Constitution for Nnnnn Powerlifting Federation Updated 2008-03-13

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Constitution for Nnnnn Powerlifting Federation Updated 2008-03-13

Membership in the European Powerlifting Federation (EPF) and the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) will only be granted to a National Powerlifting Federation that has a Constitution that:

  • has a democratic organisation

  • fully accepts and follows the antidoping rules specified by WADA

  • fully accepts and follows the rules and regulations specified in the EPF and IPF Constitutions and By Laws.

This document is an example of a National Constitution which a new founded National Powerlifting Federation may use as a template to make up an own Constitution.
Most probably, some adjustments must be made to this template to fit National rules, civil laws and general customs. This means that chapters may be removed or changed. In some chapters an asterisk (*) is included to state that optional text may replace the proposed text.

Outside a national Constitution, the federation should make up a document named

National Rules for powerlifting.
Such document should include:

  • Rules for organising national competitions and championships

  • Rules for recording national records

  • Rules for Referees.

Abbreviations used in this document:

Nnnnn : Name of the national powerlifting federation – normally the country name.

PF : Powerlifting Federation
(* : Means that guiding text follows

Front page.



The Nnnnn Powerlifting Federation

Table of Content.

  1. Objective

  2. Organisation

  3. Duties and competence

  4. Membership

  5. Subscriptions

  6. Economic compensations for honorary posts

  7. Inability

  8. Disciplinary cases

  9. The National Congress

  10. Congress Representation

  11. The power of the Congress

  12. Order of votes at the Congress

  13. Extraordinary Congress

  14. Powers of the Executive

  15. Committees

  16. Constitutional changes

  17. Dissolution

  1. Objective.
    The objective of the Nnnnn PF is to promote and organise the powerlifting sport and support general power training. Part of the duty is to stimulate cooperation between the members and to represent the federation in international bodies.
    The work shall have a character of voluntariness, loyalty and equivalency. All sport activity shall be based on fellowship, health and honesty.

  2. Organisation.
    (* In some countries the national PF consists of personal memberships – if so, this must be specified to replace “union of clubs” written below).
    The Nnnnn PF is a union of clubs practising powerlifting and weight training.
    The Nnnnn PF is a member of xxxxxx (*specify the national umbrella sport organisation, if any), the European Powerlifting Federation (EPF) and the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) and are subjected to their laws.
    Nnnnn PF follows and accepts fully the anti-doping rules as specified by WADA .
    Powerlifting is practised in accordance with the IPF Technical Rules.

  3. Duties and competence.
    The Nnnnn PF shall develop activities, organisations and good economic systems to meet requirements from the members, the National umbrella sport federation, the Government and International sport federations.
    Education of elected people, serving in the Executive or Committees, is an important part of the duties.

  4. Membership.
    (* Here the Nnnnn PF must state their own conditions for accepting members if different from the below).
    All clubs/teams practising powerlifting or weight training and recognised by the Community or local sport authorities have the right to become a member of Nnnnn PF.
    All members accepted by the Nnnnn PF have an obligation to comply with the rules of the National and International federations.

  5. Subscriptions.
    The National Congress decides about the subscription and fees.
    Unpaid subscriptions and fees result in loss of votes and rights at the Congress.
    The Executive members may suspend members that owe subscription or fees for more than 1 year.

  6. Economic compensations for honorary posts.
    Elected people in the Executive and committees may receive a reasonable compensation for their work and documented expenses.
    Such compensations shall be included in the budget and the annual accounts for the Nnnnn PF.

  7. Inability.
    (* Here rules for inability of elected and appointed persons must be included if different from the below).
    A person employed by the Nnnnn PF can not simultaneously hold an honorary post in the federation.

  8. Disciplinary cases.
    (* Here rules how the Nnnnn PF shall decide about disciplinary cases must be included if different from the below).
    A disciplinary committee shall be entrusted with the examination and decision of disciplinary cases.

  9. The National Congress.
    (* Here the national PF specify the general terms for calling up to the Congress and the terms for handling of proposals if different from the below).

    Annual. The National Congress is the supreme governing body of the Nnnnn PF.
    The Congress shall meet annually within end of February each year.
    Notice. Time is of essence. The Executive shall notify the members 10 weeks
    ahead of the Congress.
    Proposals and amendments must be received by the Executive latest 6
    weeks prior to the Congress.
    Complete Agenda must be sent to all members latest 2 weeks prior to the
    Votes. At the Congress, a quorum will consist of the authorised delegates present.
    No delegate shall have more than one vote as they can not carry votes for
    persons not present at the Congress.
    Law changes. Proposals to change the law of Nnnnn PF can only be examined if
    included in the Agenda distributed to all members and requires 2/3
    majority by the delegates to be accepted.
    All accepted proposals will be in power from the first day after the
    Congress if not otherwise stated.

