Saturday, January 1, 2000

About the American Subbuteo Association

Who Are We?
The American Subbuteo Association is the only national organization in the United States that promotes the sport of Subbuteo®-style table soccer. The organization was reorganized by the players for the players in the early 1990's. At the bottom of this page is a recap of the colorful history of the ASA.

The ASA promotes table soccer by providing the medium through which players can organize tournaments throughout the country. Players earn ASA Rankings points by participating in tournaments. The rankings are weighted to give tournaments with larger participation more possible rankings points.

ASA handbook

ASA handbook -> view

Where to play

All known USA Table Football Clubs are listed below.

ASA History

Many people were introduced to Subbuteo in the United States when Jokari became the first mass distributor of the game in 1981.  Jokari started the American Subbuteo Association in 1982, and the 4-page instruction sheet included an ASA Membership Application on the back as well as some information about the American Subbuteo Association.  In the early days Jokari received over six thousand letters of interest.  Tournaments were organized and newsletters produced, and the ASA held the first ever National Championship in the summer of 1982 in which John Bailly became the first U.S Subbuteo association crowned Champion in the U.S. 

Board of directors

American Subbuteo Association board of directors are:

  • Tom Shirley (GA), President
  • Andrew Zunino (PA), Vice President for the East
  • Michael Tillman (MN), Vice President for the Midwest
  • Eddie Davidson (AL), Vice President for the South
  • Zach Walker (CO), Vice President for the West

Sending tournament results and fees

Complete this Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and email to the address contain within -> Download spreadsheet

The entrance fee payable for each participant is $2.00.

Entrance fees should be collected by the host.  They are paid using Paypal with the payment being made to subbuteo_treasure_asa@hotmail.com

Please note that if you just select "Other" transaction type for the fees so that the ASA is not charge a transaction charge.

ASA Information

Links to more information about the American Subbuteo Association:





About the ASA

Board of directors
 
Calendar

Where to play

ASA regions

ASA history

Tournament results and fees

ASA Handbook

ASA Bylaws








ASA Regions

News stories from the regions:


East
(formerly North-East & Atlantic)

Mid-West

South

West

More links

Federation International Sport Table Football

Table Soccer USA 

The Subbuteo technical page

How to play Subbuteo


Subbuteo links directory

ASA bylaws

ASA bylaws -> download


 

Article 1 – Name
The name of the organization shall be: The American Subbuteo Association. The name shall be abbreviated: ASA.
·        Any name change to the Association must be accepted by a majority vote of all ASA Registered Members.

Article 2 – Purpose
The purposes of this Association are:
§      To promote the sport of Subbuteo table soccer in the US
§      To raise the standard of competitive play in the US
§      To develop a network of players and to help them form clubs, organize events, and exchange ideas that will help improve the understanding of the game at large as well as the quality of play in the United States

Article 3 – Mission Statement
The Mission of the American Subbuteo Association is to promote Subbuteo style table top soccer in the U.S.  Through developing clubs and tournaments, the ASA provides opportunity for individual growth and ensures sportsmanship above all.

Article 4 – Membership

Membership is open to anyone in the United States. While membership is open to foreign nationals residing in the US, no member of the ASA can be affiliated with any other national table top soccer association as a current member:
·        To be a member of the ASA, players must register using the online registry process.
·        From time to time, the ASA can make “Honorary Memberships” to players of other associations. This membership is in title only and does not allow for the player to compete in tournaments restricted to ASA members such as the National, or receive ASA ranking points.
·        Membership to the ASA is a privilege, not a right.  The ASA Board of Directors can remove a given player(s) from the ASA membership by a 4/5ths vote as outlined in Article 7. 

Non-members are allowed to compete in all ASA tournaments based on the discretion of each tournament’s competition manager.  The lone exception is the National Championships where no non-members are allowed to compete in any category.  This includes not allowing any foreign members of an ASA club to compete with said club in the National Championships Team category.

