Men's Volleyball Club

The Washington and Lee University Men's Volleyball Club strives not only to provide students the opportunity to compete at the intercollegiate level, but also to foster appreciation and support for men's volleyball. The MVC is founded on the principles of discipline, competition and sportsmanship; and, while the intercollegiate success of the club is a priority, the core values and lessons of the game shall by no means be sacrificed for victory.

Constitution

I. Club Name

i. Washington and Lee University Men's Volleyball Club
ii. The organization shall be abbreviated by the title MVC.

II. Club History

i. The MVC was formed on Monday, the tenth day of September, in the year two-thousand-and-twelve. The MVC was founded by Andrew McCaffery ('16), and subsequently developed with the help of Jack Melhorn ('16), Shawn Swaney ('14), Tanner Waggoner ('16) and Marshall Woodward ('16).
ii. The constitution of the MVC was first drafted and modified throughout the months of September and October 2012, and finalized as an official draft on Monday, the fifteenth day of October.

III. Mission Statement and Purpose

i. The Washington and Lee University Men's Volleyball Club strives not only to provide students the opportunity to compete at the intercollegiate level, but also to foster appreciation and support for men's volleyball. The MVC is founded on the principles of discipline, competition and sportsmanship; and, while the intercollegiate success of the club is a priority, the core values and lessons of the game shall by no means be sacrificed for victory.
ii. The MVC aims to elevate men's volleyball at Washington and Lee University to the point at which it is logical to support it at the near-varsity level (NCAA Varsity is limited to but a some 25 teams). In other words, for the MVC to become a school-sponsored club is the long-term goal.

IV. Requirements for Membership

i. The MVC is open to all male students at Washington and Lee University. Per NCVF/USAVB regulations, players must be active students in good standing at the time of competition. The MVC has a zero-tolerance policy for all forms of discrimination.

V. Organization of Leadership/Officers

i. The MVC will be led by a President, Vice-President, and three Officers.
ii. These five representatives form the MVC Leadership Team
iii. The powers, duties and responsibilities of the governing structure shall be defined as follows:

1. President

a. Serve as the student coach and chief administrative officer.
b. Attend Presidents Council meetings.
c. Preside over MVC meetings.
d. Co-appoint members to be Officer #3.
e. Serve on all committees as an ‘ex officio' member.
f. Call special meetings of the membership, and leadership team.
g. Initiate programs and projects he deems necessary.
h. Represent the MVC in coordination with USAVB, the NCVF, EIVA and competitors.
i. Represent the best interest of the MVC in all interactions with the University administration and community.

2. Vice-President

a. Preside over meetings of the organization in the absence of the President.
b. Carry out the duties and responsibilities assigned to him by the President.
c. Define all duties and responsibilities to chairpersons and provide any assistance to the chairpersons in fulfillment of their duties.

3. Officer #1

a. Assist the President with official correspondence of the organization.
b. Maintain and distribute the minutes of all regular and special meetings of the organization.
c. Keep a revised copy of the constitution and other documents available for all members at all times and distribute to the membership.
d. Prepare a roster each semester to include contact and bio information of each member.

4. Officer #2

a. Be responsible for the collection and accounting of all fees, such as trip expenses, registration fees, equipment fees, and other monies belonging to the organization.
b. Submit all funding requests in a timely fashion.

5. Officer #3

a. Coordinate and maintain facilities' reservations for practices and competitions.
b. Manage, including upkeep and new-requests, all equipment used by the MVC.

iv. Following the evacuation of an office, the positions will be filled by the following line of succession: the Vice-President shall assume the duties of President; there shall be an election to determine which Officer becomes Vice-President, with the runner-up becoming Officer #1, and the loser, Officer #2; the role of Officer #3 will be filled by an MVC member-at-large, appointed by the newly established President and Vice-President.

VI. Elections

i. All elections and nominations to the governing structure of the MVC shall be subject to the following criteria which ensures a consistent, fair and equitable process.
ii. Candidacy and Nominations

1. President

a. One-years MVC membership

2. Vice-President

a. One-years MVC membership

3. Officers #1, #2 and #3

a. No experience necessary

iii. Election Period and Process

1. Elections will be held at the end of each September.

a. Elections will be held for the position of President and Vice-President at the request of a challenger to the incumbent representatives. The validity of this challenge shall be reviewed and determined by a majority vote of the uninvolved members of the MVC Leadership Team. Following approval, the position shall be voted on by the general membership of the MVC.
b. Elections will be held for the Officer positions at each election cycle.

2. All demonstrated members of the MVC are qualified to vote in September elections.
3. Votes Needed

a. In the event of a challenge, the incumbent representative can be removed by a two-thirds vote.
b. For Officer elections, a majority vote will decide the victor.

VII. Benefitting the Washington & Lee and Surrounding Community

i. The MVC will benefit the Washington and Lee community through formal exposure to the sport of men's volleyball. It also has the potential to further expose the Lexington and surrounding communities to men's and volleyball in general, and all the sport/culture has to offer.