  10. Congress representation.
    (* Here must be stated the terms for representation. If organised by membership of local clubs and regions, the number of delegates from each must be stated. If organised in private memberships, then all members should have the right to be a delegate. Below a model if organised in clubs and regions)
    Delegates with voting rights:
    a) The Executive members
    b) Clubs with 30 members – 1 delegate
    Clubs with 31-60 members – 2 delegates
    Clubs with more than 60 members – 3 delegates
    c) Regions – 2 delegates
    Delegates from clubs and regions must be approved by their organisation.
    Delegates without voting rights:
    (* as decided by Nnnnn PF . This may be employed people, auditor, committee members, representative of umbrella organisations etc.)

  11. The power of the Congress.
    The duties of the Congress are:
    1. The delegates elect one person to preside at the meeting, one secretary to record
    the meeting and two persons to sign the secretary protocol.
    2. Roll call of delegates.
    3. To accept the Agenda
    4. To examine the Executive report.
    5. To examine the Treasures – Auditor’s report.
    6. To examine proposals and amendments.
    7. Decide about membership fees and other fees.
    8. To examine the budget
    9. Elect or confirm the name of the Auditor
    10. Election of :
    a) President and Vice President
    b) 3 Executive members and 2 deputy members (2 of the functions may be
    Treasurer and Secretary).
    c) Technical Committee
    d) Disciplinary Committee
    e) Law and Legislation Committee
    f) Appeal Committee
    g) Election Committee

    Candidates of both sex shall be represented in the Executive and Committees.

  12. Order of votes at the Congress.
    If not otherwise decided, a proposal is accepted by a majority of votes. However, Constitutional changes require 2/3 majority.
    Election of candidates shall be in writing if there is more than one candidate for a duty.
    If there are more candidates but no one gain majority, a new election between the two candidates with most votes shall take place. In case two candidates gain equal number of votes, a draw shall be made to decide which one shall be elected.
    If more candidates shall be voted, all must gain more than 50% of the total votes to be elected. If necessary , additional rounds of votes must be made to achieve the 50%

  13. Extraordinary Congress.
    Extraordinary Congress may be called by the Executive with at least 14 days notice if:
    a) Required by a superior Sport organisation or the Government/National umbrella
    b) Decided by the Congress
    c) Decided by the Executive
    d) Required by at least 25% of the members.

    An extraordinary Congress shall only deal with cases included in the agenda when called.

  14. Powers of the Executive.
    1. It shall be the governing body of the Nnnnn PF between Congresses.
    2. It shall carry out decisions made by the Congress and superior sport authorities.
    3. It shall carry out daily management of the federation, represent the federation and
    practise skilled authority.
    4. Appoint members in committees others that elected by the Congress and work out
    guidelines for such committees.
    5. To maintain running control of the expenditures of the Nnnnn PF, in accordance
    with the budget approved by the Congress.

    An executive meeting is called by the President or if a majority of the Executive members ask for a meeting.

    A quorum is formed if a majority of the Executive members are present.
    Decisions are made by a majority vote of the Executive members present. In case of an equality of the votes, the vote of the President is determining.

  15. Committees.
    (* Here must be worked out rules, duties and powers of the following committees if included):
    a) Technical committee
    b) Disciplinary committee
    d) Appeal committee
    c) Law and Legislation committee

    (*Below is an example of mandates):

    a) Technical Committee.
    - The committee shall consist of 3 members of which the chairman is elected by
    the Congress and the two others appointed by the Executive.
    - The committee shall educate and instruct referees, organise referee clinics,
    and appoint referees at national championships. (* other duties may be included).

    b) Disciplinary Committee.

    - The Disciplinary Committee (DC) shall consist of 3 members elected by the
    - The DC shall be entrusted with the examination and decision of disciplinary
    cases within the federation handed to them by the Executive.
    The DC shall collect all relevant information needed to deal with a case
    according to the Constitution. Sensitive information shall be treated confidential
    within the parties involved.
    - Decisions made by the DC may by both parties be appealed to the Appeal
    Committee within 1 month.

    d) Appeal Committee.

    - The Appeal committee shall receive all documents relating to any appeal and
    within one month examine and investigate the matter and decide on an
    appropriate penalty.
    Appeal against a sanction by the Appeal Committee may by both parties be
    made to the Congress (*or to an umbrella national sport organisation if it exists)
    for final decision. Such appeal must be lodged to the Executive within 1 month
    after the decision is made by the Appeal Committee.

    c) Law and Legislation Committee.

    - The committee shall consist of 3 members of which the chairman is elected by
    the Congress and the two others appointed by the Executive.
    - The committee shall evaluate all new Constitutional proposals and amendments
    and state their conclusions to the Congress. Further, the duty is to update and
    maintain the Constitution and interpret the content if required.

  16. Constitutional changes.
    Constitutional changes are only possible at the ordinary Congress or at an extraordinary Congress. Such proposals must be included on the agenda when the Congress is called and require 2/3 majority of the delegates present.

  17. Dissolution.
    A proposal to dissolute the federation must first be discussed at an ordinary Congress. If a decision is made in favour of a dissolution by a 2/3 majority, an extraordinary Congress shall be called 3 months later. Again a 2/3 majority is required for a final decision of a dissolution of the federation.
    The funds of the federation shall come to a superior sport federation or to a charity organisation as decided by the Congress.

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