Article 5 – ASA Regions

The ASA is currently divided into four regions. The regions are: East (E), Southern (SO), Mid-West (MW) and Western (WE). The ASA shall keep a record of which states belong to each region. States may change from one region to another without the need of amendment, but the change will not go into effect until the first day of the new season. An amendment is needed to remove an existing region, combine 2 or more existing regions, or divide one or more regions into 2 or more new regions.  For Board of Director voting purposes, it is necessary to keep an even number of regions.  Any change in regional structure must be approved by the Board of Directors 30 days prior to the start of a new season in order for the changes to take place for the upcoming season.

ASA Regions:
·        East:  Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, Virginia.
·        South:  Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas. 
·        Mid-West:  Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota. 
·        West:  California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii.



Article 6 – ASA Officers (The President, Vice Presidents and ASA Chairpersons)
Board of Directors – The ASA Board of Directors is composed of the ASA President and four Vice Presidents.
Limit on Terms - There is a two consecutive term limit for all Board of Director offices for any combination of offices –President and Vice Presidents.
·        A Member can serve one term as Vice President then one term as President or visa versa, or two terms for either office.
·        Since Vice Presidential and Presidential elections are separated by one season, the total allowable time on the Board of Directors can be up to 5 years consecutively.
·        A full term is normally defined by 2 years.  A member that serves as an interim Vice President or President for a time of less than one year will be deemed to not have served a full term.  A member that serves as an interim Vice President or President for a time of one year or more will be deemed to have served a full term.
·        Any member who has previously served the two consecutive term limit for any office, or allowable combination of consecutive terms, may run for office again for any Board position provided that there is at least a one-term separation between holding any ASA Office.

The ASA President - The ASA President needs to be at least 21 years of age and either 1) Served a full term (2 years) as a VP, or 2) Have 2 continuous current years of ASA activity.  The President will serve a two-year term beginning on the first day of the season of the odd numbered year. The function of the ASA President is as follows:
§      The ASA President handles the organization of all changes to the Bylaws.
§      The ASA President, or a designated constituent, must regularly be in touch with the members-at-large to report on the business of the Board.
§      The ASA President, or a designated constituent, is the representative to handle all inquires from other National Associations or FISTF.
§      The ASA President shall confirm all other ASA Chairpersons as nominated by members-at-large, or the ASA VPs.        

Regional Vice Presidents
A Vice President needs to be at least 18 years of age and may not be from the same club as the ASA President. Each region shall elect a leader, called an ASA Vice President (VP) who will serve a two-year term.  Each Vice President will serve a two-year term beginning on the first day of the season of the even numbered year. The function for the ASA VP from each region is as follows:
§      Vice Presidents are responsible for voting on all major issues involving the ASA
§      Vice Presidents are responsible for communicating with their regional members on key issues.
§      Vice Presidents solicit and nominate to the President all other ASA Chairpersons.

Other ASA Chairpersons
The President and VPs shall appoint by a 4/5 vote for members of the ASA to handle some of the day-to-day functions of the association by acting as an ASA Chairperson. These chairs may include, but are not limited to, positions outlined in the ASA Handbook such as:
§      ASA Webmaster
§      ASA Treasurer
§      FISTF Liaison
§      ASA Statistician
§      ASA Promotions Director
§      ASA Membership Director
§      ASA Secretary
§      ASA Historian
Chairpersons must be re-confirmed by a 4/5 vote of the Board of Directors every even numbered year. Chairpersons can be removed by a vote of 4/5 of the Board of Directors at any time.  There are no term limits for Chairpersons.

Article 7- Removal and Discipline of Officers and Members

The ASA President – The President can be removed from office for violating the duties outlined for him in Article 6. He also can be removed for casting the ASA in unfavorable light in either his private or public life.

The President can be removed with the approval of three-fourths of the VPs. In order to remove the President, the VPs must state, in writing, the reasons for his removal. Once the reasons are stated publicly, the President has three weeks to defend his position. After this period, any VP who votes to keep the President must get a show of support from the majority of active clubs in the country. At large members will all count as one club for the sake of removal of any officer. The removed President can not serve on the Board of Directors or as an ASA Chairperson for 1 full year.  The general membership will vote for the successor. The successor will then finish the term of his predecessor. Emergency voting procedures as outlined in Article 8 will be followed to elect a successor.  The successor does not have to be a current member of the Board of Directors, but does need to meet the general requirements to be President.  Normal voting will occur at the appointed time for the next election, regardless of the duration of time served by the interim President.

