon its passage by the Executive Committee. The same procedures shall be applied for any amendment to this constitution.