Regional Vice Presidents - Regional Vice Presidents can be removed from office for violating the duties outlined for them in Article 6. They also can be removed for ignoring requests or petitions from their constituents or voting against the wishes of their constituents. They also may be removed for casting the ASA in unfavorable light in either their private or public life.  Any Vice President moving out of his regional territory must forfeit the rest of his term.  Moving is considered full-time residency and does not include students studying abroad or at schools outside of their region.

VPs can be removed from office by three-fourths of the remaining Board of Directors. This process can be put forth by a member-at-large from the region he is being represented by.  A VP can also be “recalled” by his home club for any violation of his duties as ASA VP.  The removed Vice President can not serve on the Board of Directors or as an ASA Chairperson for 1 full year.  Emergency voting procedures as outlined in Article 8 will be followed to elect a successor. 

Other ASA Chairpersons – All other ASA Chairpersons can be removed from office for violating the duties outlined for them in Article 6. They also can be removed for casting the ASA in unfavorable light in either their private or public life.  They can also be removed by three-fourths vote from the VPs.

Discipline of ASA Members 

Charges of dishonesty, working against the principals and purposes of the Association, or injuring the standing of a member must be signed by 5 members and may be filed in a written statement to an ASA VP. In addition any member deemed to have filed frivolous charges may be brought before the Board of Directors for review. The accused will be notified, in writing, by the Board of Directors. After an investigation and statements by all concerned parties, the accused membership may be revoked by a 4/5 majority of the Board or Directors.  The Board of Directors, similarly, may issue a warning or temporary ban from the ASA.  Reinstatement of a revoked membership also requires a 4/5ths vote from the Board of Directors.  Reinstatement can not be voted on by the Board of Directors for 8 months following the removal of the member or review of the removal.

Article 8 - Elections

Presidential ElectionsThe ASA President is elected in odd numbered years by a popular vote of all current registered ASA members.  If a Region would longer be represented by a Vice President based on the outcome of a Presidential Election, a new Vice Presidential election would ensue following the proper protocol with the newly elected Vice President serving a term of one year.
·        The ASA Secretary is responsible for collecting nominations and votes for Presidential Elections.  If the ASA Secretary is running for President, a member of the ASA Board of Directors that is not running for President shall fill in for the ASA Secretary in this role.
·        Presidential nominations are accepted from April 1st to April 30th in each odd numbered year.
·        Voting is open during the month of May for Presidential Elections.
·        The winner of the Presidential Election will be announced by the end of the first full week of June.

Vice Presidential ElectionsEach Region of the ASA is represented on the Board of Directors by a Vice President.  Vice Presidents are elected in even numbered years by a popular vote by members registered in their region.
·        The ASA Secretary is responsible for collecting nominations and votes for Vice Presidential Elections.  The ASA Secretary can not collect votes or nominations for the region in which he/she belongs.  Instead, the ASA President or selected Vice President shall fill in for the ASA Secretary in this role.
·        Vice Presidential nominations are accepted from June 1st to June 30th  in each even numbered year.
·        Voting is open during the month of July for Vice Presidential Elections.
·        The winner of the Vice Presidential Elections will be announced by the end of the first full week of August.
·        If no candidate is willing to run for VP from a region, any person, from any region, who has been a member-at-large for at least two years and is at least 18 years in age, can put his/her name forth for election. If this happens, the members-at-large will have 30 days to vote for their choice. The VPs shall serve their terms, beginning September 1 of the even numbered years.

Emergency ElectionsIf a Vice President or the President vacates his/her seat while still in office for any reason, an emergency election shall take place.
·        The ASA Secretary is responsible for collecting nominations and votes unless he/she is running for the vacated office or the vacated office is the Vice President from his/her region.  Instead, the ASA President or selected Vice President shall fill in for the ASA Secretary in this role.
·        The ASA President, or a Vice President speaking on his/her behalf, must notify the ASA membership of the vacated office within 2 weeks of the office being vacated.
·        Nominations are accepted for a period of 2 weeks after it is announced that the office is vacant.
·        Votes are collected for a period of 2 weeks after nominations have been received.
·        The winner of the election serves out the remainder of the term that was vacated.


Collection of VotesAll ASA Vote collection shall be conducted by the ASA Secretary. In cases of regional conflict another out of region member shall be selected by the BoD.  Votes may be collected via email or other personal contact.


Article 9 – Membership Fees, Dues and Privileges:
Membership Dues:
Any proposal to require Registered ASA Members to pay an annual membership due must be accepted and ratified by a majority vote of all ASA Registered Members.  Any Policy Change must also be posted at least 30 days before the beginning of a new season.

If there are any fees for tournaments in the ASA, the fee should be set by the ASA Board of Directors and must be posted on the ASA web page at least 30 days before the beginning of a new season.  Currently, the ASA collects a $2 fee from each participating player in each official category at each ASA tournament, with the exception of the National Championships which has its own guidelines.  Tournament organizers may charge each player a fee greater than $2 to cover the costs of hosting the tournament.

Membership Privileges:
Members are entitled to the following benefits:
§      They can host/play in ASA tournaments
§      They can vote for their regional Vice President
§      They can run for office (assuming they qualify)
§      They have the right to address any issue or bylaw change via their elected Vice President
§      They can qualify for FISTF events, play for the National Championship, have their points recorded in the ASA ranking system, and represent the USA in international competitions.


Article 10 – Use of Funds and Equipment
Funds may be spent with Board of Director approval. A balance of the ASA’s account should be made public Monthly by the ASA Treasurer on the ASA Web site.
·        Any change in Policy with the use of ASA Funds, including change to the ASA National Budget Guideline including Player Fees at the National must be made at least 30 days before the end of any season and any change will be for the following season.

Article 11 – ASA Calendar and Ranking Points System and ASA National Championship Guidelines.
The association must establish a yearly calendar denoting the beginning and end of each calendar year. Currently, the season begins on the first day of September and ends on the last day of August.  This calendar should also set, in writing, the following information about the year’s ASA events
·        The limit, if any, of ASA events each club or region can host.
·        The Date and Location of the ASA National Championship Weekend
·        The National Championships shall be open for bids during May.  The winning club will be announced during each season’s current National.
·        All clubs hosting the National Championship must follow the National Championships guidelines.
·        The number and type, if any, of FISTF events and their locations (as soon as they are known)
·        The delineation of regions by state or time zone

The ASA point system must be approved by the Board of Directors 30 days before the beginning of the season that it will effect. The point system must include values of all ASA tournaments. The rankings may also, but does not have to include, points for:
·        FISTF Tournaments
·        International events between the ASA and Canada played on US or Canadian soil not associated with FISTF
·        FISTF events
·        Club rankings
·        National rankings by committee or by some additional point system

All Registered Members can receive ranking points through participating in ASA Sanctioned tournaments.
·        Currently, points are weighted by the number of registered ASA members that participate, so the more players the more potential points.  The Points Championship Race is the top 5 Open (points) results for each player during the current season of play, including each player's result at the National Championship Open.  The rolling ranking is the top 5 Open (points) results including any National Championship Open result over a 12 month moving window. (i.e. July 06 to July 07.)   The rolling ranking is the ranking to use for seeding players at ASA Open tournaments.
·        The current points system does not allow for points to be awarded for FISTF tournaments held outside the USA, Canadian national circuit tournaments, or club/league performance.  Only ASA sanctioned tournaments held in the USA, including FISTF events, are taken into consideration for the ranking system.
·        Any change in the official ASA ranking system must be approved by the Board of Directors 30 days prior to the beginning of the season.


Article 12 - Amendment and Revision of Bylaws and Association Rules & Regulations
Any member of the Association has the right to appeal to the Board for amendment of these bylaws and/or other Association rules and regulations such as, but not limited to:
·        The ASA calendar
·        ASA Rankings
·        ASA Tournament schedule and make-up
·        Rules of table soccer as applied to the ASA
·        Introduction of new equipment
·        Inclusion of new events (team competitions, international tournaments, etc.)
·        New ASA logo
·        ASA web page changes

To make a change in Association bylaws or policy, the individual wishing to make the change must:
·        Make an appeal, in writing, to his current ASA VP
·        Once the appeal is made, the VP must share this request with other VP members and the President
·        Board Members take up the discussion to see if the change is worthy of consideration, giving the benefit of the doubt to any change within reason.
·        If the change is considered reasonable, the president, or an appointed VP, will make a public announcement to the members-at-large that a change has been requested.
·        The person requesting this change and any other interested VPs or members-at-large can form a Task Force that will have 30 days to present the final proposal to the Board.
·        Once the final proposal has been sent to the Board, the Board can discuss and make minor changes to the proposal. If major changes are made, they must be approved by the person who presented the original proposal for approval.
·        VPs are expected to notify key members and/or clubs in their constituency of the proposed changes and the changes the Board is proposing.
·        Once the changes have been discussed, the person who presented the original proposal and that person’s VP will set forth a final draft resolution to be voted on by the board.
·        The members of the Board then vote
·        All changes to bylaws and or policy shall go into effect on the first day of the following season unless the changes do not have a major effect on the running of the association. The ASA president shall be the one to decide if the changes should go into effect immediately or at the beginning of the next season.

Amendments to the bylaws must be added to this document, dated and the record must show who voted for and against these changes.

Article 13 – Board of Director Discussion and conduct of ASA Business:
The Board of Directors, which consists of the regional Vice Presidents and the ASA President, may discuss proposals via email and/or phone.
·        The President can decide on a timeline for discussion of all matters.  Usually a two week time frame is sufficient for most matters
·        Any member of the Board of Directors can call for a vote on a proposal or matter
·        The President must recognize the motion and call for an official vote
·        There will be a 7 day window given to receive votes.
·        Only Vice-Presidents vote initially.
·        All votes must be sent to the ASA Secretary to record.  The Secretary will notify the ASA BoD of the outcome.
·        Any Vice-President that does not vote by the end of the 7 day window will automatically have his vote recorded as a “nay”.
·        If there is a 2-2 tie then the President may vote.  The President will be given a 7 day window to vote.  If the President does not vote by the end of the 7 day window his vote will be automatically recorded as a “nay”. 
·        Any proposal or topic that has a majority vote against it can not be voted on again for 8 months.
·        The ASA Secretary will compile a monthly “Minutes” of all ASA business, ie what issues are being discussed, what the vote tallies were, etc., and make these minutes available to the BoD for distribution to ASA Membership.
·        The ASA Secretary shall be copied on all BoD emails however the Secretary cannot participate in any discussion, or decision.

Article 14 - Dissolution

Dissolving the Association will take the unanimous consent of the ASA VPs, plus approval by the President or 4/5 vote by the members-at-large. Should the Association be dissolved, all material possessions (with the exclusion of copyrighted materials, trophies, or other intellectual property) of the Association must be made available for the association to pay any outstanding bills or debts to members. If there is any money or possessions remaining, they must first be offered to any members wishing to form a new Association in the United States. If no parties are interested in taking over, any money in Association accounts should be divided equally to current members. Or, if there is a unanimous agreement by the Board of Directors, a lottery or raffle for all remaining materials and/or money will be held.

Article 15 - Official Tournament Categories


Official ASA sanctioned tournament categories are as follows:
·        Open – Any player wishing to participate
·        U-19 – Any player under the age of 19 at the beginning of the season
·        Veterans –Any player 40 years of age or older
·        Ladies – Any player that is female in gender
·        Team category
The ASA currently only has ranking systems for the Open, U-19, Veterans, and Ladies categories.

Article 16 – ASA Handbook

The ASA Board of Directors will publish an official handbook for each season.  The handbook will be published a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of a new season.  The information in the handbook will work in unison with the ASA bylaws.  However, the ASA bylaws supersede the ASA Handbook if there is a disagreement between the two works.  The ASA handbook will contain, but is not limited to, information regarding the ASA calendar, tournaments, ranking system, etc.